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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.

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.

Pink Elephant

Concocted by Raphael Leclercq, Barmaster of Frenchie Covent Garden in London; this Pink Elephant is a cocktail made for special occasions!

1.5 oz Dry Gin (They used Elephant)
.5 oz Elderflower Liquor (They used Boudier)
.75 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
1 egg white
Rose petals, for garnish
50/50 Rose Water & Bergamot, in atomizer for optional spritz
Dry shake first, then shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled coup and garnish with rose petals. Spray the rose water/bergamot atop drink just prior to service. Enjoy!

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.

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita
• 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
• 1 oz Cointreau
• Fresh jalapeño slices
• Fresh cucumber slices
• 2 oz El Guapo® Lime Cordial
• 6 dashes El Guapo® Cucumber Lavender Bitters
• Rock salt, for rim if desired

In a clean shaker, add desired number of jalapeño and cucumber slices. Add lime cordial and muddle thoroughly. Add tequila and cointreau before filling shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into margarita glass. Salt rim of glass with rock salt prior to straining if desired. Top with bitters and garnish with additional cucumber and jalapeño slices prior to serving.