Monthly Archives: October 2018

Tell-Tale Heart

Ad adaption of the Black Heart cocktail published by Drinking In America several years ago, this themed libation is the perfect combination of spooky & sweet for your never-ending parade of Halloween parties. The Tell-Tale Heart is sure to put everybody under its spell… especially if they have a thing for vodka. So treat yourself to a night of dark drinks and even darker thoughts.

Tell-Tale Heart
• 1.5 oz Black vodka
• 1 oz Fig & thyme infused vodka (recipe follows)
• 1 dash Dry vermouth
• 
4 dashes El Guapo® Polynesian Kiss Bitters
• Fresh figs, for garnish

In a clean shaker filled with ice, pour both vodkas, vermouth and bitters. Shake until well chilled and strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with a split black fig prior to serving.

To make infused vodka, quarter six ripe black figs and muddle thoroughly. Strip 10-15 thyme sprigs of leaves, placing the leaves with muddled figs. Pour one bottle of vodka over figs and thyme leaves in a non-reactive container to steep. Reserve empty vodka bottle. Allow to infuse at room temperature for for up to 24 hours – knowing the longer you steep the stronger the fig and thyme notes in the alcohol will be. Strain mixture through cheese cloth, and re-bottle using funnel. The infused vodka will keep for up to two months if properly refrigerated.

Black Magic

Black Magic (Featuring 2018 Good Food Award winning Rose Cordial)
• Luxardo cherries, in syrup
• 2 oz Black vodka
• .5 oz El Guapo® Classic Greek Rose cordial
Club soda

• Lychee fruits & additional cherries, for garnish

In a clean shaker, muddle a cherry (or two if you like stronger fruit flavors). Pour vodka and rose cordial into shaker, and shake until well combined. Remove shaker lid, and strain contents into a Collins glass filled with ice. For halloween, garnish with lychee fruit & Luxardo cherry eyeball.

Corpse Reviver No. 2

This simplified version of a New Orleans classic is perfect year-round, but particularly fun for Halloween gatherings! Serve in black glassware or garnish with a cube of dry ice for an even spookier libation.

Corpse Reviver No. 2
• 1 oz Gin
• 1 oz Lillet Blanc
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz El Guapo® Olde English Lemonade & Collins Mix
• 
4 dashes El Guapo® Love Potion #9 Bitters
• Lemon peel, for garnish

In a clean shaker filled with ice, pour gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau and syrup. Shake until well chilled. Srain into a chilled martini glass and top with 4 dashes of Love Potion #9. Garnish with a lemon peel, expressing the peel’s natural oils before serving.

Bloody Pome-quila

Created by Monica Carbonell, Beverage Director of Liquid Culture, this spooky libation is sure to be a hit at your Halloween party!

Bloody Pome-quila
• 1.5 oz Blanco tequila
• 1 oz Pomegranate juice
• 1 oz Grapefruit juice
• .75 oz Grand Marnier
• 2 dashes El Guapo® Holiday Pie Bitters
Icing sugar, water & red food coloring, for garnish

To create blood dripping rim, mix icing sugar and red food coloring into a paste in a small, shallow plate and add drops of water until the mixture takes on a thick, viscous consistency. Dip clean rocks glasses into liquid & turn upright to dry. The red liquid will run down the glass as it dries, imitating blood. (Skip this for ease & a great drink sans the Halloween effect).

In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, juices, Grand Marnier and bitters. Shake until well shilled. Fill blood-rimmed rocks glass with ice & strain cocktail, serving immediately.

Seasonal Bourbon Milk Punch

A signature of our Fall Favorites cocktail class, our Seasonal Bourbon Milk Punch is a riff on the classic New Orleans milk punch utilizing Sweet Potato Syrup as opposed to simple syrup or sugar. Our Sweet Potato Syrup is the PERFECT alternative to Pumpkin Spice.

Seasonal Bourbon Milk Punch
3 oz “Magic” (recipe below)
2 oz Bourbon (we used Thirteenth Colony, but any quality bourbon will do)
1 oz El Guapo® Sweet Potato Syrup
• 3 dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters OR El Guapo® Holiday Pie Bitters
Whole nutmeg or powdered sugar, for garnish

In a clean shaker filled with ice, pour magic, bourbon, bitters of choice & syrup. Shake until well chilled, and strain into a lowball glass over ice. Garnish with powdered sugar OR freshly grated nutmeg if desired.

Magic
2 cups 2% milk
.5 cups Half & half
.5 cups Powdered sugar
1 tsp whole ground vanilla bean pods (or 1 tbs quality vanilla extract)

To make Magic, combine milk, half & half and powdered sugar in a clean, empty 750 mL liquor bottle or beverage decanter with a cap. Add vanilla bean pods and seal, shaking vigorously to combine. Refrigerate remaining liquid for up to 3 days.

High Volt

Happy Fall, y’all! This cocktail, which is equally delicious with overproof rum or rye whiskey, is the perfect replacement for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING.

• 3 oz overproof rum or high proof rye whiskey (we used Thirteenth Colony rye, but any quality rum or rye will do)
• .75 oz El Guapo® Sweet Potato Syrup
• .5 oz Becherovka
• .75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 4 dashes El Guapo® Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters
• Orange twist, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist, expressing oils before serving.

Bee’s Knees

Created by @garnish_girl, Katie Stryjewski. The Bee’s Knees cocktail was created for Bee’s Knees Week – where bars around the country served this classic cocktail and donated the proceeds to local schools to fund the installation of beehives!

Bees Knees
•  2 oz. Gin (Katie used @barrhillgin)
•  .75 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
•  .75 oz. honey syrup (1:1)
• 1 dash El Guapo® Cucumber Lavender Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with every edible flower you can find. 💐