Recipes: 2016 Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Tired of the same old margies every year for Cinco De Mayo? Check out some of these bad boys to twist the holiday in a different direction.

image001Mexican Martini
Developed by Garrett Flanagan for El Original
1.5 oz. lime juice
1.5 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. tequila
0.5 oz. olive juice

Shake with ice, pour into martini glass, garnish with olives. (Note: Chris grew up drinking these at the Cedar Door in Austin where they originated, and after trying one myself and home, I’m understanding why.)

image005Tullamore D.E.W. Margarita
1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
¼ part Montelobos Mezcal
¾ parts fresh lime luice
4 drops of Bettermen’s Burlesque Bitters

Fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

GavilanGavilán
2 parts Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
2 parts grapefruit juice
1 part lime juice
2 parts Jarritos de Toronja (grapefruit soda)

Build into a highball over ice, garnish with a salt rim and grapefruit slice.

Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails 2016

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t just have to be a shot of Jameson and a mug of green beer. Here’s a host of more elevated cocktails that can help you get your green on this Thursday.

precisionPrecision Pilot
1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix
1 part Lillet Rosé
¾ part Campari
½ part Combier Pamplemousse Rosé
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

In a mixing glass filled with ice, add all ingredients, except for bitters. Stir well until chilled and well mixed. Strain into a cocktail glass, dash bitters and express grapefruit twist over the glass before discarding.

The Green Boxer
1.5 oz. 1800 Silver Tequila
0.5 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
0.5 oz. lime juice cordial
0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

ShamrockShakerThe Shamrock Shaker
1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Green Chartruese
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz honey mixed with warm water
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients, shake over ice and strain into highball. Fill glass with ice and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with thin lemon peel.

The Smokey Aye
(created by mixologist Kate Bolton)
3/4 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
3/4 oz Irish whiskey (NOTE: we used Redbreast, but any will do)
1/4 oz Campari
1 3/4 oz freshly brewed coffee
1 1/2 oz Zested Orange crème*
grated orange zest (for garnish)

*Zested Orange Crème Ingredients:
1 oz heavy cream
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 large orange zests

Combine heavy cream, simple syrup and orange zests in a chilled cocktail shaker. Shake well into whipped cream consistency. Combine Irish whiskey, Campari and coffee in a footed coffee mug and stir. Pour in Baileys Original Irish Cream. Top with zested orange crème. Garnish with grated orange zest.

Recipe: National Margarita Day Cocktails 2016

For reasons beyond understanding, the powers that be who invent these drink-idays decided it would be a good idea to plant National Margarita Day — February 22 — during the darkest weeks of winter. Perhaps it’s a “light at the end of the tunnel” situation where these recipes will help us all get through the miserable weather and slush and welcome in spring and summer. Either way, here are a few recipes for you to check out on this most festivious of days.

Smoke and Fire Margarita
¾ part Ancho Reyes
¾ part Montelobos Mezcal
¾ part Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
(NOTE: This was the hands down winner of all the recipes we tried this year. Bravo!)

pearPerfect Pear Margarita
2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup lime
½ cup lemon
2 peeled pears for garnish
8 rosemary sprigs for garnish

Add ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into margarita glasses. Garnish each with a pear slice and rosemary sprig. Serves 8.

twistedThe Twisted Margarita
(Created by Cody Goldstein)
2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
¾ parts lime juice
½ part triple sec
½ part simple syrup
1 teaspoon mustard powder
mustard seed and sea salt rim

Rim glass with a slice of lime. Roll rim of glass in grounded mustard seed and sea salt mixture. Combine Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila, lime, simple syrup, triple sec and mustard powder into a shaking tin. Fill half way with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over ice in a rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

chipotleChipotle Cocoa Margarita
3 slices of orange
1 slice of lemon
1/4 oz. light agave
2 oz. Avión Añejo
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chipotle powder

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass that has been rimmed with a mixture of cocoa powder and chipotle powder, and garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe: Valentine’s Day Cocktails 2016

So here we are, just one day until Valentine’s. Got the last minute gifts of flowers and candy purchased, the Isley Brothers softly cooing on the stereo in the background, and maybe one or five of these cocktails ready and waiting at your disposal for a romantic night in, or whatever. Even if you hate Valentine’s Day, there may be one or two recipes in this carefully considered list that may do just the trick to make this a memorable Valentine’s Day — or one where you blacked out alone.

Either way, at least it will be in good taste.

CrushCourvoisier Crush
1.5 parts Courvoisier VSOP
0.75 parts Cruzan Guava rum
1.5 parts lemon sour mix
1 part pineapple juice
0.5 parts DeKuyper Strawberry Pucker (note: this is totally optional)

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Hurricane style glass. Garnish with a pineapple/cherry stack on the rim.

Smoke Blossom Cocktail Shot_FINALHearts on Fire
1.5 oz Santera Blanco tequila
0.5 oz Campari
0.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
0.5 oz fresh lemon Juice
0.75 oz sage simple syrup
dried sage (for garnish)

Smoke treat the glass with dried sage smoke. Combine ingredients except Campari in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Float Campari on top and garnish with a small bunch of dried sage.

The Smoked Blossom
Created by Dudley Delhagen, 2015 DeKuyper Cocktail Master
1 part DeKuyper & Sons Fleur Elderflower liqueur
2 parts Connemara Irish whiskey
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

blood orangeBlood Orange Bellini
1 part Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
2 parts blood orange puree or juice
3 parts Prosecco or other dry, sparkling wine

Shake the Solerno and blood orange in a cocktail shaker with ice. Fine strain into a Champagne flute and fill with the Prosecco or other dry, sparkling wine.

Bloody Maria
2 oz Roca Patrón Silver
5 oz Bloody Mary mix, or build your own:
4 oz tomato juice
½ oz fresh lemon juice
dash each of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco
1 tsp horseradish, optional
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine ingredients in a mixing tin or pint glass and “roll” the drink by pouring it back and forth between the two. Strain onto fresh ice in a Collins glass — if you prefer, rim the glass with kosher salt or a specialty spiced rim of your choosing. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stalk.

Sex on the Marina
1 oz Grey Goose vodka
1 oz PAMA pomegranate liqueur
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz grapefruit liqueur
splash of cranberry juice

Shake and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish glass with a rim of pink rock sugar, and place a pink rock candy stick to finish.

Recipes: Super Bowl Pre-Game Cocktails, 2016

Hailing from a city that hasn’t won a major professional football championship since Dwight Eisenhower was President, it can be difficult to get excited about this time of year. Drinking with friends certainly helps numb the pain during Super Bowl Sunday (with the exception of the trash talking and reminders of your home team), so here are a few cocktails we’ve selected for your consideration. Hopefully these will help you forget all of the painful attempts at doing the Dab your friends will no doubt be making.

BeertailKetel One Citroen Beertail
1 ½ oz. Ketel One Citroen
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. maple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Belgian-style white ale

Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with white ale. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

coin TossCoin Toss
1 oz. Twenty Boat Spiced Rum
1 whole egg
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. stout beer
In a cocktail shaker, dry shake (shake without ice) very well. Then add ice and shake again very well. Strain into a tall glass without ice. Optional: grated nutmeg and vanilla sugar for garnish.

blue pantherThe Blue Panther
2 parts Svedka Strawberry Lemonade
½ part blue curaçao
½ part pineapple juice
½ part fresh lemon juice

Pour ingredients into a blender, adding ½ cup crushed ice last, and blend at high speed. Pour into a Hurricane/Pilsner glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

PantherThe Panther Pounder
1.5 oz Dixie Southern Vodka
.5 oz Velvet Falernum
10 fresh blueberries
.5 oz blueberry syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Blenheim’s Spicy Ginger Ale

For the blueberry syrup: equal parts water, sugar and blueberries (make quantity as desired). Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Strain off blueberry skins. Store in glass jar. Will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

For each drink: Muddle 6 blueberries, add vodka, falernum, blueberry syrup, lemon juice, ice and shake. Pour into mason jar, add ice to top of glass and top with spicy ginger ale. Garnish with remaining fresh blueberries, skewered, and a lemon slice.

The Sheriff
1 oz. bourbon
2 oz. orange curacao
4 oz. Natalie’s Orchid Honey Tangerine Juice ginger beer
ice cubes
orange peel and blueberries for garnish

Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour bourbon, orange curacao, and tangerine juice in the glass and stir. Top off the glass with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with a generous piece of orange peel and a couple of blueberries.

Recipes for National Hot Toddy Day, 2016

With the majority of the country already in or about to enjoy the depths of yet another bone chilling winter, we felt it necessary to provide a classic recipe for a freezing season on National Hot Toddy Day (today, January 11). We start off with the basic recipe and swerve off into two variations worthy of your consideration. Take heart: Spring is only 70 days away!

The Basic
1 ½ oz bourbon (note: I often use Bulleit here, but to each their own)
1 tablespoon honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
1 lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients in coffee or tea mug. Stir. Drink. Feel better.

image002Milagro Hot Toddy
1 ½ parts Milagro Añejo tequila
1 part agave nectar
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole anise star
4 parts boiling water
1 lemon wheel

Combine agave nectar, spice and tequila in a heat-resistant snifter or mug. Add the boiling water. Squeeze the lemon, drop it in, and stir until agave nectar has melted.

The Kurobin Hot Toddy
(by Heidi Merino of The Liquid Chef)
1 oz Iichiko Kurobin shochu
½ oz Grand Marnier
1 bar spoon agave nectar
½ oz fresh squeeze lemon juice
4 oz boiling water
1 cinnamon stick

Combine ingredients in a glass coffee mug and stir with a cinnamon stick.

Recipe: Southern Bourbon Holiday Punch

IMG_7083Who’s ready for some punch? If you’re in the neighborhood, here’s what we’ll be serving…

With props to Yankee Kitchen Ninja (which in turn adapted the recipe from Garden & Gun).

Southern Bourbon Holiday Punch
1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
4 cups brewed black tea, cooled
4 cups bourbon
2 cups spiced rum
2 cups brandy
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
6 cups water
lemon slices for garnish

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add the sugar to the tea and stir to dissolve. Add all the remaining ingredients, stir well and chill. Serves about 30.