Three Simple, Flavorful Cocktails to Make at Home this Spring
You don’t have to be a pro mixologist to make great cocktails at home. The secret is to keep it simple, and always start with quality ingredients. We recently visited Christian Krogstad, founder and master distiller at House Spirits Distillery, to show us three refreshing cocktails that anyone can make, all perfectly suited for spring time sipping.
Westward Old Fashioned
A true staple of any cocktail repertoire. Whiskey, sugar, and bitters is all you really need to make the timeless cocktail that knows no season.
- Aromatic Bitters
- Simple Syrup
- Westward Whiskey
1. Combine 2 dashes aromatic bitters, a barspoon simple syrup, and 2 oz Westward Whiskey in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and stir thoroughly.
3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.
4. Slice a thin segment of orange rind and squeeze over the glass to release the fragrant oils in the rind. Then add as a garnish.
Krogstad Aquavit is made in the Scandinavian tradition, with loads of star anise and caraway. The Aquarita is the Margarita gone north — way north, then east — and topped off with Mexican lager. It doesn’t make sense until it hits your palate, and it’s as refreshing as it gets.
- Kosher Salt
- Krogstad Aquavit
- Dry Curacao
1. Rub a slice of lime on the edge of a pint glass and roll in kosher salt to cover evenly.
2. In a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz Krogstad Aquavit and 3/4 oz Dry Curacao.
3. Cut lime in half, and add juice from 1/2 of a lime to shaker.
4. Add ice to shaker and pint glass, and shake vigorously.
5. Strain shaker into pint glass, fill to top of glass with Tecate, and garnish with lime.
Aperol the Single Ladies
Perfectly suitable for gents, too. Aperol (an Italian orange-rhubarb aperitif) is perhaps our favorite introduction to the world of interesting bitter liqueurs. Bolstered by a healthy shot of good, clean vodka, it is a seriously crushable choice for spring imbibing.
- Volstead Vodka
1. Combine 1 1/2 oz Volstead Vodka, 1 oz Aperol, and 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
3. Strain into rocks glass with ice.
4. Slice a thin segment of lemon rind and squeeze over the glass to release the fragrant oils in the rind. Then add as a garnish.