4 Cocktail Recipes for your TGIFs
When you are in the business of putting on events, you’re often surrounded by the most show stopping designs, luxurious rentals, and delicious food and beverage menus you could ever imagine. But, when you’re witnessing these amazing celebrations unfold as a part of the professional team and not a guest, sometimes it can have you thinking, “What I wouldn’t do for one of those cocktails right now!” So today, and in honor of national cocktail day, we asked some of the best catering and bar companies from across the country to share cocktail recipes with us—for you to make at home! Next time you find yourself looking for a well-deserved drink, make yourself one of these craft cocktails from our friends at Snake Oil Cocktail Co., Get Plated, Table Catering Co., and Marcia Selden Catering.
Snake Oil Cocktail Co.
Snake Oil Cocktail Co. is a specialty cocktail company based in San Diego, CA. They specialize in creating craft cocktails for events of all sizes and you can follow them on Instagram at @snakeoilcocktail.
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- .5 oz Elderflower cordial
- 2 oz Fresh tangerine juice
- .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- Vanilla almond foam
- Garnish with fresh mint and dried roses
Combine vodka, elderflower, tangerine juice and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled then pour into a glass filled with rocks. Top with vanilla almond foam and garnish with fresh mint and dried roses.
Vanilla almond foam:
- Your choice of milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- .25 oz vanilla simple syrup
- .25 oz almond simple syrup
Add all the ingredients to a milk frother or blender and froth until foamy.
Get Plated is a full-service catering company based in the Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland area. They specialize in creating bold and seasonal menus for their clients and you can follow them on Instagram at @getplateddc.
Tequila Honey Bee
- ¼ oz mezcal, for glass rinse
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz honey simple syrup
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: lemon peel, honey comb, edible flowers (optional)
Rinse glass with mezcal. In a shaker, combine the tequila, syrup, lemon juice and ice and shake well. Strain the contents of the shaker into the prepared glass. Add ice, bitters and stir to incorporate. Garnish and enjoy!
Table Catering Co.
Table Catering Co. is a custom catering company based in Seattle, WA. They specialize in locally personalizing menus using locally sourced ingredients and you can follow them on Instagram at @tablecateringco.
Cucumber, Rosemary and Pickled Blackberry Collins
- 1.75 oz Tequila blanco
- 1.5 oz Rosemary simple syrup
- 2 oz Lemon juice
- 4 oz Soda water
- 4 Fresh blackberries
- 4 Pickled blackberries
- 1 Rosemary sprig
- 1 Lemon peel
- 1 Cucumber strip, long and thin
- 1 Cucumber slice, round
Line a Collins glass with the long cucumber strip and add two pickled blackberries and two fresh to the bottom. Combine tequila, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into glass and add cucumber slice. Add soda water and ice to the top. Garnish with the rosemary sprig, blackberries and blackberry + lemon skewer.
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- 100 grams Sugar
- 100 grams Water
- 2 Sprigs rosemary
Heat until sugar is dissolved, add rosemary, steep 10 minutes and remove, chill.
- 30 Fresh blackberries
- 100 grams sugar
- 500 grams apple cider vinegar
- 3 Whole star anise
Heat sugar, vinegar and anise, chill, add blackberries. They should hold up to 1 month.
Marcia Selden Catering
Marcia Selden Catering is a family-owned company based out of New York, NY and serving clients in Connecticut as well. They specialize in memorable feasts and you can follow them on Instagram at @marciaseldencatering.
Winter Spiced Negroni
- 2 ounces of gin
- 2 ounces of campari
- 2 ounces of sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce of spiced simple syrup
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker over ice, stir, and strain into a martini glass or serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon peel/twist.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon ginger spice powder
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 3 Star anise pods
- 1 tablespoon Five spice powder
- 10 Cloves
Cook until sugar is dissolved. Strain and chill.
Photo Credit: Lance Nicoll Weddings