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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20190405

Celebrating the Beginning of the Budweiser Clydesdales!




I love the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdale horses and  commercials and I know many of you do as well. What you may not know is the very first appearance of the Clydesdales came about as a result of the end of Prohibition of beer and the Cullen-Harrison Act which took effect on April 7, 1933, now known and celebrated as National Beer Day. (The repeal of the Volstead Act, banning sale and use of all alcoholic beverages, would follow in December of that same year.)


On that day in April of 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch, Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch (later increased to the present eight horse hitch) to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition of beer.


Busch Sr. then arranged to have a second six-horse Clydesdale hitch sent to New York on April 7 to mark the event. The Clydesdales drew a crowd of thousands on their way to the Empire State Building. After a small ceremony, a case of Budweiser was presented to former Governor Alfred E. Smith in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition.
This original team then continued a tour across New England and the mid-Atlantic, ending in a final stop in Washington DC with a reenactment of the delivery of the first post-Prohibition case of beer to President Franklin Roosevelt.


This 2012 Super Bowl ad is a tribute to the end of Prohibition and that first appearance of the beloved Clydesdale Horses. (They took a little liberty with the addition of the Dalmatian, these canine mascots were not added to official teams until March of 1950.)


Now, grab some Bud and make one of these
BEER COCKTAILS
Cheers!

New Beers Eve is April 6th, National Beer Day is April 7th, National Beer Lovers Day is September 7th, National Drink Beer Day is September 28th, American Beer Day is October 27th and International Beer Day is the first Friday in August.

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20190322

PRICKLY PEAR COCKTAILS





 I live in Tucson. Prickly Pears grow all over my property. You had to expect these, right?

And you know there will be more.


PRICKLY PEAR
COCKTAILS

LOADED CACTUS (PRICKLY PEAR) SLIDERITAS

PRICKLY PEAR CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

PRICKLY PEAR DAIQUIRI

PRICKLY PEAR MARTINI

PRICKLY PEAR OLD FASHIONED


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20190313

FLORAL (FLOWER INFUSED) COCKTAILS


Nothing evokes spring more than the first flowers peeking through at the end of winter. Flowers are the essence of spring, and they can be an intriguing part of your spring cocktails as well.

There are several options for imbuing cocktails with floral elements using floral liqueurs, essences, extracts, cocktail bitters and syrups to employing actual edible flowers as a garnish. Used judiciously, even a drop of floral bitters, rose water, flower essence or just a teaspoon of floral honey syrup can add a floral touch of spring to your cocktails. To achieve a floral note, one or more of these methods has been applied in each of the cocktail recipes below.


FLOWER INFUSED
(FLORAL)
COCKTAILS 

ALIEN INVASION COCKTAIL
ANGOSTURA & OLD LACE
APRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOUR
The AVIATION
The BARBIE MIMOSA
BEE'S KNEES
BLUSHING ROSE
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER - ELDERFLOWER G&T
CHOCOLATE & ROSES MARTINI
The COCKTAIL PURPLE
MY DARLING CLEMENTINI
The ELDER FASHIONED
ELDERFLOWER SALTY DOG
ENCHANTED FAERIE
GRANDMA'S "TEA"
HIBISCUS HEART FIZZ
LADY ROSE COCKTAIL
LAVENDER KIWI DAIQUIRI
LUCKY CHARM
MOROCCAN ROSE
NEVERLAND COOLER
PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR MARTINI
PURGATORY PUNCH
The SAGZERAC
SPARKLING HIBISCUS MARTINI
STORMBORN COCKTAIL
WILD HIBISCUS G&T
WILD HIBISCUS MARTINI

You might also want to check out my
HERB COCKTAILS.

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