Green Chile Martini

California jalapeños, serrano chiles, habaneros, red and yellow bell peppers, lime peel and cilantro are all infused into St. George Green Chile Vodka, one of the biggest hits at this month's 3st. 

When you have a spirit that is this delicious, you really don't have to do much to showcase it. Such is the case with this simple recipe. Not too spicy, but full of fresh pepper flavor, it's no wonder folks were going back again and again to sample this delicious cocktail. 

Equipment

shaker
martini glass 
cocktail strainer

Ingredients

2oz St. George Green Chile Vodka
.75oz fresh lime juice
.75oz simple syrup 

method

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Foreward March

Ahh, spring! Finally.

Spring conjures up images of budding trees, fresh green grass and...allergies. But we digress. 

What spring means when it comes to cocktails is putting aside the whiskey and bourbon and picking up some lighter spirits like gin. Corsair Gin is one of our favorites. Made right here in Nashville, it's won a shit-ton of awards - and for good reason. It's made in small batches in a copper pot still with a somewhat unusual blend of botanicals. This makes the end result lighter than many more traditional gins with a citrusy finish. 

And besides being delicious on its own, Corsair Gin is an excellent mixing partner in cocktails, as its subtle flavor does not overwhelm other ingredients. 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Corsair Gin
1 oz Chartreuse
.5 oz Eli Mason Gomme Syrup (or simple syrup)
1.5 oz chilled Champagne


method:

Add gin, Chartreuse and gomme syrup to a cocktail mixing glass before filling with ice. Stir for 20-30 seconds to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and top with chilled champagne.

Sour Leprechaun

When it came time to make some green drinks for St. Patrick's Day, it was pretty obvious we had to reach for one of our favorite Irish Exports; Jameson. 

Jameson Irish Whiskey might be best consumed by the shot, but in this case, it's getting dressed up in a spin on a whiskey sour.

And the green color? Well, it's a pretty simple answer. Remember your color chart from a kid? Yellow and blue make green, right? So, just a tiny bit of blue curacao is all you need to balance the natural yellow color of Jameson and make one hell of a tasty green cocktail!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer 
rocks glass

ingredients:

2.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 teaspoon blue curacao
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup


method:

Shake it with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice cubes. 

The Last Word

When it comes to classic cocktails, sometimes you just don't need to mess with perfection...much. 

The classic cocktail, The Last Word, is one of those. A perfect balance of four equal proportions; Chartreuse, gin, lime and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, it's a harmonious creation that's meant for savoring every single sip. 

But, you know us. We just had to fuck with it. So instead of using regular Chartreuse, we used Yellow Chartreuse. Originally started in 1737 by French Monks, the formula of botanicals in Chartreuse is a closely-guarded secret. All we know is there's about 130 different botanicals that are added, giving traditional Chartreuse its signature herbal flavor. Yellow Chartreuse is also a secret, but there's a slight variation in the formula, giving it a more subtle flavor and lighter color. 

Try this one. Trust us.

 

equipment:

cocktails shaker
hawthorne strainer
fine mesh strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 oz Edinburgh Gin
1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 oz fresh lime juice


method:

combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Enjoy.

Emerald Isle

When it comes time for St Patrick's Day, everyone starts thinking GREEN! Green socks, green shirts, green beer. Admit it, you've tried it...only to wake up in the middle of the night with green vomit. 

But while there are many natural ways to make drinks green, sometimes you just need to resort to the old fashioned way - food coloring. In this case, it's with the addition of two brightly-colored spirits; blue curacao and Midori. Both of these often get a bum rap for being 'foo-foo' drink ingredients, but when used in moderation, you can get two great things from them - flavor and color. Especially when you put a ton of rum with them.

In this case, we're using two of our favorite rums from our Tikitober event last October, both from Papa's Pilar. Like with many Tiki Drinks, we're using more than one rum, getting signature flavors from each. 

This drink is not as sweet as it looks and it packs one hell of a punch, with a total of 3.5 oz of booze. So please go easy on them. We wouldn't want you waking up in the middle of the night with green vomit or anything. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
jigger
strainer
tiki glass or tumbler

ingredients:

2 oz Papa's Pilar Light Rum
.5 oz Papa's Pilar Dark Rum
.5 oz Licor 43
.5 oz Midori
.5 oz blue curacao
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed oj
.5 oz fresh lime juice
slice of orange and lime for garnish


method:

Combine everything except your garnish in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to chill. Strain into your glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish and serve. 

Lemon & Cuke

Spring is almost (finally!!!) here. That means front porch cocktails and warm weather drinking! The folks at Deep Eddy are no dummies. They released their new Deep Eddy Lemon just in time...

Flavored with real lemon juice, Deep Eddy Lemon (and all their flavors, for that matter) should not be lumped in with most other flavored vodkas. That's because, unlike most others, Deep Eddy flavors their vodkas with real fruit juice. It means it tastes like the real thing, not like some scented candle shit like the rest of the cake, whipped cream and donut-flavored ones out there.

Like their other flavors, Deep Eddy Lemon can be drank simply - with just soda water. But if you want to add a little spin, and make it green for St. Patrick's Day, add a little fresh cucumber juice. It's easy to make (we told you how before), and adds even more freshness to the flavor of the lemon.

equipment:

jigger
collins glass

ingredients:

2 oz Deep Eddy Lemon
1 oz fresh cucumber juice
3-4 oz soda water
strip of cucumber for garnish


method:

Build the drink in the glass by filling with ice and adding the vodka and cucumber juice before topping with soda. Give it a light stir and garnish with a strip of cucumber. 

Cucumber Margarita

It seems silly at first glance, but the flavor of cucumber in cocktails really does work. If you really think about it, it's a flavor that's similar to melon, only brighter. So why not put it in a damn drink?

Okay then, we will. Er, we did.

A great margarita is a simple game of proportions. Tequila, acid (usually lime of course), a little flavor - often from triple sec or curacao, and some sweetness from agave. Once you've got this balance, you can fuck with all you want to add other flavors by swapping out the triple sec, using other acids to compliment the lime or just adding a little something extra for flavor. Like cucumber juice.

It's pretty easy to make cucumber juice. If you have a juicer, just put a washed cucumber in it (preferably organic since you'll leave the skin on). If not, take that same washed, organic cucumber and either mince it in a food processor or grate it into a bowl with a small cheese grater or microplane grater. Scoop up that pulp into cheesecloth and squeeeeeeze! That bright green juice that comes from it will work in many drinks. Like this one...

equipment

cocktail shaker
strainer
martini or cocktail glass

ingredients

2 oz tequila, like Olmeca Altos
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz triple sec
.25 oz agave nectar
1 oz cucumber juice
slice of cucumber for garnish


method

Combine all ingredients except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the shit out of it. Strain into a martini glass or into a rocks glass with fresh ice rocks if you prefer. Garnish with the slice of cucumber. 


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Sage Advice

If you're not familiar with Art In The Age, you should be. Based our of Philly, they make some of the most flavorful, complex spirits with organic ingredients. We had their RHUBARB and ROOT at our February Bitter Lovers event and they were a hit. 

They use an incredible mix of botanicals and ingredients to flavor each of their spirits. Defying all classifications, they aren't vodka, they aren't gin...they're just good. 

For this cocktail, we used their SAGE. Slightly sweet and instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and, of course sage, it's delightfully mixable in both sweet and savory cocktails. And at 80 proof, it's not just some mild, flavored liqueur. 

equipment

cocktail shaker
muddler
hawthorne strainer
fine mesh strainer
coupe glass

ingredients

2.5 oz Art In The Age SAGE
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz fresh lime juice
fresh mint


method

Start by placing 6-8 large mint leaves in the bottom of your cocktail strainer and muddle to release aromatics. Add SAGE, simple and lime and fill with ice. Shake like hell for about 15-20 seconds and double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a single mint leaf on top. 

Vodka Dori

When it comes to simple drinks, a vodka soda is hard to beat, especially when using a good quality vodka. It's light, drinkable and does the trick of supplying a good buzz. Of course, in the day and age of flavored vodkas popping up like weeds, a "vodka soda" can sometimes taste sweeter than it should. So, instead of using a flavored vodka, what about just adding a small amount of liqueur to your vodka soda - you'll get great flavor and less sweetness than if using many of the flavored vodkas out there. 

And, if you're looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you can even make it GREEN!

 

equipment

a glass. can you fucking handle that?

ingredients

2 oz Vodka (like Deep Eddy)
1 oz Midori
soda water
lime wedge


method

Fill glass with ice, add vodka, Midori and top with soda. Garnish with wedge of lime.

Green Coconut Cocktail

While not for everyone, sweet drinks have a place and time. This super-simple cocktail pairs the natural flavors of Sugar Island Coconut Rum with a little melon liqueur and fresh lime to make one damn tasty little ditty. 

Seriously, we're not kidding. We made this as part of a series of cocktails and it was a surprising fan favorite. Give it a try and you might decide you need a little fu-fu drink action in your life after all.

 

 

simple and delicious - the Green Coconut cocktail from 3st of the Month

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
small cocktail glass
crushed ice

ingredients:

2 oz Sugar Island Coconut Rum
.5 oz melon liqueur
juice of one lime


method:

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake like hell for about 30 seconds before straining into your glass of chipped ice. Garnish as desired and enjoy.

Coconut Mojito

Bright and refreshing, a mojito is the ideal summertime cocktail. But as they say, there's more than one way to skin a cat! By simply swapping out light rum with a flavored rum, you can add a new dimension to this summertime sparkler.

We've made this Coconut Mojito with Sugar Island Coconut Rum. Made with only natural coconut flavors, it's slightly sweet with a flavor that's not too overpowering. We added a little extra boost of flavor with Eli Mason Mint Julep syrup.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
highball glass

ingredients:

2 oz Sugar Island Coconut Rum
.5 oz Eli Mason Mint Julep Syrup
8-10 fresh mint leaves
6 oz seltzer
1/2 fresh lime
fresh mint sprig and lime wedge for garnish


method:

Cut the 1/2 fresh lime into pieces. In the bottom of your cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves and lime to release flavors. Add rum and mint syrup before filling with ice and shaking well. Add seltzer and transfer contents into highball glass. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and lime wedge.

Moonshine Mint Lemonade

The summertime polar vortex of 2014 is over. While we will miss the breezy climate, we welcome the opportunity to sweat the way you're supposed to come summertime. But with hot, humid temps, comes the need for a boozy cocktail that's refreshing. Enter moonshine. Too often, folks forget about the mix-ability of moonshine. It's not just for shots anymore.

We made this one with American Born, party because it packs a proof of 104 and partly because the shit is just tasty. You won't need much else for this one - lemon, simple, mint....that's about it. So get off your lazy summer ass and get to drinkin' some moonshine!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
highball glass

ingredients: 

1.5 oz American Born Moonshine
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz water
6-8 mint leaves
resh mint and lemon for garnish

 

method:

muddle mint leaves in bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill your drinking glass with ice and transfer to shaker (easy way to measure so you don't have too much). Add booze, simple, lemon and water and shake the hell out of it for about 15 seconds. Transfer entire contents to your drinking glass and garnish with sprig of mint and slice of lemon. 

 


Grassland

We'll admit it. We're a big fan of booze that makes us feel good about ourselves as people. You know, when the proceeds from some bottle of wine go towards a great cause it makes you feel like a little less of lush. 

Prairie Organic Spirits is such a company. Like it says on their website, "Prairie is made 100% organic by farmers who own the land, the distillery, and the quiet respect of all around them. They are the craftsmen behind Prairie spirits, plowing a new road towards purposeful quality. And just like other craftsmen, they have names. Names that you can know. Names like Little Big Man. And this is how they grow corn to make spirits.

You can't help but think as you slurp this cocktail down that you just bought some farmer kid's way to ag school. Like we said, we're givers.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer 
martini glass

ingredients:

2 oz Prairie Organic Spirits Cucumber Vodka
.5 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
.25 oz melon liqueur
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
6-8 leaves of fresh mint

 

method:

In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients, reserving one mint leaf for garnish. Fill with ice and shake the hell out of it for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and float a mint leaf on top to garnish.

Cucumber Tonic

Deliciously-simple Cucumber Tonic cocktail from 3st of the Month

Summertime is full of fresh veggies from the garden. While not all of them work well in cocktails, cucumbers are an incredibly versatile addition to many vodka, gin and even tequila drinks. Whether you're infusing the booze with a few slices of fresh cucumber or muddling some cucumber chunks directly in the glass, the bright flavors of cucumber really add some refreshment to summertime boozy cocktails.

Take the classic gin and tonic. By mashing a couple pieces of cucumber in the glass, this drink takes on a whole new dimension. It's made even better with use of Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic syrup. Like a lot of other syrups (i.e. ginger syrup), stocking your bar with a syrup like this one is great, as it means you can simply keep a supply of seltzer on hand and not have to have bottles of tonic water taking up valuable space in a bar. But as if that was not enough, the flavors of Jack Rudy's Small Batch Tonic are far superior to any bottled version you'll find. So, go ahead, give this one a try and you'll see how a few simple ingredients can make one damn good drink.

 

equipment:

mixing glass
muddler
bar spoon
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz gin
.75 oz Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic 
3 slices fresh cucumber
4 oz seltzer
ice
slice of cucumber for garnish

 

method:

in the bottom of your mixing glass, muddle cucumber with gin to release flavors. Add tonic syrup and seltzer and stir to combine. Fill rocks glass with ice and pour cocktail into glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber and enjoy (responsibly, please).

 

Note: if you do not have access to Jack Rudy Tonic, you can simply substitute the seltzer and syrup with regular tonic water.

Bourbon Limonana

Ahh, summertime! It's hot as balls outside, you've been braving the heat and now it's time for some booze. You want something with a good kick, but something that's also got some 'quench-appeal.' Enter the Bourbon Limonana.

Limonana is a type of lemonade made with fresh mint leaves that's popular throughout much of the Middle East. It just sounded so damn delicious that the natural next thought was "add bourbon!" While we chose to make it frozen in a blender, you could also just shake the shit out of this one and it would still be delicious.

So, let's get started. 

 

equipment:

blender
cocktail glass

ingredients:

1 oz. fresh lemon juice
8-10 large fresh mint leaves
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
ice

 

method:

in a blender, combine lemon, mint, simple syrup and bourbon. Fill your glass with ice to measure quantity and empty the ice into the blender. Puree until very smooth and transfer to glass. Toss a straw in that bitch and enjoy - responsibly, please!