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Craft Spotlight Collection: Mount Rigi Bitter Spritzer

Mount Rigi Swiss Aperitif is part of the Craft Spotlight Collection. All bottles ship free through March 18. Shop the entire collection here.

It's never too early in the season for a spritz. This one combines the delicious, sweet, floral taste of Mount Rigi Swiss Aperitif with the complementary bitter-sweet flavors of grapefruit and Aperol. And to top it off: sparkling wine. Layers of flavor and the feeling of summer in one fizzy, wonderful glass.

Ingredients

1 oz Mount Rigi Swiss Aperitif
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz Aperol, or other orange bitter
3 oz Prosecco, or other sparkling wine

Method

Stir all ingredients in an ice-cube filled wine glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Craft Spotlight Collection: Starward Nova Apricot Whisky Sour

Starward Nova is part of the Craft Spotlight Collection. All bottles ship free through March 18. Shop the entire collection here.

This bold and balanced Australian single whisky meets its match in the premium, fruit-forward apricot liqueur. What happens next? Fireworks.  A drink you'll keep coming back to, least of all because it's so damn easy to make.

Ingredients

2oz Starward Nova
.5 oz Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

 

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Craft Spotlight Collection: Coffee Amaro Negroni with Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

Mr Black Coffee Amaro is part of the Craft Spotlight Collection. All bottles ship free through March 18. Shop the entire collection here.

Negronis. The darling of the cocktail world. So versatile: late brunch, afternoon drinks, after-dinner digestif, at home, at the bar... Somehow it fits every occasion and any time of day.

Well now there's a new negroni on the scene. Mr Black's Coffee Amaro Negroni.  Take everything you love about the negroni and add a coffee twist. Surprised no one thought of it before, but not surprised it's such a slam-dunk. That's what we've come to expect from our pals at Mr Black.

Ingredients

1 oz Mr Black Coffee Amaro
1 oz gin
1 oz Campari

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher filled with ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Craft Spotlight Collection: The Bramble Ale with Minor Case

Minor Case Rye is featured in our Craft Spotlight Collection. Shop the full collection here.

This cocktail turns the traditional blackberry bramble on its head. Use rye instead of gin and add ginger ale for bite. Delicious!

Ingredients

1.5 oz Minor Case Rye
.25 oz simple syrup
.25 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 oz ginger ale
3-5 blackberries

Method

Muddle blackberries at the bottom of a shaker.  Add ice and shake all ingredients except the ginger ale until very ocld. Double strain over a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top off with ginger ale and garnish with a lemon wheel and a juicy blackberry.

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Craft Spotlight Collection: The Mahia Mojito

In the foregron, a bottle of Mahia Fig Spirit and next to it a tall Collins glass filled with an alcoholic beverage.  Mint garnish and a lime wheel. In the background, barrels, leading you to understand you're at a distillery.

Mahia Fig Spirit is featured in our Craft Spotlight Collection.  Shop the full collection here.

A version of the Mahia Mojito was served for decades in the bars and cafes of Casablanca. For those who love movies, the proper toast before you take that first sip is, "Here's lookin' at you, kid."

Ingredients

1.5 oz Mahia Fig Spirit
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz club soda
10 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

Method

Add mint leaves and simply syrup to an empty cocktail shaker.  Gently press on the leaves to express the oils, but don't mash them, as this will leave you with an overly bitter taste. Add ice, Mahia Fig Spirit, and lime juice. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with a lime wheel and a fresh sprig of mint.

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The Dubliner: A St. Patrick's Day Drink You Can Enjoy Year Round

This drink comes from one of the greats, Gary "Gaz" Regan. At its heart: delicious, layered flavors of orange complemented by the smooth, rich taste of Irish whiskey. a luminous orange red cocktail in a coupe, on a softly lit windowsill, the fronds of a fern in the background. The green of the fern and the red-orange of the cocktail creative a visually pleasing complementary contrast.

With a name like "The Dubliner," St. Patrick's Day is the obvious occasion for this cocktail. But given how simple it is to make and its gorgeous taste, you might find yourself stirring one up with some frequency. 

For our money, it's pretty close to a perfect make-at-home cocktail: nearly anyone can master it and most everyone will appreciate it.

Gaz was a larger than life character who played a key role in the emergence of the craft cocktail scene. His legacy carries on far and wide, in part because he is responsible for the revival of orange bitters, the figure behind the eponymous Regans' Orange Bitters.

So for this drink, Regans' is a must. Sip this excellent cocktail and if you think of it, raise your glass to Gaz, who made it possible.

Ingredients

2 oz Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth (we like Carpano Antica Formula)
1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
2 dashes (make 'em big!) of Regans' Orange Bitters

Method 

Stir with ice and then strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry. A green one if you can find it!

Tip: to amp up the orange flavor even further, rub a fresh orange peel around the rim of your glass.  Then express the oils over your drink. Yum!

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Enjoy a Sonic: 1643 Alpine Gin

Centered in the foreground is a refreshing looking clear cocktail in a Collins glass. This is set against a cerulean blue background and a 1643 Alpine Gin bottle.

 

 

 

1643 Alpine Gin has a bright and herbal character, with plenty of spice. This particular cocktail, common in Japan, cuts tonic with seltzer (tonic + seltzer = sonic) for a drier profile that better highlights the aromas and flavors found in 1643 Alpine Gin.  Here we shake the gin with lemon zest instead of using the lemon as a garnish, leaving the drink pure and unadorned.  An elegant and easy way to elevate your at-home G&T.

Image and recipe courtesy of Christian Leue 

The Alpine Sonic

2 ounces 1643 Alpine Gin
Zest from one lemon
Seltzer
Tonic

Method

Step 1 Fill a 12-ounce Collins glass with ice.

Step 2 Add the gin and lemon zest to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold and strain into your prepared glass.

Step 3 Add equal parts seltzer and tonic to fill, add a straw, then give the drink a single sharp stir with the straw to mix.

Tip: for a burst of extra flavor, add a long peppercorn and a whole green cardamom pod to the shaker before shaking.

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A Rum & Blood Orange Cocktail

February.

When winter seems like it will never end.

And then the blood oranges arrive with their welcome splash of color and distinctivesour-sweet-bitter flavor. 

When it comes to citrus - one of the essential ingredients in many cocktails - blood orange juice provides a unique twist and a special added oomph of flavor. Blood orange juice is also a delicious complement to whatever your spirit of choice: whisk(e)y, gin, vodka, tequila, cognac, rum, mezcal, amaro, aperitif, the works!

In this rum and blood orange cocktail, the Sanguina, we're pairing blood orange with Virago Four Port Rum. Virago crafts unique rums blended from different regions famous for their particular styles of rum. So you get a little bit of funk from Jamaica, a little bit of heady sweetness from the Spanish style rums coming out of Nicaragua and Panama, and a little bit of rich spice from the British style rum made in Barbados. Virago rums are unsweetened, which gives you the opportunity to customize the sweetness to your own personal taste. 

Sip on the Sanguina and perhaps you'll find yourself savoring the sweet-sour-bitter flavors of a warm summer sun in mid-February.

Ingredients

1 oz Virago Four Port Rum
1 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco Liqueur
2 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 whole blood orange, divided into 8 parts
.5 oz - .75 oz brown sugar
1 dashes of Regans' Orange Bitters

.25 - .5 oz simple syrup to taste (optional) 

Method

In a shaker, muddle the blood orange slices with the brown sugar.  Add the remaining ingredients (including optional simple syrup) and crushed ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Cocktail recipe inspired by Enriqueta Lemoine
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Vaquero: the Winter Daiquiri of your Dreams

Like a daiquiri, but make it winter.

Whether you're into bitter, sweet, sour, or spicy, with this drink you'll enjoy a taste of it all.

The secret ingredient? Ancho Chile Reyes Liqueur.

This vibrant red liqueur is made from roasted, sun-dried poblano chilies. Roasting deepens the flavor and the rich, complex smoky, spicy heat of dried chile adds perfect depth and delicious zing to all your favorite drinks.

Here we recommend it in this winter riff on a daiquiri, which builds layers of flavor with lemon juice, Campari (the original recipe calls for Aperol, but we like to amp up the bitter), fresh pineapple, Ancho Chile Reyes, and an herbal note of sage.

You can easily tweak this recipe to your preferences -- up the sugar if you like a sweeter side to your bitter, or add more Ancho Chile Reyes to turn up the heat.

Ingredients

1.5 oz bourbon
.75 oz Ancho Chile Reyes Liqueur
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Campari
.25 oz demerara sugar
4 fresh pineapple chunks
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 fresh sage leaves

Method

Muddle pineapple and sage in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake well. Fine strain into a couple glass and garnish with a sage leaf.

Recipe from Punch, credited to Simone Goldberg of Narcissa
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