20160529

FIRE & BLOODY MARY Game of Thrones Cocktail


"I will take what is mine with Fire and Blood." ~ Daenerys Targaryen

I had to do it. Tonight's episode is called Blood of My Blood. Besides it's Sunday and Bloody Marys are kind of my traditional Sunday drink.

Plus, I like a good cocktail pun. I also like history and historical references abound in Game of Thrones, including comparisons of Melisandre to Queen Mary I of England, aka Bloody Mary

Evidently we're in for some surprises with tonight's episode and surprises on Game of Thrones usually involve some blood so Bloody Marys are appropriate.


FIRE & BLOODY
A Game of Thrones Bloody Mary

INGREDIENTS:
3 Oz. Chilled Crystal Head Vodka
6 Oz. Organic Tomato Juice
4 Dashes Soy Sauce
Sriracha Hot Sauce, to taste
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Celery Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Ice

Rim Ingredients: Black Lava Salt, Chili Powder and Celery Salt.

Garnish: Fresh Cilantro & Sriracha Cream Cheese Stuffed Olives (Recipe below.)

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Pint or Highball

DIRECTIONS:
Mix a few dashes of Sriracha, some cilantro and a few dashes of soy sauce in 1 tablespoon of softened cream cheese then stuff this in some green olives. Set aside to garnish the cocktail with later.
Coat half the glass rim with some tomato juice then dip in the mixture of Black Lava Salt, chili powder and celery salt.
Chill glass in the freezer.
Combine ingredients with ice in your cocktail shaker and shake really well to mix the ingredients in with the tomato juice as you chill and dilute.
Strain into your pint glass, garnish and serve.






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20160526

SUMMER COCKTAILS

 
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"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
 
SUMMER COCKTAILS 
   
As the weather heats up and we slide into summer, our cocktail thoughts turn to cool, refreshing drinks. The kind of drinks you would enjoy while sitting out on an early summer evening watching the sun go down. Tall drinks with lots of ice and summer juices and fizzes that slide down just a little too easy. Tart, fruity drinks loaded with garden fresh goodness. Frozen, slushy, brain-freezing glasses of chillness.
  
Drinks made with gin and vodka, maybe a little rum or tequila, or perhaps a wine cooler or punch. Coolers, Mojitos, Sangría, Fizzes, Juleps, Collins, Cobblers, Bucks, Rickeys, Smashes. Yeah, like that.
  
So I've gathered together some of my favorites for you to enjoy this summer. Sit down, get comfy, this is a long list, I drink a lot in summer.
 
COBBLERS
 BERRY CHERRY SHERRY COBBLER
BLACK EYED SUSAN COBBLER
WHISKEY CHERRY COBBLER
 
COLADAS
CARROT COLADA
 HIBISCUS COLADA FRAPPÉ
RASPBERRY PINA COLADA
SNEAKY TIKI 
STRAWBERRY PINA COLADA
 
COOLERS
AN APERITIF TO REMEMBER
JUNGLE JUICE
NEVERLAND COOLER
PALOMA
STONED TEQUILA SUNSET
WATERMELON ORANGE COOLER
 
FIZZES
(Collins, Rickeys, Slings, Tonics)
ABSINTHE MINDED LEPRECHAUN FIZZ
BLACKBERRY BOURBON FIZZ
CHERRY DIAMOND RAMOS FIZZ
CHERRY PEACH WHISKEY RICKEY
CUCUMBER GIN & TONIC
GOLDEN RAMOS FIZZ
HIBISCUS HEART FIZZ
PIMM'S BERRY CUP #1
SPICED RUM POMEGRANATE FIZZ
STONED TEQUILA SUNSET
STRAWBERRY BASIL VODKA TONIC
TERRI'S CHERRY 75
TIJUANA JACKASS
TWISTED FAIRYTALE FIZZ
THYME for a LEMON CHERRY SLING
VODKA TONIC VARIATIONS
   
FLOATS WITH BOOZE
CHOCOLATE PORTER BEER FLOATS (2)
FERNET MOCHA FRAPPÉ CHOCOLATE SHAKE
PEACH MELBA BEER FLOAT
REALLY DRUNK BROWN COW
SLIGHTLY BANANAS, DEFINITELY COCONUTS, CHOCOLATE BOOZY SHAKE
 
FROZEN DRINKS & BOOZESICLES
ALL MY MARGARITAS HERE
ALL MY DAIQUIRIS HERE
RED NOSE SLUSHY
RED, WHITE & BOOZESICLES
 
JULEPS & SMASHES
ALL MY JULEPS
TEQUILA POMEGRANATE SMASH
WHISKEY PEACH SMASH
 
MOJITOS
BLACKBERRY MOJITO
CHERRY BASIL MOJITO
CHIPOTLE WATERMELON MOJITO
GRAPEFUL DEAD MOJITO
GRILLED PINEAPPLE MOJITO
Mind Your Ps & Qs PEA SHOOT CUCUMBER MOJITO
   
SANGRIAS
 
SUMMERY SOURS
APPLE GO BRAGH SOUR
APRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOUR
BLOOD ORANGE BLACKBERRY BOURBON SOUR
PINEAPPLE PISCO SOUR
SPICED LAVENDER BEES KNEES
TANGELO BOURBON TANGO
TIPSY MISS
WATERMELON ROSEMARY GIN SOUR
 
TIKI COCKTAILS
BEACH BUM
DRUNKEN BABY DOLE PINEAPPLE WHIPS
LOST MAI TAI
MERINGUE ISLAND PUNCH
TRIPLE RUM PUNCH
 
And if that's not enough for you, you can use my search bar at top and search for any summer fruit, herb, flavor or booze that you prefer.
 
"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August."
—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
   
Have a great cocktail filled summer! 
 
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20160525

The WAKE UP CALL, An Espresso & Wine Cocktail


Today was National Wine Day and it also happened to be National Iced Coffee Day. I kept thinking all day, could I? Should I?

Some said it couldn't be done, combining wine with coffee. At least not if you want to end up with a good cocktail.

You just can't say things like that to me, I take it as a challenge.

The WAKE UP CALL
A Wine & Espresso Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
4 Oz. Alamos Malbec Red Wine
2 Oz. Caffè Borghetti Espresso Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Fernet Branca
2 Tablespoons Pasteurized Egg White
1 Tsp. Orange Simple Syrup
3 Dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Bitters
Ice

Garnish: Espresso powder, cocoa nibs, orange twist, edible gold stars

Tools: Cocktail shaker

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS:
Dry shake all the ingredients except the ice in a cocktail shaker.
Add the ice and shake again until chilled.
Add a large ice cube to your glass then strain in the cocktail.
Garnish and serve.

Yeah! So there! AND it's delicious, subtle and sophisticated. So I gave myself little gold stars.

Neener, neener, neener.








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20160523

RED NOSE DAY Watermelon Cherry Raspberry SLUSHY Drink


What's with all the red noses? What exactly is Red Nose Day? It's a campaign to "make a difference for kids in need" done with humor, comedy and fun. It's represented by wearing a big red clown nose, kind of a fun and playful version of the standard colored ribbon for other charities.

You might be asking what cocktails have to do with it, and that's a good question. Nothing. But not all beverages have to have alcohol in them and virgin cocktails, or mocktails if you prefer, are fun too. Especially for kids, because kids always want to rush to adulthood. When I was out to dinner with my parents I loved it when I got a Shirley Temple. Mom and dad would order that for me and a Roy Rogers for my brother when they ordered their Bourbon and Sevens and we loved them, those simple soda and Maraschino cherry drinks made us feel like grownups.

I love the idea and playfulness of the red nose to represent a charity for children, it's whimsical, funny and cheerful. I wanted to create a healthy, red drink for kids that incorporated that symbol and those qualities. It's for adults too, come on you don't always have to have booze to have fun!

And cats will like this drink too ....


The
RED NOSE
SLUSHY
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail (Mocktail)

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Fresh Watermelon, Cubed
1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries, Pureed
1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Dark Cherries, Pureed
1 - 2 Tablespoons Organic Honey, to taste.
(I have a sweet tooth so ... 2. A lot depends on the sweetness of your fruit and I used lavender honey from Honey Ridge Farms)
1/2 Oz. Lemon Juice
4 Mint Leaves
Dash of Sea Salt
1 Cup Ice

Garnish: MUST have a Red Nose from Walgreens the kids (and adults) can wear! Plus; Watermelon balls (to mimic the red nose), A Lemon Twist, A Sprig of Fresh Mint, Tons of Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries, because that's the best part of the drink where kids are concerned! And Bordeaux Cherries aren't filled with food coloring and chemicals.


Tools: Blender, Red Straws, Cute Cocktail Swizzle Stick.

Glass: Mason Jar Mug with Red Nose Day stickers. Ask for these stickers at Walgreens when you get your red noses, they're free!

DIRECTIONS:
Chill glass in the freezer.
Add all the ingredients to your blender and pulse on high until the ice is completely blended and you have reached slushy consistency.
Pour into your chilled glass, add the straw and swizzle stick then garnish and serve.

Be sure to tweet this and use the hashtags #RedNoseDay #RedNose4Kids AND ESPECIALLY #RedNose25 because the Gates Foundation will donate $25 for each tweet to the Red Nose Day Fund up to 1 million dollars!

PLUS you should really Get Your Red Nose On too over at NBC! Bailey did!


Oh, okay, if you legal drinking age folks MUST add some spirits, try adding in 1-1/2 ounces of good rum, vodka or tequila - but keep it away from the kids and donate an extra few bucks to Red Nose Day to assuage your guilt, you boozer! (Shhh, a little white rum did not hurt this drink at all!)





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20160520

The RED WOMAN'S Spiced Wine Punch


"Lord of Light! Come to us in our darkness. We offer you these false gods. Take them and cast your light upon us. For the night is dark and full of terrors."

Melisandre, The Red Woman. Is she evil? Is she good? Let's do a quick checklist.

Good: she brought Jon Snow back to life. Of course she believes he's the reincarnation of legendary hero Azor Ahai, the "Prince That Was Promised", so this might have been a selfish move. Which she wasn't even sure she could accomplish. But she did and that's good. All I got for good so far. Except she looks really great in blood red.

Bad: In her effort to serve her God, R’hllor, the Lord of Light, she tried to  get Stannis (whom she originally thought was the prince that was promised) a crown by creating murderous Shadow Demons and offering up Stannis' daughter as sacrifice to her quest, amongst other evil queen-ish maneuvers.


She also uses some form of magic to stay young. You might believe it's that ruby red necklace, I think she bathes in in the blood of newborn babies, or something equally Wicked Witch-ish.


To complicate things, there might even be another Red Woman making her presence known in upcoming episodes. A mysterious woman named Kinvara showed up in Meereen this season wearing the same ruby red necklace! Does she believe that Daenerys Targaryen is Azor Ahai?

Either way, I can't see any high priestess of R’hllor drinking anything but a spiced, blood red wine punch ... probably spiced with dried baby tears or desiccated bunny tails ...


The
RED WOMAN'S
Spiced Wine Punch

INGREDIENTS:
4 Oz. Malbec Wine
1/2 Oz. Kirschwasser
4 Large Strawberries, pureed
10 Fresh Raspberries, pureed
1 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Oz. Spiced Simple Syrup*
Ice

Garnish: Frozen raspberries, A fresh strawberry and an anise pod

Tools: Cocktail shaker

Glass: Blood red goblet

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until icy cold.
Straight into your goblets, garnish and serve.


* Spiced Simple Syrup Recipe

5 Cardamom Seeds
1 Star Anise Pod
1 Small Stick of Cinnamon
3 Dried Orange Peels
1 Cup Cane Sugar
1 Cup Water

Bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce the heat and allow to simmer five minutes. Cool, strain and store, sealed and refrigerated, for up to a month.

This simple syrup can be used not only for cocktails, but for hot and cold tea, hot toddys and even for a spiced cocoa.
As for our Red Women, I leave it to you to work out who's good, evil or just plain fanatical, but keep this quote, from one of the good guys, in mind:

The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned.
~ Tyrion Lannister







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20160515

PREAKNESS BLACK EYED SUSAN COBBLER COCKTAIL


The Preakness is held every third Saturday of May at the Pimlico Race Track. Like all of the Triple Crown Races, it has it's own signature cocktail and that is the Black Eyed Susan, traditionally a vodka and citrus drink.

Named after the long-standing tradition of presenting the winner of the Preakness with a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, which is draped across the shoulders of the winning horse, this seriously maligned drink has changed recipes over the years, much like the Belmont Stakes cocktail. Rob Kasper of the Baltimore Sun said “like a racehorse that keeps changing jockeys, the Susan has changed recipes.”

From the original vodka, rum, triple sec, orange and pineapple juice version, the Susan has been served up as recipes that added peach schnapps or a shot of bourbon and even a splash of Elderflower liqueur. It all seems to depend on the bartender or which booze is sponsoring the race each year. Orange juice is a constant, while pineapple juice slips in every once in awhile. Even grapefruit juice  was added at one time. The current official recipe calls for 1-1/2 ounces of Effen Vodka, 1 ounce of Maker's Mark Bourbon, with 2 ounces of orange juice, and 2 ounces of (ugh!) sour mix, garnished with a cocktail cherry and an orange slice. Two guesses who the alcohol sponsors are this year.

I don't like bourbon and vodka together and you all know what I think of sour mix.  I've done my own cocktail versions for the Kentucky Derby as well as the above mentioned Belmont Stakes and, since no one seems to be able to make up their mind on the Black Eyed Susan, I figured I was well within my rights to toss my own recipe into the race!

Originally the cocktail started out with vodka and rum, then dropped the rum when vodka was having it's heyday at the turn of the millennium,  then whiskey snuck in and sort of stuck along with the whiskey sponsor. Despite tradition, I'm just not into the vodka for this one. With the fruit juices I really want some alcohol with some muscle and a little age on it, so I'm going with rye and rum, both of which play very well with the pineapple and the orange. I also added a dash of bitters to cut the sweetness I've included with the coconut honey.


The
BLACK EYED SUSAN
COBBLER COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
1/4 Oz. Diplomatico Rum
3 Oz. Pineapple juice
1/2 Oz. Lime Juice
1 Oz. Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon of Honey Ridge Farms Honey Cremé Coconut
1 Tablespoon of hot water
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Lots of Crushed Ice

Garnish: Mandarin Orange Sections, Pineapple Chunks, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. (An edible yellow flower, like a  calendula, is a really nice touch, if you can get a hold of them, mine are still in sprout stage. I was unable to find out if Black Eyed Susans are edible in any way, if anyone knows leave a comment.)

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Black Straws, Bee Swizzle Stick (got my cute bee one from The Swizzle Stick Shop.)

Glass: Collins

DIRECTIONS:
Add the hot water to the Honey Cremé Coconut to create a syrup and allow to cool.
Gently pack the Collins glass with crushed ice high enough to create a mound.
Pour the rye, rum, pineapple, orange and lime juices, then the cooled coconut honey syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into the ice filled glass.
Pile on the fruit, tap on the bitters, lay on the edible flower if you have one, add a fun swizzle stick and a straw and serve.


If you prefer to go with a more traditional horse race cocktail, here are a few of my variations on the Mint Julep.







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20160514

RED WEDDING Inspired NEW YORK SOUR


Robb ... Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him."
~Theon Greyjoy

When I decided to do a Red Wedding cocktail interpretation for Game Of Thrones all I kept seeing in my head was a New York Sour. Once known as a Continental Sour,  later a Southern Whiskey Sour, the New York sour is a drink that starts out normal - as a Whiskey Sour - then just gets bloody as hell when the wine flows. Just like The Red Wedding when the wine is poured and the treachery begins.
A traditional New York sour consists of rye whiskey, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, an egg white then a dry red wine float. The bloody part is when you float that red wine over the back of a spoon and it floats on top of a cocktail slowly oozing down into the drink. Tell me it's not a perfect visual for the Red Wedding!

Every time I thought about the Red Wedding I kept seeing that wine flowing blood red onto the New York Sour, so I decided to go with it, only I pulled a little treachery of my own. I killed the whiskey off and replaced it with a beautiful aged rum making my variation more of a Peninsula Sour, then added a little spice to the sweet element by using a spiced honey instead of simple syrup.

The garnish of the long orange twist represents a Celtic knot, a tradition that symbolized the bond of marriage, a ceremony which preceded the exchanging of rings of modern weddings. It also represents the tangled web of deceit which wove itself through the machinations in Westeros before and during the Red Wedding.

The way I poured in the wine float represents the flowing of blood and betrayal over the purity of trust and union.


The
RAINS OF
CASTAMERE SOUR
A Red Wedding Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Diplomatico Rum
3/4 Oz. Spiced Honey Syrup*
1/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 Oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons Pasteurized Egg White
2 Dashes Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters
1 Oz. Malbec Wine

Garnish: Orange twist knot

Tools: Channel knife, Cocktail shaker, Strainer, Bar Spoon

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS:
*Take a tablespoon of Honey Ridge Farms Honey Créme Spiced and thin to a syrup consistency with a tablespoon of hot water.
Take a channel knife and carefully start at the top of an orange and channel out a very long twist. Wrap this into knots and drape over a rustic wooden stick.
Dry shake (without ice) all ingredients except the red wine to emulsify the egg and create a foam. Shake again with ice to chill and dilute then strain into a chilled glass. Float the red wine over a spoon on top, garnish and serve.

"Not murder. It was vengeance, we had a right to our vengeance. It was war." ~ Merrett Frey


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