The Final Four of Cocktails

The Final Four is here. A National Champion will soon be crowned. In an effort to keep you prepared and ready to celebrate in fashion, here are the Final Four of Cocktails. The appropriate drink for each of the remaining four teams and what you’ll need to make their signature drink.

We love basketball and we LOVE cocktails. This was a natural fit.

If Kentucky wins, you should celebrate with a Mint Julep.

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Why?

Kentucky Bourbon, The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Basketball. It just makes sense.

Ingredients 
.25 oz Raw sugar syrup (one part raw sugar, one part water)
8 Mint leaves
2 oz Bourbon
Garnish: Bitters (optional) and mint sprig
Glass: Julep or rocks

Directions
In a Julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint and syrup. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a few drops of bitters, if desired, and a mint sprig.

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If Wisconsin wins, you should celebrate with a Brandy Old Fashioned.

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Why?

This is the favorite cocktail in the state of Wisconsin. For some reason, the people there are infatuated with Brandy. That and the Badgers.

Ingredients

2 ounces brandy
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
2 orange slices
2 cherries
Dash of lemon-lime soda
Lemon-lime soda to fill
Cherry and orange slice for garnish
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail

Directions

Place the sugar cube at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.
Saturate the cube with a splash of soda and bitters, add orange slices and cherries.
Muddle these ingredients.
Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Add the brandy.
Stir well.
Top with lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

 

If Michigan State wins, you should celebrate with a Golden Cadillac.

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Why?

Michigan is home to the Motor City and what’s more fitting than a drink named after a car?

Ingredients

1 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur
2 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz light cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients with 1/2 cup crushed ice in an electric blender. Blend at low speed for ten seconds. Strain into a champagne flute and serve.

If Duke wins, you should celebrate with a Dirty Beetz.

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Why?

A local bar in Raleigh is famous for this drink.  We only wish it was blue…

Ingredients

Vodka, fresh lime juice and orange juice. Along with beet simple syrup.

The vibrant colors of the cocktail and the lime and orange peel garnish are beautiful.

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