Sip In Style With These Pre-Prohibition Cocktails

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Sip In Style With These Pre-Prohibition Cocktails
Eileen Sweeney

Since we're always open to adding a new drink or two to our cocktail recipe repertoire, we went behind the bar with Simon Sorpresi, the Food and Drink Director of the Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to get an education in intoxication, pre-prohibition style. Find out how to shake up two classics — the Brooklyn and the Negroni — with recipes straight from one of the best bars in Santa Monica.

Mix Up A Brooklyn
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Mix Up A Brooklyn

Sorpresi revealed that Casa del Mar ages drinks like the Brooklyn and the Negroni in medium toasted white oak barrels, which gives Casa's barrel-aged cocktails their signature flavor. Even if you don't have access to a lightly charred oak barrel, you can still enjoy these cocktails. Casa's bartender Antonio showed us how to channel our inner mixologist so we can make them at home.

Related: The Lounge at Casa

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Ingredients
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Ingredients

Casa del Mar's Brooklyn cocktail features Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Liquor, Capano Antica Sweet Vermouth and orange bitters.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Recipe
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Recipe

A good recipe is the foundation of a good cocktail, but the secret to a well-made cocktail lies in the details of mixing the ingredients together.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: The Glass
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: The Glass

Start with a chilled martini glass.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Bourbon
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Bourbon

Add two ounces of bourbon to a large glass.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Maraschino Liquor
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Maraschino Liquor

Add half an ounce of maraschino liquor.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Sweet Vermouth
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Sweet Vermouth

Add half an ounce of sweet vermouth.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Add Ice
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Add Ice

Fill the glass to the brim with ice.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Stir
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Stir

Stir with a barspoon.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Add Orange Bitters
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Add Orange Bitters

Add four dashes of orange bitters.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Pour
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Pour

Use a cocktail strainer and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass.

Mix Up A Brooklyn: Garnish
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Mix Up A Brooklyn: Garnish

Top off the drink with a black cherry.

Mix Up A Negroni
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Mix Up A Negroni

Luckily, there's no bathtub required to mix up this Negroni, a gin-based cocktail and a pre-prohibition favorite.

Mix Up A Negroni: Ingredients
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Mix Up A Negroni: Ingredients

Casa del Mar's Negroni features Bombay Gin, Campari and Capano Antica Sweet Vermouth.

Mix Up A Negroni: Recipe
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Mix Up A Negroni: Recipe

With just a few ingredients, you can easily make this gin cocktail at home.

Mix Up A Negroni: Chilled Glass
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Mix Up A Negroni: Chilled Glass

A chilled martini glass is an easy way to up your at-home cocktail game (and avoid watering down your drink).

Mix Up A Negroni: Gin
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Mix Up A Negroni: Gin

Pour two ounces of gin into a large glass.

Mix Up A Negroni: Campari
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Mix Up A Negroni: Campari

Add half an ounce of Campari.

Mix Up A Negroni: Sweet Vermouth
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Mix Up A Negroni: Sweet Vermouth

Add half an ounce of sweet vermouth.

Mix Up A Negroni: Bitters
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Mix Up A Negroni: Bitters

Add two dashes of bitters.

Mix Up A Negroni: Add Ice & Stir
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Mix Up A Negroni: Add Ice & Stir

Stir with a barspoon.

Mix Up A Negroni: Pour
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Mix Up A Negroni: Pour

Use a cocktail strainer to pour the cocktail into a chilled martini glass sans ice.

Mix Up A Negroni: Garnish
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Mix Up A Negroni: Garnish

Use a julienne peeler to create an orange peel garnish.

Mix Up A Negroni: Garnish
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Mix Up A Negroni: Garnish

Twist the orange peel into a spiral and gently drop it into the cocktail.

Mix Up A Negroni: Enjoy!
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Mix Up A Negroni: Enjoy!

With this potent beverage, you'll be zozzled in no time. Cheers!

Related: The Lounge at Casa

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