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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20190309

The BARBIE MIMOSA Cocktail



It might be hard to believe, but the iconic Barbie doll turns 60 today. I grew up playing with Barbie Dolls, in fact, I had the whole 50s/60s pack; Ken, Midge, Toni, a slew of outfits, accessories and the peach and turquoise sports car. But that doll of my youth, the original Barbie, has changed with the times over the last six decades so I think it's time her cocktail did as well.

 
The plethora of existing Barbie cocktails consist mostly of a pink drink of juices with a little vodka and or coconut rum mixed in. I think a 60 year old Barbie should be a little more sophisticated in her choice of cocktail. That's why I tossed out the jungle juice mixtures and am introducing today's senior citizen Barbie to a drink more suited to her maturity, an effervescent combination of a Mimosa and a Negroni.

Cheers and Happy Birthday, Barbie!


The
BARBIE
MIMOSA

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Gordon's Pink Gin
3/4 Oz. Cocchi Rosa
1/2 Oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
2 Oz. Chilled Pink Champagne
1 Drop Rose Water

Garnish: Edible Candied Rose Petals

DIRECTIONS
Fill mixing glass with ice
Add all the ingredients except the champagne.
Stir until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled champagne flute.
Top off with the Champagne.
Garnish and enjoy.


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20190308

Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhatten Cocktail Recipe



Thanks to a close friend of mine from Sonoma, I finally got my hands on a bottle of Sonoma Distilling Company's Cherrywood Rye. My friend needed a weekend away from tribulations of a divorce so I invited her out to enjoy the beautiful spring wildflowers of the desert and chill out from all the legal proceedings. She came in towing her luggage and a gift box full of some of my favorite Sonoma county goodies and tucked right in there was a bottle of that lovely wine country rye. I have been wanting to get my hands on a bottle for ages but my zip code never brought up a local source on their website so thank the Booze Gods for best friends.
After she settled in I poured us both a glass over ice to savor the rye as she vented over her departing mate. Taking a cue from that, I immediately decided a chocolate Manhattan was next, mixed two up then handed hers to her saying, "You don't need a man, you need a Manhattan!"

It was the perfect, smokey, chocolate liquid elixir for a woman in the throes of a divorce and worked out beautifully for today's International Women's Day cocktail. I just wish she'd brought two bottles.


You Don't Need A Man,
You Need A MANHATTAN!
A Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhattan Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Sonoma County Cherrywood Rye Whiskey
1 Oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 Oz Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: Brandied Cherry, Orange Twist

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glasses.
Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Add the ingredients and stir until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish and serve.

Cheers to you, my dear friend, come back soon and bring me that second bottle. (And some Gravenstein cider!)


International Women's Day is March 8th. 

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20190304

ARNAUD'S SPECIAL COCKTAIL




Arnaud's Special was the house cocktail of the famous Arnaud's Restaurant of New Orleans in the 1940's and 1950's. It's a Southern take on a Rob Roy where the sweet vermouth and Angostura Bitters are replaced with the Dubonnet and orange bitters. 

If you're looking for a dry cocktail give this a try. It's a great cocktail to sip before dinner. Just make sure you use the new Dubonnet released in the States last year, it's more like the original 1846 formula and the Dubonnet that Europe has always had access to.  Even though Arnaud's most likely used the first American version, this new Dubonnet is much more complex and makes this cocktail way more interesting. (FYI, during the 1940s, when Hitler had control of France, the United States could not import Dubonnet so a different version was created in the U.S. It was, however, milder and less bitter as a result of the reduction of the quinine.)


ARNAUD'S SPECIAL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Johnnie Walker Red Scotch
1 Oz. Dubonnet Rouge
3 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Garnish: Orange Twist

DIRECTIONS
Stir in a mixing glass with ice until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the orange twist over the top then drop into the cocktail.


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