20210115

ORANGE COCKTAILS


One of the most ubiquitous cocktail ingredients is orange juice. Since this is a list of orange cocktails, you're going to see a lot of cocktails featuring > primarily< orange juice here, but there's quite a few popular orange liqueurs and spirits and you're going to see those in this list too.

The whole idea is predominantly orange-ish flavored, colored and spiked cocktails for your orange obsession.

Orange you glad you stopped by?

ORANGE COCKTAILS

AGAVECILLIN
APRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOUR COCKTAIL
BELMONT JEWEL BREEZE
BLACK EYED SUSAN
BLOODY ORANGE BLACKBERRY SOUR
CANDIED ORANGE ROSEMARY RYE COCKTAIL
CANDY CORN COCKTAIL
CLOCKWORK ORANGE CRUSTA
CRÊPES SUZETTE COCKTAIL
DEATH BY SCREWDRIVER
GINJA NINJA SLUSHY
GRAND MARNIER COCKTAILS 
HARVEY WALLBANGER
JUNGLE JUICE
MANDARIN ORANGE GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL
MIMOSA
MY DARLING CLEMENTINI
ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI
ORANGE CREAMSICLE MARTINI
ROOSEVELT COCKTAIL
SCREWDRIVER
SOLAR ECLIPSE MARGARITA
SPARKLING TANGERINE MIMOSA
SPICED RUM POMEGRANATE FIZZ COCKTAIL
STONED TEQUILA SUNSET
TRIPLE ORANGE MARTINI

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Day is January 15th and National Orange Juice Day is May 4th.


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20210114

Happy Birthday Cocktail to Me!


Yes, once more into that breach we call a Birthday. This time I came out the other side 70 years old. (Yeah, how about that? A senior citizen who's not tech illiterate. In fact, I was building computers and writing code before most of you had slid out the birth canal!)

I don't know how I got this old - this fast - but today I'm not going to think about that. I'm just going to Eat, Drink and Be Merry and open all my Amazon birthday gifts I sent myself.

P.S. It is also Bailey's and my 5th Anniversary.


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20210106

HOT (Spiked) LEMONADE RECIPES


Once upon a time, when I was a child back in the Midwest, whenever one of us kids sneezed or coughed, my mother used to give us hot lemonade. She claimed it would ward off all nature of pestilence and ills plus warm us right down to our bones. One sneeze, one sniffle and out came Mom's old hand juicer and the jar of honey while another unsnuffling sibling was shooed off to the corner market for lemons.

No skin off my offending, sneezing nose, I absolutely LOVED hot lemonade. I still do. Only now I add some spirits because that's how I adult when making hot lemonade!

My Favorite
HOT LEMONADE
TODDIES

CLASSIC HOT TODDY
INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Whiskey
1/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 C. Boiling Water
1 Tbsp. Honey

Garnish: Lemon Slice

Add the Whiskey, lemon juice and honey to a mug then pour in boiling water. Stir until honey has dissolved.

GINGER SPICED HOT LEMONADE
INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Meyers Dark Rum
1/2 C. Boiling Water
1/2 C. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Thin Slice Fresh Ginger
2 Tbsp. Sugar

Garnish: Lemon slice and Candied Ginger

Add the rum, lemon juice, fresh ginger and sugar to the bottom of a toddy glass and muddle. Pour in the boiling water, stir and garnish.


HOT BUTTERED LEMONADE
INGREDIENTS
1 C Water
1/2 C Lemon Juice
2/3 C Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Lemon Zest
1 Tsp. Butter

Garnish: Candied Lemon Peel

Heat the water, lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a mug, add the butter and stir.


HAPPINESS IS A WARM GIN
(from my Beatles Inspired Cocktails)
INGREDIENTS
1-1/4 oz London Dry Gin
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Oz. Boiling Water
1 Tablespoon Lavender Honey

Garnish: 2 Sprigs Fresh Lavender

Add the lemon juice, one sprig of the fresh lavender and the honey to a mug and muddle. Add the gin, then pour in the hot water. Garnish with the 2nd sprig of lavender.




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20200711

86 and the Rules of Drinking



I came across the 86 Rules of Boozing the other day and thought you'd get a kick out of them. Quite a few had me chuckling and a few others had me reliving some bar moments I would rather have forgotten, lol! (P.S. #65 is my favorite!)  I've posted a few of my favorites below.

The title and number of rules is probably inspired by the term 86 which means to eject and bar from entry for violating a drinking establishment's rules and/or bad behavior. The origins of the term most likely come from an infamous speakeasy at 86 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village called Chumlee which had no address on the door and several secret exits. When the police showed up to raid the speakeasy guests were known to "86 it" or get the hell out before they got arrested.

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.

13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message.

14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.

20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.

24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.

28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.

35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.

40. If you have ever told a bartender, “Hey, it all spends the same,” then you are a cheap ass.

41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.

42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.

47. Nothing screams 'nancy boy' louder than swirling an over sized brandy snifter.

52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.

56. Screaming, “Someone buy me a drink!” has never worked.

64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.

65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.

79. If you are 86’d, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.

83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.

84. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there’s something in it.

86. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.


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20191102

HONEY OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL RECIPE




Make your next Old Fashioned with Honey!

Having recently been having a love affair with making honey simple syrups, I thought I'd give a go at using my honey simple syrup in the most classic of all cocktails, The Old Fashioned.

Glad I did, give it a try because I think you'll like it as much as I did.

Enjoy!

The
HONEY 
OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS

2 Ounces Rye Whiskey* (or Bourbon)
2 Tsp. Honey**
1 Tsp. Warm Water
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: 1 Orange slice, 1 Homemade Bourbon Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Add the honey, warm water and bitters to an old fashioned glass then stir until the honey has dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add your chosen whiskey. Give this a quick stir then twist the orange slice over the cocktail to express the oils and juice then drop it into the drink. Garnish with the cocktail cherry and serve.

*I used  Bulleit “95” Rye Small Batch Frontier Whiskey.

** I prefer to use locally sourced honey when making a plain honey simple syrup.


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20191027

The CHOCOLATE MANHATTAN Cocktail Recipe



I received a sample bottle of Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey for a promotion and, like I always do, popped that bottle open and took a sip. Nice way to jump start your day, trust me. Later that afternoon I went back in for a closer experience. The nose was spicy with a hint of fruit, then caramel and chocolate chimes in and surrounded my palate with a very nice soothing note.

After that hit of chocolate I decided I was heading into having a Manhattan and, since National Chocolate Day was coming up, I decided I'd go the chocolate route by adding a bit of creme de cacao and replacing the standard Manhattan bitters with some chocolate bitters. I skipped the cherry garnish and added a hit of orange by twisting some orange peel over the top.

Quite a nice and easy cocktail but with a satisfying complexity and perfect for the start of fall.

The
CHOCOLATE MANHATTAN
COCKTAIL RECIPE 

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey
1/2 Cinzano Rosso
1/4 Oz. White Creme de Cacao
2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Orange twist

DIRECTIONS
Tap the bitters over ice in a chilled Old Fashioned glass.
Pour in the Cinzano Rosso, Creme de Cacao and whiskey.
Stir gently.
Twist some orange over the top, drop in then serve.

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