If your college experience was anything like mine (hazy nights filled with lukewarm beer, jungle juice, cheap vanilla vodka and Jello shots) then you can’t blame me for declaring myself a “wine girl” and laying off the hard stuff for a few years. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of cocktailing with some very skilled mixologists (Cheers to you, Jim & Roxy Weaver!) and I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of a well made drink. With summer upon us, I thought I’d “mix things up” and share some of my favorite cocktail recipes for you to enjoy at home.
The Writer’s Block – Served at The Hall Courtyard Brasserie at the Palihouse in West Hollywood. This is a light and refreshing drink, perfect for a warm summer evening.
2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. apple juice
1/2 oz. cucumber juice
1/4 oz. muscat sparkling wine
*Serve in a martini glass or over ice. Garnish with a slice of apple, cucumber or lime.
Hibiscus Rose Margarita – Served at La Esquina in New York. Perhaps my favorite margarita of all time, the flavors of the rose and hibiscus are a perfect compliment to a smooth tequila.
2 oz. white tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. hibiscus syrup
1/2 tsp. rose water
*Dip the rim of a margarita or wine glass with sugar and salt. Combine and shake ingredients. Serve over ice.
Dark and Stormy – Served at the Phoenician Hotel in Phoenix. This is a great alernative to your standard frat boy rum and coke. It’s the perfect drink for a night on the town.
Fill tall glass with ice
2oz. light rum
2 oz. Barrett’s ginger beer
squeeze of lime (do not leave rind in cocktail)
top with dark rum floater
The Scorpion – Served at Trader Vic’s worldwide. The citrusy drink that is sure to knock you off your feet – so I suggest consuming this while laying by the pool. Be sure to use freshly squeezed citrus, the store bought stuff just doesn’t do this drink justice.
1 1/2 oz. Trader Vic’s Orgeat Syrup
6 oz. freshly squeezed orange juicce
5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 oz. light rum
1 oz. brandy
*Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs or an orange wedge, or blend with ice for a frozen treat.
What are some of your favorite cocktails? Feel free to share recipes in the comments section!