Honey, can you make me a cocktail?

Let me first preface this post by stating that one should being doing everything possible during these times to optimize one’s immune system.  Naturally, hitting the bar isn’t the way forward. That said, when one does decide to make a cocktail, let’s make sure it’s an excellent one!  I was inspired by the LCBO‘s 2020 Spring Magazine and thought it might be nice to curate a mix of cocktails from their site that that are easy to make, based on a few ingredients that are most likely readily accessible.

Tequila-based cocktails

Ginger Margarita ::  In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 oz Tequila, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped ginger and a pinch of sea salt. Shake hard and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Jose Cuervo Margarita :: In a blender, combine 1½ oz Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, ½ oz Cuervo Margarita Mix and 1/2 cup ice. Blend until slushy. Serve in a Margarita glass rimmed with salt and garnish with a lime wedge.

Jalapaño-Cilantro Spice Margarita :: In a clean glass jar, combine 1 Jalapeño (sliced into rounds with veins and seeds), 1/3 cup cilantro and 1 cup 100% Agave Blanco Tequila.  Cover tightly with lid.  Gently shake.  * Taste every 10 minutes until it reaches desired heat level.  Pass Tequila through fine-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Transfer mixture into a clean glass jar.  Can be refrigerated up to 6 months.  
* depending on the spiciness of the peppers, it could take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.  Is terrific in a classic Margarita or as the base spirit in a Bloody Mary

Grandpom Margarita :: Fill a shaker with ice and add equal 1 oz. measures of Grand Marnier, Don Julio Tequila, lime juice and pomegranate juice. Shake until chilled and strain into an iced cocktail glass. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve.

Frozen Watermelon Margarita :: Break up 1 1/2 cups frozen watermelon into small chunks. Combine in a blender 2 oz Tequila, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 tsp sugar and blend until smooth. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Grande Caesar :: Rim a tall glass with fresh lime and Cajun seasoning. Fill the glass with ice and add 1½ oz  Tequila, the juice of 1/8 fresh lemon, 1 tsp Worcestershire, 2 tsp chipotle hot sauce and 4 oz. Clamato. Stir to mix. Garnish with a stuffed chili pepper.

Vodka-based cocktails  

Rose Martini :: Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add 1½ oz Vodka, 1 oz white crème de cacao, 1/4 oz rosewater and 1 drop rose food colour.  Shake vigorously, pour and garnish with small pieces of Turkish delight or rose petals. 

Iceland Lemonade ::  In a goblet with ice, add 1½ oz Vodka, 3 oz lemonade and 2 oz white grape juice and stir.  Serve sprinkled with 1 tsp wild berries.  Makes 1 cocktail.

Kahlúa Especial Martini :: In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour 1 oz Kahlúa Especial and 1 oz Polar Ice Vodka. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

Euro Class Martini :: Add 2 oz of Grey Goose vodka to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and stir until icy cold. Add 2 tsp of Disaronno Amaretto to a martini glass, swirl to cover and shake out the excess. Strain the chilled vodka into the glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Cosmo Martini :: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1½ oz Absolut Citron Vodka, ½ oz Cointreau, the juice of ⅛ fresh lime and 2 to 3 oz cranberry juice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a stemmed Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Gin-based cocktails 

French 75 :: In a cocktail shaker with cracked ice, shake 1 oz Gin, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 tsp sugar, and strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Fill with cold Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Gypsy Gin :: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 3/4 oz Gin, the juice of 1/2 fresh pink grapefruit and 1/4 oz Cointreau. Stir until chilled and strain in to a Martini glass. Garnish with a pink grapefruit slice.

Ginger Cocktail :: To a cocktail shaker, add ¼ cup diced, peeled cucumber, ½ tsp fresh ginger, the juice of ¼ fresh lemon and ¼ oz simple syrup (recipe follows). Muddle until the cucumber and ginger is mashed. Fill the shaker with ice and add 2 oz Gin. Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber and pickled ginger bundle, if desired.  Simple Syrup:  Stir together equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until mixture comes to a boil and sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and
let cool completely. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate for
up to 1 month.





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