After nine months of social distancing, here are the top five cocktails we’ve discovered at our new regular bar – the home bar.
It’s no surprise that to help cope with the challenges that come with social distancing and the inability to enjoy time with loved ones, people are bringing their appreciation of great cocktails into the home and are discovering new cocktail recipes they may typically find at their favourite cocktail bar.
Well, as amateur mixologists ourselves, we’ve been busy playing with new concoctions and cocktail recipes and are happy to share the five that we’ve enjoyed most that we hope you enjoy too.
A great summer or warm weather option, the Kentucky Buck takes bourbon and provides a fresh and tasty cocktail.
- 1.5 oz Bourbon
- 1 chopped strawberry
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz ginger beer
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Muddle strawberry in the bottom of a Boston shaker with lemon juice and simple syrup
- Add bourbon, bitters and ice
- Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass
- Top with ginger beer
Green with Envy
This is arguably our favourite from the entire lockdown. Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas shared this recipe from their fantastic cocktail menu on their Instagram feed, and although it takes a little more effort to put together, it’s well worth the time. The jalapeno does give it some refreshing kick, so it may not be for everyone.
- 1 1/2 oz of vodka
- .5 oz of St. Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)
- celery salt
- sugar cube
- Put 2 large chunks of cucumber, 5 sprigs of cilantro, 1/3 of a jalapeño, the sugar cube and 1 oz of lime into a blender.
- Strain the jalapeño juice into a glass and set aside.
- Add 1.5 oz of vodka and .5 oz of elderflower into a cocktail shaker. Add the jalapeño juice and shake and strain into a glass with a rim of celery salt/tajin and an oversized ice cube.
- Garnish with a cucumber or jalapeño and enjoy.
This is a recipe that we developed taking elements from a few different cocktails that we enjoy. We have to admit – we love it.
- 1 ½ oz. gin
- 1 oz. Aperol
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
- ¾ oz. ginger simple syrup*
- ½ oz. egg white
- To make ginger simple syrup, simply bring a cube of sugar, tablespoon of diced ginger and 2 tablespoons of water to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for an hour. Strain and then
- Dry shake first five ingredients
- Add ice and shake again
- Strain into chilled coupe and garnish with five drops of bitters and sprig of rosemary.
Fleur de Lis
One of the best known and beloved bars in America is The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone. For decades, the bar has lured guests in to take a spin on the 25-seat, bright, circus-clad Merry-Go-Round while serving unique and southern inspired cocktails. The following is a recreation of their Fleur de Lis that you can make at home and is perfect for a hot summer day.
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 1/4 oz St. Germain
- .5 oz lime juice
- .25 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz ginger ale
- 2 slices cucumber
- Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a Boston shaker
- Add remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with ice
- Shake until chilled
- Strain into a cocktail glass with ice
- Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wedge or cucumber
We saved the most simple of cocktail recipes for last. We’ve always been a big fan of a Negroni – a drink that’s perfect for any season or setting. The other great aspect of a Negroni is that it’s easy to make – three ingredients with the exact same measures of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. A Boulevardier is a close cousin in that
- 1 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, combine whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
- Shake for 30 seconds.
- Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice (or use a martini glass without ice). Strain and pour the cocktail over the ice.
- Garnish with an orange twist and serve.