New Spin on Classic Cocktails

Looking for something new? Try these new spins on classic cocktails to mix up any party or gathering.

Sorel

A New Spin on Classic Cocktails

This is a hibiscus infused liquor that shows complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. Very popular in the Caribbean, Sorel also shows a beautiful hibiscus pink color. Great for mixing with cocktails and adding to recipes. Here are two classic cocktails to blend Sorel with.

The Sorel Manhattan Cocktail

Using a 3 to 1 ratio of whiskey Rye or bourbon to Sorel (substitute for standard sweet vermouth) then add 3 dashes of orange bitters and a mull a cherry. Serve straight up by straining into a martini glass or pour into a rocks glass (dirty ice and all). An impressive cocktail every time.

Sorel Margarita Cocktail

Made the same way as a classic margarita but substitute triple sec/ Cointreau for Sorel hibiscus infused liquor. Also add a bar spoon of orange marmalade preserves for a new twist.

  1. Rim a double rocks glass with fleur el salt with Ice and set aside.
  2. In a shaker, add premium tequila and Sorel 3 to 1 ratio
  3. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Strain over ice into the double rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge *do not use sour mix in this cocktail

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Napoleon Mandarine

Mandarine Napoléon is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Dating back to the early 1800s, and its roots stemming from the hands of Napoléon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoléon, after the emperor came across chemist Antoine-François de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling. It was not until 1892, after the two had died, that the liqueur was introduced to the public. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Napoleon Old FashionedA New Spin on Classic Cocktails

  • 1.5 oz Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • Angostura bitters

Put the bitters and orange zest in glass with 2 ice cubes, add Mandarine Napoléon and Bourbon and stir. Add another 2 ice cubes plus product and stir. Repeat this for 4 minutes. Glass: Tumbler Garnish: Orange zest

Nepoleon Cosmo

  • .75 oz Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1.25 oz Lemon flavored Vodka
  • .75 oz Cranberry juice
  • .5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Shake all the ingredients withice and fine strain in a chilledglass. Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: Flamed Orange Zest

 

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Pavan Liqueur

A New Spin on Classic Cocktails

Pavan is a liqueur made from Muscat grape and a touch of orange blossom in the South of France.

 

Pavan Mint Julep

  • 1 part Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 1 part Bourbon
  • 1 part Apricot nectar
  • 3/4 part Lemon juice
  • 1/2 part Cinnamon syrup
  • 6-8 Mint leaves

Add all ingredients into a blender for 15 seconds. Strain over crushed ice into a julep tin and garnish with mint.

 

Monaco Margarita

  • 2 parts Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 2 parts Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 part Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh lime juiceGarnish with or without salt. Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass.