Holiday Cocktails for New Years Eve

Homemade simple syrup, good quality liquor & holiday flavors all combine together in these delicious cocktail recipes from Common Ground Food Co-op!

 

Cranberry Shenanigan 

Ingredients:

2-3oz of Hayman’s Old Tom gin

1 oz of rosemary simple syrup

4oz of cranberry juice (unsweetened)

1 Lime (or substitute with 1 oz of lime juice)

Directions:

Muddle a lime in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. If you do not have a muddler, just add the lime to the shaker; you can shake it to create a similar effect. Add the Gin, rosemary simple syrup, and cranberry juice.

Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a ballon style cocktail glass. This drink can be served on the rocks or not. Either way, it is delicious and festive! Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lime wheel (or cranberries if you have ‘em!).

 

Light Herbaceous Lemon

Ingredients:

2-3oz of Hayman’s Old Tom gin

1 oz of lemon juice

1.5 oz of rosemary simple syrup

1.5 oz of thyme simple syrup

Soda Water

 

I recommend Old Tom Gin, not just because of the price point, but because it has a lower floral flavor profile than a lot of gins I’ve had. This makes it more versatile for cocktails. Add the gin, lemon juice, rosemary & simple syrup to your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into the cocktail glass of choice on ice. Top with soda water. Serve on the rocks with a lemon curl and rosemary sprig.


Heartwarming Citrus Wave 

Ingredients:

2-3 oz of Elijah Craig Bourbon

1 oz of lemon juice

3 oz of orange juice

1.5 oz of cinnamon simple syrup

(Optional: 2 dashes of anastoga bitters)

Directions: 

I recommend Elijah Craig Bourbon because it is delicious and doesn’t break the bank. There are several different varieties but I went with the Small Batch. Add all ingredients to your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks style cocktail glass on ice. Serve on the rocks with an orange wheel as a garnish. 

 

Cozy Bourbon Cof-tail

Ingredients:

2-3 oz of Elijah Craig Bourbon

4 oz of coffee (local Mad Goat coffee beans recommended!)

1 oz of cinnamon simple syrup

 

Cardamom Whipped Cream: 

1 pint of heavy cream (you can’t beat local Kilgus cream!)

3 tbsp of Wholesome organic powdered sugar

1 Tsp of ground cardamom  

Fresh ginger root

Directions: 

Begin by making the coffee. I used Mad Goat’s Mexican Chaipas coffee beans. Grind the beans for the freshest coffee. I use a pour-over (which I recommend getting because you can make as much or a little as you need and as strong or as weak as you want!). No pour-over? No worries! Any coffee maker will work! 

While the coffee is a-goin’ start on your whipped cream! Kilgus heavy cream is great for this because one of my favorite things is supporting a local business and you know their cream is fresher than the national brands. Pour the whipped cream into your mixing bowl and add in the powdered sugar. Start your mixer on a lower speed setting (2) to prevent splashing yourself with the heavy cream. Slowly increase the speed depending on the depth of your bowl. Once you start to produce soft peaks add in the cardamom and continue whisking until you get stiff peaks. You are finished! Take a spoonful (for taste testing purposes *wink*). 

 

After the coffee has finished, allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature. Then, you are ready to begin the cof-tail.

 

Add the Mad Goat coffee, cinnamon simple syrup & bourbon to your coffee cup. Mix together with a bar spoon. Add a dollop of cardamom whipped cream on top, zest a small amount of fresh ginger root. Sip and enjoy the coziness.