20190710

The PIÑA COLADA - A Classic Tiki Cocktail Recipe





"Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The piña and the colada."
~ Ellen DeGeneres

There is no cocktail that more associated with Tiki or tropical locales and balmy days than the classic Piña Colada. There is also no less complicated Tiki drink recipe out there.

It's hard to mess this one up but you can take it to near perfection by using fresh ingredients, a good rum and being exacting with the recipe ratios.

The
PIÑA COLADA

INGREDIENTS
1 Part White Rum
1 Part Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
6 Parts Fresh Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Cocktail Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Mix together your rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice in a blender. 
Add 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a chilled hurricane glass.
Garnish and serve.

You can read about the history of the Piña Colada and try some fun Piña Colada recipe variations here.

National Piña Colada Day is July10th.


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20190709

MIXED BERRY MOJITO Cocktail Recipe



I have a thing for Mojitos in summer. First of all, they are tall, refreshing and cool, plus they're a little lower ABV per sip. This means I get to sit and sip a little longer and more often than I can with a Manhattan or a Martini*. I also happen to have a thing for fresh berries in the summer so this berry laden cocktail shows up a lot in my summer happy hours.


The
MIXED BERRY
MOJITO


INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Light Rum
1/4 C. Fresh Mixed Berries
1/2 Oz. Berry Liqueur
(For a lower ABV cocktail substitute Berry Simple Syrup for the berry liqueur)
1 Oz. Lime Juice
10 Fresh Mint Leaves
Club Soda

Garnish: Fresh Berries, Mint Sprig, Lime Wedges, Twist

DIRECTIONS
Muddle the lime juice, berry liqueur (or syrup), mint leaves and lime fresh berries in the bottom of a highball glass.
Fill the glass with CRUSHED ice then add the rum.
Stir, then top with soda.
Garnish and serve.

National Mojito Day is July 11th.

*  I did do a Berry Mojito in martini form ages ago. You know, just in case you want this flavor profile with extra kick per sip.

 
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20190706

BERRY COCKTAILS



Let's get right down to it, because who doesn't love cocktails with berries?
 
BERRY
COCKTAILS
 
BERRY, BERRY BLACK CAT COCKTAIL
BERRY CHERRY SHERRY COBBLER COCKTAIL
BERRY CHOCOLATE FRAPPÉ
BERRY LIQUEUR RECIPES
BERRY MIMOSA
BERRY SANGRIA
BERRY SANGRIA EDIBLE COCKTAILS
BERRY SCARY MARTINI
BERRY VALENTINE SHOOTER
BOYSENBERRY RUM FLIP
EDIBLE BERRY SHORTCAKE SHOTS
GIRLS NIGHT OUT MARTINI
HOLLY BERRY MARTINI
HUMBLE BERRY PIE COCKTAIL
LICUADOS DE MAYO COCKTAIL
MIXED BERRY MOJITO
PIMM'S BERRY CUP
PRETTY IN PINK FLIRTINI
PROJECT RUNWAY MARTINI
SPARKLING SKELETON SANGRIA
VERY BERRY MARTINI
WHISKEY BERRY SMASH
WILD BERRY POP TART MARTINI
 
BY INDIVIDUAL BERRIES
BLACKBERRY COCKTAILS
BLUEBERRY COCKTAILS
CRANBERRY COCKTAILS
RASPBERRY COCKTAILS
STRAWBERRY COCKTAILS
 
July is Berry Month.
 
 
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20190609

The STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE COCKTAIL RECIPE




The
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS 
2 Oz Bourbon
1/2 Oz Grand Marnier
3 Oz Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup
(Recipe below*)
1 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Pasteurized Egg White
2 Drops Rhubarb Bitters

Garnish: Crushed, Baked, Sugared Pie Crust Rim, Fresh Strawberry, Lemon Slice

DIRECTIONS
Make the Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup.*
Sugar, then bake a single pre-made pie crust, crumble. Rub the glass rim with a lemon quarter then dip in the sweetened pie crust.
Chill glass in the freezer.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (shake without ice) for a full minute to emulsify and build a cocktail foam.
Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake cocktail to chill.
Pour into a chilled glass, garnish and serve.


*  Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Ingredients
1 stalk rhubarb,chopped
6 strawberries, sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest

Directions
Wash and cut rhubarb and strawberries.
Place the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer.
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, bottle, store in refrigerator.

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is June 9th.

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20190601

The RAINBOW COCKTAIL for Pride Month



The
RAINBOW
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz White Rum 
1/2 Oz Blue Curacao 
2-1/2 Oz Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 Oz Grenadine

Garnish: Orange Wheel, Cocktail Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Fill a Collins glass with ice.
Add the White Rum and Blue Curacao to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until chilled, set aside.
Add the orange juice to your Collins glass.
Gently pour the Grenadine down the inside of the glass where it will settle to the bottom.
Place a bar spoon upside down against the inside of the glass, then gently pour the chilled white rum and Blue Curacao over the back of the spoon to layer it on top of the Grenadine and orange juice.
Garnish and serve.

June is Pride Month, the original Gay Pride Day was originally celebrated on the last Saturday in June and National Coming Out Day is October 11th.


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20190517

TOASTED WALNUT MAPLE BOURBON COCKTAIL



I created this cocktail specifically to use my homemade Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon. If I'm being honest, most of the time that homemade bourbon infusion gets poured over vanilla ice cream so this cocktail is sort of a drinkable version of that because I don't always have ice cream in the house.

I really wanted to call this the Drunken Mountie because the whole time I was drinking it the theme from the Dudley Do-Right cartoon from my childhood kept going through my head. Maybe it was the maple in the bourbon, I have no idea, but I restrained myself.


The
TOASTED WALNUT
MAPLE BOURBON
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon
1/2 Oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
1/2 Oz. Heavy Cream
2 Dashes Cardamom Bitters
1 Dash Walnut Bitters

Garnish: 1 Toasted Walnut 

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glass in the freezer. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake until blended and chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish and serve.


More cocktails using my Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon:
Stranger Things Booze Slushy
Mommy's Boozed Up Sippy Cup

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20190420

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE MARTINI COCKTAIL RECIPE




Pineapple Upside Down Cake always reminds me of my mother because it was her favorite dessert. For some reason she always made it for Easter instead of the obligatory white coconut cake everyone else seemed to serve up is their traditional Easter dessert. Since I don't care for coconut cakes, I never had a problem with this.

Many, many years ago I made my first cocktail version of this with a simple combination of vanilla vodka and fresh pineapple juice. This year I decided to update the recipe a bit.


The
PINEAPPLE
UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Bar Spoon of Maraschino Cherry Juice
1-1/2 Oz Pinnacle Cake Vodka
2 Oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
2 Dashes Cherry Bitters

Garnish: Pineapple Slice, Homemade Maraschino Cherry.

DIRECTIONS
Add ingredients to an ice field cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.


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