The Persimmons of Memory

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The Persimmons of Memory

Chances are you know someone with a persimmon tree in their front yard. Put the oft-forgotten fruit to good use in this not too sweet not too spicy concoction.  

Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
3/4 ounce persimmon-allspice syrup*
1/2 ounce lime

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Serve up and garnish with a lime wedge.

*Persimmon-allspice syrup
Peel and slice 6 ripe Fuyu or Hachiya persimmons and combine in a pot with 2 quarts water, 10 whole allspice berries and 2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce over medium heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour before fine straining into a separate container.

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November Nights

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November Nights

Classic fall flavors like cinnamon, apple and cranberry work perfectly with the savory notes in Venus Aquavit.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Aquavit
3/4 ounces cinnamon-apple syrup*
3/4 ounces cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Serve up and garnish with a cranberry.

*Cinnamon-apple syrup
Combine 4 cups apple juice, 2 cups sugar and 4 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool with cinnamon sticks inside.

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Plumint

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Plumint

Get 'em while they're ripe! Here in Northern California plums are in season May to November, so take advantage of these sweet juicy fruits with this plum & mint cocktail.

Makes 1

1.5 oz Venus Gin Blend No. 01
1 oz plum syrup*
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2-3 fresh mint leaves
Splash of soda water

Muddle mint, plum syrup and lemon juice in a shaker. Fill with ice, add gin and shake until chilled. Pour into a glass with ice and top with soda. Garnish with a mint leaf.

*Plum syrup
Combine equal parts chopped plums and sugar and macerate together. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. Add 1 part water, stir well or shake until sugar is fully dissolved, then strain. More or less water can be added to desired sweetness/thickness.

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Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add chopped plums and let simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Strain and allow to cool.


 

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Wayward Sour

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Wayward Sour

Tart, fresh and a little sweet, the Wayward Sour is everything you're looking for on a warm summer afternoon.

Makes 1

2 oz Wayward Whiskey Rye
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 egg white (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and dry shake for 10 seconds. Add ice and shake for additional 10 to 20 seconds. Pour over ice in a rocks glass & garnish with a cherry.

 

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Bee's Knees

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Bee's Knees

Gin, honey & lemon. Simple yet delicious, and just in time for spring.

Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 01
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce honey simple syrup*

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into glass. Garnish with lemon twist or lavender sprig. 

* Honey syrup
Combine equal parts honey and warm water. Stir until honey is dissolved.

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Bad Seed

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Bad Seed

The savory notes in Venus Aquavit work perfectly with the bittersweetness of the Cynar and amaro.

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Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Spirits Aquavit
1 ounce Cynar
1 ounce Amaro Ramazzotti
1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake or stir and serve up. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Pomegranate Gin Sparkler

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Pomegranate Gin Sparkler

Pomegranate pairs nicely with the orange and oak in Gin Blend No. 02, and is the perfect complement to the flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Good ingredients are important here, so choose quality pomegranate juice and fresh squeeze your orange juice if possible. Play around with measurements too depending on how sweet/tart/boozy you prefer your cocktails. Enjoy!

Serves 14-16

1 bottle Venus Gin Blend No. 02
1/2 cup pomegranate syrup*
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups soda water

Combine all ingredients except soda water in a punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Top with soda water and stir gently. Serve over ice with an orange peel and a few pomegranate arils.

*Pomegranate syrup

3 cups pomegranate juice
2.5 cups sugar (3 cups if you prefer sweeter syrup)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Combine sugar and pomegranate juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and add lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer uncovered until the syrup has thickened, about 30-40 minutes. The syrup will become thicker when cooled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

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The Witch's Nose

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The Witch's Nose

Celebrate Halloween with this frothy concoction. 

Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
10-12 ounces Irish Stout

Add gin to a pint or rocks glass and top with stout. Express the oils from an orange twist over the glass and drop in as a garnish.

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Fall Into Venus

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Fall Into Venus

This Gin Blend No. 02 cocktail is perfect for the first day of Fall with notes of pumpkin, apple and ginger.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
1 1/5 ounces pumpkin shrub*
1 ounce apple brandy

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a bay leaf.

*For the pumpkin shrub

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Peel ginger & grate with a microplane. Combine all ingredients and place in an airtight container in the fridge for 12-24 hours (to make right away, combine all ingredients in a powerful blender with 1/2 c water and strain). Strain or press through a cheesecloth to collect liquid, discard solids. Store refrigerated. 

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Bijou Deux

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Bijou Deux

The bijou, meaning 'jewel' in French, is an herbaceous boozy cocktail that dates back to 1900. This recipe is an updated version that uses barrel rested Gin Blend No. 02.

Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
1 1/2 ounces Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a coupe. Serve up with an orange twist. 

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Aquavit Bloody Mary

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Aquavit Bloody Mary

Start your weekend with a Bloody Mary made with Aquavit Blend No. 01. Notes of caraway and anise will take this brunch staple to a whole new level.

Start with your favorite Bloody Mary recipe or mix, using 2 ounces of Venus Aquavit Blend No. 01 instead of vodka.

We garnished with celery stock, green olives, pickled green beans, a slice of lemon and an Old Bay rim.

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Martinez

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Martinez

The Martinez is traditionally made with Old Tom Gin, but Venus Gin Blend No. 02 pairs beautifully with the vermouth and maraschino.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
1 1/2 ounces Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe and garnish with an orange twist or Luxardo cherry. 

 

 

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Watermelon Margarita

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Watermelon Margarita

The most refreshing summer margarita since the margarita.

Makes 1

1 1/4 ounces El Ladrón Blanco Blue Agave Spirit
1 1/4 ounces fresh watermelon juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce agave syrup (to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass or rocks glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel or wedge. 

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Sun & Sand

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Sun & Sand

Sweet and slightly bitter, stay cool on a warm afternoon with this refreshing El Ladrón cocktail. 

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Makes 1 
1 1/2 ounces El Ladrón Blanco
1 1/2 ounces orange juice 
3/4 ounce Luxardo
1/5 ounce sweet vermouth 
2 dashes orange bitters

Shake & serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy!

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Venus in the Cosmos

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Venus in the Cosmos

Tangy and slightly sweet, this cosmo is made with Venus Gin Blend No. 01

 

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 01

1 ounce Cranberry

1 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

4 dashes Angostura bitters


Shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Aviation

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Aviation

A classic gin-based cocktail that can be made with or without the Crème de Violette. 

 

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 01

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur

1/4 ounce Crème de Violette

 

Shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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French 75

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French 75

The perfect New Year's cocktail, topped off with a bit of bubbly. Cheers!

 

Makes 1

1 ½ ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 01

½ ounce simple syrup

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

Champagne or sparkling wine


Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake until chilled. Strain into a glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon spiral or a sprig of fresh lavender. 

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Last Word

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Last Word

The Last Word is a prohibition-era cocktail with a bite. Plus, the equal parts recipe is easy to remember.

 

Makes 1

3/4 ounce Venus Gin Blend No. 01

3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse

3/4 ounce Maraschino liqueur

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice


Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

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Blackberry Sage

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Blackberry Sage

Experiment with the amount of sage in your simple syrup to make this cocktail more or less earthy. 

 

Makes 1

2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 01

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon sage simple syrup*

5 fresh blackberries

 

Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin, lime juice, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake. Strain into a glass and serve up with a sage leaf garnish.

* In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 8 sage leaves to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool before straining into a sealed container. Store refrigerated.

 

 

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Paloma Bandito

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Paloma Bandito

This traditional Mexican cocktail is updated with orange juice, bitters and El Ladrón Blanco Blue Agave Spirit.

 

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Makes 1

2 ounces El Ladrón Blanco

½ ounce fresh lime juice

½ ounces grapefruit juice

1 ounce orange juice

½ ounce organic agave syrup

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Serve in a glass with a salted rim.   

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