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Cocktails & Mocktails

Casa Noble Margarita

Items Needed:
  • 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime juice (or the juice of one whole lime)
  • ¾ oz Agave Nectar
  • Garnish - Lime wheel and optional kosher salt rim
  • Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, strain, serve “up” or “on the rocks”. Garnish with lime wheel. To salt rim – moisten rim of glass with lime, gently roll in a plate of kosher salt.

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    Casa Noble Paloma

    Items Needed:
    • 2 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
    • Fresh Grapefruit juice
    • ½ oz Fresh Lime juice
    • Splash of Fizz
    • 2 drops Tabasco sauce
    • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pinch celery salt

    Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, strain, serve “up” or “on the rocks”. Garnish with lime wheel. To salt rim – moisten rim of glass with lime, gently roll in a plate of kosher salt.

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    Blanco Mojito

    Items Needed:
    • 1 oz chilled Don Julio Blanco
    • 2 oz lime pulp
    • 6 mint leave
    • 1 tsp. extra fine sugar
    • 5 ice cubes
    • ½ oz seltzer water
    • 1 oz Fresh lemon-lime soda

    Mix Tequila Don Julio Blanco, lime pulp, mint leaves, sugar and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour contents from shaker into an old-fashioned glass. Finish with a dash of seltzer and lemon-lime soda

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    Watermelon Margarita

    Items Needed:
    • 1 ½ oz Don Julio Blanco
    • ½ oz fresh lime juice
    • ½ oz agave syrup
    • 5 diced-sized watermelon cubes
    • watermelon slice

    Muddle watermelon with agave syrup, add rest of ingredients and shake well. Double strain into a frozen Martini glass. Garnish with a watermelon slice.
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    The Paloma

    Items Needed:
    • 1 ½ oz Milagro Silver Tequila
    • 2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
    • 2 oz lemonade

    Pour over cubed ice into a highball glass

    Squeeze and garnish with an orange wedge

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    Bloody Mary

    Items Needed:
    • 1 part Rain Vodka
    • 3 parts tomato juice
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 7 drops Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 drops Tabasco sauce
    • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pinch celery salt

    Shake and serve over ice in a highball glass

    Garnish with a celery stick or lemon

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    Chocolate Chip Martini

    This simple Chocolate Chip Martini recipe is nothing but spectacular. The vanilla vodka complements the Dutch chocolate flavor and showcases a creamy milk chocolate flavor.

    Items Needed:
    • Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
    • Absolut Vanilla Vodka
    • Garnish of a skewer of chocolate covered raisins (optional)
    • 1 chilled martini glass
    • 1 martini shaker
    • Ice

    Add 2 parts Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka and 1 part Absolut Vanilla Vodka to martini shaker, add ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

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    Raspberry Truffle

    A decadent recipe with beer. Bittersweet chocolate is complemented by rich raspberry and hints of sweet and sour.

    Items Needed:
    • 1 bottle 16.9 oz Lindemans Lambic Raspberry
    • 1 bottle 750 ml Young's Double Chocolate Stout
    • 1 pint glass

    Fill pint glass with ½ Lindemans Lambic Raspberry, then float the Young's Double Chocolate Stout over the Lindemans.

    The glass will have the bright red Lambic on the bottom of the glass with the dark chocolate-colored stout on top. When you drink it, the tastes will intermingle to create the richness and flavor of a raspberry truffle.

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    The St-Germain Cocktail

    Items Needed:
    • 2 shots champagne
    • 1 ½ shots St-Germain
    • 2 shots club soda

    Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled collins glass, mixing completely.

    Garnish with a lemon twist.

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    Items Needed:
    • ½ part fresh lime juice
    • ½ part silver tequila
    • 1 ½ part Domaine de Canton Liqueur

    Add a splash of orange juice.

    Serve in a rocks glass filled with ice or blended with ice in a margarita glass.

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    Green Slime Punch

    Perfect for Halloween, this tasty punch will certainly get the ghouls howling at the moon!

    Items Needed:
    • ½ gal. lime sherbet
    • 2 bottles (750 ml. each) sparkling wine, chilled
    • 1 cup lemon-flavored vodka
    • 1 cup green Crème de Menthe liqueur
    • Dry ice, as needed (use large chunks so it won't be swallowed accidentally)

    Place the half-gallon block of lime sherbet in a large punch bowl and cut into quarters; as it melts, it will form a foamy "slime" on top. Pour in the sparkling wine, vodka and Crème de Menthe; stir to blend. Using tongs (do not handle the dry ice with hands), add the dry ice chunks as needed to create vapors exuding from the punch. Makes 1 gallon.

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    Tropical Sangria (8 Servings)

    Items Needed:
    • 1 large lemon, cut in half, one half cut into very thin slices
    • 1 large orange, cut in half, one half cut in very thin slices
    • 1 small mango, seeded, peeled, quartered and cut into very thin slices
    • The peel and juice of the remaining lemon and orange halves
    • ¼ cup sugar (add more if desired)
    • 1 750-ml. bottle white wine, chilled
    • ¼ cup sweetened passion fruit concentrate (Caribik Sun brand or comparable)
    • 1 cup rum
    • 1 pint club soda, chilled
    • Ice cubes (optional)

    Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a large pitcher and stir until well mixed. Adjust sweetness with additional sugar if desired.

    Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Just before serving, pour in the chilled club soda and serve straight up or on the rocks.

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    Mojito Cocktail

    The refreshing Cuban Mojito offers a Caribbean twist to Kentucky's Mint Julep. This is my own version of the traditional cocktail using fresh coconut water and Rose's sweetened lime juice.

    Items Needed:
    • 4 fresh mint leaves
    • 1 tsp. sugar
    • 1 oz. fresh coconut water (or canned unsweetened coconut milk thinned equally with water)
    • ½ oz. (1 Tbsp.) Rose's sweetened lime juice
    • 1 ½ oz. light rum
    • Crushed ice
    • Club soda to taste
    • Lime wedge and sugarcane stick for garnish

    Mull the mint leaves and sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a spoon. Add the coconut water, Rose's lime juice and rum and shake vigorously. Fill a tall rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the cocktail over the ice. Add the club soda to taste and stir with the sugarcane stick; garnish with lime wedge.

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    Caipirinha (Makes 2 cocktails)

    Items Needed:
    • 1 large lime, cut into cubes (with the peel)
    • 1 Tbsp. sugar
    • 2 jiggers (3 oz.) Brazilian Cachaça cane spirits (Pitú brand or comparable aguardiente)

    Divide the lime cubes and sugar evenly into two "old-fashioned" glasses. Mull the lime cubes with the sugar with a wooden pestle, fill the glasses with cracked ice and pour a jigger of Cachaça in each.

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Mint Julep
An American Tradition

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