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Aperitif & Wine Cocktails

So many cocktails are created with the foundation of strong spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskies, etc. It is easy to forget there are other spirited choices for cocktail creation. The industry is seeing an upswing in beer cocktails, wine cocktails and the inclusion of aperitif based cocktails.

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Next time you’re in the mood for something a little off the beaten track, pick up an aperitif or bottle of wine and start mixing a few aperitif or wine cocktails.

Holiday that celebrates wine ~ February 18 is National “Drink Wine” Day

Aperitif and Wine Cocktails Recipes

Heights CobblerJack the Horse Tavern, Brooklyn, NY

1/2 Lemon Wheel

1/2 Orange Wheel

6 Fresh or Thawed Frozen Cranberries

2 Pineapple Spears (1 peeled)

2 ounces Ruby Port

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

2 dashes Bitters

Muddle lemon, oranges, 3 cranberries and peeled pineapple in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add port, Grand Marnier, bitters and ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with remaining 3 cranberries and unpeeled pineapple spear.

Paris Sunset – CAV, Providence

3/4 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

3 drops Angostura Bitters

1-1/2 teaspoon Sugar

3 ounces Champagne – chilled

Combine Dubonnet, bitters and sugar in mixing glass. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne.

Ice Wine Martini – Blue Martini, Birmingham, MI

10 large seedless Green Grapes

2 ounces Ice Wine

2 ounces Vodka

2 Green Grapes Garnish – Halved

Place 10 grapes, vodka and wine in blender. Blend until smooth. Strain through tea strainer into ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with skewered grape halves.

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10 Two Ingredient Cocktails to Mix at Home

I’m often surprised to find so many people who will mix rum & coke, orange juice and vodka or bourbon and soda, but say they would never just make a cocktail at home. Some feel cocktails are more for a night on the town. Others are a bit intimidated by the thought of pulling out a cocktail shaker (if they have one), icing a glass and mixing the cocktail. In reality, mixing a cocktail is merely a step or two away from cocktails served straight up.

A few steps to remember when making a cocktail; instead of placing ice in your highball or rocks glass, place ice in a cocktail glass with a bit of water to chill the glass or keep a few cocktail glasses in the freezer until time to use them. The other item needed is cocktail shaker with strainer or almost every kitchen has a container with lid and small strainer. Those will both work for the impromptu home bartender.

More Two Ingredient Cocktails to sip your way through can be found in the highlighted link.

The Orange Blossom is an excellent alternative to the popular, but ordinary Screwdriver or vodka and orange juice. Gin brings more flavor to the drink with its botanical mix. Orange juice lessens a bit of the brashness some might expect from gin, making this a great starter cocktail for those just beginning to dabble with gin cocktails.

Satan's Whiskers builds on the Orange Blossom cocktail by adding dry & sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and Bitters - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Satan’s Whiskers builds on the Orange Blossom cocktail by adding dry & sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and Bitters – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Orange Blossom

1-1/4 ounce Gin

1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Perhaps the Cornell Cocktail would be an intermediate gin cocktail to sample since it moves away from fresh fruit ingredients and uses liqueur to complement the gin. Some cherry liqueurs can come across a bit perfumed, others taste a bit more chocolate covered cherry-ish. Sample a few and find your favorite.

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Cornell Cocktail

2 ounces Gin

1/2 ounce Cherry Liqueur

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Pink Gin captures the attention of the true gin enthusiast. Gin is forefront and center with lots of spice added to the glass with the classic bitters inclusion.

Pink Gin

2-1/2 ounces Gin

6 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

For those already immersed in the world of gin and lovers of peated smokey scotch there is the Smokey Martini. Instead of filling the cocktail glass with ice and adding water to chill, fill your cocktail glass with ice and add the scotch. Allow to sit for a few moments. Then swirl to coat the inside of the glass.

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Smokey Martini

2-1/2 ounces Gin

1/2 ounce Laiphroaig Whisky

Place ice and whisky in chilled cocktail glass. Swirl & toss. Place gin in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into prepared cocktail glass.

If the deep peated flavor of Laiphroaig is just too much for your palate, try the Dusty Martini with a lighter scotch expression. Just remember the olive is garnish. This isn’t Dirty Martini style with splash of olive juice added.

Dusty Martini

2-1/4 ounce Gin

1/4 ounce Scotch

Olive Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pierced olive.

For those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the Stinger is a classic cocktail with a bit of wintry feel with its minty liqueur inclusion. Feel free to use clear or green crème de menthe. The difference is merely color.

Stinger

2-1/2 ounce Brandy

1/4 ounce White Crème de Menthe

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over fresh crushed ice or strain into chilled cocktail glass according to preference.

If sweeter (sweet vermouth sort of sweet) is more your thing, this cocktail just might send your taste buds soaring. Even though this is a chilled cocktail, it’s nice and warming as it is savored.

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Bob Danby

3 ounces Dubonnet Rouge

1-1/2 ounce Brandy

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This cocktail is appropriately named in my opinion. Fresh squeezed orange juice balances the lightly spiced cocktail with refreshing zest. This is also one of those cocktails that would be equally refreshing served on the rocks. Just don’t let the ice melt too much or it becomes a bit of a watery mess by the time you reach the bottom of the glass.  

Appetizer

3 ounces Dubonnet Rouge

1 Orange – freshly squeezed

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Flavored brandies are a terrific way to step your cocktail experience up a notch. One of my favorites is apricot flavored brandy. It is wonderful as flavorful inclusion in a classic Daiquiri.

A.J.

1-1/2 ounce Apple Brandy

1 ounce Grapefruit Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This last cocktail is an interesting mix of brandy and dry vermouth. I suggest allowing just a bit of maraschino cherry juice to stay on the cherry when it’s time to garnish. This will bring a hint of sweetness to the cocktail.

Carroll Gardens Cocktail

2 ounces Brandy

1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

I think the most important thing to remember when mixing cocktails at home is keep it simple to start and experiment a lot! A recipe is not etched in stone. Tweak it to how you like it. Then it’s perfect for you!

 

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Create a Cocktail: Dubonnet Rouge, Cointreau & Kahlua

Dubonnet Rouge - Cointreau - Kahlua Especial 006 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

I recently posted a photograph of three spirits (Dubonnet Rouge, Cointreau and Kahlua Especial) to The Intoxicologist Facebook page to encourage a little cocktail creativity. The directive: What cocktail would you create using these three ingredients plus base spirit and / or mix-ins such as juices, syrups, etc.? The following three recipes were shared in response.

Thanks to all those who shared recipe ideas! I look forward to doing this again soon.

Grape Season – via Daniel Delgado Teran

1 ounce Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

1/4 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1/4 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

1/2 ounce Merlot Juice

Sea Salt Rim

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled sea salt rimmed cocktail glass.

Bloody & Bitter – via Justin Scappaticci

1/2 ounce Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1-1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

2 ounces Blood Orange Juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Club Soda

Justin didn’t give instructions on glass type, but due to the volume of this drink I would imagine the Bloody & Bitter should be built in highball glass over fresh ice.

Duke of York – via Steve Asmussen

Steve didn’t leave a name for his creative concoction, so I took the liberty of naming it. Steve, if you’re reading this and would like a name change for the cocktail, let me know.

2 ounces Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

4 ounce Peach Nectar

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. ~ This makes an 8 ounce drink, so it might be advisable to cut the measurements in half. This makes the drink more manageable and you can take your time sipping without worrying about the bottom half of the drink becoming watery from ice melt.

What cocktail would you create using the spirits above?

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Dubonnet Rouge: Classic & Contemporary

Dubonnet Rouge blends herbs, spices and fruit peels together with medicinal quinine and fortified wine.  Although it was originally purposed to ward off disease by making the ingestion of quinine more pleasant just as other spirits of the past, Dubonnet Rouge’s use in cocktails has gone far beyond “medicinal use” and into the realm of modern mixology.

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Just in time for Bourbon Heritage Month; The Dubonnet Mint Julep is an aperitif version of the classic bourbon Mint Julep. Each of the fresh herb additions pair wonderfully with the aromatics of Dubonnet Rouge. Get inspired to recreate a classic by sampling this classic variation.

Dubonnet Mint Julep – created by D. McKnight

2 ounces Dubonnet Rouge

3 ounces Bourbon

1 teaspoon sugar

Handful of mint

Place mint and sugar in mixing glass. Muddle briefly. Add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake or stir to mix completely. Strain into julep cup over fresh crushed ice.Dubonnet Rouge 002 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

There are much more traditional style recipes such as the Dubonnet Cocktail; 1 measure Dubonnet Rouge, 1 measure Gin, Dash of Orange Bitters & Lemon Twist Garnish. Served Up. But there is still room for more creative offerings within the mixology field.

Summer Thyme, courtesy of Michael Green, plucks fresh thyme from the garden for an inspiring cocktail utilizing the unique flavor of Dubonnet Rouge.

Summer Thyme – created by Michael Green

1 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

2 ounces Vodka

1 sprig Fresh Thyme

Squeeze of Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Lemon Slice & Fresh Thyme Sprig Garnish

Place all ingredients except garnish into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill, allowing the aromatics of the fresh thyme to permeate the drink. Strain into rocks glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slice and sprig of thyme.

Dubonnet Rouge is a stylish and affordable aperitif as it stands among much higher priced liqueurs and aperitifs on the liquor store shelf.

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Labor Day: Labor Free 2 Ingredient Cocktails

Two ingredient cocktails are an ideal way to enjoy a labor free Labor Day weekend of entertaining friends while still enjoying relaxation time as host. Simple drinks with few ingredients remain flavorful, satisfying and keep prep time to a minimum. The Highball could be one of the most popular two ingredient drinks. Its open ended option of base spirit and mixer of choice provide an endless combination of flavors for all to enjoy. There are many more two ingredient cocktails and drinks to explore. Choose to include suggested garnishes or leave the drink bare.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 1 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinHighball

2 measures Base Spirit of Choice

3 measures Mixer of Choice

Place base spirit (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, etc…) in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with mixer (club soda, tonic, juice, etc…).

Appetizer

3 measures Dubonnet Rouge

1 Orange – freshly squeezed

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Camparosa

2 measures Campari

3 measures Grapefruit Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 3 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinCherry Cooler

2 measures Cherry Brandy

3 measures Cola

Lemon Slice Garnish

Place brandy in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with cola. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.

Comfortable Screw

1-1/2 measure Southern Comfort

3-1/2 measures Orange Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 2 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinKentucky Cocktail

3 measures Bourbon

1 measure Pineapple Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chill cocktail glass.

Whisky Mac

1-1/2 measure Scotch

1 measures Ginger Wine

Place scotch in an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger wine. Stir.

The Golf Cocktail calls for a simple third ingredient to round out the flavor.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 4 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinGolf Cocktail

3 measures Gin

1 measure Dry Vermouth

3 dashes Classic Bitters

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Find more suggestions for the weekend in Easy Two Ingredient Drink & Shot Recipes.

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