Friday, August 30, 2013

Bottoms Up: Signature Cocktails!

Good morning y'all! TGIF, right?! It's about time we get the weekend started right with some of our favorite specialty cocktails! We love when our Sweetgrass Social couples include a specialty cocktail that well represents either them as individuals or them as a newly-wed couple. Have you considered including a specialty cocktail in your wedding bar package? If not, we warn you - these recipes may convince you to!

The Sicilian Sour
This cocktail is perfect for a summer wedding - Italian island location optional!

20 ml premium vodka
20 ml limoncello
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Sugar syrup or gomme to taste
5 strawberries
A dash of organic egg white (for froth)
Organic edible flowers

Muddle the strawberries, lemon juice, vodka, limoncello and sugar syrup together in a cocktail shaker.
Add the dash of egg white and shake vigorously.
Strain the contents into a chilled martini glass and garnish with some edible pansies or halved strawberries, and voila!

Next up, we have Watermelon Margaritas - a fun spin on this tequila favorite.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 wide strips orange zest
12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup white or silver tequila
Lime wedges

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and orange zest to a boil over high.
Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes.
Let syrup cool in a bowl.
In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher.
Stir in syrup, lime juice and tequila.
Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top.
Garnish with lime wedges... yum!

The bold Southern man (and woman) love a good Kentucky bourbon. This Bourbon Fizz of the hard liquor is softened up with amaretto, OJ, club soda and a dash of anise-flavored liqueur.

Sugar for coating glass rims
12 ounces bourbon
3 ounces amaretto (almond liqueur)
1/2 ounce pastis (licorice aperitif)
6 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
4 ounces club soda

Moisten rims of 4 Champagne coupes and dip in sugar to coat.
Combine bourbon, amaretto, pastis, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice; shake to chill well.
Strain into glasses; top each with 1 ounce soda.

Lastly, we're doing something a little different with whiskey. The Lavender Whiskey Sour puts a lighter and flowery spin on the classic drink.

Ice cubes
2 ounces whiskey
1 tbsp Lavender Sour Syrup
Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish

Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice; pour over whiskey.
Fill with lavender sour syrup; stir to combine.
Garnish with lavender sprig and enjoy!

Not convinced? Let The Knot's Ultimate Signature Cocktail Finder help you!

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