Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Many of you may not know that before I started Shanti Creations, I actually had a successful career in bar management in Manhattan. I was running cocktail lounges, nightclubs, and high end hotel bars. One of my favorite parts of the job was getting to create cocktails with my staff. This was a great team building opportunity for us to create something together, and gave everyone from busser to bartender the opportunity to give their input and help create drinks. I got excited for every new cocktail list because it allowed me to be creative and make things, before even realizing that being able to create was a passion of mine.
So I thought it would be fun in honor of our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit to take a walk down memory lane and share with you three of my favorite cocktails that my staff and I created that you could even make at home!
if you don’t drink alcohol, no worries—learn about our mocktail series here!
So Let's Get Started!
First up we have the, Sage Me Honey, a beautifully balanced gin tea cocktail with a Sage Infused Honey!
1.75 oz of Gin (Bombay Sapphire)
.75 oz of Sage infused Honey**
.5 oz lemon juice
handful of black tea
Garnish: Sage Leaf (optional)
Pour all the ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a Sage Leaf.
How to make the Sage infused Honey: (measurements depend on how many cocktails) Put equal parts water and honey into a pot and add a handful of sage. Simmer on low heat and bring to a boil. (If you want a stronger sage taste, add more sage and leave simmering longer) Strain and store in closed container. This is also a great honey to add to your regular teas!
Next up is the Blood Moon. The addictive combination of spice and blood orange, has you already thinking about drinking more before you even swallow that first sip.
2 oz Tequila (Jose Cuervo in video)
1.25 oz Blood Orange Puree by Monin
Pour all ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
To be completely honest, when we created this original recipe, it called for Ancho Chile Reyes Liquor, but because I didn't have any at home, I found an amazing alternative with the Bees Knees Spicy Honey by Bushwick Kitchen. I would however add a little water to thin out the honey before adding it to the cocktail.
And the last but certainly not least is my all time favorite The Blue Bulleit. This cocktail made me fall in love with bourbon, and am so glad I can easily make this at home!
Blueberries & Basil
2 oz Bourbon (Bulleit is my preference)
1 oz Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup**
.5 oz Lemon Juice
Pour all ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a rocks glass with large ice cube and garnish with a basil leaf.
Making a simple syrup is pretty freaking simple. (no pun intended). It's always equal parts water and sugar, bringing to a boil and allowing to cool. Thats it! I always liked adding more ingredients in order to make a unique simple syrup, such as blueberries and basil. My taste buds have also changed, so I don't like super sweet things anymore, so I actually changed this recipe to half the sugar. So I would put one cup water, and half a cup sugar, to make a little less sweet simple syrup. But that's up to you!
How To Make the Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup: Put equal parts sugar and water into a pot and add a handful of basil and 3 handfuls of blueberries. Simmer on low heat to a boil. Continue for at least 10 minutes. Strain into a closed container and store in fridge. This is a great syrup to even add on vanilla ice cream or pancakes!
Let's talk about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit. First it's a Candle, then it's an adorable mason jar cocktail shaker!
I created this kit because I wanted to create a fun and easy experience that made sustainability just a little bit more approachable to people. For the first part—you are going to light your coconut wax candle and enjoy. We recommend burning your candle for about 3 hours. You should always let your candle wax get to the edge of your glass before you blow it out. Depending on how you burn your candles, you can enjoy this for 60-80 hours of peace and calm.
Once your candle has a quarter of an inch left of wax, it's time to finish this part of the journey and prepare to clean your jar! Stick the candle in the freezer. As the wax freezes, it shrinks, making it easier to remove from the jar. Leave it in your freezer for at least 4 hours. To be completely honest, I generally leave mine in overnight. (sometimes two if I forget that I put them in there:)
Take a knife and gently crack the wax, and pop out the bottom. Either take these wax chunks and put in the garbage (don't worry, our wax is biodegradable so it won't cause any harm) or go ahead and utilize these in a wax melter! Wash with soap and water and now you have a new mason jar! Take your included cocktail shaker lid and now you have the cutest mason jar cocktail shaker! We even include a Mocktail and Cocktail recipe that you can easily do at home! Buy this kit here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit along with my favorite three cocktails from my past career! If you have any questions about the cocktails here, don't hesitate to ask! We also want to be able for anyone to be able to utilize this kit, even if they don't drink, which is why. we are launching our mindful cocktails, a collection of mocktails. What are mindful cocktails?