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Sheetal Bhagat’s Spice Note Mule
For fans of Mule cocktails, this unique tequila-based recipe has extra depth of flavor provided by Spice Note’s Cumin Tequila.
Sheetal Bhagat’s Spice Note Mule Recipe:
.5 oz lemon simple syrup (or regular simple syrup)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Top Note Ginger Beer, to top
Garnish: lemon peel
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a Collins glass filled with ice, top with Ginger Beer and garnish.
Vermouth & Tonic
When you’re in the mood for a refreshing spritz but desire a bit more body and complexity of flavor, try mixing your favorite sweet vermouth with tonic water. We love garnishing with sweet sangria olives for a Mediterranean twist.
Vermouth & Tonic Recipe:
2 oz sweet vermouth
Garnish: orange slice and green olives
Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Mediterranean Sunset Spritz
Who says dreams don't come true? Stir up this low-ABV spritz and start planning your ultimate Mediterranean vacation!
Mediterranean Sunset Spritz Recipe:
1.5 oz Aperol
2 oz orange juice
Garnish: orange slices
Aperol & Soda
If you’re anything like us, you love an Aperol Spritz but don’t always have Prosecco on hand. In these instances, when you're craving something bitter and bubbly, Aperol and Club Soda make for a simple and refreshing combo - you won't even miss the Prosecco!
Aperol & Soda Recipe:
2 oz Aperol
Garnish: orange slices
Stir all ingredients together in an ice-filled glass (we like a Copa de Balon or wine glass, but anything will do!) and garnish.
Matt Hiel’s Featherweight
This low-ABV spritz is an “easy, sessionable, lightly bitter, super refreshing drink,” says Wollersheim Distillery bar manager Matt Hiel.
Matt Hiel’s Featherweight Recipe:
1 oz Top Note Club Soda
1 dash Rhubarb Bitters
Garnish: grapefruit half-wheel
Add Bitters, followed by Club Soda, Vermouth and lastly Grapefruit Soda to an oversized wine glass filled with ice. Briefly stir to combine and garnish.
Robby Haynes’s Low-Proof Saffron Mule
With only ½-ounce of liqueur, this low-proof highball is “less of a cocktail and more of a flavor experience,” says Apologue Liqueurs co-founder Robby Haynes. If you’re looking to up the alcohol content, Robby recommends the addition of tequila or gin.
Robby Haynes’s Low-Proof Saffron Mule Recipe:
1 lime, cut into 8 chunks
.5 oz Apologue Saffron Liqueur
Top Note Ginger Beer, to top
Garnish: lime wedge, optional
Muddle 3 of the lime chunks in the bottom of a Collins glass. Add Liqueur and fill with ice. Top with Ginger Beer, stir and enjoy.
Jon East's Chai Highball
Jon made this for us on our Instagram live series, Highballs at High Noon! While its preparation is simple, this cocktail is incredibly complex.
Image credit: Jon East
Jon East's Chai Highball Recipe:
1.75 oz Twisted Path Chai Liqueur
4 drops Bittermens Xocalatl Mole Bitters
Garnish: citrus peel
Stir all ingredients together in a highball glass filled with ice and garnish.
Alchermes is one of our favorite liqueurs for its complex mix of deep spices and delicate florals. Served with a splash of citrus and soda, this is the cocktail to make for the mixologist who thinks they’ve tried it all.
Love Bug Recipe:
.75 oz lemon juice
Garnish: cocktail cherry
Shake Alchermes and lemon juice with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with Club Soda, stir and garnish.
Rachel Miller's Gin & Tonic
"The classic Champagne Cocktail (bitters, sugar, sparkling wine) is one of my favorite drinks. It's delicious, celebratory, and so easy. Often it's finished with an expression of lemon over the top, and I like mine with just a drop of absinthe on top as well. This highball uses the tonic water to achieve the sparkle and the light bitter-sweet flavor of a Champagne Cocktail, along with tonic's best friend gin, a lemon cordial to amplify the lemon accent, and a touch of absinthe (optional), my preferred finish to the drink." - Rachel Miller
Rachel Miller's Gin & Tonic Recipe:
1 oz gin
.5 oz lemon cordial*
2-3 drops absinthe
Garnish: expressed lemon peel
Stir gin, cordial and tonic together in an ice-filled highball glass, finish with absinthe, and garnish.
*Lemon Cordial: Zest two lemons and set the zest aside. Juice the lemons and heat the juice in a pan with an equal amount, by volume, of white sugar. Bring the lemon juice and sugar to a boil, then immediately remove from heat and pour over the zest. Allow to cool and steep at least ten minutes, then strain well. Yields ~4oz cordial (multiply the recipe as needed for more cordial). Stored in the fridge, it will last for weeks.
Cider & Ginger
If you're in the mood for a lighter and brighter after-dinner drink, try an Amaro Tonic. Popular in Venice where the heat and the close quarters of summer tourists can be overwhelming, we decided to name this one the Venetian Mask.
Venetian Mask Recipe:
1.75 oz amaro*
3-4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water
Stir ingredients together in a Collins glass or Copa de Balon and garnish.
*We especially like Cardamaro or Amaro Nonino, but any amaro will do! Take the opportunity to highlight the flavors of your chosen amaro with your garnish.
Inspired by the cocktail menu at PDT (short for Please Don't Tell) in Hong Kong, this low-ABV recipe is full of fresh, savory flavors.
.75 oz mezcal
.75 oz cold-pressed celery juice (store-bought or homemade)
Garnish: lime and salt rim, fresh celery stalk and cucumber wheels (optional)
Rim the edge of a glass with the lime wedge, dip into a shallow dish of fine kosher salt, then shake off any excess salt from the glass. Add ice and all other ingredients to the glass, stir, and garnish if desired.