Blueberry Basil Mule

Blueberry Basil Mule

A riff on the classic, there is something about the bright fruit of blueberry, ginger and then the herbal notes of basil that makes this work. Try this at your next get-together for a real treat.

Ingredients

3-5 Blueberries

3 Leaves Basil (try a Thai basil for extra spice)

1.5 oz Vodka

4 oz Ginger Beer

Directions

Muddle Blueberries, Basil and Vodka together in a shaker. Add 2 cubes ice. Shake for 20 seconds and strain liquid off into your mule cups. Add crushed ice and Ginger Beer. 

Garish with Basil, Cucumber and Blueberries on a toothpick.

 

 

 

White Port & Tonic

White Port & Tonic

This simple classic Portuguese apéritif is perfect for happy hour. No fancy bar tools necessary!

White Port & Tonic Recipe:

4 oz white port wine

.5 oz lemon juice

4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic or Bitter Lemon Tonic

Garnish: fresh citrus and herbs

Stir ingredients together with ice and garnish.

Vermouth Cassis

Vermouth Cassis

Extremely common in Europe, Apéritifs have been a part of the drinking and culinary culture for hundreds of years. So when alcohol enthusiasts in the US fled to France during the 1920s, as prohibition was decimating the American drinking culture, they became exposed to Apéritifs. They then took the drink recipes home (once prohibition was over, of course!), and the Pompier spread like wildfire. Since then, the Pompier became the Vermouth Cassis and has been a part of the American drinking culture.

 Recipe: 

The Vermouth Cassis is a simple cocktail to prepare; you only need a jigger, glass, and pairing knife.

 Ingredients: 

 1.5 OZ of Dry Vermouth (We recommend Dolin Dry Vermouth) 

0.5 OZ of Creme De La Cassis (We recommend Lejay Creme de Cassis)

Top Note Tonic Club Soda To Taste / To Top

1 Lemon Twist

(Optional but highly recommended) Skewered Blueberries or Mint for Garnish

 *Note - We highly recommend using small, single-use, bottles of Vermouth when making cocktails; this is because once opened, Vermouth will begin to go bad and gain an off taste after about one month, two to three if stored in a refrigerator. This can lead to the cocktail being less than pleasant, so freshly opened Vermouth is a must for optimal taste and freshness! 

 Preparation: 

Add ice, Vermouth, and the Creme de la Cassis to a glass, followed by the club soda. Gently stir, and add the lemon twist with blueberries or mint for garnish and enjoy! 

Coffee & Amaro Tonic

Coffee & Amaro Tonic

Our Indian Tonic Water is the perfect match for both coffee and amaro, so why not combine them into one deliciously low-proof cocktail? Customize the recipe by using your favorite coffee and amaro - so many combinations to try! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Dark Roast Espresso Blend & Amaro Montenegro: smoky, chocolatey, sweet vanilla

  • Medium Roast Cold Brew Blend & Amaro Nardini: minty, chocolatey, smooth

  • Light Roast Ethiopian Coffee & Zucca: fruity, floral, bright

  • Chicory Coffee & Averna: nutty, herbaceous, licorice

Coffee & Amaro Tonic Recipe:

2 oz Cold Brew Coffee or Espresso

1 oz Italian Amaro

3 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water

Garnish: Orange Wedge

Add Tonic Water and Amaro to an ice-filled glass, then slowly pour in coffee. Garnish and enjoy.

Shoeless Josephine

Shoeless Josephine

Our low-proof spin on the Shoeless Joe coffee cocktail is nothing short of a home run!

Shoeless Josephine Recipe:

2 oz Cold Brew Coffee or Espresso

1 oz Cherry Liqueur

4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: Cocktail Cherry

Stir all ingredients together in a glass with ice and garnish.

Summer Crush

Summer Crush

Complex and herbaceous, this low-proof cocktail is perfect for spritz fans looking for a tropical-inspired twist.

Summer Crush Recipe:

1 oz Campari

.25 oz lime juice

2 oz Top Note Gentiana Tonic Water

Garnish: orange wheel

Fill a glass with crushed ice and add Tonic Water. Add Campari, lime juice and cubed ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into glass and garnish.

Sheetal Bhagat’s Spice Note Mule

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.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Sheetal and keep up with them on Instagram.

Sheetal Bhagat’s Spice Note Mule Recipe:

1 oz Spice Note Cumin Tequila

.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

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

5 oz Top Note Gentiana Tonic Water

Garnish: orange slice and green olives

Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Mediterranean Sunset Spritz

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

4 oz Top Note Gentiana Tonic Water

Garnish: orange slices

Stir all ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Aperol & Soda

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

4 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

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

Matt Hiel’s Featherweight

This low-ABV spritz is an “easy, sessionable, lightly bitter, super refreshing drink,” says Wollersheim Distillery bar manager Matt Hiel.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Matt and keep up with him on Instagram.

Matt Hiel’s Featherweight Recipe:

3 oz Wollersheim White Vermouth

2 oz Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda

1 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

1 dash Rhubarb Bitters

Garnish: grapefruit slice

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

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.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Robby and keep up with Apologue on Instagram.

 

Image credit: Robby Haynes/Apologue Liqueurs

 

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.

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