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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Gin Liqueurs

Cocktail of the Day: Limoncello Cooler


Limoncello Cooler


Limoncello Cooler

1 1/2 oz. Limoncello
1 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
8-10 Mint Leaves
Club Soda

Gently muddle the mint leaves with lemon juice in the bottom
of a mixing glass. Add the limoncello and gin and shake with ice. Strain into
an ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Whiskey

Cocktail of the Day: Bourbon Milk Punch


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1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 Bar Spoon Vanilla Extract (a couple dashes)
3 oz Whole Milk or Half and Half
Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon.

Shake well with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

Mardi Gras is coming, and this classic New Orleans brunch cocktail is the perfect way to start off a day of revelry. Or any day, for that matter.

The Milk Punch is often made with brandy instead of bourbon. (That's the way they make it at Commander's Palace.) I like bourbon better, though, so I make it this way. You can also substitute rum or spiced rum.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Rum Tiki

Cocktail of the Day: Cherry Daiquiri

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2 oz Shellback Silver Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
2 Maraschino Cherries
1 tsp Maraschino Cherry Syrup

Muddle the cherries in the bottom of a mixing glass along with the juice and syrups. Add the rum and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.

I used Shellback Silver Rum for this because it has a sweet, vanilla taste that really complements the cherry. But you can substitute any silver rum.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Wine

Cocktail of the Day: Sandeman Harvest Sour

 Sandeman port cocktail
In an effort to help make one of my 2013 predictions come true, I offer a tasty cocktail made with Port wine.

I know this one's a little complicated, but if you feel ambitious, it's worth the effort.

Sandeman Harvest Sour

1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
1/2 oz Apple Brandy 
3/4 oz Raspberry Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
2-3 oz Dry Apple Cider

Shake all ingredients (except cider) with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with cider, garnish with raspberries and dust with nutmeg.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Vodka

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

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1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. I've always been a fan of vodka, and I enjoy experimenting with the flavored variety in different drinks. They're certainly not the first thing I reach for, but that doesn't mean they should never be used.

This was based on a recipe I found in Gaz Regan's book. It has delicious fall flavors and has quickly become one of my wife's favorite drinks.

You don't need to use the Van Gogh brand vodkas, although I've found these varieties to be very tasty. The Sobieski Karamel is also good.

If you don't have any Licor 43, you can replace it with a little simple syrup. It's not going to taste quite the same — the Licor 43 has a very nice sweet vanilla flavor — but it'll give you the general idea.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Tiki Whiskey

Cocktail of the Day: Eastern Sour

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2 oz Bourbon
2 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Orgeat

Shake with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.

Adapated from a recipe by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Originally created by Trader Vic as a Tiki attempt to persuade whiskey drinkers to join the party. 

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Rum Tiki

Cocktail of the Day: Scorpion (a la Trader Vic)

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2 oz Light Rum
1 oz Brandy
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Orgeat

Shake with a lot of crushed ice and then pour unstrained into a large glass.

A version of Trader Vic's classic Scorpion Bowl, a drink served in a large bowl for 2-4 guests to enjoy, rejiggered to an individual size. This was originally a blended drink, but I've found it still tastes great when made with crushed ice.

(If you want a large version, as seen in the picture, just double everything.)

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Rum Tiki

Cocktail of the Day: Miehana

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1 oz Gold Rum
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice

Shake with ice, then pour unstrained into a Collins glass. Add more ice if necessary.

It's Tiki time, baby! Adapted from a recipe by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Wine

Cocktail of the Day: Sangria del Matrimonio

Not a cocktail, per se, but a great drink for the summertime. I made this recently at a party for my brother-in-law's wedding (thus the name) and it was a big hit.

Sangria del Matrimonio

750-ml Bottle of Dry White Wine
5 oz Grand Marnier
8 oz Pineapple Juice
12 oz Peach Soda or Nectar

Mix in a pitcher with sliced peaches and oranges. Strain into cups with ice to serve.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Rum

Cocktail of the Day: Skinny Colada

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Skinny Colada

2 oz Jamaican Rum
2 oz Coconut Water
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
Splash (squeeze) of Lime Juice

Stir in a glass with ice.

A cool, flavorful drink without a lot of calories. Make sure to use a good quality rum, since there isn't a lot of syrup covering it up.