Hosting a cocktail party this season and want to show off your serious cocktail chops? Here’s the article that I promised would follow up my recent “Stocking Your Home Bar For The Holidays”: Five drinks I love right now. And, in case you’re wondering, almost all of the spirits mentioned can be found at our Bank Of Wine & Spirits.
1. The Boothby
This has been one of the best selling drinks at Wingtip since the day we opened the doors at 550 Montgomery, and when I was home last to the great state of Wisconsin, I served it up to all my relatives and they loved it! It was born here in SF over a century ago at the Palace hotel, the same place that brought us Green Goddess dressing (nerd fact!). This drink is equal parts sophistication and celebration. In a mixing glass place 1.5 oz good bourbon (Elijah Craig 12-year is my go to), 1.5 oz Carpano Antica (Don’t be cheap here. Get this and only this.), and a dash of Ango bitters and a dash of orange bitters. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass, top with 1 oz of good California sparkling wine, (I like Roederer Estates for this one), and garnish with a lemon twist.
2. Jack Rose
This is a great NYC classic and one of my all time favorites. We do ours a bit differently here at Wingtip. Instead of using Apple Jack, we use Clear Creek two-year-old apple brandy, distilled from 100% Golden Delicious apples. It makes all the difference in the world. It makes this drink taste like you are walking in an apple orchard on a crisp fall day. In a mixing tin place 2 oz of said apple brandy, .5 oz of Small Hands Food grenadine, and half a squeeze of lime. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Double-strain into a cocktail glass.
3. The Kentucky Two Step
This little ditty harkens back to my days at Jasper’s (May it rest in peace). It is an old fashioned style cocktail designed for the winter months. In a mixing glass, place equal parts (1 oz. each) good bourbon (see Boothby cocktail), good rye (High West double rye works), .5 oz Snap liqueur, and two dashes St Elizabeth all spice dram. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with a large chunk of ice. Garnish with an orange twist. If you have too many of these, you may be doing the two-step shuffle on your walk home.
4. The Irish Goodbye
The boys (Brandon Bigalke and Jayson Wild) at Wingtip came up with this one a few weeks back, and we have been loving it. It is rich. It is mildly spicy. It is bad ass. In a mixing glass, place 1.5 oz Teeling’s Irish Whisky, .5 oz Ancho Reyes, .5 oz Honey Syrup, and .75 oz Lemon. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel.
5. Ants in the Pants
So this one may not be a holiday drink, but we just discovered it, and I love it, and have to share it with the world. It took us a while to nail it down, but once we did, we were stoked. It is bright and refreshing, and who doesn’t want to serve ants in the pants at a party? In a mixing glass, place 1.5 oz Tanqueray 10, .75 oz Ambre vermouth (No substitutions. All other vermouths failed in our attempts to make this classic cocktail.), .5 oz Grand Marnier, and .75 oz of lemon. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel and cherry on a pick.