3 Cocktails and Drinks for Special Occasions

  • 21st March 2021

This post is a partner post with The Eternity Rose

Whether it is Sunday brunch, a Friday night out, celebrating
an anniversary, holding a birthday party, going on your first date or enjoying
happy hour, there are many special occasions where a drink is part of the
story. For most people, the choice is usually between beer or wine, but there
is so much more to explore. Here we look at cocktails that will suit any
occasion with variations on margaritas and whiskey sours as well as champagne
cocktails

Most Champagnes are a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and
Pinot Meunier grapes. A deluxe Cuvee, the highest quality Champagne, is ideal
for anniversary
celebration ideas
for a couple. Vintage Champagne has a fuller flavour than
lighter non-vintage Champagne.

Elderflower & champagne cocktail

Mix 1 tsp elderflower cordial, 25ml gin, 25ml lychee juice
and a few dashes of lemon bitters with chilled champagne to make a superb
cocktail that tastes like summer all year round. Pour 1 tsp elderflower cordial
into a champagne flute and then add 25ml gin, 25ml lychee juice and a few
dashes of lemon bitters if you have them. Top with chilled champagne and enjoy
this taste of halycon summer days.

Champagne cocktail

This is a sophisticated cocktail that requires that you put one
white sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Shake two dashes of angostura
bitters or other bitters onto the sugar cube and let it soak in for a few
seconds. As an option, you can add 2 tsp of brandy if you like, then top up
with chilled champagne. Use a twist of orange peel over the top of the glass to
release some of the oils, then drop into the glass to serve. Serve with an
orange twist garnish.

Porter and champagne

Combine porter or a light stout with champagne to make an
unusual cocktail that takes its inspiration from Black Velvet. This is a drink
to impress, being both rich and indulgent. Simply half-fill a champagne flute
with porter or a light stout, then top up with chilled champagne.

The origin
of the Margarita recipe is fiercely debated, but with tequila, triple sec and
fresh lime it’s a tart, zingy and satisfying cocktail most likely from Mexico.

Pineapple Chilli Margarita

For a fun
twist on a traditional margarita, use pineapple and replace the salt rim with a
mix of chilli powder and sugar. In a shaker filled with ice, add 60ml of
tequila with 25ml of simple syrup, 25ml lime juice and a couple of dashes of
triple sec. Add three muddled pineapple chunks. 
Shake vigorously. Rub the lip of the glass with a mix of a pinch of chilli
powder and sugar, strain the mixture into a glass over ice and add a rosemary
sprig to garnish.

Skinny Margarita

A skinny
margarita does not include triple sec that is in a traditional margarita. Take
the juice from half a lime, a dash of orange juice and a tablespoon of sugar
and shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Strain over ice and garnish with a slice of
lime. For added flavour add frozen chunks of pineapple, fresh jalapeno, basil
or mint to the cocktail shaker.

Whiskey sour

In a
shaker, over ice, add the following: 50ml bourbon, 35ml lemon juice, 12ml of
sugar syrup and two dashes of Angostura bitters with ice and half a fresh egg
white. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled tumbler. Squeeze the
lemon zest with the shiny side down over the drink so the scented oils spray
across the surface. Discard the zest and garnish with a slice of orange.

New York Sour

A New York sour has whiskey, red wine, orange bitters and
lemon juice that will taste just like a drink in a Manhattan cocktail bar. Pour
50ml of rye whiskey, 25ml lemon juice, 2 tsp of maple syrup and a dash of orange
bitters into a cocktail shaker. Add a generous handful of ice and shake again
before straining into an ice-filled glass. Finally, pour the red wine slowly on
top and wait it to rise to just under the frothy egg white for an impressive
look.

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