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This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Refreshing Basil Gin Smash Cocktail

You’ll be green with Envy over this cocktail

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Fun fact for the day: I can speak German. Well, as much German as you can learn in a few semesters in University. Which came in handy for mixing up this Basil Gin Smash cocktail.

The Basil Gin Smash cocktail was first created by Jörg Meyer in his bar called The Lion in Hamburg, Germany back in 2008. As you can imagine, many of its online recipes are in German.

That’s where my awesome translating-ninja-skills came into play to translate this German recipe for our mostly American audience. You’re so welcome!

I find it fitting that we begin the month of March with such a green cocktail. It would make a delicious alternative so some of our other Saint Patrick’s day themed cocktails from the previous year. Especially, since it’s a gin cocktail and not an Irish whiskey cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is made using Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, fresh basil, and sugar syrup [a.k.a simple syrup which we have a fantastic recipe for]. If you want to use the gin Jörg recommends for this cocktail, you’ll want to find yourself a bottle of Rutte Dry Gin.

There is a mild bit of contention over crafting the Basil Gin Smash, as its creator wants you to muddle basil for this cocktail. Apparently, that is not well received by everyone. Over muddling can make the cocktail very herby, and it might be my German ancestors working through me, but I rather like that.

The cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin and the freshness of the lemon juice and basil create a great balance in this cocktail, which is key. You might need to adjust it to find the right balance for your tastes.

This Basil Gin Smash cocktail is a simple, but elegant cocktail that I plan on making more of in the future. Cheers!

This is how you make a Basil Gin Smash!

Basil Gin Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅔ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 15 to 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail or Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Basil Gin Smash: In the bottom of your shaker, dry muddle a handful of basil leaves. Next, add in gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Double strain cocktail into a coupe [for nicer presentation] or a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 163 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.3

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

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Ultimate Red Berry Margarita Recipe

Red is Margarita’s favorite color

Every day can be Margarita Day if you mix up this Red Berry Margarita!

Margarita Day might be over, but we’re still feeling in the spirit! This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries into one Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

We have never met a margarita that we don’t like, but this Ultimate Red Berry Margarita is one you’ll fall head over heels for! It’s becoming a contender for one of our best flavored Margaritas yet.

Now, we couldn’t call this an Ultimate Margarita recipe without a good blend of liquors. For this recipe, we decided to use Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau, and Chambord; to which we added a mixture of cranberry and lime juices and our homemade Red Berry Simple Syrup.

The Red Berry Simple Syrup is the star of the show in this margarita recipe. It’s a delicious combination of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries that is super easy to make.

Once you mix it together with the Patrón, Cointreau, and Chambord, you’ll understand why we really love this Red Berry Margarita!

Frozen cocktails are not everyone’s shot of whiskey. Some people like their margaritas on the rocks. We did this margarita over crushed ice, to give it the illusion of a frozen cocktail without having to break out the old blender.

This is how you make an Ultimate Red Berry Margarita!

Red Berry Margarita

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Patrón Silver Tequila
  • 1½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1½ Ounce Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Red Berry Simple Syrup
  • Raspberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Red Berry Simple Syrup

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup Raspberries
  • ⅓ cup Cranberries
  • ⅓ cup Sliced Strawberries
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Red Berry Simple Syrup: Add ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 4-5 minutes until berries have softened and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain into container and set aside. Discard the waste into a bin.

Red Berry Margarita: Add Patrón, Cointreau, raspberry Liqueur, lime and cranberry juices, and red berry simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries into the Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

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Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Gin and Citrus make a great couple

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic.

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic

If you haven’t discovered by now, I am slowly becoming a fan of Gin. The last few gin cocktails we’ve covered took me by surprise. They can be quite delicious, and this Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic recipe is a contender.

Gin and Tonics are some of the easiest cocktails you can make. But they can also get a little bland after a while – unless you are willing to experiment.

I first came across the Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic from a recipe on Parsnip and Pastries. Their recipe uses Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, which is loaded with extra sugar that can cause a nasty hangover. For our take on this cocktail, we used a slightly different blend of fresh citrus juices to cut out the added sugar, and paired it with a London Dry Gin and fresh rosemary.

I like my gin and tonics made with London Dry Gin. It’s one of the most popular types of gin around, and it’s not very sweet. That allows the sugar from the citrus juices of our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic to be the star player of this cocktail. Beefeater is a great option if you are new to London Dry gins. I also find it blends well with tonic water, such as Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.

Rosemary and citrus are a refreshing combination of flavors. They give this cocktail a bright taste, which is perfect for this time of year.

Our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic uses a blend of lemon, white grapefruit, orange, and clementine juices that we muddle with rosemary. We get a box of fresh oranges and grapefruits sent to my house every year by a family friend that lives in Florida. We’d never be able to eat all of them if we tried, so we save a couple large ones just for juicing which works perfectly with this cocktail.

So when I say fresh squeezed ingredients, I really mean it.

This is how you make a Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic!

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 Ounces Tonic Water
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Halved Clementine
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic: Muddle halved clementine with a large sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add in the gin, citrus juices, and ice. Shake together vigorously until chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Enjoy the refreshing citrus taste of this Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

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This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush on your cheeks

Making a Raspberry Blush Cocktail

Muzzy van Hossmere Would Approve

This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush back on your cheeks. The Raspberry Blush cocktail blends gin, raspberry cordial, and fruit juices into a gin cocktail experience you won’t forget.

Raspberries! If you don’t hear Carol Channing’s voice in your head when you hear that word, you just aren’t saying it right.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been trying all kinds of cocktail recipes that embody that Valentine’s spirit. This Raspberry Blush cocktail is one of those fancy finds.

While vodka is one of the biggest spirits featured in many Valentine’s Day cocktails, we are breaking away from convention by going with gin. For the Raspberry Blush cocktail, you will need a New-Wave Gin, like Hendricks or Martin Miller’s, to accentuate the fruity flavors that make up this scrumptious cocktail.

Diana from Anne of Green Gables was right when she said, “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.” Neither did I, and it’s also easy to make. All you need are raspberries, lime juice, sugar, and water. Check out this raspberry cordial recipe from Kate MacDonald’s Anne of Green Gables cookbook.

I know sugar or salt rims can be a bit messy and are associated with “girly” drinks, but they really add something to the cocktail’s presentation. Red, pink, white, or a mix of the three would make great choices for giving this cocktail a Valentine’s touch.

The Raspberry Blush is bursting with flavor. The raspberry, lime, and lychee create an exotic taste that will have your mouth falling in love. Pair it with a cucumber gin like Hendrick’s, and you’ve got yourself one damn good cocktail!

This is how you make a Raspberry Blush Cocktail!

Raspberry Blush

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Raspberry Cordial
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2½ Ounces Lychee Juice
  • Raspberries for Garnish
  • Color Sugar for Rims [Optional]
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside in the fridge to chill.

Raspberry Blush: Add gin, raspberry cordial, lime juice and Lychee juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chilled or frozen raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 15 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

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Cherry Bourbon Smash

Bourbon and Cherry make a lovely couple

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

Bourbon and cherry make a lovely couple in this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe.

Don’t you just love to experiment with cocktail recipes? We sure do! And when given a delicious bit of inspiration, like the Cherry Whiskey Smash by Jessica from How Sweet It Is, we end up with gems like our Cherry Bourbon Smash.

Now before we go any further, I say try the original before trying our variation on the recipe. You might find you like the Whiskey version better than the Bourbon version, and that is perfectly fine. If you are on the bourbon train like me, let’s get into it.

I’ve been on a bit of a Jim Beam kick recently. It could be because I’ve been enjoying some hot toddies this winter, and Jim works really well with this new tea I bought at Teavana. When I came across the Cherry Whiskey Smash recipe, I thought it might taste good with Jim instead of Jack.

Cherry cocktails sometimes taste like cough syrup to me, which is why I suggest tart cherry juice instead of the sweet variety. It will help balance out the sweetness of the Amaretto and Cherry Coke.

If you’re not a Jim fan, I won’t hold it against you. Everyone’s tastes are different. This is a recipe I would use this recipe when you have cheap bourbon that you want to doctor up the taste. I also consider it a Valentine’s day cocktail option that isn’t so frilly.

Check out this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe!

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Tart Cherry Juice
  • ½ Ounce Amaretto
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Brandy
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Coke
  • Maraschino Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Cherry Bourbon Smash: Add bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and brandy to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour over ice in a rocks glass, and top with cherry coke. Stir together to combine. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 10 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

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This Espresso Martini Nightcap will knock your socks off

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

It’s Our Favorite Nightcap

This Espresso Martini is a simply delicious nightcap that is perfect for coffee lovers everywhere. Add a few tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the glass and make it Affogato!

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

Coffee is one of those bases that makes great cocktails from Black Russians to Irish Coffees. And when it comes to coffee, there’s nothing I love more than espresso. So when we came across these Espresso Martinis, my heart sang with the joy of a thousand tenors.

I don’t always have a nightcap, but when I do this cocktail is at the top of my list. This Espresso Martini is one of those perfectly caffeinated cocktails, that blends the taste of coffee liqueur, vodka, and freshly brewed espresso.

I save the good stuff [the bottles from my splurge list] for my favorite cocktails. For my perfect Espresso Martini recipe, I used Van Gogh Vodka and Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa [it’s a chocolate coffee liqueur made with tequila instead of rum like Kahlua].

One of my favorite treats is Affogato, chocolate or vanilla gelato [you can do it with ice cream too] topped with freshly brewed espresso. So I Frankensteined them together and made an Espresso Martini Affogato. I just had to, and it was delicious! To make this nightcap affogato, add one to two large spoonfuls of gelato to the bottom of your glass and pour the espresso martini over top.

Here’s the recipe to our killer Espresso Martini [Affogato]!

Espresso Martini

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Espresso
  • ½ Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ¼ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp Vanilla Gelato [Optional]
  • Espresso Beans for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Perfect Espresso Martini: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour all of your ingredients on top. Give it a good shake, until chilled. Pour into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Make it Affogato: Prepare cocktail as above. Add one to two tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the bottom of a coupe glass, and pour Espresso martini on top. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 14.3

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This is how you make the best Negroni you've ever had.

Ultimate Negroni

Who knew bitterness can be good?

This is the only Negroni recipe Gin lovers will ever need.

Brio drink of the week: The Ultimate Negroni

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that helped put bitter-sweet cocktails on the map. While usually made with equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, this Ultimate recipe for the Negroni from David Wondrich at Esquire is a gin lovers’ dream.

So a while back, a study came out that said if you like gin or other bitter things you might be a psychopath. I know many a gin lover who might say otherwise, but is that really a bad thing? If you like bitter cocktails, you have a wide range of drinks to explore and won’t have to worry about your friends drinking your hooch. I might enjoy a Tom Collins every so often, but it doesn’t quite compare to this Negroni recipe.

I will preface this one with, I’m not a huge fan of bitter cocktails. I sip on them for a long time and find them hard to finish. A sour taste is just fine, but bitter makes me cringe. But this Negroni recipe was smoother sipping material. I think the sweet Vermouth had something to do with it. My gin loving friends could not stop raving about this recipe when I mixed them up for them the other night.

Now let’s show you how you make Wondrich’s Ultimate Negroni!

 

Negroni

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces London Dry Gin
  • ¾ Ounce Campari
  • ¾ Ounce Italian Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Negroni: Pour gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over ice in a chilled rocks/old fashioned glass. Stir until completely chilled. Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 193 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.6

This is the only Negroni recipe Gin lovers will ever need.

 

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Cranberry Whiskey Buck

The Holiday Season Begins with Cranberry and Whiskey

This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

Try this Brio Drink of the Week: the Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Cranberry juice. It is the mixer we all come to love in our early drinking years, where vodka cranberries were common and we didn’t know that it could get any more sophisticated than that. Well, we’ve introduced you to the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, now we’d like to serve you this Cranberry Whiskey Buck.

Bucks are a family of cocktails where an alcohol is mixed with ginger ale or ginger beer and citrus juice. You may have already experienced one if you’ve ever enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which is also known as a Vodka Buck. If you’d like to try another buck cocktail, try our Irish Buck, which is a delicious blend of Jameson, ginger ale, and lime juice.

In the case of this Cranberry Whiskey Buck, whiskey is paired with ginger ale and cranberry juice. This fizzy pairing makes for a delicious fall flavored cocktail. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of fizzy drinks, but I rather like this one. I’m starting to think whiskey just goes with everything. Water, cider, Coke, root beer, lime/lemon, and now cranberry juice.

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Whiskey Buck!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Ale
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Cranberries for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Cranberry Whiskey Buck: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

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Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher

It’s a minty world out there

Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher is simple and satisfying.

Brio Drink of the Week: Minty Lime Refresher

We wanted to do a little something different for National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16]. Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher was adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you wanted to try a crème de menthe cocktail that wasn’t your typical grasshopper, well you are in luck. This simple rum cocktail is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients, this cocktail takes very little time to make, but is so delicious to drink.

Better Homes and Gardens recipe was not very specific as to the bottling for this recipe, so we took our own liberties with the mix. For the rum, we used some El Dorado White Rum and mixed it with some freshly squeezed lime juice and used up what was left in the container of our homemade simple syrup.

Now, this cocktail could really go two ways depending on the color crème de menthe you choose to use. If you’d like your cocktail to have a minty green color, be sure to use a brand that has a green crème de menthe, otherwise, you can use white crème de menthe for a frosty looking cocktail. There are a few brands of crème de menthe out there, DeKuyper is rather popular, or you can be adventurous and try to make your own crème de menthe at home. We opted for bottled this time.

From our last couple of experiments with rum drinks, I have come to actually really like rum cocktails. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it, but I realized it was more of what I was drinking that I didn’t like than it was the actual rum. The more complex a drink is, the less I tend to like it. Sometimes it the more simple cocktails that turn out to be the best.

Now let’s show you how you make a Minty Lime Refresher!

 

Minty Lime Refresher

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Splash of Crème de Menthe [White or Green]
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Minty Lime Refresher: Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass filled with ice. Give it a stir and top with San Pellegrino. Add a splash of crème de menthe and stir to combine. ***Use green crème de menthe if you’d like to give your cocktail a minty green hue. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 171 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 23 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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How to make a Southern 75 beer cocktail

Southern 75 Cocktail

A Beertail with a Southern twist

You’ve never had a beer cocktail quite like this Southern 75!

Drink of the week: Southern 75

When we come across a cocktail recipe that turns our head a little, we can’t help but be excited to make it. That was definitely the case of this Southern 75 recipe that we found on Garden and Gun’s website. This beertail [beer-cocktail] is the brainchild of Nate Shuman, who was head barman at Proof & Provision, a basement bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. The Southern 75 is a rather interesting take on a French 75, but instead of gin and champagne, Shuman offers up a mixture of India Pale Ale and Bourbon.

Down at Proof & Provision, they prepare this cocktail using Four Roses Bourbon, demerara syrup [a simple syrup made using demerara or turbinado sugar], freshly squeezed lemon juice and Sweetwater IPA. If you aren’t a fan of Four Roses or Sweetwater, pick out an IPA and a Bourbon that you like instead. We’re not big fans of Sweetwater, so we switched it out for a different IPA and some Evan Williams since we didn’t have Four Roses.

This cocktail is served neat, meaning it’s not served on ice, so try not use a lukewarm beer. The chilling of the other ingredients in the shaker might not make the drink cold enough. Using a chilled IPA and glass will make this beertail the perfect temperature.

Now you’re probably thinking: Beer and Whiskey, really? To which we say you’ll be surprised. If you aren’t much of a beer drinker, you’re going to either love it or hate it. The Southern 75 is one of those beertails that you are either on board with or you’re not. But before you get a little gun-shy about it, give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

This is how you make the Southern 75 beertail!

 

Southern 75

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces India Pale Ale
  • 2 Ounce Bourbon
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Demerara Syrup or Simple Syrup

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Pilsner Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Southern 75: Pour chilled IPA into a chilled glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and demerara [or simple] syrup with ice. Shake vigorously for around 30 seconds, till chilled. Strain the into the beer. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

**This will vary based on what IPA or Bourbon you choose

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 179 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 5

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