The greatest part about being neighbors with all your best friends, is that, in Winter, when everyone feels like hibernating, we can still hang out! This past Saturday, Kira had us over to her house to play a heated (not really) game of Cards Against Humanity, and make drinks.
On one of my many afternoons perusing Pinterest for craft ideas, I came across a link to a Martha Stewart list of cocktail recipes, and since we had some fancy bourbon around the house, I figured, why not? I’m not very used to drinking fancy, I’m a beer or gin-soda kind of girl, but these cocktails were actually really easy and fun to make, and made me feel like some kind of a Mad Man (or something).
- 8 Fresh Mint leaves plus one sprig for garnish
- 2 2/3 ounces of Bourbon
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp water
- 1 cup crushed ice
Stir together sugar and water in a mint julep cup (or 8-ounce glass) until sugar dissolves. Add mint, and muddle gently using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill with crushed ice, and add bourbon. Stir until outside of cup is frosted. Garnish with mint sprigs.
- 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
- 2 ounces Club Soda
- 2 ounces Ginger Ale
- 2 dashes of bitters (recipe says Agnostura, we used lavender)
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add whiskey, club soda, ginger ale, and bitters. Stir and serve.
*Please note that there is a discrepancy between the ingredients shown and the ingredients listed, that is because this is not the recipe we ended up using because we didn’t have triple sec and forgot to buy orange juice….but the one we ended up making wasn’t quite as good as this one.
- Maraschino Cherries (for serving)
- 1 cup lemon juice from 8 lemons
- 4 cups orange juice from 8 oranges
- 1 cup triple sec
- 2 1/2 cups whiskey or bourbon
In a pitcher, combine orange juice, lemon juice, triple sec, and whiskey. Serve over ice, topped with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, if desired.