Because it is Friday the Thirteenth, we are taking a walk on the dark side this weekend with three devilish cocktails to make it through the weekend.
Friday Happy Hour: Doubly Unlucky
According to my sources (which, in this case, consists of me and my co-workers), since the advent of the calendar, Friday the Thirteenth has been seen as a rather inauspicious day. So let's double down on the bad juju, sling back a few Black Cats and start this doubly dubious weekend off on the right foot.
- 1/3 part Kahlua
- 1/3 part Hiram Walker Anisette
- 1/3 part Tequila
Starting with Kahlua, slowly layer liquors into a shot glass, topping with tequilla.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Hiram Walker
Saturday, Bloody Saturday
Though the name of this next cocktail may sound ominous, I can assure you it is quite tasty. The Bloody Rum Punch, courtesy of Don Q Rum, is rich and hearty, something I imagine pirates may have imbibed on after a tough day o’plundering out in the Straights of Florida some 300 years ago.
As the name suggests, the punch runs red, and the mix of wine and rum makes for a pretty booze-forward cocktail, so I would suggest clearing Saturday night’s schedule before dipping into this tipple.
Bloody Rum Punch
- 1 bottle Don Q Cristal rum (750 ml)
- ½ bottle of dry red wine (375 ml)
- 6 oz. Cointreau
- 6 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 oz. simple syrup
- 2 limes, sliced into thin wheels
- 2 blood oranges, sliced into thin wheels
In a large punch bowl, add all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve over ice in punch glasses.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Don Q Rum
Sunday Funday: Back from the Dead
After Friday's and Saturday’s sips, a little pick-me-up is in order, and nothing says “hangover be gone” better than an old fashioned Corpse Reviver. What’s in a name you may ask? Well, everything, my friend. A cure-all for those foggy Sunday mornings, the Corpse Reviver is a “hair of the dog” remedy that’s sure to knock the sleep from your eyes.
There are two trains of thought on this classic cocktail: Come original with the cognac-based Calvados (apple brandy) heavy Corpse Reviver; or switch it up and get gin happy with an absinthe accent for the Corpse Reviver #2. Both are great in their own right, but my personal preference leans toward the gin. Enjoy, my walking dead brethren!
- 2 oz. cognac
- 1 oz. Calvados (apple brandy)
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Corpse Reviver #2
- 1 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
- 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- 1 dash of absinthe
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of lemon.
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Tools of the Trade
Become a master mixologist, or at least look like one, with the tools that make the trade.
- Muddler: This little tenderizing stick is a godsend and a must for any home bar. If fruity cocktails are in your future, the muddler is the only way to unlock fruits’ flavor.
- Handheld Citrus Juicer: Nothing beats freshly squeezed juice, but it can be a pain. Invest in a handheld citrus juicer; they are cheap and do the trick tout de suite.
- Cocktail Shaker: Don’t be a chump stirring your martini like a noob; purchase a nice shaker and become a master home barkeep.
- Jigger: This little apparati will make mixing the perfect drink as easy as pie. It's equipped with 1½ oz. and 1 oz. cups for perfectly measured pours every time.
*Pictured available at Williams-Sonoma