Published on February 28th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


10 New Cocktails From Top Brands & Mixologists To Make At Home

We are now just two months into 2020, and there are always plenty of reasons to celebrate, from birthdays and anniversaries, to award shows and big sporting events. In turn, on behalf of The Hype Magazine, I have gathered some exciting cocktail recipes from a mix of top international spirit brands and well-respected mixologists for your hosting and/or drinking pleasure.

#1: Pineapple Fizz

– 1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
– ¾ part fresh pineapple juice
– ½ part fresh lime juice
– ¼ part agave syrup
– 1 dash Angostura® bitters
– Splash of seltzer
– Pineapple chunks

– Combine all ingredients except seltzer in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
– Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and add a splash of seltzer.
– Garnish with a pineapple chunk skewer and a pineapple leaf.

#2: Black & Ginger

– 1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
– ¼ part fresh lime juice
– ½ part simple syrup
– Fresh ginger
– Lime wedge

– Lightly muddle 2-3 fresh ginger slices in a shaker.
– Combine remainder of ingredients in the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
– Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
– Garnish with a lime wedge.

#3: Fruit Of Thyme

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
– Tonic Water – 4 oz.
– Slim Ruby Red Grapefruit Wedge
– Sprig of Thyme

– Squeeze grapefruit wedge into a cocktail glass and leave it.
– Add The Botanist Gin, then ice.
– Top with Tonic Water.
– Garnish with a sprig of Thyme.

#4: This Is Not A Mimosa

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
– Fresh squeezed orange juice – 0.75 oz.
– Fresh squeezed lime Juice – 0.5 oz.
– Simple Syrup – 0.5 oz.
– Prosecco – 2 oz.

– Add The Botanist Gin, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Lime Juice and Simple Syrup to shaker.
– Fill with ice and shake.
– Strain into a Champagne Flute
– Top with Prosecco
– Garnish with your favorite spring flower, or Orange Peel

#5: Bee Well

The Botanist Gin – 2 oz.
– Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice – 0.5 oz.
– Honey – 0.25 oz.
– Turmeric – ¼ teaspoon
– Ginger Kombucha – 4 oz.

– Add The Botanist Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey and Turmeric into a shaker
– Add ice and shake
– Strain over ice in a Rocks glass
– Garnish with a Fresh Lemon Peel.

#6: Williams & Humbert, Gran Duque d’Alba line of Brandy de Jerez’s Specialty

– 1.5oz Gran Duque d’Alba
– 0.75oz Bauchant
– 0.75oz lemon juice
– 0.5oz honey syrup

– Shake over ice and double strain into coupe glass.
– Garnish with orange essence and rind.

#7: The Curious Jackalope

– 1.5 oz. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
– 0.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
– 0.5 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
– 0.4 oz. sugar syrup

– Garnish with fresh mint and a generous grapefruit wedge.
– Shake.

#8: Black Opal

– 1.5 oz. Partida Reposado
– 1.5 oz. Irish stout
– 0.5 oz. Tawny Port
– 0.25 oz. Agave Nectar (Cut with equal parts water)
– Dash of Angostura Bitters

– Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled wine glass or small pint glass without ice.
– Garnish with some grated or ground cinnamon powder.
– Beer Note: Take your pint of stout beforehand and use a bar spoon to stir it up for about 30 secs to remove some of the CO2.

#9: Kate’s Dirty Vodka Martini

Backstory: A fresh take on a classic, just the way Kate likes it. Dirty, not filthy.

– 3 oz. of King St. Vodka
– 1 oz. Olive Brine
– Dash of Dry Vermouth
– Olives (garnish)

#10: Basil Vodka Gimlet

Backstory: An Italian twist on the original gimlet, typically made with 2 arts gin, 1 part lime juice. Swap out the gin and add some basil, then you’ll have yourself a refreshing cocktail that’s smooth on the palate.

– 2 oz. of Basil-infused King St. Vodka
– 1 oz. Simple syrup
– 1/2-oz. Fresh Lime Juice
– Fresh basil leaves (garnish)

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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