New Year’s Cocktails: The District’s mixologist shares the recipe for his “Carolina 75”

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The "Carolina 75" is a light cocktail you can make for New Year's or visit James O'Donnell at The District Kitchen & Cocktails. Photo by Christina Haley.
The “Carolina 75” is a light cocktail you can try for New Year’s or visit James O’Donnell at The District Kitchen & Cocktails (Photo by Christina Haley).

WILMINGTON — It’s almost time for a toast to 2017!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and Port City Daily reporters have asked a few local mixologists in downtown Wilmington what type of cocktail would they make to ring in the New Year.

They’ve come up with some unique drinks and have shared their recipes for us to pass on to our readers. We’ll be sharing them over the next few days.

The first in the drink series is a cocktail from Mixologist James O’Donnell with The District Kitchen & Cocktails. The recipe was actually one O’Donnell “created on the fly” for a customer. “She’s a regular,” said O’Donnell, “she was asking for something light and crisp, so I came up with this for her.” He said the drink is a play on a “French 75.”

Introducing, the “Carolina 75,” a light cocktail, made with Sutler’s Gin, lemon juice, blackberry “shrub,” and Mont Marcal Cava Brut.

“It’s a good light cocktail, and there’s a hint of acidity from the shrub that gives it something special,” O’Donnell said.

Here’s the recipe to try at home:

  • 1 oz. Sutler’s Gin (Winston-Salem)
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. blackberry “shrub”
  • Mont Marcal Cava Brut to top-off

(Shrub: 1 pint of blackberries, lightly muddled, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup of champagne vinegar – allow to macerate for ‘a while.’)

To make this celebratory champagne drink start by mixing Sutler’s Gin, the blackberry “shrub,” and lemon juice into a shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled, champagne flute. Then top off with the Mont Marcal Cava Brut.

Watch O’Donnell make the Carolina 75 from the bar of The District:

The District Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 1001 N. Fourth St. in Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts District. For hours of operation and more information about The District visit its website or follow them on Facebook.

Check Port City Daily this week for additional New Year’s Eve cocktails from other mixologists around Wilmington.