The following is a guest post written by Nick Stokes*
In comparison to alcoholic drinks and alcohol brands, which are usually made for profit, most cocktails were made for fun or out of boredom. This is only logical because there are no copyrights or other legal barriers when you make a cocktail. You make it for yourself and for your friends, so that you can enjoy new and interesting mixtures while you spend time together. Cocktails are usually made in public, making them that much more intriguing. Some of them were created accidentally, while others were created in order to promote a certain alcoholic beverage.
The Cuba Libre is a drink which was created in order to celebrate Cuban independence. After The Spanish-American War, this cocktail was made out of Cuban rum and American Coca-Cola. Whether it was made by a Cuban bartender or an American soldier, it still remains a mystery.
Robert Roy McGregor was a Scottish folk hero and in the 19th century there was an opera created about his life. Prior to the performance, a local New York bartender made a cocktail to honor Rob Roy. It included whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
It’s April, it’s springtime and it’s Easter. After a long and brutal winter, things are finally beginning to look up with summer quickly approaching. There’s a lot to look forward to, Opening Day in baseball, Aries season, Easter egg hunts and of course candy, and lots of it. Whatever you’re looking forward to most, one thing we all have in common is our need for a cocktail at some point during all the festivities.
The Silly Rabbit offers all that and is great this time of year. It’s tangy and sweet, perfect for a sunny spring day. Start your day off with one over brunch and skip spring cleaning for now. Trust me, it can wait. Happy Easter everyone and enjoy your spring. Cheers!
1.5 oz Kinky Liqueur
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
2 1/2 oz Pink Lemonade
Splash of Grenadine
Splash of Passion Fruit Cocktail
Sugar (dyed Yellow for glass rimming)
First rim your cocktail glass with a lemon wedge. Rim the cocktail with sugar and set aside. Next add all remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass and enjoy.
If you plan on hosting an Easter brunch with friends and/or family, I’m sure the last thing you want to worry about is whipping up a cocktail for each and every person. This is exactly the kind of situation where big batch cocktails come in handy. All you have to do is get your hands on a nice punch bowl or cocktail dispenser and you’re halfway there. For my Easter brunch-inspired cocktail, I went with a jug-style, cocktail dispenser from Pottery Barn. It features a stainless steel spigot with a silicone gasket, so there’s no drip-drop-drip-drippety-drop to worry about.
The big batch cocktail I created was the Perfectly Peachy Punch. It’s refreshingly fruity, and the addition of Ciroc Peach adds a nice amount of boozy kick. Add a few lime and lemon wheels as your garnish and your big batch cocktail is ready to be enjoyed by the masses.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015! Since St. Patrick’s Day is one of my personal, favorite holidays (seeing that it’s certainly a lush’s day to be a lush), I encourage everyone to get out there and join the fun. Iron out that one green top you have hanging in your closet and camp out at a local pub, you won’t regret it. The beers and whiskey will be flowing over the sounds of classic Irish tunes like “Danny Boy.” Never mind the fact you don’t know the words, everyone is Irish on March 17th. What’s this you say? You don’t like Irish whiskey? Guinness stout is just too harsh? You’re reading the right blog then. Check out this shot recipe.
Here’s a fruity tasting shot, inspired by the flag of Ireland. I give you, my fellow Irish men and women, “The Celtic Warrior.” Once you have some corn beef and cabbage in your belly, these will top off the night wonderfully. Hopefully, after a few of these shots, you’ll be lucky enough to find a leprechaun and when you do, we’ll all know you’ve had enough. Get out there, celebrate in peace and always drink responsibly. Cheers everyone!
Overproof Vodka (regular will do just fine)
This is a recipe for a single shot. You’ll be using a shot glass that’s roughly 2 ounces or smaller, so keep your portions very small. About 1/6 oz ought to do fine for each portion when creating the top and bottom layers. First, combine orange curacao and simple syrup in a shaker with ice and strain into a shot glass. Next, layer 1/3 oz of peach schnapps into your shot glass. Lastly, combine melon liqueur and vodka in a shaker with ice and carefully layer that onto the top of peach schnapps.
I’m sure quite a few of you (I won’t name any names) are still nursing hangovers from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend, so I’d like to issue a friendly reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is actually this Tuesday (March 17). And with a little experimentation and a bottle of Teeling Irish Whiskey, I’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that surely isn’t for the faint of heart. I’ve added a spicy kick to the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail thanks to the addition of fresh jalapeno, and created what I’ve dubbed “The Spicy Shamrock.”
Check out “The Spicy Shamrock” recipe below, and cheers to a Lushworthy, St. Patrick’s Day!
1.5 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Water
1.5 tsp Sugar
2 Jalapeno Slices
Add Teeling Irish Whiskey to a shaker with no ice. Add one jalapeno slice and muddle. Add fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, and ice. Shake contents. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, using both the shaker strainer and a mesh strainer to capture any seeds from the jalapeno. Garnish with jalapeno slice and maraschino cherry.
As a spirits writer, a handful of mismatched cocktail glasses here and there doesn’t even begin to explain my glassware struggle. I’ve got about a dozen souvenir glasses and not a single, complete set of cocktail glasses in sight. For most of us, spring cleaning usually means ditching your old threads or giving your floorboards a good dusting. Despite being a vital part of the home, glassware and any other kitchenware tends to get neglected during the spring cleaning process. Hence a plethora of chipped mugs, cloudy souvenir glasses, and other maladies hidden behind closed (cabinet) doors.
With spring right around the corner, I finally chose to give my glassware a minor makeover. First off, I ditched any glassware that’s chipped, cracked, or looks like it may be older than my nine-year-old cousin. And to add a nice amount of spring flair, I purchased a set of green, Victorian tumblers from Pottery Barn. They’re a perfect size for cocktails and their spring-friendly, green hue adds a much-needed dose of colorful flair to my glassware.