The Garner Ave Happy Hour

Photos and recipes of my adventures in cocktails
June 13, 2014
Happy Hour Feature: The Irish Good Luck Charm
Recipe:
1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz Limoncello
2 oz lemon sour mix
5-6 fresh spearmint leaves + sprig of spearmint for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well to blend. Strain into a glass (cocktail preferred) and garnish with spearmint.
*Note- I adapted this recipe- using Irish Whiskey instead of the Bourbon suggested. The original recipe is found here:
http://cocktails.about.com/od/whiskeyrecipes/r/goodluckcharm.htm

June 13, 2014

Happy Hour Feature: The Irish Good Luck Charm

Recipe:

1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey

3/4 oz Limoncello

2 oz lemon sour mix

5-6 fresh spearmint leaves + sprig of spearmint for garnish

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well to blend. Strain into a glass (cocktail preferred) and garnish with spearmint.

*Note- I adapted this recipe- using Irish Whiskey instead of the Bourbon suggested. The original recipe is found here:

http://cocktails.about.com/od/whiskeyrecipes/r/goodluckcharm.htm

December 20, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Pointsettia
Recipe
Champagne (chilled)
1/2 oz Cointreau
3 oz cranberry juice (chilled)
Add cranberry juice and Cointreau to glass (coupe or champagne flute preferred). Stir and top with Champagne.
I found the recipe I used here:
http://mixthatdrink.com/poinsettia/

December 20, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Pointsettia

Recipe

Champagne (chilled)

1/2 oz Cointreau

3 oz cranberry juice (chilled)

Add cranberry juice and Cointreau to glass (coupe or champagne flute preferred). Stir and top with Champagne.

I found the recipe I used here:

http://mixthatdrink.com/poinsettia/

November 17, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Shanghai Buck
Recipe
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
2 oz light rum
6 oz ginger beer
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp Angostura bitters
In a glass (rocks or highball) combine ginger, bitters and lime juice. Fill glass with ice. Add rum and top with ginger beer.
I found the recipe I used here:
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shanghai-buck-cocktail-50400000118277/

November 17, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Shanghai Buck

Recipe

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

2 oz light rum

6 oz ginger beer

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp Angostura bitters

In a glass (rocks or highball) combine ginger, bitters and lime juice. Fill glass with ice. Add rum and top with ginger beer.

I found the recipe I used here:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shanghai-buck-cocktail-50400000118277/

November 2, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Jim Dandy
Recipe
2 oz spiced rum
3 oz ginger beer
1 oz pear nectar
1/2 oz chai tea (brewed and cooled)
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 dashes bitters
Lime Ginger ice cubes
Garnish: pear slices and lime quarter
Fill cocktail glass with ice (halfway) Add all ingredients and stir well. Garnish with pear slice and lime and top with infused ice cube.
Lime Ginger Ice Cubes
 Lime cut into thin wedges (enough to fill your ice cube tray)
Fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
water
Fill slots of ice cube tray with lime and ginger, top with water. Freeze and serve.
The recipe I used is by Mike Lewicki for theboysclub.net. Every cocktail recipe of Mike’s that I have tried has been outstanding- often extremely labour intensive, but worth the effort every time. Check out his blog “Verses From My Kitchen” The link to this recipe is here:
http://theboysclub.net/mike/the-jim-dandy/

November 2, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Jim Dandy

Recipe

2 oz spiced rum

3 oz ginger beer

1 oz pear nectar

1/2 oz chai tea (brewed and cooled)

juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

2 dashes bitters

Lime Ginger ice cubes

Garnish: pear slices and lime quarter

Fill cocktail glass with ice (halfway) Add all ingredients and stir well. Garnish with pear slice and lime and top with infused ice cube.

Lime Ginger Ice Cubes

 Lime cut into thin wedges (enough to fill your ice cube tray)

Fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

water

Fill slots of ice cube tray with lime and ginger, top with water. Freeze and serve.

The recipe I used is by Mike Lewicki for theboysclub.net. Every cocktail recipe of Mike’s that I have tried has been outstanding- often extremely labour intensive, but worth the effort every time. Check out his blog “Verses From My Kitchen” The link to this recipe is here:

http://theboysclub.net/mike/the-jim-dandy/

October 13, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Apple Cider Margarita
Recipe:
3 oz apple cider
2 oz silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
juice of 1/2 lime
pinch of brown sugar
Garnish: apple slice and cinnamon to rim the glass.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass over ice (rocks or highball). Garnish with apple.
I found the recipe I used here:
http://fabtasticeats.com/2013/09/20/apple-cider-margaritas/

October 13, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Apple Cider Margarita

Recipe:

3 oz apple cider

2 oz silver tequila

1 oz triple sec

juice of 1/2 lime

pinch of brown sugar

Garnish: apple slice and cinnamon to rim the glass.

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass over ice (rocks or highball). Garnish with apple.

I found the recipe I used here:

http://fabtasticeats.com/2013/09/20/apple-cider-margaritas/

October 11, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Fastlap Cocktail
Recipe:
2 oz gin
1/2 oz Pernod
1 oz orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass (old-fashioned is recommended, i used cocktail). Best if glass is chilled as well.
I found the recipe I used here:
http://mixthatdrink.com/fastlap/

October 11, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Fastlap Cocktail

Recipe:

2 oz gin

1/2 oz Pernod

1 oz orange juice

1/2 teaspoon grenadine

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass (old-fashioned is recommended, i used cocktail). Best if glass is chilled as well.

I found the recipe I used here:

http://mixthatdrink.com/fastlap/

September 27, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Fallen Angel
Recipe:
2 oz dry gin
1/2 oz lime juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dashes white creme de menthe
Garnish: sprig of mint
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lime juice bitters and creme de menthe and shake well. Strain into glass (cocktail preferred) and garnish.
I found the recipe I used here:
http://imbibemagazine.com/Fallen-Angel-Recipe

September 27, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Fallen Angel

Recipe:

2 oz dry gin

1/2 oz lime juice

1 dash Angostura Bitters

2 dashes white creme de menthe

Garnish: sprig of mint

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lime juice bitters and creme de menthe and shake well. Strain into glass (cocktail preferred) and garnish.

I found the recipe I used here:

http://imbibemagazine.com/Fallen-Angel-Recipe

September 22, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Grand Autumn Cocktail
Recipe:
1 oz scotch
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz lime juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
3-4 oz ginger beer
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add scotch, St Germain and lime juice. Strain into ice filled glass (highball preferred). Top with ginger beer and finish with bitters.
The recipe I used was originally found on the St-Germain website it has since been removed, however I found the same recipe here:
http://www.completecocktails.com/Drinks/GrandAutumn.aspx#.U8Vyaha1OfE
Note: as you can tell by the picture, we were in the middle of watching the final season of Breaking Bad when we tried this cocktail. On this particular evening we raised a glass to Agent Hank Schrader.

September 22, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Grand Autumn Cocktail

Recipe:

1 oz scotch

1/2 oz St. Germain

1/2 oz lime juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

3-4 oz ginger beer

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add scotch, St Germain and lime juice. Strain into ice filled glass (highball preferred). Top with ginger beer and finish with bitters.

The recipe I used was originally found on the St-Germain website it has since been removed, however I found the same recipe here:

http://www.completecocktails.com/Drinks/GrandAutumn.aspx#.U8Vyaha1OfE

Note: as you can tell by the picture, we were in the middle of watching the final season of Breaking Bad when we tried this cocktail. On this particular evening we raised a glass to Agent Hank Schrader.

September 6, 2013
Happy Hour Feature: The Crabbie’s Shandy
Recipe:
8 oz Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
6-8 oz lemonade
Combine in a pint glass- serve chilled.
Credit for this recipe goes to my friend Cathy McPherson. Not sure where she got it from but it is a perfect drink for a hot summer day. I am not a beer drinker, in fact, I HATE beer (strong words I know, especially from a Canadian) So ginger beer is as close to beer as you are going to find on this blog!

September 6, 2013

Happy Hour Feature: The Crabbie’s Shandy

Recipe:

8 oz Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer

6-8 oz lemonade

Combine in a pint glass- serve chilled.

Credit for this recipe goes to my friend Cathy McPherson. Not sure where she got it from but it is a perfect drink for a hot summer day. I am not a beer drinker, in fact, I HATE beer (strong words I know, especially from a Canadian) So ginger beer is as close to beer as you are going to find on this blog!