A first date can be as stressful as a job interview, but it does have one advantage – you can have a cocktail! Kristina Guerrero and Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar's Clint Spotleson have three first date drink recipes to help you break the ice.
1. Romantic Specialty Cocktails
With romantic ingredients, a romantic specialty cocktail is like a bouquet of roses in her glass.
“Every Rosé has its Thorn” - vodka, hibiscus liqueur, lemon, orgeat, and sparkling rosé.
Make It Yourself - the sparkling rose, vodka, and orgeat (almond and rose water syrup) can all be found at a Total Wine or Bevmo. FruitLab makes an excellent hibiscus liqueur that can be ordered through any specialty liquor store. Of course, juice those lemons fresh for the best flavor!
Every Rose Has It's Thorn
1.5 oz Vodka
.75 oz Hibiscus Liqueur
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Orgeat
Top with Sparkling rose
Combine all ingredients except the rose, shake, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with the rose and add a lemon twist.
2. The Sazerac
If you want to show an understanding of cocktails and a little sophistication for a dinner date or a nightcap, the Sazerac is a great choice. It's very similar to an Old Fashioned, just elevated. The Sazerac has a history almost as old as America so sharing that can show an appreciation for history as well, which is always sexy. If you’re the one playing bartender its 3 ingredients make it super easy to make.
Make It Yourself - To make a Sazerac, all you need is Rye Whiskey, a little sugar (I use a 2:1 simple syrup, a 1/4 oz pour has similar sugar content to a sugar cube), Peychaud's Bitters (the other popular one!) and a little absinthe rinsed through the glass. You can find everything you need at a local liquor store.
2 oz Rye Whiskey
.25 oz 2:1 Simple Syrup
4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Combine in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Take a chilled rocks glass, add a splash of absinthe, and swirl it around the glass. Pour the cocktail into the absinthe rinsed glass without ice, and finish with a lemon twist.
3. Craft Beer
It sounds counter intuitive – but it’s great for an afternoon or an evening first date, and a beer isn’t a serious drink and that’s what a first date should be – simple and easy.
· Class it up by making sure it’s a craft beer that has character – craft beers can be an experience to drink as much as a fine glass of wine, and has around the same alcohol content level.
· If you’re a girl ordering a craft beer it shows you can be laid back, and if you’re a guy it shows you know how to have fun, but appreciate the finer things in life, too.
· Try Boulevard’s the Calling Double I.P.A. It has topical fruit notes, pine hop aromas, and a slightly sweet malt character, with a crisp dry finish.
Ask your server or beverage retailer about your personal taste likes and they’ll pair you with the perfect craft beer!
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Big thanks to Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar!