Ah, cocktails, the territory of Betty in Mad Men.
Cocktails are fun and so much more sophisticated and interesting than wine. And they can be a wonderful conversation starter.
So when you are ready to have your next social gathering set up a cocktail station, everyone will love it!!
Some of these recipes call for “simple syrup”: don’t be afraid! It’s called “simple” for a reason:
Combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You will see these instructions on the Blushing Betty Cocktail recipe.
BLUSHING BETTY BOURBON GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL
This is so light and refreshing, I would definitely serve this at a summer event.
THE GIMLET (GIN AND SWEETENED LIME JUICE)
This cocktail is apparently designed to stop you from getting scurvy! Super easy to make too. If you follow the link there is also a video about it.
THE GREAT GATSBY
Don’t you just love the name of this! It’s super light and refreshing. It contained an ingredient that I hadn’t heard of before which is Lillet Blanc. It’s a French Wine Aperitif and you can purchase it quite easily.
A divine friend gave me Moscow Mule mugs a while ago. I had never tasted this cocktail before and now I am obsessed!! It is so amazing!! The combination of lime, vodka and ginger ale is sheer genius if you ask me! I substitute the lime wedge for a sprig of mint which I think adds a little extra flavor to the cocktail.
This recipe makes a pitcher of this deliciousness! I recently had mojitos when I was on vacation in Africa and I fell in love with them. Can you tell that I love ginger ale! I gave up drinking soda years ago but I ginger ale is my naughty secret drink.
Do you have a favorite cocktail? Please share if you do.