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We know, it’s a bummer to see another long holiday weekend end. (Oh, George Washington, we hardly celebrated ye.) But, chin up, because there is a far more exciting holiday coming up that is sure to lift your spirits — literally: National Margarita Day.
Courtesy Bar Seven Five
1½ oz. cognac
1½ oz. crème de cacao
1½ oz. cream
Grated nutmeg, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix cognac, crème de cacao and cream and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled martini glass; garnish with grated nutmeg.
1½ oz. gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. crème de cassis
Blackberry, for garnish
Mix gin, lemon juice and crème de cassis in a Champagne flute. Garnish with a blackberry.
The Stock Broker
2 oz. whiskey
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
¼ oz. demerara syrup
Lemon peel, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix first four ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with a few drops bitters. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Courtesy Minus5 Ice Bar
1 oz. coconut water
2 oz. pineapple juice
½ oz. coconut milk
½ oz. orange juice
Gummy carrot, for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a chilled glass. Garnish with a gummy carrot, if desired.
Right: Courtesy Banana Tree Grille
PX-41 Blueberry Lemonade
1 cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup sugar
Splash freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ripe banana, pureed or smashed
6 oz. lemonade
Whipped cream, for garnish
Skewer of banana slices and blueberries, for garnish
1. In a saucepan over low heat, cook blueberries, sugar and lemon juice until reduced by half. The liquid will be very thick, and some berries will hold their shape. (Note: To save time, you can substitute blueberry jam for the reduction.)
2. Pour pureed or smashed banana and lemonade into a glass filled with ice. Layer a dollop of reduced blueberry mixture on top.
3. Optional for adults: Spike with blueberry vodka.
4. Garnish with whipped cream and fruit skewer, if desired.
Courtesy King’s Bowl Boston
The Space Between
1 oz. Blue Curacao
3 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. herbal liqueur (recommended: Jägermeister)
Splash energy drink (recommended: Red Bull)
Sugar-coated lemon slice, for garnish
Fill a Collins glass with ice and add Blue Curacao. Add pineapple juice, pouring gently over the back of a spoon to create a distinct layer. Repeat with liqueur and energy drink. Garnish with sugar-coated lemon slice, if desired.
Courtesy Old Homestead Steakhouse
Icy Hot Whiskey Martini
2 oz. cinnamon whiskey
2 oz. peach iced tea
Lemon twist, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix first two ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled martini glass and finish with a dash of grenadine. If desired, garnish with a lemon twist and/or maraschino cherry.
Tea & Sympathy
6 mint leaves
1 oz. ginger syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1½ oz. gin
¼ oz. gentian liqueur (recommended: Suze)
2 oz. jasmine green tea
Splash ginger beer
Mint leaf or ginger candy, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with ginger syrup and lime juice. Add gin, gentian liqueur, green tea and 4-5 ice cubes; shake for 25 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint or ginger candy, if desired.