At the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs serves custom-made mint juleps for $1000 apiece… but we’ve made you one for nothing! This Julep has a faint hint of bitter chocolate, which makes it an excellent choice for a summer dessert (or breakfast).
In the bottom of a lowball glass, muddle syrup and mint springs. Add bourbon, bitters, water, and ice and stir.
Plain champagnes are for plain Janes!
Drop the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute or coupe. Add the bitters, soaking the cube. Top with Champagne/Prosecco and garnish with a curl of orange peel.
The original French 75 cocktail was named for the Canon de 75 Modèle 1897, a WWI-era light artillery piece used to deliver toxic gas shells. In accordance with the Geneva Convention, we use it to deliver strawberry, basil, and elderflower.
- 1 strawberry, thinly sliced
- 3/4 ounce Basil-Lemon Syrup
- 1 1/2 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce St. Germaine
- Basil leaf, for garnish
Muddle strawberry slices with syrup in bottom of champagne flute. Add St. Germaine and gin. Top with Prosecco. Stir gently. Garnish with basil leaf.
Come for the bittersweet bubbles, stay for the antioxidant anthocyanins!
- 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean simple syrup (or more, to taste)
- Club soda
- Blood orange wedge, for garnish
Pour juice and syrup over ice in a lowball glass. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a blood orange wedge.
The City That Never Sleeps demands a Cocktail That Never Disappoints. The Manhattan- among the most classic of libations- has been enjoyed by elegant New Yorkers since it was first served at the Manhattan Club in 1870.
Like its namesake, the Manhattan has always been adaptable. Its popularity was undeterred even by Prohibition, when Canadian whiskey was substituted as the main ingredient (thanks, Canada!). Our version adds a hint of chocolate, which doesn’t break any laws… but does taste a bit racy.
*Rye (Canadian Whiskey) has been the mainstay of the Manhattan since the Prohibition era, but anything goes in this town! You can substitute Scotch (then it’s a Rob Roy) or bourbon (and then we want one).
Stir ingredients with ice. Serve as is or strain into chilled cocktail glass.
ENJOY IT, OLD SPORT!
This screwdriver is a sure to get you unhinged.
- 4 ounces tequila blanco
- 4 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 4 maraschino cherries
- Salt and orange twist for garnish
- Double shot glasses
Coat small dish with salt. Run lime around rim of glasses and invert over salt to coat rim. Drop cherry into the bottom of each glass. Pour tequila and orange juice into cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into shot glasses. Place orange twist on rim. Serves 4.
Salt, tequila, thyme!
This refreshing tequila treat blends citrus, bubbles, and a hint of aromatic herbs.
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Club soda
- 1 ounce Thyme Syrup
- Thyme sprig and lime wheel for garnish
Run lime wheel around edge of glass and invert over salt to coat rim. Fill glass with ice. Add tequila, grapefruit, lime , and syrup and stir. Top with soda, then garnish with lime wheel and thyme sprig.
This syrup is gluten-free, dairy-free, and contains no puns on the word thyme.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 sprigs thyme
In a small saucepan, bring ingredients to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and strain into a glass jar.
IN YOUR BAR
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In the 18th century, tonic contained much greater quantities of quinine, a fever-reducing, pain-relieving, malaria-fighting compound. The gin and tonic was first served to British soldiers in India, perhaps a product of thinking that a spoonful of gin would make the medicine go down.
Nowadays, the gin and tonic has gone from medicine to mainstay, a favorite complement to a sultry summer night. This G & T gets a little extra Oh! from a splash of blood oranges and faraway spices.
Pour gin over ice in lowball glass. Top with tonic water. Add 12 drops blood orange bitters (an eyedropper works best) and stir. Garnish with orange wedge.
Serves one, may attract others.
We created this hot spiced wine especially for the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones.” We hear it’s gonna be a cold one!
- 1 750 mL bottle medium-bodied red wine such as Merlot or Shiraz
- 2-3 tablespoons local wildflower honey
- 3 whole black peppercorns
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 whole green cardamom pod
- 4 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cassia cinnamon chunks (can substitute 1 cinnamon stick)
- 1 tablespoon blood orange bitters
- 1/4 cup brandy
- orange slices, for garnish
Combine all ingredients (through brandy) in a large saucepan. Slowly bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle into a mug or drinking horn. Garnish with orange slices.
Serves your house with honor.
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, Game of Thrones
, Star Anise