20160226

KAHLUA COCKTAILS


"Careful man, there's a beverage here!"
 The Dude

Below are tons of wonderful ways for you to enjoy Kahlua including my life your own homemade Kahlua and my signature recipe for the White Russian,
or, as The Dude refers to it, the Caucasian.


WHITE RUSSIAN
Martini Diva Style

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
2 Oz. Half & Half
Ice

Garnish: Espresso Powder Rim, Whipped Cream, Scrappy's Orange Bitters

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Stir Stick

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS:
Dip the rim of the glass in some Kahlua, then into the espresso powder, chill glass in the freezer.
Add a large ice cube to the glass then pour in the Kahlua. Slowly add the half & half. Do not stir.
Garnish with the whipped cream, tap a few dashes of the orange bitters on top, add a stir stick and serve. Watch out for cats ....


Yup, Bailey Le Chat loves this White Russian. He jumped up on my table while I was styling my photoshoot and helped himself so I just hit the shutter and grabbed a few shots before scooting him away. He's named after a famous Irish cream liqueur, but now I'm wondering if I should have named him Kahlua La Creme, or The Dude!

MORE KAHLUA COCKTAILS 

And, of course, many of my COFFEE and ESPRESSO cocktails that call for coffee liqueur are perfect for using your Kahlua.

National Kahlua Day is February 27th.


"The Dude abides."
~ The Dude

Updated9-2016
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An APERITIF To REMEMBER Movie Cocktail


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, 1957
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
Nominated (1958) for: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Song (For the song "An Affair to Remember"), Best Music, Scoring

Though it didn't win an Oscar, An Affair To Remember was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Original Song. This was one of my mother's favorite movies, we watched it together often and my favorite part was always the piano solo that featured that title song. This is why I chose to do a cocktail tribute to this particular movie, to remember the great moments with my mom.

Plus, An Aperitif To Remember popped into my pun twisted brain and it was too good a movie cocktail name to pass up. This one's light on alcohol, refreshingly fruity and sparkling!

An
APERITIF
To
REMEMBER

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Blackberry Brandy
1 Oz. Benjamin Twigg's Cherry Concentrate
1/2 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Sparkling Wine 
3 or 4 Large Ice Cubes, Regular Ice Cubes

Garnish: Orange twist wrapped around two Bordeaux cherries

Tools: Cocktail shaker, Straw, Cocktail Pick

Glass: Pint

DIRECTIONS:
Add the ingredients, except the sparkling wine, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Add the large ice cubes to your glass, strain in the cocktail from the shaker then top off with the sparkling wine. 
Garnish with an orange twist and a few Bordeaux cherries, add a straw and serve.

This Year's Other Bespoke Oscar Cocktails:
Angostura and Old Lace
Gone With The Gin
The Cocktail Purple





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ANGOSTURA and OLD LACE, Movie Inspired Cocktails


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, 1944
Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane
Nominated: Not one, not a single Oscar nod, and I don't care because I still laugh at this Frank Capra movie.

Besides I got the title pun stuck in my head and it does fit my purple Oscar party theme this year.

ANGOSTURA and OLD LACE

INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 Oz. Hpnotiq Harmonie Liqueur
1/2 Oz. Peppermint Schnapps
2 Drops Angostura Bitters
1 Drop Food Grade Lavender Oil
2 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White
Ice

Garnish: A few dried lavender buds

Tools: Blender, Cocktail shaker

Glass: Antique Crystal Coupe

DIRECTIONS:
Add all the ingredients except the ice to a blender and blend for one minute.
Pour this into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with a pinch of lavender buds and serve. 

This Year's Other Bespoke Oscar Cocktails:
An Aperitif To Remember
Gone With The Gin
The Cocktail Purple




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20160225

GONE With The GIN, A Cocktail Tribute to Gone With The Wind


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939
Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh
Nominated (1940) for 13 Academy Awards
Won: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress - Leading, Best Actress - Supporting, Best Writing - Screenplay

I admit it, I love the book, I love the movie, and I revisit both at least once a year. There's something timeless about this love story and, of course, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler is unparalleled sexy. I just had to include it as one of my bespoke cocktail tributes in my Oscar party this year. My theme is vintage, purple - and puns. (I cannot wait to see my guests costume get-ups!)

Bourbon is the acknowledged southern spirit, but "Gone With The Bourbon" just didn't work and "I Don't Know Nothin' 'Bout Birthin' No Bourbon"? Nah, even I won't carry a pun that far!

So, I  gone and went with gin.

GONE WITH THE GIN

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Aviation Gin
8 Raspberries
6 Fresh Blackberries
4 Strawberries
1 Tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup*
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
1/2 Cup of Ice

Garnish: Fresh Berries, Mint Leaf

Glass: Old Fashioned

Tools: Blender

DIRECTIONS:
Chill your glass in the freezer.
Add all the ingredients,including the ice, to your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Check out my other 2016 Oscar Cocktails:
An Aperitif To Remember
Angostura and Old Lace
The Cocktail Purple





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THE COCKTAIL PURPLE


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

THE COLOR PURPLE, 1985
Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover
Nominated (1986) for 11 Academy Awards including: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and 2 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Music - Original Song, Best Music - Original Score, Best Makeup.

To this day I still can't believe The Color Purple didn't win one single Oscar, but I'm including it in my movie cocktail tributes this year for three reasons. First, purple is my Oscar party color theme. Second, it has one of my all time favorite movie quotes:

"I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it" ~ Shug.

My third reason? I HAD to use this pun:

THE COCKTAIL PURPLE

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Hendrick's Gin
1/8 Oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1 Tsp. Spiced Honey Syrup*
1/2 Tsp. B'lure Flower Extract
1 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White
Ice

Garnish: Fresh Mint Sprig, 5 Drops B'Lure, 2 Dashes Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

Tools: Blender, Cocktail shaker, Toothpick

Glass: Antique Crystal Coupe

DIRECTIONS:
Add all the ingredients, except the ice, to a blender and blend for one minute. (Or dry shake without ice in a cocktail shaker for 1 minute.)
Pour this into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe. 
To garnish, add 5 drops of B'Lure to the foam top, drag the toothpick through the drops to create a swirled pattern,gently lay the small mint sprig on top tap the bitters on top and serve.

* To make the Spiced Honey Syrup combine 1 teaspoon of Honey Farms Spiced Honey Creme with 1 teaspoon of hot water until blended.

This Year's Other Bespoke Oscar Cocktails:
An Aperitif To Remember
Angostura and Old Lace
Gone With The Gin





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20160212

The CLOVER CLUB Cocktail


Pre-dating Prohibition, the Clover Club Cocktail was named after a men's club of the same name that existed in Philadelphia from around the late 1800's until just before Prohibition.  Consisting of gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and an egg white, it's a decidedly pink drink, one that would be consigned to the "girly drinks" category and shunned by later generations of drinking men as a result of its "feminine" color. As a result of its color (and the fear of salmonella from the use of raw egg) this cocktail classic all but disappeared from the bar scene, consigned to the dusty pages of bygone era recipe books, an oddity of past potable peccadilloes.

David Wondrich says in this Esquire post, "in 1934 we lumped it together with the 'pansies' -- the ten worst cocktails of the previous decade (which, that being the decade of bathtub gin and wood alcohol, is saying something). Our 1949 Handbook for Hosts tucks it among the Pink Ladies and Alexanders in the 'Something for the Girls' section." But Wondrich then goes on to say it's a cocktail worth trying and I agree. After all, it was the bespoke cocktail of a press club whose guests included the likes of Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens, Joseph R. Pulitzer, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and every President from Grover Cleveland to Woodrow Wilson in it's roster.

With that kind of pedigree it deserves a revival. We have pasteurized eggs now, men no longer fear pink, and gin is currently the poster child of the clear spirits world. The timing is all set for a Clover Club comeback.

The
CLOVER CLUB
Cocktail 

INGREDIENTS:
1-1/2 Oz Hendrick's Gin
1/4 Oz Raspberry Syrup
3/4 Oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

GARNISH: Fresh Raspberries, Lemon Twist

TOOLS: Cocktail shaker, Blender

GLASS: Coupe

DIRECTIONS:
Dry shake the ingredients first for a good minute or two. (I cheat and use a blender for this step because I stupidly dislocated my shoulder ages ago and NEVER want to go through the resetting procedure EVER again.)
Transfer the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill.
Strain into your chilled glass, garnish and serve.

I even did a Valentine's Day version with a crystalized sugar heart!





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20160211

The MOROCCAN ROSE - A Spiced Bourbon Cocktail


I have this thing for Moroccan food, mainly because of the spices, fruits and exotic ingredients involved. The aromatics of those warm spices and flavors just grab my imagination and take me to places with starry desert nights, warm arid breezes and mysterious strangers on trains to Istanbul. (Yes, I'm a romantic and I make no excuses for it, it's packaged in with my creativity and is a large element of my cocktail experience and recipes.)

Rosewater is often used in Moroccan dishes as well and, when Four Roses Bourbon sent me a bottle of their Small Batch to use for a Valentine's themed cocktail, those roses and one sip of the spicy, slightly fruity whiskey sent my mind on a flight of fancy to the Middle East. What better way to send bourbon and roses on a voyage to romance than on a vacation to the land of spicy intrigue?

The
MOROCCAN ROSE
Cocktail 

INGREDIENTS:
1-1/2 Oz. Four Roses Bourbon
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
2 Teaspoons Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup*
1 Dash Rose water
Large Ice Ball or Cube

Garnish: Edible (organically grown) Rose Petal, Orange Twist Heart

Tools: Bar Spoon

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS:
Pour the Moroccan simple syrup, the orange bitters and the rose water into the glass and swirl around to coat the glass. Add the ice then pour in the Four Roses Bourbon, stir several times, garnish with a single edible rose petal and an orange twist heart then serve.

WANT A FIZZY COOLER VERSION?
Mix the ingredients in a highball glass, fill with chipped ice, top it off with soda or ginger ale and garnish!


*Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup Recipe

2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of black pepper
1 tablespoon of vodka, (optional preservative)

Add ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has dissolved, immediately remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. If you wish you can add the vodka so the syrup will keep longer.

Bon Voyage and Happy Valentine's Day!




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20160209

CHERRY DIAMOND (RAMOS) FIZZ

Let me make this very plain, I LOVE RAMOS FIZZES!! I like them for brunch, I like them for happy hour, I like them whenever I can get them. The Ramos has almost become my signature cocktail I do it so often, mostly it's my Golden Ramos Fizz because people love it and I always have some kind of orange fruit in the house. But I do it the normal way and with other flavors as well, usually whatever fruit I have handy.

Originally the Ramos was called a New Orleans Fizz and it was created by Henry C. Ramos at his bar in Meyer’s restaurant in New Orleans in 1888. Aside from the sadly abused Pat O'Brien Hurricane, it is probably the most recognized Mardi Gras-NOLA-Fat Tuesday drink. Yes, the Sazerac as well, but it's more of a cocktail aficionado drink, not so much for the masses. But for me, the Ramos reigns on Fat Tuesday.

Of course, with today being Mardi Gras, you had to know I was going to do another adaptation/cocktail riff on the Ramos Fizz. If you didn't know that, you haven't been reading this blog enough and shame on you! I decide a little extra celabratory ingredients were called for and brought in some cherries and bubbly, maybe crossing close to the French 75 line. So, what did I do this time to another classic? Look no further:

The
CHERRY DIAMOND FIZZ

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Hendrick's Gin
1.5 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
6 Fresh (or frozen) Cherries
1 Oz. Cream
1  Egg white (or 2 tbsp. pasteurized)
1 Tablespoon Homemade Cherry Syrup
Chilled Dry Champagne
3 Drops Orange Flower Water
Chilled Dry Champagne 
Ice

Garnish: Orange Twist, Bordeaux Cherry

Glass: Collins

Tools: Blender, Cocktail Shaker

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all the liquid ingredients except the ice in a blender and dry blend for a minute to emulsify the egg white and aerate the cocktail. Transfer this to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to chill.
Pour into the chilled Collins glass, top off with Champagne, garnish and serve.

Just remember, when I say "throw me something, mister" I'm not talking beads, I'm talking slide me a down Ramos!
Laissez les bon temps (and the Ramos Fizzes) rouler.





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PIZZA COCKTAIL RECIPES


National Pizza Day is either (or both) February 9th and November 12th, so, yes, I had to go there. In fact, I went there there times and did a white pizza cocktail and a red pizza cocktail and then a Margherita Pizza Margarita. 

For the Red and White Pizza Cocktails I started with the flavors of my favorite pizza, a Margherita Pizza, using basil, tomato and mozzarella, then added a little truffle salt for some extra punch. My garnish was a lime slice, a few mozzarella balls, a couple of grape tomatoes and basil leaf. Just for fun I added a pepperoni stick.

The white "sauce" version is made with tomato water instead of tomato juice. Tomato water is almost the pure essence of the flavor of the tomato. I simply blended my tomatoes then strained them for 24 hours through coffee filters to get just the clear tomato water. It may not look like it tastes like tomato, but it definitely does.

For the red "sauce" version, I used half organic tomato juice and half tomato water, then did exactly the same ingredients and procedures as the white pizza cocktail.


WHITE PIZZA MARTINI
(RED PIZZA MARTINI)

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz Tomato water
(1 Oz. Tomato Water and 1 Oz. Organic Tomato Juice)
1-1/2 Oz. Vodka
1/2 Oz. Lime Juice
Pinch Truffle Salt
4 Fresh Basil Leaves
Ice

Garnish: 3 mozzarella balls, 1 basil leaf, 2 grape tomatoes, pepperoni stick, lime slice

Tools: Cocktail shaker, muddler

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS:
Add the lime juice and the basil leaves to the cocktail shaker and muddle gently to release the juices and the basil oils.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, the tomato water (and the tomato juice for the red version) and the truffle salt then shake until well chilled.
Strain into your cocktail glass, garnish and serve.


For the Margarita version I did a pizza flavored take on a traditional margarita:

MARGHERITA PIZZA MARGARITA



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Updated 11-2016

20160204

VIEUX CARRÉ Cocktail Recipe


The VIEUX CARRÉ was invented by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Monteleone Hotel (home of the famous Carousel Bar) in New Orleans in the 1930s and is named after the Vieux Carré (the "Old Square") in the French Quarter. It is a drink staple of New Orleans bars and one of the absolute necessary cocktails to try when in New Orleans.

Or you can just make one at home.

The
VIEUX CARRÉ

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 Oz. Rye Whiskey
3/4 Oz. Cognac
3/4 Oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 Tsp. Bénédictine
1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters

DIRECTIONS:
Add the rye, cognac, vermouth, Bénédictine and both bitters to a mixing glass. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass, rub rim with a lemon twist then drop the twist in the cocktail and serve.

Now you're ready for Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler!




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20160202

The GOBBLED KNOB Cocktail

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Since it was Groundhog's Day and Puxsatawny Phil looks for his shadow at Gobbler's Knob in Puxsatawny, PA, I had to do a Google search to see if there was such a thing as a Gobbler's Knob cocktail. Not one, not a gobble in the bunch. Poor Phil, nothing to keep him warm in case he sees his shadow. Whether he does or doesn't see his shadow, I've decided to correct that and give Phil and all his buddies in and near Gobblers Knob a signature cocktail, shadow or no shadow.

There is a Tender Knob cocktail floating around in Alcoholdom, often made with apple, sometimes made with orange, but always made with a whiskey base, either bourbon or rye.  Both fruits pair well with whiskey and are winter fruits which suit the season. These gave me a good starting point for a cocktail ode to Puxsatawny Phil, his shadow and Groundhog Day.

I decided to use pear, which is another winter fruit that works well with whiskey. In a playful nod to Knob and Gobbler I chose two whiskies (mainly because of their names) as my main spirit and, for the sweetener, the East Coast flavor of maple syrup. Next I added a dash of hope for spring with some rhubarb bitters.

The
GOBBLED KNOB
Cocktail


INGREDIENTS:

1 Oz Knob Creek Bourbon
1/2 Oz Wild Turkey 101
1/4 Oz Amontillado Sherry
2 Oz Caramelized Pear Puree
1/4 Oz Fresh Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons of Pasteurized Egg Whites
1 Tsp. Maple Syrup
2 Dashes of Frape & Sons Rhubarb Bitters
1 Dash Orange Bitters
Ice

GARNISH:
Caramelized Orange Slice, Caramelized Pear Cubes

GLASS: Coupe

TOOLS: Cocktail Shaker

DIRECTIONS:
Caramelize the orange slice and pear cubes by coating in sugar and heating in a saute pan until the sugar caramelizes. Set on wax or parchment paper to cool.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice (this is known as dry shaking) and shake vigorously for a good minute or until the egg emulsifies and builds up a nice foam. Add the ice then shake until chilled.
Pour into your chilled glass, garnish and serve.
 
This one is good enough to enjoy no matter what day it is, sorry Phil, you'll have to share.

Happy Groundhog Day!
 
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