Classic Cocktails

Saturday Summer Sipping.

As the temperatures go up, the need for a lighter refreshing summer cocktail is in full swing. I’m not a gin guy, but lately I’ve been drinking French 75’s made with Tanqueray Malacca and all I can say is “Oh Hell Yes”. The cocktail, which dates to the end of the First World War, and is named for the famed French 75mm canon, meets all my needs. The recipe I am using is slightly different from the traditional with the addition os Grand Marnier, which adds a nice additional aromatic to the overall flavor pallet of the drink. The recipe is below. Enjoy.

2 ounces Tanqueray Malacca gin
1¼ ounces Grand Marnier 150
1½ ounces lemon
2½ ounces Champagne
Lemon twist

Shake gin, Grand Marnier, and lemon over ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a martini glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. Makes two.

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For New Year’s, the Ritz Old Fashioned.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and that calls for cocktails. Tasty tasty cocktails made with fine spirits, and the delicate touch of a well trained mixologist. For this years New Year’s cocktail endeavor, I’ve decided to try a new take on an old standard. The Ritz Old Fashioned. This is really a basic Old Fashioned with a few extra ingredients to give it some extra snap. As always, the better the booze, the better the taste. You can substitute any of the brands here, but I’m sticking with the good stuff.

2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey
2/3 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
1 tsp Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp egg white
1 large sugar cube
1 dash Fee Brothers Orange bitters
1 oz soda water
2 Griottenes Brandy Infused Cherries
1 Orange slice
1 Lemon Slice
Sugar in a saucer for the glass rim.

Rim an old-fashioned glass with lemon juice and sugar.
Place a teaspoon-sized sugar cube into the glass, and saturate with Fee Brother’s Orange bitters.
Fill the glass three-quarters of the way with chipped ice. (Medium sized cubes will work)
Shake other ingredients (except soda) and strain into the glass.
Top with a small amount of soda water if desired.
Add two Griottenes Brandy Infused Cherries on a cocktail skewer, with half slices of orange and lemon.
Drink.

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