I’ve teamed up with the Hound Ears Club, NC to bring you three traditional cocktails that I believe will add a bit of sparkle to your lifestyle. All three of these drinks are simple and easy to make. Whether you’d like to try them out at your favorite restaurant or at home, I’ll provide all the details you need to know to make one of these drinks your signature cocktail.
Cheers to the Hound Ears Club for providing a beautiful atmosphere for this shoot. They just re-did their whole bar and dining room, and it looks gorgeous! The decor is done in tranquil tones, thus providing a rustic yet elegant feel. Located in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina, this clubhouse overlooks a sweeping golf course landscape with a spectacular view of Grand Father mountain.
Now, let’s make some cocktails!
The Champagne Cocktail (AKA the Slightly Sparkled):
This is my signature drink. It’s a bubbly, sweet and slightly bitter twist to an otherwise simple glass of champagne. My favorite of choice of bubbly is Veuve Clicquot, but not all restaurants have champagne, so they’ll usually swap it with prosecco instead.
Step one: Add a few dashes of Angostura bitters to coat one sugar cube.
Step two: Create the lemon twist. We did one rotation around the lemon to create a nice curlicue. This was a little tricker than I thought, but I’m sure with practice it would be easy peasy lemon squeezy. (Sorry, I had to haha). Click here for a link to the tool on Amazon if you’re interested in purchasing one of your own.
Step three: Add the bubbly! Tip: Pour against the side of the glass to decrease the foam.
And, whala! You have one sparkling glass of champagne– Slightly Sparkled style.
This drink is the most aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion, of all the drinks I am presenting to you today. There is something mesmerizing about the monochromaticity of this cocktail. The Gibson is subtle in flavor and marked by just a hint of tang.
Step one: 2 oz of Grey Goose vodka, or if you prefer a more traditional version, substitute with gin.
1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth
If you look closely, I’m about a millisecond away from spilling this vodka over the measuring glass. Apparently, I’m way too clumsy to be a bartender, lol.
Hint: To create a cold glass, fill with ice and water while you’re mixing the vodka and vermouth. By the time you’re done, your martini glass will be nice and frosty.
Step two: Shake the vodka, dry vermouth, and ice in a silver shaker.
Step three: Dump the ice and water from the martini glass. Skewer three onions and let rest in the empty glass.
Step four: Strain the liquor from the shaker into the cold martini glass for one perfectly crafted Gibson.
The Old Fashioned:
It’s only appropriate that we make an Old Fashioned in one of the most classically southern clubhouses in all of North Carolina– the Hound Ears Club. Though this drink is made with whiskey, it’s smooth and sweet. The lemon twist really gives this cocktail a burst of citrus that’s perfect for a summer evening.
Step one: Muddle one sugar cube, 3 dashes of bitters, and 1 tablespoon of water (substitute with soda water for a bit of fizz) in a rocks glass. You want to create a smooth paste here.
Step two: Add 2 oz of Bullet Rye Whiskey.
Step three: Fill glass with ice.
Step four: Stir the ice and liquor with a spoon. Make sure to keep the spoon pressed against the glass and stir gently so that the ice does not break.
Step five: Garnish with an orange wedge (squeeze and let rest in the drink for extra flavor) and a maraschino cherry.
Step five: enjoy your Old Fashioned!
Now that I’ve discussed three vintage cocktails and how to craft them, I challenge you to try one for yourself. Go ahead, add a little sparkle to your lifestyle with one of these traditional drinks. And don’t forget to let me know what you think once you’ve tried them.
Do you already have a favorite classic cocktail or signature drink? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to discuss it with you!
Thank you to the Hound Ears Club for providing a beautiful space for this collaboration and for accommodating all my wishes– you are all the sweetest! I would also like to give a special thanks to the Bar Manager, Krimson Wilson, for orchestrating this whole collaboration.
I absolutely love living (for part of the year) in this charming neighborhood tucked away in the mountains, and I’m so happy I’m able to share this place with all my readers.
Thank you to Jordan Rucker Photography for the stunning photos. You truly brought this post to life!
And, thank you to the Hound Ears Club mixologist, Edan, for teaching me all the tips and tricks to crafting these cocktails.