Cocktails for my birthday what can make with my selection?
Hello, I'm having birthday party, I've put in the invitations I have a full(ish) bar. I'm planning on having tacos for the food portion and black forest cake for the desert. Now my friends aren't big drinkers and one them can't imbibe grain based alcohol. I plan on printing out recipes cards and I want ideas from you guys.
Kraken Spiced rum
Castillo silver rum
Mount Gay Dark rum
Zubrowka Bison grass vodka
St. Germain Elder flower Liqueur
Generic Triple Sec
Local red dessert wine
So with added mixers what van I make? I'm not buying any more liquor and I have fresh supply of mint.
If you buy some orgeat you can make a spiced Mai Tai like drink:
1oz Mt Gay Dark
1/2oz Generic Triple Sec
1oz lime juice
1/4oz simple syrup
Assuming that you don't have crushed ice: shake hard with ice and half a spent lime wedge. Dump, ice and all, into a glass. Garnish with some of that mint and serve with a straw.
... if you don't want to buy the orgeat you might be able to create something interesting by replacing the orgeat in the recipe with some St Germain. It will be too far downfield to call a Mai Tai in any form, but will probably taste pretty good.
... you can also do a margarita:
2oz El Jimador
1.2oz lime juice
0.6oz triple sec
1.2oz triple sec
0.6oz lime juice
(which has been debated elsewhere on this board)
A Pegu Club is also an option:
1oz triple sec (supposed to be Curacao, but the triple sec should be okay)
0.5oz lime juice
(again, different ratios exist -- search the board)
... this usually has some orange bitters as well; if you don't want to buy that, squeeze some orange peel over the top and you should be set. Shake with ice and strain.
If you'd like to incorporate the absinthe, try dashing a SMALL amount (say, 6-8 drops) into any of these drinks, which will add either a nice undertone or completely ruin the drinks, depending on your guests' enjoyment of licorice flavor. Both the Margarita or Pegu Club might be interesting candidates for replacing some or all of the triple sec with St. Germain, if you're limited on your supply there.
If you buy some vermouth the number of options will increase dramatically, from a Martini (either using gin or the much-reviled vodka version) to El Presidente, an interesting rum drink that generally involves vermouth and a dash of grenadine, which I'm betting you could sub some of that red dessert wine for...