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Harvest Moon Punch
Harvest Moon Punch
4 oz vodka
1 oz cranberry liqueur
4 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1 oz lemon juice
4 oz Ginger Beer @topnotetonic
Stir ingredients together with ice. Garnish as desired.
Gin Pear Collins
Gin Pear Collins - 1 cocktail
2 oz Pear Puree Syrup (Or Pear Puree from the store)
1.5 oz Gin
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Top Note Club Soda No 1
Make a pear puree syrup; In a saucepan, pour 2 cups pear puree, add 2 T lemon juice, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c water, a sprig of rosemary, and 1/2 t cloves. Bring to a boil for only 1 min or until sugar has dissolved. Cool and store in the fridge. You may remove the rosemary sprig. Strain before using!
In a shaker, add the pear puree syrup, lemon juice and gin. Add ice and shake.
Build your cocktail glass with slices of pears and ice. Strain the shaker over your glass.
Top with Top Note Club Soda.
To batch this out, make 2 cocktails at a time in a large shaker. The shaking adds some froth and density to the drink.
If you don’t happen to have Concord grapes on hand, red or black grapes can be substituted, and Concord grape juice can be found at most major grocers.
And for those of you celebrating sober, the Transfusion also makes for a great mocktail: just leave out the vodka!
2 oz vodka
.5 oz ginger beer reduction
.5 oz lime juice
2 oz @topnotetonic club soda
Add the vodka, ginger beer reduction and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over Concord grape juice ice cubes. Top with club soda and garnish with Concord grapes and crystallized ginger. If more sweetness or color is desired, add a splash of the juice!
Ginger beer reduction: pour an 8.5 oz bottle of @topnotetonic ginger beer into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat and let cool. Keep refrigerated.
Concord grape juice ice cubes: pour Concord grape juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 8 hours.
CranApple Gin Cocktail
CranApple Gin Cocktail -
Makes 5 Cocktails
Inspired by: Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee WI
5 oz Gin (We like Koval Barrel Aged Gin for this)
4 oz Apple Cider Juice
2 oz Cranberry Liqueur (You can substitute Grenadine)
2 oz Lemon Juice
Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Top Note Club Soda No 1
Pour the ingredients above together in a pitcher, add ice and give it a good stir.
Add 8 oz Top Note Club Soda (1 Bottle) or to taste. Give a gentle stir and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish each glass as you see fit!
Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic
Let's get this down...No longer do we have to buy gin to drink Gin and Tonic! Thanks to brands like Seedlip. So try it!
4 oz of Top Note Classic Tonic
1.5 oz Seedlip Garden
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The healthier version of Gin and Tonic that has been up and coming in the US is the Gin and Sonic. Thanks to the great Japanese tradition of the Highball, the gin sonic is a half/half mix of club soda and tonic water as the mixer, with a well selected gin. This makes this a refreshing spin on the classic. It happens to be lower in sugar and therefore a bit more elevated of a cocktail experience.
Here is our recipe!
In a highball glass that is well chilled add;
2 oz high quality Japanese gin (Roku by Suntori is our choice)
2 oz TNT Club No 1
2 oz TNT Classic Tonic Water
With a bar spoon, stir gently.
Serve with a salty snack before a summer meal!
2 oz Citrus Honey Vodka (We like Great Lakes Distillery)
4 oz Club Soda No 1
Squeeze of Lemon and Lime Wedge
Garnish with Lemon Peel
Other garnishes - Mint Leaf Strawberry
This bright and cheery citrus bomb is super refreshing in the heat. We like a citrus vodka to enhance the character of the quench. But garnish it up! Mint and Strawberry make for a unique savory/sweet twist on this citrus forward drink. Club Soda No 1 adds the perfect salinity.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce lime juice (fresh)
- 4 ounces club soda (enough to fill)
- Garnish: 1 lime wedge
This classic cocktail dating back to the turn of the century is only better with Top Note club no 1. Enhances the lime and the gin sweetness. Enjoy on a hot hot day!
If you need a digestivo that is lighter and brighter after a summer barbecue, try an Amaro Tonic. We call this one Venetian Mask. Popular in Venice, where the heat and the close quarters of summer tourists can be consuming, you may find yourself in a little corner bar unknown to the world. Celebrate this find! A spritz is likely to be served, over ice, if you ask, the server will make an Amaro Tonic, a similar feel to spritz, and a little less boozy. Prepare this for dinner or after dinner, a great treat!
In Collins glass or wine glass build drink;
1.75 oz Amaro - We Like Cardomaro, a wine based Amaro. Or Amaro Nonino as a sweet, luxury.
3-4 oz Indian Tonic Water
Lemon wheel garnish
Piston - Pisco Tonic
1.5 oz Catan Pisco
3 oz Top Note Indian Tonic water
Grapefruit or Lemon Wedge Garnish
Pisco, a brandy (distilled grape wine) from South America, makes an excellent foil for the heat of summer. Instead of a Pisco Sour, try a Pisco Tonic, or Piston to spice up the BBQ. And for the Ginger Beer fans, try this with Ginger Beer instead of Tonic if you prefer!
Anyone who is anyone that makes this classic cocktail will tell you it is all in the preparation. That is half the truth. The ingredients really make this happen, or not.....Think of this as one of the most simple, yet complex cocktails in the world. It is whiskey, enhanced. So choose wisely.
First, chill your glassware, some choose a classic beer mug, some a low rocks glass. Whatever really you like to sip out of. Careful, because these can go down fast. Next, have some awesome ice rocks available. We like the silicone ice cube trays that make it simple.
Next - This is all about the assembly.
1.5 - 2 oz Japanese Whiskey
3 - 5 oz Top Note Club No 1
Starting with your chilled glass, pour your whiskey (1.5 oz - 2 oz) into the mug. Add ice. Top the drink with club soda by pouring down the side of the glass, avoiding the ice as much as possible. Add a twist of lemon or squeeze if you like, and stir gently. Garnish with lemon peel.
Enjoy it like a cool cold tall drink! It is refreshing and lighter proof. You can have this on a hot afternoon. Cheers!