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Springfield ’75

Did you know the French 75 cocktail was named after the  powerful French field gun that became an icon of victory in the American coverage of World War I? Similarly, the Springfield 1795 cocktail is named after the first musket to be produced in the United States.

The Springfield 1795 was the iconic musket carried by the American army during one of the last major battles of the War of 1812 in which British forces invaded Louisiana and were defeated at the Battle of New Orleans.  This victory was viewed by Americans as having restored national honor and marked the beginning of the Era of Good Feelings, a period of national unity.

Modified from Stephen Wood’s official 2018 Tales Of The Cocktail competition, this riff on a French 75 is perfect for celebrating special occasions!

Springfield 1795
1 oz El Guapo® British Style Colonial Tonic Syrup
.75 oz El Guapo® Creole Orgeat
2 oz Roxor gin
.25 oz CH Dogma Rubin Bitter Grapefruit Liqueur
2 oz William Chris Petillant Naturel Sparkling Rosè

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all of the ingredients except sparkling rosè. Shake briskly and fine strain into a champagne flute.  Slowly top with sparkling rosè. Stir gently and garnish with an expressed swath of grapefruit peel which has been threaded with a sprig of thyme.

Et Tu Brute

Created by Hunter Church of NEAT Bottle Shop in Alys Beach, Florida and featured in Okra Magazine, this rum based spin-off of a boulevardier is a perfect Fall cocktail for happy hours and holiday entertaining!

ET TU BRUTE
• 1.5 oz Papa’s Pilar Rum

.5 oz Bruto Americano
1 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
• 1 dash El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
Orange peel, for garnish
In a clean mixing glass filled with ice, pour rum, liqueur, vermouth and bitters. Stir until well chilled, and strain into a martini glass or coupe. Garnish with an orange peel, expressing oils prior to serving.

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.

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.

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.

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