Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Valentines Day Cocktails from 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.
1 part Sailor Jerry
1 part Tequila
¾ part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar
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
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
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.
(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