Have you noticed a trend with cocktails of late? They’ve suddenly taken on a whole new mystique with mashing and blending and whisking and stirring and muddling.
And recently I learned that fancy cocktails don’t have to be complicated or difficult. Good news all the way around, but until the other day I had absolutely NO CLUE how to make much of anything in the way of a cocktail. And then I spent some time over at Red Dog Wine & Spirits, my liquor store here in Franklin…great selection of just about anything you could ever want or need…super friendly service (a very big plus for me)…and they now carry a great assortment of gourmet treats. You can literally throw a cocktail party together in one stop at Red Dog!
Truthfully…I’m not a big cocktail-type person, but I think there’s something fun and festive about offering your guests a specialty cocktail dressed up in a pretty glass when they come to your home for the holidays – which in this case, are Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And with the second recipe…you can offer a non-alcoholic version.
These two cocktails are original recipes created by mixologist Mark Morris a.k.a. “Spaz.” (Don’t ask because I don’t know, but he told me that this is how everyone in Franklin knows him!) I only know this…he whipped these two drinks together in no time at all…which means you can too! He’s been here way longer than I have…and he GENEROUSLY shared this link in case you want to ask him any questions. How awesome is that?
It’s like having your own personal mixologist in your kitchen! So if you have questions…click here and ask away!
We made two cocktails. The first is “The Great Pumpkin Martini”…a twist on the traditional Chocolate Martini. (Recipes follow.)
The second one Spaz is calling a “Ginger Collins”…a little twist on “Tom.” This is the one you can make as non-alcoholic with a couple of changes. Basically you omit the bourbon and add extra soda and a a lemon twist. It’s light and refreshing.
- 1 1/2 oz. Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon
- 1/4 - 1/2 oz. Spicy Ginger Shrub Vinegar Barrel - see notes below.
- 3 oz. Lurisia Gazzo Sparkling Lemon Beverage or Sparkling French Lemonade
- Lemon Twist or Candied Ginger
- Add ice to a martini shaker
- Add ingredients except for lemon twist and candied ginger to the shaker.
- Shake well and pour into a martini glass
- Thread lemon and ginger through a toothpick and add to the martini.
- All ingredients are available at Red Dog Wine and Spirits in Franklin, Tennesse.
- You can substitute Sparkling French Lemonade if you can't find the Lurisia.
- Visit the Shrub & Co. website for a store near you. https://shrubandco.com
- If you wanted to get really fancy you can muddle some fresh ginger, mint and sugar cane before mixing the cocktail. This would also be great for a non-alcoholic version.
- 1 oz. 360 Madagascar Vanilla Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Fulton's Pumpkin Pie Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. Pumpkin Spice Kahlua
- Sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon
- Add ice to a martini shaker.
- Pour all ingredients except for the nutmeg or cinnamon into the shaker.
- Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass.
- Add a small sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon and swirl with a spoon.
- If you live in Franklin, TN all ingredients are available at Red Dog Wine & Spirits. Otherwise, please visit these websites to find out where you can purchase in your area.
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