Stumped on what your New Year’s resolution should be this year? Instead of vowing to loose weight, save money or run a marathon…how about making a resolution to broaden your cocktail portfolio? Put an end to mixing up the same old cocktails at your next party in 2012 and try one of these delicious bevies instead.
1. EFFEN® Cucumber Basil Temptress
Created by David Nepove – National President, U.S. Bartender’s Guild
1½ parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
1 part Lime Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
3 Leaves of Basil
1½ parts Club Soda
Method: Add all ingredients, except club soda, to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a cucumber wheel and basil leaf.
2. Cruzan 9 Nova
1 part Cruzan Light Rum
1 part Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
.5 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
1 part fresh lemon sour
3 parts pineapple juice
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into hurricane glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and dusting of fresh ground nutmeg.
3. Basil Hayden’s® Apple Bubbly
1 part Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
Sparkling Apple Juice
Method: Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon to a champagne flute and fill the remainder with sparkling apple juice. Garnish with a sliced apple
4. Knob Creek® Manhattan
2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
½ part Sweet Vermouth
½ part Dry Vermouth
1 dash Bitters
Garnish: Maraschino Cherry
Method: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add Knob Creek, vermouth, and bitters. Stir and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.