Cocktails have a special place in my life. They’ve kept Caleb and I sane in our time apart and also accompanied many Skype dates and made wedding planning and financial conversations more tolerable. And (which I know I am not suppose to start a sentence with, but still am…) my husband is the KING of cocktail making and bar accouterments. He introduced me to the Old Fashioned, the Gin and Tonic, and the Manhattan. Before him, I rarely considered Bourbon and its wonder and was a, wait for it…vodka girl. Gross. Thankfully he came into my world and changed it for the better, in more ways than one!
With recently moving to a new house, we thought it fitting to host a “Stock the Bar” cocktail party as our first event in the space. We also loved the excuse to buy a few cocktail bar essentials that we were stoked to get. This past weekend, Caleb and I hosted our party, along side of our friends Paul and Sandi. It was such an awesome time with some of our nearest and dearest friends. We were given some really wonderful things. Bottles of bourbon, fun bitters, tequila, delicious gin…so awesome! My two personal favourites have to be these local gems we were given:
Pine Flavoured Syrup from Dram Apothecary
We were also gifted some of this amazingness…
Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey
I had to provide links so that you can enjoy these as well! Gearing up for fall and our recent flux of cold weather makes me want apple hot toddies and pine flavoured deliciousness now. We had such a fun turn out of friends at our party! We enjoy going out for cocktails, but it is so much more fun to experiment at home with friends. He served up some of the classics. I will share my two favourite recipes. Granted, no one can make them like Caleb can, but you’re welcome to give it a go :D
2 oz Bourbon (We like Buffalo trace)
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
1 tsp Superfine sugar
The Elegant Earl Grey Cocktail
(We used this recipe and tweaked it a bit: http://www.popsugar.com/food/Earl-Grey-Cocktail-Recipe-33287516)
For Earl Grey simple syrup:
1/2 cup water
1 Earl Grey tea bag
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 ounces London dry gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce Earl Grey tea simple syrup
Orange peel, for garnish
To make Earl Grey simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil over high heat. Cover with a lid to prevent evaporation. Once water reaches a boil, turn off heat and add tea bag. Steep for 4 minutes. Add sugar, and turn on heat once again. Stir occasionally, and cook until sugar melts completely. Remove from heat, and set to cool. Once cool, remove tea bag.
To make cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and Earl Grey syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
The fun is always making it yours ;) As we experiment more, I will keep you posted (literally!). Here are some photos from our fun night. Sorry for you who follow along on Instagram!! This will be redundant.