Tag Archives: Liqueur

Pineapple Julep

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

0.5 oz Bols Genever
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
0.5 oz Fresh Orange Juice, strained
0.5 oz Raspberry Syrup (or Grenadine)
1 tsp Pineapple Juice, strained
Something sweet and sparkling

Add all ingredients, save the sparkling, to a mixing glass and stir to combine
Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, then pour the mixed drink over the ice
Top with a sweet sparkling wine
Garnish with pineapple, berries, and (if desired) mint

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“Really?  Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and Mother’s Day – in four days.  Come on, Calendar Dudes…”  David made this offhand Facebook comment the other day when considering the “pressure” we were under to come up with cocktails for the ensuing holidays.  Our friend Sue responded quite succinctly – “That’s a lot of hats to buy.”  It was a comment which, in turn, made us think – that’s a great subject for today’s post.  After all, Cinco de Mayo demands a sombrero.  Women hire milliners to design one-of-a-kind toppers for their Derby debut, and men have sported Panama hats at Churchill Downs since the beginning.  As for Mother’s Day, well, it may be a bit of a stretch but, like Easter, it’s usually a brunch affair and that means, you guessed it – a hat.

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Royal Romance

1.5 oz Leopold’s Gin (or English Gin, if you want to be proper about it)
0.75 oz Orange Liqueur
0.75 oz Passion Fruit Juice
Dash Grenadine

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into a coupe

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If there’s one thing our cousins across the Atlantic love, it’s a good royal wedding.  With Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton upon us, we thought it only appropriate that we succumb to the pressures of our Anglo amigos and offer up a proper royal cocktail (and, since we have enlisted Britannia to crown our drinks selection these days, we also felt it high time that we gave something back).  Unlike most of the “Kate’s Old New Borrowed Blue Cocktail” affairs out there, we knew we had to provide something with a real royal pedigree.  So, without further ado, we give you the Royal Romance, which claimed the top prize at the 1934 British Empire Cocktail Competition.

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Satan’s Whiskers


1 oz Leopold’s Gin
0.5 oz Dry Vermouth
0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur (see below)
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
Dash of Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
Shake with large ice and strain.
Garnish with an orange peel.

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The Fred Collins Fiz

From Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails

2 oz Rittenhouse Rye
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tsp Orange Liqueur
6 oz Lemonade

Add the rye, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a mixing glass.  Shake.
Strain into a large glass half filled with crushed or shaved ice.
Add the Orange Liqueur.
Pour the Lemonade in a collins glass, then pour in the contents of the large glass.

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The Opal

1.5 oz Leopold’s Gin
1 oz Orange Juice
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
0.25 tsp Sugar
Small Dash Orange Flower Water

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
Shake with crushed ice and strain into a coupe.
Garnish with an Orange of some sort.

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