The Minnesota Poodle claims to be a riff on the Colorado Bulldog and we think it's just lovely. To smoke cotton candy, use sassafras smoking pellets and fill your infusion vessel with smoke for several seconds, allowing the cotton candy to absorb the flavor.
MINNESOTA POODLE In your drinking glass, add 2 ounces Balcones Baby Blue .75 ounce Kahlua fill nearly to the top with root beer splash about .5 ounces cream Garnish with sassafras smoked cotton candy
Some people can be so egocentric about their old fashioned cocktails!! (I'm talking to you Texas.) If you stroll into a bar in Minnesota and ask for one, you'll probably get something just like this! In Texas, you'll get minimal fruit, only a smidge of sugar, and bourbon on one single big ice cube. And I always say - the best drink is the one my guest enjoys! So, drink your old fashioned the way you enjoy it!
NORTHERNER'S OLD FASHIONED Build in glass: place 1 sugar cube douse with 4-5 dashes Angostura add orange wedge and cherry muddle like you mean it! add 2 ounces Balcones Pot Still fill the glass with ice splash seltzer and lemon lime soda
PEACH BLOSSOM 2 ounces Van Gogh peach vodka 1.5 ounces coconut water 3 dashes orange flower water 1-2 kumquats, sliced Shake all ingredients. Top with soda water (I like LaCroix Beach Plum) Garnish with more kumquat slices and bursting boba pearls.
The "messy" dump of this cocktail lets all the yummy bits of fresh produce work their way into your drink. The flavors get more intense the longer the drink sits. And, bonus, you can eat your veggies after your done. So healthy, it's practically a salad!
Skinny Spicy 2 ounces tequila 1 ounce fresh lime juice .75 ounce agave syrup (1:1) "handful" ~quarter cup of finely chopped cucumber, green apple, red pepper 2-3 droppers Thai chili tincture
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Shake vigorously for a little longer than you normally would. Dump the entire contents into a chili salt rimmed glass.
To garnish, diagonally slice a cucumber and dip it in chili salt.
A cute little glass like this can be all the difference between a serious margarita and a whimsical cocktail party. Buying and selling vintage glassware is one of my favorite past-times.
Strawberry Margarita 2 ounces Milagro tequila 1 ounce lime juice .5 ounce agave syrup (1;) .5 ounce Cointreau Muddle 2-3 strawberries in a shaker tin, then add all ingredients. Shake. Fine strain into your desired glass. Garnish with strawberry slices.
Hard Seltzer, as a cocktail? Yes! More and more bars are getting into this trend and I was tickled pink when I got asked to make a few recipes for these new flavors. Ask for this one in your local bar.
Mango Firing Squad 1.5 ounces reposado tequila Mango Picosito Canijilla Tabasco Pour tequila and Canijilla over ice in a short rocks glass. Top with several dashes of hot sauce. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve with remainder of can on the side.
We definitely enjoyed poking fun at New York, buy riffing the classic New York Sour and calling it a Fault Line Sour. And of course, on game 1, we "smoked" big red apples. All in good fun, of course!
Fault Line Sour 1.5 ounces Balcones Pot Still .75 ounces lemon juice .75 ounces simple syrup Shake. Pour into glass. Using a jigger, gently top with .5 ounces red wine.
to riff: egg white - without ice, in shaker tin, add first 3 ingredients plus egg white; shake vigorously. Then add ice and shake again. Pour into a glass and top with .5 ounces of red wine. bell pepper - overnight, infuse 2-3 quartered bell peppers with a mixture of 2 parts whisky, 1 part lemon juice, and 1 part simple syrup. After infusion is complete, shake 3 ounces with about 10-15 pieces of diced bell pepper and dump entire contents into glass. Garnish with sliced baby bell peppers.
Baby Blue Sundays are fun inspiration to incorporate Balcones Baby Blue while the rangers rock their Baby Blues. And this sangria turned out to be a huge hit!
BB Sangria In 3 liter vessel - 12 ounces of blueberries - muddled 3 oranges - crushed 1 grapefruit - crushed 1 apple - quartered 5.5 ounces white grapefruit juice 5.5 ounces lemon juice 5.5 ounces orange liqueur 11 ounces Balcones Baby Blue 1 bottle white wine (we used a crisp chardonnay, but any white will do) ** Allow to marry overnight (12 or more hours) Fine strain if desired (we preferred the pulp of the blueberries and citrus). Top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with orange wheel & blueberries.
Notorious for their trash can cheating allegations, it was only natural that we garnished our cocktail with a cheeky trash inspired citrus medley! Sustainability and good old fashioned "trash" talking in one cocktail! Now that's what I call a home run!
Orange Crush 1.5 ounces Balcones Pot Still .5 orange liqueur .5 heavy cream Shake vigorously! Top with orange soda. Garnish trash tiki citrus zest medley.
Pineapple Julep 2 ounces Balcones Pot Still .25 ounce lemon juice .25 ounce brown sugar turbinado 2 ounces pineapple juice Shake vigorously. Pour over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and powdered sugar.
Although this recipe calls for only .75 ounces of whiskey, you can easily make this with up to 1.5 ounces and still have a delicious and balanced drink. And head over to the blog to see why we don't "spank" our mint.
Home Run Rush .75 ounce Balcones Baby Blue Whiskey .75 ounce lemon juice .75 ounce honey syrup (1:2 ratio) Shake. Strain. Top with 1.5 ounces of ginger ale. Garnish with "expressed" mint or sage and finish with a single spritz atomized of Art in the Age Snap.
If you're a classically trained mixologist, you're not going to like this next part so close your ears! After pouring this riff on The Jasmine over ice, top it with grapefruit White Claw. Don't forget to put your sunglasses to hide from all the glaring looks you're about to receive.
El Jazmin 1.5 ounces Patron Silver .25 ounce Campari .75 ounce Cointreau .25 ounce fresh lemon juice Shake. Strain. (Shown here over fresh ice although the classic rendition is served up in a coupe.) Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Health nuts can rest easy while sipping on this beautiful concoction. Ingredients promote healthy skin and hair, inspire mental connectivity, and reduce stress.
Sunset Cafe 2 ounces Van Gogh Espresso Vodka 1 ounce hibiscus tea 2 ounces Milkadamia (nut milk) 1/2 teaspoon butterfly pea flower powder 1 dash of rosewater 1 dash of lavender bitters Shake. Strain into a coupe. Garnish by swirling a toothpick or the tip of a barspoon to create cocktail art with the foam.
Vanilla tincture plays on the sweetness of the honey while helping to open up the aromas of dehydrated lemon, giving the consumer a taste (through smell) before their first taste.
Balcones Gold Rush 1.5 ounces Balcones Baby Blue .5 ounce lemon juice .75 ounce honey simple (1:1) Shake. Strain into coupe. Garnish with lemon wheel & a single drop of vanilla tincture placed atop the wheel.
For an extra fun look to this cocktail, try rimming your flute with gold sugar before assembling it.
Champagne Cocktail you'll need 1 sugar cube, bitters, chilled cognac, and champagne... In your flute, place one sugar cube and drench it with Angostura bitters. Add 1 ounce chilled Cognac (this may be kept in a cold place like a cooler, or chilled per cocktail). Top with champagne.
Most people believe an old fashioned is a bourbon drink, however the most rudimentary definition states it must contain spirit, bitters, and sugar. That adds up to A LOT of possibilities!
Classic Old Fashioned 2 ounces bourbon or rye .25 ounces simple syrup (1:1) 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters 1-2 dashes Regan's orange bitters Stir. Strain over large format ice. Express oils from lemon across the top of the cocktail, making sure to rub oils around the rim and down the entire glass.
Sage, shown here, helps to bring out the botanical elements of the Chareau while allowing the consumer to enjoy the rich mouthfeel of Absolut Elyx by not adding complexity to the liquid.
The Chareau-Off 1.5 ounces Absolut Elyx .25 ounce Chareau Aloe Liqueur 2 ounces Topo Chico Mineral Water 2 ounces Prosecco Add ingredients to mixing glass filled with ice. Turn ice 2-4 revolutions. Strain chilled ingredients into coupe. Using a long handled barspoon, pour 2 ounces of prosecco into the cocktail. Garnish with any fresh herb or dehydrated citrus wheel.