Party Punches, with or without alcohol, Cocktails, "Mock"tails

Assorted Drink Recipes

     The party always starts with a drink!!  In this section, you will find it all, from brewed iced tea to Long Island Iced Tea, Mojitos to Hurricaines, traditional drinks, new creations and more.  You will also find a number of Sangrias, and Party Punches, with and without alcohol. 

     We will show you how to fully stock your bar, and what you need to throw the perfect cocktail party even without a full bar.   

    As a hostess, host or a guest, we do ask that if you are going to use any of our alcoholic recipes and drink, that you do so responsibly.  Pick a designated driver.

    If there's something you want, but don't see, Just Ask Deb.

THE WELL-STOCKED BAR

     Maintaining a well-stocked bar can be an expensive endeavor. The good
news is that spirits will last indefinitely, so you can build your collection gradually without any worry of spoilage. As when stocking a bar for a gathering, buy the highest quality liquor your budget will allow.
A well-stocked home bar begins with SPIRITS:
•Bourbon: used in Manhattans and old fashioned cocktails
•Gin: for gin and tonics, Tom Collins, and of course, the original martini
•Rum: stock both light and dark. Use in piña coladas, mai tais, daiquiris
•Scotch: for drinking on the rocks, or mixing in Rob Roys (Scotch Manhattans)
•Single Malt Scotch: for sipping neat (without ice). There are many to try, with smoky, peaty, and caramel overtones. Experiment as your budget will allow.
•Tequila: for margaritas and tequila sunrises. Premium brands of aged tequila are good for sipping.
•Vodka: buy the 1.5-liter bottle; this is a versatile spirit. Use in vodka martinis, vodka Collins, sea breeze, Cape Cod, Vodka & Tonic, Screwdrivers, etc.
•Whiskey: enjoyed on the rocks or in whiskey sours and hot toddys
•Sweet Vermouth: essential for Manhattans
•Dry Vermouth: essential for martinis
•Triple Sec or Cointreau: this orange liqueur is added to many cocktails, from margaritas to hurricanes to Long Island iced tea.
•Liqueur: With so many to choose from, this is an area where you can let your personal taste be your guide. You may want to buy liqueurs that you enjoy drinking and for cooking: Cointreau, Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps are delicious in chocolate desserts.
•Brandy or Cognac: generally enjoyed on its own.
•Port: this sweet fortified wine is generally served as a dessert wine.
•Sherry: dry sherry can be used in cooking or as an aperitif, while cream sherries are enjoyed as an after-dinner digestif.
•Beer: beer does have a shelf-life; if you don't drink it yourself, only buy it when you're having guests.
•Wine: you needn't be a collector to keep an assortment of wine on hand.  Store a bottle or two of white wine in your refrigerator for impromptu guests.

  • Mixers & Garnishes

    •Bitters: used in Manhattans and other cocktails
    •Olives: for dry martinis
    •Lemons and limes: for all manner of drinks
    •Maraschino or brandied cherries
    •Grenadine: this pomegranate-colored (and, traditionally, flavored) syrup is
    used in Shirley Temples, tequila sunrises, and layered drinks
    •Lime Juice: sweetened lime juice is available in the mixer aisle with
    grenadine
    •Sweet and Sour mix

  • Bar Tool Kit

    •Ice bucket
    •Ice scoop (tongs are too fussy, and a spoon can be unwieldy. If you don't
    have a scoop, a cup or sturdy glass will do.)
    •Lemon zester
    •Cutting board
    •Paring knife
    •Jigger measures
    •Corkscrew
    •Bottle opener
    •Cocktail shaker(s)
    •Long-Handled bar spoon
    •Muddler
    •Strainer
    •Pitcher
    •Dump bucket

COCKTAIL PARTY HOW TO & TIPS

Cocktail Party
photo by shuttercock.com

     Once you have your bar in place, it's the perfect time to whip up some of those simple appetizers and tapas from our Recipe pages and throw a Cocktail Party!  Here are some tips I gathered so anyone could make a successful Cocktail Party in no time!:  

     First, set an appropriate time.  The traditional time frame for a cocktail party is two to three hours in length held between 6 P.M. and 10 P.M. You are not serving dinner, so 7 or 7:30pm is just fine.  (make it too early and your guests will be leaving early for dinner).

     Second, buy enough ice.  Remember that you're not just using it for drinks, but also for chilling bottles and cans. Generally, having 1 lb. of ice per guest should be adequate. 

     Third, be sure you have enough glasses.  You should offer wine glasses for wines, juice and water; straight-sided highballs for tall drinks; tumblers for spirits and juices; and martini glasses. 

     Fourth, you don't really need a fully stocked bar to throw a terrific cocktail party. Its more practical and inexpensive to offer one or two signature cocktails, along with beer, wine, and some non-alcoholic choices. Standard cocktails use 1.5 fluid ounces of spirits per drink, so plan on getting 16 cocktails from each bottle.  Figuring one cocktail per guest per hour, plus beer and wine, the beverage shopping list for a 4-hour party featuring martinis and Manhattans for 20
guests might look like this:
•4 750-ml bottles of gin (and/or vodka) •3 750-ml bourbon •One bottle (750 ml) dry vermouth •Two bottles (750 ml) sweet vermouth •Bitters •Pimento-stuffed cocktail olives •Maraschino cherries •Cocktail napkins and picks •6 bottles of white wine •4 bottles red wine •24 12-oz bottles of beer--a mixture of light and dark beers •Water, still and sparkling •A variety of soft drinks •Ice, at least half a pound per person.  Tippler's Tip: Clear alcohol (such as vodka) tends to go faster than brown (such as whiskey), and white wine is more popular in party settings than red. 

     Fifth, prepare a menu with variety (meat, vegetarian, hot, cold, spicy, and sweet). Since you're not serving dinner, estimate 6 - 8 bites per person, but remember that it's better to have too much food than not enough.  Finally, after a fun evening, offer coffee at the end of the evening as a courtesy.  It will not make a drunk guest sober, so keep the number of a local taxi service handy for those guests lacking a designated driver.

  Thank you to wikihow.com and Cocktail 101 at allrecipes.com for their contributions to this information.

ALCOHOL FREE, BUT JUST AS FUN!!

photo taken from www.misscharming.com I know you can guess that it wasn't mine!!

For those of you who want to be alcohol free, whether you're the designated driver, on meds, on the wagon, or just don't drink, we have a selection for you too!!  So enjoy, have fun, and party the evening away wth the same taste as everyone else. 

If there is a drink here that you want but don't see as non-alcoholic, we will get you a recipe for it. 

Lemonade Iced Tea

Lemonade/Iced Tea Punc

       This lemon iced tea provides a refrehsing althernative for a summer party.  With no alcohol, everyone at the party can dip in, the mint and lemon float to the top and don't clog the spike, and with its large 3 gallon size, and lots of ice, it will last all evening long. 

1 cup white sugar, 1 cup strong brewed black tea,

4 cups orange juice, 4 cups pineapple juice

4 cups prepared lemonade,  1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, combine sugar and tea. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in orange juice, pineapple juice and lemonade. Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.
  2. Just before serving, pour chilled juice mixture into a punch bowl and stir in ginger ale.

APPLE ORCHARD PUNCH

Apple Orchard Punch

Ingredients
 1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle apple juice, chilled
 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
 1 cup orange juice
 1 1/2 liters ginger ale
 1 apple
 Directions
1. In a large punch bowl, combine apple juice, cranberry juice concentrate and orange juice. Stir until dissolved, then slowly pour in the ginger ale.
2. Thinly slice the apple vertically, forming whole apple slices. Float apple slices on top of punch.

 

CITRUS PARTY PUNCH

Ingredients
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (46 fluid ounce) can sweetened pineapple juice
1 3/4 cups lemon juice
2 cups white sugar
1 gallon water




Directions
1. In a 2 gallon punch bowl, combine orange juice concentrate, pineapple juice, lemon juice and sugar. Stir in water.

  • Tornado Twist

    12 fluid ounces cranberry-raspberry juice
    1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

    Directions
    1. In a pitcher, mix cranberry-raspberry juice with lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice and serve.

  • No Alcohol Mojito

    Ingredients
    2 cups water
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    2 cups mint leaves, chopped
    2 cups lime sherbet, softened
    1 cup lime juice
    1 cup water
    8 cups club soda
    lime slices for garnish




    Directions
    1. Combine 2 cups water and the sugar in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave on High for 5 minutes. Stir the mint into the water; let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and discard the mint leaves from the syrup; set aside.
    2. Stir the lime sherbet, lime juice, and 1 cup water together in a large pitcher until well combined. Pour the mint-infused syrup into the mixture. Add club soda and stir. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

  • Virgin Pina Colada

    1 cup ice
    1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    2 tablespoons white sugar

    Directions
    1. In an electric blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, milk, cream, and sugar. Blend until smooth. You do not have to make this in a pineapple. A cocktail glass will be fine!
    OR - you could buy pina colada mix in the supermarket, add ice and blend, leaving out the alcohol.

  • Sparkling Pomegranate Wedding Punch

    In a punch bowl, dissolve 3 tbs[ sugar in 1 c. pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add 2 bottles sparkling wine and 3/4 c. late harvest white wine, then add the orange slices of 2 oranges, 2 cups diced pineapple and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes

  • Bubbly Black Punch with sparkling Ice Worms. (alcohol free)

    1 cup gummy candy worms 4 cups green berry rush kiwi-strawberry fruit punch (from 128-oz container) 3 cans (12 oz each) orange-flavored carbonated beverage 3 cans (12 oz each) grape-flavored carbonated beverage 1 can (11.5 oz) frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed.
    1. In bottom of 6-cup ring mold, scatter most of candy worms. Pour fruit punch over candy, filling to within 1 inch of top (candy worms will float to top). Place remaining candy worms over edge of mold. Freeze 5 to 6 hours or until solid.
    2 Just before serving, in 3-quart or larger punch bowl, mix both carbonated beverages and thawed juice concentrate.
    3 Dip outside of ring mold in hot water until ice ring is loosened. Remove ice ring; place in punch so gummy worms are visible.

  • Don't forget the Sangria Christmas Party Punch

    A quick and easy recipe to keep you warm and jolly this festive season!

    Ingredients
    •2 cups cranberry/raspberry juice
    •2 cups red wine
    •1 cup Vodka
    •1/2 cup tangerine/grapefruit juice
    •1/4 cup rum
    •1/2 cup grapes, sliced in half
    •1/4 fresh strawberries
    •1 lemon, cut in slices
    •1 lime, cut in slices
    •1 orange, cut in slices
    •1 apple, cut in slices
    •1 cup sparkling water
    •Ice
    1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a large punch bowl.
    2. Add fruit.
    3. Add sparkling water and ice just before serving

New Years Eve Punch (Alcohol)

" very pleasing mildly alcoholic (from the champagne) punch to start a party going. It is colorful and tastes delicious:"

Ingredients

  • 1 quart orange sherbet
  • 2 quarts fresh orange juice
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles champagne, chilled
  • Sliced strawberries and oranges
  • LOTS OF ICE

Directions

  1. Place the orange juice, ginger ale, and champagne in the refrigerator to get them well chilled.
  2. In a large punch bowl, place the block of sherbet in the center and pour the orange juice over the top. Next, pour the ginger ale over the sherbet. Finally, pour both bottles of champagne over the sherbet. Stir gently to mix the liquids, resulting in a foamy top. Serve immediately.

Spiced Rum Punch

Spiced Rum Punch

Photo and recipe from The Food Channel

2 quarts cranberry juice, chilled
 1 1/4 quarts (slightly more than half a 2-liter bottle) lemon-lime soda, chilled
1 bottle (750 Milliliters) Spiced Rum 
2 seedless clementines, sliced thin

 
Combine cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda and rum in a punch bowl. Alternatively, mix ingredients in a large pot and pour into a pitcher, refrigerating any punch left in the pot for later use. Clementine slices can be placed in the punch bowl or pitcher or used to garnish the rim of the glass. Provide glasses filled with ice to allow guests to serve themselves.

Honey Party Punch (non-alcoholic, unless you choose to add it)

Honey Party Punch,
easycookrecipes.com

Yield 12 Servings
1/4 c honey
1/4 c water,Boiling
3 c water
3 c unsweetened pineapple juice
3/4 c orange juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c fresh mint, Lightly Packed -leaves
1 l ginger ale,chilled
Ice ring
In a large bowl, combine honey and 1/4 cup boiling water until combined. Stir in 3 cups water, fruit juices, and mint. Cover; chill at least 4 hours.
Discard leaves before serving. Pour punch into a punch bowl; stir in
ginger ale. Carefully slide ice ring into punch bowl.

If you are not using a punch bowl, skip the ice ring and use cubes instead.  Its always a good idea to make the ice cubes with some of the punch so you don't dilute the flavor too much. 

Of course, 3 or 4 cups of your favorite vodka or rum, would really kick up this party

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch (Alcohol)

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch, Food & Wine Mag.

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
    1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
    3/4 cup late-harvest white wine, such as late-harvest Riesling, chilled
    Ice cubes, for serving
    Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 cup diced fresh pineapple (1/2 inch)
    1 cup pomegranate juice
    In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Charlotte's Festive Party Punch Recipe, **Emeril Lagasse

Who better than my man Emeril to come up with a different, enticing and eye-catching punch, that is delicious and packs a punch at the same time!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 quart strong brewed green tea (hot)
  • 6 lemons, juiced and strained
  • 1 cup peach brandy
  • 2 cups rum
  • 1 quart bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 quart chilled club soda
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Lime slices, for garnish

Directions

Place the sugar in a large bowl and add the hot tea. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice, peach brandy, rum, and whiskey and mix well. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  Just before serving, place the mixture in a punch bowl and add the club soda to taste. Serve in punch cups. (or just let them dip the punch cups in!)

Tangy Party Punch Recipe (non-alcoholic, yet)

Sherbert Punch, from "A Taste of Home" (not my home)

Although I'm not usually a fan of the "sherbert" punches, many people are, and we don't want to exclude anyone.  I am told that this recipe, from A Taste of Home is excellent and quite reliable.  Hmmm.....

  • 1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 can (46 ounces) orange juice, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 liters ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 pint each orange, lemon and lime sherbet
  • In a large punch bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Stir in ginger ale. Add scoops of sherbet just before serving. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 quarts
  • If you are going to add alcohol, I suggest a good dark rum.  Portion out the punch into a serving cup, then pour the rum over the sherbert.  Now that's delicious (and you can control the amount of alcohol you are dolling out!)

Blackberry Mojito Punch, with Mint

As you know by now, I'm liking the punches that can be served in my server with a Spicket at the bottom.  Can't have too much stuff clogging the exit.  But, Blackberries float!!!  Blackberries and mint springs create a show stopping presentation for this classic citrus mixture.

Ingredients:

3 cups blueberry-blackberry juice blends

2 (12-oz.) cans frozen mojito mix

(1-liter) bottles club soda, chilled

1 1/2 cups white rum

3 limes, sliced

1 (12-oz.) package frozen blackberries

Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation

  1. Stir together blueberry-blackberry juice blend, mojito mix, chilled club soda, white rum, sliced limes, and frozen blackberries. Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

SOMETIMES A COCKTAIL CAN BE MORE FUN AND SATISFY MORE PEOPLE THAN PUNCH ALONE, SO BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR BAR WELL STOCKED, THEN TRY ONE OF THE ONES BELOW, OR BE INNOVATIVE, AND COME UP WITH ONE OF YOUR OWN!

Here are a few tips before you get started, thanks to ifood.tv

Martinis - Considered to be one of the most classic cocktails or mixed drinks it includes a measure of gin. However, a number of variations have also emerged as the most popular drinks this year with the vodka martini, apple and chocolate liqueur flavored martinis winning hands down.

Tall Drinks - Served in tall glasses, these mixed drinks contain a lot of liquids topped generously with ice cubes and are meant to be sipped slowly over a period of time. Also known as highballs, these mixed drinks have been enjoyed by a majority of the people this year. The traditional highball is not to be confused with a tall drink though. It is a particularly lethal combination of ginger ale with a good shot of whiskey. Gin and tonic, bloody Mary and Tom Collins are all time favorites and have not proved to be an exception this time round.

Hot Cocktails - Mixed drinks served hot are pleasant to drink during the chilling winter months with the hot toddy being a prime example of a popular mixed drink this season. Hot buttered Rum or the classic Tom & Jerry remain firm favorites although the spiked up coffee has gained considerable ground as the hot mixed drinks of 2010.

Holiday Mixed Drinks - Special drinks that signify a holiday is drunk on that particular day as a mark of tradition. However, the enjoyment certainly does not lessen and downing mixed drinks in the form of an Angel’s delight or Cane candy drinks along with the Christmas Jones on the specific day has remained popular though the years.

Non alcoholic drinks - Mixed drinks which steer clear of alcohol have also become exceedingly popular in 2010. While it is an ideal alternative for the teetotaler, the non alcoholic cocktails or mocktails as they are sometimes called are also preferred for avoiding a hangover the next day. Almost all the known cocktail drinks have their non alcoholic versions as well with the Margarita being prepared exclusively with citrus drinks and wedges of lime while the ginger ale replaces the strong vodka in the popular screwdriver. A frothy concoction of coffee and chocolate syrups can make a traditional White Russian taste delightful even without the added alcohol.

The Ultimate Mai Tai

Ingredients

  • 1 quart orange sherbet
  • 2 quarts fresh orange juice
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles champagne, chilled
  • Sliced strawberries and oranges
  • LOTS OF ICE

Directions

  1. Place the orange juice, ginger ale, and champagne in the refrigerator to get them well chilled.
  2. In a large punch bowl, place the block of sherbet in the center and pour the orange juice over the top. Next, pour the ginger ale over the sherbet. Finally, pour both bottles of champagne over the sherbet. Stir gently to mix the liquids, resulting in a foamy top. Serve immediately.

30 servings

Hard (or Soft) Pink Lemonade

photo & recipe adapted form "somewheresplendid.com"

1 cup sugar
1 cup room temperature water
3 cups cold water
1 cup lemon juice
3 teaspoons grenadine
vodka (optional)

1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and place the saucepan over medium heat.

2. Stir the mixture occasionally to help it dissolve, if necessary, then remove the saucepan from the heat when the sugar has completely dissolved.

3. Set aside to cool.

4. Pour the lemon juice (either fresh squeezed or store-bought is fine) into a pitcher.

5. Dilute the lemonade with the cold water, then add the simple syrup and grenadine and stir thoroughly to combine.

6. Chill in the refrigerator before serving

The Grand Mojito

Grand Mojito

5 mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish

2 orange wedges, plus 1 half-wheel for garnish

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup (recipe follows)

1 1/2 ounces light rum

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

Splash of soda water

Simple syrup: To make enough for about 10 mojitos, combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool completely, then bottle and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Grand mojito: In a tall glass, muddle the mint leaves with the orange wedges, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add the rum and Grand Marnier. Top with crushed ice and the soda water. Stir well from the bottom up. Garnish with the mint sprig and orange half-wheel.

Variation: Make this mojito more grand by adding 1/4 cup of mango chunks to the muddled ingredients.

THE ORIGINAL HURRICAINE

   As you may already know, the Hurricaine is one of my favorite party drinks (ok, yes, vodka/rocks too).  But why deny yourself!! The Hurricane became popular at Pat O'Briens bar in 1940's New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World's Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It's said that O'Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • juice of a half a lime
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grenadine
  • orange slice and cherry for garnish

 

  1. Squeeze juice from half a lime into shaker over ice.
  2. Pour the remaining ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a hurricane glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Now, I'm going to tell you a little secret.  You can by powdered Hurricane Mix in a package at many a specialty store, and at Big Daddy's (which sells the best one), mix it with the rum and water and its almost like the real one.  Not too bad in a pinch

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The Long Island Iced Tea

BE CAREFUL--this one will knock you out if you're not keeping tracK:

The Long Island IcedTea (LIIT) is the basis of many elaborate mixed-drinks. It dates to the 70's, named after the continental USA's largest island Long Island, in New York. Although it doesn't contain tea, it's taste is similar. The drink sits in the top 5 of most popular cocktails and is regularly mentioned or seen served in television and films (worthy mentions are The Simpsons, Sex and the City and Cruel Intentions).
The following Recipe Serves (1) one. 
 
1 part vodka
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola®
Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.

The Cranberry Kiss

The Cranberry Kiss, from
www.delish.com

Ingredients

3/4 ounce(s) Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

2 ounce(s) collins mix

2 ounce(s) cranberry juice

1 wedge(s) lemon

Directions

  1. Add Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, collins mix, and cranberry juice to ice-filled highball glass and stir.
  2. Garnish with lemon wedge.
  • Traditional Dirty Martini

    I know many traditional Martini connoisseurs will tell me that there is only one true Martini, gin and dry vermouth. Very true, a Martini is a Martini. There are many ways to make the original Martini: gin or vodka, little or no vermouth, stirred or shaken and an olive or lemon twist garnish. One drink, so many options. But the basic recipe for a TRADITIONAL MARTINI:
    •2 1/2 oz gin
    •1/2 oz dry vermouth
    •1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
    •orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
    1.Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
    2.Stir for 30 seconds.
    3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    Dry Martini: using little or no vermouth.
    DIRTY MARTINI: Add a small amount of olive brine, and extra olives.
    Vodka Martini- Replace gin with vodka

  • Deep Blue Sea Martini

    APPLETINI:To make an Apple Martini, you would take 1 part Apple Juice, 1 part Apple Schnapps, and 1 part Vodka, and combine the ingredients into a glass of crushed ice. Mix the ingredients well, and add mint leaves for garnishing
    CRANBERRY APPLETINI:
    1/2 fluid ounce butterscotch schnapps
    2 fluid ounces vodka
    2 fluid ounces sour apple schnapps (such as DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker)
    2 fluid ounces cranberry juice.
    1. Pour the butterscotch schnapps, vodka, apple schnapps, and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass to serve.
    DEEP BLUE SEA MARTINI:
    •2 oz Blue Ice American Vodka
    •3/4 oz sweet and sour mix
    •1/2 blue curacao
    •1/2 oz pineapple juice
    1.Pour the vodka, sour mix, blue curacao and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
    2.Shake well.
    3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • Negroni Cocktail

    NEGRONI COCKTAIL:
    3 ounces (6 tablespoons) gin
    3 ounces (6 tablespoons) Campari
    3 ounces (6 tablespoons) sweet (red) vermouth
    2 splashes fresh orange juice
    Equipment: a cocktail shaker Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker. Shake well and strain into chilled Martini glasses.
    CHERRY MARTINI:
    Often reputed to be Fred Astaire’s favourite tipple. The main ingredient is 2 shots of premium dry gin, add to that half a shot of Noilly Prat Dry, 2 large splashes of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy and 3 drops of Angostura Bitters. A fruity Martini favourite – to inspire you to dance the night away!
    Egg Custard Martini:
    This is an unusual cocktail idea and sounds quite bizarre but it really works! The base spirit ingredient here is vodka (2 shots), the flavours and colour coming from Warninks Advocaat (1 shot), Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka (half a shot) plus half a shot of bourbon and a bar spoon of sugar syrup. If you like custard, you’ll love this!

  • Old Fashioned

    Use a rocks Glass:
    Glass Type: Rocks glass

    Ingredients:
    • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
    • 2 dashes Angostura/aromatic bitters
    • 1 splash club soda or water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 sugar cube
    • 1 maraschino cherry
    • 1 orange slice
    • 1 lemon wedge

    Instructions
    1. Mix sugar, soda water and angostura bitters in a rocks glass
    2. Drop in a cherry, orange & lemon wedge
    3. Muddle into a paste (using a pestle or the back end of a spoon)
    4. Fill glass with ice cubes
    5. Pour in bourbon, and stir.

  • Manhattan

    Use a Cocktail Glass:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 ounces rye whiskey
    • ¾ ounces sweet vermouth
    • 2 dashes of aromatic/Angostura bitters
    • 1 maraschino cherry

    Instructions:
    1. Shake (or stir*) the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters well with cracked ice
    2. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass
    3. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
    (*some insist that a proper Manhattan must be stirred, so as to prevent "clouding" or undue fraternization between the liquors)

  • Harvy Wallbanger

    Use a rocks glass:
    Ingredients:
    • 3/4 oz vodka
    • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
    • 1/4 oz Galliano
    • orange slice for garnish
    • maraschino cherry for garnish

    Instructions:
    1. Pour the vodka and orange juice into a glass filled with ice cubes
    2. Stir well
    3. Float ¼ ounce of Galliano on top
    4. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry

Michelada

     You have to be expecting fun guests to get away with this one!  This mix of beer, lime juice, hot sauce, ice, and seasoning is the perfect companion to delicious barbecued pork or, well, bbq of any kind. 

  • 5 liter(s) keg beer , we recommend Heineken
  • 12 limes, juiced into a pitcher
  • 3/4 ounce(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 ounce(s) Maggi seasoning, a soy-sauce-like product found online and in Mexican grocery shops
  • 3/4 ounce(s) Mexican hot sauce
  1. Ice the keg. Add Worcestershire sauce, Maggi seasoning, and hot sauce to the pitcher of lime juice. Refrigerate.
  2. To serve, fill 12-ounce glasses with cracked or crushed ice. Add a generous tablespoon of the lime juice seasoning mixture. Top off with beer from the keg. If desired, rub the rim of each glass with lime and roll in salt.

(source: Esquire)

Spinnaker Swizzle

     Back in the 1950s, when ex-GIs invented the backyard as we know it, tiki drinks — tall, rum-heavy faux-tropical mixtures of great complication and deliciousness — were popular. This recipe is a good starting point. If you feel like tinkering, the caraway-flavored, ship-aged aquavit that gives it its spice can be replaced by anything from gin to Scotch whiskey

  • 1 1/2 ounce(s) aged, light-bodied rum, such as Cruzan Single Barrel or Flor de Caña 7-year-old
  • 1 ounce(s) Linie Aquavit
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce(s) simple syrup
  • 1 ounce(s) fresh lime juice
  • 3 dash(es) Angostura bitters
  • Fresh mint, for garnish
  • Combine all ingredients in a tall (12- to 16-ounce) glass. Fill with shaved ice, stir until the glass frosts. Add more ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Yields 1 drink. 

Farmer's Armagnac

At Prime Meats, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo aim to evoke the late 19th century with riffs on classic drinks. A Falcinelli favorite: Farmer's Armagnac.

  • Sugar
  • Lemon Wedge
  • 1 1/2 ounce(s) Armagnac
  • 3/4 ounce(s) Benedictine
  • 1/4 ounce(s) triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce(s) fresh lemon juiceMoisten the outer rim of a chilled coupe with the lemon wedge and coat lightly with sugar. Add the remaining ingredients to an ice-filled shaker; shake well. Strain into the coupe.