Whether it’s the classic lime margarita for spicy food, the refreshing Ginger Beer and Lime Martini for your friends at sunset or a well made Manhattan to go with some whiskey – on the rocks cocktails can be surprisingly delicious. You have to know how to make them right, though. It’s all about using fresh ingredients, good quality ice and premium spirits like SKYY vodka or Jim Beam bourbon. And don’t forget the garnish. Small ice cubes (about 1.25 inches in size) are great for on the rocks drinks. You want to use a cocktail shaker to mix them properly and then serve them in the right glass with plenty of ice. Crushed ice is best for drinks like Zombies, Daiquiris and Mai Tais. You can buy sphere or cube-shaped ice at most liquor stores or make your own by wrapping a large ice block in a clean towel and then hammering the life out of it with a wooden mallet.
This Cosmo from OTR Premium Cocktails is a perfect example of how to make a pre-made cocktail that tastes like it came straight out of a shaker at a fancy bar. It’s not overly sweet, and the perfect balance of tequila with tart lime flavors and triple sec is all there. This would be an excellent cocktail to have on hand while entertaining, or while binge watching Sex and the City with a friend.
OTR Premium Cocktails is a line of premium bottled cocktails that were developed by renowned bartenders Patrick Halbert and Rocco Milano. They wanted to create a brand of cocktails that are ready-to-drink and that can elevate moments where a bartender might not be available. It’s a collection of luxurious craft cocktails that are designed to bring the bar experience home or to the traveller.