Photo courtesy of Paoladifrai blog
I’m not going to hide this…I often enjoy a nice cocktail after a long day. Or a short day. Or just in general. Cocktails are not only a great alternative to a glass of wine or beer, but they are also a fun way to incorporate your tastes and personality into a beverage. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve played bartender over the years, mixing and matching delicious drinks for myself and my lucky friends. Sure, some of them have not turned out as great as others, but that’s just life. So before this turns into a trip down memory lane, I’ll get to the point. Although we are having an open bar, I’m really, REALLY keen on the idea of a signature cocktail, something that best represents Elliot and I, as well as Charleston.
Below are a few drinks that I’m using as a starting point/inspiration for our signature drink. Obviously ours will be tailored to us, but the ones below have that Charleston/southern/vintage flair I’m looking for.
Hard Sweet Tea
- A Mason Jar of Ice
- 1/2 Water
- 1/2 Sweet Tea Vodka
- Squeeze of Lemon
- Add water and sweet tea vodka into the mason jar. Stir
- Squeeze lemon into the drink. Add a fresh lemon wedge or other garnish.
Blackberry Gin Fizz [photo and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings]
- 12 ounces blackberries, plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 6 ounces gin
- 15 mint leaves, torn, plus sprigs for garnish
- 1 1/2 cups seltzer
- Puree berries and sugar in a food processor. Strain, and discard seeds.
- Put 1/3 cup puree, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 ounces gin, and 1/3 of the torn mint leaves into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until cold. Pour into two 8-ounce glasses, and add 1/4 cup seltzer to each. Repeat twice. Garnish with berries and mint sprigs.
Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned [photo and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings]
- 24 frozen sour cherries
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup whiskey
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
- Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)
- Place cherries in a heatproof bowl. Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers. Make 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons kirsch, and 4 1/2 teaspoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest. Repeat for the second batch.
Lowcountry Lemonade [courtesy of Tera Guerard]
Photo courtesy of Bridal Guide
- Fill a glass with plenty of crushed ice
- Add 1 ounce Peach Schnapps
- Fill remainder glass with lemonade (pink or regular depending on the color you want)
- You can change the color to blue by using a small amount of Blue Curacao or to red by using Grenadine.
- Use fresh mint, a flower, or a handmade personalized umbrella to garnish [see photo]
Champagne Mojito [courtesy of The Knot]
- Rose’s lime juice
- 1/2 lime wheel
- 3 mint leaves
- Fresh mint sprig (for garnish)
- Fill 1/8th of a champagne flute with Rose’s lime juice. Add lime wheel and mint leaves.
- Fill the rest of the glass with champagne, then garnish with fresh mint sprig [or you own personalized flair]
- 2 oz Southern Comfort
- dash of lime juice
- cranberry juice
- lime wedge for garnish
- Pour the Southern Comfort and lime juice into a chilled martini glass
- Fill with cranberry juice.