John's Best Cocktails

John Cusimano (that's Rach's hubby!) has a knack for mixing up some of the best drinks around. These are some of our favorite cocktails John's ever concocted.
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Fresh Tomato Bloody Johnny

john's cocktail fresh tomato bloody johnny

Dump that bottled Bloody Mary mix down the drain, because John's recipe will teach you to make this tasty fave from scratch. Break out the horseradish and hot sauce!

Recipe: Try John's Fresh Tomato Bloody Johnny 

Jalapeno-Citrus Rickey

jalapeno citrus rickey cocktail

What can we say? John likes his drinks spicy! Though this bev has some bite, a drizzle of simple syrup adds just the right touch of sweet.

Recipe: Try John's Jalapeno-Citrus Rickey

Kiss from a Rose

rose cocktail

Make this fancy cocktail for your sweetheart! With a spritz of champagne, a few dashes of rose water, and real rose petals on top, there's nothing better fit for a date night.

Recipe: Try John's Kiss from a Rose

Pink Sparkler

pink sparkler cocktail garnished with mint sprig and grapefruit twist

John's ultimate summer cocktail is big on mint and grapefruit, so you know you're in for some major flavor. Add splashes of gin and pink champagne, and you're good to go!

Recipe: Try John's Pink Sparkler

Rubino

John's Rubino cocktail

This fancy libation is as easy to make as it is to sip – just blend some juicy raspberries, champagne, and Lillet Blanc liqueur in an ice-filled glass and voila!

Recipe: Try John's Rubino

The James Joyce

john's james joyce cocktail with peel garnish

Feeling a bit poetic? Whip up John's sweet and sour James Joyce! But be careful – this one's strong.

Recipe: Try John's James Joyce

Spicy Watermelon Margarita

spicy watermelon margarita garnished with cilantro

An upgrade to the standard sweet margarita, this cocktail brings a spicy kick with fresh jalapeño and elderflower liqueur. Don't forget to add a sprig of cilantro and watermelon skewers for bonus mixology points!

Recipe: Try John's Spicy Watermelon Margarita

Harvest Moon Old-Fashioned

John's Cocktail: Harvest Moon Old-Fashioned

This isn't Don Draper's Old-Fashioned. Layer the classic bourbon and bitters with apple cider, maple syrup, and nutmeg, and ditch the orange-and-cherry garnish for a more festive cinnamon stick stirrer.

Recipe: Try John's Harvest Moon Old-Fashioned

The Luchador

john's cocktail the luchador

This isn't your average two-ingredient cocktail. Grab some elderflower liqueur, mezcal, chopped jalapeños, and a handful of fresh raspberries just to get started.

Recipe: Try John's Luchador

Lost in the Woods

lost in the woods cocktail

Like your drinks shaken, not stirred? This sweet and sour cocktail requires a little more shaking than others, but it's so worth it.

Recipe: Try John's Lost in the Woods

The Thirsty Jockey

john's cocktail the thirsty jock cocktail

If you like Mint Juleps, you'll love this. For John's spin, switch out Bourbon for vodka, and muddle some peach chunks in the glass. 

Recipe: Try John's Thirsty Jockey

Spiced Mulled Wine with Oranges

John's cocktail Spiced Mulled Wine with Oranges

Got a sweet tooth? This cocktail might just satisfy it. Sugar, orange liqueur, cinnamon sticks, and anise pods are all components of this drink.

Recipe: Try John's Spiced Mulled Wine with Oranges

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini with Lime Slice

Mix this one up next time you want to impress a crowd. John's classy concoction calls for fresh pomegranate seeds, and that's always a treat.

Recipe: Try John's Pomegranate Martini

Green with Envy

John's Cocktail Green with Envy

Arugula, English cucumber, fresh lime – if you didn't know any better, you'd think this drink was a salad! But don't worry, a kick from gin and Green Chartreuse liqueur will quickly remind you it's not.

Recipe: Try John's Green with Envy

Spiked Irish Cider

spiked irish cider

This cocktail is just straight up fruit and alcohol – perfect for anyone who wants to get right to the point!

Recipe: Try John's Spiked Irish Cider

The Pantheon

john's cocktail the pantheon

You're just five ingredients away from John's citrusy Italian sipper! Oh, and it only takes ten minutes to make. Win-win!

Recipe: Try John's Pantheon

Apple Smack

john cusimano apple smack

There are few things cozier than the Apple Smack. As long as you have nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and fresh apple cider on hand, you're in for a warm and relaxing evening.

Recipe: Try John's Apple Smack