Morgue-arita

We're not typically ones for novelty drinks with silly names and gimmicks. Oh wait...maybe we are. We are talking about booze, after all. 

In a time when everyone seems to take themselves (and their craft) so damn seriously, what's the problem in having a little fun with your cocktails? None. That's what we say. 

So we're putting together a few Halloween cocktails with all the kitsch we can pack into 'em... but don't go thinking just because they have silly names or colorful garnishes that they're not tasty...because they are. 

Take this spin on a margarita for instance. We're using one of our favorite new tequilas, Sangre de Vida. Not only does it come packaged in a very appropriate hand-painted skull, but the shit is seriously tasty. To make it festive, we added some color with Aperol and used black ash salt to rim the glass (find it at specialty food stores or online). 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Sangre de Vida Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Aperol
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar, plus additional for rimming glass
black ash salt for rimming glass

method:

Rim the glass by dipping the edge in agave nectar and black ash salt. Set aside. Combine tequila, Aperol, lime juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and transfer contents to prepared glass. 

Darling Clementine

Oh, that darling Clementine. She's sweet, spicy and she packs a punch. But all it takes is four simple ingredients to make this complexly-flavored cocktail.

It starts with two different types of booze. We used one of our favorite tequilas, Espolón Blanco and a not-so-secret ingredient, Ancho Reyes. Made from ancho chilis, it's smoky, spicy and sweet. But not too sweet. A little can go a long way, or a lot can be just enough to knock you on your ass. 

The third ingredient is fresh-squeezed clementine juice. Similar to a tangerine, but seedless, clementines have less acidity than orange juice. So if you opt for oj instead of the namesake citrus in this, you may need to add just a little more of our fourth ingredient; agave nectar. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

2 oz Espolón Blanco
1 oz Ancho Reyes
1 oz fresh clementine juice
.5 oz agave nectar
fresh clementine for garnish

method:

Combine all four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously to chill. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with fresh clementine segments.



California Citrus Smash

If you were one of the lucky ones that came to Juniper June, you might remember St. George Spirits. They brought all three of their gin expressions out from California and seriously blew some damn minds that night. 

But if you thought their gin was amazing, just wait until you taste their vodka! Yes, seriously, their vodka. They make three different versions and will be sampling cocktails at our August anniversary bash. Hopefully you're one of the lucky few that got a ticket in the 2.5 hours it took to sell out. If not, we're seriously sorry, but there's always next time. 

Okay, back to their vodka. For this cocktail, we're using their California Citrus Vodka. It's not a flavored vodka - it's infused. Instead of simply adding a flavor, they actually infuse peels from three different types of California-grown citrus before distilling. The mix of Valencia oranges, Seville oranges and Bergamot citrus is absolutely mouth-watering. And this recipe is a great way to enjoy it. . . though we could really just drink the stuff on the rocks. It's that good.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
collins glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz St. George California Citrus Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.25 oz agave nectar
slice of orange for garnish


method:

Combine everything but the garnish in a shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and garnish with orange slice.

La Vida Roca

As if regular Patrón is not good enough, they had to go and release Roca Patrón.

Seriously, this shit is not fooling around. Whereas the regular stuff is made with a blend of two different production methods, Roca Patrón is made using only the ancient stone-crushed method. The result is a stronger flavor (and a higher proof!). 

Now that spring is officially here, we got a little inspired to break out the tequila and some fresh strawberries. This quick n' easy cocktail is the result. 

Like with many muddled cocktails, you can choose to strain it (like we did) or leave the chunks of fruit pulp. If you plan on slurpin' this bad boy through a straw we suggest to give it a quick strain through a fine mesh strainer. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
bar strainer
fine mesh strainer
collins glass

ingredients:

2 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
1 oz Licor 43
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar
1 large fresh strawberry
soda water 
strawberry for garnish


method:

Start by muddling one strawberry in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, lime, Licor 43 and agave nectar. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. Double strain into a collins glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.