Snobby high end cocktails - my favorite! Mr. Athena and I have come up with a few over the years. My favorite are top shelf margaritas, but you said no tequila, so I guess that’s out.
To make truly good cocktails, you have to stay away from mixes. To stay away from mixes, you must have sugar syrup around. So we will start with sugar syrup:
1 part sugar
1 part water
Mix together in sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, until sugar is fully dissolved. Store in fridge for basically forever.
Second Must-Have: limes and lemons. Many cocktails benefit greatly from fresh lime and lemon juice. I buy limes 10 or 15 at a time. Lemons, a bit less. They last in the fridge for a long time.
You also need a cocktail shaker.
OK, now that we have the basics down, here’s a few recipes:
Sours (ie, Whiskey Sour, Amaretto Sour, Vodka Sour, etc)
In a shaker, mix 1.5 shots fresh lemon juice, 1 shot sugar syrup, 1 shot liquor of choice. Shake, pour over ice. Add a cherry if you want. Try it with lime juice if you want. Adjust the proportions of lemon/lime juice and sugar to your taste.
In a tall glass, place 6-8 fresh mint leaves, 1 shot sugar syrup, 1 shot lime juice, 1 shot light rum. Muddle (that is, mix and squoosh the mint leaves to release their taste). Fill glass about 3/4 way up with club soda. Mix gently with spoon as to not make club soda go flat. Fill glass with ice. Serve.
The best Greyhounds you’ll ever have
Buy a whole pile of white grapefruit. Ruby red works too, but white is better. Juice.
Mix together 1 shot vodka and fresh grapefuit in ice filled glass. Drink. It’s bloody amazing how good this is. Miles and away better than anything made with non-fresh juice.
That’s all I can think of right now… if I think of more I’ll come back!