HG Wine & Bar
Recipes by Hopson Grace
Behind every great craft cocktail is a balancing act. Success requires the right tension between alcoholic strength, flavours —sweet, sour, bitter, salt — temperature and texture. Choosing the right component can make or break a cocktail, so opting for high-quality ingredients is critical. When Doug Blendell couldn't find them for his mixed drinks, he decided to take matters into his own hands. With a background in distilling, the Hamilton-born entrepreneur founded Jolly Cut cocktail syrups. Made in Prince Edward County with foraged and organic ingredients, each flavour has been vetted by bartenders. With the ethos that simple and fresh is always best, we present four crafty cocktails —one for each syrup — and an opportunity for you to be a cocktail star.
The Cocktail: Cosmopolitan
The Syrup: Organic Sumac & Cranberry
The Glass: Stemless Martini
2 oz vodka
¾ oz Cointreau
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz unsweetened cranberry juice
½ oz Organic Sumac and Cranberry syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice, and double strain into a stemless martini glass.
The Cocktail: Old Fashioned
The Syrup: Old Fashioned
The Glass: Timeless DOF
½ oz Old Fashioned syrup
2 oz of your favourite bourbon
Orange twist for garnish
Pour ingredients over ice and stir well. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Cocktail: Cognac Sour
The Syrup: Simple Syrup
The Glass: Aria Coupe
2 oz cognac
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Shake all the ingredients with ice, then double-strain into a chilled coupe.
The Cocktail: Juniper Gin & Tonic
The Syrup: Juniper & Ceder Tonic
The Glass: Hepburn DOF
¾ oz Juniper & Cedar Tonic syrup
2 oz gin
Pour Juniper and Cedar Tonic syrup and gin over ice, fill the glass with soda (or tonic if you want an extra punchy drink) and garnish with limes
Tip: To level up your G&T, add a sprig of rosemary