These are some of our favorite cocktails that require very few ingredients. Each are made with just one bottle of spirits, one mixer, some ice and a garnish—teardrop style.
Backwoods BelliniThis is a nice cocktail for breakfast or brunch and can be made with or without alcohol. Top it with a piece of peach or a strawberry.
2 ounces of peach nectar (Kerns is good)
Chilled sparkling wine or sparkling cider
Serve in a plastic wine or champagne glass
Tear-itasMargaritas are a basic summer drink while camping. You can get a premixed bottle, but they tend to have too much sugar and additives so pack your own bottle of Cuervo. Use limes (they travel well) for garnish. Salt is optional.
1 cup Jose Cuervo silver tequila
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
"Where the heck is the..." ScrewdriverOrange juice is not just for breakfast. This basic drink is perfect after a long day of doing nothing.
1 part vodka
2 parts orange juice
Top with orange wedge or rosemary sprig
Mountain Mojito2 ounces light rum
2 ounces club soda
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
Place some lime juice, sugar and mint in a bowl and smash the mixture up with a wooden spoon. Add rum and club soda and stir. Top with a wedge of lime or a sprig of pine needles.
"Do you sleep in that thing?" Cocktail
This is the cocktail to serve to anyone who asks this question. It will give them a whole other idea about teardrops and teardroppers. Add a lemon twist for garnish.
1 1/2 ounce berry vodka (ThreeOlives makes one)
¾ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce chilled sparkling wine
Mix the ingredients with ice and serve (without ice) in a plastic martini glass