Virtual happy hours are the new (and best) way to socialize during the pandemic, so why not use the time to spice up your cocktail repertoire? Here, 6 favorite cocktail recipes we are learning right now.
Kinsey Bourbon Lemonade from Art in the Age
Courtesy of Lee Noble, Mixologist at Art in the Age
1.5 oz. Kinsey Bourbon
4 oz. Homemade lemonade
Glassware: Collins glass
Garnish: Lemon wheel and sprig of mint
Add Kinsey and lemonade to a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and spring of mint.
Devil’s Tail from The Twisted Tail
Courtesy of George Reilly, Owner of The Twisted Tail
2 oz. Devil's Cut Bourbon
1 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
2 dashes Black Walnut Bitters
Glassware: Rocks glass
Garnish: Lime wheel + bourbon soaked maraschino cherry
Spritz inside of rocks glass with absinthe. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice. Stir and strain into rocks glass, over a fresh two inch ice cube. Garnish with a lime wheel and bourbon soaked maraschino cherry.
Blackberry Smash from Davio’s
4 muddled mint leaves and 4 blackberries
Rye, Cointreau and Simple Syrup
Garnish with mint
Muddle mint leaves and blackberries. Add Rye, Cointreau and simple syrup. Shake with ice, and then strain into a glass. Garnish with skewered blackberry and a sprig of mint.
Citrus Soda from Scarpetta
1/2 oz vanilla simple syrup
3 oz grapefruit juice
3 oz San Pellegrino Aranciata (or any other citrus flavored sparkling water, if you don’t have San Pellegrino Aranciata at home)
Muddle limes with vanilla simple syrup, topped with grapefruit juice and San Pellegrino Aranciata. Serve over ice in a Collins glass.
Charanda Blanco Sour from Bloomsday Cafe
1oz Charanda Blanco Rum
1oz D’Pamape Vermouth
.5oz simple syrup
1 egg white
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake ingredients without ice for 10 seconds. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain ice and dry shake for an additional 10 seconds. Strain into coup glass.
Purple Skies Over Normandy from Bistrot La Minette
Courtesy of Edward Dattilo, General Manager
1.5 oz. Calvados - Boulard VSOP
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Malbec
Chill martini glass. Vigorously shake Calvados, simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker tin.
Strain into martini glass. Float Malbec on top. Garnish with 1 whole clove and 1 star anise.
Pantry Punch from Safran Turney Hospitality
Courtesy of Terence Lewis, Beverage Director
15 ounces white spirit. Gin or tequila works best.
4 ounces brown spirit. Brandy or a neutral brown rum would work. Avoid spiced and black rums.
8 ounces Aperol
8 ounces Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and warm water mixed thoroughly and cooled).
8 ounces white wine
20 ounces fresh citrus. Go heavy on OJ and Lemon if you have it on hand.
Take equal parts honey and warm water. Mix until blended. Let the honey syrup cool for a bit and set aside. After the syrup is cooled, take a large bowl and mix all of the ingredients together. Fill a cocktail glass completely with ice, and then fill it with your punch.
Photography by: Cover image by Brooke Lark on Unsplash; All other photos courtesy of restaurants