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. 💐

Sweep The Leg

Created by Lane Primeaux, Beverage Director of Soji in Baton Rouge. We specially formulated watermelon cordial specifically for this cocktail (but we’ve included simplified instructions below for you to make at home!) This fruit-forward summer cocktail will cool you off in the summer heat.

SWEEP THE LEG
• 2 oz tequila
• 1 oz El Guapo® Watermelon Cordial (home recipe below)
• .75 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 tsp Chareau Aloe Liqueur
• 1 pinch, cilantro
• Watermelon wedge, for garnish

In clean shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, cordial, juice, liqueur and cilantro. Shake thoroughly until well chilled. Double strain into a collins glass, and garnish with a watermelon wedge prior to serving.

To create watermelon cordial at home, juice fresh watermelon (pulp only, no rinds!) until 4 cups of juice are reserved. Pour juice and 2 pounds of sugar into a large heavy bottomed sauce pan, heating slowly and stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Simmer for up to two hours, until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain liquid through a cheese cloth and funnel into a mason jar or other storage container. The cordial will keep for up to three weeks if properly refrigerated.

Mother of Pearl

Created by Lane Primeaux, Beverage Director of Soji in Baton Rouge. This is the perfect floral cocktail to survive the summer heat.

MOTHER OF PEARL
• 2 oz rose hip infused Shochu (directions below)
• .75 oz Black Rose Giffard Liqueur
• .5 oz fresh lemon juice
• .25 oz El Guapo® Classic Greek Rose cordial
• .5 oz egg white
• Dehydrated rose petals, for garnish

In clean shaker filled with ice, combine Shochu, liqueur, juice, cordial and egg white. Shake thoroughly until well chilled. Strain into a coupe, and garnish with dehydrated rose petals prior to serving.

To create infused Shochu, pour one 750 mL bottle of shochu over one cup of dehydrated rose petals in a non-reactive container to steep. Reserve empty bottle. Allow to infuse at room temperature for for up to 24 hours – knowing the longer you steep the stronger the floral notes in the alcohol will be. Strain mixture through cheese cloth, and re-bottle using funnel. The infused Shochu will keep for up to two months if properly refrigerated.

El Guapo Mai Tai

El Guapo Mai Tai
• 1 oz light rum
• 1 oz aged rum
• 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
• .5 oz orange curaçao
• .5 oz El Guapo® Classic Almond Orgeat
• Edible flowers, mint, lime wheels, umbrellas for garnish

In a clean shaker filled with crushed ice, mix rums, juice, curaçao, and orgeat. Shake until well chilled, and pour unstrained into a lowball or tiki glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of mint, adding edible flowers, umbrellas, etc. as desired.