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You’re Married! Now Take a Shot

Five local bartenders concoct classy alternatives to the lemon drop.

What’s Your Sign?
Pam Wiznitzer, creative director, Seamstress

Simple and juicy, with a clean, cutting taste owing to sharp ginger liqueur.

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)
1 oz. black-currant purée (such as the Perfect Purée of Napa Valley)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into shot glasses.

Kate O’Connor Morris, bar director, Rose’s

A heavy dose of yuzu gives this shot tartness.

2 oz. bourbon (such as Old Grand-Dad or Bulleit)
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. yuzu juice
oz. apricot liqueur

Make simple syrup using a 1-to-1 ratio of sugar to water. Combine ingredients, shake, and double-strain into shot glasses.

The One-Two Punch
Lucinda Sterling, bartender and managing partner, Middle Branch

Stranahan’s is heavy on brown sugar and caramel, perfect for accompanying a cake cutting.

2 oz. Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey
1 oz. ginger liqueur
oz. Drambuie
oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash absinthe

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into 1-ounce shot glasses. Garnish with grated cinnamon.

The Blushing Bride
Toby Maloney, beverage consultant

A delicate but deceptively strong floral number.

For the syrup:
13 grams hibiscus flowers
4 cups sugar
1 oz. Peychaud’s bitters
Soak flowers in 1 liter warm water for 15 minutes. Strain.
Add sugar and bitters.

Blend, stir, or whisk until sugar dissolves no grit.

Yield: 6 cups.

For the shot:
2 oz. Campo de Encanto pisco
oz. lemon juice
oz. hibiscus syrup

Combine in a shaker, shake 5 seconds. Double-strain into shot glasses.

The Seven Wonders
Karen Fu, head bartender, Llama Inn

This one is light and just a touch sweet and bubbly excellent for an early-evening toast.

2 bar spoons quince jam
1 bar spoon honey syrup
(3 parts honey to 1 part water)
oz. Baines Pacharan
Classico liqueur
oz. Cardamaro
1 oz. Irish whiskey
Pinch black pepper
Splash of cava

Shake first 6 ingredient, strain into shot glasses. Top with cava. Express a lemon twist over each shot.