True speakeasy cocktails fall into two camps: straight up hard liquor (for manly men and tough women) and sweetened concoctions designed to hide the taste of true moonshine (which apparently tasted terrible). Your guests will love these throw back cocktails with fun names and yummy ingredients. As a bonus, you can hardly taste the alcohol so you can spend less money on fancy liquor, more on a fabulous outfit!
1 ½ oz. bourbon or cognac
1 oz. Cointreau or other orange flavored liquor
½ oz. lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish
Sugar for rimming glass (optional)
If desired, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Shake the ingredients together, with ice, in the shaker and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
2 oz. gin
¾ oz. honey syrup (combine 0.5 oz. water with 0.5 oz. honey)
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
Lemon slice for garnish, mint optional
Shake the ingredients together, with ice, in the shaker and strain into the cocktail glass (or double the recipe and serve in a mason jar, like the ones pictured here, for a real Speakeasy feel). Garnish with lemon peel.
Blood & Sand
¾ oz. scotch whiskey
¾ oz. cherry brandy
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
¾ oz. orange juice
Orange slice for garnish
Shake the ingredients together, with ice, in the shaker and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
All recipes from www.cocktails.about.com