Sparkling

Plum, Yuzu, Gin & Beer Punch

Created by Monica Carbonell, Beverage Director of Liquid Culture, this off the beaten path punch is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving gathering!

Plum, Yuzu, Gin & Beer Punch (Portioned to serve 5 people.)
• 5 Brown sugar cubes
• 10 dashes El Guapo® Holiday Pie Bitters
6 oz Gin
• 3 oz Yuzu liqueur
• 8 oz Plum juice (2 plums + 1/2 cup water blended & strained)
• 3 oz Orange juice
• 5 oz Club soda
• 2 Cinnamon sticks
• 2 Cloves
• 5 oz Oast Brewery saison ale (or any saison ale)
• Plum slices, for garnish

In a pitcher, combine sugar cubes with bitters and an ounce of club soda. Muddle and stir until well dissolved. Add gin, liqueur, juices, the rest of the soda, cinnamon and cloves. Fill pitcher halfway with ice and gently stir until well chilled. Strain into a punch bowl, but keep the cinnamon and the cloves in the liquid for 30 minutes before serving to properly steep. For individual pours, use a rocks glass with 1 large ice cube and top with 1 oz of beer per cocktail. Garnish with plum slices.

The Lost Bunny

The Lost Bunny, as served at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar
• 1.25 oz Dry Sack Sherry
• .25 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
• .5 oz Honey syrup (1:1 honey to water)
• .5 oz Angostura Amaro
• 5 Sage leaves
• 3 dashes El Guapo® Holiday Pie Bitters
• Chilled champagne

In a clean shaker, muddle 3 sage leaves & fill with ice. Add sherry, syrup, juice, liquor & bitters. Shake until well chilled & strain through a mesh sieve into a flute. Top off cocktail with champagne & garnish with two sage leaves angled like bunny ears.

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.

Seasonal 75

A refreshing summer take on our cities’ famous French 75, this recipe was created by Sac-a-Lait‘s head bartender Norton Christopher and featured in Wine Enthusiast.

2 oz gin, preferably Euphrosine #9
.75 oz blueberry syrup (recipe below)
• .75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 3 dashes El Guapo® Summer Berries bitters
• Cava, to top
• Lemon twist, for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, syrup, juice and bitters. Shake well, then strain into flute. Top with Cava. Garnish with lemon twist before serving.

Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water

Place ingredients in pot with water and cook on medium-low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let mixture cool, then purée and strain. If mixture becomes too thick to pour, thin with basic simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water). Extra syrup will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

L’Ouragan de ‘75

Created by Alfredo Garcia as an official entry into the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail cocktail competition, this fruit-forward take on the French 75 is the perfect summer sparkler.
• 1 oz Hendricks Gin
• 3/4 oz Home-made passion fruit/pomegranate syrup*
• 2 oz dry sparkling wine
• 1/2 oz Rhum Agricole Clement Creole Shrubb
In a shaker filled with ice, add gin and syrup. Shake well and strain into champagne flute. Spoon layer sparkling wine and spoon layer Rhum Agricole and Bitters. Serve immediately.
*syrup- 1/2 cup passion fruit purée, 1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup sugar. Simmer until sugars dissolve (about 15 min). Strain and chill.

Spring In My Step

Spring In My Step
This take on a classic French 75 is served behind the bar at Brennan’s Restaurant on Royal Street.
Created by Allison Park

• 1.5 oz Hendricks Gin
• 1 oz Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
• Vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
• 6-8 dashes El Guapo® Cucumber Lavender Bitters
• Petillant natural wine or any sparking white wine
• Edible flowers or cucumber spirals, for garnish

In a clean cocktail shaker with ice, combine Gin, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and bitters. Shake until well chilled, and strain into champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish before serving.

To create vanilla simple, bring 2 cups of filtered water to a rolling boil. Pour 2 cups of white sugar into water while stirring, and remove from heat source. Slice a whole vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape seeds from both sides of the pod into the pot. Drop seeds into pot to steep, and allow mixture to cool for an hour. Store unused syrup in fridge, where it will keep for up to two weeks.

Summer Berry Sipper

Summer Berry Sipper
3 Strawberries, quartered
1.5 oz Aperol
• 1.75 oz El Guapo® Olde English Lemonade & Collins Mix
Prosecco
• 6 dashes El Guapo® Summer Berries bitters

In a clean shaker, muddle quartered strawberries with the Lemonade & Collins mix.  Add the Aperol, and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a highball filled with ice. Top off with Prosecco and bitters just before serving.