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MAGICAL COCKTAIL TOUR - BEATLES INSPIRED COCKTAILS


Updated December 2015
Yes, this is a graphic done with a photo of my set of bobbing head Beatles dolls that I won from KRLA over 50 years ago. 
 
[Originally posted for the Anniversary of The Beatles' first arrival on American shores, marking the anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (February 9th,  1964).]

On that night 73 Million people (make that teens and weary parents) watched their performance, making it one of the most watched television shows in history.
 
I was one of those teenagers, well, actually closer to a teeny-bopper as I'd just entered my teens. But I caught Beatlemania that night and have never found the cure.
 
To honor my favorite band ever I have created some cocktails inspired by The Beatles:
 
BEATLES ALEXANDER
aka The Lennon Milkshake
(John drank Brandy Alexanders all the time but called them milkshakes!)
1 Oz. Brandy
1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Oz. Half & Half
 
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well blended and chilled. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a dash of nutmeg and some dark chocolate shavings.
 
THE SGT. PEPPER
1-1.2 Oz. Bourbon
2 Oz. Dr. Pepper
1/2 Oz. Lemon Juice
Dash of Cherry Bitters
 
Fill a cocktail glass with ice, pour in the bourbon, then add the lemon juice, the Dr. Pepper and tap a drop or two of Cherry Bitters on top. Garnish with a homemade Bourbon Cherry.
 
LENNON DROP
1 Oz. Citrus Vodka
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Lemon Infused Sugar
 
Zest the lemon and mix this zest into 1/2 cup of sugar. Set on a cookie sheet to infuse and dry for at least an hour. After your sugar is ready dip the rim of your glass into some lemon juice then into the lemon sugar and chill glass in the freezer. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice and a tablespoon of lemon sugar to the shaker and shake until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a twist of lemon.
 
STRAWBERRY FIELDS
1 Oz. Strawberry Vodka
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
Whipped Cream
Slice of Fresh Strawberry
 
Pour the strawberry vodka into a shooter, add the whipped cream vodka. Top off with a shot of whipped cream and a strawberry slice.
 
YELLOW SUBMARTINI
3/4 Oz. Dark Rum
1/4 Oz. Apricot Brandy
1/4 Oz. Banana Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Galliano
1 Oz. Pineapple Juice
Juice of 1/4 Lemon
 
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a banana slice and one dried apricot.
 
HAPPINESS IS A WARM GIN
1-1/4 oz London Dry Gin
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Oz. Boiling Water
1 Tablespoon Lavender Honey
  2 Sprigs Fresh Lavender
 
Add the lemon juice, one sprig of fresh lavender and the honey to a fun Beatles Mug and muddle. Add the gin, then pour in the hot water. Garnish with the 2nd sprig of lavender.
 
MAXWELL'S SILVER SHOOTER
1 Oz. Silver (aka Blanco) Blue Agave Tequila
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
1/4 Oz. Lime Juice
Pinch of Smoked Sea Salt
 
Pour the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into a fun Gun Shaped Shot Glass then sprinkle on the smoked sea salt and serve.
 
If you want to have a nice gun smoke effect, add a small piece of dry ice to the shot just before serving BUT warn your guests not to drink until the dry ice has dissolved.
 
ELEANOR RUMBY
1 Oz. Dark Rum
1 Oz. Spiced Rum
2 Oz. Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons Coconut Cream
1/2 Tsp. Mild Curry Powder
 
Add a cup of ice to a blender. Pour in the rums, coconut milk, coconut cream and the curry powder. Blend until smooth and creamy then pour into a fun Beatles Glassand garnish with a sprig of fresh basil leaves.
 
HARD DAY'S NIGHTCAP
1/2 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
1Oz. Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 Oz. Irish Cream
3 Oz. Warm Milk
Dash of Cinnamon & Nutmeg
 
Combine the liqueurs and the warm milk in a brandy snifter, sprinkle on the cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. 
  
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