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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.

Coffee Scented Whipped Cream

There’s nothing better than homemade whipped cream for dipping fruit or topping holiday pies. Our recipe utilizes our coffee bitters for an additional hint of flavor that will have your guests asking for seconds.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large mixing bowl if you’re using a hand-held mixer, combine cream, powdered sugar and bitters. Mix, starting at low speed, gradually increasing to medium-high until stiff peaks have formed. Yields approximately 2 cups of whipped cream.

Helpful Tip: Freeze your mixing bowl and beaters for 10-15 minutes prior to mixing. The chill will create stiffer peaks and help the finished cream stay set.

Smoked Pecan Old Fashioned

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! This cocktail is perfect as a digestif with friends after a huge meal. Easy to make at home but incredibly impressive, don’t forget to properly stock your bar ahead of the holidays!

• 2 oz Woodford Reserve
• .25 oz El Guapo® Creole Orgeat Syrup
• 2 dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
• 2 dashes El Guapo® Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters
• Applewood chips, blowtorch & cloche, for smoking

In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine bitters, syrup and bourbon. Stir until well chilled, and strain into a rocks glass over one large rock. Place on a flat board, and torch applewood chips until embers are lit. Cover with cloche for one minute, removing just prior to serving to release aromas and smoke.

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.

El Guapo Old Fashioned

Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter has been a New Orleans fixture since 1918. This cocktail was created by beloved local bartender Chris Hannah, who famously helmed the Arnaud’s French 75 Bar for thirteen years.

El Guapo® Old Fashioned (Featuring 2018 Good Food Award winning Chicory Pecan Bitters)
.25 oz El Guapo® Creole Orgeat
.25 oz Amaro Meletti
• 2 generous dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
2 oz Jim Beam
• Large ice cube 
• Orange twist & rosemary sprig, for garnish

In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine Jim Beam, amaro, orgeat and bitters. Stir until well chilled and strain into a lowball or coupe over a large ice cube before garnishing with an orange twist & rosemary sprig.

Evangeline, Stirred

Created by Nick Dietrich, one of New Orleans’ most esteemed bartenders, this re-imagined Old Fashioned is where Louisiana meet Kentucky.

Evangeline, Stirred (Featuring 2018 Good Food Award winning Chicory Pecan Bitters)
• 2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
• .25 oz Poirier’s cane syrup

• 2 dashes El Guapo® Chicory Pecan Bitters
• Large ice cube
• Orange peel, for garnish

In a double old-fashioned glass, combine bourbon, cane syrup and bitters. Stir using a large cube ice. Garnish with an orange peel & serve.