February 1, 2018 – Super Bowl 2018 is nearly here and you’re probably planning your run to the box store or supermarket to load up on all the traditional edibles so treasured by game watchers. But if you’re still wondering about libations, we have some great suggestions below including a punch – Ponche Primavera. Another great solution for easy bartending is to mix up a batch of first three ingredients of the Ginger Brewski in a big jug so that the beer crowd can just add their beer while you watch the game. (We also think it would taste good over ice so that conquers the cocktail crowd at the same time.)
Ancho Verde Margarita
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur 1 part Milagro Silver Tequila 1 part fresh lime juice 1/3 part agave nectar
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, and shake hard. Strain over fresh ice into a Rocks glass with half its rim salted. Garnish with a lime wheel.
1 part Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky 3/4 part ginger syrup 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
Top with your favorite beer
Method: Add all ingredients, other than the beer, to a shaker. Add ice and shake by hand. Strain into a glass and top with your favorite beer.
Ponche Primavera (Punch)
12 ½ parts Montelobos Mezcal 7 ½ parts Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur 5 parts lime juice 5 parts lemon juice 15 parts sweetened agua de Jamaica (Mexican hibiscus tea water; can be found in most supermarkets) 1 part Oleo Saccharum (An oil made from mixing citrus peels with sugar. Here’s a link to a site with easy instructions: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/oleo-saccharum)
Method: Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix together.
To keep chilled, freeze a large ice block the night before by double boiling water and using a large casserole dish. Add edible flowers to the water before it freezes (optional). Let ice block rest in punch bowl throughout the gathering.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks, orange wheels, lemon wheels, and edible flowers.
Lightning On My Feet
1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka 2 parts pineapple juice ¾ part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur ½ part fresh lemon juice Angostura bitters
Method: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over crushed ice in Rocks glass. Top with a couple dashes of bitters and garnish.
Drambuie Timeout Twist
1 ¼ parts Drambuie ¾ part Hendrick’s Gin ½ part lemon juice ½ part Crème de Mure Liqueur 2 tsp cranberry–orange compote 1 tsp plain Greek yogurt
Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain over pebble ice in double Rocks glass. Garnish with skewered cranberries and a lemon twist.
Flor de Caña Manhattan Rush
2 parts Flor de Caña 7 Rum 1 part sweet vermouth 1/6 parts Maraschino Liqueur 1 dash orange bitters
Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Hudson Safety Sour
1 ½ parts Hudson Single Malt Whiskey 1 part apple cider ½ part fresh lemon juice ½ part simple syrup Ginger beer to top
Method: Build cocktail over ice in a tall Collins glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with thin apple slice and dusting of grated nutmeg.
Sailor Jerry Brings The Heat
1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum ¾ part homemade ginger syrup ½ part fresh lime juice
Method: Add all ingredients to empty mixing glass then fill with ice.
Shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with candied ginger.
April 5, 2020 – A couple of nights ago, a TV commentator scolded the liquor industry for not stepping up to help ameliorate the hand sanitizer shortage. Truth is, spirits, beer and wine companies are rushing to retool their plants to produce required 60 to 80 percent alcohol, and working with local manufacturers to get the product free of charge to first responders, hospitals, police and firefighters, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and others in need of protection. In many cases, distillers are producing and bottling finished hand sanitizer Besides answering...