The names for some cocktails can be a bit of a mouthful and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club certainly falls into this category. Despite its lengthy name, this tiki cocktail is surprisingly simple to make. It also offers a wonderfully tropical flavor while featuring notes of nutmeg and anise which pair well with the colder winter months. Whether it is above or below freezing, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is a great choice to warm your spirits. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club 1 1/2 ounces Dark Rum 1/4 ounce Orange Liqueur 3/4 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce falernum garnish with a lime wheel Does this recipe look familiar? It is essentially a tiki version of the classic daiquiri, created by the tiki master Trader Vic himself. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with several ice cubes and shake till chilled. Or about 20 seconds until frost starts to accumulate on the outside of the shaker. Strain into Learn More
Some people just can’t get enough coffee in their lives. No matter how much espresso, drip, or french pressed they have access to, they keep wanting more. Some may call them addicts, but they would usually be wrong. I prefer the term enthusiasts. And I love a good cup of coffee at any time of day. But when it comes to happy hour, why not have a bit more fun? Why not drink a cocktail that has all the rich depth of flavor, tastes like coffee, and is made from coffee? The midnight martini is one such cocktail and if this jet black concoction doesn’t remind you of you favorite cup of joe, nothing will.
I often shy away from cocktails with grapefruit juice. The grapefruit has never been my favorite citrus and I find it often overpowering in cocktails. However some spirits are strong enough to stand up to the flavors of grapefruit. Tequila is perhaps the most popular accompaniment to grapefruit thanks to a classic Mexican cocktail called the paloma, but whiskey also works quite well. The original recipe for this cocktail was created in 1927. Back then, the cocktail was known as the “De Rigueur”and was made with scotch. Three years later, the recipe was included in the seminal Savoy Cocktail Book. While it still bore the same name, the recipe was shifted to using the more general “whisky” as its base spirit. By the mid 1930s, the cocktail became popular at the Vendome under a new name: the “Brown Derby.”* Brown Derby #2 1½ ounces Bourbon 1 ounce fresh red grapefruit juice ½ ounce Learn More
Colonel Beach’s plantation punch is a classic tiki cocktail that works quite well whether made by the glass or for the party. While the name is enough to make anyone feel a little uncomfortable given plantation’s abuse of slavery in far too recent history, this tiki cocktail is truly worth your attention. This plantation punch includes a surprisingly complex flavor profile thanks to the falernum, bitters and pernod. It also packs one hell of a wallop in terms of alcohol content. There are nearly three servings of alcohol in every glass, mostly taking the form of several delicious rums. This is sure to be the new favorite punch at any party you host, just be sure to warn your guests of its strength or they won’t get to remember it.
The weather on New Years Eve can vary greatly depending on where you live. But whether you are bundled up in a bulky jacket or sitting under a palm try to watch the fireworks, tropical cocktails are a great way to make any setting feel more fun. And what could be more fun than adding a bit of bubbly to sweet tropical flavors? Bubbles make everything better and the bubbly makes each drink feel more like a NYE cocktail. If you want to keep the price down, but your spirits, high, than I highly recommend choosing Andre California Champagne. It’s price tag is unbeatable and it excels in these incredibly flavorful cocktails. So what are you waiting for? Grab some rum. Grab some champagne and a lot of fruit, and get ready to party like its actually warm. The Airmail This cocktail is, shockingly enough, a product of a Bacardi Learn More
With 2017 just around the corner, it is time to reflect upon the year behind us. And what better way to reflect than with five amazing classic cocktails that are perfect for your NYE festivities? Perfect for any upscale event or when you don’t want to wait for the bubbly to chill, these tried and true favorites offer a little bit of something for everyone. So checkout the five perfect classics for your NYE party. Think another cocktail should have made the list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Champagne and New Years Eve are about as requisite as any holiday can get. When you were a kid there was always that monumental NYE when your parents deemed you old enough to partake in the bubbly. And while today sparkling wine may seem like a necessity for any NYE party, that makes it no less special. For those that want to make their champagne a touch more interesting, there is a wonderful ensemble of cocktails that has formed over the years. Running the gambit from bitter to sweet and weak to fortified, there is a classic champagne cocktail for everyone. Which champagne cocktail is your favorite way to celebrate the new year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Planter’s punch is one of those tiki classics that have so many variations it is hard to pick which is truly the “most classic” rendition. So instead of fretting about whether it is really the first, we are going to go with this popular 1960s planter’s punch from the famed Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, California. This behemoth of tiki punches has all the classic elements of tiki: multiple rums, lots of fruit, and plenty of sweetness with just enough depth to keep you interested in a second. Easy to make and easier still to drink, this planter’s punch offers an excellent middle-ground between alcohol and sweetness. The perfect punch for any celebration, this tiki classic will add a bit of island cheer during even the coldest winters.
Christmas day has found us. And with the holiday season comes the opportunity for festive indulgent cocktails. Cocktails that you may not drink on a daily basis, but are perfect for this festive setting. I’m talking everything from eggnog to that expensive last word that you absolutely love. Hey, it’s green, that totally fits the Christmas theme! Here are several classic cocktails that are perfect for your holiday celebrations.
Christmas is a time of merriment. And what is merriment without a couple of cocktails to pass away the hours? These great hot cocktails will keep you warm inside and out, the perfect choice for a chilly Christmas eve or a snowy Christmas day. Hot cocktails are an often overlooked category, but hot chocolate doesn’t have to just be for little kids! Add the right blend of spirits and you can create an entirely new experience made that much better since it was based on a childhood favorite. So turn on the stove, put on the kettle, and try out these delicious hot Christmas cocktail favorites. Hot Buttered Rum With an intriguing yet potentially dubious name, the Hot Buttered Rum is at its heart a delicious blend of melted vanilla ice cream, butter, sugar and a generous splash of your favorite rum. Like your drinks sweet? Use a 2:1 ratio of Learn More