Saint Snapper

Even though we think that whiskey is at its most perfect neat in a glass, sometimes a delicious cocktail is what we want to drink, and who are we to stand in our own way? Do what you want to do and drink what you want to drink, that's what we say. 

Nashville's own Belle Meade Bourbon has been making a name for itself these past few years, quickly becoming one of the most popular whiskeys in town. While it stands strong on its own, it also plays well with others. Here at 3st of the Month, we like to play around with time-honored standards and offer a new spin, perhaps a fresh twist on a drink that you might not have had in a while.

Equipment:

Cocktail shaker
Cocktail strainer
Rocks glass

Ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.25 oz lime juice
.25 oz herbsaint (or absinthe)

Method:

Rinse rocks glass with Herbsaint, discard remainder. Fill glass with ice. In cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, cranberry juice, simple syrup, and lime juice with ice. Shake and strain into prepared rocks glass.

Black Cat

If you attended our "Bitter Lovers" event in February or "Tres de Mayo" in May, you likely got to taste Black Magic Rum. A delicious dark spiced rum, Black Magic is fantastic whipped into all sorts of cocktails - like that crazy-delicious Black Magic Margarita they served in May?!?

But, we're getting ready for the 4th of July (and taking a month off from hosting), so we're playing around with cocktails and using fireworks as our inspiration. As far as fireworks go, if you didn't have Black Cat Firecrackers as a kid then you didn't have a childhood. Just saying.

And although this drink is not quite black, it does have quite a bang due to the 2.5 total ounces of booze and some tasty juices. The color gets a little darker thanks to a splash of blue curacao, but it's honestly pretty good (and a slightly more appealing color) without it. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
highball or cooler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Black Magic Rum
.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz blue curacao
splash of club soda


method:

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and pour into a glass. Top with club soda. 

London Holiday

As we've discussed before, no two gins are alike. Each one is unique in their blend of botanicals, imparting distinct flavors and characteristics to the finished spirit. Boodles Gin is a British-made "London Dry Gin," yet it's not made with any citrus as many other London-style gins are. 

Believe it or not, most "London" gins are not even made in London. The term refers to several factors, one of which is the requirement that the botanicals be infused through distillation (some gins are simply flavored) and that it cannot contain more than 0.1 grams of sugar per liter of the finished product, hence the dry nature of London-style gins. 

Boodles is joining us for our January 3st of the Month, so we've been having fun mixing up some cocktails. With Christmas just around the corner, we figured it would be nice to make something fitting for the season. We paired it up with our Cranberry Ginger Syrup (see the easy recipe here) and the result was pretty damn tasty if we do say so ourselves. Well, it looks like we just did say so.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
martini glass

ingredients:

2 oz Boodles Gin
2 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz Cranberry Ginger Syrup (recipe)


method:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to chill for 10-15 seconds before straining into a chilled martini glass. If you really want to get festive, garnish it with a few cranberries.