The Blind Melon

For our "Best of the Barrel" 3st of the Month, we're bringing in a TON of amazing bourbon and whiskey. But that's not the only stuff that gets barrel aged. 

So, we're also bringing in a few surprises - like this amazing cachaça from Novo Fogo. Similar to rum, cachaça (pronounced like this) is made from sugarcane. But unlike rum, which is usually made from molasses, cachaça is made from sugar cane juice. 

The Novo Fogo Tanger Cachaça takes the base spirit and ages it twice - first with repurposed bourbon barrels and then with Brazilian zebrawood. The finished product is complex and delicious - and perfect for sipping alone or mixed into cocktails like this one. 

When working with cachaça, we like to keep the flavors fresh and fruity to play off of the sugarcane flavor.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
cocktail strainer
tall glass

ingredients:

Novo Fogo Tanger
.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz fresh watermelon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
wedge of watermelon for garnish

method:

 

 

 

 

Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish of course) in your cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake with ice and transfer entire contents to the glass. Top with more ice if needed, garnish and serve. 

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon

Yeah, yeah, we know. Technically, this is not a cocktail. But trust us, you can drink the juice!

Remember in college when you would cut a hole in a watermelon and try to fit a bottle of vodka in there? It never really worked, did it?

This easy option makes enough for a crowd and the flavors of tequila and watermelon are a match made in heaven.

And by cutting the melon up into inch-sized cubes, each piece gets soaked evenly and serving is a breeze. 

This recipe makes enough for a crowd, and takes 24 hours to 'marinate,' so plan accordingly. Just keep this fruit salad away from the kiddos. 

 

equipment:

knife
plastic bags
measuring cup

ingredients:

12 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about one small watermelon)
2 cups Altos Tequila
2 oz orange liqueur
fresh limes


method:

Divide your cleaned and cubed watermelon equally between two resealable plastic bags. Pour one ounce of orange liqueur and one cup of Altos Tequila into each bag. Remove excess air, seal and toss the bag around a bit to distribute the ingredients. Place the bags in the refrigerator overnight and flip them a couple times in the process so all pieces get a chance to soak up that tasty booze. 

When ready to serve, empty the entire contents into a serving bowl and use a ladle to serve pieces with the juice. Squeeze a wedge of lime on top before serving.

The Gilligan

What makes a Tiki drink a Tiki drink? It's pretty simple really and takes about three main components, but it's really all about layers of fresh, tropical flavors.

First, start with great rum. While not all Tiki drinks are made with rum, most are. Find some good rums, like the ones we've been using from Sugar Island Rum Co. Many Tiki drinks have more than one rum - using light, dark and especially spiced rums to add to the layers of flavor we mentioned earlier. 

The second element to a good tiki drink is fresh fruit juices. We're not talking about Ocean Spray out of a bottle...we're talking about squeeze your own damn fruits until they weep. But a good Tiki drink is often made with more than one fresh juice - and typically tropical in nature. Be it pineapple, citrus, mango, passionfruit - whatever. 

And the third component to a good tiki drink is spice and other flavor accents.  Be it spice from the rum or spiced syrups, many have elements of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or liqueurs that add flavors of almond or citrus. 

When you pair all these together, you get that complex layered flavor that makes a delicious Tiki drink - like this one, The Gilligan.

 

Make. This. Now. The Gilligan Tiki Drink from 3st of the Month

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
highball or Tiki glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Sugar Island Spiced Rum
1.5 oz Sugar Island Coconut Rum
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1.5 oz fresh pineapple juice
1.5 oz fresh watermelon juice
.5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
pinch fresh nutmeg
fresh fruit for garnish


method:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients except the garnish. Shake for 20-30 seconds before straining into a chilled glass. Top with ice, garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Watermelon Cooler

Ahh, summertime. This damn drink tastes just like it. 

We took one sip of the exceptionally smooth and subtle Prairie Organic Spirits' Cucumber Vodka and immediately thought of pairing it with fresh watermelon. The two flavors are natural bedfellows and while we're not saying drinking this will get you laid, it sure won't hurt.

To make watermelon juice, you can obviously run it through a juicer but you can also just puree it in a blender and strain through a mesh colander. It's called watermelon after all, so trust us when we tell you there's a lot of juice ready to harvest and it's  easy to do.

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
highball glass or tumbler

ingredients:

2 oz. Prairie Organic Spirits' Cucumber Vodka
.5 oz. simple syrup
2 dashes lemon bitters
5 oz. fresh watermelon juice
watermelon wedge and cucumber for garnish

 

method:

In a mixing glass, chill ingredients over ice and stir. Transfer into highball glass, garnish and serve.