Liquid Pleasures: Four Fruit-Inspired Cocktails

Written by: Kimberly Rhine | Photography by: Kimberly Dam | Location: Goodfella 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Thyme Lemonade

Ingredients:

Distilled water

Container of blackberries

Fresh thyme

Bag of lemons

Mayhaw Jelly (Farmin’ On Front)

Club soda or Sprite

Tito’s Vodka

Shaker

Muddler

Ice cube molds/tray

Ice Cubes:

-place one blackberry and one piece of thyme in each ice mold

-fill up with distilled water

-freeze

**  Distilled ice is used so the ice cubes aren’t cloudy and the fruit and thyme are visible.

Instructions:

  • In a shaker, muddle a handful of blackberries and two sprigs of thyme
  • Add lemon juice from half a lemon, or more for your desired tartness
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoon of local Mayhaw Jelly as your sweetener
  • Add 1 ½ oz of Tito’s Vodka (gluten free)
  • Add plain ice to the shaker
  • Shake all ingredients vigorously
  • Place pre-made ice cubes in a glass
  • Strain contents of shaker over the ice cubes
  • Top with club soda OR Sprite (your choice of sweetness)
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon, sprig of thyme, and fresh blackberries

 

**Farmin’ On Front supplied the local Mayhaw Jelly for this drink. I strive to use ingredients that are made with ALL natural ingredients, no preservatives, and locally produced when I can. Farmin’ on Front is a great place to help accomplish this.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Jalapeno Basil Mojito

Ingredients:

Container of blackberries

Fresh basil

Distilled water

Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly (Farmin’ on Front)

Fresh mint

Limes

Muddy River Silver Rum (made in Belmont, North Carolina)

Shaker

Muddler

Ice cube molds/tray

Club soda

Stirring spoon

Fresh jalapeno (optional)

 

Ice Cubes:

-place one blackberry and one basil leaf in each ice cube mold

-add distilled water

-freeze

**  Distilled ice is used so the ice cubes aren’t cloudy and the fruit and thyme are visible.

Instructions:

  • In a shaker, muddle mint leaves, 1 lime wedge, and fresh blackberries
  • Add in more lime juice
  • Add 1 tbsp Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly
  • Add 1 ½ oz Silver Rum
  • Add ice to shaker and shake
  • Place the blackberry basil ice cubes in a glass
  • Pour contents in shaker over the pre-made ice cubes
  • Top with club soda
  • Stir contents (you do not shake the drink at this point because carbonation has been added)
  • Garnish with a lime wedge, fresh mint, fresh blackberries, and a basil leaf

In this drink, I added basil to the ice cubes to help tone down the heat from the jalapenos. It does not take away from the jalapeno flavor but makes the drink more enjoyable. Since the basil is placed in ice cubes, the flavor in the drink will not be overpowering. Also, if you do enjoy spice, adding fresh jalapeno slices in the drink can be tasty! Do keep in mind that the seeds pack the most heat, so de-seeding your fresh jalapeno slices is also an option.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peach Fuzz

Ingredients:

Mango

Peach Ciroc

Lemons

Shaker

Fresh rosemary

Orange juice

 

Instructions:

  • Peel your mango, as you will be using these in the drink as well as the garnish
  • Juice your oranges for your juice or use store bought juice (just make sure to stay away from any concentrates due to the preservatives)
  • In a shaker, lightly muddle ⅓ cup of fresh cut mango chunks
  • Add 1 oz. of fresh lemon juice
  • Add 2 oz orange juice
  • Add 1 ½ oz Peach Ciroc
  • Add ice to shaker, and shake.
  • Pour over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig – on that rosemary sprig you can attach mango spears

The rosemary in this cocktail is more of an aromatic that comes into the drink right before tasting the cocktail. While you enjoy the cocktail, the rosemary will slowly become a complement to the peach mango cocktail as it in the drink. For less of a rosemary flavor, remove the rosemary sprig shortly after.

This cocktail is refreshing and fruity all at the same time, making it a perfect addition to any meal or evening on the dock.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Lemon Bourbon

Ingredients: Strawberries

Lemons

Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

Local honey: Farmin’ on Front

Orange

Stirring spoon

 

Instructions:

  • In a shaker, muddle ¼ a cup of strawberries with 1 tbsp local honey.
  • Add in 2 oz Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  • Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Add ice to the shaker and stir with a stirring spoon
  • Strain into glass or pour over ice
  • Garnish with an orange peel

 

**This cocktail can be served up or on the rocks, and garnished with an orange peel.

Prior to placing the orange peel in the glass, take the inside of the peel and wipe it around the rim of the glass. It’s the details that make these cocktails come together.

I chose a Rye Whiskey because of the use of new charred-oak barrels.

This specific type of barreling produces flavors such as oak, caramel, and vanilla in the whiskey. I felt that this would complement the strawberries in the cocktail.

The sweet strawberries and citrus combined with the honey transform this cocktail into a whiskey drink that your every day whiskey drinkers will enjoy along with those who are typically leary of whiskey.


 

I have been bartending for seven years now, but it wasn’t until the last few years that I began developing my “craft.” I fell in love with making my drinks thanks to my customers. Creating an experience for them was more important than pushing drinks, and that’s when I knew I should begin creating my own cocktails.

I recently began documenting my drinks on social media through my photos. I created #DrinksByKimberly. I am not only compiling unique drinks with local and fresh ingredients, but I am also creating a captivating appeal in their presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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