Cocktail Recipes for Bartender Appreciation Day
Its bartender appreciation day! Wahoo!
I was a bartender once. Actually, that’s a lie. I was a cocktail waitress. In New York City. At a comedy/cabaret space. It sounds way more glamorous than it actually was. Mostly I just finished work at 4am, slightly drunk and was able to carry 10 drinks on a tray with one hand.
But I did learn to make a couple of cocktails while I worked there. So, because its bartender appreciation day, and everyone likes to be appreciated, here are a couple of cocktail recipes you can make basically anywhere!
A couple of notes – I’ve written this in parts versus exact measurements, so that you can make them for one or 5 or even more people. Parts just implies you use the same measurement for all of the ingredients e.g.: 3 parts tequila to 2 parts triple sec could mean 300ml of tequila to 200ml of triple sec or it could mean 3 TBSP tequila to 2 TBSP triple sec.
It’s also worth having a little simple syrup around. To make it, take 1 part water and 1 part sugar and heat until the sugar dissolves. Viola!
3-2-1 margaritas are the easiest drinks to make! And also one of the most delicious. And you are quite likely to end up doing some stupid dance if you drink too many.
Line the rim of the glass you are using with a wedge of lime and dip the glass in salt.
Fill a shaker with ice. Put 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec and 1 part fresh lime juice into a shaker. Add a small amount of simple syrup – not too much, they are supposed to be tart – just ¼ or ½ parts to the shaker.
Shake to mix. Strain drink into glass. Repeat.
Gin or Vodka, this recipe is sure to work every time. I love martinis. They are my favorite. You can sort of suck them down and then you stand up and fall over. Classy.
Fill a shaker with ice. Pour 1 part white vermouth into the shaker. Shake vigorously and strain the liquid out.
Pour 4 parts good vodka or good gin into the shaker. Shake until it feels very cold on your hand, about 10 seconds.
Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a twist of lemon, or olives.
This is the ultimate Italian cocktail (even more than the ever-popular Aperol spritz). It’s like a fancy person sitting outside in a plaza in the sunshine somewhere glamorous in a drink.
Fill a glass with ice. Pour 1 part gin, 1 part red vermouth and 1 part Campari into the glass. Stir until the liquid is mixed well. Garnish with orange peel, or, if you want to pretend you are in Rome, with a Castelvetrano olive.