Wind down on day two of election week with these easy cocktails from San

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It’s safe to say we’re all looking for a bit of an escape from the dumpster fire that is the 2020 election, so why not treat yourself to a crisp cocktail featuring local gin?

San Antonio-based distiller Ranch Brand‘s Ranch Gin offers distinct juniper notes as well as other botanicals, such as cardamom, licorice root and coriander, creating an herbaceous base for gin-forward cocktails. You know, the type of profile that can brighten an afternoon and shake off bad news.

Ranch Brand co-owner Chris Ware offered these tipples that are simple enough to make at home — between refreshing your feed for the latest ballot counts.

Chris Collins

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2 ounces Ranch Gin
.5 ounce curaçao
1 ounce lemon juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Mineral water

Add ice to a tall collins glass, pour in gin, curaçao, lemon juice and simple syrup. Top with mineral water and garnish with lemon wedge.

“The Chris Collins is my personal favorite Collins-esque cocktail,” Ware told the Current. “Gin-ey, but the orange nuances of curaçao mingle with the lemon juice for a beautiful everyday sipper. Good for getting lost in the bottom of the glass.”

Star Daisy

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.75 ounce Ranch Gin
.75 ounce Brandy Sainte Louise
.75 ounce curaçao
.75 ounce lemon juice

Add all ingredients to shaker tin and give a vigorous workout. Strain into chilled glass and garnish with lemon peel.


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