Cosmopolitan Delight: 1 1/2 oz. Phillipe Latourelle VS Cognac, 1/2 oz. Orange Curaçao, 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup, 1/4 oz. fruity, dark red wine, perhaps a dolcetto, barbera, gamay, or syrah. Combine all ingredients but the red wine in a mixing glass; shake with ice. Double strain to a chilled V-shaped cocktail glass; float the red wine on top.
Libertine Makes 1 drink 1 ounce absinthe verte (Charles uses Chicago’s locally made Sirène) 1 ounce Gewürztraminer (for festive fizz, try sparkling Gewürztraminer or Moscato d’Asti) 1 ounce sweet vermouth, plus 3 drops (Charles likes Carpano Antica) 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) 3 drops orange flower water (available at most spirits shops) Garnish: edible flowers Fill a stemmed glass with ice. In a shaker, combine the absinthe…
Maple Kiss 2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz Chambord 1/4 oz pure maple syrup Preparation Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a fresh raspberry as garnish.
Pixie Stix Martini: 1 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Sour Grape Pucker, 1/2 oz. Sour Island Punch Pucker, 4 oz. Sour Mix, 1 splash Sprite, 2 pixie sticks (grape) Mixing Instructions: Use one pixie stick to rim your martini glass. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice excluding the Sprite. Strain into glass. Add a splash of Sprite and sprinkle the other grape pixie stick on top.