Today I was looking for a unique cocktail to make for a friend I will be seeing Saturday and saw several lists of interesting ideas. I decided to share nine here as I hope to make each at some point in the future. My goal for now is to try to seven of them December 31st, but who knows. And I have to watch the budget as it could get expensive buying all the fixings. Not sure yet what order I'll make them in, but I'll add comments beneath each the day after I try them.
This means you'll have to check back to see my reviews. I may also include my reviews in a video series I've been thinking about - Books and Beverages. The concept would be to try a beverage and then read from a book, sharing a bit about both. If I do this, they'll go up on my YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCZx-WR1Qzs7MUkXQ1HgipLg.
Now for the amazing recipes I chose. I mean just look at them! If you decide to try to make any of them before I do - or even after - be sure to leave your comments on Olio By Marilyn sharing what you thought. I would be intrigued to hear your opinion.
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From Sophia Rosser of Green Room in London.
.5 oz Grey Goose
.5 oz plum jam
2 tsp Cointreau
Juice of a quarter of a lime
Top with prosecco
Shake all ingredients (except the prosecco) over ice, strain into champagne flute and top with prosecco.
From Morimoto Asia at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
1.5 oz vodka
.75 oz peppermint schnapps
.75 oz white chocolate liqueur
Mix and chill ingredients. Pour into a red sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane hanging on the rim.
From Half Baked Harvest - 4 Servings
1 T kosher salt
3/4 C silver tequila
1 C no sugar added cranberry juice
3/8 C Cointreau (orange liquor)
1/2 C fresh lime juice
3/8 C fresh or frozen cranberries
2-4 T honey, use more or less to your taste
zest from 1 orange
1-1/2 to 2 C ice
rosemary and sugared cranberries, for serving (optional)
Combine the sugar and salt on a shallow plate. Rim each glass in salted sugar. In a blender, combine the tequila, cranberry juice, orange liquor, lime juice, cranberries, and honey. Add the ice and blend until slushy. Add the orange zest and blend to combine. Pour into your prepared glasses. Garnish with rosemary and sugared cranberries, if desired. Drink!
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cups fresh cranberries with 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. (NOTE I subbed frozen cranberries and halved the recipe and still had more than enough.) Let sit 10-15 minutes. Strain the cranberries, then add them to a parchment lined baking sheet. Toss the cranberries with 3/4 cup granulated sugar until all the cranberries are coated. Allow the cranberries to dry, in a single layer, for at least one hour.
From Conrad Cartagena
1.5 oz Baileys
1 oz vodka
1.5 oz coconut cream (see note below)
Add Baileys, vodka, and coconut cream to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed crushed Oreos. Garnish with coconut wafer.
From Midwinter Night’s Dream at PHD Terrace
2 oz Stoli Vanilla
1 oz Crème De Cacao
.5 oz heavy cream
Shake all ingredients in iced cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. Add preferred chocolate syrup down edge of glass and coat rim with chocolate syrup and graham crackers.
2 oz vodka
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz white cranberry juice
Mezza di Mezzacorona sparkling wine
Rosemary and cranberries for garnish
Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass with a sugared rim and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with cranberries speared on a rosemary sprig.
1.5 oz RumChata
2.5 oz half and half
1 oz maple whiskey
Build ingredients over ice in a shaker. Drizzle chocolate sauce to the inside of a martini glass. Shake, strain into a martini glass. Note: pre chill martini glass so chocolate sauce can cling to glass. Garnish with shaved white chocolate.
From Davio's NYC
1.5 oz vodka
.75 oz cherry brandy
Juice of 1 lime
Raspberries for garnish
Rosemary for garnish
Sugar for rim
Rim a martini glass with sugar. Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice and pour in the ingredients. Shake until chilled and strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with two raspberries and sprig of rosemary.
From Morton's The Steakhouse
1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber Rose Vodka
.5 oz Aperol
.75 oz simple syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake ingredients in ice filled shaker 25 times. Pour into a champagne flute. Top with whipped cream, and edible rose petal garnish.