Seasonal Cocktail Recipes

Raise Your Spirits, Inc.

Specialty Cocktail Menus


Below is a preview of some of the cocktails, mocktails, infused spirits, liqueurs, and syrups you can have at your special event or party when you book with RYS. For infusions, RYS requires a small fee for time and travel. In some cases, RYS needs the products/ingredients at least a week before scheduled event.


Special Enchanted Cocktail served by RYS at huge gala event called the "Modern Mule" aka "Ginger Flower". A cool twist on the Moscow Mule with citrus, ginger, and floral notes - very refreshing, complex, and sophisticated. Perfect for spring/summer. Great to batch or MTO.

Ginger Flower


  • 1 oz Svedka Citron Vodka
  • 1 oz St. Elder or St. Germain Elderflower Cordial
  • 3 oz Unfiltered Apple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Sugar Syrup
  • 1-2 oz Saranac Ginger Beer
  • Edible Flower for garnish

Batch all ingredients, except ginger beer (top 1-2 oz) or add all ingredients except ginger beer to mixing tin. Add ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass or large rocks glass. garnish edible flower or lemon wedge.



Cocktail of the Week (April 2, 2015) -  "The Orchid"

(Photo Credit: Acuna Hansen)

The Orchid

  • 2.5 oz *Vanilla Bean-Infused Rum (recipe below)
  • ¼ oz each of yuzu juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice or ½ oz of the lemon juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • Garnish – Fresh Orchid Blossom or lemon twist

Combine all ingredients in an iced shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish. This cocktail is perfect for the months.


* Vanilla Bean-Infused Rum

This infusion should be tasted after 4 days to check the strength of the vanilla. Vanilla beans are available at natural food stores, gourmet stores, and online retailers.

  • 4 vanilla beans
  • One 750-ml bottle of aged rum

Split the beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds out. Add the seeds and pods to a bottle of rum and set aside to infuse for 4-5 days, shaking daily. Strain and rebottle.


Cocktail of the Week (April 14, 2015) - "Cherry Blossom"

The Cherry Blossom cocktail pictured above was one of the signature cocktails I created for the spring/summer cocktail menu at Buddha Buddha Martini Bar and Cocktail Lounge in May of 2013. This cocktail is versatile and can be enjoyed anytime once the weather gets nice and sunny. The Cherry Blossom is a perfect to be sipped outdoors. This is one of the many cocktails people can enjoy for their special party or event and it is very easy to make at home. One of the special features of this cocktail is the use of lime cordial (my recipe below). You also have some flexibility with the main spirit, Vodka. As always, I list the brands that I would recommend. Marie Brizzard Orange Curacao is hard to find in PA, but can be ordered through state store system. You will see many different recipes of the Cherry Blossom online, but this concoction is my own version that is well-balanced and has received excellent reviews. Enjoy!


Cherry Blossom

  • 2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Marie Brizzard Orange Curacao (available through special order in PA) or Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Kirschwasser Brandy (brandy fermented from cherries) 
  • 1/2 oz *Lime Cordial (see below)
  • 1/2 oz Boiron Cherry Puree (available for purchase online) or make fresh cherry puree at home (both optional)
  • 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

Garnish - Lime Wheel

Glass - Chilled Cocktail Glass

(Photo Courtesy of Nick C. Bumstead)

* To make Lime Cordial - Use a citrus zester or channel knife to remove peel from 12 limes. Place peels in small bowl. Squeeze limes into a glass using a hand squeezer and fine strain the juice into a saucepan. Add 1.5 cups of granulated sugar and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture thickens (don't caramelize sugar). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the zest to saucepan and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Fine strain mixture into a clean glass jar and store refrigerated for up to two months.


Prep - Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Shake well. Strain or fine strain (if using cherry puree) into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish lime wheel.


Cocktail of the Week (April 22, 2015) - "Rhuby Collins"


  • 1 oz Wigle 95% White Rye Organic Whiskey
  • 1 oz Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Soda Water top
  • Garnish a lemon wedge

*You can prepare of batch of the above juices ahead of time by making a batch of fresh lemon-lime sour mix by combining 1 cup of simple syrup (make in saucepan of equal parts granulated sugar and water, bring to a boil, let cool and combine with lemon and lime juice), 1/2 cup of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of freshly-squeezed lime juice.

Add all ingredients, except soda water, to a mixing tin. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice, Top with soda water and garnish a lemon wedge.



Some Infusions Available:


Berry-Infused (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries) Vodka or Gin OR individual berries


Hibiscus-Infused Vodka


Jasmine-Infused Vodka


Lavender/Rosemary-Infused Vodka


Peach/Lemongrass-Infused Vodka


Chili Pepper-Infused Vodka


Kiwi/Strawberry-Infused Vodka


Watermelon-Infused Vodka


Triple Citrus-Infused Vodka (Tangerine, Lemon, Grapefruit)


Tuscan-Infused Vodka (Rosemary-Basil)


White Peach Infused Rum


Bing Cherry-Infused Rum (not sure if these cherries are available)


Strawberry-Infused Rum


Rosemary-Infused Gin


Cucumber-Infused Vodka or Gin


Cucumber/Rosemary-Infused Gin


Saffron-Infused Gin


Tarragon-Infused Gin


Serrano-Infused Tequila


Jalapeno-Infused Tequila





Homemade Limoncello


Homemade Orangecello


























The Martini-types:


Blueberry Cosmo                                                                                                                               

Blueberry Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower,                                                                                           

White Cran, Fresh Lemon, Simple Syrup

Muddled Blueberries



Bluecoat Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Campari


Hibiscus Cosmo

Absolut Hibiskus, Pomegranate Liq, Cointreau

Fresh Lime, Cranberry Juice

*Hibiscus-Infused Vodka extra cost


Orange Blossom

Tanqueray Gin, Grand Marnier,

O.J., Fresh Lemon Sour


Ginger Cosmo

Absolut Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liq,                                                                                          

Triple Sec, Fresh Lime, White Cranberry


Mandarin Sunset

Absolut Mandarin, Watermelon Liq,

Melon Liq, Blackberry Brandy, O.J., Strawberry Water


Blue Cosmo

Ketel One Citroen, Blue Curacao,                                                                                                         

White Cranberry, Fresh Lime


Asian Pear                                                                                                                                            

Absolut Pear Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liq,                                                                                             

Limoncello, Simple Syrup, O.J., Prosecco                                                                                             


Blood and Sand

Dewars Scotch, Sweet Vermouth,

Cherry Herring, O.J.


Cucumber Rose                                                                                                                                  

Hendrick’s Gin, Fresh Lemon, Simple Syrup                                                                                          

Muddled Cucumber & Rosemary                                                                                                          

*Rosemary/Cucumber-Infused Gin/Vodka extra cost


Blue Lobster

Bacardi Limon, Southern Comfort,

Blue Curacao, O.J. Pineapple & Cran


Hemingway Daiquiri

10 Cane Rum, Maraschino Liq, Fresh

Lime & White Grapefruit, Simple Syrup


Cable Car

Captain Morgan, Cointreau, O.J.

Fresh Lemon Sour, Grenadine, Cinnamon Syrup


Velvet Rose

Grey Goose Vodka, Chambord,

Pineapple, Sparkling Wine


Honey Espresso

Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Barenjager Honey, Coffee Liq,

Fresh Honey Syrup, Coffee


Tickle Me Pink

SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka, X-Rated Fusion liqueur

St-Germain Elderflower, Grenadine,

Simple Syrup, Muddled Star Fruit


Blue Moon

Plymouth Gin, Creme Yvette Liq (floral), Fresh Lemon


Pink Lemonade

Ciroc Red Berry Vodka, Homemade Lemonade,

POM Juice, Limoncello, Simple Syrup


Cherry Blossom

Absolut CherryKran Vodka, Cointreau, Cherry Liq,

Fresh Lime, Lime Cordial, Cranberry


Citrus Fusion

Grapefruit Vodka, Orange Liq,

Fresh Lemonade, Simple Syrup,

Sparkling White Wine


Berry Rose

Muddled Raspberries, Rosemary, Mint

Absolut Vodka, White Cranberry


Watermelon Margarita

Sauza Silver Tequila, Agave Nectar

Watermelon Liq, Fresh Lime, Fresh Lemon Sour,

Muddled Watermelon


The Cocktails:


Skinny T

Green Tea-Infused Vodka, Agave Nectar,

Cointreau, Fresh Lime


Blackberry Margarita

Sauza Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier,

Blackberry Liq, Fresh Lime, Fresh Lemon Sour,

Muddled Blackberries


Dragonberry Mojito

Bacardi Dragonberry Rum, Simple Syrup,

Muddled Strawberries, Mint & Lime, Soda Water


Honey Mojito

Bacardi Rum, Honey Syrup, Muddled Mint &

Lime, Soda Water


Strawberry-Basil Mojito

Appleton Estates Rum, Muddled Mint, Basil &

Strawberries, Simple Syrup


Berry Caipiroska

Muddled Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries

Absolut Apeach Vodka, Fresh Lemon Sour,

Blackberry Syrup


Dark & Stormy

Goslings Black Rum, Ginger Beer


Basil Julep

Muddled Basil, Bourbon,

Fresh Lemon, Simple Syrup


Modern Mule

Citrus Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, Fresh Lemon,

Simple Syrup, Apple Juice, Ginger Beer


Gold Rush

Bourbon, Barenjager Honey Liq,

Fresh Lemon, Honey Syrup, O.J.


Jalisco Flower

Reposado Blanco Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower,

Ruby Red Grapefruit, Prosecco


Aviation Cocktail

Gin, Maraschino Liq, Crème Yvette (floral),

Lemon Sour


Watermelon Smash

Muddled Watermelon, Blanco Tequila,

St. Germain Elderflower, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime


Summer Rye

Rye Whiskey, St. Germain Elderflower,

Simple Syrup, Fresh Lemon & Apple Juice,

Sparkling Wine


Red Berry Mule

CîROC Red Berry Vodka, Pomegranate Juice

Simple Syrup, Fresh Lemon, Bitters


Ginger Bliss

Domaine de Canton Ginger Liq, Fresh Lemon

Basil-infused Simple Syrup, Peychaud's Bitters

Sparkling Wine


Tequila Negroni

Blanco Tequila, Campari, Sweet Vermouth