Up Your Cocktail Game…. Exceptional Alternatives!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Up Your Cocktail Game…. Exceptional Alternatives!

 

 

BE WARNED: you might have to repeat your order to a (kind of annoyed) bartender a few times, but it’s totally worth it.

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 If you like mimosas, try the French 75.

If you like mimosas, try the French 75.

What the pros say: “Of all the many champagne-and-liquor combinations known to contemporary mixology, this one has the most élan.
Bottom line: It’s got that citrus/champagne combo you love, but this will make you look like the much more serious brunch-time drinker that you are.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 5 ounces Brut champagne

Glass Type: Collins glass

Instructions

Shake well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into a Collins glass half-full of cracked ice and top off with champagne.

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 If you like Long Island Iced Teas, try the Twelve Mile Limit.

If you like Long Island Iced Teas, try the Twelve Mile Limit.

What the pros say: “A forgotten cocktail from the era of Prohibition, the Twelve Mile Limit is one of the booziest cocktails you’ll ever drink.
Bottom line: It’s a much classier way to get totally wasted, if that’s still your thing.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1/2 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • Garnish: lemon twist

 

Procedures

  1. Add rum, rye, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

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 If you like martinis, try the Vancouver.

If you like martinis, try the Vancouver.

What the pros say: “Its design is akin to the late 1800s cocktail scene—it’s elegant, cool and chic.
Bottom line: They’ve both got gin and vermouth, but the Vancouver is the way to go if you want to rep some Canadian pride.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Benedictine
  • 1-2 dashes orange bitters, to taste
  • Thin strip of lemon peel, for garnish

 

Procedures

  1. Combine ingredients in mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over drink and use as garnish.

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 If you like Manhattans, try the Diamondback.

If you like Manhattans, try the Diamondback.

What the pros say: “Bold, strong and deeply alluring, the Diamondback is a robust fortifier….
Bottom line: This one’s got a lot of…potent…components, so it’s well suited to helping get over the pains of a rough week at work.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce applejack
  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse

 

Procedures

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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 If you like mojitos, try a caipirinha.

If you like mojitos, try a caipirinha.

What the pros say: “The Caipirinha is a down-to-earth, honest drink that requires no ostentation.
Bottom line: This is the national drink of Brazil, so you’re still getting that Latin American flavor, just with a little more simplicity.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4 Key limes, halved and seeded, or 2 small, juicy limes, quartered
  • 2 ounces cachaça

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Sprinkle the sugar over the limes, and muddle them in the mixing glass part of a Boston shaker until the sugar is dissolved and the lime juice is released. Pour an old-fashioned glassful of cracked ice into the mixing glass, add the cachaça, and shake to incorporate. Return all the contents to the old-fashioned glass.

Variations:

Caipirissima: Use rum in place of the cachaça.

Caipirosca: Use vodka in place of the cachaça.

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 If you like rum and Coke, try an El Presidente.

If you like rum and Coke, try an El Presidente.

What the pros say: “This classic rum cocktail is refreshing and full of flavor.
Bottom line: Coke may give you some fizz, but this rum cocktail ups the ante by providing a fruity sweetness.

This classic rum cocktail is refreshing and full of flavor. Be sure to use real grenadine for the best-tasting results.

1½ oz. rich white rum
1½ oz. Dolin Vermouth Blanc (Martini & Rossi or Cinzano Bianco are fine substitutes)
1 barspoon orange Curaçao or Grand Marnier
½ barspoon real grenadine
Thinly cut orange peel
Cracked ice
Tools: barspoon, mixing glass, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: maraschino cherry (optional)

Stir ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass. Twist a swatch of thinly cut orange peel over the top and drop in or discard as you prefer. Garnish, if desired, with a cherry.

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 If you like vodka soda, try a Humble Pie.

If you like vodka soda, try a Humble Pie.

What the pros say: “It tastes a bit like a boozy Italian soda.
Bottom line: Instead of drinking flavored vodka straight, try one of these to get your fix of vodka and citrus.

 

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce Skyy Infusions Blood Orange Vodka
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: lemon wheel

 

Procedures

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Skyy Blood Orange, Aperol, and lemon juice. Shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top off with soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and serve.

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 If you like margaritas, try a Copa Verde.

If you like margaritas, try a Copa Verde.

What the pros say: “…this beverage can serve as an interesting amuse bouche in its own right or as an accompaniment to Spanish tapas or Mexican food.
Bottom line: Avocado in a cocktail might sound a little strange at first, but the smoothness really adds another layer to what could be a typical tequila drink.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, barely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 ounces silver tequila
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces water
  • 4 ounces light agave syrup, plus more for rimming the glasses
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • Ice

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Mix together the thyme and salt in a small, shallow bowl. Place a small amount of agave syrup in another small bowl. Using your finger, rim 6 shooter glasses with the syrup, then dip the rims into the thyme-salt mixture. Set the glasses aside.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients except the ice in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in some of the blended mixture, filling the shaker about halfway. Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into the rimmed shooter glasses. Repeat with the remaining blended ingredients. Serve immediately.

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 If you like whiskey sours, try the Bijou.

If you like whiskey sours, try the Bijou.

What the pros say: “The cocktail has a big, rich flavor and an herbaceous style.
Bottom line: It gives you some of the sweetness you love in a whiskey sour but without being sickeningly candy-like.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce London dry gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1 dash orange bitters

 

Procedures

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish.
  2. For a more modern version, use 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce vermouth, and 1/2 ounce Chartreuse.

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 If you like the Dark and Stormy, try the Bermuda Black.

If you like the Dark and Stormy, try the Bermuda Black.

What the pros say: “Fresh ginger juice adds heat, rum adds richness, and lime juice keeps it bright.
Bottom line: If you’ve always wished the Dark and Stormy had a little more heat, the Bermuda Black ups the ante with extra ginger. The extra rum doesn’t hurt, either.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce fresh ginger juice (from about 1 1/4 ounces peeled ginger root, about 5 inches)
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
  • 1 3/4 ounces porter or stout
  • Garnish: lime wheel and candied ginger, if desired

 

Procedures

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ginger juice, both rums, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake until very chilled.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled serving glass, top with beer, garnish with lime and candied ginger if desired.

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 If you like gin and tonic, try a Green Ghost.

If you like gin and tonic, try a Green Ghost.

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What the pros say: “This tasty drink highlights the Chartreuse and will impress anyone who likes a pretty drink because unlike many pretty drinks, this one has flavor to match its beauty.
Bottom line: A little sweet, a little spicy, and a much better way to incorporate lime into your gin cocktail than just putting a small wedge along the rim.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, from 1 lime

 

Procedures

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Chartreuse, and lime juice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve.

 

 

 

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