blood-orange-cocktail2FG-585x585If you’re a woman and can casually indulge in dark liquor on the rocks, we salute you. Not that the whiskey and bourbons of the world aren’t delightful and delicious, we just know that, especially for some ladies out there, these spirits are an acquired taste. Whiskey certainly isn’t only a “man’s drink,” but we know just what ingredients to add to turn this strong spirit into something with a subtle sweetness. So the next time the males in your life bring out the bourbon, you’ll know exactly how to fix up a cocktail with your favorite flavors.

The Irish Redhead (1 serving)
3 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. grenadine
5-6 oz. Sprite (or ginger ale/club soda)
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon and lime juice (mixed)
optional: muddles pomegranate or blackberries

If you opt for the muddled fruit, begin with that. Then, mix in all other ingredients and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge or twist.

Blackberry Smash (1 Serving)
5 blackberries
6-8 mint leaves, torn (plus more for garnish)
½ small red plum (peeled and diced)
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. triple sec
2 oz. whiskey

In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, mint, plum and simple syrup. Add ice, triple sec and whiskey. Shake for up to 20 seconds and strain in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of plum and/or a sprig of mint.

Sweet Whiskey Lemonade (1 serving)
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. whiskey
1/3 oz. lime juice
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ tsp. granulated sugar
¼ tsp. apricot preserves
1 ½ oz. tonic water

Combine all ingredients except tonic water in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Top off the drink with some tonic water.

Blood Orange & Bourbon Cocktail (1 serving)
½ cup blood orange juice (freshly squeezed is best!)
3-5 Tbsp. bourbon
2-3 drops of angostura bitters
splash of sparkling water
orange slices and sprigs of mint

Mix together all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and/or a sprig of mine. Enjoy.

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