DIY Cocktail Recipes from San Antonio’s Esquire Tavern

Thursday 07th, May 2020 / 13:16 Written by
DIY Cocktail Recipes from San Antonio’s Esquire Tavern

The Esquire Tavern & Downstairs, Two of San Antonio’s Favorite Haunts, are Still Closed but They are Sharing Three of Their Favorite Cocktail Recipes for DIY at Home

The Esquire Tavern and its sister bar, Downstairs at the Esquire, have temporarily closed their dining rooms to keep patrons safe, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy a craft cocktail from the safety of their own homes. See below for a few of Esquire’s signature cocktail recipes from Beverage Director Houston Eaves that folks can make at home. In addition to the recipes, the Esquire team is also selling wine, beer, and cider for curbside pickup or delivery within a two-mile radius of the restaurant and bar. Esquire is also available for delivery on Postmates, Grubhub, Favor and Doordash.

50:50 Freezer Martini

Esquire Tavern
Photo Credit: Kody Melton
  • Ingredients: 
    • 750mL bottle of Navy Strength Gin (I like Hayman’s Royal Dock) 
    • 1 bottle of Dry Vermouth (recommended: Dolin Dry)
    • 1 lemon peel
    • Castelvetrano olives (optional)
  • Preparation:
    • Wash hands for 20 seconds
    • Empty half of one bottle into a clean measuring cup, pour half of the other bottle into that bottle to fill it, and then what’s in the measuring cup back in the other bottle to fill that one
    • Put both full bottles in the freezer, wait a couple hours & then pour yourself a Martini
    • Express the oil of a lemon peel over the drink for enhanced aromatics
    • Optional – enjoy some Castelvetrano olives on the side, or even add some olive juice to your mix to taste

French 75

Esquire Tavern
Photo Credit: Kody Melton
  • Ingredients:
    • 1 oz. Hayman’s London Dry Gin
    • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
    • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
    • 1 bottle of a dry sparkling wine
  • Preparation:
    • Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, then top off with the sparkling wine
    • Give the mixture a hard shake
    • Strain the mixture twice
    • Pour into a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon peel

Sea of Confusion

Esquire Tavern
Photo Credit: Kody Melton
  • For something a bit more complex, booze aficionados can try their hand at this specialty cocktail sure to make anyone feel like they’re lounging at the beach or cruising at sea.
  • Ingredients:
    • 1oz Hamilton Jamaican Gold Rum
    • .5oz Clear Creek Pear Brandy
    • .25oz Chartreuse
    • .25oz Amaro Sfumato
    • .75oz Passionfruit Syrup
    • .5oz Lemon Juice
    • 5-6 dash Angostura-Lemonhart 151
    • Mint
  • Preparation:
    • Fill a glass of your choice with ice (pebble ice is recommended)
    • Combine all ingredients in the glass
    • Stir all ingredients together
    • Top with a generous sprig of mint

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