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Kirk Jones’ Bitter Sweetheart Highball
When asked about the inspiration behind this highball, Kirk laughed and proclaimed that he’d “made it around Valentine’s Day” and that it reminded him of his ex, so it’s fitting that he named it the Bitter Sweetheart!
Kirk Jones’ Bitter Sweetheart Highball Recipe:
1.5 oz gin
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz Dry Curaçao
1/2 oz lime juice
Top Note Club Soda #1, to top
Shake all ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top with club soda, and stir.
We might be celebrating the holidays a bit differently this year, but one thing we’re grateful for every year is holiday cocktails!
Last year we spotted a cocktail called "Wonderful Times" by Clay Kirkland of Wisecraft Mixology, featuring vodka infused with seasonal spices, tart cranberry juice, and our very own club soda. We've been waiting for the holiday season to come around again so we could make a version for ourselves and we love it so much that we just had to share. Here's to the social media movers, shakers and mixologists making this season a bit brighter!
Wonderful Times Recipe:
2 oz spiced vodka*
.5 oz orange liqueur
1.5 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
.5 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
Top Note Club Soda No. 1, to top
Garnish: cranberries and rosemary
Shake all ingredients except Club Soda with ice, then strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Top with Club Soda, stir, and garnish.
*Spiced Vodka: add 2 crushed cardamom pods and 2 tsp whole cloves to a jar and top with 8 oz vodka. Let steep for 2 days, then strain out the spices and enjoy.
Harvest Moon Punch
Harvest Moon Punch Recipe:
2 oz vodka
.5 oz cranberry liqueur
2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
.5 oz lemon juice
2 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
Garnish: cranberries, fresh or dehydrated citrus (optional)
Stir ingredients together with ice and garnish if desired.
Cran-Apple Gin Pitcher Cocktail
Cran-Apple Gin Pitcher Cocktail Recipe:
5 oz barrel-aged gin
4 oz apple cider
2 oz cranberry liqueur
2 oz lemon juice
1 - 8.5 oz bottle Top Note Club Soda No. 1
Garnish: fresh herbs and citrus, optional
Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish if desired. Serves 3-4.
Cran-Apple Ginger Spritz
This festive low-ABV spritz will carry you through a night of merriment without leaving you with a headache the next day.
Cran-Apple Ginger Spritz Recipe:
4 fresh cranberries
1 slice fresh ginger
1 oz cranberry liqueur
3 oz apple cider
1 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
Garnish: fresh cranberries and orange slices
Muddle the cranberries and ginger in a cocktail shaker, then add the liqueur, cider, and ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled flute or wine glass. Top with Ginger Beer and Club Soda, stir gently, and garnish.