If you're not into drinking green beer and want to try out some St. Patrick's Day-inspired cocktails, I have created two simple cocktails that with the right ingredients can easily be made by anyone. If you would like to give the cocktails a try before you buy the ingredients the Bar at Hotel Eldorado will have them on special for St. Patrick's Day.
My local take on a tiki classic cocktail from the 1940s created by Joe Scialom in Cairo, Egypt. This is a cleaner version of the cocktail name and one of a few variations of the drink.
- 0.5oz Okanagan Spirits BRBN
- 0.5oz Okanagan Spirits Gin
- 0.5oz Okanagan Spirits Poire Williams
- 0.5oz lime juice
- 2 dashes of Bittered Sling Denmans
- Fentimans ginger beer
- Garnish cucumber peel, mint or a pear slice
In a glass pour in the BRBN, Gin, Poire Williams, and the lime juice. Add some ice and stir to combine, then fill the glass with more ice and top up with ginger beer. To garnish the drink, add a mint sprig, cucumber peel or a pear slice.
The John Collins is very similar to the popular classic Tom Collins, just the only difference is that Whiskey replaces the Gin. The cocktail John Collins was named after a waiter at the Mayfair Hotel in London back in 1869 but it is believed that this is only when the cocktail was popularized, meaning it could be even older than that.
- 2oz Okanagan Spirits Rye
- 1oz lemon juice
- 0.75oz simple syrup
- Soda water
- Garnish lemon wedge
In a cocktail shaker add the rye, lemon juice, and simple syrup with lots of ice. Shake well until cold and strain into a collins or highball glass. Add lots of ice to the glass and top up with soda water. Garnish the drink with a lemon wedge and cherry.