Dani DeLuna is Home Bar Girl – “just a grrrrl making fabulous cocktails.” A New Yorker and freelance spirits industry writer, Dani loves creating delicious drinks, reviewing spirits, and hosting parties.
We’re huge fans of Dani’s work here at Teeling HQ and are delighted to welcome her back for a Teeling Times Takeover! Try her selection of Teeling Small Batch and Single Grain cocktails, perfect for a mid-spring evening!
Over to you Dani!
To me, spring is a time for replacing heavy stirred drinks with refreshing cocktails. It’s a time to gather your friends in the backyard, (or in our case here in NYC) on the rooftop/fire escape/stoop/in the park, and toast the return of flowers and greenery. I truly enjoy a citrusy cocktail when the sun is out and we are having some mighty fine weather here in Brooklyn.
Silk Bonnet Cocktail
This play on a Brown Derby uses Teeling Small Batch Whiskey, Honey Syrup, and Red Grapefruit Juice.
- 2 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz red Grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz Honey Syrup (1:1 ratio)
- Garnish: a big Grapefruit peel.
Combine ingredients over ice and shake it gurrrrrrrrrl. Double strain into your prettiest coupe and garnish with Grapefruit peel.
This punch is a variation on a “Whiskey Punch” recipe from 1917. I swapped out the Sweet Vermouth for a dry Ruby Port and used Teeling Single Grain due to its berry notes.
- 1 1/2 oz Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz Quinta Infantado Ruby Port (dry Ruby Port)
- 1/2 oz Pineapple Gomme Syrup
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- Garnish: Lemon peel Rose, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Combine ingredients over ice and shake hard. Strain into a fancy tumbler with ice and garnish.
The Captain’s Leave
Lastly, I’ve got an escapist Tiki cocktail which nods to two classic cocktails: Army & Navy and the Colonel cocktail. The Captain has left the ship, is headed to a deserted island, and is on leave. Don’t call, he won’t pick up the phone.
- 1 3/4 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
- 1/4 oz Rothman and Winter Apricot Liqueur
- 1/2 oz Orgeat
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- Garnish: Tiki Umbrella, Pineapple Chunk, Maraschino Cherry
Combine ingredients over ice and shakie-shake-shake. Strain into double rocks glass over crushed ice and garnish. Tiki time!
Cheers and hope you all enjoy the fabulous spring weather with these tasty Teeling cocktails!
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