Cocktail of the Week: Grapefruit & Honey Mojito

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Grapefruit & Honey Mojito

Grapefruit and Honey Mojito

Grapefruit is one of my favorite flavors…. add a little honey for a refreshing twist to a minty mojito.

2oz Rum

1oz Honey Syrup*

4oz Grapefruit Juice

½ of a Fresh Lime

6-8 Mint Leaves + a sprig of Mint for garnish

Grapefruit slices for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle Mint Leaves and the juice of ½ of a Fresh Lime.  Add Honey Syrup, Rum, Grapefruit Juice a few ice cubes cover and shake well.  Pour over ice into a tall glass.  Garnish with a sprig of Mint and Grapefruit slices.  Sip and enjoy!

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Cocktail of the Week: Pink Moon

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Pink Moon Specialty Cocktail

Cocktail of the Week:  Pink Moon

Last week’s cocktail was a tribute to David Bowie, this week honors another British singer songwriter Nick Drake, the Pink Moon – my own spin on the classic Blue Moon cocktail this floral concoction blends the violet and berry flavors of Crème Yvette with Absolut Vanilia and a touch of citrus for a perfect spring blend.
2oz Absolut Vanilia (or another vanilla flavored vodka)
¾oz Crème Yvette
½oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemon Twist for garnish
Fill a shaker with ice and add Absolut Vanilia, Crème Yvette and Fresh Lemon Juice.  Shake well.  Strain as you pour into a chilled glass.  Garnish with a Lemon Twist.
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Cocktail of the Week: Irish Rose

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Irish Rose Cocktail

Cocktail of the Week: Irish Rose

Many of you know I’m from Chicago where the river and beer taps run green and everyone is Irish this time of year. If you are looking for an Irish libation, this pink drink is a great alternative for your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration!

2oz Bushmills Black Bush or your favorite Irish Whiskey
¾oz Grenadine
½oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Fill a shaker with ice and add Bushmills Black Bush or your favorite Irish Whiskey, Grenadine and Lemon Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into a chilled glass. Top with Club Soda and garnish with a Lemon Twist.

About Grenadine. The cocktail ingredient (not the liquor) is sweetened pomegranate juice and can be found at major grocery stores. To make your own, pour two cups of Pomegranate juice in a small pot on the stove, bring to a boil. Once boiling turn down the stove and simmer the juice until reduced in half. Add one cup of sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Homemade Grenadine should last for two to three weeks refrigerated in an air tight container.

 

Cocktail of the Week: The Jasmine Cocktail

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Cocktail of the Week:  The Jasmine Cocktail

Jasmine Specialty Cocktail

It is Oscar Sunday and if you are looking for a sophisticated specialty cocktail to brighten your party try a Jasmine Cocktail.  This twist on a Negroni blends the earthiness of Campari with smooth citrus Cointreau and Lemon for a snappy sip.   

1 ½oz Gin
¾oz Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
½oz Cointreau
½oz Campari
Lemon Twist for garnish 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Gin, Lemon Juice Cointreau, Campari.  Shake well then strain as your pour into a chilled martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

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