With the warmer weather upon us, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor parties and concocting some yummy cocktails. But a cocktail is not complete unless it’s served up (on the rocks or neat) in a beautiful vintage cocktail glass. I have some gorgeous vintage glasses, an ice bucket and cocktail shaker for sale in the shop that would be perfect for that Bourbon Mule, Sidecar, or French 75.
Need some ideas of what to serve in these vintage beauties? Below are a couple of my favorite cocktail recipes - some sweet and some just pure and simple - from some amazing lifestyle + food bloggers including Erin @ Apartment 34, Eden @ Sugar and Charm, and Kiran Tarun @ Kirantarun.com.
If you have a yummy drink recipe you want to share, please drop me a line with your drink featured in your favorite vintage glass and I'll post it on Instagram.
Cucumber Ginger Gin Fizz
Ingredients: 1 oz. fresh cucumber juice, 1 oz. gin, 1 oz. ginger simple syrup, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, club soda
Pour Me Ginger Simple Syrup
Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar, 4 oz. ginger, peeled and chopped
You can either juice about two inches of a cucumber or muddle and strain pieces of fresh cucumber to obtain 1 oz. of juice. Mix juices, syrup and gin in shaker with ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Top off with club soda and serve in an old fashion glass with a cucumber slice and ice ball!
Add sugar and water to pot and bring to boil. Once sugar is incorporated, take off heat. Add ginger to mixture and let seep for 2 hours. Strain mixture through fine strainer and refrigerate remaining syrup. Lasts up to one month in fridge.
Blueberry Moscow Mule
Ingredients: 1 cup ginger beer, 1 shot ginger vodka, juice of one lime wedge, blueberry syrup (recipe below)
Ingredients: 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar
Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.
Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.
Citrusy Champagne Sangria
Ingredients: 4 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1 cup ginger ale, 1 lemon thinly sliced, 1 blood orange thinly sliced, 3 clementines thinly sliced,1 honey crisp apple thinly sliced, 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, pinch of salt, 1 bottle of chilled champagne
Prepare simple syrup by stirring sugar and water until sugar completely dissolves. Keep in refrigerator to chill while prepping other ingredients.
In a tall pitcher, add all fruits + grapefruit juice + salt + simple syrup and ginger ale . Chill in refrigerator for a few hours, preferably overnight.
To serve, add sangria in a fancy-schmancy glass and top it with bubbly champagne!