Apple Cider Martini with Cinnamon-Sugar Rim
Try this Apple Cider Martini this Fall to warm you up on those chilly nights! Apples are in full abundance this Fall along with apple cider. This cocktail is easy to make and incredibly tasty. With vanilla vodka and a cinnamon-sugar rim, it’s hard to beat!
5 ice cubes
2 oz vanilla vodka
1 cup + 1 tablespoon apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks *for garnish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
In a martini shaker, mix ice, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake until cold.
Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, and one tablespoon apple cider in another bowl. Dunk your martini glass first in the apple cider, then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Pour the apple cider cocktail equally into both martini glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Lemon-Bitters Gin & Tonic
This lemon-bitters gin & tonic is a great cocktail to enjoy during these last weeks of summer. It’s a twist on a an oldie but a goodie, adding a mix of muddled lemon and bitters bringing out the sweetness in the tonic and adding a little extra kick of acidity. You can use store-bought lemon bitters; however, I prefer the muddled lemon as I love fresh squeezed lemon juice in my cocktails.
1 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
1 dash of bitters
1-2 lemon slices
Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, muddle lemon slices on the bottom of a rocks glass. Add a dash of bitters and ice. Pour in gin then tonic. Mix well. Enjoy!
Pineapple & Mint Moscow Mules
Summertime is enjoyed best not only outside, but specifically sitting on a a patio with a cold drink in hand. Don’t they make shirts that reference this very thing? “I’m outdoorsy in that I like to drink on patios.” I need to get one of those…
Well indeed that is me; whenever the weather is nice, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending the days outside with friends and family, soaking up the sun with a tasty cocktail or a glass of wine in hand. These Pineapple & Mint Moscow Mules are perfect for such an occasion.
Moscow mules are a very well known summer cocktail, as they are quite refreshing on a hot day. They are kept very cool in copper mugs, and are very light and delicious. This one is exactly that; however, with added hints of pineapple and mint, the flavors are that much more pronounced.
1 ounce vodka
6 ounces ginger beer
1 lime, juiced (about two tablespoons)
1 ounce wedge fresh pineapple
2 mint leaves
Muddle mint, pineapple, and lime in copper mug.
Add vodka, ginger beer, and ice.
Mix and enjoy!
Grapefruit & Rosemary Margaritas
Spring has sprung here in Wisconsin! Finally! The tulips and daffodils are coming alive, the trees are starting to show a little green, and the weather is getting warmer. May is a great month as it first starts with May Day, then moves quickly to Cinco de Mayo! In early celebration of this holiday, I have decided to make a delightful margarita in advance of the celebration, specifically, a Grapefruit and Rosemary Margarita. I love homemade margaritas as opposed to the bottled stuff, it gives you the opportunity to experiment with different flavors. Plus, I can’t stand a sugary and overly processed lime juice margarita. I like to add my own fresh lime juice and citrus. This cocktail is full of flavor; the rosemary paired with the grapefruit brings out a wonderful bright, fruity flavor that is perfect as a spring/summer cocktail!
1 oz silver tequila
3 oz club soda * I used La Croix’s grapefruit sparkling water
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 grapefruit, peeled
1/2 sprig rosemary
Muddle grapefruit and rosemary in bottom of high ball glass.
Add lime juice and tequila, followed by sparkling water
Mix and enjoy!
Poached Pear Cocktail
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz cooking liquid reserved from poached pears (Search Recipe at Wilde Flavors Poached Pear & Mascarpone Tart)
pear slice and cinnamon stick for added flavor and garnish
Stir all ingredients above in a highball glass and enjoy.
This is a crazy good drink that will warm you up a cold night!