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Cocktails to start the new year.



2017 is coming to an end and I am starting to prep for my new year's eve party. I love cocktails and want to share some of my faves with you today.


A really fun way to have some drinks is by mixing cocktails. I found this amazing shop called Barstuff.de, who will provide you with literally anything you may need behind a bar. Here are 3 drinks, that i personally really enjoy. (Of course these should be consumed in moderation and can totally be made alcohol free as well) 








CHRISTMAS ORANGE DELIGHT

What you need:

For the syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
3 cinnamon sticks

For the actual cocktail:
4 teaspoons of your homemade syrup
3 dashes angostura bitters
2 ounces bourbon
1 orange peel

What to do:
Start with making the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has dissolved into water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove the cinnamon sticks and transfer to an airtight container.
When ready to make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the cinnamon simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to an your glass of choice. (I am using Pasabahce Timeless glasses) Swirl syrup and bitters around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, orange peel, and stir. Store extra simple syrup in airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!








SPARKLING CUCUMBER MINT GIN 

What you need:

For the syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
a handful of torn mint leaves

For the actual cocktail:
1 oz lime juice
2 oz gin
1 oz homemade syrup
4 oz sparkling water
thinly sliced cucumber
sliced limes

What to do:
To make the syrup, bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and a handful of torn mint leaves to a boil. Remove from heat, cover pot, and allow mint to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mint and store mint syrup in the fridge until ready to use.
In a serving glass, combine lime juice, gin, mint syrup and sparkling water. Garnish with sliced cucumber and sliced lime. Top glass with ice. Add additional mint syrup, according to taste if desired. Serve immediately.









ROSEMARY GRAPEFRUIT BLISS


What you need:

For the syrup:
two medium sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

For the actual cocktail:
2 oz vodka (gin would work too)
1 oz elderflower liquor (recommended: St. Germain)
1-2 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, strained
¼ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ oz rosemary simple syrup

What to do:
For the rosemary syrup, add two medium sprigs of fresh rosemary along with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to simmer and stir until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and allow it to steep for 30 minutes until it cools. Remove rosemary and store in an airtight jar in refrigerator.
In a mixing glass three-quarters filled with ice, combine all liquid ingredients. Stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a small slice of grapefruit or rosemary sprig.

(A big thanks to Barstuff for sending me their products for free to try out)






I can't wait to hear about your fave cocktails and if you tried any of my recipes. When just starting out in the cocktail-making-world, I would recommend a cocktail set to start of with. I contains all you need to create any of the drinks above and will make it super easy for you to feel comfortable behind the bar. A big thank you to Barstuff at this point for setting me up with the beautiful glasses and cocktail-set free of charge.




Namaste,
Hannah

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