Classic Cocktails with a TWIST
If you are anything like me, when it comes to cocktails, you like to stick to what you know – the classics. Every once in a while, I will be tempted by the snazzy new drink recipe that I saw on Pinterest, but when it really comes down to it – I always end up back with the same simple drink mixes that I always have. Sound familiar?
So to help me get out of my rut, I’ve pulled together these list of some simple, more classic cocktail recipes – that all have a little something different to them. It’s like the best of both worlds! I get to keep my simplicity, while also trying something new!
Sangria -> Greek Sangria
Try your next sangria with FOS Greek Mastiha liqueur, a clear spirit with a unique sweet taste. The prime ingredient of this spirit derives from resin of the Mastiha Tree, also known as the Crying Tree. The rare and natural tree resin is grown and cultivated exclusively on the small Mediterranean island Chios in Greece, unable to take root anywhere else in the world.
- Build in a tall wine / sangria glass
- 1 whole strawberry
- 3 white grapes
- 2 oz FOS Mastiha
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Muddle in glass
- Fill glass with ice cubes
- Top off with Sauvignon Blanc
Margarita Mix -> Organic, Simple Margarita
Skip the sugary mixes and try this organic margarita with just 3 ingredients! You will love El Consuelo 100% Organic tequila, created with USDA certified blue weber agaves sourced from Jalisco in the Mexican region of Tequila, a region with unique climatic characteristics that yield a larger, fruitier agave – resulting in superior Tequila.
- 2 oz El Consuelo Blanco
- 1/2 oz Orange Curaçao
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice Fresh Lemon Juice
Mojito -> Pink Mojito
Mix it up with your next mojito! Try out the Allaire white rum from Barbados, considered by many the archetype to be taken as a reference point for others. The rum is the ultimate expression of excellence from the island. Aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels and filtered with a proprietary method that gives it a beautiful crystal tone and enhances the sensory richness.
- 6 mint leaves plus extra sprigs to decorate
- 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
- 2 tsp sugar (simple) syrup
- 3 raspberries
- 30ml | 1oz Allaire white rum
- 1tbsp cherry brandy (or Chambord)
- tonic water to top up (or use soda water)
Martini -> Caramel Apple Martini
While this one might not be as “simple” as a classic martini, it sure does sound tasty! You also really need to try Peony Vodka, which is a unique, 5-times distilled vodka, developed from a recipe infused with an array of floral botanicals. Created by Three Meadow Spirits founder Leslie Farhangi, the brand was developed with inspiration taken from the uncomplicated ‘country-living’ lifestyle found in Dutchess County, located one hundred miles north of New York City.
- 2 oz. Peony vodka
- 2 oz. Apple cider
- 1oz. Butterscotch schnapps
- Rim with caramel and brown sugar
- Garnish with 1 apple slice
Vodka + Boring Mixer -> Sailor’s Simple Cocktail
I’m guily of this! Throw any mixer with vodka and call it a day…but not this time! Try out this tasty “Sailor’s Cocktail” made with Toast Vodka. USA-made and distilled in Florida, Toast has drawn influence from the high-energy and endless summers found in Miami to shape its brand character as well as its unique formula based from coconut water. Not to be confused with a ‘flavored vodka,’ the coconut water used in Toast Vodka’s production is unsweetened and retains all the natural benefits while only subtly influencing the taste profile.
- 1.25 oz Vodka
- 0.75 St Germain
- 2oz of fresh grape juice
What do you think? Ready to branch out and try some different cocktails for your next gathering?