Tequila Go-To

Spirit:  1.5 oz tequila (Cazadores Blanco)

Sweetener:  .75 elderflower liquer (St-Germain), 3 oz ginger beer

Bitter/Acid:  .75 oz fresh lime juice

Bonus Tip:  Adding fresh produce like cucumber slices and fresh mint to the shaker boosts flavor

Preparation:  Add tequila, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, cucumber slices, and mint leaves to a shaker.  Add ice, shake briefly, and dump into a collins glass.  Top up with ginger beer.

Garnish:  Angostura bitters

This recipe was listed in the November 2011 Esquire and was attributed to Dushan Zaric, co-owner of Employees Only in New York City.

Blood & Sand

Spirit:  .75 oz Blended Scotch Whisky (Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended), .25 oz Single Malt Scotch (Ardberg Ten Years Old)

Sweetener:  1 oz cherry liquer (Heering), 1 oz sweet vermouth (Antica Formula Carpano)

Bitter/Acid:  1 oz fresh orange juice

Preparation:  Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass

This recipe was listed in the November 2011 Esquire and was attributed to Dushan Zaric, co-owner of Employees Only in New York City.