For a holiday that is all about drinking, most of the cocktails consumed during St Patrick’s Day are shockingly terrible! Some blame Irish whiskey as challenging to work with because of its strong flavor profile. Others point out that the day is often more fixated on extreme inebriation than it is on the best cocktails you’ve ever had. But I think they are all wrong. Irish whiskey is a fantastic spirit to build a cocktail with and can be infinitely drinkable if done cleverly. The most elegant cocktails often use only a few ingredients, perfectly balanced for a unique and satisfying experience. And the emerald is just a such a cocktail. The bonus of only using a couple ingredients? They remain simple cocktails to make, even when celebrating at the height of inebriation.
This fantastic cocktail is a great lead up to the infamous drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day. With a healthy dose of Irish whiskey, this twist on a whiskey sour is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Even with the blizzards crushing the northeast of the United States. But how can this drink be celebrated on Tiki Monday? Well the answer lies in its source of sweetener: orgeat syrup. Orgeat syrup is a staple in the tiki world, providing a flavorful, almondy backbone to popular cocktails like the Mai Tai. And while the inclusion of orgeat syrup may not alone make this Cameron’s Kick truly tiki, we are going to let that slide in the interest of enjoying this amazing concoction.
It’s National Hot Toddy Day! But actually, look it up, it’s a thing. The hot toddy is a wonderfully versatile hot drink which can be served with almost every imaginable booze and hot drink combination. To get our footing, the following is a great simple recipe for the hot toddy on which many variations can be made to taste. The Basic Hot Toddy 2 oz Spirit 0.5 oz honey 6 oz hot water Mix all ingredients in a mug and stir with a cocktail spoon until the honey has fully dissolved. Garnish with whatever you like – I love to garnish the basic hot toddy with a small mint sprig or citrus wheel. Hot toddies were developed sometime in the early 18th century in Scotland. While no one remembers exactly why it was created, historians believe that the recipe was designed to make the taste of scotch whisky more palatable, Learn More
With most of the US pretending it is Alaska, the weather is far too cold for just your average cocktail. We need something served hot, something delicious, and something with more than your average share of booze. The perfect drink for this occasion, without a question, is Irish Hot Chocolate. Irish Hot Chocolate 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tablespoon granulated sugar pinch kosher salt 3 cups whole milk 4 ounces milk chocolate chips 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips 4 ounces Bailey’s or other Irish cream liqueur 4 ounces Irish whiskey (optional) garnish with marshmallows Unlike most of the cocktails we have covered in this blog, this drink is easiest to make in a large batch and also takes a bit of time, but is well worth the effort. Begin by boiling down the Guinness over high heat in a small saucepan until there is only 1/2 Learn More
Winter is cominghere! As snow fell on the northeastern states this weekend, cocktails made with ice seemed less attractive. It is the time of year for warm drinks like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, egg nog, and of course apple cider. Apple cider combines amazingly well with almost any spirit or wine, and there is nothing like a nice warm spiked drink on a freezing snowy day. There are wide variety of great recipes involving hot cider, and these are a couple of my favorites (in no particular order). 1) The Orchard Boulevardier This great drink is a delicious, season appropriate nod to the classic boulevardier cocktail. The strength of the rye and the bitter-sweetness of the Campari blend well with the sweet vermouth and tart sweetness of the hot cider to make an amazing drink. Old Overholt or Bulleit Rye work quite well in this drink and Dolin is my go Learn More
There are few things quite as frustrating as finding a great cocktail recipe only to realize that you don’t have all of the ingredients to make it. Or that some of the ingredients are so expensive that you will never be able to justify stocking them in your bar. Lucky for you, many cocktails will not suffer from some substitution if you don’t have an ingredient. Like many aspects of mixology, experimenting is key after you know the basics. Basic Cocktail Ingredient Substitutions If you don’t have Cointreau, try: another orange liqueur triple sec curacao Grand Marnier Combier cherry liqueur pomegranate liqueur a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur If you don’t have maraschino, try: other cherry liqueurs Cherry Moonshine triple sec a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Learn More