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CLUB SOCIAL

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Big thanks to all that came out to celebrate women AND our 5th BIRTHDAY! We kicked off the night by serving up a Club Social (what an appropriate name I must say). Find out how to make it below:

 

CLUB SOCIAL

 

Salted Rim +

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Sprite

1 oz Lemon Juice

Splash of Club Soda

1/4 to 1/2 oz  of Lavender Simple Syrup by PH Alchemy

Rosemary to garnish

 

 

Cheers!

COKE DATE

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In case you didn’t know, it was ART WALK WEEKEND this past Friday. We served up a little beverage to celebrate the holiday of love that we call Valentines Day, by throwing it back to the 50′s with a coke date.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 oz Vanilla Vodka

5 oz Coke

Splash of Grenadine

 

Stir and then top it with a cherry.

 

That’s all folks! Now there’s no excuse to not mix up a little something special for someone today ;)

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pssst…don’t forget a card. SHOP HERE or pop in the store today!

 

 

GIN + GINGER

 

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The weather may have been a bit frightful this past 2nd Friday, but the drink was so delightful! Check out this simple recipe for our Gin+Ginger, served up last week at the Art Walk:

1 oz – Gin

4 oz – Ginger Ale

garnish with a slice of orange

 

 

That’s it folks! So easy yet so yummy.

 

psst…you can purchase one of our GIN DECANTERS (pictured above) in the shop or online.

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COCKTAIL CATCH-UP

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Hello hello! It’s time for a cocktail catch-up.

As you may know, we had you guys vote on last month’s cocktail at our August Art Walk  by choosing from one of our drinks from the archives! So, if you missed this recipe on the blog the last time we served it, we’ve got ya covered. Click on over to the recipe for that yummy Rosey Gin Sour we mixed up for you last month!

 

Now on to last week’s recipe…

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APPLE PIE

1 oz vodka

2 oz apple juice

1 oz spiced apple cider

2 oz club soda

garnish with an apple slice powdered with cinnamon

 

We hope you enjoyed our festive October drink and, as always, want to give a huge THANK YOU and shout out to Norman’s own, THE CELLAR WINE & SPIRITS . We don’t know what we’d do without them!

COCKTAIL POLL + SUMMER SANGRIA

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We’ve got another successful 2nd Friday Art Walk under our belts, all thanks to YOU GUYS! We love serving up our cocktails and hearing your feedback, which is why we’re starting to change things up this fall and we want to get you involved in our process.

It’s election season so, to us, it made the most sense to hear from the people and let them vote on what they want to sip on next month. We pulled from our drink archives, choosing the best of the best and then we took to the polls, asking YOU what you wanted to have again.

The results our in and the winner is the…

BLACKBERRY SAGE OLD FASHIONED

No worries if your drink didn’t win. You can find the recipes right here on the blog! Links at the bottom of this post.

 

Now on to this month’s recipe:

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This SUMMER SANGRIA fits in perfectly with our theme this summer of easy and refreshing cocktails. With only a couple ingredients, you’re going to want to make a pitcher, which is why this recipe is for doing just that:

 

One bottle of white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)

3 cans of Fresca (we picked your classic Fresca, but any flavor will do)

Add fruit of your liking (grapes, peaches, strawberries, etc…)

 

That’s it! So simple.

As always, we want to thank The Cellar of Norman for proving the spirit to our cocktail each and every month! <3

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Cheers!

 

Rosey Gin Sour | Whiskey Lemonade | Honey Ginger Lemonade

WATERMELON GIN FIZZ

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A big thanks to everyone who came out this rainy 2nd Friday to help us celebrate our renovation and show your support for MaryBeth and her upcoming documentary America Made Me Black.

We hope you all enjoyed our refreshing drink : The Watermelon Gin Fizz. The good news is we have the recipe for you so you can make a glass or two (or three) for yourself in the comfort of your own home!

3 oz – Watermelon juice**

3 oz – Ginger Ale

1 0z – Gin

1/2 oz – Lime Juice

**To make the watermelon juice: Cube watermelon. Blend (on liquify). Strain through a fine mesh strainer. (Don’t be intimidated by this extra work. It’s really simple and quick and you’ll have your own watermelon juice in a jiffy!)

Mix all ingredients and serve yourself a few glasses worth ;)

 

A HUGE SHOUT to THE CELLAR for providing our gin for this great summer cocktail.

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WHISKEY LEMONADE

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We’ve lined up another great summer beverage for ya and it’s oh so simple, but oh so delicious.

 

What you’ll need:

 

1 oz honey whiskey

3 oz lemonade

3 oz soda water

Basil leaf as garnish

 

Simply pour the ingredients over ice and enjoy! You’ll find this to be a refreshing and satisfying drink to add to your list of beverages to get through this hot, hot summer.

We don’t want to forget to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the  Cellar Wine & Spirits  for providing us with the tasty honey whiskey to make this month’s 2nd Friday cocktail !!  Make sure the next time you stop in the Cellar, give them a nice big hug and a pat on the back for helping us make these tasty beverages happen each and every month!

 

XOXO

 

PEACH PEAR SANGRIA

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This is one to maybe put in your back pocket for when the sun comes out but Friday was a perfect day for it.  It is a refreshing warm-day cocktail for sure!!

WHATCHA’LL NEED:

1 bottle (750 ml) of Pinot Grigio (or Chardonnay)

1/4 c of fine sugar

1 c of pear nectar (or juice)

2 c of sparkling peach flavored water

thinly sliced peaches and/or pears

TO MIX:

Combine wine, sugar, pear nectar, and flavored water.  Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved. Mix in sliced fruit and voila. Sangria!

We did not do this (and it was still delish) but if you have the time —do this instead— combine wine, sugar, and pear nectar.  Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved.  Mix in sliced fruit. Let chill in fridge for 2 – 6 hours.  Top with sparkling water (do this right before serving so it won’t get flat).  Letting it sit will enhance all the flavors.

ENJOY!!!

A BIG THANK YOU as always to Cellar Wine & Spirits  for providing us with the tasty wine to make this month’s 2nd Friday cocktail happen!!  Everyone that had one and enjoyed it…make sure the next time you go into Cellar (which will probably be sooner than later to pick up the ingredients for Sangria, wink) make sure you thank them!!

LAVENDER GIN + TONIC

We are a lil’ bit obsessed with lavender at the moment…the taste but also the scent.  The lavender simple syrup was the perfect touch of spring complimenting the gin we paired it with.  We are dreaming up a million wonderful things to use the lavender simple syrup in other than cocktails…coffee, ginger ale floats, lemonade, the list goes on.

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Our recipe ratios are for a tiny cocktail (cause we serve like 300 of them) so our recommendation would be to make it a double cause you’re probably going want to gulp it down and this way you won’t have to get a refill immediately.

Recipe:

1 oz gin

.5 oz lavender simple syrup

3 oz tonic

garnished with a sage leaf

*We used the PH Alchemy Lavender simple syrup and couldn’t have been happier about it.  You can buy some here or also make it at home….but buying it is a tad bit easier….just sayin’.

 

**The Cellar Wine & Spirits is our spirits super hero providing the gin for us to serve these to you.  SO if you need to stock your bar we would recommend visiting them to do so! They are wonderful and super helpful!!

BURNING LOVE

Another cocktail for the books! This one was delicious.  If you love tequila or just like to enjoy a margarita every once in a while you should try this drink out! It tastes like a wonderful juice with a slight kick to it (thank you tequila and jalapeño simple syrup!).  I could have drank these all night.  Plus oh man, they would have really complimented a giant bowl of guacamole. yum.

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BURNING LOVE – makes 1 serving

1 oz silver tequila – if you are local get yours at Cellar Wine & Spirits (!!!)

1/2 oz mango orange juice – we used Simply’s version of this

3/4 oz jalapeño simple syrup

3 oz of sparkling water – we used club soda for this

Optional:

coarse salt (for salting the rim)

lime juice (for salting the rim) -could use the mango orange juice

jalapeños or mangos – for garnish

 

making the SIMPLE SYRUP

1  cup of sugar

1/2 cup of water

1-2 jalapeños (sliced with the seeds and ribs left in)

-Bring all the ingredients to a boil. Let cool. Strain the jalapeños out using a fine mesh sieve. Refrigerate. This should stay in your fridge for up to a month.  And it is good, would be good in a million different cocktails!!  I will say that ours didn’t turn out too terribly spicy so if you want some heat you could use more jalapeños.

-Side note: we made our simple syrup extra sweet so we didn’t have to make as much of it (we were making for 300 drinks) but if you want your margarita less sweet you could do 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c of water, 1-2 jalapeños. Or if want to use less sugar but want the sweetness you could use the 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c water ratio and just use more of it.

-Making simple syrup is waaayyyyyyy easier than it sounds (unless you let your pot boil over and spill it everywhere like I did).  Don’t let a simple syrup scare you away from making any cocktail.  They usually take the drink to the next level, are actually super easy to make, and always worth the few minutes it takes to watch water boil. ha.

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MIXING THE COCKTAIL

Dip the rim of your cup in lime juice and then salt.

Fill glass with ice.

Add tequila, simple syrup, juice.

Top with sparkling water.

Stir with bar spoon.

Add garnish of choice.

Enjoy.

 

We are so lucky to have our cocktails sponsored by Cellar Wine & Spirits.  They always pick out a tasty liquor and make our cocktails a huge success.  They have the most giant collection of beer, wine, spirits, liqueurs, and more.  Make sure you keep them in mind when you are picking up the ingredients for your next cocktail! Also [!!!!] follow them on instagram here!