20181206

GAZPACHO MARTINI COCKTAIL




This cocktail was inspired by leftovers from a Mexican dinner. I had homemade pico de gallo and after sitting for a day I noticed there was quite a bit of juice from the tomatoes and cucumbers in the bottom of the pico de gallo container. I suddenly wondered how that would taste as the mixer for a cocktail and, boom, this gazpacho martini was born.

The
GAZPACHO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Tomato Vodka
1 Oz. Pico de Gallo "Juice"*
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
5 Drops Chohula Lime Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS
* Make some homemade Pico de Gallo. After it sits for several hours or overnight there will be some lovely juices you can strain out. How much juice will determine how many cocktails you can make.
Chill your glass.
Add the tomato vodka, pico de gallo juice and lime juice to an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake until chilled then strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a lime slice then enjoy.

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20181204

The BABY GROOT COCKTAIL - I AM GROOT!



I have a very close friend who is madly in love with Baby Groot, the miniature but growing incarnation of Groot from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy series. She collects anything Baby Groot and, for fun, is placing hers in a variety of locales and scenarios.

I decided she needed a special cocktail for those moments.

Merry Christmas, Melodieann! (Don't worry,  you will get a package too 😘.)

The
BABY GROOT
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Seagram's Whiskey
1/2 Oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
1/2 Oz. White Crème de Menthe
3 Oz. Warm Cocoa

Garnish: Dollop of whipped cream, drizzle of Green Crème de Menthe, chocolate sprinkles, mint leaves

Glass: Old Fashioned (Rocks)

DIRECTIONS
Add the Whiskey, Dark Crème de Cacao, White Crème de Menthe to your old fashioned glass.
Pour in the warm cocoa.
Spoon on a large dollop of whipped cream. 
Drizzle with some Green Crème de Menthe.
Top off with a few mint leaves and some chocolate sprinkles.

I am Groot. I am GROOT!
(Groot is buzzed.)


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20181115

Sparkling Pumpkin Cocktail




Yes, I know, I have a bunch of Pumpkin Cocktails already but I didn't have one that included bubbly. Plus I have a couple of bottles of Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur to play with again this year so, fizzy pumpkin cocktails here I come.

The
SPARKLING
PUMPKIN COCKTAIL
  
INGREDIENTS:
1 Oz Chilled Spiced Pumpkin Liqueur
2 Oz. Brut Champagne, Cava or Prosecco
  
Garnish: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Sugar, Toasted Marshmallow 

Glass: Champagne Flute
  
DIRECTIONS:
Chill your glass in the freezer, then pour in the spiced pumpkin liqueur and top off with the sparking wine of your choice. I prefer a brut Champagne, but the others are nice too and bring their own flavor profile to this cocktail. Stir gently, dust with a little of the pumpkin pie spice and sugar then add a toasted marshmallow.

Enjoy.


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20181109

CRANBERRY A-GO-GO THANKSGIVING COCKTAIL



The fruit most associated with Thanksgiving and the holidays is probably cranberries and it's also the time of year where it's easy to get them fresh so it follows that it's also a great time of year for cranberry cocktails. Add a little Jack Daniels, some lemon and sugar and you're ready to (pardon me for this) a-go-go.

The
CRANBERRY A-GO-GO
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Jack Daniels
1 Oz. Homemade Cranberry Liqueur
1 Oz. Cranberry Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tsp. Turbinado Sugar
3 - 4 Mint Leaves

Garnish: Sugared Cranberries, Fresh Mint Sprig

Tools: Muddler, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Make your sugared cranberries and set aside.
Warm the lemon juice then stir it with the turbinado sugar until the sugar dissolves.
Muddle the sugar and lemon juice with the mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
Pour in the whiskey, cranberry liqueur, and cranberry juice.
Shake until chilled then strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish and serve. 

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20181025

SLIMY EYEBALL MARTINI HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL



This drink is one of the top favorites of all my Halloween Cocktails, most likely because it comes garnished with a gummy eyeball and people love telling their guests it's a Slimy Eyeball Martini. It tastes pretty good too. However, I created this one years ago and it originally had cream in the recipe which added nothing to the flavor and clouded the drink thus hiding the whole point - the eyeball. That has bugged me for a while now so I'm fixing it.

I also added a bit of Blue Curacao to give it a creepy green color.  Nothing says Halloween more than a weird colored drink with an eyeball in it.

The
SLIMY
EYEBALL
MARTINI


INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Citrus Vodka
1/2 Oz. Coconut Rum
1/4 Oz. Blue Curacao
2 Oz. Original Sunny Delight

Garnish: Gummy Eyeball Candy

DIRECTIONS
Pour the vodka, Sunny Delight, Blue Curacao and rum into your cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well blended and chilled.
Strain into your chilled martini glass, skewer the gummy eyeball on a cocktail pick, drop in and serve.


 
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20181021

JALAPENO MEZCAL SOUR COCKTAIL



 I was given some beautiful, fresh jalapeno peppers from a neighbor and one of my favorite things to make from them is cocktails.  I have a little problem eating chilies because they cause my mouth to break out in little blisters if they are too high on the Scoville scale.  I get around this by roasting them and making syrups from them, there's something about roasting or adding sugars that makes them easier for me to ingest.
 
I took a few of those peppers, roasted them, then made some Jalapeno Simple Syrup, added some mezcal and made myself a few of these last night and sat out on my front deck enjoying the Arizona fall weather with Bailey. 
 
That roasted flavor in the simple syrup was a great smoky addition to the already smoky mezcal. Perfect fall cocktail!
 
JALAPENO
MEZCAL SOUR


INGREDIENTS

2 Oz. Vida Mezcal
1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Oz. Jalapeno Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 Fresh Egg White (or 2 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White)
3 Dashes Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: Roasted Jalapeno Pepper Slices
 
Tools:  Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer
 
Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients, except the bitters, to a cocktail shaker - without ice - for a vigorous dry shake.
Add ice and shake again until chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, tap on the orange bitters, garnish and serve.

JALAPENO SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE
Ingredients

1 Large Jalapeno, seeds & placenta removed, roasted then sliced
1 C. Turbinado Sugar
1 C. Water
Directions
Using gloves, strip out the seeds and placenta (white pith) from the roasted jalapeno pepper then cut into several thin strips. Do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas while handling the peppers.
Heat the sugar and water on medium until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Still using the gloves, toss the jalapeno strips into the syrup, bring this to a boil on medium, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow the peppers to infuse into the syrup until it's cool.
Strain then store in airtight glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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20181003

The CELERY COCKTAIL




I had a bunch of celery in my refrigerator that needed to be used before it was useless and it suddenly occurred to me I could juice that whole bunch for a few refreshing cocktails. I have no idea why I have not juiced celery for a cocktail before, I love celery and the juice is very healthy for you.

I also decided to make use of the rest of the cilantro I had to make a simple syrup to go in my celery cocktail. Boom, two things that didn't get thrown away and a new cocktail for happy hour!

I know there are a lot of you out there that do not like cilantro. If that's the case, just use plain simple syrup in this recipe.

The
CELERY
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz.Hendrick's Gin
3 Oz. Fresh Celery Juice
3/4 Oz. Cilantro Simple Syrup
( recipe below)
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Dash Celery Bitters 

Garnish: Celery Leaves, Sprig of cilantro

Tools: Mixing glass, Strainer

Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Make your Cilantro Simple Syrup ahead if time so it's cool.
In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the ingredients then stir until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled Coupe, garnish and serve.

CILANTRO SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE
 INGREDIENTS
1 C. Granulated Sugar
1 C. Water
1 C. Chopped, Fresh Cilantro Leaves and/or Stems
(I often save the stems from my cilantro instead of throwing them away just for making things like flavored oils or simple syrups because they have just as much flavor as the leaves!)

DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro. Allow the syrup to cool for 30 minutes, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve then toss the solids. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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