Recipes: Labor Day Cocktails 2016

So for this, the 250th recipe post to Drinkhacker, we celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer’s end. However, with the continuous reports of record heat around the globe, it appears that summer isn’t going quietly this year. So until the arrival of everything pumpkin spiced and cooler temperatures, hang out with one of these this holiday weekend.

Midori Melon Oasis
Created Los Angeles mixologist Yael Vengroff
1 part Midori melon liqueur
1 1/4 parts light rum
1/2 part peach liqueur
3/4 part lime juice
3/4 part pineapple juice
6 mint leaves

Combine Midori liqueur, light rum, peach liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice and mint leaves in a blender with ice. Blend on high and pour into a Hurricane glass. Garnish with mint, sliced peaches and a pineapple wedge.

Caitie McCabe PhotographyBaker’s Citrus Sazerac
1 1/2 parts Baker’s bourbon
1/2 part grapefruit liqueur
1 tsp of simple syrup
1 dash of Angostura bitters
1 dash of Whiskey Barrel bitters

Spritz a chilled Sazerac glass with honey whiskey liqueur. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Pour into the spritzed Sazerac glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

(Note: Bourbon snobs hear me out. I know to use a higher quality bourbon like Baker’s in a mixed drink borders on sacrilegious, but it’s actually pretty great in this instance. Give it a shot.)

image008Drambuie Mixed Berry Sangria
3 parts Drambuie
1 part triple sec
1 cup Chardonnay
1 part orange juice
1 part lime juice
1 part honey
2 cups frozen berries
10 dashes cherry bitters

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with skewered berries with basil sprig.

unnamedFrozen Boulevardier
3/4 oz. Aperol
3/4 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
3/4 oz. Bulleit bourbon
1 Quenelle of tangerine sorbet
Zest of lemon
Hand-Crushed Ice

Crush ice in a bag, pour into a rocks glass. In a mixing glass, combine Aperol, Carpano Antica and bourbon. Add fresh ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds, strain over crushed ice. Garnish with a scoop of tangerine sorbet and lemon zest.

(Note: Regarding Hand-Crushed Ice, you can totally use crushed ice if you have that setting on your fridge. And if you can’t be bothered with making a Quenelle, just use a regular scoop of sorbet. No need to get precious about this if you don’t want to. It’s just as good.)

Recipes: National Rum Day, 2016

Tomorrow (August 16) marks the annual passing of National Rum Day, a holiday with an impressive longevity in comparison to other spirit-inspired festive occasions. Here are a few cocktails we pre-tested over this past weekend and which received our stamp of approval. Bear in mind: All of these cocktails are best served without listening to Jimmy Buffett.

East India NegroniEast India Negroni
2 parts Banks 5 Island rum
1 part Campari
1 part Lustau East India sherry
orange peel (for garnish)

Add all the ingredients but the garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with the orange peel.

Mount Gay Rum’s Barbadian Rum Punch
1 part sour (lime juice)
2 parts sweet (simple syrup)
3 parts strong (Mount Gay Black Barrel rum)
4 parts weak (water or unsweetened iced tea) (Note: we used iced tea)

Combine all elements and stir. Let sit in fridge for 20-30 minutes. Serve.

image007Rum Babalu
2 parts Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Old Rum
¾ part fresh lime juice
½ part maple syrup
1 part ginger beer
1 dash of Angostura bitters

Add all ingredients in a shaker except ginger beer, add ice and shake well until chilled. Strain over fresh ice, top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange peel.

Pineapple-Mojito_Close-up-BestPineapple Mojito
(Recipe and photo by Cocina 214)
6 leaves of mint (no stems)
1 oz pineapple chunks
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Malibu Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Bacardi Rum Coconut
1 oz soda water
0.5 oz diluted lime juice

Muddle mint, pineapple, diluted lime and simple syrup. Add ice. Then add Bacardi and pineapple rum. Shake well. Pour contents into a 16oz glass. Garnish with pineapple leaf.

Neo White Negroni
2 parts Facundo Neo rum
1 part Cocchi White Americano
dash of Maraschino liqueur
Lemon twist

Combine ingredients with ice. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Hint of SpiceCruzan Hint of Spice
(Recipe by Christian Guillén)
2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1 part D&D Shrubs & Syrups Co. Spiced Pecan Orgeat
1/2 part Allspice Liqueur
3/4 part fresh lime juice
5 dashes Angostura Bitters

In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, spiced pecan orgeat, allspice liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into a Collins Glass over crushed ice. Top with bitters and garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Recipes: National Tequila Day Cocktails, 2016

As is usual, National Tequila Day arrives on July 24th. Unlike similarly marketed holidays, this one has managed to endure and continues to gain popularity every year. Here are a few recipes for your consideration, and if anyone need us we will be recovering on National Hangover Day, Monday July 25th.

Watermelon Crush
Watermelon Crush(Created by Pamela Wiznitzer)
2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco
3-4 pieces watermelon
½ part hibiscus syrup (Boil hibiscus tea; once hot, add in equal parts white sugar to the tea and let dissolve)
¾ part lime juice
½ part coconut water

Muddle watermelon and combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into a highball. Garnish with a thin watermelon slice.

La Abejita
(Created by Omar Villavicencio)
1 1/2 oz Don Julio Blanco
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz fresh honey syrup
1 dash lavender bitters
fresh honeycomb (for garnish)

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and lavender bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with fresh piece of honey comb.

CrushClementine Crush
1 part Sauza Blue Silver tequila
1 part clementine juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part agave nectar
1 orange wheel

Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into glass and serve. Garnish with an orange wheel. Sugar coated rim is optional.

Recipes: 4th of July Cocktail Recipes 2016

Considering our seasonal cocktail submissions, surprisingly this year’s crop of Independence Day cocktails wasn’t as heavy leaning on the red, white and blue aesthetic and focused more on items such as berries, mint, and cucumber. While none of the cocktails represented in this overview have brazenly replaced their brand name with “America”, there are many wonderful options here that feel just as refreshing and patriotic as a can of watery commercial beer. Mission accomplished! Freedom is on the move!

freedom freezerWatermelon Freedom Freezer
1½ parts Svedka Cucumber Lime
1 part watermelon juice
¾ part fresh lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender, adding ½ cup of ice last. Blend until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and slice of watermelon.

RedRumRed Rum Punch
1½ parts Bacardi Raspberry
1½ parts Bacardi Limon
1½ parts Bacardi Superior
1 part grenadine
4 parts sweet & sour
1 part cranberry juice
mint & lemon (for garnish)

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Cap with a tin and shake. Strain into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.

Honeydew Agua Fresca Margarita
12 cups honeydew, seeded and cubed (about 4 lbs, depending on water content)
½ cup water
¼ cup lime juice (to taste)
8 tbsp agave simple syrup (50:50 water and agave nectar)
8 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
jalapenos and lime slices (for garnish)

Add the melon, lime juice, simple syrup, and water to a blender, and puree gently. Press through a mesh strainer into a pitcher, cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight. To each glass, add ice, pour in the melon punch. Add tequila and soda, stir. Garnish as desired. Serves 8-10.

Cucumber HitherCucumber Hither
1½ parts Svedka Cucumber Lime
¾ part fresh lime juice
¾ part simple syrup
pinch of mint

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Add mint. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

MuddlerStrawberry Muddler
3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
handful of fresh strawberries
juice from 1 lime
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
fresh pepper

Put strawberries in a small pitcher and mash to your desired consistency. Add juice, club soda, Hornitos Plata and combine along with 4 good grinds from the pepper mill. Fill 2 glasses halfway with ice and divide drink among glasses.

Recipes: 2016 Summer Cocktail Roundup

Summer is in full swing for most of the nation and with it the usual brush with unbearable heat and humidity for most of the nation. Along with upcoming July 4th cocktails and National Tequila Day celebrations, we’ve also received some pretty interesting recipes that don’t really fit under a theme or holiday. We’re rounding them up and presenting them to you here for your experimentation and enjoyment. Got any recipes you’d like to share? Drop us a line!

BrambleBudapest Bramble
(created by Nicholas Bennett)
1 1/4 oz Unicum Plum
1/3 oz Zacapa Rum 23
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/3 oz demerara syrup
2-3 blackberries
Quartered lime (for garnish)

Muddle blackberries and quartered lime in the bottom of glass. Add Unicum Plum, Zacapa Rum 23, fresh lemon juice, and demerara syrup and fill with pebble ice. Garnish with lime wheel and a blackberry.

Julio & Daisy
(created by Christian Armando Guillén)
1 1/4 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1 oz hibiscus and passion fruit infused agave syrup
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 dash pepper bitters
Orchid (for garnish)

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, hibiscus and passion fruit infused agave syrup, fresh lime juice and pepper bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with orchid.

raspberryRaspberry Refresher
1 1/2 parts Courvoisier VS
3-4 fresh raspberries
1/2 part passion fruit puree
1/4 part lime juice
Ginger beer

Build in cocktail shaker shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass; top with ginger beer. Garnish with raspberry.

PM Kick
1.5 oz Tanteo Jalepeno tequila
3 oz fresh watermelon puree
.5 oz agave syrup
.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 sprigs cilantro

Build in a pint glass with ice. Shake, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cilantro.

AmeliaThe Amelia
1.5 oz Grey Goose vodka
.5 oz St. Germain
1 oz fresh lemon juice
4 muddled blackberries
blackberries for garnish

Muddle blackberries with lemon and St. Germain. Add ice and vodka. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Recipes: Memorial Day Cocktails 2016

In some circles, it’s the official start of summer. In others, it is a time to pay reverence and salute those who have dutifully served in our United States Armed Forces. Whatever your occasion, we’ve taken the liberty to try out all of the cocktails suggested below and present them for your celebratory consideration. May you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Summer ThymeSummer Thyme
1 1/2 parts Aperol
1 1/2 parts gin
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
1 part Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit
thyme rub

Shake Aperol and gin with ice and pour into a chilled martini glass that has been rubbed with thyme sprig. Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Ice. Garnish with thyme sprig.

Tanqueray No. TEN Green Machine
1.25 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN
3 oz. green juice
mint sprig for garnish

Blend greens, apple, and lemon together to create green juice. Pour green juice into glass, add Tanqueray No. TEN and stir. Garnish with a celery stalk or mint sprig.

punchGrapefruit Summer Solstice Punch
10 parts Bacardi Grapefruit
4 parts Pineau des Charentes
4 parts orange liqueur
5 parts orange blossom honey syrup
7 parts lime juice
lemons, sliced as garnish

Mix all ingredients and place into a punch bowl with a large ice block.

Le Grand Fizz
1 1/2 parts Grey Goose Vodka
1 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
3 lime wedges
1 parts chilled soda water

Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with plenty ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, then squeeze three lime wedges and discard. Top with St. Germain and chilled soda water. Garnish with two lime wedges.

Recipes: Mother’s Day Cocktails 2016

It’s been a while since we last offered an installment of cocktail recipes devoted entirely to celebrating Mom on her special day. Time for an update! Here are a few excellent recipes worthy of serving while she’s waiting for you to finish cooking breakfast or brunch.

image002The Ruffino Tuscan Cosmo
4 parts chilled Ruffino Prosecco
3 parts chilled cranberry juice
½ part triple sec
splash of lime juice

Combine triple sec and cranberry juice. Pour mixture into glass, filling ¾ full. Top off with Ruffino Prosecco and finish with splash of lime juice.

Mommie Dearest
1.5 parts Svedka Raspberry Vodka
2 parts Champagne
1.5 parts sour mix
1 part white grape juice

Pour all ingredients, except for champagne, into a cocktails shaker. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with champagne. Garnish with a grapefruit peel and raspberries.

Coco TurinCoco Turin
Created by Revae Schneider
1 oz Baileys Espresso Crème
1 oz Cîroc Coconut
1 oz dark roast coffee
1 teaspoon simple syrup
2 oz hot water
coconut shavings for garnish

Combine Baileys Espresso Crème, Cîroc Coconut, dark roast coffee, hot water and simple syrup in a coffee mug. Stir well for 20 seconds. Garnish with coconut shavings.