For alcohol to taste good, it doesn’t always have to be fancy; sometimes you can create a delicious and sophisticated drink without breaking the bank. Try a ‘Rob Roy.’ It’s made with 2 oz. blended Scotch whisky, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and an orange twist for a garnish. To make it yourself it quite simple; combine all of the ingredients in a mixing glass and fill it with ice, stir for 20 seconds, strain into a cocktail glass, and then twist an orange peel over the drink for a beautiful garnish. A ‘Gold Rush’ is sweet and subtle; it’s made with 2 oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. freshly squeezed juice from one whole lemon, and ¾ oz. honey syrup (1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey mixed in a saucepan over medium heat until honey is dissolved. Cool before using. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days). To make it, combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake for 15 seconds, and then strain into an ice-filled double old fashioned glass. The flavors are very exquisite on the palate.
If you enjoy sweet with a bit of a tart edge, try a ‘Blushing Betty.’ It’s made with 1 oz. fresh juice from 1 pink grapefruit, 1 ½ oz. bourbon, ½ oz. simple syrup (combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, and cool before using), and a grapefruit wedge garnish. To make it, fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice, add the grapefruit juice, bourbon, and simple syrup. Shake until well chilled, strain into an ice-filled glass, and then garnish with a grapefruit wedge. For a more bitter and sophisticated drink, try a ‘Moto Guzzi.’ It’s made with 1.5 oz. Booker’s bourbon, and 1.5 oz. Punt e Mes. To make it, place a rocks glass in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to making cocktail, fill a mixing glass halfway with ice, add the bourbon and Punt e Mes, stir for 20 seconds, and then strain into the chilled rocks glass. This alcoholic beverage is nothing but wonderful for the cocktail lover in you.