Drinks, Recipes

New Year’s Eve Cocktails w/ Yongehurst Distillery Spirits

New Year’s Eve is the time to start fresh, to reflect on all that you accomplished or wished you had accomplished in the year that is ending and to get ready for a brand new year. We love New Year’s Eve, it’s like Mondays, the start of something that you can be awesome at, whether that be a new week or a new year. The week between Christmas and the new year is the perfect time to sit back and reflect on all that you did in the year or the stuff you wish you did and to use that experience to plan the best new year ever.

This past year was so amazing for us and we are so happy to have every single one of you supporting us and showing us so much love. As a thank you we wanted to bring you some of the best recipes and videos of the year. We teamed up with an amazing local distillery called Yongehurst Distillery Co. to bring you three amazing cocktail recipes to go along with the three hors d’oeuvres we gave you in Sunday’s video.

Yongehurst was ice enough to give us three of their amazing spirits to work with: Liberties Vodka, Harbours Rum and Fivewood Dry Gin. Not only are these pretty amazing on their own, but they are amazing additions to deliciously crafted cocktails. We spent hours making these awesome cocktails and we are sure that won’t disappoint any of your guests.

When we were doing our research we came across this amazing trick that people roast their oranges as a side with a dinner for a nice citrus addition, so we thought why not add some herbs to it and then blend it into a delicious orange juice. Then of course add some rum to it and a handful of other delicious stuff and you have yourself one hell of a delicious drink.

Herb-Roasted Orange Rum & Ginger

Serves: 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup ginger beer
  • 1 oz. Yongehurst Distillery Co. Harbour Rum

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Slice your orange into wedges and add to a baking dish. Mince your fresh herbs and add to your baking dish along with your avocado oil and toss in the oranges to ensure it is all coated.
  3. Bake in your preheated oven for about 30 min or until the tips start to char a little bit.
  4. Once the oranges are done, remove them from the oven and allow to cool for about 10-20 minutes or until you can handle them. Remove the skin and place the rest in the blender along with about 3/4 cup of cold water. Blend until smooth.
  5. Strain your orange juice using a sieve in order to get a super smooth juice. (This will make more than enough for one juice so you can save it for non-alcoholic beverage or double up some of the other ingredients and make a double batch.)
  6. To your glass of choice add your rum first, then add in about 1/3 cup of your roasted orange juice and your ginger beer. Garnish with some slices of orange and a sprig of thyme.

 

Gin was one of the more difficult drinks to create because neither of us really drink it. However we do have to safe the Yongehurst Fivewood Dry Gin is absolutley wonderful to drink in this. We had tried it with another gin and it just wasn’t the same. We decided to goa little fancier than we would normally with this one and inflused the gin with a delicious apple spiced tea. That’s right we got a Tea Cranberry Tea Cocktail for you.

Gin Apple Cranberry Tea Cocktail

Serves: 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp David’s Tea Forever Nuts, divided
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 fresh cranberry juice (or store bought)
  • 1.5 oz. Yongehurst Distillery Co. Fiveward Dry Gin
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (if making your own cranberry juice)

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 tbsp of your tea to each of your two tea bags. Add one of the tea bags to your gin and the other to your boiling water and allow to steep. The gin should be infused for about 2 hours and the tea steeped for about 10 minutes. All the tea to completely cool before making a drink.
  2. If you are making fresh cranberry juice you can add about 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries with about 1/2 cup of water to a blender until smooth. Strain it through a sieve to get smooth cranberry juice. (This will make a bit more than you need for one drink)
  3. To put your drink together pour your gin into your desired glass along with your cranberry juice your tea and your maple syrup. (Only add maple syrup if you are using homemade unsweetened cranberry juice)
  4. Garnish with some fresh cranberries to serve.

 

Last but not least we made a cocktail using vodka. This was probably one of the easier ones to come up with, but just as elegant and delicious. Made with fresh blackberry juice and delicious citrus hints this drink will teleport you right to the middle of summer, int he middle of winter.

Blackberry Lemon Vodka

Serves: 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sparkling lemon water
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1.5 oz. Yongehurst Distillery Co. Liberties Vodka

Instructions:

  1. To a high speed blender add your blackberries and water and blend until smooth. Strain your juice using a sieve to get a smooth juice without any chunks or seeds. (This will make more than you need for just one drink)
  2. Put your drink together by adding your vodka to your desired glass along with your sparling lemon water, 1/3 cup of your blackberry juice mixture, lemon juice and agave nectar.