Classic Cocktails


Smoky Margarita

CLASSIC COCKTAILS

Classics along with regionally-inspired cocktails

Omni Hotels & Resorts went back to basics with its cocktail menu featuring both classic cocktails and twists on tried and true signatures, such as the Moscow Mule and Rye Manhattan. Guests found comfort in traditionally-executed versions of their favorite aperitif or night cap, and enjoyed local color through regionally-specific cocktails developed with locally-inspired and sourced ingredients.

Curated by renowned beverage mixologist Kim Haasarud, who has worked with Omni for five years, most recently for their award-winning poolside "Art of Water" cocktail program, the Classic Cocktail menu reflected the past, present and future of cocktail culture. Guests selected from "Stirred Not Shaken" Martinis, "Whiskey or Rye" Manhattans, "With or Without Salt" Margaritas, along with "time honored" interpretations of other cocktails that date back to the 19th century, while learning more about the history and evolution of those drinks over time.

As part of Omni's mission to provide guests with selections tailored to each destination, the regional menus also featured local beers in the "What's Brewing" section, and "Homegrown" regionally-inspired cocktails created exclusively for Omni by Haasarud. Each of the five geographical regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Texas and West) offered four cocktails – Gimlet, Collins, Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour created with regional flair.

Regional Menus:

NORTHEAST: Salted Gin Gimlet, Mr. John Collins, Adult Arnold Palmer and Blackberry Whiskey Sour
SOUTHEAST: Basil Peach Gimlet, Key Lime Collins, Peach Palmer and White Whiskey Berry Sour
MIDWEST: Lemon Poppy Gimlet, Collins Royale, Passion Fruit Palmer and Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
TEXAS: Salted Tequila Gimlet, Ruby Red Collins, Peach Palmer and Whiskey Bock Sour
WEST: Passion Fruit Gimlet, Sunshine Collins, Raspberry Palmer and Black Cherry Whiskey Sour

Check out the recipes below and try your hand at recreating these signature cocktails at home!

Adult Arnold Palmer

Adult Arnold Palmer

The classic Arnold Palmer, named after the professional golfer’s favorite drink of lemonade and iced tea.

1.5 oz Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz unsweetened tea
Garnish: Lemon wedge and mint sprig.

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish and serve.

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

Made with Woodford Reserve, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, fresh lemon and simple syrup.

1.5 oz Woodford Reserve
.5 oz Solerno Blood
Orange Liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Garnish: Orange half moon

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange half moon.

Elevated Margarita

Elevated Margarita

Avión Silver tequila comes from the Highlands in Mexico and has a delicate bouquet of citrus, vanilla, pineapple and salt. Shaken with Cointreau, fresh lime and simple syrup, this margarita has a very clean flavor.

1.5 oz Avión Silver tequila
.75 oz Cointreau
1 oz lime juice
.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrupGarnish: Lime wheel

If salt is desired, rim half the glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt. Set aside. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the ice-filled martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Raspberry Palmer

Raspberry Palmer

A classic Arnold Palmer spiked with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka and shaken with fresh raspberries.

1.5 oz Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
.5 oz raspberry puree
(i.e. Perfect Puree)
1 oz unsweetened tea
(float on top)
Garnish: Raspberry and mint sprig

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint sprig.

Salted Tequila Gimlet

Salted Tequila Gimlet

Made with fresh lime, simple syrup, Patrón Silver Tequila and celery bitters. Shaken and served up or on the rocks. Half-salted rimmed chilled rocks glass.

2 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Bitters (or Fee Bros. Bitters)
Salt rim on half the glass and lime wheel

Wet outside rim of glass with lime wedge and dip into a bowl of salt. Set aside. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled, rimmed rocks glass. Top with floating lime wheel.


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