Ladies Night – Cocktails for Everyone!

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Earlier, we brought you, “Drink Like a Man - 15 Drinks Every Self Respecting Male HAS to know“. and before that, “22 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know“, so now let’s turn our attention to the ladies.

When you think of girls night out, it’s easy to have thoughts of cosmo’s & appletini’s. Sure they are nice cocktails, but women want more and they don’t want to be pigeonholed into what could be an episode of “Sex and the City”.

I guess what I am saying is that Woman Want Whiskey!

Back in the 1990s, only about 15 percent of whiskey drinkers were female. Now, according to Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women, women represent 37 percent of whiskey imbibers in the U.S.

That’s not to say that classy classic cocktails are dead, they are just changing.

In this article you will find 20 Recipes for Whiskey and Bourbon mixed drinks, along with the classics that we know will please your whole group. It’s what we are calling,,,

Cocktails For Everyone!”

Lets get started.

 

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Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned
Mint Julep
Whiskey Sours
The Presbyterian
The Big Apple
Sparkling Red-Wine Cocktails
Cherry-Orange Bourbon
Fall Cocktail
Stone Sour
Maiden’s Blush
Lemon Gingerini
Singapore Sling (2)
Master P
Flirtini
Piña Colada
Sangria
Lemon Daiquiri
Kir
Appletini

 

 

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Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned

 

Bursting with sweet syrup, sour cherries impart a vivid fruit flavor to this retro-style cocktail. Curls of lemon zest add a bit of zing to the whiskey’s hints of rich oak.

 

Ingredients

24 frozen sour cherries
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup whiskey
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)

 

Preparation

Place cherries in a heatproof bowl.

Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar.

Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries.

Let cool completely.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain cherries, reserving syrup.

Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers.

Make 3 drinks at a time:

Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey,

3 tablespoons kirsch,

and 4 1/2 teaspoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice.

Shake and pour into chilled glasses.

Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest.

Repeat for the second batch.

 

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Mint-Julep

One of the oldest American cocktails, the mint julep originated in Virginia and was popularized in Kentucky. The two states have bickered over the proper way to prepare one for the past 200 years. No matter: It soon became the signature cocktail of the American South.

 

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon water
8 fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 cup crushed ice
2 2/3 ounces (1/3 cup) bourbon

 

Preparation

Stir together sugar and water in a mint julep cup (or 8-ounce glass) until sugar dissolves.

Add mint, and muddle gently using a muddler or a wooden spoon.

Fill with crushed ice, and add bourbon.

Stir until outside of cup is frosted.

Garnish with mint sprigs.

 

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Whiskey Sours

 

Ingredients

4 cups orange juice (from 8 oranges)
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from 8 lemons)
1 cup triple sec
2 1/2 cups whiskey
Ice (for serving)
Orange slices (for serving)
Maraschino cherry (for serving)

 

Preparation

In a pitcher, combine orange juice, lemon juice, triple sec, and whiskey. Serve over ice, topped with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

 

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The Presbyterian

 

Ingredients

2 ounces whiskey or Bourbon
2 ounces club soda
2 ounces ginger ale
2 dashes Angostura bitters

 

Preparation

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add whiskey, club soda, ginger ale, and bitters. Stir and serve.

 

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The Big Apple

 

Ingredients

1 lady apple, cut in half lengthwise, or 2 slices of a larger apple
3 ounces whiskey
1 ounce dry vermouth
2 dashes bitters
1 cup sparkling apple cider

 

Preparation

Fill a large cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add apple cider, whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Shake. Strain into two glasses. Garnish each with an apple half or slice.

 

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Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 1/2 cups Lambrusco or other sparkling red wine
24 ounces sparkling orange beverage, such as Orangina
4 ounces Bourbon or other American whiskey
Orange wedge and slices
Ice

 

Preparation

Mix together sugar and cinnamon and spread on a small plate. In a large pitcher, combine red wine, orange beverage, and Bourbon. Rub an orange wedge around rims of eight rocks glasses, then dip glasses in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Fill with ice, add cocktail mixture, and serve with orange slices.

 

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Cherry Orange Bourbon

 

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen sour cherries
1 strip orange zest
500 ml Bourbon

 

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a clean one-liter jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator and shake daily for 4 days until infused, then strain and discard solids.

 

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Fall Cocktail

 

Ingredients

2 parts ginger ale, 2 parts fresh cider, 1 part bourbon.

 

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Stone Sour

 

Ingredients

1 oz Apricot Brandy
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Sweet and Sour
Method: Prepare in a shaker
Glass: Old-Fashioned

Preparation

Pour the ingredients in a shaker half-filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a whisky sour glass (old-fashioned glass).

 

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Maiden’s Blush

 

Ingredients

2 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Triple Sec
1⁄2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Grenadine

 

Preparation

Prepare in a shaker
Shake all ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice.
Pour into a cocktail glass.

 

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Lemon Gingerini

 

If you are afraid to drink gin, this drink will change your mind. The Lemon Gingerini incorporates ginger syrup (very easy to make at home, or substitute with fresh ginger), gin, and lemon to produce a slightly herbal and incredibly refreshing drink.

 

Ingredients

2 1⁄2 oz Hendricks Gin
3⁄4 oz Lemon Juice
1⁄2 oz Ginger Syrup

 

Preparation

Before you begin – DO NOT put ginger ale in this drink. You need to either make ginger syrup, which is simple syrup (2 parts sugar dissolved into 1 part water) with a few chunks of ginger placed in it – use enough ginger to give a strong ginger flavor. Or just grate about a 3/4 inch chunk of ginger and squeeze the juice from that into the drink with about a tablespoon of sugar. I hope this doesn’t prevent anyone from trying this drink, because it is very good!
Once you have everything: Add 0.5 oz of ginger syrup (or whatever you decided on), 0.75 oz of lemon juice, and 2.5-3 oz of gin (I prefer Hendricks) to a large glass.
Add 4-6 ice cubes and stir until cold.

Serve in martini glass.

Garnish with candied ginger and lemon peel.

Make sure to squeeze lemon peel over glass before serving – this releases oils that make the drink taste better.
If you don’t believe me compare two drinks, one with and the other without lemon oil squeezed on top.

 

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Singapore Sling

 

The Singapore Sling was created at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the 1910′s.

 

Ingredients
1 oz Gin
1⁄2 oz Benedictine
1⁄2 oz Cherry Brandy
1⁄2 oz Cointreau
1 dash Angostura Bitters
5 oz Pineapple Juice
1 dash Lime Juice
1⁄2 oz Grenadine

 

Preparation

Prepare in a shaker

Put all the ingredients into a shaker with ice.

Shake until a frost forms on the outside.

Strain over ice into a tall glass.

 

Easy Version
Ingredients

2 oz Gin
1 oz Cherry Liqueur
1⁄2 oz Lime Juice
1⁄4 oz Grenadine
3 oz 7UP
1 Maraschino Cherry

 

Preparation

Prepare in the glass
Fill a tall glass with several ice cubes
Squeeze half a lime over them
Add Gin, Cherry liqueur and Grenadine.
Stir with a spoon
Top with 7UP (or Sprite, or Club Soda)
Serve with a straw

 

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Master P

 

Ingredients
1 1⁄3 oz Captain Morgan
4 oz Orange Juice
3 oz Cranberry Juice

 

Preparation
Prepare in the glass
Put some ice cubes in a highball glass.
Pour in the Captain Morgan original.*
Add the fresh orange juice.
Add the cranberry juice. **
Mix
Enjoy!
* Captain Morgan’s rum is important to have the proper vanilla aftertaste. Dark Captain Morgan is too rough for this sweet drink.
** Try not using Cranberry cocktails, the drink will feel bland. Cranberry juice (can be made from concentrate) will bring that punchy sour taste that is characteristic to this drink.

 

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Flirtini

 

As seen in HBO’s Sex in the City. Great for any special occasions and for a romantic evening.

Ingredients
3 oz Champagne
1⁄2 oz Vodka
1⁄2 oz Orange Liqueur
1 oz Pineapple Juice

 

Preparation

Mix all ingredients over ice.

 

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Pain Killer

 

Ingredients
2 oz Pusser’s Rum
4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream
1 pinch Nutmeg

 

Preparation

Prepare in the glass
Pour the rum and coconut cream in a highball glass with ice.
It may be made with either two, three or four ounces of Pusser’s dark rum.
Add the pineapple juice and a good splash of orange juice.
Shake well.
Sprinkle generously with nutmeg.

 

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Piña Colada

 

The official beverage of Puerto Rico. The Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico claims that their bartender, Ramon “Monchito” Marrero created the piña colada on August 15, 1954 after spending 3 months perfecting the recipe.

 

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 oz Dark Rum
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream

 

Preparation
Prepare in a blender
Crush 4 ice cubes in a blender.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Serve with a straw and a pineapple wedge as decoration

 

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Sangria

Sangria (means Bloody in both Spanish and Portuguese) is a popular drink among tourists at bars, pubs and restaurants in Southern Spain.

Over the years, multiple variations of the recipe became increasingly popular in France, Mexico and South America.

 

Ingredients

26 oz Red Wine
3 oz Port Wine
3 oz Brandy
3 oz Orange Liqueur
4 tbsps Sugar
1 Lemon
1 Orange

 

Preparation

Prepare in a bowl
Pour a bottle of red wine (Spanish wine is even better – just don’t use an expensive bottle) in a pitcher.
The pitcher needs to be large enough to contain all the ingredients. A 32 oz (1L) container will be fine.
Add the Port, the Brandy and the Orange liqueur (Triple Sec is fine).
Add the sugar.
Slice half the orange and half the lemon and add them in the mix.
Juice the other halves and add in the mix.
Add any fruits readily available in the mix – chunks of strawberries, nectarines, apples, melons, etc. are good choices.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Let the mix rest in the fridge for about 24 hours for better results.
Serve in wine glasses, saucers or tulip glasses with ice cubes.

 

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Lemon Daiquiri

 

Ingredients
2 oz Rum
1 oz Triple Sec
1 1⁄2 oz Lemon Juice
1⁄2 oz Simple Syrup

 

Preparation

Prepare in a shaker

Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker for a few seconds.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

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Kir

 

Ingredients
3 oz White Wine
3⁄4 oz Creme de Cassis

 

Preparation

Prepare in the glass
Pour the cassis into a Champagne flute.
Top with white wine (the original is done with Bourgogne Aligoté)

Variations

Kir Royal – A variant of the original Kir with Champagne
Kir Imperial – A variant of the Kir Royale, done with a raspberry liqueur instead of cassis.

 

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Appletini

 

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 oz Vodka
1⁄2 oz Orange Liqueur
1⁄2 oz Apple Schnapps

Preparation

Prepare in a shaker
Pour the ingredients in a shaker half-filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
Decorate with an apple slice.

 

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