- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
- 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
- 4 oz Sour Mix
Garnish: Lemon slice How-to prepare
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Fill glass with ice. Strain the mixture over fresh ice and garnish with lemon slice and serve.
- 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine such as dry Riesling
- 4 peeled and sliced Zespri green kiwi fruit
- 1 cup (237 ml) fresh watermelon, peeled, seeded and cubed
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 oz Midori melon liqueur
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar How to prepare
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stirring to crush some of the fruit. Cover and refrigerate overnight for at least 12 hours to let the flavors marry before serving. Serve over ice, including some fruit. Use within 4 days.
- 2 oz cachaça
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 lime (cut into chunks)
- ice cubes
Garnish: lime wedge or wheel (optional) How to prepare
Muddle lime with sugar in a rocks glass. Fill the glass with ice. Pour cachaça and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 1/2 cup Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Grapefruit Juice Drink, chilled
- 2 cups Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry Raspberry Cranberry Juice Drink, chilled
- 1/2 cup green or red grapes, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 cup sparkling water or club soda
Combine wine, vodka, spiced rum and juices in a punch bowl. Add fruit and chill. Add sparking water just before serving. Makes approximately 10 5-ounce servings.
Indulge yourself with this Chocolate Martini rimmed with cocoa. It's a perfect dessert drink when hosting a dinner party or for those days when you have a little sweet tooth.
There are many versions of the Chocolate Martini, this is only one of them. Another recipe that uses a chocolate martini mix can be found in this video: Chocolate Martini. Personally I prefer to use a chocolate liqueur instead of a pre-mix. But if you're really fond of Chocolate Martinis or working in a bar where they're popular, the mix is convenient and tastes pretty good.
2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz creme de cacao, white
Hershey Hug or Kiss for garnish
powdered cocoa for rimming
Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with cocoa.
Spicy cocktails are an interesting lot. There is a trick to finding a balance of flavor when it comes to making a drink with hot and spicy ingredients and it is a fine line that one must tread to ensure it is palatable. Yet, when made right those who appreciate all things hot and spicy will find these cocktails to be some of the most amazing adventures in flavor.
The key is to go slow, start with a small amount of pepper or hot sauce and build it up to your taste the next time you make that drink. Unlike food - I think of five-alarm burritos and the like - drinking too much spice is not easy to recover from. If your first drink of the night is too spicy your taste buds will not recover because alcohol also tends to intensify the heat. Spicy cocktails require more attention to balance than many other styles of drinks.
If you are like me and want to explore the spicy side of mixed drinks I suggest you begin by following tested recipes. By doing this you will learn how jalapenos, habaneros, and hot sauces react when mixed. Also, you will notice that many of these recipes pair the spicy element with sweeter mixers that put out a bit of the fire. Fruits like mango, grapefruit, and orange are perfect for this and the contrast of flavors is invigorating.
Many of the cocktails below use either a hot pepper or hot sauce for the fiery element, though some are a bit more tame and use black or cayenne pepper as an accent of spice. Other options include pepper-infused spirits likeAsbolud peppar or Tanteo Tequila. It is also very easy to infuse your own like a vodka or a jalapeno tequila. More exotic ingredients, such as wasabi in the Cape Samurai below, are becoming more popular as well and the possibilities are seemingly endless as bartenders continue to explore the spicy side of drinks.
Here are some spicy cocktails with the fire ingredients listed...
BLOODY MARY...cocktail recipe
3 oz tomato juice
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
hot pepper sauce to taste
celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish
lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes.
Add the seasonings to taste.
Garnish with the lemon and/or lime wedge and celery stalk.
When someone orders a Screaming Orgasm they are looking for an Orgasm with vodka included. This small difference makes it easy to add both shooters to your bartenders repertoire . The Screaming Orgasm tastes the same as it's predecessor but is thinner and more potent. Both are popular party shots and the combination of liqueurs is one of the more pleasant flavors among shooters.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 Drink
1/4 oz vodka
1/4 oz amaretto liqueur
1/4 oz coffee liqueur
1/4 oz Irish cream liqueur
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
The Waldorf Cocktail was one of the signature drinks of the Waldorf-Astoria Bar at the beginning of the 20th Century. In his The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, A.S. Crockett calls for equal parts of whiskey ,vermouth and absinthe but that is a little too much absinte for most modern tastes, especially using the necessary substitutes during the liqueur's ban, so the recipe has been adapted over the years. Crockett also does not distinguish a whiskey and either rye or bourbon are great choices.
2 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz absinthe or substitute
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Pour the absinte into a mixing glass and swirl it around to coat the sides. Toss out any excess.
If you like a White Russian you may really like a Colorado Bulldog. The only difference being that in this recipe you top with equal amount of cream and cola instead of cream alone. It really adds a nice touch that mixes up a routine of Russians.
1 oz vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
cream or milk
Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
Fill with equal amounts of milk or cream and cola.
Shake by placing a mixing tin over the glass and giving it one or two good shakes.
The Carolina DreamRecipe
6 oz. Myers Platinum Rum
4 oz. Cream of Coconut
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Whole Peach cut into chunks
1 Tablespoon of Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
1 oz. Grand Marnier
2 Cups of Ice How to prepare
Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour,garnish and enjoy!
here are literally thousands of recipes for cocktails and mixed drinks, but there are a select few that are universal to the entire drinking public. You can find these classic cocktails being made in almost any bar or lounge anywhere in the world. If you're an aspiring bartender (professional or at home), this is also a good list to begin memorizing because they include many of the most asked for martinis, highballs, lowballs, shooters and tropical drinks. Also keep in mind that there are often many variations of the same drink, so you may not get the same drink everywhere you go, but hopefully it's relatively close.
There is a cocktail for almost every season and every reason. These drinks, in particular, are ideal for the various holidays and special occasions that occur throughout the year.
Ahh, the infamous shooters. What started with a shot of whiskey or tequila for a quick jolt of "reality" or to cure whatever might ail you has transformed into a long list of short shooters that come in any color and flavor possible. Bartenders have pulled out all the obscure liqueurs lying dormant in the wells to create many of these fun party drinks that are meant to get you buzzed really quick. Surprisingly, many shooters taste really good (while many are absolutely dreadful), it's just a shame that there's not enough time to enjoy the flavor combinations.
As the winter winds begin to blow the tastes of many drinkers change and the chilled cocktails just won't do. Thank goodness there are plenty of hot cocktails that can warm you up from the inside out. Almost any liquor can be added to coffee for a warm, spiked cup of java, and the list of "cafe" cocktails is almost endless. If coffee is not your cup of tea (so to speak) there are some other, much more classic, hot cocktails that might fit your tastes. Drinks like the Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Toddy and Tom and Jerry have long been favorite warm drinks and are requirements of many family's holiday traditions.
Many tropical cocktails first became popular in the 1920's and 30's and are as famous today as they were then. It was during that time that Ernest Hemingway helped bring the Daiquiri out of the obscurity of Havana bars and Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic opened up their first tiki bars which were to become great hits. Rum is the dominant spirit of most tropical cocktails, but tequila and vodka are also found in some of the favorites. Tropical cocktails typically have a mix of sweet and sour flavors and include almost any fruit you could think of.
On the Rocks
Some of the best-known drinks are lowballs, or those served on the rocks without the high volume mixers you find in highballs. Lowballs are mixed drinks that are mostly made of a mix of distilled spirits which are either shaken and strained over ice or built in the glass and stirred. You'll find these drinks are more alcoholic than highballs, but as the ice melts they are diluted to a perfect mixture. A few of these cocktails are also commonly shaken then strained into a cocktail glass for a neat, up alternative.
Martinis & Other Up Drinks
The Martini is the classic of classic cocktails, but there are many variations of the dry drink that, although not technically Martinis, are often referred to as such. To be technical about it these drinks are neat drinks, served in a cocktail, or martini, glass, but popular culture has deemed them all to be martinis. At any rate, these include some of the most popular up drinks, a few classics and a few more modern creations born out of the cocktail resurgence of the last few decades.