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Updated: Apr 11

Cocktails and dresses as pretty as we used to be when salons were still open...


It’s Friday (not that it matters here in lock down), but I am finding myself a little bored with my quarantini and am fantasizing about my next encounter with a well made cocktail. Here is some inspiration for days ahead when we can actually clink our glasses wearing something more than a waist up “outfit” on Zoom.


Old Fashioned


2 tsp sugar

60 ml bourbon or rye whiskey

2 dashes Agnostura bitters

splash of water

orange slice

maraschino cherry


Put the sugar, bitters and water in a small tumbler. Mix until the sugar dissolves if using granulated. Fill your glass with ice and stir in the whisky. Add a splash of soda water if you like and mix. Garnish with the orange and cherry.


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Campari-Fennel Aperitif


handful of fennel fronds

1 small sprig for garnish

3 lemon wheels

2 ounces dry sparkling wine

3/4 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2-inch-long strip of lemon peel Ice


In a cocktail shaker, combine the fennel fronds with the lemon wheels, sparkling wine, Campari and simple syrup. Muddle 20 times. Add ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the drink and add it to the glass. Garnish with the fennel sprig and serve.


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Negroni


ice

1 1/3 ounces frozen gin preferably London dry

1 ounce sweet vermouth

2/3 ounce Campari

1 orange wheel, for garnish


Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the gin, vermouth and Campari and stir well. Garnish with the orange wheel.


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Paloma Italiana


1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila

3/4 ounce Campari

3/4 ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce agave nectar

ice

2 ounces chilled Italian orange soda, such as San Pellegrino Aranciata

pinch of kosher salt 1

spiral-cut grapefruit twist, for garnish


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Bourbon Blackberry Collins


4 blackberries

ice

1 1/2 ounces bourbon

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

2 ounces chilled club soda


In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 blackberries. Add ice and the bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled collins glass. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the remaining blackberry.



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Pisco Sour


2 ounces pisco

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

3/4 ounce

simple syrup

1 large egg white

ice

4 drops of Angostura bitters


Put all of the ingredients except the ice and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake for 10 seconds. Add ice; shake for 10 more seconds, then strain into a chilled coupe. Dot the drink with the bitters and draw a straw through the drops.


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