20190821

The SPUMONI MARTINI Cocktail Recipe


August 21st is National Spumoni Day and, because I enjoy creating cocktails for all the arbitrary food holidays (and I had a bottle of Dumante pistachio liqueur), I gave Google a peek to see if there was anything called a Spumoni cocktail. Spumoni is a molded Italian ice cream dessert from Napoli made with layers of chocolate, pistachio and cherry gelatos mixed sometimes with whipped cream and candied fruits and nuts. It was the inspiration for our American Neopolitan ice cream combination.

Considering this, I expected to see either nothing at all or something with those flavors involved. What I found instead were several references to an equal parts Campari, grapefruit juice and tonic recipe and a few that subbed in Midori for the Campari.

Say what?  What is "Spumoni" about that? (I know, you probably don't care, you just want a cocktail, but this kind of booze minutia intrigues my trivia addiction so bear with me - or just skip to the cocktail recipe.) Turns out, not much. Evidently, Suntory made a canned cocktail called "Spumoni" made with those ingredients that was popular in Japan at one time. Why they called it Spumoni is anybodies guess, unless it was fizzy from the tonic so they referred back to the Latin word spuma which translates as “foam” with the plural being spumoni. A Spumoni Cocktail made with Campari, grapefruit juice and tonic can still be found in bars there.

The Japanese version actually sounds pretty refreshing, albeit a tad bitter for American tastes, and it would make a nice apéritif, but, let's face it, it's got nothing to do with Italy's Spumoni ice cream. That combination of chocolate, pistachio and cherry was what I was looking for when the word Spumoni was involved and that was what I was going to have to drink on National Spumoni Day. Plus I had that Dumante staring me down.


The
SPUMONI
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Dumonte Pistachio Liqueur
1 Oz. White Crème de Cacao
1 Tsp. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Garnish: Luxardo Maraschino Cherry

DIRECTION
Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

Eat a cherry then take a sip and enjoy this cocktail version of Spumoni.

National Spumoni Day is August 21st.


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20190807

The RASPBERRIES & CREAM MARTINI Cocktail Recipe



This is the time of year we start getting plump, juicy fresh berries into the markets. That makes it one of my favorite times of the year despite the desert heat and raging monsoons we are subjected to here in Tucson.  I just get out to the markets early in the mornings, before the clouds start to build over the mountains, grab the best baskets of raspberries, then hurry home to beat the flash floods and await happy hour.

Come late afternoon the monsoons have usually arrived and I am safely tucked dryly away sipping on a berry cocktail.  For today it will be this one:


The
RASPBERRIES & CREAM
MARTINI

 
INGREDIENTS
1 Oz Raspberry Vodka
1 Oz Chambord
1 Oz Heavy Cream
10 Fresh Raspberries

Garnish: Fresh Raspberries, Lemon Twist

DIRECTIONS
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a chilled cocktail shaker.
Fill shaker with ice then add the remaining ingredients.
Shake until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Twist the lemon over the top, drop in the garnish with the berries and serve.

National Raspberries and Cream Day is celebrated every August 7th.


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20190710

The PIÑA COLADA - A Classic Tiki Cocktail Recipe





"Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The piña and the colada."
~ Ellen DeGeneres

There is no cocktail that more associated with Tiki or tropical locales and balmy days than the classic Piña Colada. There is also no less complicated Tiki drink recipe out there.

It's hard to mess this one up but you can take it to near perfection by using fresh ingredients, a good rum and being exacting with the recipe ratios.

The
PIÑA COLADA

INGREDIENTS
1 Part White Rum
1 Part Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
6 Parts Fresh Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Cocktail Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Mix together your rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice in a blender. 
Add 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a chilled hurricane glass.
Garnish and serve.

You can read about the history of the Piña Colada and try some fun Piña Colada recipe variations here.

National Piña Colada Day is July10th.


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20190709

MIXED BERRY MOJITO Cocktail Recipe



I have a thing for Mojitos in summer. First of all, they are tall, refreshing and cool, plus they're a little lower ABV per sip. This means I get to sit and sip a little longer and more often than I can with a Manhattan or a Martini*. I also happen to have a thing for fresh berries in the summer so this berry laden cocktail shows up a lot in my summer happy hours.


The
MIXED BERRY
MOJITO


INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Light Rum
1/4 C. Fresh Mixed Berries
1/2 Oz. Berry Liqueur
(For a lower ABV cocktail substitute Berry Simple Syrup for the berry liqueur)
1 Oz. Lime Juice
10 Fresh Mint Leaves
Club Soda

Garnish: Fresh Berries, Mint Sprig, Lime Wedges, Twist

DIRECTIONS
Muddle the lime juice, berry liqueur (or syrup), mint leaves and lime fresh berries in the bottom of a highball glass.
Fill the glass with CRUSHED ice then add the rum.
Stir, then top with soda.
Garnish and serve.

National Mojito Day is July 11th.

*  I did do a Berry Mojito in martini form ages ago. You know, just in case you want this flavor profile with extra kick per sip.

 
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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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