Let’s face it. As time goes on, drinking can get a bit old hat. Unless your chasing new and exciting craft beers, or upping the minimum age requirements of your dark-colored spirits – the inebriation game can get a bit stale.
Many lad-folk shy away from cocktails. Unless ordering something brown over ice – one can be seen as fruity for ordering something fruity.
And that stops now, gents! Let’s take back the cocktail!
Cherry Chocolate Bourbon Soda
This cocktail is described as ‘southern indulgence’. It combines the rich flavors of fresh cherries, bourbon and chocolate to create a cocktail perfect for sipping. And if you’re a crafty one in the kitchen, this recipe involves brewing your own carbonation! (In a pinch? You can sub for store-bought cherry soda) [Recipe]
Cider Rum Punch
This aromatic punch is best shared with friends; it’s perfect for nights spent outdoors, around a crackling bonfire. Combining flavors of thyme, apple cider and a hint of lemon – your guests are sure to be impressed. And you can brag ‘The secret is to make the thyme syrup from scratch’. [Recipe]
Maple Bourbon Cocktail
There comes a time in any man’s life, where they discover their love of maple syrup. For some of us, this is early on. For others, it comes later in life. Snuck inside a donut, flavoring our coffee, a splash of syrup inside a cocktail. What I’m saying is – make this cocktail, friends. Maple syrup is from the gods. [Recipe]
Cinnamon Maple Whisky Sour
Look everyone! Maple again! If I didn’t win you over with my first maple-infused cocktail, you’ll surely be into this one. It combines bourbon and fresh lemon, with a hint of cinnamon. In all seriousness, if this description didn’t include alcohol – I’d be describing a cake your grandma would make. [Recipe]
Ginger Beer + ROOT
So, we’re not entirely sure what ROOT is, but it appears to make a mighty fine cocktail. If you can get your hands on a bottle of this spirit, pair it with a crisp ginger beer and report back! [Recipe]
German Mulled Wine
I’m not a fan of red wine – but given that this cocktail is infused with nutmeg, anise, cloves and cinnamon – I’m pretty sure it will taste nothing like red wine and everything like Christmas. So, enjoy singing O, Tannenbaum! while you whip up a batch of this delicious punch. [Recipe]
If you’re a gin drinker, this Blackberry Bramble is going to be right up your alley. You can muddle away your days enjoying this summer-friendly cocktail. [Recipe]
The Old Cuban is an elegant rum cocktail – that I’m pretty sure made it on this list by name alone. No one cane dare question your cocktail-ittude with a drink so sophisticated. This contemporary classic combines sweet and sour, mint and bitters to deliver a smooth celebration to your tastebuds. [Recipe]