Bistro Menil Holiday Drink Ideas

Shaking Things Up: Three Easy Holiday Drinks from Chef Greg Martin

With the holidays at hand, a good stiff drink is just what is called for when the house is rocking with family.  Here are three easy and delicious drink recipes to make this holiday season fun and tasty.  Our single serving recipes and can be easily increased for larger batches.

Blackberry Margarita:
A fun twist on the classic, this version is just right for those that do not like the full acidity of regular margaritas.

One serving.

3 ounces of silver tequila
1 ounce blackberry puree
1 ounce orange liqueur
1 ounce simple syrup
blackberries and mint sprigs

Add first four ingredients to a shaker half filled with ice.   Shake vigorously until a cloudiness is present and then strain into salt-rimmed glass with ice.  Garnish with Blackberry and mint.


Classic Lime Daiquiri:
Bring back the classic drink without all the over-the-top sweetness and ridiculousness.  This is clean citrus with the smooth finish of quality rum.
One serving.

3 ounces of quality rum (small batch)
1 and 1/2 ounces of strained lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
lime slice

Add all ingredients minus lime slice to shaker half filled with ice then shake vigorously.  You want to break up some of the ice and create a frothiness to the drink.  Strain drink into a cocktail coupe and garnish with a lime slice.


Limoncello Kiss:
All the lemony goodness of limoncello with the effervescence and celebratory quality of Prosecco.  The added ginger Sake gives it a bit of depth and earthiness that elevates the drink beyond the norm.   One serving:


3 ounces of cold Ginger Sake Mix: 2 cups simple syrup, 1 cup fresh lemon juice (strained), 1 cup ginger Sake (see below).
6 ounces of quality Prosecco (chilled)
Lemon peel to garnish

Add Ginger-Sake Mix to coupe then pour in Prosecco.  Gently rub lemon peel on coupe rim then drop into drink.

Ginger Sake:

1 pound peeled ginger
3 cups sake
Thinly slice peeled ginger and place in a quart with the Sake.  Let the infusion sit in your refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Best used when cold.


Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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