What to Drink

Cocktails & Recipes

Please enjoy our WildGins Co. WildJune and WildBark in these cocktails. WildBark Barrel Rested Gin will launch in the fall or winter, but there may still be some to be found in the market in its previous iteration, as CheckerBark Barrel Rested.

Here are a few of the exceptional cocktails that we have been working on – 

Wild LB&J Smash

Holiday TX G&T – 

This is the carbonated batch version that I am making for a Christmas Eve tasting. You can make it 1/10 size, using 30 mL of regular tonic and dropping the Citric and Malic acid to make life easier at home, with a single serving to serve on the rocks, or shake without the tonic, adding the tonic at the end.

Ingredients:

500 mL WildBark West Texas Dry Gin

250 mL Wild LB&J Cocktail Enhancer

250 mL Seltzer

75 mL Tonic Syrup

Juice of 1 large lime

250 mL Cranberry Orange Relish

4 mL Citric Acid

2 mL Malic Acid

Blend everything and then strain over and over so that you do not have as many nucleation spots for bubbles when you carbonate. I like to soak the cranberries (usually about a cup left) in gin and use them for garnish later. Take the strained cocktail and chill and carbonate.

Serve in a Champagne flute. You can garnish with one of the cranberries…

 

Wild LB&J Smash

Wild LB&J Smash – 

This is the easy home version of our Smash, with the ratios set up for easy conversion to a carbonated batch cocktail (below) for larger numbers of people. Here, using 1 part = 1 fl oz would make a large cocktail.

Ingredients:

3 parts WildJune Western Style Gin

1 part Wild LB&J Cocktail Enhancer

1 part Simple Syrup (1:1 sugar:H2O by weight)

1 part fresh lemon juice

Shake these together in an ice filled shaker, strain into chilled wine glass, martini glass, or coupe

Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Wild LB&J Smash

Wild LB&J Smash – 

Carbonated Batch Cocktail Ratio – 

Carbonated batch cocktail version for larger numbers of people. Here, using 1 part = 100 mL would make a liter for easy carbonating in a soda bottle.

Ingredients:

3 parts WildJune Western Style Gin

1 part Wild LB&J Cocktail Enhancer

1 part Simple Syrup (1:1 sugar:H2O by weight)

1 part fresh lemon juice, clarified if you can…

Stir the first 4 ingredients together, strain into your carbonation vessel. Add 4 parts soda, then carbonate in plastic bottle with ball lock converter top for CO2 tank, Whipped Cream Dispenser with CO2 cartridge, or even Soda Stream (don’t overfill)

Serve very chilled in a Champagne flute.

 

Wild LB&J Smash

Free Range Nurse – 

A WildGins Co. fan (and Sam’s high school chum) developed cocktail using an infused simple syrup with Austin Christmas (68 degrees) flavors. 

Ingredients:

2 parts WildJune Western Style Gin

(WildBark West TX Dry Gin for more herbal style)

1 part Free Range Nurse Syrup (below)

Top with seltzer

Shake gin & syrup in an ice filled shaker, strain into a rocks glass with fresh rocks, top with seltzer after that.

Garnish with a slice of pear from the syrup, and a sprig of rosemary or pine (depending on how your Christmas tree is doing). 

 

Wild LB&J Smash

Free Range Nurse Syrup – 

An infused simple syrup with Austin Christmas (68 degrees) flavors. (No Free Range Nurses were harmed in the production of this syrup).

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

About 1/4 of a pear, sliced 

Two sprigs fresh rosemary

1 cinnamon stick

Bring to a simmer and then let steep for at least 30 minutes. Reserve the pear slices to use as garnish. 

 

Wild Switchel #2 with Vitamin C

A healthy-ish cocktail at home, with 18th century Switchel

Ingredients:

2 oz Switchel 2 below, with one whole packet orange flavor effervescent vitamin C

2oz WildGins Co. WildJune Gin

Shake these together in an ice filled shaker, strain into chilled wine glass –

Top with 2 oz Orange Unsweetened Sparkling Water

Garnish with mint and lemon wheel, if at hand

 

Switchel #2

Very popular in the 18th century – Raw, organic, real. Natural electrolytes and pH balancing…

Ingredients:

½ gal filtered water, warm enough to release ginger and make sweetener stirrable

¼ cup honey

6 TB apple cider vinegar – raw, organic –

1 whole big lemon sliced into thin wheels / juice

2” Fresh ginger, finely minced / grated

Pinch of mineralized salt – I used pink Himalayan

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper, ground

Wild Quarantini

For the Wild Quarantini, with plenty of vitamin C, blend your Ingredients :

WildBark gin and available citrus juice (orange here) in a ratio anywhere from 5 : 1 to 1 : 1 – For a total of 4 oz –

If you use lemon or lime juice you can use a bit of local honey to sweeten it…

Put that in an ice filled shaker, and chill your waiting martini glass, coupe, coffee mug, what have you –

Shake until shaker is quite frosty, this will give you 15-20% ice. Stir in the effervescent Vitamin C packet, strain into your waiting vessel – with a citrus peel garnish, and even a vitamin c powder rim as an option – 

Top Shelf Wild Quarantini

Ingredients:
2 part (3 oz) WildBark Gn
1 part (1 oz) Naranja Orange Liqueur
1 part (1 oz) Orange Juice
2 dashes orange bitters
1 effervescent Vitamin C packet –
 
 
 
 
Fill shaker with ice, and up Martini or coupe glass with ice and water to chill.
 
 
Put WildBark Gin and Naranja Orange Liqeuer and Orange Juice in shaker and give a hard shake until shaker is frosty.
Add 2 dashes orange bitters and effervescent Vitamin C packet to shaker and stir together –
Double strain into emptied glass,
Garnish with orange peel. Eat the rest of the orange.

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