18 December 2015

Winter cocktails, part 1

I hope things are starting to wind down for you all at work, or at least that you're making some time to party with friends.  I am doing just that, and I'm thrilled to be hosting a cocktail hour tonight, the first opportunity I've had to do so in months.  I'll have some red wine and a Chardonnay around, and these...

Rudolph's Nose Punch

Makes one-ass big bowl of punch.

3 cups chilled vodka
3 cups chilled orange juice
3 cups chilled freshly squeezed lime juice
3 cups chilled grenadine
3 cups chilled club soda

Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl. Add an ice ring if you want to be fancy (or have ice on hand).

Santa's Nightcap

Makes one drink.

2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce walnut liqueur
1 teaspoon real maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters*

Ophelia, which I shamelessly stole from Denver's fabulous Olivéa

Makes one drink. 

For the Rosemary Simple Syrup:
¼ cup minced rosemary
½ cup water
½ cup of sugar

For the Cocktail:
1 and ½ oz Gin
¾ oz rosemary syrup
¾ oz fresh lemon juice (about ½ of a lemon, squeezed)
Club Soda

To Garnish:
Sprig of rosemary
Lemon wedges

To Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup:

Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and rosemary and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and steep the mixture off heat for 45 minutes.
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a container. 

To Make the Cocktail:

Fill glasses with ice.
Add gin, lemon and rosemary simple syrup and stir.
Top with club soda, stir briefly and garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon wedge.