20180713

POMSICLES - FROZEN BOOZY POMEGRANATE ICE POP COCKTAILS


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Once upon a time, on a very, very hot summer day I wanted a cocktail so cold that I joked I needed a Cocktail Popsicle. I liked that idea so much I made myself some Pomsicles. It was pretty easy since I had a huge bottle of Pom Wonderful in the fridge as well as Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and Pomegranate Vodka.
 
I took the opportunity to dip a few in chocolate "magic shell", an ice cream coating that solidifies when it hits something very cold, like ice cream or popsicles. I love chocolate and fresh fruit together, I wasn't going to miss that opportunity.

POMSICLES
Frozen Pomegranate Ice Pop Cocktails


INGREDIENTS
For 1 ice pop - (For 6 standard 4 ounce ice pops)
2 Tbsp. (6 Oz.) Pomegranate Vodka
1 Tsp. (1 Oz.) Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
5 Oz. (30 Oz.) Pom Pomegranate Juice
1/2 Oz. (3 Oz.) Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. (6 Tbsp.) Pomegranate Arils (Seeds)

OPTIONAL GARNISH:  Magic Shell Chocolate Coating

TOOLS:  Pitcher with a spout

DIRECTIONS
Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher.
Pour mixture into the molds, leaving a little room at the top for expansion as the liquid freezes.
Wipe off any spills or drips so they won't cause the ice pop to stick in the molds.
Pop in the freezer overnight. (If you are using molds that require adding wooden popsicle sticks, freeze the pops until partially frozen - about three or four hours - then slide the stick gently into the center of the pop. If the stick stands on it's own you can then continue to freezing the pops overnight.
To remove the pops from the molds simply dip them in a bowl of warm water or just let them sit out for a few minutes before removing the ice pop from the mold.

Just before eating or serving, if you like the chocolate coating idea, pour some of your Magic Shell into a glass then dip in the tops of your Pomsicles.

STORAGE TIP
I like to remove my Boozesicles™ from the molds, pop them in individual plastic baggies and refreeze for an hour before serving. They seem to solidify a bit better and they can be kept in the baggies for several weeks as well.
 
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20180708

FROZEN COCKTAILS - Boozy Floats, Shakes, & Ice Pops


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Summer is here and it's time for some frozen booze! When the blistering heat waves roll in it's time to find a cool way to chill down at the end of the day and these chilled out cocktails will do the trick.
 
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FROZEN COCKTAILS
Floats, Boozesicles, Shakes & Ice Pops
 
BANANAS FOSTER BOOZY SHAKE
CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE MARTINI
CHOCOLATE PORTER BEER FLOATS
COCKTAIL GRANITAS
DECADENT DUTCH COCKTAIL FLOAT
FERNET MOCHA FRAPPE SHAKE
FROZEN ICE POP COCKTAILS
GRAPESICLES
LICUADOS DE MAYO Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes
MISSISSIPPI MUD PIE MARTINI SHAKE
PEACH ICE CREAM SODA FLOAT
PEACH MELBA BEER FLOAT
POMSICLES - FROZEN POMEGRANATE ICE POPS 
REALLY DRUNK BROWN COW BEER FLOAT 
RED, WHITE & BOOZESICLES
ROOT BEER FLOAT COCKTAIL
SAMOA COOKIE BOOZY SHAKE
SLIGHTLY BANANAS DEFINITELY COCONUTS CHOCOLATE BOOZY SHAKE
 
And Let's Not Forget The SLUSHY!
Ginja Ninja Slushy
Grilled Pineapple Margarita Slushy
Red Nose Cherry Raspberry Watermelon Slushy
Rubber Ducky Mango Pineapple Slushy
Stranger Things Waffle Bourbon Cola Slushy
Zombie Aneurysm Slush
 
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20180707

Best CHOCOLATE MARTINI of them all!



This is it, the MAC DADDY of designer martinis,
THE CHOCOLATE MARTINI.
There are many variations on this classic and you can find most of them in my Chocolate Cocktails page, but this is the very first Chocolate Martini I ever had and it's still in my top ten favorites because there is something so soothing about chocolate. We women have known this forever and finally the world has come around to our way of thinking. You no longer have to feel guilty about your chocolate obsession. Just be prudent, this is a powerhouse of a cocktail and it tastes so good it's very easy to overindulge.
 
CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!
There are over 300 chemicals contained in chocolate, someday someone had to find some that were good for us and they did. One study has shown that the smell of chocolate might relax you by increasing theta waves in your brain. Chocolate contains small amounts of a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA) which is a mood elevator, but we knew that already, didn't we?
 
According to the Mayo Clinic studies, the stearic acid in chocolate is a neutral fat that does not increase bad cholesterol. The cocoa butter in chocolate has oleic acid which is a mono-unsaturated fat - the same type of fat found in olive oil which might actually raise good cholesterol. Chocolate also contains proteins, rivoflavin, calcium and iron.
 
What more can you ask from a cocktail?


 
The
Best
CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Recipe Around

INGREDIENTS

3 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
1 Oz. White Creme de Cacao
Splash of Kahlua
Optional:  For a creamy, less aggressive cocktail add 1 Oz. Half & Half

Garnish: Chocolate Sprinkles Rim

DIRECTIONS
Dip your glass rim in some of the Kahlua and then into the chocolate sprinkles.
Chill the glass in the freezer to cool.
Pour the vodka, white Creme de Cacao, Kahlua and the half & half (if you opt for a creamier martini) into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

"There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles." - Anonymous


NOW there's five basic food groups - just add Chocolate Martinis.

 
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20180706

MAI TAI COCKTAIL RECIPE ART, POSTERS, HOME DECOR & GIFTS


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MAI TAI COCKTAIL RECIPE ART

A full color illustration of the famous double rum Tiki cocktail, the Mai Tai. The drawing shows a rocks (old fashioned) glass filled with ice and each ingredient portioned out according to the cocktail recipe ratios. The cocktail rendering includes garnishes of a Maraschino cherry, an orange slice and a pineapple wedge.

The drinks name Mai Tai, curves across the top, the recipe ingredients are alongside the cocktail glass. The background is a graduated deep rust to lime green with white polka dots.

Primary colors: deep red, rust, peach, orange, cream, chartreuse, lime green.

Perfect for happy hour entertaining, cocktail parties and events, bar decor and family entertainment rooms as well as birthday, bachelorette and bachelor parties.

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20180704

BOOZESICLES™ Alcoholic Popsicles - Healthy, Homemade BOOZY ICE POPS



Have you seen those low calorie boozy "Vodka Martini" type ice pops showing up in Costco and other places?


They are a great idea for summer cocktail hour and parties; they're icy cold, refreshing and low ABV (alcohol by volume), which is very popular now and a good idea for hot temperatures. But, at only 100 ml. each (3.4 ounces), they're pricey and it will take a few of them to equal one typical cocktail. They sell for around 3 bucks each and are loaded with artificial coloring, flavoring and sweeteners. Furthermore, at less than 4 ounces each with an 8% ABV, how many would your happy hour guests slurp down at 3 bucks a pop?

You know what I say  about that?
DIY BABY!
You can have healthy, refreshing ice pops galore, and at a price that won't offend your wallet.

LET'S FREEZE SOME ADULT ICE POPS!
Alcohol alone doesn't freeze at normal freezer temperatures but when you mix it with the right amount of non-alcoholic liquid that changes. I've found the formula that works the best is a 1 to 5 alcohol to mixer ratio, using a standard 40 proof spirit. This should give you approximately an 8% ABV ice pop. (Higher ABV spirits will require a higher mixer ratio to freeze, but standard vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskies are around 40 proof and some liqueurs even less.)

Each one of the 100 ml. (3.381 ounces) "vodka martini" pops are 100 calories. Homemade 100 ml. cocktail ice pops using fresh juices and purees will end up at or under 100 calories, BUT without the artificial sweeteners, flavors and colorings. If your mixer is tea or coffee that should be even lower. That gives you the same or a lower calorie count of the pre-packaged ice pops but without the artificial ingredients.

BINGO! HEALTHIER, HOMEMADE BOOZESICLE™ ICE POPS that are still low in calories and also meet the popular lower ABV cocktail trend! Because these cocktails are eaten, you can also use a fresh fruit puree instead of a juice and, because the puree includes all the pulp, each homemade ice pop is full of even more vital nutrients and fiber. Homemade alcohol infused ice pops are easy, a lot of fun to make and your choice of frozen cocktail flavors is endless.

Now I ask you, why shell out big bucks for their boring flavors when you can really punch up those ice popsicles for a lot less? Below are just a few of the flavors I came up with for this experiment. I've been chilling with fun ice pop cocktails all week and the rest are headed to a Fourth of July barbecue.*


The Martini Diva's
BOOZESICLE™ ICE POPS

TOOLS
Zipsickle style ice pop freezer bags. I ordered mind on Amazon.
Mixing pitcher, shaker or glass.
Funnel.

BASIC ICE POP DIRECTIONS
1. Add in 1 part of decent but reasonably priced 40% or less ABV spirit and/or liqueur.
2. Then add in at least 4 parts of a non alcoholic liquid like fresh juices or purees, tea, coffee, yogurt. Feel free to add in a splash of lime or lemon juice to brighten things up.
3. Freeze overnight.

I was not so concerned about calorie count as I was about creating healthy, delicious ice pops and used a few things like bitters for complexity and to balance sweetness. I also used homemade grenadine, flavored vodkas, cream of coconut and flavored yogurts to sweeten without adding sugar. However, the bitters were only a dash or two and have almost nil calorie count, the flavored spirits were already accounted for in the liquor ratio and the sweeteners like grenadine or cream of coconut were only around a teaspoon per pop.


MY BOOZESICLE™ FLAVORS
(Remember the 1:5 Booze to Mixer Ratio!)

BERRYTINI: Fresh Blueberry Juice, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Homemade Grenadine, Strawberry Vodka

BLUE LEMON DROP: Fresh Lemon Juice, Vanilla Vodka, Blue Curacao

CAFFÈ  ICED LAIT: Coffee, Irish Cream Liqueur, Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

CARAMEL APPLETINI: Caramel Vodka, Apple Pucker, Apple Juice

CHERRYTINI: Frozen Dark Cherries, Whipped Cherry Vodka

CREAMSICLE: Orange Vodka, Fresh Orange Juice, Vanilla Yogurt.

DREAMSICLE: Whipped Cream Vodka, Fresh Raspberry Puree, Vanilla Yogurt.

KEY LIME PIE: Key Lime Yogurt, Fresh Lime Juice, Whipped Cream Vodka

MELON: Fresh Cantaloupe Juice, Watermelon Vodka, Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters 

PEACH MELBA: Raspberry Vodka, Peach Puree, Raspberry yogurt, Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters

PINÃ COLADA: Pureed Fresh Pineapple, Cream of Coconut, Coconut Rum

RAZZATINI: Raspberry Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh Raspberries

SOUR APPLE: Apple vodka, Apple Pucker, Apple Juice

SPICY WATERMELON: Watermelon Vodka, Watermelon Juice or Puree, Lime juice, Dash of Hot Sauce.

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE: Strawberry Vodka, Strawberry Puree and Vanilla Yogurt.

You can play with the flavors to suit your taste and just multiply the ingredients to make batches of the each flavor.

* I even made a pile of booze free ones for the children where I just left out the booze. I used some natural food colorings to make the kiddies ice pops in blues, purples and greens to make sure the parents could be sure no little ones got a buzz on.


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20180701

RASPBERRY COCKTAILS


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If you're jonesing to put some berries in your cocktails raspberries are a great choice because they're bursting with delicious healthiness and luscious berry flavor. They also make for a very pretty pink or red drink if you need some color for your next cocktail party or event.

I happen to love raspberries as you will see by the sheer number of raspberry cocktail recipes I've managed to create and consume over the years. There's enough Raspberry Cocktail recipes here to cover the entire month of July, which just happens to be Raspberry Month.
 
RASPBERRY
COCKTAILS
 
BEACH BUM TIKI COCKTAIL
BERRY BLACK CAT COCKTAIL
BERRY VALENTINE SHOOTER
CLOVER CLUB
DRUNKEN ASTRONAUT
 HOMEMADE RASPBERRY LIQUEUR
 LADY ROSE COCKTAIL
LOVE NOTION #9 CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY SANGRIA
PEACH MELBA BEER FLOAT
PEACH MELBA MARTINI
PINK RIBBON MARTINI
RASPBERRY MARTINI
RASPBERRY CAKE COCKTAIL
RASPBERRY COLADA
RASPBERRY MINT MARTINI
RASPBERRY TARRAGON DAIQUIRI
RASPBERRY THYME MARTINI
 RASPBERRY TRIFLE MARTINI
RAZPIROSKA
RAZZED BLACKBERRY MARTINI
 RCH BTCH MARTINI
RED CARPET COCKTAIL
RED NOSE SLUSHY MOCKTAIL
RED, WHITE & BLUEBERRY EDIBLE COCKTAILS
RED, WHITE & BOOZESICLES
SEX ON THE BEACH MARTINI
SPARKLING RASPBERRY RESOLUTION MARTINI
SPARKLING SKELETON SANGRIA
SUNSET IN PARADISE MARTINI
THAT TRAMP STOLE MY MAN TARTINI
WHISKEY BERRY SMASH
 
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RASPBERRY LIME MARTINI
RASPBERRY PARFAIT MARTINI
RAZZATINI
 
 
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20180619

The CLASSIC GIN MARTINI

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What is a classic martini recipe? Ask a thousand people, you'll get a thousand different versions of the original martini recipe. Make no mistake, the real, classic martini is a gin martini. I don't mean to offend you vodka proponents but gin was the spirit used in the original martini way back in 1911 and is still considered essential to a "real" martini.

Folks will argue until doomsday about ratios of gin to vermouth, whether to stir or shake, over or up, liquor brands and every other single part of the cocktail and it's mixing process. The martini is such a very personal drink it's an age old debate at the bar.  But one thing about the vermouth amounts ... if there's no vermouth at all it's not a martini. It's just gin. Got it?

Once upon a time I was not a true martini lover.  I loved the glass but I was not ready for gin. That has changed, a lot, and I happen to adore gin and gin cocktails these days, including the martini.  Gin and martinis are both acquired tastes. I have acquired them. I have also played around with the recipe myself quite a bit and love Dirty Martinis, Smoky Dirty Martinis and hundreds of cocktails I have designated as "designer martinis", but if someone asks me for a martini with no additional provisos this is the cocktail they will get.


The Classic
GIN MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
4 Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Part Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

Garnish:  3 Honking Big Green Olives with Pimento

Tools: Mixing Pitcher, Hawthorn Strainer

Glass: Martini/Cocktail, of course

DIRECTIONS
Chill the gin, chill the glass, chill the pitcher. The vermouth should already be in the fridge!
Fill a chilled mixing pitcher with filtered ice.
Pour in the gin.
Pour in the vermouth.
Stir 20 times.
Strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish with 3 honking green pimento olives.

 That. Is. All.

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20180608

The NEGRONI



IF YOU PLAN A TOAST TO THE LATE ANTHONY BOURDAIN TONIGHT, THIS IS THE COCKTAIL YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING.

I woke up this morning to the tragic news that chef, author and travel guru Anthony Bourdain had died. Shocked and terribly saddened, I went on to discover he had died by his own hand, which drove me deeper into my sadness. The loss of someone you admire is difficult and it is made more so when you discover they took their own life. My heart goes out to his family and his close friends.


At the top of my personal Bucket List was the hope to meet, and maybe even dine with, Mr. Bourdain. It probably was never going to happen, now it never will. I admired his outspoken view of the world, his honesty and the way he embraced life and will miss checking his Twitter feed to see who or what he was currently taking to task. I'll miss not having new episodes of his gustatory travel adventures and his nearly always controversial appearances and talks elsewhere.


Anthony Bourdain was the rock star foodie who showed us how to globally drink and eat and one of his favorite cocktails was the Negroni.


Tonight I shall lift a glass and toast a gentleman who, on a daily basis, made me laugh, made me learn and made me question myself and the world around me. I will say cheers and goodbye to a unique individual I came to admire in the years since I first read his book No Reservations and I will do so with a Negroni in hand. 


The
NEGRONI

INGREDIENTS
Equal parts:
Campari
Gin
Sweet Vermouth

Garnish: Orange Twist or Slice

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Pour ingredients over ice in a chilled glass.
Stir then garnish.


“I think the Negroni is the perfect cocktail because it is three liquors that I don’t particularly like. I don’t like Campari, and I don’t like sweet vermouth and I don’t particularly love gin. But you put them together with that little bit of orange rind in a perfect setting… It’s just: It sets you up for dinner, in a way it makes you hungry, sands the edges off the afternoon. In an after dinner, it’s settling. It is both aperitif and digestive. It’s a rare drink that can do that.” 
~ Anthony Bourdain


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20180606

The Sex And The City RUBY COCKTAIL Recipe



There are tons of Ruby Cocktail recipes floating around in cocktail land including, but not limited to:
1) a gin, grenadine and applejack recipe similar to the Prohibition era Pink Lady cocktail,
2) a rhubarb-infused vodka with simple syrup and fresh lime created by Vanessa Bortnick of Harry Denton's Starlight Room in San Francisco,
3) Tony Abou-Ganim's vodka, elderflower and Aperol version, and
4) The SATC Ruby.


The Sex and The City version of the Ruby Cocktail was created by the Florida Citrus Commission to boost sales of Florida grapefruit. To further encourage grapefruit sales the recipe was proposed to the creators of SATC as a replacement for the what had been the signature drink of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, the Cosmopolitan. The producers liked the idea and the SATC Ruby made its debut in Season 4's Episode 12 "Just Say Yes". Eventually, the more widely recognized Cosmo made it back as the SATC signature drink in following episodes (as well as the first Sex And The City movie) and the Ruby went into the same sitcom oblivion as the flock of discarded SATC paramours.

It's really too bad The Ruby didn't stick around because I personally prefer the fresh ruby red grapefruit juice spiked with citrus vodka over the ubiquitous cranberry, vodka and lime Cosmopolitan.


The SATC
RUBY COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
6 Oz Fresh (Florida) Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
3 Oz Citrus (Absolut Citron) Vodka

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Grapefruit Twist

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Large (10 ounce) Martini/Cocktail

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into the sugar rimmed, chilled glass then garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.


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20180527

GRAPE COCKTAILS

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I loved grape juice, grape soda and grape candy as a kid.  As an adult I kind of left them behind because they were too sweet. Then, one day, I discovered that adding booze fixed that problem.
Now I have a tidy little list of fun grape flavored cocktails and I get to feel like a kid again, only with a little buzz.

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20180525

MEMORIAL DAY COCKTAILS

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Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

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It is also recognized in the U.S. as the beginning of summer, most likely because it was traditionally the day the school year ended. Currently we celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May with the Memorial Day celebrations occurring on the weekend just ahead of that.

For me that means, after honoring those among my friends and family who served and sacrificed, sharing the weekend with my remaining family and friends and having a cookout with some refreshing summer cocktails. It is also my signal to start crafting cocktails made with all the lovely, fresh produce and herbs that become abundant in summertime. Over the years, I have created quite a list of original drink recipes perfect for the long, hot days of summer and I've included links to some of my favorites below, as well as some some of the best warm weather drink categories and flavors to keep you cool from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE

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20180516

The MIMOSA with Recipe Variations and History

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The Mimosa is a modern day cocktail classic composed of equal parts Champagne and citrus juice (most typically orange juice) which enjoys widespread popularity as a brunch starter. It is widely accepted that the Mimosa was created in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris by bartender Frank Meier, although in Meier's own book, The Artistry of Mixed Drinks (p. 1936), he does not lay claim to the drink with his book's "created by" symbol. Originally the Mimosa was served over ice in a large wineglass, today's version is a straight up cocktail served up in a flute glass.

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Named after the Mimosa flower (which looks a little like a cluster of Champagne bubbles), it is a variation of the Buck's Fizz, created in 1921 at the Buck's Club in London by Pat McGarry, which is made with two parts Champagne to one part orange juice.

Recognized variations include:
The Grand Mimosa, served with the addition of a bar spoon of Grand Marnier.
The Puccini uses Mandarin orange juice.
The Poinsettia which is made with cranberry juice.
The Megmosa which uses grapefruit juice and, sometimes, a splash of Cointreau.
The Soleil which uses pineapple juice.
The Bellini, substitutes peach puree for the orange juice.

You can substitute nearly any fruit juice for the orange and end up with a lovely Mimosa variation. My personal favorites include pear juice, blueberry juice, pomegranate juice, cherry juice and strawberry juice, all freshly squeezed or sent through my electric juicer and I've been know to grill and mix my juices as well.  You can also substitute other sparkling wines like Prosecco. Additionally, I often add in a few drops of complementary bitters, though technically this is a Champagne Cocktail element. Basically any fresh fruit juice topped off by Champagne or a sparkling wine can be called a Mimosa these days.

 
The
MIMOSA 
 
INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
2 Oz. Champagne 
 
Glass: Chilled Champagne  Flute

DIRECTIONS
Add the fresh orange juice to your chilled glass and top off with chilled Champagne. Do not stir. It's that simple.

My Mimosa Variations
Berry Mimosa
Blushing Rose Champagne Cocktail
Grilled Peach Mimosa
Merry Mimosa Martini
 
 
National Mimosa Day is May 16th.

 
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20180509

STRAWBERRY BASIL MOSCATO COCKTAIL



Moscato is an Italian dessert style white wine made from the muscat grape. Similar to the Spanish moscatel and the French muscat, it is sweet and fruity with hints of the honey and those qualities inspired my recipe for this cocktail recipe. Though muscat grapes are the oldest known variety and wine made from it has been popular for ages, it's gotten a recent surge in modern day popularity thanks to brand linked rappers and hip hop artists.

Since it's already hitting triple digits here in Tucson, I thought some moscato would pair nicely with the classic combination of fresh strawberries and some fresh basil from my herb garden for a refreshing summer cooler. Adding a little effervescence with some strawberry sparkling water and a bit of sweetness with some honey, I ended up with a pleasant late afternoon cocktail.


STRAWBERRY BASIL
MOSCATO COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS:
4 Oz. Moscato
4 Fresh Strawberries
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Water
Strawberry Sparkling Water
1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Basil Leaves
Ice

Garnish: Sprig Basil, Strawberry

Tools: Muddler

Glass: Highball

DIRECTIONS:
Warm the honey and water in a highball glass in a microwave just long enough to thin the honey and mix together, about 10 seconds.
Add the strawberries and basil to the glass then gently muddle. 
Fill your glass with ice then add the Moscato, stir.
Top off with the strawberry sparkling water, garnish with a fresh strawberry, a sprig of basil and serve.

National Moscato Day is May 9th.

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20180507

The Iconic 80's COSMOPOLITAN Cocktail


Born in the late 1980's, the Cosmopolitan is an iconic cocktail in drink history which was inducted into mass happy hour culture by another icon, HBO's Sex and The City television series.


Recognized as an important part of cocktail history the Cosmopolitan, aka Cosmo, is sadly reviled by current cocktail folk. When mixed properly it is a delicious, soft pink (not red) drink that has been ruined by cheap ingredients, sour mixes and lazy bartending over the decades since its inception.

Classified as a sour, the Cosmopolitan is a modern descendant of The Daisy, a vintage cocktail made with gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup.

Like most classic drinks, the Cosmopolitan's history has a murky background. During the late 70's to mid 80's versions of this modernized take on Ocean Spray's famous Harpoon cocktail, were scattered from San Francisco to New York to Miami with almost as many claims to its creation. Both Cheryl Cook and John Caine were serving Cosmos in the eighties, with Cook being the accepted originator of the name, but the currently accepted Cosmopolitan recipe is credited to Toby Cecchini who, after being introduced to a version by Melissa Huffsmith, added the Citron and first served his version at the Odeon in Manhattan in 1987. The citrus flavored vodka is the essential ingredient as that is what distinguishes this cranberry and vodka cocktail from other vodka cranberry drinks like the Cape Cod and the Ocean Spray label recipe of the Harpoon.

The Cosmopolitan. It's time to do it again,  but do it right; with Citron Vodka, fresh lime juice, Ocean Spray cranberry juice and Cointreau.


The
COSMOPOLITAN 

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz Vodka Citron
1/2 Oz Cointreau
1 Oz Cranberry Juice
1/4 Oz Fresh Lime Juice

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Martini (Cocktail)

DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and double strain into large, chilled cocktail glass. Garnish simply with a lime wedge.

National Cosmopolitan Day is May 7th.

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20180411

The GOLD NUGGET, A Chocolate Bourbon Cocktail




When I'm out and about I am always looking for any kind of goodies for my cocktail recipes. I love hunting for unique and vintage cocktail glasses as well as interesting barware and tools, but I'm especially on the lookout for fun new garnish ideas. When I recently stumbled on some chocolate gold nuggets my mind went immediately to the California Gold Rush. A whiskey based cocktail was definitely indicated so I snatched those nuggets up like an impoverished gold miner and headed back to my bar.


Typically gold prospectors drank their whiskey neat, but I'm all about the cocktail, not just a few fingers of hooch, so that called for a few additional ingredients. There is a Gold Rush Cocktail but it's basically a whiskey sour and I wanted to feature the chocolate in the nuggets so I replaced the lemon and simple syrup with a chocolate liqueur. To play up the bitter conditions and results of most prospectors efforts, and to balance the sweetness of the liqueur, I added a bitter amaro element with some Fernet and some cocktail bitters.


The
GOLD NUGGET
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
1 Oz. Bols White Creme de Cacao
1 Bar Spoon (tsp.) Fernet Branca
2 Dashes Coffee Bitters
1 Dash Orange Bitters

Garnish: Chocolate Golden Nugget Candy, Orange Twist

Tools: Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass in freezer.
Add the ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds.
Strain over ice into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Historical Gold Rush Saloons Tidbit:
One of the interesting things that's always stuck with me about the California, Klondike and Colorado gold rushes were tales of the fortunes of gold dust under the floors of the saloons near the mother lodes. In the California gold rush, prior to the opening of the San Francisco Mint, placer prospectors often paid for their dime shot of whiskey with a pinch of gold dust from their poke sack. The barkeep would reach in the sack and take a pinch between thumb and forefinger, considered roughly the equivalent of ten cents. In this transfer (and through other means) tons of gold dust apparently sifted down and through the wooden floor boards of gold mine era bars and reports are that many an enterprising bartender or saloon owner mined more gold than many prospectors. There's even a reference to this in thevClint Eastwood movie musical Paint Your Wagon.


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