today is The Great American Takeout 2. it’s a social media push to support local restaurants, eateries, and beverage stores that have off-premise/curbside offerings. given that most the country—and world—is effectively shut down, assuming you safely can, it’s so important right now to support our local businesses. to that end, we thought we’d do something fun on the blog today. i’ve asked the team to pick our top 5 favorite cocktails we’ve featured on fridays with oscar over the past few months. anything going back to last fall was fair game, and here’s what we came up with—a pretty diverse mix of drinks. if your local restaurants or liquor stores offer these cocktails (or variants) proper or have the ingredients to make them, make sure to patron them (again, assuming you safely can)! my favorite liquor store in Athens, 5 Points Bottle Shop, offers curbside pickup. so, we’ll be revisiting these cocktails. please enjoy, and in support of our local restaurants and liquor stores, cross post today’s blog on your social media channels.
as my mother always used to say, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. so, in no particular order, here are our top 5 favorite cocktails.
one of my favorite cocktails from last fall was the apple cider mojito. my family and i had many dinners and late night conversations on the porch, and i really enjoyed the fall-inspired apple cider mojito. the crisp, minty flavor takes the edge off the sweetness of the cider—a true juxtaposition of tastes.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 c. gold rum
- apple cider
- Mint, for garnish
- Apple slices, for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- Fill 2 glasses with ice.
- Add the juice of half a lemon to each glass.
- Divide the rum between the two glasses, then fill 3/4 of the way full with apple cider.
- Top each with a splash of seltzer and stir to combine.
- Garnish with mint and apple slices.
last fall, we featured a manhattan. if you’re a whiskey-rye-bourbon fan, then you’re going to love this pick. this family of liquors pairs perfectly with steak. it’s my son’s favorite cocktail.
- OZ Rye
- .75 OZ Dry Vermouth
- .75 OZ Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Branded Cherry, for garnish
- Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a brandied cherry.
stirred, not shaken? no. shaken, not stirred. this past winter, we featured the classic dirty martini. it had been a while since i’ve had one, but Kelly suggested we feature it on the blog. and am i glad she did. super simple to make. you can go with either gin or vodka and some vermouth. i’ve chosen to do a gin one.
- 2 1⁄2 oz Gin or vodka
- 1⁄2 oz Dry vermouth
- 1⁄2 oz Olive brine
- Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with 2 olives.
this past holiday season, we featured a slightly new take on the classic margarita. i just love the sweet and spicy flavor combination. if you do too, or if you’re looking to break out of the holiday same old same old, check out this drink: a blackberry margarita. the bite of the jalapenos is offset nicely by the sweetness of the blackberries. pair that with a traditional salt rim, and you’re running the full flavor spectrum.
- 2 ounces of tequila
- 2 ounces of lime juice
- 5 blackberries plus more for garnish
- 3-4 slices of fresh jalapeno
- 1 ounce of agave nectar
- 1 cup of ice (1/2 used in the shaker, 1/2 used to serve the drink)
- Garnish: salted rim and blackberries
- Fill the cocktail shaker with tequila, lime juice, blackberries, sliced jalapenos, agave nectar, and 1/2 cup of ice.
- Shake the mixer and strain into a slated glass filled with ice.
hard to believe just a few months ago, we were watching the Super Bowl. we went out on a limb and featured a Red Vespa. the recipe calls for a citrus bitter liqueur called Contratto, which i was unable to find here in Athens. so i substituted Campari. you can also substitute with Aperol. this cocktail is basically the beer version of an Aperol spritz (one of my favorite cocktails!). it’s light and refreshing.