Looking for festive libations worthy to toast the new year?
Count down to 2017 with cocktails from Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Drambuie, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Hudson Whiskey and Q Drinks.
Reyka’s Icelandic Sparkling Apricot
1 ½ parts Reyka
¾ part apricot liqueur
½ part Lemon
Top Sparkling wine
Combine all ingredients into shaker. Strain, top with sparkling wine and garnish with lemon peel.
Reyka Vodka is an Icelandic born vodka and provides a smooth and crisp base for both complex and simple cocktails.
Sailor Jerry’s Ginger Daiquiri
1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
¾ part homemade ginger syrup
½ part fresh lime juice
Add all ingredients to empty mixing glass then fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with candied ginger.
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is a Caribbean Rum blended with 100% natural spices and flavors.
Q Drinks’ Mint Mule
4 slices cucumber
6 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
2 ounces Voda
1 ounce lime juice
6 oz Q ginger beer
1 piece candied ginger
Muddle the cucumber, 8 blueberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice, gin and lime juice into shaker and shake. In a highball glass add ice and strain the liquid. Top with ginger beer and blueberries, candied ginger and sprig of mint.
Q Drinks are premium carbonated mixers
El Rey de Reyes
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde
1 part Ancho Reyes Original
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 part Rich simple syrup 2:1 Sugar:Water
Small pinch salt
1 dash Angostura
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain into a cocktail coupe.
The Original Manhattan
2 parts Hudson Manhattan Rye
¾ part sweet vermouth
1-2 dashes (to taste) aromatic bitters
Add liquid ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir (don’t shake!) until well-chilled, and strain into cocktail glass. Using a Y-peeler or knife peel/cut a silver dollar-sized twist of orange peel and express oils from the twist onto the surface of the drink, and discard. Garnish with a cocktail cherry (or 3!).
Hudson Whiskey, the first legal pot-stilled whiskey distilled in New York state since prohibition, sources 90% of its grains from within 40 miles of the distillery.
Thé Fumée (Smoked Tea Cocktail)
1 part Montelobos
¾ part dry sherry
¾ part jasmine tea infused Dolin blanc
½ part St Germain liquor
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a nick & nora or martini glass, garnish with a dried flower.
Drambuie Starry Sonata
1 ½ parts Drambuie
½ part Hudson Baby Bourbon
½ part Oloroso Sherry
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Serve in a coupe glass
Garnish with Star Anise
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe.
Drambuie is made from a delightful combination of scotch whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices.