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Cheers to 2018!

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Happy almost New Year!

If you are looking for a few great last minute cocktail recipes for that big New Year’s Eve party tonight, I have a quick roundup for ya!

I think 98% of us attempt to start each year on a new healthy kick…these recipes I’m sharing are made with fresh ingredients. We’re also kicking artificial sweeteners to the curb as there also aren’t any unnecessary sugars and syrups!

These cocktails aren’t just better for you…they’re going to taste better too!

Don’t drink? No worries…there’s a mocktail version for you too!

Bourbon Blackberry Rickey

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1.5oz      Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.75 oz     Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 oz     Simple Syrup

2-4 oz     Sparkling water                 

4 ea        Fresh blackberries

1 ea        lime wheel skewered with blackberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add Coopers Craft Bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.  Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with sparkling water.  Garnish with Lime and Blackberry skewer and serve with a straw.

Mocktail version: Simply omit the bourbon!

The Golden Grapefruit

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1.5 oz      Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.5 oz        Honey Syrup**

1 tbsp      Chopped Crystalized Ginger

3-4 oz      Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water

2-3 dsh    Grapefruit or orange bitters

1 ea         Mint Sprig   

In a cocktail shaker muddle the crystallized Ginger and Honey syrup.  Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and fill with ice, shake for 15 seconds until  chilled.  Strain into Ice filled Collins Glass, top with Grapefruit Seltzer and two dashes of bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with a straw.

**  Honey Syrup (1/2 cup hot water +1/2 cup honey cooled to room temp)

Mocktail version: Replace the bourbon with lemonade

Cran-Orange Sparklercran

1.5 oz     Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.50 oz     Simple Syrup

6 ea        Fresh Cranberries

2-3 oz     Orange Flavored Sparkling Water

2 dash   Orange Bitters

1 ea        Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler.  Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.  Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.

Mocktail version: Replace the bourbon with lemonade

I hope you all have a wonderful evening ringing in the new year with your friends and family!

Cheers to 2018!

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