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6 Uncommon Cocktails to Add to Your Repertoire

There are so many interesting drinks to make, whether you’re a bartender or just want to mix up some craft cocktails at home. If you’re bored with the same recipes and want to spice things up, you’ll need some new cocktail recipes. 

Here are some beverages that can take your mixologist skills to the next level.

1. Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

A salted caramel espresso martini is the perfect fall drink. This drink is served in a martini glass without ice and is so pretty no matter what you include. This version is a fun spin on the traditional cocktail with caramel, salt on the rim and espresso for an added kick. 

You can use instant coffee, cold brew or anything you want to replace espresso. You will also need heavy whipping cream, vodka, Kahlua and Torani caramel syrup to make this drink. Mix all these ingredients in a shaker with some ice and add a pinch of sea salt before you pour it into your martini glass. 

2. Pineapple Margarita

Who doesn’t love a margarita? There are so many variations of this traditional cocktail. However, this recipe is different from the rest because it includes sake, which is lower in calories and alcohol content than most white liquors. 

For this pineapple margarita, you will need three cups of pineapple juice, a bottle of sake, salt, some orange juice and a garnish of grilled pineapple. Put your sake and juices in a container and mix them well. Salt the glass rim, pour your mixture into it and enjoy.

3. Lemon Drop Sake 

Lemon drop sake takes classic lemon drops to another level. Remember those shots with sugar on the rim that all your girlfriends made you take in college? Now they’re all grown up. Most lemon drops in sports bars are made with lemonade instead of freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. Lemon drop sake is a game changer and sophisticates the average recipe. 

You’ll need sake, simple syrup, lemon juice and triple sec. Cointreau is an excellent choice and Grand Marnier is a fantastic orange liqueur you can use as a substitute. Put some ice in a cocktail shaker, add the ingredients, shake for about 20 seconds, then strain into a glass. 

4. French 75

The French 75 is a cocktail that dates back to World War I. This drink is also famous in the movie “Casablanca,” which is filled with drinks since the character Rick Blaine owns a nightclub in Morocco. The French 75 is a classic that will never go out of style. The recipe is simple and can please any palate. 

The French 75 consists of simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and champagne or prosecco. For this drink, you’ll need one ounce of gin, half an ounce of simple syrup and lemon juice. Put those ingredients in your champagne glass and top it off with your choice of prosecco or champagne to feel like you’re right inside the movie. 

5. Orange Whip 

The orange whip is a fun twist on the orange creamsicles we all knew and loved as children. This drink was also featured in the “Blues Brothers.” You’ll need two ounces of cream for this delightful treat of a cocktail. You can make this tasty treat in a blender for a frozen version that is sure to delight your taste buds, or you can make it into a shot if you tweak the ingredients. You’ll want to cut all the measurements in half for the shot version.  

Put one ounce of rum, one ounce of vodka, cream and four ounces of orange juice into a cocktail shaker to mix it up. Make sure there’s ice in the shaker and the glass to cool down your beverage and get that frozen dessert vibe from your childhood. The more you shake your drink, the frothier it will be. Garnish it with an orange slice and some whipped cream and enjoy your tasty treat. 

6. Pisco Sour 

A creative way to turn a traditional vodka or whiskey sour drink into a work of art is with this classic cocktail from Peru. These beverages have a different texture than most mixed drinks and provide an unmatched level of sophistication. Egg whites take this recipe to a whole other level. Most pisco sour recipes call for two ounces of pisco, but this recipe calls for three, which is typically how they serve it in Peru. 

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are simple syrup, pisco, lime juice, bitters and egg whites. Use a cocktail shaker with lots of crushed ice to achieve the foam you want on top of your drink — the egg whites will add more foam to your cocktail and make it frothy like a coffee. Combine the ingredients and shake. Strain your mixture into a highball glass for a fancy-looking cocktail and add bitters directly onto the foam for some extra flair. 

Drinks to Add to Your Repertoire

You can add many unique cocktails to your arsenal of bartender knowledge and hone your expertise. Try a few of these recipes to make an impressive drink that will wow your guests or patrons and make for a memorable evening.

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