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Brown Derby
Ingredients
1.5 ounces bourbon
1 ounce  fresh grapefruit juice
.5 ounce honey syrup (recipe below)
Directions
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass or this drink looks good in an old fashioned champagne glass
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or twist.
Honey syrup-place one part honey and one part water in a small pot over medium heat until the honey is dissolved. Let cool.

 

Tom Collins
Ingredients
1½ cups good vodka, such as Grey Goose
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (6 lemons)
6 tablespoons sugar syrup*
¼ cup Italian Limoncello liqueur
1½ cups cold club soda, such as Pelligrino
Ice cubes
sliced lemon, for serving
Combine the vodka, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and Limoncello in a large pitcher. Just before serving, pour in the club soda and stir. Fill highball glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the ice. Garnish each drink with a slice of lemon and serve cold.
  • Simple Syrup. Combine 1/2 cup sure and 1/ cup water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the  sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
 
Pink Grapefruit margaritas (serves 4)
Ingredients
1 lime, cut in wedges, optional
Kosher salt, optional
1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice (take the time to squeeze fresh juice.)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
1 cup orange liqueur, such a Triple Sec
2 cups ice
1 cup white tequila
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Directions
To salt the rims of the glasses, rub the rims with a wedge of lime. Place a mound of kosher salt on a plate and tip the rims of the glasses in the salt. Set aside to dry.
Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange liqueur, and ice in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher and stir in the tequila. If you are not salting the rims of the glasses, add a 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt to the pitcher. The salt really brings all the flavors alive. Don’t skip it. Serve ice cold.

 

Orange Blossom
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2  ounces sweet vermouth
1 1/2  ounce fresh orange juice
Add all the ingredients and some ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist or wheel.

 

Pineapple berry sidecar
Ingredients
7 Blackberries
ice
2 ounces Cognac
1/2 ounce orange liquor (Cointreau suggested)
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Directions
Muddle the berries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice and all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pineapple leaf.

 

Mango Mohito
Ingredients
2 oz Bacardi Mango Fusion Flavored rum
4 lime wedges
1 slice of ripe mango
12 fresh mint leaves
2 heaping teaspoons sugar
club soda
sprig of fresh mint to garnish
Directions
Muddle the limes and mango with the sugar at the bottom of a glass. Rub the mint leaves between your palms to  release the flavor, rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum and stir. Top with crushed ice, a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.
(Notes, lets add some real mango to this.)

 

Green Machine 
Ingredients
3 or 4 lime wedges
2  heaping teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
2 ounces vodka
1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
Small ice cubes
1 cup club soda
1 slice each of kiwifruit and lime, for garnish
In  tall glass, muddle the lime with  sugar and cilantro leaves.  Stir in vodka. Add ice cubes; gently stir to combine. Top off with club soda. Garnish with a slice each of kiwifruit and lime.

 

French 75
1 lemon
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled
1 cup ice cubes
Slice a long peel from the lemon to form a spiral. This may take a few tries so have some extra lemons on hand. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Throw the ice in and shake like a mad man for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.

 

Champagne Cocktail
3 ounces Champagne
1 ounce Framboise liqueur (or less)
Fresh raspberries

Sugar cubes

Directions
Drop a sugar cube and  1-3 raspberries in a Champagne flute, fill the flute with Champagne and top with a little Framboise .
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