20180411

The GOLD NUGGET, A Chocolate Bourbon Cocktail




When I'm out and about I am always looking for any kind of goodies for my cocktail recipes. I love hunting for unique and vintage cocktail glasses as well as interesting barware and tools, but I'm especially on the lookout for fun new garnish ideas. When I recently stumbled on some chocolate gold nuggets my mind went immediately to the California Gold Rush. A whiskey based cocktail was definitely indicated so I snatched those nuggets up like an impoverished gold miner and headed back to my bar.


Typically gold prospectors drank their whiskey neat, but I'm all about the cocktail, not just a few fingers of hooch, so that called for a few additional ingredients. There is a Gold Rush Cocktail but it's basically a whiskey sour and I wanted to feature the chocolate in the nuggets so I replaced the lemon and simple syrup with a chocolate liqueur. To play up the bitter conditions and results of most prospectors efforts, and to balance the sweetness of the liqueur, I added a bitter amaro element with some Fernet and some cocktail bitters.


The
GOLD NUGGET
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
1 Oz. Bols White Creme de Cacao
1 Bar Spoon (tsp.) Fernet Branca
2 Dashes Coffee Bitters
1 Dash Orange Bitters

Garnish: Chocolate Golden Nugget Candy, Orange Twist

Tools: Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass in freezer.
Add the ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds.
Strain over ice into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Historical Gold Rush Saloons Tidbit:
One of the interesting things that's always stuck with me about the California, Klondike and Colorado gold rushes were tales of the fortunes of gold dust under the floors of the saloons near the mother lodes. In the California gold rush, prior to the opening of the San Francisco Mint, placer prospectors often paid for their dime shot of whiskey with a pinch of gold dust from their poke sack. The barkeep would reach in the sack and take a pinch between thumb and forefinger, considered roughly the equivalent of ten cents. In this transfer (and through other means) tons of gold dust apparently sifted down and through the wooden floor boards of gold mine era bars and reports are that many an enterprising bartender or saloon owner mined more gold than many prospectors. There's even a reference to this in thevClint Eastwood movie musical Paint Your Wagon.


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20180404

CARROT COCKTAILS



For some reason most people, myself included (as you will see below), tend to bring carrots to use in the bar at Easter. It makes sense because carrots are a spring vegetable, but in our modern world they are available year-round, are very healthy and have a sweet earthiness that works well with many spirits. Carrots also come in a wide array of colors and pair well with a number of herbs and spices, making it a versatile and naturally beautiful colored juice for drinks. It's past time we should give the carrot a little more happy hour respect.

The most important thing to remember when making a carrot cocktail is to use fresh carrot juice, and to use that juice immediately as the flavors and nutritional value begin to break down almost immediately. After that the sky's the limit on creative carrot cocktail choices.


CARROT
COCKTAILS

BUNNY TRAP
CARROT CAKE COCKTAIL
CARROT CAKE MARTINI
CARROT COLADA
DRUNK BUNNY

International Carrot Day is April 4th, Carrot Cake Day is February 3rd.

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20180331

JELLY BEANIE MARTINI

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You can't have Easter happy hour without a jelly bean cocktail, right? How do you make an Easter Jelly Beanie Martini? First, steal the jelly beans from your kids' Easter baskets ...

The
Easter
JELLY BEANIE
MARTINI


INGREDIENTS

1/2 Oz. Strawberry Vodka
1/2 Oz. Raspberry Vodka
1/2 Oz. Pineapple Rum
1 Oz. Coconut Water
Splash of Lemon Juice
1 Tsp. Coconut Honey Syrup*

Garnish: Multicolored Easter Cake Sprinkles, Multicolored Jelly Beans

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Dip the rim of your martini glass into the coconut cream and then into the Easter cake sprinkles. Chill glass in the freezer.
* Mix 1 teaspoon of Honey Ridge Honey Creme Coconut with 1 teaspoon of hot water for the coconut honey syrup.
Put 1 of each color of jelly bean onto a cocktail pick and set aside.
Add the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass and set the jelly bean loaded cocktail pick across the glass rim to serve.
 
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20180330

JELLY BEAN MARTINI

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This Jelly Bean Martini is basically a playful adaptation of a Champagne Cocktail which is a bitters soaked sugar cube with Champagne poured over the top.  I just twisted things around and used jelly bean infused vodka as my sugar element.  You get an extra kick from the vodka and a bit of flavor from the jelly beans themselves as well.

Plan ahead for this one because you'll need one day to make your own Homemade Jelly Bean Vodka. After that it's just a simple matter of adding some bubbly and a few dashes of cocktail bitters.

P. S. I use Jelly Belly jelly beans in both my garnish and my Jelly Bean Vodka because they are made from natural fruit flavors instead of artificial flavorings.

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The
JELLY BEAN
MARTINI


INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Homemade Jelly Bean Vodka
3 Oz. Dry Champagne
2 Dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish:
Jelly Beans

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

DIRECTIONS

Chill your glass in the freezer for about 10 - 15 minutes.
Pour the jelly bean vodka into the chilled glass then top off with the chilled Champagne.
Garnish with a few of your favorite jelly beans.
I also have a fun JELLY BEANIE MARTINI for Easter!
 

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20180329

MOMMY'S (Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Soda) SIPPY CUP!



When you become a mom your time ceases to be your own. There is rarely a moment in your day that doesn't include kid stuff and you sometimes forget how to adult. This can make happy hour a fond but distant memory, an oasis of time and cocktails that seems to be relegated to singles and the lucky few who can afford a nanny/manny.


Picking up scattered toys, wiping gooey faces, handing out juice boxes, washing sippy cups and folding the latest trendy toddler togs is fine for most of the day, but sooner or later you're going to need a little "me" time and a sippy cup all your own. You need something sinful, loaded with chocolate and energy and spiked with booze because you deserve it, you need it and you should have it. So let's get you that little moment of time and alcohol before you implode and run away from home, shall we?

Schedule nap time right around happy hour, call in the childcare reinforcements as your temporary mom stand-in and give yourself a well deserved break from motherhood. Set out the ingredients, get your comfy zone ready and start sipping away. And if one or more of the little cherubs inconveniently wake up or wander in asking what you're sipping on, just shoo them back to dreamland or temp mommy.


"No, honey, this is
MOMMY'S 
(Boozed Up Chocolate Soda)
SIPPY CUP!"

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Homemade Toasted Maple Walnut Bourbon
Cold Pepsi (or Coke)
1 Oz. Chocolate Syrup
7 Dashes Coffee Bitters
Pinch of Smoked Salt

Garnish: Chocolate covered potato chip topped with the bourbon infused walnuts (from the homemade bourbon), biodegradable paper straws

Tools: Bar spoon

Glass: Tall glass stein

DIRECTIONS
Fill your stein with ice.
Add in the chocolate syrup, the salt, the bourbon and the bitters then stir.
Top off with the cola.
Stir again for about 15 seconds.
Add the chocolate covered potato chip on top of the ice then add the bourbon walnuts on top of the chip.
Slide in the straws and serve.

I have to thank my new friend and neighbor, Trista, for the inspiration for this recipe. Not only does she have 3 children, but she and her hubbs are also busy creating a sustainable space for their family. Working, rearing kids, raising their own food and helping out their neighbors in their spare time is their  lifestyle. That always deserves a cocktail or two in my estimation so I made her this and promise more in the future!


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BASEBALL COCKTAILS for Opening Day



Every Spring all other sports must make way
For the Boys of Summer to come out to play.
It's as American as apple pie, or so they say,
And we need some BASEBALL COCKTAILS for Opening Day!


The
COOPERSTOWN
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS 
1.75 oz gin
0.75 oz vermouth
0.75 oz dry vermouth
2 Fresh Mint Sprig

Garnish: Mint sprig and orange twist

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass. Stir the ingredients, including 1 mint sprig, in a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice, strain into chilled glass, garnish with 2nd mint sprig and orange twist.

TAKE ME OUT
TO THE BALLGAME
(aka The Peanuts & Cracker Jack Cocktail)

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Whiskey
1 Oz Frangelico 
1 Oz Amaretto
¼ Oz Squeezed Lemon Juice
Pinch of Sea Salt
4 Oz Club Soda 

Garnish rim with a handful of finely crushed Cracker Jacks.

Glass: Highball

DIRECTIONS
Rim glass in lemon then dip in the Cracker Jacks, chill glass in freezer. Add the whiskey, Frangelico, Amaretto, lemon juice and salt to an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake until cold then strain into an ice filled glass and top off with the soda.

The 
YANKEE
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2-1/4 Oz Gin
3/4 Oz Orange Flavored Brandy
Splash of Orange Juice

Glass: Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The
BREAKFAST
OF CHAMPIONS
(aka The Mickey Mantle Cocktail)

INGREDIENTS
1 (or more) Shots of Brandy
Splash of Kahlua
Cream

This is directly from a Sports Illustrated article written by Mickey Mantle written in 1994 called "Time In A Bottle" where he discusses his battle with alcoholism.


HAPPY OPENING DAY!


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20180327

The GOLD RUSH Cocktail




Created created for New York's Milk & Honey Bar by T. J. Siegal, the Gold Rush is a simple cocktail of whiskey, lemon juice and honey. It's basically a whiskey sour that replaces simple syrup with honey  and leaves out the egg white.

I happened to have Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, so I dropped the amount of honey a bit. To thin it down I added a bit of the fresh Meyer lemon juice and stirred the honey to a thinner syrup consistency before mixing the cocktail.

This drink is like a chilled whiskey hot toddy, kind of a great idea for summer colds.


The
GOLD RUSH

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Whiskey
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Oz. Honey Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Peel Disc

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over one large cube of ice, express the lemon peel over the top of the cocktail then add as garnish.

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20180315

PERFECT COCKTAIL FOR THE IDES OF MARCH




Beware the Ides of March!

Because what else would you drink on the Ides of March but a Bloody Caesar? 

P.S. If you don't know what March 15th has to do with a Clamato Bloody Mary read The Real Story Behind the Assassination of Gaius Julius Caesar from the New York Post.


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20180313

MINT GINCUMBER COOLER COCKTAIL for St. Patrick's Day



If you like to drink green for St. Patrick's Day and want to do it naturally you can't go wrong with fresh, organic cucumbers, fresh mint, limes and a really great gin. This is almost a classic flavor profile as mint and cucumber are often paired together, especially in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Add a little of that gin and you have the makings of a bracing, cool cocktail to enjoy.

I had a little fun with this one by slicing my cucumbers lengthwise and lining the glass with them before I added my large ice cubes. It made for a beautiful presentation.

If you have a set of aspic cutters with a shamrock shape it would be fun to cut some out of the mint leaves ahead of time for a great St. Patrick's Day touch. (I do and wish I'd thought of it before the photo shoot!)


The
MINT GINCUMBER
COOLER

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Hendrick's Gin
1/2 Oz Dry Vermouth
2-1/2 Oz Cucumber Juice
1/4 Oz Lime Juice
4 Mint Leaves
1-1/2 Oz Mint Honey Syrup
(* Recipe Below)

Additional Ingredients: 2 Large Square Ice Cubes, Cup of Regular Ice Cubes

Garnish: 8 - 10 Long Cucumber Slices, 3 Tall Mint Sprigs

Tools: Vegetable Peeler, Kitchen Shears, Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Tall Glass Mug

DIRECTIONS
Slice a fresh cucumber lengthwise with a vegetable peeler until you have 8 to 10 long slices.
Press the cucumber slices against the inside of the glass mug then add the ice cubes.
Trim the cucumber slices off at the rim of the glass with kitchen shears and chill glass in the fridge.
Juice the remainder of the cucumber and the 4 leaves of mint together and add to the cooled mixing glass filled with ice.
Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing glass, stir for one minute then stain into the chilled, cucumber lined mug.
Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

* MINT HONEY SYRUP
Add 2 tablespoons of organic honey to 1 tablespoon of water and stir until the honey has completely dissolved. If your honey is stubborn, microwave the syrup for 10 seconds and mix until smooth.


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MY DARLING CLEMENTINI - An Edible Calundula Flower and Citrus Cocktail


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Edible flowers are a beautiful way to garnish a cocktail but they can also a great way to flavor one as well. Every spring I grow organic, edible flowers for creating spring and summer cocktail recipes and Calendulas are always the most robust of my plantings. When I recently picked up a huge bag of Clementine oranges from the local farmers market the first thing I decided to make was a floral cocktail featuring these beautiful, bright yellow flowers. When I got home I grabbed my juicer, my garden shears and also my bottle of homemade limoncello liqueur* and some triple sec to round out the citrus base and got to mixing up a new drink recipe.
 
Calundula petals have a spicy taste of pepper with a little touch of tang and bitterness which not only brought in floral notes but added the quality of a few drops of bitters so I not only garnished the cocktail with a Calendula blossom I also infused the simple syrup with some of the petals to bring in that peppery zing.
 
  
MY DARLING CLEMENTINI
COCKTAIL
   
INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Limoncello
1/2 Oz. Triple Sec
2 Oz. Fresh Clementine Orange Juice
1 Tsp. Calendula Simple Syrup
(* Recipe Below)
Dash of Orange Bitters
   
Garnish: Long Clementine Twist, Edible Calendula Petals
   
Tools: Juicer, Vegetable Peeler, Cocktail Shaker
   
Glass: Cocktail (Martini)
   
DIRECTIONS
Make the Calundula Simple Syrup and juice the Clementines.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.
Stain into the chilled cocktail glass, garnish with the Clemetine twist, a Calundula flower and a few extra Calundula petals.
Serve and enjoy on a beautiful spring evening.
  
CALENDULA SIMPLE SYRUP
RECIPE
   
Ingredients:
2 C. Turbinado or Demerara Sugar
1 C. Water
Petals from 3 Calundula Flowers
   
Directions:
Add the petals to a non-reactive bowl and set aside.
Heat the sugar and water on medium while stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
Pour this immediately over the petals and allow to infuse until completely cooled.
Strain into a sterile, lidded glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
If the syrup crystallizes you can heat it up to remove the sugar crystals. 
 
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20180311

The PAN GALACTIC GARGLE BLASTER Cocktail for Earthlings



 According to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is "like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick." It was invented by the ex-president of the Universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and is said to be the "Best Drink in Existence." Beeblebrox himself advised "never drink more than two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters unless you are a thirty ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia". 
 
Though it cannot be truly replicated on Earth I had to give it the old Arthur Dent try. It was an interesting experience as I attempted to substitute earthly ingredients for galactic ones and still come up with a good cocktail recipe that an earthling could enjoy.
 
Both versions are below with my human interpretation annotated with my reasons for my substitutions.
 
The
PAN GALACTIC
GARGLE BLASTER 
 
NON EARTHLY MIXING INSTRUCTIONS
(directly from the book):
"Take the juice from one bottle of Ol' Janx Spirit.
Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V (Oh, that Santraginean seawater! Oh, those Santraginean fish!)
Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in memory of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia.
Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones, subtle, sweet and mystic.
Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink.
Sprinkle Zamphuor.
Add an olive.
Drink... but... very carefully..."
 

EARTHLY 
RECONSTRUCTION
INGREDIENTS &
DIRECTIONS
  1. First, drape your towel over your shoulder!*
  2. Take 1 ounce of Juice from a bottle of Hayman's Old Tom Gin. (I figured Ol' Janx might be much like our Old Tom Gin, once gone from Earth and now revived.)
  3. Pour in 4 ounces of Cucumber Flavored Soda Water. (I'm pretty sure Santraginean seawater tastes a lot like this because soda has a lot of sodium aka salt and cucumber because it works well with gin and mint.)
  4. Add 3 Large Ice Cubes to a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Add in 3 ounces of ice cold Hendrick's Gin. (These two were my thoughts on how to recreate the Arcturan Mega-gin.)
  6. Add a straw at this point and blow bubbles into the drink. (Easiest way I could think of to inject your own marsh gas and has the added benefit of stirring the cocktail.)
  7. Pour 1/4 ounce of Green Creme de Menthe over the back of a silver barspoon. (If there's anything close to a float of Qualactin Hypermint extract on earth, this is it.)
  8. Drop in 1 Sugar Cube Soaked in 4 drops of Scrappy's Firewater Tincture. (I'll bet these bitters are at least as exotic and fiery as any old Algolian Suntiger teeth.)
  9. Sprinkle on a dusting of Zaatar Spice. (Well, it's the only earthly spice blend that starts with a "Z"!)
  10. Slide in a strip of cucumber. (Sorry, an actual olive mixed with that creme de menthe made me gag.)
  11. Enjoy your drink and DON'T PANIC, one or two of these aren't "the alcoholic equivalent to a mugging; expensive and bad for the head." 
 
* “A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.” ― Douglas Adams
 
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20180302

The CHURCHILL COCKTAIL




I neither want it nor need it, but I should think it pretty hazardous to interfere with the ineradicable habit of a lifetime.
~ Winston Churchill

CHURCHILL'S LIFELONG LOVE OF DRINKING
Much is said of Winston Churchill's drinking habits. It is acknowledged, by himself and others, he had a great fondness for drink. Whether he was an alcoholic or not is still up for debate, but his passion for spirits is not. He was so fond of alcohol that it added greatly to his debt and at one time he owed his wine merchant the equivalent of $75,000. His doctor even wrote him a prescription for alcohol when he visited the United States during Prohibition.
 
 
Originally a brandy and soda drinker, Churchill took to drinking scotch as a young man in India and South Africa, "The water being unfit to drink, one had to add whisky and, by dint of careful application I learned to like it."  As a result his daily tipple was a nip of Johnnie Walker Red with a goodly amount of water, something his children called a "Papa Cocktail".
 
 
Scotch was just one of his favorite spirits, he was also fond of claret, hock, brandy and his beloved Pol Roger Champagne.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
~ Winston Churchill
 

Churchill also enjoyed Plymouth gin, though he did not personally care for vermouth, thus the Churchill Martini is basically a glass of cold gin. 

I would like to observe the vermouth from across the room while I drink my martini.
~ Winston Churchill
 
REGARDING THE CHURCHILL COCKTAIL
The recipe was first printed in Esquire in September 1939, nine months before Churchill became Prime Minister. Created at the American Bar in the Savoy hotel in London by bartender Joe Gilmore in honor of Winston Churchill, the Churchill Cocktail is a scotch variation of a Manhattan (traditionally made with rye whiskey), or like a Rob Roy with the addition of lime juice and Cointreau.
 
It a fairly citrus forward drink with a bit of smokiness from the scotch. There is no mention whether Churchill ever enjoyed this particular drink, even though he was a patron of the American Bar throughout most of his life.
 
 
The
CHURCHILL
COCKTAIL
 
INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz Johnnie Walker Scotch
(I used JW Black, my preferred JW Scotch)
1/2 Oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 Oz Cointreau
 
Garnish: Lime Twist
 
Tools: Bar Spoon
 
Glass: Cocktail or Coupe
 
DIRECTIONS
Stir ingredients together with ice, strain into a chilled glass then garnish and serve.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
~ Winston Churchill
 
* While the discussions still abound regarding Churchill's sobriety, not one single person mentions his weight. At 5'6" Churchill was quite a sturdy figure and more girth equals more capacity for alcohol consumption.
 
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20180214

BLACK PANTHER - SCOTCH & ESPRESSO LIQUEUR COCKTAIL



Inspired by the Black Watch Cocktail (blended scotch, coffee liqueur in a 2:1 ratio with a splash of soda, garnished with a lemon peel) I played around with my favorite scotch again for this year's International Scotch Day.

The name of this cocktail was inspired by all the hype for the premier of new Black Panther Marvel superhero movie coming out this week. The finished drink is as visually sleek and sexy as the movie previews and I couldn't resist the reference but it's  a great drink name even without the inspiration.


The
BLACK PANTHER
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Johnnie Walker Black Blended Scotch Whiskey
3/4 Oz. Caffé Borghetti Espresso Liqueur
3 Dashes Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: Orange Peel

Tools: Bar Spoon

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS
Add a large ice cube to a chilled rocks glass.
Pour in the scotch and coffee liqueur.
Tap in the bitters.
Stir until chilled.
Express the orange twist over the top then drop twist in cocktail and serve.


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The Sparkling Heart Cocktail for Valentines Day



The
SPARKING HEART
COCKTAIL

TO A CHILLED FLUTE
Add 2 Oz Fragoli Strawberry Liquor
Drop in 3 Frozen Strawberries
Tap in 2 Dashes Lemon Bitters
Top off with Champagne
Mist Orange Liqueur over Top
Garnish with an Orange Twist
For a mocktail version:
Replace the strawberry liqueur with strawberry syrup.
Use club soda instead of Champagne.
Add a dash of orange bitters on top.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
from The Martini Diva

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20180207

STRAWBERRY JAM OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL


While having a nosh at one of my favorite eateries, Prep And Pastry in Tucson, they served some homemade Strawberry Jam with my (delicious) Monte Cristo. I don't usually like strawberry jam but it was homemade so I tried it and got one heck of a surprise when I realized I loved that jam. I loved it so much I specifically mentioned it when the waitress brought the check. I told her it would be great in a cocktail and asked if I could have a couple tablespoons to try it out. When my change came back so did a small carton filled with the jam. In turn I promised Kevin, the owner, I'd post up the cocktail recipe featuring his strawberry jam.
 
I knew immediately I was going to pair that jam with some premium whiskey in an Old Fashioned. A good Canadian Whiskey would be a great match for the flavor of the strawberries in the jam and the jam was a great way to replace the standard sugar cube and cherries used in a classic, muddled Old Fashioned.
 
Good thing I love Prep and Pastry because I really liked this cocktail, it was easy to make, bursting with flavor and a great way to change up an Old Fashioned.  I just wish Prep and Pastry was closer so I could mooch some of their strawberry jam more often.
 
 
STRAWBERRY JAM
OLD FASHIONED
 
INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Canadian Whiskey
2 Tsp. Strawberry Jam
2 Dashes Rhubarb Bitters
 
Garnish: Orange Twist, Strawberry Filled Ice Cubes.
 
Tools: Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon
 
Glass: Old Fashioned
 
DIRECTIONS
Chill glass.
Muddle the strawberry jam in the bottom of the glass with the rhubarb bitters.
Fill glass with strawberry ice cubes.
Add 2 ounces of premium whiskey, stir to chill, garnish and serve.
By the way, if you're in Tucson you definitely want to hit up one of Prep and Pastry's 2 locations. Not only is their food locally sourced and delicious, they are also pretty creative with their cocktails (try one of their fabulous Mimosas) AND, omg, those incredible house pastries!!
 

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20180124

The VODKA MARTINEZ. That's right, Vodka.


A friend came to visit last night and, as always, brought a bottle of booze along. (Good friends who come to drink are the ones who bring booze with them.) I told him I would make him a Martinez since he had never tried one, but he brought vodka instead of the Old Tom style gin I'd asked for, killing off the idea of the classic Martinez. At least until I thought about it for a second and said, why not?
 
Why not try the Martinez with vodka? Vodka is sort of gin without botanicals in it, the sweet vermouth has a goodly amount botanicals on it's own. I figured it was worth a try so I did.
To balance out for the sweeter, botanical forward qualities of Old Tom gin I added a bit more of the sweet vermouth and an extra layer of bitters. I liked it, he loved it, but he's not a gin lover so he doesn't count. Also he didn't bring me the right gin so he still has nothing to compare it to. I still prefer the gin Martinez, but I can't deny the vodka was decent replacement and it made a great aperitivo before the pork tenderloin roulade dinner I'd made.
 
I couldn't truly call it a Martinez, but then maybe all I needed to do was add Vodka in front. After all the Vodka Martini has made a name for itself, maybe it was time for the (so-called) father of the Martini to get a vodka version of its own.
 
 
The
VODKA
Martinez
 
INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Vodka, Chilled
1 Oz Sweet Vermouth, Chilled
1 Barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
4 Dashes of Orange Bitters
 
Garnish: Luxardo Maraschino Cherry, Orange Twist
 
Tools: Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon
 
Glass: Cocktail (Martini)
 
DIRECTIONS
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice until very cold, pour into a chilled glass, garnish and serve.
 
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20180115

Rowdy ROY ROGERS COCKTAIL with an Adult Twist



Yesterday was my birthday and I wanted a fun drink to go with the new wine glass my friend Melodieann sent me for my birthday, but I wanted a cocktail instead of wine.
 
Something, probably the bright colors and playful designs on the glass, brought to mind a children's drink, the Roy Rogers. This classic non-alcoholic kid "cocktail" was a parental dining out appeasement for the kiddies made with cola mixed with Maraschino cherry syrup (or Grenadine) and garnished with that neon cherry the tykes loved for its bright red color and high sugar content. It was the boy's version of a Shirley Temple and, as a tomboy youngster who loved all the cowboy serials on TV, my preferred virgin cocktail choice.
 
I figured why not try to recapture a bit of childhood at my advanced age? A birthday in the 60s deserves a little injection of youthful high spirits and joy. I could definitely use it and the wine glass was certainly large enough to accommodate a tall drink. The only difference between my new birthday glass and a typical Roy Rogers glass was a stem and, hey, I'm old enough at this point for the fancy glass, right?
 
 
However, because I'm not a kid anymore and I needed a tad more than just a sugar rush from the soda, I decided it needed a little bourbon, an adult upgrade of the maraschino cherry syrup and a few of drops of bitters to balance out the sweetness of the cola.
 
Worked out perfectly. I almost feel like a kid again. Happy Birthday to me. Yippee-Ki-Yay.
 
 
The
ROWDY ROY ROGERS
Cocktail
 
INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/2 Oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
1 Dash Angostura bitters
4 Oz. Cola
 
Garnish: Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
 
DIRECTIONS
Chill glass.
Add the bourbon, Maraschino liqueur and the bitters to a chilled glass filled with ice then stir.
Too off with cola, garnish and serve.
Happy Trails, Buckaroos!
 
 
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
 

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ENGLISH TOFFEE MARTINI

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English Toffee is a hard, crunchy candy typically made with sugar, butter and cream then topped with chocolate and chopped almonds. In the U.S. the candy is usually made with cane sugar while in the British Isles it's made with brown sugar or molasses.

These ingredients sounded like a pretty good cocktail to me so out came my cocktail shaker.

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The
ENGLISH TOFFEE
MARTINI
 
INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Caramel Vodka
1 Oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1/2 Oz. Amaretto
1 Oz. Half & Half
 
Garnish: Dark chocolate rim dipped in crushed almonds, chocolate and caramel syrup drizzle inside glass bowl.
 
Tools:  Cocktail Shaker
 
Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Coupe
 
DIRECTIONS
Melt some dark chocolate, dip the rim of the glass in the melted chocolate then dip in crushed almonds.
Chill the glass in the freezer for 15 minutes then remove and drizzle in the chocolate and caramel syrups and place back in the freezer. This will set the drizzles in place as well as chill the glass.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, add the ingredients and shake until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass and serve.
 
National English Toffee Day is January 8th.
 
 PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
 
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