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MIXOLOGY

As much as I enjoy going out and exploring my city, I truly love a good night in. Here's where you'll find some of my home bartending creations. 

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Vodka Cocktails

The neutral spirit of Vodka allows for other ingredients to shine. Feel free to use any Vodka brand in place of the ones that I used.

Watermelon Basil Martini

To a shaker add 5 cubes of ripe watermelon, muddle well. Then add:

2 oz Vodka

.5 oz Basil-Infused Simple Syrup

.75 oz Vermouth

Add ice, shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge

Thai Tea-ni

To a shaker add:

2 oz Vodka

3 oz Thai Tea (chilled or room temp)

1 oz Milk (or cream/non-dairy option)

Add ice, shake, and strain into a martini glass. To make the creamy top layer, you'll froth a little bit of milk and spoon it over the top. Garnish with a single star anise pod.

Elote Martini

Rim half the glass lightly with mayo and dip in a mixture of Tajin and Cotija cheese. To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Vodka

.75 oz Nixta Licor de Elote

.5 oz Lime Juice

2 oz Corn Milk

Add ice, shake and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with roasted corn wheel and cilantro.

*To make Corn Milk: I roasted two cobs of corn in the oven, then cut off the cob, blended with a splash of water and milk, then pressed through a mesh strainer.

Lychee Rose

To a shaker add 4 lychees and muddle well. Then add:

2 oz Vodka

.5 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Rose Simple Syrup

3 dashes Orange Bitters

Add ice, shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with dried rose petals.

Thin Mint Espresso Martini

Rim your glass with dark chocolate sauce, then dip in crushed Thin Mint cookies.

To a shaker add:

2 oz Vodka

.5 oz Coffee Liqueur

.5 oz Mint Simple Syrup

1 oz Espresso (chilled)

.5 oz Half & Half

3 drops of Chocolate Bitters

Add ice, shake well, and strain into your glass.

Boozy Bubble Tea

To a glass with ice add:

1.5 oz Vodka

.5 oz Amoretti White Peach Lemonade Syrup

2 oz Hafi Plum Peach Green Tea

Top with Kimino Ume Sparkling Juice. Stir and add Boba Pops.

Spring Has Sprung

To a shaker add:

2 oz Pear Vodka

1 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

3-4 Basil Leaves (smack it!)

Add ice, shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Black & Blue

To a shaker add .5 oz Ribena and a few blackberries and blueberries, muddle well. Then add:

1.5 oz Vodka

.75 oz Lemon Juice

.75 oz St Germain

Add ice, shake and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with blackberries and a lemon peel.

Vodka Cherry Limeade

Add 5-6 dark cherries (pits removed) to a shaker and muddle. Then add:

2.5 oz Vodka

.75 oz Lime Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with Fever Tree tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge and cherry.

Strawberry Negroni

To a glass add:

1 oz Strawberry Infused Gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Add ice, stir, and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube or sphere. Garnish with an orange peel and strawberry slice.

Royal-tea

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Gin

.5 oz St Germain

1 oz Earl Grey Tea (chilled)

.5 oz Lemon Juice

05 oz Honey Syrup

Add ice, shake and strain into a teacup. Garnish with a honey spoon.

Gin Cocktails

Gin, the amped up version of Vodka, is one of my favorite spirits to use in cocktails. Gin can be citrusy, herbaceous, and floral, which may be too overpowering for some palates. Feel free to substitute Vodka in place of the Gin if that's the case for you!

Spa Day

To a shaker add 3 cucumber slices, muddle well. Then add:

1.5 oz Empress Gin

.5 oz St Germain

2-3 dashes Lavender Bitters

Add ice, shake and strain into a glass with a single ice sphere (or cube). Top with Aura Bora Lavender Cucumber Sparkling Water

For the garnish, thinly slice a cucumber lengthwise and wrap it inside the glass.

Amethyst 

To a glass with ice add:

1.5 oz Orange Juice

.75 oz Lavender Honey Syrup

2 dashes Lavender Bitters

Fill glass almost completely with Club Soda, gently stir, then top with 2 oz Empress Gin. Garnish with an orange peel.

Dill Pickle Gin & Tonic

To a glass with ice add:

2 oz Gin

Pickle brine (adjust to your taste and add anywhere from .5 oz to 2 oz)

Top with tonic water

Garnish with a dill sprig and pickle spear. I highly recommend making your own pickles/brine for this drink versus store bought! 

Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch... whichever you prefer, can create a bold, full-flavored cocktail with whiskey as your base. Feel free to use whatever brand you'd like, however I'd recommend sticking to a lower proof, less expensive bottle for cocktails.

Hot Date

To a shaker add:

 2 oz Whiskey

1/2 oz Date Syrup

Single slice of habanero pepper (seeds removed)

Add ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass with a single ice cube or sphere. Garnish with slice of habanero pepper.

Bourbon Winter Mule

To a copper mug add:

2 oz Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

2 oz Bourbon

Fresh Squeezed Lime

Add ice, stir, and top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with mint sprig and pomegranate seeds.

Peachy Mint Julep

Add about 5 mint leaves to a glass with .5 oz Peach Syrup and lightly muddle. Then add 2 oz Bourbon and crushed ice. Stir well until glass is chilled. 

Just Chai Me

To a shaker add:

2 oz Barenjager Honey & Bourbon

1 oz Pear Juice

.5 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Chai Concentrate

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with a pear slice.

Beary Poppins

To a glass with ice, add:

1.5 oz Barenjager Honey & Bourbon

1.5 oz Black Tea (chilled)

.5 oz Peach Nectar

.5 oz Lemon Juice

Stir and top with Ginger Beer and garnish with Peach Liqueur-filled Boba Pops.

Tequila/Mezcal Cocktails

Blanco, Reposado, or Anejo, Tequila can be used for more than margaritas (although I do love putting a twist on a classic)! And Tequila's smokey cousin, Mezcal, can create some really unique cocktails. 

Kiwi Rita

Rim glass with salt (if desired). In a glass or mixing tin muddle 1-2 ripe kiwis then add:

2 oz Tequila

1 oz Cointreau 

1 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

Add ice, shake, and pour all contents into a glass. Garnish with kiwi wheel. 

Smokey Pineapple Paloma

Rim glass with Tajin (if desired). To a shaker add:

2 oz Mezcal

1 oz Pineapple Juice

.5 oz Lime Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with Q Mixers Sparkling Grapefruit. Garnish with pineapple leaves. 

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita

To a shaker add 5 chunks of ripe pineapple and muddle. Then add:

2.5 oz Tequila

.5 oz Simple Syrup or Agave

.5 oz Lime Juice

About 2 tbsp cilantro (stem removed)

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a pineapple heart and cilantro sprig.

Autumn Margarita

Add 4-5 baked cinnamon apples to a shaker and muddle. Then add:

1.5 oz Reposado Tequila

1.5 oz Cran Apple Juice

.75 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Orange Liqueur

Add ice, shake, and double strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon apple. 

Fall in Oaxaca

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Mezcal

.75 oz Coffee Liqueur

.5 oz Orange Juice

.5 oz Cream of Coconut

2 dashes Chocolate bitters and Orange bitters

1 Egg White

Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Double strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a dried orange wheel.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Rim a glass with salt. To a shaker add:

2 oz Mezcal

.5 oz Nixta Licor de Elote

.75 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Agave

Add one capsule of activated charcoal to make it black. Add ice, shake, and strain into the glass with ice. Top with Sparkling Yuzu Water. Garnish with a lemon wheel. 

Sugar  & Spice

Rim glass with cinnamon and sugar mixture then add:

1.5 oz Whiskey

.75 oz Ginger Brandy

3 oz Pineapple Juice

.5 oz Lime Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a coupe glass.

The Lloyd

To a shaker add:

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Cherry-Infused Spiced Rum

1.5 oz Blood Orange Juice

.75 oz Tea Syrup

Add ice, shake, and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cocktail cherries.

*This particular tea is RedRum tea from Get2Steeping, but you could substitute a plain Rooibos tea if you'd like. Make a simple syrup with equal parts water and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add tea and simmer for a few minutes. Strain into a mason jar.

Sweet Heat

To a shaker add:

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Peach Puree 

1 slice Jalapeno

.5 oz Orange Juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a dried peach ring and jalapeno slice.

Rum/Cognac Cocktails

Rum and Cognac offer an array of sweet, spicy and oaky flavors that can blend well with fruit juices, or stand on their own.

Sidecar

Rim glass with sugar (optional). To a shaker add:

 2 oz Cognac

1 oz Cointreau

.75 oz Lemon Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Pineapple Upside Down

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Dark Cherry Infused Rum

.5 oz Amaretto

3 oz Pineapple Juice

.5 oz Lemon Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Float with .5 oz Dark Rum and garnish with a dried pineapple ring and maraschino cherry.

Smoke on the Water

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Pineapple Infused Spice Rum

1 oz Pineapple Juice

.5 oz Mezcal

.5 oz Blue Curacao 

.5 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Cream of Coconut

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Holiday Cocktails

Any holiday is worth celebrating with a cocktail! Here's some fun themed drinks to mix up for your loved ones.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

In a glass with ice add:

2 oz Hibiscus Infused Gin

1 oz Lychee Juice

.5 oz Lime Juice

Give it a stir, top almost completely with tonic water, then add 1 oz butterfly pea tea. Garnish with a flower.

24 Carrot

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add 2 oz of Spiced Rum then fill with your favorite carrot juice blend. The one I used in particular was The Juice Standard Bee Grateful with carrot, apple, pineapple. lemon, and ginger. Garnish with a carrot peel ribbon.

French Kiss

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Mirabeau Gin

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Maraschino Cherry Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass and top with 3 oz Sparkling Rose. Garnish with a lemon peel heart. 

The Devil

To a glass or tin add:

.75 oz Mezcal

.75 oz Campari

.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

.5 oz Orange Juice

.5 oz Red Bell Pepper Syrup

3 dashes Fire Bitters

Add ice and stir, strain into a Port sipper and garnish with two red Tai chilis.

The Witch

Rim glass with lime and dip in purple sugar. Then add:

.75 oz Butterfly Pea Flower Tea (chilled)

.5 oz Creme de Violette

Stir, then add ice to glass. Then to a shaker add:

1.5 oz Gin

.75 oz Midori

.75 oz Lime Juice

Add ice, shake, and slowly strain over the back of a spoon to layer the drink.

The Skeleton

To a shaker add:

2 oz Vodka

.75 oz Blue Curacao

.5 oz Ginger Syrup

.75 oz Lemon Juice

4 dashes Cardamom Bitters

Ad ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with tonic water.

The Vampire

To a shaker add:

2 oz Whiskey

1 oz Hibiscus Tea (chilled)

.5 oz Orange Juice

.5 oz Cranberry Juice

1 oz Spice Red Wine Syrup

2 dashes Orleans Bitters

Add ice, shake, and strain into a coupe. Froth one egg white and spoon on top. Garnish with cherry syrup "blood."

The Black Cat

To a glass or tin add:

1.5 oz Black Sesame Seed Infused Rum

2 oz Monkey Cult Toasted Coconut Rum Coffee (chilled)

.5 oz Coffee Liqueur

.75 oz Black Spiced Rum

2 barspoons Amarena Cherry Syrup

Add ice, stir, and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with black licorice "cat ears."

Batini

Rim a chilled coupe glass with black sanding sugar. To a mixing tin or glass add:

3 oz Empress 1908 Gin

.75 Vermouth

.75 Blackberry Simple Syrup

3 dashes Orange Bitters

Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into glass and garnish with blackberries.

Zombie

To a shaker add:

1 oz White Rum

1 oz Spiced Rum

1 oz Dark Rum

1 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Pineapple Juice

1 oz Apricot Puree/Jam

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with lime, cherry and umbrella.

Children of the Corn Old Fashioned

To a mixing tin or glass add:

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Nixta Licor de Elote

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or cube. Garnish with grilled corn.

Arana Negra

To a shaker add:

2 oz Mezcal

.5 oz Amaretto

.75 oz Orange Juice

4 dashes Chocolate Bitters

1 capsule activated charcoal

Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass with ice. To make the creamy layer, froth/whisk coconut cream with a few drops of vanilla extract. Spoon on top of cocktail.

Ghoul's Gone Wild

Mix red food coloring with honey and rim a martini glass. To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Vodka

1.5 oz Midori

.75 oz Cointreau

.75 oz Lemon Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into the martini glass.

I'm Stuffed

To a shaker add:

1 oz Stuffing-Infused Vodka*

.5 oz Pechuga Mezcal

.5 oz Nixta Licor de Elote

1 oz Cranberry Juice

.5 oz Orange Juice

1 oz Carrot Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with rosemary.

*To make Stuffing Vodka, add 1 tsp. dried stuffing mix and 1 cup Vodka to a mason jar. Refrigerate and shake a few times. Strain after 24 hours.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Rim glass with crushed gingerbread cookies. To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Grey Goose La Poire

.5 oz Ginger Brandy

.5 oz Honey Syrup

.75 oz Lemon Juice

1.5 oz Pear Juice

Add ice, shake, and strain into the glass with a large ice sphere/cube. Garnish with a pear slice and star anise pod.

Sugar Plum Fairy

Rinse glass with absinthe and discard, then rim glass with sugar. To a shaker add:

2 oz Blanco Tequila

.5 oz Dry Vermouth

1 oz Creme de Violette

.75 oz Lemon Juice

2 bar spoons of Plum Jam

Add ice, shake, and strain into the glass.

Under the Mistletoe

To a shaker combine:

1.5 oz Jasmine Tea-Infused Gin

3 Basil Leaves

.5 oz Basil Syrup

.75 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Midori

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice (I added cranberries to my ice cube tray prior to freezing). Garnish with cranberries and basil.

Christmas Fruitcake

In a mixing glass with ice, add:

2 oz Wheated Whiskey

1 oz Ginger Brandy

.75 oz Rum, Raisin, and Apricot Syrup*

3 dashes Toasted Almond Bitters

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Sire well, and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a piece of fruitcake.

*For Syrup: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup rum. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add dried fruit and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out fruit and store in a mason jar in the fridge. 

Milk & Cookies

To a shaker add:

2 oz Cookie Butter washed Vodka*

.5 oz Amaretto

.25 oz Vanilla Syrup

1 oz Heavy Cream

2 dashes each Orange and Chocolate Bitters

Add ice, shake, and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a sugar cookie.

*To make Cookie Butter Vodka: combine 1/4 cup cookie butter with 1 cup vodka in a mason jar. Keep at room temp for 1 hour, shake, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain out cookie butter.

A Merry Terry's Sidecar

Rim coupe glass with dark chocolate sauce then dip in sugar. To a shaker add:

2 oz Cognac

.5 oz Cointreau

2 oz Orange Juice

3 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Add ice, shake, and strain into glass. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel.

Cranberry Kiss

To a shaker add:

1.5 oz Gin

.5 oz St Germain

.5 oz Honey Syrup

.5 oz Lime Juice

3 oz Cranberry Juice

2 dashes Cardamom Bitters

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with Prosecco and garnish cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

Santa's Little Helper

Smoke rosemary by lighting the tip of the sprig with a lighter/torch, then place glass upside down over sprig on top of a plate to smoke the glass. To a shaker add:

2 oz Rye Whiskey

.5 oz Maple Syrup

.75 oz Lemon Juice

2 sprigs of Rosemary

Add ice, shake, and strain into the glass with one large ice sphere/cube. Garnish with smoked rosemary sprig.

Tea, Coffee & Mocktails

You'll find all my non-alcoholic creations here (mostly tea!)

Sparkling Apricot Tea

Brew Apricot Tea and allow to come to room temperature. To a shaker add tea and 1 large spoonful of apricot preserves. Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with dried apricots. 

Salted Caramel Kettle Corn Tea Latte

Brew Sheffield Spice & Tea Co State Fair Kettle Corn Tea. Drizzle glass with caramel sauce, add tea, and steamed milk of choice. Top with frothed milk, a pinch of sea salt, caramel drizzle and caramel corn. 

Pumpkin Patch Tea

Add ice to a glass and add equal parts brewed Matcha green tea, Thai tea, and milk of choice. Top with frothed milk. 

Honey Cinnamon Orange Chai

To a cup add:

4 oz hot Chai tea concentrate

.5 oz Honey Cinnamon Syrup

2 oz Orange Juice

Stir and add 4 oz steamed/frothed milk of choice. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dehydrated orange wheel.

Honey Bee Mine

To a cup add:

1.5 oz Honey Lavender Syrup

4 oz hot Earl Grey tea

2 oz of steamed/frothed milk of choice

Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with dried lavender. 

Chocolate Cherry Chai

To a cup add:

1 oz Maraschino Cherry Juice

2 Maraschino Cherries, muddled

4 oz hot Chai tea concentrate

5 oz steamed milk of choice

1/4 cup powdered hot chocolate mix

Stir well and top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry.

Iced Blackberry Matcha Latte

To a glass with ice add:

1 oz Blackberry Simple Syrup

4 oz Matcha green tea

4 oz cold milk of choice

Stir and top with frothed milk foam and blackberries.

Circus Animal Cookie Tea Latte

Brew Sheffield Spice & Tea Co State Fair Kettle Corn Tea, set aside.

Heat milk on stove top and mix in raspberry syrup to reach desired pink hue. 

Heat another small amount of milk and 1-2 squares of white chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted, froth with whisk. 

To a cup add tea, then raspberry milk, stir, and top with frothed white chocolate foam. Top with sprinkles and a circus animal cookie.

Banana Bread Chai

Add 4-5 sliced bananas and 4 oz of Chai Concentrate to a pot and heat through. Add 4-5 slices of the banana to oat milk and blend, then heat through in a separate pot. 

To a mug, add .5 oz Walnut Caramel Syrup, then add Chai, then steamed banana oat milk. Top with bruleed banana slices.

For My Peeps

To make the "easter grass" rim, add a couple drops of green food coloring to shredded coconut and mix. Rim glass with frosting or honey, then dip in coconut. 

To a shaker add:

2 oz Gin or Vodka

.75 oz Lime Juice

.75 Cream of Coconut

.5 oz Blueberry Juice

.5 oz Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Add ice, shake, and strain into glass with ice. Garnish with a Peep.

My Heart's Treasure

Paint side of glass with orange marmalade and dip in green sanding sugar. To a shaker add:

2 oz Irish Whiskey

1 oz Ginger Liqueur 

3 oz Irish Breakfast Tea (chilled)

1 spoonful Orange Marmalade

2 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass with ice.

Bourbon Apple Pie Milkshake

To a blender add the following and blend:

2 oz Bourbon

1/3 cup milk

1 slice apple pie

2-3 dashes ground cinnamon

2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream

3 ice cubes

Rim glass with caramel sauce and dip in crushed pie crust. Drizzle inside of your glass with caramel and pour in contents from blender. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

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