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Drinks

Below are a list of drinks that show up in my stories. Feel free to try them and let me know what you think. Some I've created and other's I've found. Let me know what you think. I'd love to know. ainsely@ainsleystclaire.com

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Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish

1 c. Water

1 c. sugar

1 bottle of champagne

4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin

1 c. ice

Instructions

In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color.

Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool. This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.

Prepare your champagne glasses.

Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.

Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup.

Fill the rest of the glass with champagne.

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Sage Honey Bourbon Cocktail

Sage Honey Syrup

1 cup water

1/2 cup honey

10-12 fresh sage leaves

Cocktail

2 ounces bourbon

1 orange peel

1 fresh sage leaves

3 tbsp honey sage syrup

Instructions

1. Bring the water, honey, and sage to a boil in a pot over medium high heat. Reduce to low and simmer 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let syrup cool. It will thicken once cooled.

2. Fill your Old Fashioned Glasses with ice. Pour bourbon and cooled syrup over ice. Twist your orange peel directly over glass until you see the oils release. Place in glass with bourbon and garnish with a fresh sage leaf.

3. You can adjust the sweetness of this drink with additional sage honey syrup.

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Watermelon Mint Limeade

Watermelon Mint Limeade


8 cups chopped seedless watermelon

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

mint syrup

mint leaves

1/2 cup vodka (optional)


Mix 1 cup each of water and sugar in a container; shake until combined. Add mint and steep for 24 hours. Purée watermelon in blender with vodka and lime juice until smooth; add mint syrup to taste. Transfer into a pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

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Love Potion

Ingredients

FOR THE BLACKBERRY SYRUP

1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

FOR THE COCKTAIL

1 bottle of prosecco or champagne

FOR THE GARNISH

4 sprigs of thyme

Instructions

1. In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, water and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain blackberries and let syrup cool.

2. Add 2 tbsp. of syrup to the bottom of each glass. Top with champagne and add in a sprig of thyme and 2 blackberries!

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Pomegranate and Rosemary Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients


one bottle Champagne

1 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)

1 small bottle pomegranate juice

6 rosemary springs


Instructions


Fill each glass halfway with Champagne. Add a touch of pomegranate juice to each glass until desired color is achieved. With a spoon, gently drop in pomegranate arils. Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary.

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The Penicillin

2oz (60ml) blended Scotch whisky

3/4oz (22.5ml) fresh lemon juice

3/8oz (11ml) ginger syrup (recipe below)

3/8oz (11ml) honey syrup (recipe below)

Splash of Scotch whisky

Candied ginger

Add blended Scotch, lemon juice, and both syrups to a shaker tin with ice

Shake for 15 seconds

Double strain into a rocks glass with ice

Float the splash of Scotch on top

Garnish with candied ginger

Ginger Syrup

20oz (570g) fresh ginger to yield 1/2 cup (120ml) ginger juice

1/2 cup (100g) superfine sugar

Peel fresh ginger with a spoon or vegetable peeler

Pulse in food processor or blender until a soft pulp

Add ginger into a cheese cloth and squeeze out juice

Combine 1/2 cup of the ginger juice with the sugar

Shake to combine and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month (add a touch of vodka to help with preservation)

Honey Syrup

1 cup (240ml) honey

1/3 cup (80ml) hot water

Combine honey and hot water in a jar

Shake to combine and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month (add a touch of vodka to help with preservation)

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Thanksgiving Cocktail

Whether you are waiting for the turkey to finish or sitting down and enjoying your Thanksgiving Day feast, the fall spin on a gin martini will pair wonderfully with your holiday meal.

The apricot brandy and lemon juice add a subtle blend of fruit flavors to the martini base and prepares your taste buds for the mouthwatering bird you've been cooking all day.

Ingredients

Steps

Ingredients

3/4 ounce gin

3/4 ounce dry vermouth

3/4 ounce apricot brandy

1/4 ounce lemon juice

Garnish: Maraschino cherry

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

Pour the gin, vermouth, brandy, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled old-fashioned or cocktail glass.

Garnish with the cherry.

Serve and enjoy!

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Adult Lemonade

Equal parts:

Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Simple syrup

Vodka

Limoncello

Mix and serve over ice.

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Traditional Moscow Mule

2 oz. / 60 ml. Vodka

8 oz. / 240 ml. ginger beer

.5 oz./ 15 ml. lime juice

Add all ingredients in a mug (preferably copper) or collins glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Garden Mule

4 slices of cucumber

16 blueberries

6 mint leaves

2 oz. / 60 ml. vodka

1 oz. / 30 ml. lime juice

4 oz. / 120 ml. ginger beer

Put the cucumber, 8 blueberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle until crushed and juicy. Add a handful of ice, vodka and lime. Cover shaker and shake for about 15 seconds, until the shaker develops a nice coat of condensation on the outside.

Fill a Moscow Mule mug with ice. Strain the liquid from the shaker into the mug. Top with ginger beer and 4 blueberries. Thread 4 more blueberries and a piece of candied ginger onto a toothpick. Garnish with a sprig of mint and the toothpick of berries and ginger.

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Mexican Mule

2 oz. / 60 ml. Tequila

5 oz. / 90 ml. Lime juice

6 oz. / 120 mil Ginger beer

Fill copper mug or Collins glass with ice.

Add lime juice and tequila, then fill with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with lime wedge.

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Strawberry Mule

1.5 oz / 75 ml. vodka

3 strawberries

0.5 oz / 15 ml. lime juice

5 oz / 150 ml ginger beer

1 cup crushed ice

Muddle strawberries in the bottom of a Moscow Mule mug or other serving glass.

Add vodka and lime juice.

Add crushed ice.

Add ginger beer and stir gently.

Garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve.

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Kentucky Mule Cocktail

2 oz / 60 ml bourbon

4-6 oz / 120-180 ml ginger beer

0.5 oz / 15 ml lime juice

Mint and/or lime wheel for garnish (optional)

Add bourbon and lime juice to a copper mug or Collins glass with ice (crushed or cubed).

Fill with ginger beer, garnish with a lime, and serve.

Optional: We've always liked our bourbon drinks with a bit of mint on the nose, so if you'd like you can also clap a sprig of fresh mint between your hands (to bruise it) and garnish with that as well.