Spirited Seasonal Cocktails with McCormick & Schmick's

3:02 PM, Dec 21, 2010   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.--  This morning McCormick & Schmick's bartender Robert Yarbrough stopped by to share some of the restaurant's holiday-themed cocktails and "mocktails."  Robert said when hosting a party, make sure you have a well-stocked bar available for guests, with a variety of beverage options.

McCormick & Schmick's has two Twin Cities locations, off 3203 Galleria in Edina and at 800 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.  For reservations and more information, check out www.mccormickandschmicks.com.

Here are the drink recipes Robert showed us today:

The Poinsettia
1 fresh raspberry
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. Stoli Razberi Vodka
2 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine
Long orange curl, to garnish

Muddle the raspberry and simple syrup; shake with Stoli Razberi Vodka, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice and ice. Top with Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine and garnish with long orange curl. Strain and serve in a flute.

Winterberry Mojito
10 mint leaves
¾ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
2 fresh blackberries
2 fresh raspberries
1 ½ oz. Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1 oz. club soda
Mint sprig, to garnish

Muddle the mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, blackberries and raspberries together. Shake the mixture with Cruzan Aged Light Rum and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve in a pint glass.

Holiday Spice Sangria
2 oz. Blackstone Merlot
½ oz. Hennessy VS Cognac
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 ½ oz. pear nectar
2 dashes of Allspice
¾ oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
Orange wedge and cinnamon stick, to garnish

Combine all ingredients, shake and pour over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge and cinnamon stick and serve in a wine glass.

Mocha Martini
1 ¼ oz. Ketel One Vodka
½ oz. Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. heavy cream
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. chocolate syrup
Chocolate drizzle, to garnish

Combine all ingredients with ice, shake and strain. Garnish with chocolate drizzle and serve in a martini glass.

The Gentleman Manhattan
1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack Whiskey
½ oz. Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura Butters
Maraschino cherry and long orange curl, to garnish

Shake the Gentleman Jack Whiskey and Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth with ice; strain and add Angostura Bitters. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and long orange curl; serve in a martini glass.

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