There are bubbly drinks beyond Champagne and beer. We got cocktail expert Kevin Fisher, 35, a former bartender at The Lift, to run us through four “not too high-class, not too lowbrow” cocktails to ask for when you go out Monday night.
Lady in Red
An original concoction by Fisher, made with 2 ounces Beefeater Gin, 11/2 ounces strawberry simple syrup and 2 ounces of Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. “This drink is amazing and every woman loves it. Beefeater Gin must be used, because of its floral nature. Other gins are too strong to match up with the strawberry syrup and the sparkling cider. Beware: They go down fast.”
Dark & Stormy
Fisher’s variation on the drink is made with 2 ounces of dark rum and 3 ounces of ginger beer, then garnished with a lime wedge and served on the rocks. “The original calls for ginger ale, but I think ginger beer gives it more of a kick and really spices up the drink. A great drink to warm you up and tickle your nose.”
You need 2 ounces of Pimm’s, 8 ounces of ginger ale, a slice of lemon to garnish and ice to serve it on the rocks. “A Pimm’s Cup is a classic drink that for the adventurous type might be a good alternative New Year’s Eve drink. But it certainly isn’t for everyone.”
A twist on the Moscow Mule, made with 2 ounces of Blanco tequila, 1 ounce Canton Liquor, a teaspoon of agave nectar, shaken, served on the rocks and topped with ginger beer. “This one is really refreshing and will go down fast like a Moscow Mule.”