20150317

The IRISH STINGER


Just for St. Patrick's Day, I've  taken a classic Stinger and turned it green by simply replacing  the white creme de mènthe  with green!

The
IRISH STINGER

1-3/4 Oz. Cognac
2/3 Oz. GREEN Creme de Mènthe

Shake with ice, pour into a shooter then garnish with a fresh mint sprig!

Sláinte!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 






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20150314

IRISH APPLE GO BRAGH SOUR COCKTAIL


One of my favorite ways to have a cocktail is a whiskey sour*. Even as a kid I loved sweet and sour together and I was especially fond of Jolly Rancher's sour apple candies. That pucker face it gave you was epic.

I decided it might be fun to try and translate that into a cocktail as a more sophisticated treat for adults. The fact that it used a green colored apple pucker liqueur made it perfect for a Saint Patrick's Day drink!

I smoothed out the sour aspect of the apple pucker with the addition of apple juice, egg white and some powdered sugar. Tart is fine but only to a degree, who wants pucker face after ten years old?

The
APPLE GO BRAGH SOUR


INGREDIENTS:

1 Oz. Dark Rum
1 Oz. Apple Pucker
1 Oz. Apple Juice
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
1 Tsp. Powdered Sugar
Ice
Shamrock Shaped Apple Slice(s) Garnish

TOOLS: Knife or Shamrock shaped cutter(s), Measuring spoons, Blender, Cocktail shaker, Coupe glass

DIRECTIONS:

Chill your coupe in the freezer.
Cut your shamrock shaped apple slice then coat with lemon juice to keep it from browning.
Dry shake (shake without ice) all ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker for 2 - 3 minutes until frothy (or cheat and use a blender like I do.)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the frothy mixture and shake until chilled.
Pour into your chilled glass and garnish with the shamrock apple.
 
For those of you who prefer visual aids,
The APPLE GO BRAGH SOUR RECIPE VIDEO:
 

Happy  Saint  Patrick's Day!


May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead. ~ Irish Toast

* Some of my other favorite
WHISKEY SOUR RECIPES:


Maple Whiskey  Sour
Blackberry Jam Bourbon Sour
Bloody Orange Bourbon  Sour
 
 



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20150311

JUNGLE JUICE, What is it and where did it come from?


Jungle Juice is the name given to an improvised combination of liquors, mixers and fruit juices that is usually served for group consumption.

MY JUNGLE JUICE RECIPE & VIDEO IS BELOW.

Typical ingredients include any neutral flavored booze, originally homebrewed varieties, then Everclear (a high proof alcohol favored for it's potency) or cheap vodkas and/or cheap wines and fruit juices, sodas, and even chunks of fruit. Anything that could stretch the alcohol, turn partiers into animals and serve large groups was the sole intent.

Beloved by college students and red neck crowds, Jungle Juice is inexpensive and often mixed in large quantities in trash cans or large coolers. If Everclear or some other moonshine is unavailable, a combination of other readily available liquors and/or wines is used. Whatever alcoholic combination gathered, it's usually untasty flavor is then masked by the juices and sodas added. The whole intent is a powerful punch that goes down easy and is strong enough to lower inhibitions and get blitzed.

Another name for this potent concoction is Trash Can Punch (because of the use of the trash cans as giant punch bowls). Jungle Juice made with Kool-Aid is sometimes called Hunch Punch, and other names are Spodie, Hooch or Wop.

Soldiers in the military stationed in the jungles of the South Pacific during World War II were the innovators of Jungle Juice, hence the name. They would throw together whatever alcohol and other mixers they had on hand for a hobbled up happy hour punch. Often their alcohol was a moonshine they had distilled themselves from local vegetation and even military rations. (Remember the gin still in Hawkeye's tent in M.A.S.H?) This made for a pretty rough booze, which was why it was necessary to disguise it with all the non-alcoholic additions.

Back in my college days my group's version of Jungle Juice was a combination of Ripple wine, preferably Pagan Pink (sold by the quart for 69 cents), orange juice and 7-Up. No other booze added, we were lightweights who wished to stay conscious. Later generations favored Boone's Farm, usually Strawberry Hill, for their vino element.

The Martini Diva's Version of
JUNGLE JUICE

2 Oz. Coconut  Rum
2 Oz. Raspberry  Vodka
6 Oz. Pineapple  Juice
2 Oz. Apple  Juice
Juice of 1/4 Lime
Juice of 1/4 Lemon
Dash of Grapefruit  Bitters

Toss the whole kit and kaboodle onto a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled and slurp down.

If you prefer visual aids below is my quick video cocktail recipe:


Feel free to batch up in a trash can, cooler or whatever for the frat party or gynourmous drunk event.

This writer, blog and company take no responsibility whatsoever for any stupid pranks, DUIs or other shenanigans you might get up to while under the influence of any form of Jungle Juice you might concoct.


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20150309

RED CARPET COCKTAIL

 
During my Oscar Party this year we all noticed how much red was being worn on the Red Carpet, and even though I already had my Golden Oscar cocktails ready and guests were sipping away, I couldn't resist whipping up a new red drink for us to try out. I had just made up a batch of Raspberry Mint Simple Syrup that was exactly the color of Rosamund Pike's Givenchy gown and had to add a little of that fabulous red to my Golden Oscar theme.
 
The
RED CARPET COCKTAIL
  
INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Bourbon
1 Oz. Raspberry Mint Simple Syrup
2 Drops Orange Bitters
Juice of 1/4 Lime
 
DIRECTIONS:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add in the ingredients and shake until chilled.
Strain into a coupe, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and some raspberries and enjoy just like I did:
 
 

 
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20150307

TWISTED FAIRYTALE COCKTAIL for Once Upon A Time


Inspired by one of my guilty television pleasures, ABC's Once Upon A Time, my Twisted Fairytale Cocktail is a wizardous blend of fresh strawberries, white rum, blood oranges and soda. I took out my magical cocktail wand and conjured up a spell for a tall, sparkling elixir that will give you a happy ending no matter what spells Rumplestiltskin or any wicked witch conjure up.

It's a happy hour happy ending in a glass!

The
  TWISTED FAIRYTALE FIZZ

INSTRUCTIONS:
1-1/2 Oz. White Rum
1 Oz. Blood Orange Juice
2 Oz. Strawberry Puree
2 Tablespoons Raspberry Simple Syrup
Dash of Cardamom Bitters
Club Soda
Blood Orange Twist
Ice

TOOLS: Blender, Vegetable peeler, Cocktail shaker, Collins glass.

DIRECTIONS:
Use your vegetable peeler to cut a wide strip of zest off the blood orange, set aside.
Puree five ripe strawberries in a blender and pour this into your cocktail shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice then add the white rum, blood orange juice, raspberry simple syrup and the cardamom bitters and shake vigorously until chilled.
Fill the Collins glass with ice then strain in the cocktail.
Top off with the club soda, stir until mixed, add the blood orange twist and enjoy.

If you're onto Fairytale Cocktails you might also want to check out my
NEVERLAND COOLER

Updated 4-2017
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20150306

Peter Pan's NEVERLAND COOLER Cocktail

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I love J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.  Along with reading the book I've seen every iteration of this childhood classic on television or stage from the version of my childhood starring Mary Martin, to Sandy Duncan, to Cathy Rigby and right up to Allison Williams on NBC's latest live telecast.  From Robin Williams in Hook right up to Johnny Depp as Barie in Neverland, I've kept Tinkerbell alive by viewing and clapping every time.
 
I even had a mated pair of cockatiels named Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, that's how obsessed I am with the story.  Now I've taken my obsession one step further and introduced it to my other obsession, Happy Hour!

Enjoy and may Neverland always be a part of your heart too.
 
The
NEVERLAND COOLER

INGREDIENTS:
1 Oz. Pomegranate Vodka
2 Oz. Concord Grape Juice
1/2 Oz. Homemade Grenadine*
1 Tablespoon Rose Water
Lemon Lime Soda
Hibiscus Flower
Lemon Twist
 
DIRECTIONS:
Add the vodka, grape juice and rose water to a tall glass filled with ice, top off with the lemon lime soda and stir. Pour the grenadine over the top and allow it to settle down through the drink. Garnish with a lemon twist tied in a knot tucked inside your hibiscus flower. Pop in a straw and serve.
 
I happened to have a few little purple candies so I tossed those in just for a little more fantasy.  They melted a bit as I drank and added a touch more sweetness and grape flavor towards the end of the cocktail.
 
 
I have a place where dreams are born,
And time is never planned.
It's not on any chart,
You must find it with your heart.
Never Never Land.

It might be miles beyond the moon,
Or right there where you stand.
Just keep an open mind,
And then suddenly you'll find
Never Never Land.
You'll have a treasure if you stay there,
More precious far than gold.
For once you have found your way there,
You can never, never grow old.

And that's my home where dreams are born,
And time is never planned.
Just think of lovely things.
And your heart will fly on wings,
Forever in Never Never Land.

You'll have a treasure if you stay there,
More precious far than gold.
For once you have found your way there,
You can never, never grow old.

And that's my home where dreams are born,
And time is never planned.
Just think of lovely things.
And your heart will fly on wings,
Forever in Never Never Land


 



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