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The Cool Collected One
Sometimes a G&T sounds great, but you suddenly realized you have to stay level and cool & collected for your party of guests. Try this simple "hack" to get the Gin flavor you want but with a juice press you can make at home!
4 oz Top Note Classic Tonic Water
2 oz savory juice press (see below)
2 dashes bitters
Juniper Berries, Lime Wheel, Cucumber Wheel garnish
Build drink as you would a G&T, but instead of Gin add Juice Press. Garnish as you wish with Cucumbers or Lime.
If going for fancy, in a large balloon goblet, add a lime wheel and cucumber wheels first into the glass, add 2 dashes bitters, and build drink on top. Add ice. This makes a "pink drink" but builds fantastic flavor as the drinks sits and ice melts. Enjoy!
Juice Press: Blend 2 cucumbers, 3 stalks celery, 1 fresh lemon juiced in a blender. Pour into a cheesecloth and strain pulp. Save in a ball jar for up two 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Winter Chill - Non Alcoholic
Lay off the booze and recover with a winter chill. This one has potent energy of OJ and Cider, with spice of Ginger for a soothing mix.
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Top Note Tonic Ginger Beer
3 oz Sparkling Cider
3 frozen Cranberries
Mix together juices, and ice. Top with ginger beer. Gently stir. Add 3 cranberries to garnish.
Photo Credit and Recipe Inspiration by Chowhound https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/autumn-chiller-13479
Spritz Italiano_Sans Alcohol
How about a Spritz? Bitter and refreshing, the alcohol isn't needed in this version...
4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic
4 oz San Bitter (S Pelligrino)
2 shakes Angostura Bitters (Optional)
Lime and Orange Slices
In a large balloon glass, mix the first two ingredients, bitters and stir. Drop in slices of lime and orange. Add ice. Drink and enjoy!
Photo Credit Sofabfood https://sofabfood.com/aperol-spritz-classic-cocktail/
Dry Stormy - Ginger Beer and Coconut Water
A simple treat for those watching their rum intake. Fake the rum with a splash of coconut water.
4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
4 oz Coconut Water
1/4 lime squeeze
Combine all ingredients into a tall glass. Stir and add ice. Top with a lime slice.
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Basil Cucumber Smash
Fresh basil - 3 - 5 leaves
Fresh Cucumber - 5 slices
Sugar Cube (optional)
Angostura orange bitters - 3- 5 shakes
5 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber, basil, sugar cube, and bitters. Add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass. Add Top Note Indian Tonic and Ice. Garnish with a Cucumber slice and basil if desired.
Bitter Lemon/ Tea Sparkler
A refreshing tea sparkler as an alternative to over sweet Lemonade
4 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon
4 oz Jasmine Green or Black Tea
1 T honey or sweeter to desired levels
1/4 lemon squeeze
Make tea, sweeten to your liking. Cool in refrigerator. Mix 50/50 with Top Note Bitter Lemon. Ice and add Lemon rind or juice if desired.
Grapefruit Celery Press
4 oz Top Note Grapefruit Soda
2 oz Celery press or Purchased Green/Celery juice from store
1/4 t shaved ginger
Lime, Cucumber, celery spear garnish
Shave ginger into rock glass. Pour celery press into glass. Top with Top Note Grapefruit. Add 3 thin slices lime. Ice and stir gently. Garnish with cucumber and celery spear.
Celery Press: Blend 3 - 4 stalks celery in a blender. Squeeze juice through a fine mesh bag, or let settle in a refrigerator. Refrigerate pressed juice for up to 3 days.
Top Note Old Fashion(ed) Sour
A classic by any standard, we use our grapefruit soda as a sour mix to amp the barrel aged spirit you choose to make this classic cocktail with!
1.5 oz Brandy or Bourbon of your choice
1 orange slice
2 perfect maraschino cherries
1 sugar cube
2 - 3 oz Top Note grapefruit soda
Place sugar cube in rocks glass. Top with a few dashes of bitters, orange slice and cherry. Muddle. Pour spirit (Bourbon, Whiskey or Brandy) into a rocks glass. Garnish with cherry and or orange slice. Options - Go without sugar cube!
Top with ice, and pour Top Note Grapefruit on top. Stir quickly and enjoy. Cap Top Note bottle off for next time you make a drink!
White Port and Tonic
Makes 2 drinks
1/2 cup White Port
6 - 8 oz Top Note Indian Tonic water or Bitter Lemon Soda
1/2 of a lemon squeezed
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into pitcher. Stir gently and serve in rocks glass or collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and sprig of Thyme or Rosemary.
Cider and Cran/Ginger Spritz
4 oz Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
4 oz top Note Ginger Beer
4-5 cranberries gently heated in microwave, 1 ginger slice sliver
Sparkling Water to taste
Optional - 1/2 oz Cranberry Liqueur
Muddle ginger slice and cranberries in a shaker. Pour cider on top. Muddle and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into rocks glass over ice, pour Top Note Ginger Beer over the cider. Taste and dilute with 1 - 2 oz sparkling water to taste (if less sweetness is desired). Garnish with Candied Ginger and cranberry on a spear. This can also be made with Cranberry liqueur if desired. Suggested - Add 1/2 oz great Lakes Distillery Cranberry Liqueur.
Photo Credit: Zenbelly
Pear Vodka and Tonic
Try this fall twist on Vodka and Tonic. Can also work with Gin!
1.5 oz Pear Soaked Vodka
3 - 5 oz Top Note Classic Tonic
Soak 2 Bosc Pears in a 1/2 bottle of vodka for 1 week. Strain and use for recipe. Add Pear Vodka and Top Note Classic Tonic to a rocks glass. Ice and Serve. May be garnished with a pear slice and star anise.
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2 ounces mezcal
8 ounces Top Note Grapefruit Soda
cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
thinly sliced grapefruit, for garnish (optional)
Makes 2 cocktails
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cilantro, 1 oz Top Note Grapefruit Soda, and Mezcal. Close and shake with ice for 20 seconds. Strain into a glass with ice and top with Top Note Grapefruit Soda. Garnish
Photo Credit and Recipe Influence Dolly and Oatmeal Blog