To truly elevate any gathering there's a couple things you need; a solid playlist, finger foods, the best of friends and of course a signature cocktail. I try to always keep my bar cart stocked with a little of something for everyone so the ingredients below shouldn't be to much of a stretch to get.
I worked in the restaurant industry for years and from that found a fascination with the craft cocktail movement. Now I may not have training, a perfected technique or knowledge of flavor profiles and history of spirits but what I do know is what I like, and what I like are the cocktails below.
Cranberry Gin Fizz
Recipe | 2 cocktails
2 ounces gin
2 ounces cointreau
4 ounces 100% cranberry juice
1 ounce of rosemary simple syrup
Rosemary simple syrup; add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 5 rosemary sprigs (sometimes I add more, depending on how strong I want the rosemary) to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer removing rosemary sprigs. I keep my syrup in a mason jar, make sure whatever container you use is air tight.
Add the cranberry juice, gin, triple sec, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 5 seconds (don't shake to much as the ice will start to melt and dilute the cocktail). Pour into a vintage glassware with a ice and fresh cranberries. Top off with club soda. Garnish with cinnamon stick, sprig of rosemary and dehydrated orange slice.
Dehydrated orange slice; preheat oven 200 degrees, wash and dry oranges. Slice very thin and lay on baking sheet with parchment paper. Place in over for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Store in a cool dry place.
Gingerbread White Russian
Recipe | 2 cocktails
4 ounces vodka
2 ounces kahlua
2 ounces heavy cream
3 tsps. of molasses
1/8 tsp. ginger
Combine kahlua and vodka into shaker to combine. Add molasses and ginger, shake.
Add rocks glass with an ice cube. Pour in the kahlua and vodka mixture first. After slowly add the heavy cream, make sure to pour the cream over a spoon so you get the perfect creamy layer on top.
Holiday Spritzer Punch
Recipe | 6 cocktails
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
¾ cup of vodka
¾ cup of champagne
½ of a lime squeezed in
3 ounces of St. Germain liquor
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary
Combine all ingredients in punch bowl, stir and add ice
Serve in coupe and garnish with sprig of rosemary.
Hope you all enjoy + Happy holidays.