Naked-Lady

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All of the elements of a great tasting cocktail are inside the Naked Lady. Your sweet comes from the rum and grenadine, the sour from the apricot and lemon and the aromatics of the vermouth. The result is a delicious cocktail that will turn heads.A note on the recipe: It is rare that you come across a drink made up of 1/5 of a part, don’t let this scare you off from trying it. You can think of the rum and vermouth being a full shot (1 1/2 oz) each with an extra 2/5 of a shot and each of the other ingredients measured out to 1/5 of a shot (equivalent to a few dashes). Read more about measuring “parts”…

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/5 parts BACARDI Superior Rum
  • 1 2/5 parts Noilly Prat Rouge (sweet vermouth)
  • 1/5 part Apricot brandy
  • 1/5 part grenadine
  • 1/5 part Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Cubed ice
  • Lemon zest to garnish

Preparation:

  1. Put all ingredients into a shaker.
  2. Throw in the ice.
  3. Shake that baby until the outside of the shaker gets very cold.
  4. Double strain into a chilled or frozen glass.
  5. Garnish with the lemon zest.
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Bishop

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If you do a search online for a Bishop Cocktail you will find many links to a wine drink and it’s popularity led me to include it below. However, my true intention was to share a variation of a classic cocktail also known as the Bishop. I originally came across the recipe in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book and within that singular publication there are two versions of it. One (the main recipe here) has a rum base and wine as an accent. The other “pitcher” version cuts the rum to a much smaller ratio, leaving the drink more along the lines of a rum Sangria. All are great drinks, but I prefer my Bishop rummed up.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Drink

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz rum
  • 1 oz red wine
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled red wine glass.

Classic Punch Version:

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 3 oz rum
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 barspoons superfine sugar
  • various seasonal fruits for garnish
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher by stirring thoroughly.
  2. Add ice (pour into a punch bowl if desired).
  3. Add a variety of cut fruit garnishes.

Modern (Hold the Rum) Version:

  • Red wine (Burgundy is preferred)
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Juice of 1/4 orange
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Various fruits for garnish
  1. Shake the juices and sugar in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a highball glass with two ice cubes.
  3. Fill with wine and stir thoroughly.
  4. Garnish with a variety of fruits.
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Rum-and-Coke

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Very simple and a classic, the Rum & Coke is a must have and a definitely a drink bartenders should know. But that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as all you need to know about the mixed drink is in it’s name: mix rum with cola. Use your favorite rum, whether that be a light, gold or rum, each creates its own drink, and if you add lime you’ll have a Cuban favorite, the Cuba Libre.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rum
  • Cola
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the rum in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with cola.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Apple-Martini

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There are many versions of the Apple Martini, Appletini, or Big Apple Martini. Some use calvados, some apple puree, and some apple schnapps. This recipe uses the apple schnapps and has a very sweet taste and, depending on which brand you choose, will determine how bright of a green your drink will be. If you’d like to have a Sour Appletini, use Sour Apple Pucker. For an extra, edible touch to this drink, garnish with a green apple slice or peel.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz green-apple schnapps

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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Margarita

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Everyone knows the Margarita, that refreshing drink that can be made in so many ways, take on many personalities, and the must have summer cocktail. The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America and shows no signs of slowing down. There are a number of variations to the Margarita, so you’re sure to find one that is just right for you. There are three basic ways you can serve this cocktail: neat (as in this recipe), on the rocks, orfrozen. The next question is, salt, sugar or nothing on the rim of your glass. The possibilities are endless.

The first recipe is the most common and the easiest way to make a Margarita, though some people prefer to use a 2:1:1 ratio on the ingredients. Notice that there are only three ingredients, which when combined in a balanced way, makes the best fresh Margarita you will find. Below that recipe is an alternative that uses sour mix and, if you like it a little sweeter, add a dash of simple syrup or agave nectarto the first recipe. Either one that you choose, let me make this point: this drink is far too easy to justify buying a bottled Margarita mix and you will find that the fresh juice makes a far superior drink anyway.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz triple sec (Cointreau is recommended)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
  4. Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Alternative Margarita Recipe:

1 1/2 oz tequila 1/2 oz triple sec Dash of lemon or lime juice 3 oz sour mix Lime wedge for garnish Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)

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Brandy

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This Brandy Cocktail recipe is just one variation of the classic drink. The drink is the formula for the original definition of a cocktail: distilled spirit, sugar, water, bitters. In the early days of the cocktails (late 1800’s) you would order a basic ‘cocktail’ by calling the base spirit such as a Gin Cocktail or a Whiskey Cocktail, or almost any liquor of choice and it would be made similar to this. In the case of this recipe, the curacao liqueur acts as the ‘sugar.’

If you want a “Fancy Cocktail” you would typically get one garnished with a lemon, again with your spirit of choice (technically making this recipe a “Fancy Brandy Cocktail”). How simple those days were.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz orange curacao liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel.
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Manhattan

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One of the finest and oldest cocktails. The Manhattan was the first cocktail that used vermouth as a modifier. As with a Martini, there are slight variations of the drink that are a matter of preference (see the list below).

I had been under the impression for the longest time that a Manhattan used Canadian or bourbon whiskey but after a few traditionalist Manhattanite’s comments and a couple of drinks I’m convinced that rye whiskey makes the best Manhattan. After all, it was the original whiskey used for the drink. Though, there was a time when rye was not as widely available or as good as it is today, but after a revival, rye is back. That said, ultimately, the choice is yours as the drinker and if you prefer another whiskey in your Manhattan, go with it.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

Variations on the Manhattan:

  • Dry Manhattan- Use a dash of dry vermouth and garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Perfect Manhattan- Equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Brandy Manhattan- Replace whiskey with brandy.
  • Scotch Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Scotch.
  • Southern Comfort Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Southern Comfort.
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Spiked-Three-O-Mocha

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Looking for something to enhance the average cup of hot chocolate? This recipe is one that will certainly help you in that mission. It adds triple shot of espresso (via Three Olives Vodka) with a touch of amaretto that creates layers to the average hot cocoa and is perfect for a winter evening warming sipper filled with chocolate.

My advice is to skip the powdered hot chocolate mixes and start from scratch. This hot cocoa recipe is a good place to start, and this Oaxaca Chakas recipe has tips for using the spicy Mexican chocolate rounds.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz hot cocoa
  • 1 1/2 oz Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso Vodka
  • 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
  • Whipped cream and shaved chocolate for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the vodka and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot cocoa.
  3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
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Adult-Hot-Chocolate

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This is the simplest and most common way to spike hot chocolate because all you need to do is add a little peppermint schnapps to the cocoa. Not only does it add a little alcoholic warmth, but the added peppermint brings some depth to the flavor, making it just a touch sweeter than well.

One garnish I find almost essential for this drink around the holidays are mini candy canes. Just hang one on the side of the glass and allow it to melt in the warmth for an even more minty touch.

According to The Bartender’s Black Book you may also hear this drink referred to as a Peppermint Kiss, Cocoanapps, or Snuggler.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz peppermint schnapps
  • hot chocolate
  • whipped cream Chocolate sprinkles for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Pour the schnapps into a mug or Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Optionally, top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate.
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