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.

Recipe: New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktails, 2015

Usually by the stroke of midnight, most partygoers are beyond being discriminiate in their choice of libation with which to ring in the new year. But not you, Drinkhacker reader. You value substance and style over slurred speech no matter what time it is. So here you go: some alternative cocktail ideas that go beyond champagne in a flute. May 2016 be most excellent to you and yours.

royalRoyal Buddha
1 oz. Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Vodka
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz. honey syrup
2 oz. California sparkling wine

Add ingredients except sparkling wine in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with sparkling California wine. Garnish with an expressed long lemon peel.

Star Kiss
1 ounce Ciroc Apple vodka
.75 ounce pomegranate molasses
.75 ounce lemon juice
.5oz sparkling wine

Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, add all of the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into Coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine.

image001Day Break
1.5 oz. 1800 Reposado Tequila
1 oz. blood orange liqueur
0.5 oz. blood orange juice
2 dashes orange bitters
1 oz. Champagne

Add ingredients except champagne in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with Champagne. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

 

Recipe: Holiday Cocktails, 2015

No holiday season is complete without the insufferable relatives and the libations that go along with numbing the rage you may feel at the family dinner table. Here are a few recipes to help get you through those rough moments. For everyone who doesn’t have holiday headaches, well, just serve and enjoy! Happy Holidays from the Drinkhacker crew!

Winter WonderWinter Wonder
1 oz vodka
2 oz eggnog
.25 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
.25 oz peppermint schnapps

Add Vodka, eggnog, Peppermint Schnapps and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Amaretto & Eve
1 oz. Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
0.5 oz. Foro Amaro
0.25 oz. Disarrono Amaretto
top with 6 oz. hot apple cider

Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

eggnogJack Honey Egg Nog
4 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
12 oz. virgin eggnog
Garnish with Cinnamon Stick option

Laphroaig Ginger[Bread] Man
Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY)
1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10 Year Old
3/4 parts cantaloupe juice
3/4 parts lemon juice
1/2 part ginger syrup

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coup glass.

coffeeCafé Maguey
1 oz. Milagro Tequila Reposado
1 oz. Del Maguey Crema
½ oz. agave nectar
2 oz. Lavazza Espresso Delicato

Stir with ice and strained into a double old-fashioned glass. (Note: ideal at breakfast with thick cut bacon)

Partridge and Pear Margarita
2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 cup pear syrup
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup lime juice
Rosemary sprigs and pear slices for garnish (optional)

Combine the first five ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour into margarita glasses and garnish each with a rosemary sprig and slice of pear. Serves 8. Enjoy! (Note: does not actually include Partridge)

unnamedPoinsettias In Pisticci
1.5 oz. Amaro Lucano
1 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. honey syrup
rosemary sprig for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass and garnish with rosemary sprig.

The Peppermint Patty
(Courtesy of the 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa)
1/2 oz. peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. cream
1/2 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur

Build in glass with a peppermint rim. Top with whip cream and cherry

Original Recipe: The Dirty McLean

A little something I came up with at a neighbor’s holiday party (with limited stock) — for something “light, fruity and fizzy.”

The Dirty McLean
1 1/2 oz. pineapple rum
1/2 oz. Patron Citronge Mango liqueur
ginger beer
lemon wedge for garnish

Stir rum and mango liqueur in a tall Collins glass with ice. Top with ginger beer (to taste). Garnish with a lemon wedge.