Happier Hours for Your Happy New Year: 4 Great Cocktails to Try in 2017

Cocktail Recipes
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Nearly two weeks into the New Year, 32% of those who resolved to shed vices, take up healthy habits or generally be a better person are already back to their terrible old selves. Instead of resolving to quit drinking, you might do well to simply try drinking better. You don’t have to be a bartender to make a great mixed drink. All you need is a shaker, the right glassware and these cocktail recipes.

THE DIDDY: CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka


CIROC SNAP FROST VODKA 1,000MLPerfect for Sunday brunch or sunny afternoons is The Diddy, made with rapper P Diddy’s CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka plus a refreshing glass of lemonade.

– 1.5 oz. CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka
– 1.5 oz. Lemonade
– 1 Lemon Wheel for Garnish

To Make:
– Pour the vodka and lemonade together, over ice, in a highball glass
– Stir
– Garnish with a lemon wheel

APPLE CINNAMON RYE FIZZ: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey


Apples and whiskey are a classic happy hour treat. Sip on an Apple Cinnamon Rye Fizz to wind down – and warm up – after a long day.

– 1.5 oz. Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye
– 1.5 oz. Apple Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup
– 0.5 oz. Apple Cider
– 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
– 1 Splash Ginger Ale
– 1 Apple Slice for Garnish

To Make:
– Combine the whiskey, syrup, cider and juice over ice in a cocktail shaker.
– Shake well
– Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass
– Garnish with apple slice

SUMMER: Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine


The name says it all. Serve this cocktail at pool parties and beach trips to stay refreshed and relaxed.

– 2 oz. Dutch’s Sugar Wash Moonshine
– 2 oz. Rosé Wine
– 0.25 oz. Agave Nectar
– 2 oz. Seasonal Berries
– 2 Lemon Wedges
– 1 Splash Club Soda

To Make:
– Muddle the berries, lemon and agave in shaker, then add ice
– Add ice, liquor and rosé wine
– Shake hard and strain into an empty collins glass
– Add fresh ice
– Splash with club soda

QUEENS 75: Queens Courage Old Tom Gin


Serve this fancy cocktail as an aperitif at your next dinner party. The guests won’t be disappointed.

– 1.0 oz. Queens Courage
– 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
– 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
– 3.0 oz. Champagne
– Lemon Twist or Raspberry for Garnish

To Make:
– Combine the gin, lemon juice and syrup in a shaker with ice
– Strain into a champagne flute
– Top with the drink with champagne
– Garnish with your choice of a lemon twist or raspberry

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