With the summer reaching it's halfway point and the fact that I haven't done a cocktail recipe post in a while, I decided to offer you what is hot right now in the cocktail world. Many of these cocktails are from all parts of the stratosphere.
The Charter '77, the most popular drink at a trendy Czech-owned bar, gets its name from a 1977 civic initiative that championed civil rights in communist Czechoslovakia.
1 1/2 oz Organic Vodka
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz pear puree
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz agave syrup (diluted with 1/2 water)
Splash ginger beer
Pear slice, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with ginger beer and pear slice.
Try this new twist on "afternoon tea." It may seem like an unusual cocktail ingredient, but Bar Lola in Portland, Maine notes that the tea gives the drink texture and flavor, and can balance its sweetness so it's not too saccharine. Go ahead—add a little liquor to that iced brew.
1 1/2 oz Earl Grey-infused vodka (preferably potato-based)
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz St. Germain
1 tsp orange marmalade
1 dash Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
Orange peel, for garnish
Infuse vodka with 3 Earl Grey tea bags for 3 hours. Put all the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a collins or double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange peel.
For a drink that's fruity but not too sweet, try the popular Pomegranate Spritzer. Unique ingredients like pomegranate drinking vinegar, plum vodka, and fresh pomegranate seeds make this a satisfying cocktail to enjoy on a Kansas City, Kansas summer evening.
1 1/2 oz Pearl plum vodka
1/4 oz pomegranate drinking vinegar
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Mint sprig, for garnish
Pour vodka and drinking vinegar over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Fill glass with soda; garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint sprig.
Vodka and trendy Eau de Vie, set the base for this refreshingly cool cocktail. With a bar built in the post-prohibition 1930s, Providence, Rhode Island has a rich history and takes pride in crafting this popular summer drink with locally-grown cucumbers.
1 oz Cucumber Vodka
1 oz Eau de Vie Fruit Brandy
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
10 drops Bittermen's Orchard Street Celery Shrub Bitters (available from Amazon)
Cucumber ribbon, for garnish
Shake to combine all ingredients. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda water; garnish with a cucumber ribbon.
Stop the search, ladies: We've found your perfect girls'-night-out cocktail. Featuring all organic ingredients—notably strawberries, lavender essential oil, peach vodka, and prosecco—it's no surprise that this unique martini is ordered at often in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Organic strawberries , muddled
1 tsp organic agave
Squeeze fresh lemon juice
1 small drop lavender essential oil
1 1/4 oz organic peach vodka
Splash organic Prosecco
Mix ingredients. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top off with organic prosecco.
Stay tuned for more of these cocktail recipes later this week...Cheers!