Handcrafted cocktails created by yours truly.
Texan Whiskey Rose
1 1/2 oz. Whiskey
3 oz. Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Honey Simple Syrup (local honey + water in equal parts with a pinch of salt)
Sprigs of Rosemary
Make the honey simple syrup by combining equal parts honey + water in a pot with a pinch of salt. Cook on medium heat while stirring for about 30 seconds until the honey + salt have dissolved. Let cool. Add whiskey, in my case I used TX Blended Whiskey from The Lone Star State, fresh grapefruit juice + rosemary straight from my backyard + the honey syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the rosemary, fill the shaker halfway with ice, shake well + strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary + a wedge of grapefruit. This cocktail is equally good with either pink or yellow grapefruit – dealer’s choice. Cheers to Texas!
I'm a garnish girl. Every beverage just tastes better with one, wouldn't you agree? Dare to leave it off of my drink and you will be sure get a look of disappointment from me, maybe even a scowl. But take the time to craft one, even something simple, and you'll always have my palliative praise. It's all in the presentation! Like this champagne served with a sprig of rosemary and cranberries; how beautiful is that to drink?! And what could be easier than pouring a glass of bubbly, topping it off with something festive looking and serving that to your guests during the holiday season? Yes, it's that easy. Now, sip away and get cheery. Happy holidays!
2 oz. Vodka
4-5 oz. Ginger Beer
1 Large Lime
Half a Dozen Blueberries
3 Cucumber Slices
Sprigs of Mint
Place the blueberries, blackberries and cucumber slices into the bottom of a glass and muddle. Fill your copper cup halfway with ice. Add vodka and ginger beer. Squeeze the juice of one large lime into the glass. Take mint sprigs and clap them between your hands several times to release the oils of the plant and then submerge it about ¾ of the way into your drink. Garnish with any remaining fruit and a cucumber slice. All of the ingredients pictured above were home grown in my backyard garden, with the exception of the ginger beer and vodka of course! Enjoy the refreshing interplay between sweet and tart berries, crisp, bright lime and soothing cucumber. Cheers!