Drinks and Drams — 22 October 2019

Every culture across the map puts a different twist on their boozy traditions – from South America, to Europe, and everywhere in between. With diverse selections from our imported spirits portfolio, you don’t need to leave the country to experience the world in the best way possible! Here are seven international cocktail recipes to sip your way around the globe.


1. Here’s Looking at You, Ernest

Feat. Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin – Mendoza, Argentina

Havana meets Casablanca in this twist on the classic Mojito, as the earthy-mint notes of Apostoles Mate Gin blend with sweet Moroccan mint tea, fresh citrus, and a hint of exotic spice. We think Hemingway would approve.

1.5 oz Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin
2 oz Moroccan Tea*
.5 oz fresh sour (equal parts lemon and lime juice)
.5 oz simple syrup
12-15 drops Infuse Cardamom Bitters (1-2 dashes)
Fresh mint
Club soda
Rose water

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Fresh mint

Gently muddle 4-5 fresh mint leaves with simple syrup and fresh sour in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, tea, bitters, ice, and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass, and top with club soda. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint, and spritz rose water over the top of the glass before serving (if you have an atomizer – otherwise rinse the mint leaves with rose water and shake them off before garnishing).

*Moroccan Tea: add 1 tablespoon of loose jasmine mint green tea to 2 cups of near boiling water, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea leaves, stir in 2 tablespoons of honey, and chill.


2. Fireside Negroni

Feat. Craneo Organic Mezcal – Oaxaca, Mexico

Pull up a chair by the fireplace and relax. The fragrant smell of charred rosemary is a perfect complement to the rich smoke of Craneo in this mezcal-based Negroni.

1 ¼ oz Craneo Organic Mezcal
1 ½ oz Mancino Rosso Amaranto Vermouth
½ oz Rinomato Aperitivo Deciso

Glassware: Old Fashioned
Garnish: Grapefruit twist, rosemary sprig

Stir all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Twist a piece of grapefruit peel over the drink, then pierce the twist with a rosemary sprig and use as garnish. Use a kitchen torch to flame the rosemary sprig until it smokes; extinguish the flame before serving. The smoked rosemary is optional but makes for an eye-catching presentation both behind the bar while it’s being made, and sitting on the bar as it smokes.


3. A Birch Tree Grows in Manhattan

Feat. Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Dublin, Ireland

Watch out, this spicy and complex sipper packs a punch.

2 oz Prizefight Irish Whiskey
.5 oz Mancino Rosso Amaranto Vermouth
.5 oz Wild Moon Birch

Glassware: Nick & Nora
Garnish: Brandied cherry

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a Copper and Kings brandied cherry.


4. Flora at Sea

Feat. Gin Mare – Barcelona, Spain

.75 oz Cardinal Flora
.75 oz Gin Mare
3.5 oz Archer Roose Bubbly

Glassware: Coupe or flute
Garnish: Edible rose petals or fresh raspberries

Combine Flora and Gin Mare in shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Pour 3.5 oz of Archer Roose Bubbly from height to combine. Garnish with edible flower.


5. Christmas in October

Feat. Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Dublin, Ireland

This minty whiskey-and-cream treat is perfect for dessert – crazy garnish optional!

1.5 oz Prizefight Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Vespertino Tequila Cream
.5 oz green crème de menthe

Glassware: Martini
Garnish: Green cotton candy & lollipop

Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass laced with chocolate syrup, and garnish. Optionally, you can rim the glass with crushed graham crackers.


6. Bees and Blossoms

Feat. Boxer Gin – London, England

2 oz Boxer Gin
2 oz chamomile tea, cooled
1 tsp honey
Dash of orange bitters
2 oz sparkling lemonade

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Lemon slice

Combine the chamomile tea, honey, gin, and bitters in a shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a glass with ice. Add in the lemonade and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon.


7. Mezcal Paloma

Feat. Reyes y Cobardes Salmiana Mezcal – Guerrero, Mexico

This thirst quenching cocktail is absolutely delicious, and substituting mezcal for the traditional tequila adds an extra element of complexity that you’re sure to love.

2 oz Reyes y Cobardes Salmiana Mezcal
½ oz fresh lime juice
Pinch of salt
Grapefruit soda (Jarritos or similar)

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Lime wedge

Build in a Collins glass filled with ice, starting with lime and salt, then mezcal, and then top with grapefruit soda. Stir gently to combine, and garnish with a lime wedge. Optionally, you can rim part of the glass with your choice of salt.


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