20140829

A PICKLED BLOODY MARTINI

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Because I love Bloodys and pickled things....
and because I still had some lovely Naked Jay Dill Pickle Vodka ....
 
A PICKLED BLOODY MARTINI
 Don't freak out at the Dill Pickle Vodka! If you like dill pickles it tastes just like them and it's great in this cocktail!

1-1/2 Oz. Dill Pickle Vodka
2 Oz. Tomato Juice
Splash of Dill Pickle Juice
Dash of Tabasco
Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Juice of 1/4 Fresh Lime
Celery Salt
Black Pepper
Garnishes: 1 Jalapeno Pepper, 1 Midget Dill Pickle, Slice of Lime, 2 Cherry Tomatoes

Chill your martini glass in the freezer.  Slide the garnishes onto a cocktail pick and set aside.  Add a cup of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker then pour in the Dill Pickle Vodka, tomato juice, pickle juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Celery Salt and shake until nicely chilled. Pour into your chilled glass, shake the black pepper on top and place your loaded cocktail pick across the rim and serve.
 
Enjoy. Don't get too pickled . . .



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20140828

Hot Watermelon Margarita


HOT WATERMELON MARTINI-RITA

2 Oz. Tequila Blanco
1-1/2 Oz. Watermelon Puree
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
1 Tablespoon of Agave Syrup
2 Drops Chipotle Hot Sauce
Pinch of Salt
Sugar and Salt Mixture for Rim

Dip your glass rim in some of the agave syrup then into the sugar and salt mixture. Chill glass in the freezer.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour in the tequila, the watermelon puree, the Cointreau, lime juice, agave syrup, pinch of salt and the drops of hot sauce. Shake until well chilled, pour into your chilled glass, garnish with a slice of fresh watermelon.  If you'd like, you can add a pinch of salt and couple of extra drops of hot sauce to the watermelon!

Enjoy and Arriba!



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Kahlua Chili Chocolate & Lemoncello Cardamom CUPCAKES

NOW YOU SEE THEM . . .

I've said this before on my food blog, I'm a lazy cook. I spend most of my gastronomic energy on my cocktail creations and I don't have the time nor the inclination to spend the rest of my day slaving over my meals. BUT, I love good food. So, I cheat. As much as possible.

Thus, when I decided to make myself some booze infused cupcakes I used (SHOCK! SHAKING OF FOODIE HEADS! TSK TSK!) boxed chocolate and white cake mixes and canned chocolate butter cream frosting. Then I cranked up the old oven, grabbed a couple o' bottles of cupcake friendly hooch and set to making some moonshined magic in cupcake liners.

For the
CHOCOLATE CHILI KAHLUA CUPCAKES

Cupcakes:
Follow box instructions except: Use cold coffee instead of water and add 2 teaspoons of fresh chili powder to the cake mix. Bake. Cool. Poke holes in the cooled cupcakes then pour a tablespoon or so of Kahlua slowly over the holes allowing it to soak in.

Frosting:
Add 1 teaspoon each of cocoa powder, powdered sugar and chipotle hot sauce to the canned chocolate frosting. I pre-mixed the cocoa, sugar and hot sauce into a paste. 

For the
LEMONCELLO CARDAMOM CUPCAKES

Cupcakes:
Follow box instructions except: Add 3/4 of a teaspoon of ground cardamom to the cake mix. Bake. Cool. Poke holes in the cooled cupcakes then pour a tablespoon or so of homemade LEMONCELLO slowly over the holes allowing it to soak in.

Frosting:
Add the zest of one lemon to the chocolate frosting.

To create the
CHOCOLATE CURLS

Bring a bar of high quality, 70%+ Dark Chocolate to room temperature. Use a y-shaped potato peeler and draw down the narrow side of the bar over a wax or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Chill curls in the fridge. Lick the chocolate off your fingers. Eat the rest of the chocolate bar.

Mix, bake, cool cupcakes. Drizzle booze. Pipe frosting. Sprinkle curls. Do I need to tell you to use cupcake liners? No. I figured not.

The nice thing about drizzling a bit of booze into your cupcakes? They stay moist way longer. And, of course, you get a little buzz!

See? I told you it was easy!
Easy peasy, boozy woozy, happy slappy.
Dij I eat too many?
No, I nidn't, I juss fleels shappy.

. . . NOW YOU DON'T.




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20140827

Lilac Blossom Martini

LILAC BLOSSOM MARTINI

1 oz Gin
2 oz Hpnotiq Harmonie
1 splash Lime Juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1/2 Tsp. Lilac Essence
Club Soda / Sparkling Water
Garnish: Lemon Slice
Frozen Raspberries
Twist of Lemon

Combine the gin, Harmonie, lime juice, lilac essence and the bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Pour into a chilled martini glass, top off with a splash of club soda then garnish with the lemon slice, frozen raspberries and a twist of lemon.

The frozen raspberries are not only a tasty garnish, they help keep your cocktail chilled as you drink it.




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20140825

A Little Sin for a Saint Chocolate Martini


A LITTLE SIN FOR A SAINT MARTINI
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
1 Oz. White Creme de Cacao
1 Oz. Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
Cocoa Powder
Square of REALLY GOOD Chocolate.

I have had a very frustrating day so I decided to start happy hour early.  I was poking around my bar and found about an ounce of booze in both my whipped cream vodka and my Pama pomegranate bottles and I remembered this little sweetheart of a cocktail I'd made myself several years ago.

Of course, today being the kind of day it is, I notice I misspelled Creme de Cacao but, frankly my dear, I don't give a hoot.

So, the trash man has two more empty bottles to drag away and I am now sipping this lovely, chocolate infused cocktail to ease my frustrations!

Take that, Monday!


 



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20140822

A SPOONFUL OF COSMO

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 It's always fun to take a classic cocktail and do a little molecular mixology on it.  Here I've taken the basic ingredients of a Cosmopolitan and turned it into a spoonful of happy hour.
 
I used the reverse spherification technique on my regular Cosmopolitan recipe leaving out the lime and Cointreau (or Triple Sec) so I could use those in a little pool in the spoon to float the Cosmopolitan cocktail sphere in.  Note the little mint leaf I added inside the sphere, not a standard Cosmo ingredient but I wanted something floating in the sphere.
 
These cocktail spheres are a perfect pairing with an amuse bouche, one bite, one sip to go with the bite. These are a fun way to give folks a little happy hour giggle and they won't get you drunk either! Well, not unless you have a dozen or so.
 



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20140821

The Simpsons DUH-O MARTINI Cocktail Tribute


Today  FXX starts the longest running television marathon in history by airing EVERY EPISODE EVER of The Simpsons.

The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and, in 2009, it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, and I've been a faithful fan of The Simpsons for the whole run, including the shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

I have loved the fun intros that changed every week, the sly and point-on political jabs, the long list of guest stars, the topical story lines and the interrelationships of the dysfunctional but loving family. I've watched as Matt Groening's imaginary characters morphed and changed along with the zeitgeist of the America, bringing insight and laughter along on the ride. For 25 years this show has made me chortle and I've barely missed an episode.

So today, for your Simpson's Marathon viewing pleasure, here is my cocktail homage to The Simpsons:

The DUH-O MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. 360 Glazed Donut Vodka
1Oz. Orange Juice
1/2 Oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 Oz. Half & Half
Splash of Duff Beer
Honey for Rim
Crushed Butterfinger Bar for Rim
Bright Blue Cotton Candy for Garnish

The 360 Glazed Donut Vodka is for Homer's donut obsession, the Duff (yes, there really IS Duff Beer!) is for Homer's beer obsession, the cotton candy is for Marge's famous hair, the juices and half & half give the cocktail that distinctive Simpson's skin color, the honey is for sweet Lisa and to help hold on the Butterfinger rim tribute to not so sweet Bart! Yes, I left out the Maggie and the Simpson pets, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball. Babies and pets don't mix with booze. Oh, come on, Bart and Lisa are well over 21 by now!! P.S., I didn't forget Grandpa, I just never liked the old curmudgeon, lol.

DIRECTIONS
Dip your glass rim in some honey and then into the crushed Butterfingers.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the donut vodka, juices and half & half.
Shake vigorously to blend and emulsify the dairy into the drink.
Pour into your chilled glass, add the splash of Duff Beer then top with a Marge Simpson style hunk of blue cotton candy.

Happy 552 Episodes of #EverySimpsonsEver Marathon on FXX!




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