A tomato, some salt and a pickle walk into a bar. . . . .
Bacon Vodka and Pickle Vodka Infused
WAIT, don't cringe and click away! These lovely little bites of Bloody Mary inspired tapas are delicious, thanks to both those vodka flavors. Plain vodka is just boring with this recipe. Trust me, I did all three and the plain vodka tomatoes might as well have been totally sober.
This whole recipe was actually inspired by a bottle of Naked Jay BIG DILL sent to me as a sample which I really liked. I am a big dill pickle fan though and if you're not don't use the dill pickle vodka. You can use tomato vodka but that seems a little redundant to me. The addition of using my Homemade Bacon Vodka on some of the tomatoes was because I wanted another flavor in some of the tomatoes.
I tossed them all together for this presentation. I like the idea that you don't know which flavor you're going to get. Feel free to put the different flavors in different serving dishes if you like, not everyone likes a surprise.
You'll want to serve these up with some lovely choices of dipping salts. Here I've used (from the bottom of the photo up) Cypress Black Lava Salt Flakes (in the pile), some marvelously earthy Truffle Salt, some Himalayan Pink Salt and some wonderfully smoky Artisan Salt Company Salish Alder Smoked Salt.
Presentation: 3 or 4 Small Serving Containers for the Salt, Serving Bowl(s) for the Tomatoes, Serving Platter
Tools: Toothpicks, Small Bowls, Medium Metal Strainer
Poke quite a few small holes in all the tomatoes with a toothpick, place the tomatoes in small bowls and cover them with your choice of flavor infused vodka. Do this for all the different flavored vodkas you're working with.
I added fresh dill weed to the pickle vodka tomatoes and some course black pepper to all of the tomatoes.
Let these sit overnight or even for a couple of days. The longer the tomatoes sit the longer they will soak up the flavor - up to about 3 days.
Pour the tomatoes through a medium metal strainer over a bowl - you want to drain the vodka off but DON'T THROW IT AWAY ... chill that vodka and serve it with the tomatoes in cold shot glasses, it's a lovely drink to have with this dish.
Plate everything up and enjoy.
Next time I might try adding some fresh, crushed garlic to the plain vodka, it might help pop the flavor up a bit. Another combination that would be nice would be some fresh basil and a couple of teaspoons of balsamic and add some mozzarella balls to the plate.
"She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honour, for love."
~ George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
Warning! Spoilers ahead!
So here we are at the end of season 6. All the dragons have returned, Daenerys is back in command with Tyrion beside her as her right hand Imp, Arya is a person again, Jon Snow survived the Battle of the Bastards, Sansa is finally a widow, Jaime completed his storming the castle task and poor, beleaguered Cersei is facing execution without the possibility of the right to a trial by combat. Too bad about that nixed trial by combat, with The Mountain, aka Ser Robert Strong, as her champion that would have been an easy out for her, right?
There has been much speculation as to whether our favorite blond villainess will meet her end at the end of season 6. Some are laying bets on the execution, while others speculate sororicide by her brother/lover Jaime over that nasty blue wildfire stash. I'm betting on the return of Cersei next season, whether alive or as a vengeful spectre. She's a survivor and, shhhhhhh, she's reportedly getting $500k per episode to continue her nefarious scheming. And don't think she won't be hell bent on revenge.
Beautiful. Powerful. Dangerous.
2 Oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 Oz. Cruzan 151 Rum
2 Oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
1 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Orgeat Syrup
Splash Ginger Beer
GARNISH: 1 Pineapple Juice Ice Sphere, Fresh Mint Sprig, Rum Soaked Cocktail Cherry
TOOLS: Ice Mold, Cocktail Shaker, Strainer
GLASS: Old Fashioned
Fill a round ice mold with fresh pineapple juice and freeze.
Cover nice quality cocktail cherries with some of the Cruzan 151 and let soak overnight.
Add all the ingredients except the overproof rum to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain over the pineapple ice sphere in a chilled glass.
Float the Cruzan 151 on top, garnish and serve icy cold.
Be sure to try out all my other Game of Thrones cocktails over the long wait for our return to the Land of Ice and Fire next year.
This is one of the first cocktails I ever created and it's still one of my favorites. I love a Key Lime Pie but it has to be in a pastry pie shell, not a graham cracker crust and I prefer a meringue topping over whipped cream. There's a lot of versions out there, but that's my favorite style and the one I styled my original recipe around.
My first Key Lime Pie Martini recipe called for limeade concentrate instead of key lime juice because the first time I made the cocktail I used actual Key limes and drove myself crazy trying to juice the little buggers without a decent juicer. Key limes are small and hard and I spent forever rolling them around trying to loosen up the juice inside. So I tried a frozen limeade for my next version and, though it didn't have that Key lime flavor, made a pretty decent, and way easier, drink. It also had the sweetener already included. Plus Key limes aren't always available and I could keep frozen limeade always on hand in the freezer.
Now I have a juicer so there's no excuse for not using fresh Key lime juice when they're in season. Gotta love the mod-cons, especially if you're in the cocktail business. I do love my juicers, especially when it comes to extracting Key lime juice.
This Part Deux version I decided to try out rum instead of vodka. If you prefer vodka, go for it, but be aware that the rum brings a stronger flavor profile to the game than vodka does so there will be a different taste experience between the two spirits.
KEY LIME PIE MARTINI
2 Oz. White Rum
1-1/4 Oz. Fresh Key Lime Juice
2 Oz. Heavy Cream or Half & Half
1 Oz. Simple Syrup
Garnish: Pie Crust and Sugar Rim
Tools: Juicer, Cocktail shaker
Blind bake a single layer of sugared, prepared pie crust, cool, then crumble. Mix with a teaspoon of sugar. I added in a bit of green sugar crystals for extra color. Dip the glass rim in some lime juice then into the crumbled pie crust mixture. Chill glass in the freezer.
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until icy cold.
You may wonder why you are getting two different versions of this edible cocktail. There's two versions because I had tons of lovely custard cocktail gel left over after making the samples for the photo shoot. Why not make a pudding cocktail too? So I did.
I hand made these chocolate cups because my chocolate mold did not come in time. You can also buy ready made chocolate cups at Amazon. I'm doing that next time, it's just plain easier - though I did infuse my chocolate cups with a nice little pinch of sea salt.
There's a hilarious Instagram account called Taste Of Streep that takes Meryl Streep and Photoshops her into all types of food. It tickles me funny. If you're a Streep fan and a foodie you can't help but enjoy these photo mash-ups, they're just perfectly silly and fun.
Besides the requisite doughnut, cannoli, pizza, et al., they have dropped Meryl into a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, a beer, a glass of wine and a pina colada but they neglected a martini.
As a huge Meryl fan, and since it's Ms. Streep's birthday today, I just can't let that go ignored ...
SIP OF STREEP
A Chocolate Meryl Martini Mash-up
1 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
1Oz. Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 Oz. Irish Cream
2 Dashes Coffee Bitters
Splash of Cream
Garnish: Chocolate shavings
Tools: Cocktail shaker, Strainer
Shake ingredients with ice until chilled, strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with chocolate shavings, serve.
June 21st is National Peaches and Cream Day. Now, most people
would slice up a peach and pour some cream over it to celebrate but you
know me, I add booze. Yeah, I sliced up some peaches and I added some
cream in the form of half & half but then I took it to my happy hour place and poured in some vanilla vodka, some peach schnapps and a little sugar
and spice. Delicious!
PEACHES & CREAM MARTINI
1-1/2 Oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 Oz. Peach Schnapps 1 Fresh Peach, Pureed 1 Oz. Half & Half 1/2 C. Sugar w/ 1 Tsp. Nutmeg Fresh Peach Slice
Dip your glass rim in some of the Peach Schnapps and then into the sugar and nutmeg mixture and chill in the freezer. Add a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker then pour in the vanilla vodka, peach schnapps, pureed peach, half & half. (Add an optional bit of that extra nutmeg sugar mixture if your peaches need sweetening.) Shake until well blended and chilled, strain into your cold cocktail glass, garnish with peach slice and serve.
Father's Day calls for some manly cocktails. None of those pink girly drinks, nothing with a cocktail umbrella, nothing watered down with loads of fruit juices, just strong, muscle man, testosterone approved booze for Dad!
Here are some great bespoke guy drinks with male appeal. Not a bit of frilly in the bunch. Every one pairs well with power tools, cigars and sports. There's serious machismo here, don't say I didn't warn you.