Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentines Day Cocktails from William Grant & Sons

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share some cocktail recipes from the mixologists at William Grant & Sons.

For traditionalists, surprising your sweetie with a bouquet of roses is a classic Valentine’s Day tradition. The Primrose, with Hendrick’s gin, a dash of rose syrup and a refreshing spritz of lemon, is a perfect way to shake up this traditional gift. Less than excited about this year’s Valentine’s Day prospects? Why not host a playful cocktail pairing at home with His and Hers versions of the Carpe Dia. For those who are keen to forget the holiday entirely, try a Tijuana Jerry, a drink robust enough to ease the pain of even the worst heartbreak.

Tijuana Jerry 

1 part Sailor Jerry
1 part Tequila
 ¾ part fresh lime juice
 ½ part agave nectar

Glass: rocks

 Method: Shake and strain all ingredients and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.

Carpe Dia (His) 

2 parts Milagro Añejo Tequila
1 part lime juice
 .75 parts Agave nectar
5 Blackberries
2 Sage Leaves
3 dashes Fee Brother’s Barrel Aged Bitters

Muddle fruit and herbs, add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sage sprig.

Carpe Dia (Hers) 

1 ¼ parts Milagro Reposado
 ¾ parts Lime Juice
½ parts Agave Nectar
5 Blackberries
2 dashes Peach Bitters
2 parts Champagne

Muddle fruit. Add remaining ingredients except champagne . Shake with ice and strain into a flute, top w/champagne. Garnish with a berry.


1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin (3 parts)
½ oz Lillet Rouge (1 part)
1 ½ oz apple juice (3 parts)
 ½ oz rose syrup (1 part)
 ½ oz fresh lemon juice (1 part)
2 dashes orange bitters

Shake and strain up into a chilled a martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.

Gypsy Rose Tea Punch

2 bottles Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 bottle Lillet Blanc
1 bottle Hendrick's Gin
50 oz. strongly brewed Gypsy Rose Black Tea
25 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
12.5 oz. Trader Tiki's Vanilla Syrup
1 bottle dry, sparkling white wine

Chill all ingredients prior to mixing and build in a small bunch bowl over a large block of ice. Stir to incorporate and garnish with edible rose petals and lime wheels.

Pink Victrola 

(by Jim Ryan) 

1 ½ parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 ½ parts fresh pink grapefruit juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
1 barspoon real grenadine*

Combine all ingredients into a mixing container. Ice, shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Take a grapefruit peel between your thumb and first two fingers skin facing the cocktail and squeeze your fingers extracting the fragrant oils on top of the cocktail.

*Equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar heated until the sugar has dissolved.

(by Jim Ryan, variation on classic Floradora) 

3 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 part lime juice
1 part Raspberry Syrup

In a long glass combine ingredients and add ice. Give a good stir, top with ginger beer and give a gentle stir. Garnish with a raspberry and a lime wheel


infectiousizzie said...

Gypsy Rose sounds fantastic! My cousins come over every weekend and we have an adult beverage or two while our girls play. I'll see about using some of these recipes in an effort to feel more "festive"!

Christina @ Simple and Delish said...

All of these cocktails sounds pretty delicious to me! Thanks for sharing!!

Christina :: Simple and Delish