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Eclectic Cocktail Recipes
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Excellent for the head and brazen at heart, cocktails merrily punctuate riotous toasts, choice grub and step-ball-changes. And while old standbys like Bloody Caesars and vodka martinis always promise a good hullabaloo, the offbeat signature cocktail is way in, giving you ample opportunity to get all “leading-edge” on your guests. For added sweetness, serve up two trademark drinks with your monikers, as in “his and hers hooch”.
taking the bitter with the sweet
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The classic choco-tini has been upped ad infinitum by its death-by-chocolate offshoots, but what happens when you toss oozy fruits and wicked spices into the mix? Pure indulgence, à la mode. It’s official: dessert is a dish best served liquefied.
His: Chocolate Spice Martini
2 oz. chocolate liqueur
1 oz. orange liqueur
1/2 oz. chocolate vodka
2 oz. light cream
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of black pepper
orange twist
dash of cinnamon or roll of shaved dark chocolate
Shake ingredients together with ice. Serve in a chilled glass; garnish with orange twist and cinnamon sprinkling or a roll of shaved dark chocolate.
Hers: Black Forest Shake
1 oz. vodka
chocolate syrup
cherry brandy
1 oz. milk
maraschino cherries
Blend ingredients together with ice cubes and serve, topping off with maraschino cherries.
bittered slings & ritzy behaviour - going retro
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Some cocktails were just made to be drunk with apathetic glares, flirtatious gestures, and outrageous anecdotes. Your wedding may not be held on the French Riviera, and your guest list might be a bit short on poets, but that’s no excuse not to party like charismatic, prestigious ex-patriots.
His: Beatnik
1/2 oz. tawny port
1 1/2 oz. Averna liqueur
1 oz. small batch bourbon whiskey
Flamed orange peel
Rinse cocktail glass with port. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker, stir 30 times over ice, and strain into glass. Garnish with torched orange peel.
Hers: Hemingway
½ flute of Pernod
½ flute of champagne
Mix this classic French liqueur with your choice of bubbly for a sip with a hint of licorice. Garnish with star anise.
like booze warmed over
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By now, it’s a pretty well-known, if widely ignored, fact that booze doesn’t actually warm the body; it cools it. A lesser known fact is that alcohol spiked with by-the-fire nostalgia (the likes of hot milk, cider, coffee or tea) warms the heart.
His: Southern Cider Pitcher
25 oz. Southern Comfort
1 gallon apple cider
5 cups ginger ale
3 cups brewed tea
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole oranges, studded with cloves
Combine ingredients in a kettle, removing from heat pre-boiling point; post-steam.
Hers: Cherry Pumpkin Cider
5 oz. cherry juice
2 cups boiling water
4 bags mulling spice
8 oz. pumpkin puree
2 oz. honey
1 bag marshmallows
Add mulling spice to boiling water, and let steep for 2 minutes. Stir in cherry juice, pumpkin puree and honey. Nuke until scorching; garnish with ‘mallows.
sitting pretty
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Tropical sauce and token “girl” drinks never fail to deliver the chirpy goods (or the morning-after headaches, so please, go easy on the sweet stuff). But the greatest thing about flirty, fruity cocktails is the aesthetic factor: lined up along a mahogany bar, brilliantly aglow and blushing stark tints, these babies are pretty as punch.
His: Pineapple Chi Chi
1 1/2 oz. pineapple vodka
2 oz. coconut milk
2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz. cane sugar syrup
pineapple and cherries
Shake ingredients together and pour into gutted coconuts. Top with pineapples, cherries and miniature umbrellas.
Hers: Candy Apple Martini
1 oz. vodka
½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
1 oz. sour apple liqueur
1 oz. cranberry juice
Shake ingredients together with ice cubes, strain, and serve in a chilled martini glass.
pitching the woo
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Martini, margarita and highball glasses are certainly, and diversely, sexy-chic. But some weddings call for something a little more backyard casual; a little groovier. And nothing says laid-back, summertime on the cobblestone terrace, or unfussy fete quite like a pitcher of fruity brew.
His: Raspberry Mojito Pitcher
6 oz. light rum
4 oz. simple syrup
6 lime halves
Handful of raspberries
30 - 40 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
Club soda
Squeeze lime halves and pour simple syrup into a pitcher, adding the rum, mint leaves and raspberries. Fill with crushed ice, stir and cap off with club soda.
Hers: Watermelon Champagne Sangria
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 seedless orange, peeled and broken into sections
2 bananas, peeled and sliced just before making the sangria
1 cup seedless grapes, cut into halves
1 bottle champagne
Drop fruit slices into pitcher; drown in champagne.