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Notorious Cocktail Kicks

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Everybody knows Thursday is the new Friday, and what else to do on a new spring Friday is not having cocktails with your dearest ones in the sunset? Even better when you skip the bar and go for some homemade goodness.

Here are some cocktail recipes to try out on your very own happy hour. Add a bowl of chips and guacamole to the table and you are game.

Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey


For 2 thirsty people:

90 ml Tanqueray gin
120 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
120 ml seltzer water
2 sprigs lavender
2 wedges of lemon

Put ice in a cocktail shaker, pour honey, gin and lemon juice and shake well. Pour the mixture into two glasses filled with ice. Top with seltzer. Add a sprig of lavender and a slice of lemon to each glass as garnish.

Fall Wisconsin Old Fashion


For 2 thirsty people:

1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 orange slices
1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
10 dashes Angostura bitters
90 ml brandy
90 ml apple cider
Ginger ale
Apple slices, brandied cherries, and crystallized ginger, for garnish

Mix together bitters, grenadine, orange slice, brown sugar in a glass. Mix until the brown sugar is mostly dissolved. Add some ice cubes, apple cider and brandy. Top with ginger ale. Use an apple slice or a handful of brandied cherries on a skewer as garnish.

The Gin Hound


For 2 thirsty people:

3/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon lemon Juice
120 ml gin
30 ml sweet vermouth

Mix lemon and grapefruit juice. Fill a shaker with ice, then add gin, juice and sweet vermouth. Shake and pour over rocks.

Basil-Vodka Gimlet


For 2 thirsty people:

6 large, fresh basil leaves, torn into strips
Finely grated zest of 1/2 a lime
Juice of 1 lime
15 ml simple syrup
80 ml vodka

Put the lime zest, basil strips, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle and let sit for 5 minutes. Add vodka, then fill the shaker 2/3 full with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into chilled martini glasses, top each with a little basil and serve.

all recipes and pictures from the wonderful Food52.

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