Atomic Cocktail Cosmopolitan

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Atomic Cocktail CosmopolitanCombine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ fresh lime juice
ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This makes rich and sweet version of a cosmo. Don’t skimp on the fresh juices, they make a big difference.

Adapted from Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times

Monkey Coke

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Monkey CokeStir ingredients together in your ice filled highball glass.

1½ ounces Crème de Banana
Enough cola to top off glass

Don’t dismiss this drink; it’s stupid easy and quite good.

Adapted from Wikipedia’s entry on Crème de Banane.

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Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Marys are a standard at weekend brunches and they’re hard to mess up but as far as I’m concerned this is the recipe to beat.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice…

2 ounces vodka
4 ounces tomato juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Generous pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
2 dashes of Worcestershire suce
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce

Shake well and strain into a chilled highball glass (the hurricane shown here is impressive as well). Garnish with a stalk of celery and a slice of lime.

Adapted from William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide

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Banana Cow Cocktail

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Banana CowWhen all the guys are ordering Boiler Maker’s it’d take some resolve to ask for (and explain how to make) this seemingly silly banana drink but it’s not too sweet and is actually quite refreshing. It’s easy to adjust the sweetness by tweaking the quantity of Crème de Banana and a splash of dark rum wouldn’t hurt this if you feel experimental.

A further alteration is that instead of cream we usually will substitute vanilla soy milk which is far less rich.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1½ ounce of cream
1 ounce of light rum
1 ounce of Crème de Banana
dash of Grenadine

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with banana slices and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Recipe adapted from The Book of Cocktails

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Williams-Sonoma Cosmopolitan

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Williams Sonoma Cosmopolitan

Combine following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

2 ounces citrus vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce cranberry juice cocktail
½ fresh lime juice

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This makes a drier, less sweet version of a cosmo. Often we even skip the citrus vodka and use an unflavored vodka.

Adapted from William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide

Blue Lagoon

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Blue LagoonStir ingredients together in your ice filled glass.

1 ounce of vodka
1 ounce of blue curaçao
top off glass with lemonade

This is a great drink for parties. Everyone loves a blue drink plus they’re trivial to assemble. The ingredients can be put out and people can mix their own making them stronger or weaker to their taste.

Recipe adapted from The Book of Cocktails

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Lemon Drop

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Lemon DropSugar the rim of a martini glass. Shake with ice:

1½ ounces of vodka
2 ounces of fresh lemon juice
1 ounce of fresh orange juice
superfine sugar to taste (1½ – 3 teaspoons)

Strain into the prepared martini glass.

Garnish with a lemon slice.

These are so fresh and smooth, not at all like the syrupy messes served up at so many bars.

Recipe adapated from Highballs High Heels: A Girls Guide to the Art of Cocktails

Watergate Coffee

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Watergate Coffee

One ounce Coffee Liqueur
One ounce Orange Liqueur

Combine in your coffee mug.

Top with hot coffee and whipped cream.

The orange goes unexpectedly well with the coffee.

Recipe from The Bartender’s Black Book: The Drink Recipe Collection for the 21st Century, Sixth Edition

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“Wet” Vodka Martini

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Vodka MartiniShake with ice:

  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of Extra Dry Vya Vermouth
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.

    I like to garnish with a skewered olive, cocktail onion and a Tomolive (pickled green tomato). I call it a “Triple” or “Garnir de Trois.” It’s very much worth trying.

    This martini has what many would consider a shocking quantity of Vermouth but the truth is that most Vermouth tastes awful. Vya Vermouth is made by Quady and is quite lovely. If you sniff your current vermouth it will probably make you gag.

    Perfect Manhattan

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    Perfect Manhattan made of Maker's MArk

    Shake with ice:
    2½ ounces Maker’s Mark Bourboun
    ½ ounce Sweet Vermouth
    ½ ounce Dry Vermouth(without this it’d just be a Manhattan)
    2 dashes of bitters

    Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.

    Garnish with a Maraschino cherry (add a second one and a tiny bit of the syrup to taste)