Cocktails. Thought Starters.

 

At Mother Earth Spirits it’s our goal to craft award-winning spirits in a sustainable way. Each is perfectly balanced and smooth enough to sip, and bursting with flavor and ready for you to mix into your favorite craft cocktail. Find inspiration for your next cocktail from some of our friends below!

Hannah Forde-Smith

Lead Mixologist, Chef and the Farmer, Kinston, NC 

Hannah’s take on Mother Earth Gin:

Mother Earth Gin possesses the potential to stand completely on its own over a big cube or in an extra dry Martini. It also presents itself as a spirit that is wholly adaptable, serving as an ideal base in a complex array of cocktails. With an intoxicating nose, Mother Earth Gin is fragrant without being overbearing. It’s a spirit that remains highly aromatic, lively, dynamic, and refreshing. The perfect combination of bright citrus and crisp juniper. Moreover, despite its complexity, Mother Earth Gin remains totally unassuming. It’s the kind of gin you can take home to your Dad or introduce to your circle of hipster friends. Mother Earth Gin is the most contemporary and dangerously delicious spirit to come out of North Carolina. Simply put, it’s the gin that made me love gin.

 

Benedict Cu-Cumberbatch

by Hannah Forde-Smith

  • 2 oz Mother Earth Spirits Gin
  • .5 oz of fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2-3 Slices cucumber

Add cucumber to shaker tin. Muddle. Add Mother Earth Gin, lime juice, simple syrup to shaker tin. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Strain. Serve up in Daiquiri glass. Garnish with slice of cucumber.

 

love it when you call me big papaya

By Hannah Forde-Smith

 

  • 2 oz Mother Earth Spirits Gin
  • .5 oz of Pineapple
  • .5 oz Papaya Syrup
  • Dash of Egg Whites
  • Dash of Bitters (to top)

Add Mother Earth Gin, Pineapple, and Papaya Syrup to shaker tin. Add dash of egg whites and dry shake. Add ice and shake. Strain into gimlet glass and top with a dash of bitters.

 

Brian Roberts

 

Beverage Program Consultant/Mixologist and Former Spirits Ambassador 

Brian-Roberts-Bartender

My approach to making Cocktails:

Most of the cocktails I do are twists and turns on classics: flips, fizzes, sours, smashes, cobblers, bucks, duos, trios etc. My approach is to try to make cocktails approachable. Sometimes I’ll start with one specific ingredient in mind, and then try to build on what works well with that ingredient. Seasonal products are always front of mind for me.

How Mother Earth Spirits influences how I came up with these cocktails

These are versatile spirits with a lot of personality, much like the guys behind them. So the cocktails we came up with aren’t just influenced by flavors and aromas, but by the people behind them.

Brian’s tips for making cocktails with Mother Earth Spirits:

#1 – For those of you who say “I don’t like gin”: TRY THIS GIN!!!
#2 – Fresh juices and real sugar are way better than store bought sours mix
#3 – Get creative, hit up your local farmers market for fresh produce and fresh herbs. You’ll be surprised what a sprig of basil or mint garnish can do for a julep or G n T
#4 – Love your Mother.

 

The wits end

 

The kick flip

Cocktail-Kick-Flip

  • 1.5 oz Mother Earth Spirits Whiskey
  • .5 oz of Myers rum
  • .5 oz ginger syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 oj
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 dashes black walnut bitters
Combine ingredients in shaker and add ice. Shake sharply until your hands hurt from the cold. Strain into a Collins glass and top with Mother Earth Old Neighbourhood Oatmeal Porter.

 

The M.E.B. G.N.T.

Cocktail-M-E-B-G-N-T

  • 1.5 oz Mother Earth Spirits Gin
  • 1.5 oz Aperol
  • .5 oz jack rudy tonic
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
Combine ingredients in pint glass, add ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into coupe glass (my preference), or serve on the rocks (nothing wrong with that, consider it subjective). Feel free to add a splash of club soda if you like, and garnish with orange peel.

 

WHISKEY BUSINESS

  • 1.5 oz Mother Earth Spirits Whiskey
  • .75 oz Ginger simple syrup
  • 4 dashes of peach bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ginger beer
Muddle a maraschino cherry and orange slice in a rocks glass. Add whiskey, simple syrup, peach bitters, and angostura bitters to shaker, then fill shaker with ice. Add ice to rocks glass. Top with Ginger Beer and mix with bar spoon.

 

Muscadine Martini

Cocktail-Muscadine-Martini

  • 2 oz Mother Earth Spirits Gin
  • 1.5 oz of fresh Muscadine juice
  • .75 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters
Chill Martini glass. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled Martini glass and top with a lemon twist.

 

Painted Roses

  • 1.5 oz Mother Earth Spirits Gin
  • .5 oz cucumber cordial
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  •  1 oz organic prosecco
  • Foam de Provincial (for topping)
Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled gimlet glass and top with Foam de Provincial.