We all have to be our own bartenders right now. The same after-dinner drink can get tired after a few weeks. We hopped behind the bar and made note of our favorite recipes, spices, and flavors to spur your creativity and quench your thirst.
Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned
Tahitian vanilla is known for its fruity notes of black cherry and tart plum. These flavors work especially well in the standard bourbon old fashioned cocktail. Try the flaming orange rind trick, it’s fun and really adds another layer of aromatics.
Bloody Maria Recipe
This bloody Mary goes by Maria as it swaps vodka for smokey mezcal tequila. Preserved lemon juice gives this a savory, semi-sour flavor while a rim of Vulcan’s Fire Salt delivers a fiery finish. Top with your favorite pickles, cheese, and cured sausage.
Floral, sweet, tart, and smokey to finish. Start by making a fresh simple syrup with hibiscus blossoms, then shake it all together with lime juice, tequila, and serve over ice. Crunching little crystals of smoked Hawaiian sea salt as you drink makes for excellent texture and flavor.
Pear Lavender Lemon Drop Martini
Lemon drop martinis are often overly sweet. We made this one more sophisticated with a splash of pear vodka and a teaspoon of lavender vanilla sugar. Swap gin instead of vodka for even more herbaceous flavors.
Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail
A few careful drops of orange flower water and freshly squeezed citrus make for a bright flavor. That brightness, shaken with cream and egg create a deliciously creamy and fizzy drink. You might get an arm workout from this one—the original recipe asks for a shake of a full twelve minutes!
If you have questions about spices and cocktails, or have a recipe you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. Enjoy and imbibe responsibly!