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Craft Cocktail Made For Home

Guest Post from Advanced Mixology

Craft cocktails are becoming more prominent since they represent a new era of cocktails. A craft cocktail is a drink made with skill and creativity, usually on a higher level, to produce a new drink. These are what mixologists specialize in whereby they use fresh fruits, signature syrups, and distinctive liquors, added with extra time and attention to detail and giving them cool names, making the overall product unique. If you don’t have the convenience to go to a bar, you can always try to replicate them in your very home. Check out some of these recipes!

Off The Beeten Path

Let’s start with something challenging but worth it. Master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda incorporates fresh and unconventional ingredients into tequila and concocts his special syrups to make the cocktails distinctive. This one is his take on a spicy and citrusy beet drink. 


  • 1 ¼ oz. Platinum Embajador Tequila
  • 1 oz. Homemade citrus mix (lime, lemon, grapefruit)
  • ¾ oz. Beet puree
  • ½ oz. Jalapeño syrup
  • ½ oz. Cilantro syrup
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Ice
  • Cilantro, beet slice, lime wheel (garnish)


  1. Combine all liquids except the citrus mix in a shaker with ice. Cover, then shake.
  2. Pour the citrus mix into an ice-filled rocks glass. 
  3. Strain the mixture into the glass.
  4. Sprinkle some sugar on the beet and toast it.
  5. Garnish.

Spring Fever

There are a lot of variations of this drink but this one is a contender. This version has plus points for its mesmerizing look as well as its floral and citrusy taste thanks to a lovely color-changing gin. 


  • 2 oz.Empress gin
  • ¾ oz. Lemon juice
  • ½ oz. Honey syrup
  • 3 oz.Grapefruit soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel (garnish)


  1. Measure 1 ounce of the gin and combine it with the lemon juice and honey syrup in a shaker with ice. Cover, then shake.
  2. Fill a wine glass with ice and pour the mixture into it.
  3. Top with soda, then layer the other 1-ounce gin.
  4. Garnish.

King Alfred’s Charm

A drink made in honor of King Alfred of Wessex, Anglo Saxon. This cocktail has a great balance of tangy and earthy flavors that is pleasant and satisfying. 


  • 40 ml Wessex gin
  • 100 ml Binary botanical
  • 1 tsp. Caster sugar
  • 30 ml Taylerson’s Blackcurrant syrup
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist (garnish)


  1. Combine ingredients except for the syrup in a shaker glass and stir. 
  2. Strain into a stemmed glass and slowly pour the syrup to create a layer.
  3. Garnish.

Fancy Pants

True to its name, this drink offers a burst of botanical atmosphere mixed with sophistication. It also reflects the main spirit it’s made with, so it sort of tells a story about Holland, Michigan. 


  • 2 ½ oz. Knickerbocker American gin
  • ½ oz. Elderflower liquor 
  • ½ oz. Lemon juice
  • 5 slices Cucumber
  • Tarragon
  • Champagne 
  • Ice
  • Tarragon sprig (garnish)


  1. Muddle cucumbers and tarragon in a shaker glass then add the other liquids and ice. Cover, then shake.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass and top with Champagne.
  3. Garnish.

The American

While it’s still fall season, don’t lose your chance to make this cool and delicious dessert drink at home. It’s frothy, sweet, and warms your heart, even if it’s technically a cold drink. 


  • 2 oz. St. George pear brandy
  • 1 oz. St.George gin
  • 4 Pear cubes
  • ¾ oz. Cinnamon and Clove brown sugar reduction
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Crushed graham cracker and reduction (rim)
  • Cinnamon stick (garnish)


  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker glass with ice. Cover, then shake until frothy.
  2. Rim a chilled martini glass with the reduction and graham crackers. 
  3. Strain the mixture into the glass.
  4. Garnish. 

Winter Waltz

A few months from now, it’ll be Christmas time. Until then, why don’t you give this sweet and creamy drink a try to prepare for the next season? Think of it as a cold and adult version of hot chocolate.


  • 1 oz. Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Faretti Biscotti
  • 1 oz. Cream
  • 1 dropper Woodford Chocolate Bitters
  • Ice
  • Toasted mini Marshmallows (garnish)


  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake until frothy.
  2. Double strain into a Sazerac glass.
  3. Garnish. 

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