7 Go To Cocktails!

We like to drink, but not to the point where we don’t know where we are when we wake up in the morning.  So we have adopted a quality verse quantity policy when it comes to our drinking.  Don’t get us wrong, we like a ice cold PBR every once and awhile. Just not all the time. So here is a list of go to cocktails that we like to enjoy after work, or in the sun on our day off.

Cheers, and Drink Responsibly.

7 Go to Cocktails



What you’re going to need:

  • Sugar Cube (or Simple Syrup)
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Absinthe
  • Lemon Peel
  • Ice
  • A chilled double-rocks glass + 16 ounce pint glass


In your pint glass drop the sugar cube (or 1 tsp simple syrup), add 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.

Add a small splash of water and muddle.

Drop in a few cubes of ice and 2  1/2 ounces of Rye. Stir for a few seconds. DON’T SHAKE! Shaking will cause your drink to cloud.

In your chilled double-rocks glass, swirl around a few drops of Absinthe to coat the bottom and sides. Empty out any excess.

Strain your cocktail into the Absinthe glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over your cocktail and drop in the glass and enjoy!


*Traditionally you would also use Peychauds Bitters for a Sazarac, but unfortunately it is not available in our state.



The Manhattan is one of a handful of classic whiskey cocktails that all bar aficionados should know. It is one of the easiest and simple drinks to make!


What you’re going to need:

  • Whiskey
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherries (or brandy soaked cherries)
  • Martini Glass (optional)


In your pint glass, add 3 parts Whiskey with 1 part Vermouth. Add 1 dash of bitters and fill with ice. Stir until chilled, about 30 seconds.

Strain in to your chilled martini glass. Drop in 1 or 2 cherries, sip and enjoy!


*To chill a martini glass, carefully fill with ice and water. Leave for at least 30 seconds then empty.



The Vesper Martini first made its debut in 007’s Casino Royale. Now, this is a dangerous drink since it is so so tasty and all alcohol. Consume with caution!

After some trial and error we have perfected our own perfect Vesper Martinis, everyone has different taste so feel free to take this recipe and alter it however you feel. We’d love to hear some variations 🙂


What you’re going to need:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Cocktail Onions
  • Cocktail Olives


Han’s favorite — Fill a pint glass with ice, add 2  1/2 ounces gin, 1 ounce vodka, and 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc. Stir for one minute until fully chilled. Strain in to a martini glass and drop in a few cocktail onions. Best enjoyed on a patio.


Sam’s favorite — Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce gin, and 1 ounce Lillet Blanc. Add a splash of both cocktail onion juice and cocktail olive juice. Shake, shake, shake the cocktail shaker! Strain in to a martini glass and drop in a couple cocktail olives. Best enjoyed on a patio also 🙂 .



This version of the Paloma will give you lighter taste and won’t be as bitter as some other recipes out there.


What you’re going to need:

  • Tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Soda
  • Simple Syrup
  • Kosher Salt for rimming (optional)


Rim a collins glass with lime and salt (if you wish). Fill with ice. Add 2 ounces tequila, 1/2 ounce lime juice, add about 3-4 ounces of grapefruit juice and top with soda water. If your cocktail is too bitter for your taste, add some simple syrup to sweeten it up a bit.


*As an alternative to a combination of grapefruit juice and soda water, you can use grapefruit soda’s such as Jarritos or flavored San Pellegrino which are also delicious!



You won’t find any pre-mix sweet and sour mix or store bought margarita mix in this recipe! Only fresh ingredients in my summer cocktails 🙂


What you’re going to need:

  • Silver Tequila
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Local Honey
  • Salt
  • Lime Wedge


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and build your drink. Add 2  1/2 ounces of silver tequila and 1/4 ounce honey. Using a lemon/lime juicer juicer squeeze 2 ounces limes and 1 ounce of orange juice in to the glass. Salt half of the rim of your highball glass and fill with ice. Shake well, strain and savor!


*1 lime will give you approximately 1/2 ounce of juice. 1 orange will give you approximately 2 ounces of juice.



The Negroni is making a comeback and I could not be more excited!!


What you’re going to need:

  • Dry Gin
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Campari
  • Lemon Twist


Add 2 ounces dry gin, 1 ounce sweet vermouth and 1 ounce campari to your shaker filled with ice and shake away. Strain in to a double rocks glass with an Ice Sphere and garnish with a lemon twist. Easy peasy!


*Another variation is to build the cocktail  in a larger glass and top with soda water with either a lemon or orange wedge squeeze.



Find yourself a nice big pitcher because we are getting down to business! Now, sangria can be made with red or white wine but today we are going to use ROSE!!!


What you’re going to need:

  • 1 bottle rosé wine (750 milliliter)
  • Vodka (if you are able, find a nice peach vodka or even better, infuse your own!)
  • Lemons
  • Local honey
  • 1 pound ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups assorted berries..raspberries, strawberries, blackberries..really whatever you can find fresh from your farmers market!
  • Soda water or ginger ale


In your pitcher dump the entire bottle of wine, 1 cup vodka, juice from 4 lemons and 3 ounces of honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Add the peaches and berries and stir again.  Leave in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours. Once you are ready, pour yourself a nice glass leaving 1/4 space to top with soda water for a nice bubbly addition. If you have a sweet tooth, top with ginger ale instead 🙂


There are our go to cocktails, so please share with us your go to cocktails.

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