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Any Liquor Pantry Cocktail

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This recipe is really just a 3-2-1 ratio with almost endless adaptations. Start with a base liquor of your choice. Add something sour -- citrus or another unsweetened, tart juice. You can even add a splash of brine from pickled vegetables or a little vinegar to take the cocktail in the direction of a shrub, which has popped up on drink menus all over because it's so refreshing. Finally, add something sweet -- basic simple syrup or just about any other liquid sweetener you have on hand. Once you are ready to shake it with ice, you can personalize it further by throwing a few herb sprigs or pieces of fruit in the shaker. Finish with a topper of seltzer, prosecco or another fizzy beverage, if you like. The proverbial cherry on top can be any garnish you have on hand -- fruit, pickles, candy, herbs, you name it. Begin with simple combinations -- see our suggestions below -- and then experiment to find the ones you like the most.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the liquor, sour and sweet and flavor enhancers if using and shake well. Strain and pour into a glass over ice. Add a fizzy topper if using. Garnish as desired.

Suggested Combinations:

  1. Whiskey + Pomegranate juice + Honey (no fizzy topper)
  2. Gin + Lime juice + Orange juice + Seltzer topper
  3. Vodka + Lemon juice + Maraschino cherry juice from the jar + Sliced strawberries + Prosecco topper + Maraschino cherry garnish
  4. Tequila + Lime juice and a splash of pickled jalapeno brine + Triple Sec + Lime and jalapeno garnish (no fizzy topper)
  5. Bourbon + Lemon juice + Maple syrup + Lemon wedge garnish (no fizzy topper)
  6. Rum + Unsweetened pomegranate juice + Simple syrup + Flavored seltzer topper + Fresh fruit garnish
  7. Rum + Lime juice and a splash of white wine vinegar + Simple syrup + Blackberries + Prosecco topper + Gummy candy garnish
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