05 January 2018
by: Julia Celeste
Nothing beats a Moscow Mule on a hot summer day, or sipping a Manhattan in front of a winter fire. But it’s a new year and time to wake up to something deliciously different.
At SACC seminars, offered all day Friday and Saturday, January 12 & 13, novices and experts can learn to step up your home bar game, make better cocktails, or create your own signature drinks. And for many folks like me, you can take your vodka beyond soda & lime.
But if you just want to follow along for now, these easy recipes feature a handful of the participating 2018 SACC brands.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 2 oz. of Cutty Sark Prohibition, ¾ oz. of Cynar, ¼ oz. of lemon juice and ¼ oz. of simple syrup. Add a dash of whatever citrus bitters you have on hand. Shake it hard and fast, then strain it into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ½ oz. of club soda and garnish with a big twist of grapefruit, being sure to get all the oils onto the surface of the drink. Inhale and sigh.
Apes and Apples:
Spank 4-6 fresh mint leaves to release their flavor. Place them in a highball glass. Add 1½ oz. Monkey Shoulder and fill with ice. Top with sparkling apple juice and stir gently. Garnish with another naughty sprig of mint.
Fill a shaker with ice. Add 1⅓ oz. Cutty Sark, ⅔ oz. red vermouth (such as Cinzano), a splash of citrus liqueur (such as Licor 43) and a splash of lime juice. Shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a Martini glass. Mourn Brexit.
Dark Rum Flip:
In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine 1½ oz. of Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Original Dark) rum, 1 oz. of half-and-half, 1 oz. of simple syrup, and 1 whole egg. Shake well to aerate it (AKA “dry shake”), then add ice and shake again (AKA “wet shake”) to chill it down. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and flip over the taste.
Slow & Low
Slow & Low:
A bottle of Hockstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye is about $20 - 25. Open it for an “instant” round of cocktails served neat or on the rocks. Get creative and hit it with a couple dashes of bitters. I like it with raspberry or citrus bitters. It’s that simple. Low maintenance and slow sips.
Kemo Sabe Mezcal
In a shaker, add 2 oz. Kimo Sabe Joven, 1 oz. lime juice, ½ oz. pomegranate juice and ½ oz. agave. Add ice and shake. Strain into chilled cocktail coupe, garnish with lime, and ponder invading a medical school.