Whether you like yours shaken or stirred, on the rocks or straight up, June 27, 2015, is Bartender and Mixologist Day. This annual “holiday,” observed on the last Saturday in June, celebrates those talented folks who are experts at servin’ up the perfect cocktail concoction.
Bartender or Mixologist?
While the term “bartender” and “mixologist” are often used interchangeably, a bartender is typically a person who tends bar and serves a variety of drinks to thirsty customers while mixologist’s practice the art of mixology. Mixologists not only master the basics of bartending, but also study the craft, understand mixtures and ingredients and create new concoctions that may become tomorrow’s classic cocktails.
In honor of Bartender and Mixologist Day, why not whip up one or two of the refreshing beverages listed below? Now that’s the spirit!
17 Creative Cocktail Recipes
- Barking Dog – This cocktail has some “bite” to it! You’ll need Italian and French vermouth, gin and calisaya.
- Caribbean Stinger – This drink, created by Junior Merino, calls for Chairman’s Reserve Rum,buckwheat honey, lime juice, pink grapefruit juice, Poter beer and Cherry Heering.
- Blushing Lady – David Tutera shares this pretty cocktail which includes PAMA Pomegranate liqueur, vodka, pink grapefruit juice, coarse sugar and a lemon wedge for garnish.
- Spread Eagle – This punch recipe packs quite a punch! You’ll need Scotch whiskey, rye whiskey, lemon peel and sugar.
- Bosom Caresser – This cocktail with an interesting moniker calls for brandy, raspberry syrup, milk and one egg.
- French Affair – You’ll need Cognac, yellow Chartreuse, simple syrup, muddled strawberry and lemon juice for this drink.
- Bourbon and Jam – This cocktail, which includes bourbon, bitters, Montenegro Amaro and blueberry preserves, is almost too pretty to drink!
- Self-Starter – Indulge yourself with this cocktail created by mixologist, Meaghan Dorman. This drink calls for apricot liqueur, Cocchi Americano, Plymouth Gin and Pernod Rinse.
- Ramblin’ Man – You’ll need bourbon, honey syrup and two types of bitters for this drink from the Silver Dollar.
- Somerset Sidecar – This cocktail, from Tad Carducci, calls for apple brandy, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon, hazelnut liqueur poured in a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with hazelnut sugar.
- The East Ender – This cocktail, from Gaz Regan, includes Beefeater London Dry gin, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters.
- Josh Taylor’s Summer Sublet – This refreshing cocktail calls for Rittenhouse rye, Pimm’s, lemon, cherry-sassafras syrup and soda.
- Snowbumbletini – Perfect for the holidays, this recipe from Joel Martin, calls for Absolut Vanilla, Irish whiskey, Rumplemintz, Kahlua French Vanilla, butterscotch, Half & Half cream and sugar.
- Pico Sour Cocktail Marshmallow – Mixologist Eben Freeman is credited as starting the cocktail marshmallow fad.
- White Russian Krispies – Tired of the same old ho-hum cereal? Try this recipe on for size!
Mixologist Meaghan Dorman, from the Raines Law Room in NYC, created the following cocktails perfect for summer time.
- 2 ounces Vikingfjord Vodka
- 2 ounces Blood Orange Juice
- 1 ounce Champagne or dry Prosecco
- .5-ounce Aperol
- Press two blood orange slices into bottom of wine glass.
- Add 1/3 full of crushed ice.
- Add blood orange juice, Aperol and Vikingfjord vodka.
- Fill another 1/3 with crushed ice.
- Add champagne and top with crushed ice.
- Add straw.
- 1.5 ounce Vikingfjord Vodka
- .5 ounce Coconut Liqueur
- .5 ounce Lime Juice
- 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
- Barspoon of Sugar Cane Syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice.
- Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with pineapple wedge