Are you planning on throwing a small get-together to celebrate Groundhog Day? Have you already decided on a food and beverage menu yet? If not, you may want to mull over the idea of adding one or two themed cocktails to the menu. After all, some folks may want to toast the exalted creature’s hard work. With that said, I know of several that you may want to try. Here they are:
One of the first cocktails that you may want to think about making is an Irish groundhog. It is made with equal parts Brown Crème de Cacao, Di Saronno Amaretto and Bailey’s Irish Crème Hazelnut. I traditionally use ½ ounce of each. You’ll also need 2 ounces of half and half cream. Begin by pouring all of the ingredients into a glass. Then stir them together until the mixture turns an even shade of brown. Afterward, drop a few ice cubes into the glass and serve it to your friends as is.
Dark and Dreary
Another drink that you may want to consider serving is a classic dark and dreary. Your guests can use it to toast the continuation of winter. It is traditionally made with a ginger beer and 2 ounces of dark rum. However, I have also watched people make it with ginger ale. Personally, I prefer using the ginger beer because in my opinion it tends to make for a better tasting drink. When you are ready to assemble the drink, just pour the dark rum into a tall glass over ice. Then add the ginger beer and stir until the two are well blended. Afterward, garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge or the item of your choice right before serving it.
I’d also suggest adding a spring themed cocktail to the menu just in case our furry little friend decides that winter is indeed over. I like to make mine with 1.5 ounces of Cointreau, 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice, ½ teaspoon of superfine sugar, 4 dashes of orange bitters and orange seltzer water. To assemble the cocktail, pour everything but the seltzer water into an ice filled bar shaker. Mix the ingredients around inside the shaker and then pour the end result, ice and all, inside a cocktail glass. Then top it off with the orange seltzer water right before you are ready to serve it. I should also mention that a fresh, French marigold blossom would make a nice garnish.
Lastly, I’d suggest adding a sun seeker cocktail to your party’s list in the hopes that this year’s Groundhog Day celebration features lots of warm sunshine. In order to make the drink, you’ll need 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of ginger ale, 2 ounces of orange juice, 1 ounce of Banana Schnapps and 2 ounces of rum. Once you have all of those items on hand, just pour them over ice and stir the mixture vigorously. Then garnish it with a pineapple, orange and cherry fruit skewer before serving it to your guests.
Source: Personal Experience
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