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The Three Classic Cocktails That Everyone Needs To Master

Sebastien Centner is here with his classic holiday cocktails, perfect for your next party. For more entertaining tips, follow Sebastien on Twitter: @sebcentner

Vodka and Blood Orange Cocktail

Available in Ontario from December to as late as May in supermarkets, the blood orange has gained popularity over the years given they’re packed with antioxidants and contain up to 130% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. Anthocyanins in the pulp and rind, the powerful antioxidant, give blood oranges their red colour. The same natural pigment turns cherries red and blueberries blue.

Blood Orange Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz Absolut vodka
  • 1 oz Blood orange juice
  • 0.5 oz Triple sec
  • 0.5 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Edible flowers
Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an edible flower.

A Smoky Old-Fashioned  The most classic of cocktails, the Old Fashioned, never disappoints. I’ll show you how to infuse it with applewood smoke easily at home.

Smoky Old Fashioned
  • 2 oz whiskey
  • Orange bitters
  • Sugar cube
  • Orange rind & maraschino cherry to garnish
  • applewood stick (to smoke)
With a lighter, light the end of the applewood stick on fire until it smokes then cover with the empty whiskey bottle. Allow the smoke to accumulate inside until the bottle is completely opaque. Then lift the bottle and press the lid back on until fully sealed to preserve the smoke. Set aside. In a mixing glass, add one sugar cube and 5 drops of orange bitters. Muddle together. Add 2 oz of whiskey. Add ice and stir with barspoon. Carefully pour the old fashioned into the smoked container. Put the lid back on and shake up the cocktail with the smoke. The more you shake it, the smokier the flavour. Finally pour the mixture over ice in a rocks glass and let the smoke fall over the cocktail. Garnish with an orange peel and maraschino cherry.

Batch Cocktails
It’s always a good idea to batch cocktails ahead of time, not only for the guests that like to serve themselves but also to alleviate the burden of spending most of your time as a host, behind the bar!

Dark & Stormy

  1. In a large pitcher or juice container, combine: 7.5 oz raisin-infused Appleton Reserve dark rum 16 oz ginger beer 2 oz fresh lime juice Angostura bitters, Lime wheels for garnishes Raisin-infused rum
  2. In an airtight glass jar, combine 750 ml of rum, 1 cup of raisins and 1 cinnamon stick.
  3. Store in room temperature for 2-3 days, then strain.
  4. Pour infused rum, lime juice and bitters in a bottle. Top with ginger beer slowly and cap immediately.
  5. Chill the bottle. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime. Batch can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Alternatively, you can also pre-bottle smaller personal sized versions and cap them and leave a bottle opener at the front door for guests to enjoy as they arrive.

All the supplies to bottle your own cocktails at home can be found online. A site we use is called Home Brew Supplies Here you can find the Emily Bottle Capper we used and a wide array of bottles and caps.

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