Juliet & Romeo

  • 2 oz Gin
  • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 Sprig of Mint
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 drops Rose Water, for garnish
  • 3 drops Angostura Bitters, for garnish

Garnish:  Mint Leaf

Glass:  Coupe/Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Muddler, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Put cucumber slices and salt in a mixing glass and muddle.  Add a sprig of mint, lime juice, simple syrup and shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a mint leaf and the drops of bitters and rose water.

This is a recipe from Toby Maloney of The Violet Hour in Chicago.

Joey Diesel’s Mid-Summer Manhattan

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Splash Orange Liqueur
  • Splash Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup
  • 4 Fresh Ripe Cherries

Garnish:  Sprig of Mint

Glass:  Old-Fashioned

Tools:  Muddler, Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Muddle 4 fresh ripe cherries with 1 tablespoon of simple syrup in a mixing glass.  Add rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, lemon juice and orange liqueur.  Shake in a cocktail shaker for 10 seconds.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

This is an original recipe by Joe DeOrio of Chicago.