20181003

The CELERY COCKTAIL




I had a bunch of celery in my refrigerator that needed to be used before it was useless and it suddenly occurred to me I could juice that whole bunch for a few refreshing cocktails. I have no idea why I have not juiced celery for a cocktail before, I love celery and the juice is very healthy for you.

I also decided to make use of the rest of the cilantro I had to make a simple syrup to go in my celery cocktail. Boom, two things that didn't get thrown away and a new cocktail for happy hour!

I know there are a lot of you out there that do not like cilantro. If that's the case, just use plain simple syrup in this recipe.

The
CELERY
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz.Hendrick's Gin
3 Oz. Fresh Celery Juice
3/4 Oz. Cilantro Simple Syrup
( recipe below)
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Dash Celery Bitters 

Garnish: Celery Leaves, Sprig of cilantro

Tools: Mixing glass, Strainer

Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Make your Cilantro Simple Syrup ahead if time so it's cool.
In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the ingredients then stir until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled Coupe, garnish and serve.

CILANTRO SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE
 INGREDIENTS
1 C. Granulated Sugar
1 C. Water
1 C. Chopped, Fresh Cilantro Leaves and/or Stems
(I often save the stems from my cilantro instead of throwing them away just for making things like flavored oils or simple syrups because they have just as much flavor as the leaves!)

DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro. Allow the syrup to cool for 30 minutes, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve then toss the solids. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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20180903

STRAWBERRY LEMON - LIMEADE SUMMER COCKTAIL



Despite the fact that it's Labor Day, it's still in the 100s here in Tucson, so ...
how about one last summer cocktail before fall grabs hold of the weather?

HARD STRAWBERRY
LEMON & LIMEADE

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz Whiskey
5 Fresh Strawberries
1 Tbsp. Honey
Henry's Hard Lemon Lime Soda*

Garnish: Fresh Strawberry

Tools: Muddler

DIRECTIONS
Cut the strawberries into quarters then drop in the bottom of your glass.
Drizzle the honey over the top of the strawberries.
Muddle until the strawberries are well smashed.
Fill your glass with ice.
Add the whiskey then top off with the Henry's Hard Lemon Lime.
Stir gently then garnish and serve.


P.S. If you don't like the idea of the chunky strawberry pieces, puree the strawberries with the honey in a blender instead of muddling them together in the glass.

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20180831

LABOR DAY COCKTAILS & FALL BAR TIPS


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Labor Day poses a bit of a dilemma for cocktail lovers.  It's the official end of summer but it's not quite fall.  It's a no-man's land between the sunny heat of summer and the crisp days of autumn where temperatures fling themselves around willy-nilly and you are starting to layer your clothing to accommodate the range. Thoughts of the beach are getting shoved away by visions of the holidays but you still have that last summer barbecue to plan. What to do, what to do.
 
As the light and heat of summer fade, your drinks need to get a little muscle in them. This is the time of year I start to restock my whiskies and brandies, buy a couple of new aged rums and sipping tequilas and add a couple of juniper/botanical heavy gins to my bar.  Using these heftier spirits in a late summer's iced cocktail is a great transition to fall; they are still cool and refreshing for the heat but can face up to an evening chill. Can you can still make a Sangria or a punch for Labor Day? Sure, but trade your light white wines, peaches, grapefruits and lemons in for hearty reds with late fall berries or apples, pears and oranges.
 
As for Labor Day flavors, I know pumpkin mania is nipping at your heels, but thanks to worldwide trade you might still have access to some summer produce like watermelon, cantaloupe, late summer berries, citrus, a few late harvest strawberries as well as the fall bounty that is showing up at the local markets. Let's let the pumpkin cool it's heels while we're still wearing short sleeved shirts during the day, we're only in September, not staring down the Pilgrims.
 
As you get your wardrobe ready for colder times, your kids packed off to the first days of school and you pull out the instant pot for soups and stews, why not get your taste buds primed for the season as well?
 
Here's a few cocktail ideas, using the above principles, for Labor Day:
 
APPLE SOUR
BLACKBERRY FIZZ 
  BOURBON (WHISKEY) CHERRY COBBLER
BOURBON CHERRY PIE SMASH
CANTALOUPE MARTINI
GOBBLED KNOB
HATCHCHILETA MARGARITA
POMEGRANATE MARGARITA 
PURGATORY PUNCH
 PRICKLY PEAR OLD FASHIONED
RATTLED SKULL
RED WOMAN'S BERRY WINE PUNCH
 SPICED APPLE OLD FASHIONED
SPICED RUM POMEGRANATE FIZZ 
STRAWBERRY JAM OLD FASHIONED 
TIJUANA JACKASS
 
AFTER LABOR DAY
PREPARING YOUR BAR FOR FALL
Labor Day passes quickly so below are a few tips to get your fall happy hour on as summer fades and Old Man Winter is breathing down your neck. Of course, a good host or hostess should always be prepared to serve a guest that Pina Colada or Tom Collins if that is what they desire, but getting into a seasonal aspect at happy hour keeps you and those you're entertaining from cocktail boredom.
  • Keep the ice bucket full, but tuck the light rums, vodkas and gins off to the side of the bar and bring out your whiskies, brandies, aged rums, botanical heavy gins and anejo tequilas
  • Pull out the rocks glasses, coupes and stemware and let the tall guys take a vacation
  • Keep the effervescence of those tall coolers by replacing their ounces with just a splash or two
  • Bring the spice to the party. Spices warm and comfort and add depth of flavor
  • Take the last of your summer produce and herbs and turn them into simple syrups or shrubs. Even jams and preserves can be used in fall and winter to replace fresh fruit and sugar in your cocktails. 
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20180804

CHOCOLATE CHIP MARTINI Cocktail Recipe


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Because I could.
 
The
CHOCOLATE CHIP
MARTINI


INGREDIENTS

2 Oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1 Oz. Chocolate Vodka*
1 Oz. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
Pinch of Smoked Salt

Garnish: Cocoa Powder and Sugar Rim, Chocolate Chips

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Martini Cocktail

DIRECTIONS

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice then add the ingredients and shake until well chilled.
Strain into your chilled glass then place a few chocolate chips on the rim and serve.

How to make your own Chocolate Vodka.

National Chocolate Chip Day is August 4th.

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20180801

COLORADO BULLDOG COCKTAIL



On August 1st, 1876 Colorado was admitted into the Union as the 38th state. Known as the Centennial State, it was named after the Colorado River (Rio Colorado) and has the highest median elevation in the United States.

It also has its own cocktail, the Colorado Bulldog, which is a variation of a White Russian. How it got the Bulldog attached is up for debate, but I did notice there are a large number of sports teams in Colorado named Bulldogs.


The
COLORADO BULLDOG
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Vodka
2 Oz. Kahlua
2 Oz. Cream
2 Oz. Cola

DIRECTIONS
Combine the vodka, Kahlua, and cream in a shaker filled with ice, shake well, strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice cubes, top off with cola.

Fun Colorado Facts

Colorado Day is August 1st.

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20180713

POMSICLES - FROZEN BOOZY POMEGRANATE ICE POP COCKTAILS


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Once upon a time, on a very, very hot summer day I wanted a cocktail so cold that I joked I needed a Cocktail Popsicle. I liked that idea so much I made myself some Pomsicles. It was pretty easy since I had a huge bottle of Pom Wonderful in the fridge as well as Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and Pomegranate Vodka.
 
I took the opportunity to dip a few in chocolate "magic shell", an ice cream coating that solidifies when it hits something very cold, like ice cream or popsicles. I love chocolate and fresh fruit together, I wasn't going to miss that opportunity.

POMSICLES
Frozen Pomegranate Ice Pop Cocktails


INGREDIENTS
For 1 ice pop - (For 6 standard 4 ounce ice pops)
2 Tbsp. (6 Oz.) Pomegranate Vodka
1 Tsp. (1 Oz.) Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
5 Oz. (30 Oz.) Pom Pomegranate Juice
1/2 Oz. (3 Oz.) Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. (6 Tbsp.) Pomegranate Arils (Seeds)

OPTIONAL GARNISH:  Magic Shell Chocolate Coating

TOOLS:  Pitcher with a spout

DIRECTIONS
Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher.
Pour mixture into the molds, leaving a little room at the top for expansion as the liquid freezes.
Wipe off any spills or drips so they won't cause the ice pop to stick in the molds.
Pop in the freezer overnight. (If you are using molds that require adding wooden popsicle sticks, freeze the pops until partially frozen - about three or four hours - then slide the stick gently into the center of the pop. If the stick stands on it's own you can then continue to freezing the pops overnight.
To remove the pops from the molds simply dip them in a bowl of warm water or just let them sit out for a few minutes before removing the ice pop from the mold.

Just before eating or serving, if you like the chocolate coating idea, pour some of your Magic Shell into a glass then dip in the tops of your Pomsicles.

STORAGE TIP
I like to remove my Boozesicles™ from the molds, pop them in individual plastic baggies and refreeze for an hour before serving. They seem to solidify a bit better and they can be kept in the baggies for several weeks as well.
 
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20180707

Best CHOCOLATE MARTINI of them all!



This is it, the MAC DADDY of designer martinis,
THE CHOCOLATE MARTINI.
There are many variations on this classic and you can find most of them in my Chocolate Cocktails page, but this is the very first Chocolate Martini I ever had and it's still in my top ten favorites because there is something so soothing about chocolate. We women have known this forever and finally the world has come around to our way of thinking. You no longer have to feel guilty about your chocolate obsession. Just be prudent, this is a powerhouse of a cocktail and it tastes so good it's very easy to overindulge.
 
CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!
There are over 300 chemicals contained in chocolate, someday someone had to find some that were good for us and they did. One study has shown that the smell of chocolate might relax you by increasing theta waves in your brain. Chocolate contains small amounts of a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA) which is a mood elevator, but we knew that already, didn't we?
 
According to the Mayo Clinic studies, the stearic acid in chocolate is a neutral fat that does not increase bad cholesterol. The cocoa butter in chocolate has oleic acid which is a mono-unsaturated fat - the same type of fat found in olive oil which might actually raise good cholesterol. Chocolate also contains proteins, rivoflavin, calcium and iron.
 
What more can you ask from a cocktail?


 
The
Best
CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Recipe Around

INGREDIENTS

3 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
1 Oz. White Creme de Cacao
Splash of Kahlua
Optional:  For a creamy, less aggressive cocktail add 1 Oz. Half & Half

Garnish: Chocolate Sprinkles Rim

DIRECTIONS
Dip your glass rim in some of the Kahlua and then into the chocolate sprinkles.
Chill the glass in the freezer to cool.
Pour the vodka, white Creme de Cacao, Kahlua and the half & half (if you opt for a creamier martini) into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

"There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles." - Anonymous


NOW there's five basic food groups - just add Chocolate Martinis.

 
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20180706

MAI TAI COCKTAIL RECIPE ART, POSTERS, HOME DECOR & GIFTS


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MAI TAI COCKTAIL RECIPE ART

A full color illustration of the famous double rum Tiki cocktail, the Mai Tai. The drawing shows a rocks (old fashioned) glass filled with ice and each ingredient portioned out according to the cocktail recipe ratios. The cocktail rendering includes garnishes of a Maraschino cherry, an orange slice and a pineapple wedge.

The drinks name Mai Tai, curves across the top, the recipe ingredients are alongside the cocktail glass. The background is a graduated deep rust to lime green with white polka dots.

Primary colors: deep red, rust, peach, orange, cream, chartreuse, lime green.

Perfect for happy hour entertaining, cocktail parties and events, bar decor and family entertainment rooms as well as birthday, bachelorette and bachelor parties.

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20180704

BOOZESICLES™ Alcoholic Popsicles - Healthy, Homemade BOOZY ICE POPS



Have you seen those low calorie boozy "Vodka Martini" type ice pops showing up in Costco and other places?


They are a great idea for summer cocktail hour and parties; they're icy cold, refreshing and low ABV (alcohol by volume), which is very popular now and a good idea for hot temperatures. But, at only 100 ml. each (3.4 ounces), they're pricey and it will take a few of them to equal one typical cocktail. They sell for around 3 bucks each and are loaded with artificial coloring, flavoring and sweeteners. Furthermore, at less than 4 ounces each with an 8% ABV, how many would your happy hour guests slurp down at 3 bucks a pop?

You know what I say  about that?
DIY BABY!
You can have healthy, refreshing ice pops galore, and at a price that won't offend your wallet.

LET'S FREEZE SOME ADULT ICE POPS!
Alcohol alone doesn't freeze at normal freezer temperatures but when you mix it with the right amount of non-alcoholic liquid that changes. I've found the formula that works the best is a 1 to 5 alcohol to mixer ratio, using a standard 40 proof spirit. This should give you approximately an 8% ABV ice pop. (Higher ABV spirits will require a higher mixer ratio to freeze, but standard vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskies are around 40 proof and some liqueurs even less.)

Each one of the 100 ml. (3.381 ounces) "vodka martini" pops are 100 calories. Homemade 100 ml. cocktail ice pops using fresh juices and purees will end up at or under 100 calories, BUT without the artificial sweeteners, flavors and colorings. If your mixer is tea or coffee that should be even lower. That gives you the same or a lower calorie count of the pre-packaged ice pops but without the artificial ingredients.

BINGO! HEALTHIER, HOMEMADE BOOZESICLE™ ICE POPS that are still low in calories and also meet the popular lower ABV cocktail trend! Because these cocktails are eaten, you can also use a fresh fruit puree instead of a juice and, because the puree includes all the pulp, each homemade ice pop is full of even more vital nutrients and fiber. Homemade alcohol infused ice pops are easy, a lot of fun to make and your choice of frozen cocktail flavors is endless.

Now I ask you, why shell out big bucks for their boring flavors when you can really punch up those ice popsicles for a lot less? Below are just a few of the flavors I came up with for this experiment. I've been chilling with fun ice pop cocktails all week and the rest are headed to a Fourth of July barbecue.*


The Martini Diva's
BOOZESICLE™ ICE POPS

TOOLS
Zipsickle style ice pop freezer bags. I ordered mind on Amazon.
Mixing pitcher, shaker or glass.
Funnel.

BASIC ICE POP DIRECTIONS
1. Add in 1 part of decent but reasonably priced 40% or less ABV spirit and/or liqueur.
2. Then add in at least 4 parts of a non alcoholic liquid like fresh juices or purees, tea, coffee, yogurt. Feel free to add in a splash of lime or lemon juice to brighten things up.
3. Freeze overnight.

I was not so concerned about calorie count as I was about creating healthy, delicious ice pops and used a few things like bitters for complexity and to balance sweetness. I also used homemade grenadine, flavored vodkas, cream of coconut and flavored yogurts to sweeten without adding sugar. However, the bitters were only a dash or two and have almost nil calorie count, the flavored spirits were already accounted for in the liquor ratio and the sweeteners like grenadine or cream of coconut were only around a teaspoon per pop.


MY BOOZESICLE™ FLAVORS
(Remember the 1:5 Booze to Mixer Ratio!)

BERRYTINI: Fresh Blueberry Juice, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Homemade Grenadine, Strawberry Vodka

BLUE LEMON DROP: Fresh Lemon Juice, Vanilla Vodka, Blue Curacao

CAFFÈ  ICED LAIT: Coffee, Irish Cream Liqueur, Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

CARAMEL APPLETINI: Caramel Vodka, Apple Pucker, Apple Juice

CHERRYTINI: Frozen Dark Cherries, Whipped Cherry Vodka

CREAMSICLE: Orange Vodka, Fresh Orange Juice, Vanilla Yogurt.

DREAMSICLE: Whipped Cream Vodka, Fresh Raspberry Puree, Vanilla Yogurt.

KEY LIME PIE: Key Lime Yogurt, Fresh Lime Juice, Whipped Cream Vodka

MELON: Fresh Cantaloupe Juice, Watermelon Vodka, Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters 

PEACH MELBA: Raspberry Vodka, Peach Puree, Raspberry yogurt, Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters

PINÃ COLADA: Pureed Fresh Pineapple, Cream of Coconut, Coconut Rum

RAZZATINI: Raspberry Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh Raspberries

SOUR APPLE: Apple vodka, Apple Pucker, Apple Juice

SPICY WATERMELON: Watermelon Vodka, Watermelon Juice or Puree, Lime juice, Dash of Hot Sauce.

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE: Strawberry Vodka, Strawberry Puree and Vanilla Yogurt.

You can play with the flavors to suit your taste and just multiply the ingredients to make batches of the each flavor.

* I even made a pile of booze free ones for the children where I just left out the booze. I used some natural food colorings to make the kiddies ice pops in blues, purples and greens to make sure the parents could be sure no little ones got a buzz on.


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20180701

RASPBERRY COCKTAILS


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If you're jonesing to put some berries in your cocktails raspberries are a great choice because they're bursting with delicious healthiness and luscious berry flavor. They also make for a very pretty pink or red drink if you need some color for your next cocktail party or event.

I happen to love raspberries as you will see by the sheer number of raspberry cocktail recipes I've managed to create and consume over the years. There's enough Raspberry Cocktail recipes here to cover the entire month of July, which just happens to be Raspberry Month.

RASPBERRY
COCKTAILS
 
BEACH BUM TIKI COCKTAIL
BERRY BLACK CAT COCKTAIL
BERRY VALENTINE SHOOTER
CLOVER CLUB
DRUNKEN ASTRONAUT
HOMEMADE RASPBERRY LIQUEUR
 LADY ROSE COCKTAIL
LOVE NOTION #9 CHOCOLATE
PEACH MELBA BEER FLOAT
PEACH MELBA MARTINI
PINK RIBBON MARTINI
RASPBERRY MARTINI
RASPBERRY CAKE COCKTAIL
RASPBERRY COLADA
RASPBERRY MINT MARTINI
RASPBERRY SANGRIA
RASPBERRY SGROPPINO
RASPBERRY TARRAGON DAIQUIRI
RASPBERRY THYME MARTINI
 RASPBERRY TRIFLE MARTINI
RAZPIROSKA
RAZZED BLACKBERRY MARTINI
 RCH BTCH MARTINI
RED CARPET COCKTAIL
RED NOSE SLUSHY MOCKTAIL
RED, WHITE & BLUEBERRY EDIBLE COCKTAILS
RED, WHITE & BOOZESICLES
SEX ON THE BEACH MARTINI
SPARKLING RASPBERRY RESOLUTION MARTINI
SPARKLING SKELETON SANGRIA
SUNSET IN PARADISE MARTINI
THAT TRAMP STOLE MY MAN TARTINI
WHISKEY BERRY SMASH

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ARCHIVED RASPBERRY COCKTAILS
RASPBERRY LIME MARTINI
RASPBERRY PARFAIT MARTINI
RAZZATINI

  
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20180619

The CLASSIC GIN MARTINI

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What is a classic martini recipe? Ask a thousand people, you'll get a thousand different versions of the original martini recipe. Make no mistake, the real, classic martini is a gin martini. I don't mean to offend you vodka proponents but gin was the spirit used in the original martini way back in 1911 and is still considered essential to a "real" martini.

Folks will argue until doomsday about ratios of gin to vermouth, whether to stir or shake, over or up, liquor brands and every other single part of the cocktail and it's mixing process. The martini is such a very personal drink it's an age old debate at the bar.  But one thing about the vermouth amounts ... if there's no vermouth at all it's not a martini. It's just gin. Got it?

Once upon a time I was not a true martini lover.  I loved the glass but I was not ready for gin. That has changed, a lot, and I happen to adore gin and gin cocktails these days, including the martini.  Gin and martinis are both acquired tastes. I have acquired them. I have also played around with the recipe myself quite a bit and love Dirty Martinis, Smoky Dirty Martinis and hundreds of cocktails I have designated as "designer martinis", but if someone asks me for a martini with no additional provisos this is the cocktail they will get.


The Classic
GIN MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
4 Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Part Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

Garnish:  3 Honking Big Green Olives with Pimento

Tools: Mixing Pitcher, Hawthorn Strainer

Glass: Martini/Cocktail, of course

DIRECTIONS
Chill the gin, chill the glass, chill the pitcher. The vermouth should already be in the fridge!
Fill a chilled mixing pitcher with filtered ice.
Pour in the gin.
Pour in the vermouth.
Stir 20 times.
Strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish with 3 honking green pimento olives.

 That. Is. All.

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20180608

The NEGRONI



IF YOU PLAN A TOAST TO THE LATE ANTHONY BOURDAIN TONIGHT, THIS IS THE COCKTAIL YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING.

I woke up this morning to the tragic news that chef, author and travel guru Anthony Bourdain had died. Shocked and terribly saddened, I went on to discover he had died by his own hand, which drove me deeper into my sadness. The loss of someone you admire is difficult and it is made more so when you discover they took their own life. My heart goes out to his family and his close friends.


At the top of my personal Bucket List was the hope to meet, and maybe even dine with, Mr. Bourdain. It probably was never going to happen, now it never will. I admired his outspoken view of the world, his honesty and the way he embraced life and will miss checking his Twitter feed to see who or what he was currently taking to task. I'll miss not having new episodes of his gustatory travel adventures and his nearly always controversial appearances and talks elsewhere.


Anthony Bourdain was the rock star foodie who showed us how to globally drink and eat and one of his favorite cocktails was the Negroni.


Tonight I shall lift a glass and toast a gentleman who, on a daily basis, made me laugh, made me learn and made me question myself and the world around me. I will say cheers and goodbye to a unique individual I came to admire in the years since I first read his book No Reservations and I will do so with a Negroni in hand. 


The
NEGRONI

INGREDIENTS
Equal parts:
Campari
Gin
Sweet Vermouth

Garnish: Orange Twist or Slice

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Pour ingredients over ice in a chilled glass.
Stir then garnish.


“I think the Negroni is the perfect cocktail because it is three liquors that I don’t particularly like. I don’t like Campari, and I don’t like sweet vermouth and I don’t particularly love gin. But you put them together with that little bit of orange rind in a perfect setting… It’s just: It sets you up for dinner, in a way it makes you hungry, sands the edges off the afternoon. In an after dinner, it’s settling. It is both aperitif and digestive. It’s a rare drink that can do that.” 
~ Anthony Bourdain


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20180606

The Sex And The City RUBY COCKTAIL Recipe



There are tons of Ruby Cocktail recipes floating around in cocktail land including, but not limited to:
1) a gin, grenadine and applejack recipe similar to the Prohibition era Pink Lady cocktail,
2) a rhubarb-infused vodka with simple syrup and fresh lime created by Vanessa Bortnick of Harry Denton's Starlight Room in San Francisco,
3) Tony Abou-Ganim's vodka, elderflower and Aperol version, and
4) The SATC Ruby.


The Sex and The City version of the Ruby Cocktail was created by the Florida Citrus Commission to boost sales of Florida grapefruit. To further encourage grapefruit sales the recipe was proposed to the creators of SATC as a replacement for the what had been the signature drink of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, the Cosmopolitan. The producers liked the idea and the SATC Ruby made its debut in Season 4's Episode 12 "Just Say Yes". Eventually, the more widely recognized Cosmo made it back as the SATC signature drink in following episodes (as well as the first Sex And The City movie) and the Ruby went into the same sitcom oblivion as the flock of discarded SATC paramours.

It's really too bad The Ruby didn't stick around because I personally prefer the fresh ruby red grapefruit juice spiked with citrus vodka over the ubiquitous cranberry, vodka and lime Cosmopolitan.


The SATC
RUBY COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
6 Oz Fresh (Florida) Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
3 Oz Citrus (Absolut Citron) Vodka

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Grapefruit Twist

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Large (10 ounce) Martini/Cocktail

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into the sugar rimmed, chilled glass then garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.


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20180527

GRAPE COCKTAILS

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I loved grape juice, grape soda and grape candy as a kid.  As an adult I kind of left them behind because they were too sweet. Then, one day, I discovered that adding booze fixed that problem.
Now I have a tidy little list of fun grape flavored cocktails and I get to feel like a kid again, only with a little buzz.

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20180525

MEMORIAL DAY COCKTAILS

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Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

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It is also recognized in the U.S. as the beginning of summer, most likely because it was traditionally the day the school year ended. Currently we celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May with the Memorial Day celebrations occurring on the weekend just ahead of that.

For me that means, after honoring those among my friends and family who served and sacrificed, sharing the weekend with my remaining family and friends and having a cookout with some refreshing summer cocktails. It is also my signal to start crafting cocktails made with all the lovely, fresh produce and herbs that become abundant in summertime. Over the years, I have created quite a list of original drink recipes perfect for the long, hot days of summer and I've included links to some of my favorites below, as well as some some of the best warm weather drink categories and flavors to keep you cool from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE

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20180516

The MIMOSA with Recipe Variations and History

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The Mimosa is a modern day cocktail classic composed of equal parts Champagne and citrus juice (most typically orange juice) which enjoys widespread popularity as a brunch starter. It is widely accepted that the Mimosa was created in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris by bartender Frank Meier, although in Meier's own book, The Artistry of Mixed Drinks (p. 1936), he does not lay claim to the drink with his book's "created by" symbol. Originally the Mimosa was served over ice in a large wineglass, today's version is a straight up cocktail served up in a flute glass.

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Named after the Mimosa flower (which looks a little like a cluster of Champagne bubbles), it is a variation of the Buck's Fizz, created in 1921 at the Buck's Club in London by Pat McGarry, which is made with two parts Champagne to one part orange juice.

Recognized variations include:
The Grand Mimosa, served with the addition of a bar spoon of Grand Marnier.
The Puccini uses Mandarin orange juice.
The Poinsettia which is made with cranberry juice.
The Megmosa which uses grapefruit juice and, sometimes, a splash of Cointreau.
The Soleil which uses pineapple juice.
The Bellini, substitutes peach puree for the orange juice.

You can substitute nearly any fruit juice for the orange and end up with a lovely Mimosa variation. My personal favorites include pear juice, blueberry juice, pomegranate juice, cherry juice and strawberry juice, all freshly squeezed or sent through my electric juicer and I've been know to grill and mix my juices as well.  You can also substitute other sparkling wines like Prosecco. Additionally, I often add in a few drops of complementary bitters, though technically this is a Champagne Cocktail element. Basically any fresh fruit juice topped off by Champagne or a sparkling wine can be called a Mimosa these days.

 
The
MIMOSA 
 
INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
2 Oz. Champagne 
 
Glass: Chilled Champagne  Flute

DIRECTIONS
Add the fresh orange juice to your chilled glass and top off with chilled Champagne. Do not stir. It's that simple.

My Mimosa Variations
Berry Mimosa
Blushing Rose Champagne Cocktail
Grilled Peach Mimosa
Merry Mimosa Martini
 
 
National Mimosa Day is May 16th.

 
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
 
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