Orange County’s Best Cocktails Made at Home

Not up for leaving the house? No need to miss out. From our February’s cover feature, Drink Up!, here are few recipes to try at home.

Sol Cocina’s Horchata MartiniSOL_HorchataMartini

This drink is made with a tea infused Don Julio Reposado. We will be using Good Earth brand spiced tea. Leave one tea bag to steep for 24 hours in a bottle of Don Julio reposado.

The Martini:
1.5 oz. Tea Infused Don Julio Reposado
1 oz. 1921 Crema
2 oz. Horchata
Dusted with cinnamon on top

House Horchata Recipe:
The recipe makes 1/2 of a gallon, so double it to make a bigger batch if need be.
Blend for 3 minutes- 1 whole vanilla bean, 1 cup of uncooked rice, and 3 cups of water.
After blending let sit for 30 mins.
Blend again with 2 or 3 sticks of cinnamon.
Over ice in a large container, add what you just blended, .5 cups whole milk, 1.5 cups of sugar, and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Strain and it’s ready…

SOCIAL’s Because I YOLO:

1.5oz Herradura Reposado tequila
0.5 Aperol
0.25oz Amargo Vallet
1oz house cantaloupe cordial
0.75oz Lemon
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice
Serve up in a large coupe
Garnish with fresh basil leaf clothespin clipped to glass

Andrei’s All AmericanIMG_6452flat

Apple Pie Infused Makers Mark Bourbon & 2 dashes of El Guapo Bitters served over 1.5″ ice cube.

1. Create Simple Syrup
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups water
1 tea spoon all spice
1 tea spoon nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean (cut open)
simmer on stove top in sauce pan over low heat until it reduces and becomes syrup (reduce 1/3).

2. Apple Filling
6 Gala apples (peeled and sliced)
2 cups Simple Syrup
1 lemon (fresh juiced)
Combine apples, lemon juice, and simple syrup in large saute’ pan and simmer until apples are soft
and filling is a thick consistency. Let cool.

3. Infuse
2 750mL bottles of Makers Mark Bourbon
In a large mason Jar add apple pie filling and Makers Mark Bourbon.
Let the infusion rest for 2 weeks in a dark cool place, shaking lightly once a day.

4. Pour and Enjoy
2 oz Apple Pie Infused Bourbon
2 dashes of El Guapo Holiday Pie Bitters
Apple Slice garnish
In a large Bucket glass (Double Old Fashioned) pour 2 oz. Infused Bourbon
over 1 large ice cube (1.5″), add 2 dashes of El Guapo Holiday Pie Bitters (available online),
stir lightly, add a slice of apple from the infusion for garnish.

IMG_5669ARC’s Liquid Sword:

1 1/2 oz. Dos Maderas 10yr. Sherry cask aged rum.
3/4 oz. Luxardo Amaro Abano.
1/2 oz. Calisaya Liqueur.
3 drops of cinnamon tincture.
Stir ingredients with ice to chill and dilute.
Serve over ice and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

Fill a mason jar with cinnamon sticks. Cover cinnamon sticks completely with high proof grain alcohol. High proof vodka will work as well.
Seal the lid and let macerate for 3 weeks. Remove and discard  cinnamon. Tincture will last indefinitely.


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