20170126

The DOOMSDAY OLD FASHIONED Cocktail


The Doomsday Clock was updated today. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group started by the physicists who built the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, moved the clock ahead by 30 seconds, to just two and a half minutes before midnight. That is the closest the clock has been to midnight since 1953, when the United States and Soviet Union were in the early days of above-ground hydrogen bomb testing.

You can view the announcement here.

That's right folks, we are, as I tweeted just a while ago, officially Nobel Laureate level screwed.


That calls for a cocktail, maybe LOTS of cocktails. Feel free to batch the recipe if needs be.


The
DOOMSDAY
OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS
2-1/2 Oz. Rye Whiskey
1 Tsp. Cocoa Nib Simple Syrup*
3 Dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
4 Coffee Ice Cubes
Ice

Garnish: Bordeaux Cherry

Tools: Mixing Pitcher/Glass, Bar Spoon

Glass: Old Fashioned /Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass. Stir the whiskey, syrup and bitters with ice until chilled. Add the coffee ice cubes to your chilled glass, strain cocktail over the coffee ice cubes then garnish and serve.

Why coffee ice cubes? So you'll be good and alert - but still have a buzz on - for the end of the world. Wouldn't want to miss that, would we?

* CACAO NIB SIMPLE SYRUP

Ingredients
3 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs
1 Cup Demerrara Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Directions
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let simmer on low until the syrup has reduced to half. Remove from heat, allow to cool then strain the syrup through a fine sieve. Discard the solids.

CHEERS ... at least for another 2-1/2 minutes.

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20170121

The PINK SQUIRREL Cocktail


On the website for Bryant's Lounge in Milwaukee, it states the Pink Squirrel was created by Bryant Sharp in 1941. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Pink Squirrel was created as a promotional gimmick.

"In the early ’50s, one liquor company hired a sexy female to walk into bars with a pink squirrel attached to a leash. The foxy lady was promoting the “Pink Squirrel” cocktail, a viscous concoction made with pink almond liqueur and creme de cacao."

Wherever it came from it's pretty much considered a classic "girly" drink because of its pink color and sweetness. At Bryant's it was originally made with equal parts Crème de Noyaux, (an "almond flavored" liqueur made from apricot pits), crème de cacao and ice cream, though later the crème de cacao was omitted. Supposedly, this is the way Bryant's still serves their Pink Squirrels.

Decent Crème de Noyaux is difficult to find so I grabbed my Amaretto, approached from a different, healthier, angle and went down a boozy almond, chocolate, yogurt and strawberry smoothie road. Yes, I added the crème de cacao back in because - hey - chocolate, BUT it's still a nice, girly pink boozy shake of a drink.

The
PINK SQUIRREL
Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz Amaretto
1 Oz Crème de Cacao
1 Oz Organic Vanilla Yogurt
3 Strawberries
1/2 Cup Ice

Tools: Blender

Glass: Martini or Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Blend with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
To make my Pink Squirrel smoother in texture I blended it, froze it, then blended again.

Despite being male, my cocktail wingman, Bailey, loved it.


The Pink Squirrel is a perfect cocktail for National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21st.


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20170119

Hot Buttered POPCORN SHOOTER COCKTAIL with Caramel Popcorn Garnish


I'm always up for trying something new and unusual and, since it happens to be National Popcorn Day, I got this harebrained scheme to try and make a popcorn cocktail. Since I needed it for today a popcorn infused spirit was not possible so I decided to start with a popcorn infused syrup.

Out came the white Orville Redenbacher and my favorite popcorn pot and the experiment began. The first step is to make the popcorn infused simple syrup.

POPCORN SYRUP

INGREDIENTS
2 Cups sugar
4 Cups Water
6 Cups Popped, Buttered & Salted Popcorn

DIRECTIONS
Bring the ingredients in a medium saucepan on high to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium.
Stir and smash down the popcorn kernels to release more flavor.
Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
Shut off the heat and allow the syrup to infuse and cool for an hour.
Pour through a fine metal strainer to remove the popcorn.
Makes about 6 - 8 ounces of syrup.
(This will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.)

I was blown away by how much it tasted like the popcorn, or to be more accurate, because of the sugar, it tasted like kettle corn. It was delicate and absolutely delicious and reminded me of my favorite Hot Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly. That delicate quality was the issue, I didn't want it masked by any flavor from the spirit so I decided to go with a good quality vodka and turned it into a simple popcorn shooter.

Because I buttered my popcorn, you also get a nice buttery texture in the syrup and I decided that a little of that caramel flavor from kettle corn would be a nice way to garnish.

Oh, I did I say it's served warm?

HOT BUTTERED
POPCORN SHOOTER

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Popcorn Syrup

Garnish: Caramel Syrup Rim Dipped in Crushed Popcorn

Glass: 2 Oz. Shooter

DIRECTIONS
Garnish the glass and set aside.
Dry shake the ingredients - no ice - in a cocktail shaker to emulsify the buttered syrup with the vodka.
Put this into a microwavable cup and nuke for about 10 to 15 seconds, just enough to bring it to body temperature or so. You want it warm, not hot.
Pour into the shot glass and serve.

By the way, the leftover syrup is FABULOUS on ice cream!

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20170113

Mango Pineapple RUBBER DUCKY Cocktail Slushy


Had to do it. January 13th is National Rubber Ducky Day and I just happened to have some rubber duckies laying around.

This cocktail is perfect for a pool party or just because it's fun. Leave out the booze and it's a perfectly fine mango pineapple smoothie, just not as much fun.

The
Mango Pineapple
RUBBER DUCKY
Cocktail Slushy

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Dark Rum
6 Oz Bolthouse Farms Mango Pineapple Colada (Juice)
1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Ice

Garnish: Mini Rubber Ducky, 3 Dashes Orange Bitters

Tools: Blender

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Blend ingredients together until smooth, pour into an ice filled rocks glass, tap on 3 dashes of orange bitters then float the Rubber Ducky on top and serve with a straw.



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20170103

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY COCKTAIL


I have a fondness for all things chocolate and all things cherry, so it's not surprising I have a fondness for this chocolate covered cherry cocktail.

The Three Olives Cherry Vodka is really important in this recipe, it's the best cherry vodka I've found. I use Hiram Walker's Creme de Cacao but there are other brands available. Don't skip the Woodford Reserve Chocolate Bitters, they add extra depth of flavor and balance the sweetness.

The
CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY
COCKTAIL
(Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe Below)

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
1 Oz. Creme de Cacao
1 Oz. Half & Half
2 Dashes Woodford Reserve Chocolate Bitters
1 Cup of Ice

Garnish: Fresh Chocolate Covered Cherry

Tools: Cocktail shaker

Glass: Cocktail  (Martini or Coupe)

DIRECTIONS
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

HOW TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES:
Melt your semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler or you can use a regular sauce pan with about 1-1/2 inches of water and place a stainless steel bowl over that as a make-shift double boiler.
Wash and dry your fresh cherries, leave the stems on.
When the chocolate is completely melted and nice and creamy, grab your cherries by the stems and dip up to where the stem starts.
Gently move the cherry to a flat surface covered in wax paper or parchment paper.
Cool the cherries in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Want to really amp up the garnish? Soak your fresh cherries in some cherry brandy, cherry vodka or bourbon overnight before dipping them in the chocolate.

Be sure to warn your guests there is a pit in that cherry. Or you can take the extra time to remove the pit from the bottom of the cherry. That part will be completely covered in chocolate anyway.


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