20190405

Celebrating the Beginning of the Budweiser Clydesdales!




I love the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdale horses and  commercials and I know many of you do as well. What you may not know is the very first appearance of the Clydesdales came about as a result of the end of Prohibition of beer and the Cullen-Harrison Act which took effect on April 7, 1933, now known and celebrated as National Beer Day. (The repeal of the Volstead Act, banning sale and use of all alcoholic beverages, would follow in December of that same year.)


On that day in April of 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch, Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch (later increased to the present eight horse hitch) to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition of beer.


Busch Sr. then arranged to have a second six-horse Clydesdale hitch sent to New York on April 7 to mark the event. The Clydesdales drew a crowd of thousands on their way to the Empire State Building. After a small ceremony, a case of Budweiser was presented to former Governor Alfred E. Smith in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition.
This original team then continued a tour across New England and the mid-Atlantic, ending in a final stop in Washington DC with a reenactment of the delivery of the first post-Prohibition case of beer to President Franklin Roosevelt.


This 2012 Super Bowl ad is a tribute to the end of Prohibition and that first appearance of the beloved Clydesdale Horses. (They took a little liberty with the addition of the Dalmatian, these canine mascots were not added to official teams until March of 1950.)


Now, grab some Bud and make one of these
BEER COCKTAILS
Cheers!

New Beers Eve is April 6th, National Beer Day is April 7th, National Beer Lovers Day is September 7th, National Drink Beer Day is September 28th, American Beer Day is October 27th and International Beer Day is the first Friday in August.

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20190322

PRICKLY PEAR COCKTAILS





 I live in Tucson. Prickly Pears grow all over my property. You had to expect these, right?

And you know there will be more.


PRICKLY PEAR
COCKTAILS

LOADED CACTUS (PRICKLY PEAR) SLIDERITAS

PRICKLY PEAR CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

PRICKLY PEAR DAIQUIRI

PRICKLY PEAR MARTINI

PRICKLY PEAR OLD FASHIONED


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20190313

FLORAL (FLOWER INFUSED) COCKTAILS


Nothing evokes spring more than the first flowers peeking through at the end of winter. Flowers are the essence of spring, and they can be an intriguing part of your spring cocktails as well.

There are several options for imbuing cocktails with floral elements using floral liqueurs, essences, extracts, cocktail bitters and syrups to employing actual edible flowers as a garnish. Used judiciously, even a drop of floral bitters, rose water, flower essence or just a teaspoon of floral honey syrup can add a floral touch of spring to your cocktails. To achieve a floral note, one or more of these methods has been applied in each of the cocktail recipes below.


FLOWER INFUSED
(FLORAL)
COCKTAILS 

ALIEN INVASION COCKTAIL
ANGOSTURA & OLD LACE
APRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOUR
The AVIATION
The BARBIE MIMOSA
BEE'S KNEES
BLUSHING ROSE
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER - ELDERFLOWER G&T
CHOCOLATE & ROSES MARTINI
The COCKTAIL PURPLE
MY DARLING CLEMENTINI
The ELDER FASHIONED
ELDERFLOWER SALTY DOG
ENCHANTED FAERIE
GRANDMA'S "TEA"
HIBISCUS HEART FIZZ
LADY ROSE COCKTAIL
LAVENDER KIWI DAIQUIRI
LUCKY CHARM
MOROCCAN ROSE
NEVERLAND COOLER
PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR MARTINI
PURGATORY PUNCH
The SAGZERAC
SPARKLING HIBISCUS MARTINI
STORMBORN COCKTAIL
WILD HIBISCUS G&T
WILD HIBISCUS MARTINI

You might also want to check out my
HERB COCKTAILS.

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20190309

The BARBIE MIMOSA Cocktail



It might be hard to believe, but the iconic Barbie doll turns 60 today. I grew up playing with Barbie Dolls, in fact, I had the whole 50s/60s pack; Ken, Midge, Toni, a slew of outfits, accessories and the peach and turquoise sports car. But that doll of my youth, the original Barbie, has changed with the times over the last six decades so I think it's time her cocktail did as well.

 
The plethora of existing Barbie cocktails consist mostly of a pink drink of juices with a little vodka and or coconut rum mixed in. I think a 60 year old Barbie should be a little more sophisticated in her choice of cocktail. That's why I tossed out the jungle juice mixtures and am introducing today's senior citizen Barbie to a drink more suited to her maturity, an effervescent combination of a Mimosa and a Negroni.

Cheers and Happy Birthday, Barbie!


The
BARBIE
MIMOSA

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Gordon's Pink Gin
3/4 Oz. Cocchi Rosa
1/2 Oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
2 Oz. Chilled Pink Champagne
1 Drop Rose Water

Garnish: Edible Candied Rose Petals

DIRECTIONS
Fill mixing glass with ice
Add all the ingredients except the champagne.
Stir until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled champagne flute.
Top off with the Champagne.
Garnish and enjoy.


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20190308

Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhatten Cocktail Recipe



Thanks to a close friend of mine from Sonoma, I finally got my hands on a bottle of Sonoma Distilling Company's Cherrywood Rye. My friend needed a weekend away from tribulations of a divorce so I invited her out to enjoy the beautiful spring wildflowers of the desert and chill out from all the legal proceedings. She came in towing her luggage and a gift box full of some of my favorite Sonoma county goodies and tucked right in there was a bottle of that lovely wine country rye. I have been wanting to get my hands on a bottle for ages but my zip code never brought up a local source on their website so thank the Booze Gods for best friends.
After she settled in I poured us both a glass over ice to savor the rye as she vented over her departing mate. Taking a cue from that, I immediately decided a chocolate Manhattan was next, mixed two up then handed hers to her saying, "You don't need a man, you need a Manhattan!"

It was the perfect, smokey, chocolate liquid elixir for a woman in the throes of a divorce and worked out beautifully for today's International Women's Day cocktail. I just wish she'd brought two bottles.


You Don't Need A Man,
You Need A MANHATTAN!
A Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhattan Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Sonoma County Cherrywood Rye Whiskey
1 Oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 Oz Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: Brandied Cherry, Orange Twist

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glasses.
Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Add the ingredients and stir until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish and serve.

Cheers to you, my dear friend, come back soon and bring me that second bottle. (And some Gravenstein cider!)


International Women's Day is March 8th. 

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20190304

ARNAUD'S SPECIAL COCKTAIL




Arnaud's Special was the house cocktail of the famous Arnaud's Restaurant of New Orleans in the 1940's and 1950's. It's a Southern take on a Rob Roy where the sweet vermouth and Angostura Bitters are replaced with the Dubonnet and orange bitters. 

If you're looking for a dry cocktail give this a try. It's a great cocktail to sip before dinner. Just make sure you use the new Dubonnet released in the States last year, it's more like the original 1846 formula and the Dubonnet that Europe has always had access to.  Even though Arnaud's most likely used the first American version, this new Dubonnet is much more complex and makes this cocktail way more interesting. (FYI, during the 1940s, when Hitler had control of France, the United States could not import Dubonnet so a different version was created in the U.S. It was, however, milder and less bitter as a result of the reduction of the quinine.)


ARNAUD'S SPECIAL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Johnnie Walker Red Scotch
1 Oz. Dubonnet Rouge
3 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Garnish: Orange Twist

DIRECTIONS
Stir in a mixing glass with ice until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the orange twist over the top then drop into the cocktail.


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20190303

PEACH BLOSSOM COCKTAIL Recipe




A few days ago it snowed (yes, SNOWED) here in Tucson. Today we are going to hit nearly 80 degrees. Such are the vagaries of the beginnings of Spring in Arizona, one minute you're tossing more mesquite wood on the fire and the next moment you're putting on shorts.

Somebody with a great sense of humor built little snowmen all throughout Saguaro National Park, here's one on top of a saguaro.

For cocktail lovers, the ending of winter means it's time to pull out your Collins and highball glasses and start thinking about tall, refreshing, low ABV* coolers again. You might want to tuck the brown booze off to the side and dust off your clear liquor bottles as well because hot weather and a burgeoning garden are both very friendly with gin, vodka, light rums, unaged whiskies and blanco tequilas.

With that in mind - and since it's National Peach Blossom Day - I thought I'd kick off the approaching spring and summer seasons with a cocktail that's been around for a while but in slightly different versions. I've seen recipes for peach blossom cocktails using a peach liqueur with either vodka or gin and, having tried both, I prefer the vodka. Gins can differ quite a bit in their botanicals and, if you choose the wrong one, it can overpower or conflict with the peach. Vodka doesn't have that problem, it's a much more amenable spirit when it comes to blending with delicate flavors, in fact, you can buy peach vodkas that enhance the peach experience.

Most of the recipes floating about the net are simply a mix of spirit, peach liqueur and either orange juice or ginger ale but I figure if you're going to make a peach cocktail put some real peach in it, I used frozen ones to help keep the cocktail cool. I leave out the orange juice, add some lemon to pop the sweetness of the peach and go with the effervescence of the ginger ale. This puts this cocktail in the Buck** category, making it a perfect drink for sitting outside and watching nature wake up from its winter nap.


The
PEACH BLOSSOM
Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Peach Vodka
1 Oz. Peach Schnapps
5 Oz. Ginger Ale

Garnish: Frozen peaches mixed in with the ice cubes, Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS 
Pour the vodka and peach schnapps into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes and frozen peach slices. Stir, top with ginger ale, pop the mint between your palms (this gently releases the oils into your cocktail), then place on top of the ice and enjoy.

* Alcohol by Volume

** A Buck is a cocktail or mixed drink that uses ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice and any of a number of base liquors.


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20190302

The BANANA CREAM PIE COCKTAIL Recipe



Some years ago I was very much into recreating pie recipes as adult beverages and, because banana cream pie is one of my favorites, I created a vodka based Banana Cream Pie Martini. I recently saw that National Banana Cream Pie Day was coming up and thought I'd revisit this experiment but with some interesting rums instead.

I used Appleton Estate aged rum and Cruzan's Banana and Vanilla Rums, added some fresh banana, a bit of cream and a dash of salt. I nearly always add salt to even out the sweetness that is inherent in a dessert inspired drink, it's a nice little chef's trick for balancing out too much tartness and it also serves to open up the palate.

Darned thing was so good I had two and skipped dinner.


The
BANANA CREAM PIE
COCKTAIL 

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Banana Rum
1/2 Oz. Vanilla Rum
1 Oz. Aged Dark Rum
1/2 Oz. Half & Half
1/2 Ripe Banana
1/8 Tsp. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
1 Cup Crushed Ice

Garnish: Crushed Vanilla Wafers for Rim, Banana Slice

DIRECTIONS
Blend the ingredients until smooth, pour into a chilled glass, garnish and enjoy.


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20190226

The WHITE RUSSIAN Cocktail



The White Russian is the creamy sister cocktail to the Black Russian. A Black Russian is 5 parts vodka to 2 parts Kahlua (coffee liqueur), the White Russian adds 3 parts cream to that.

A very popular and trendy drink in the 70s (and my GoTo gambling cocktail in those days) the White Russian's popularity then waned until 1998 when The Big Lebowski was released. Onto the screen strides Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), an aging hippie who dubs his White Russians "Caucasians" and sloshes them down while abiding through life in bathrobes, sandals and surfer bum threads. These days the White Russian and The Dude are so intertwined you can't order one without someone shouting "He abides" or simply, "Dude!"  Don't believe me? Go into a bar, order one, I dare you.


It might not be considered by most mixologists as one of the world's greatest drinks but I happen to enjoy drinking a Caucasian occasionally and, like The Dude says, "everything is just, like, your opinion, man”.


The
WHITE
RUSSIAN
Martini Diva Style

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Vodka
1 Oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1-1/2 Oz. Cream, Whipped lightly (soft peaks)
2 Dashes Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Espresso Powder Rim, Scrappy's Orange Bitters

Tools: Stir Stick

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS:
Dip the rim of the glass in some Kahlua, then into the espresso powder.
Fill glass with a few ice cubes.
Stir in the Vodka, Kahlua and chocolate bitters.
Slowly add the whipped cream to float on top.
Do not stir again.
Tap a few dashes of the orange bitters on top, add a stir stick and serve.

Just take it easy, man, enjoy ... but watch out for cats ....


Variations:
The Black Russian has no cream.
The Blind Russian (aka Muddy Water) which substitutes cream with Irish Cream.
The Mudslide which uses both cream and Irish Cream.
The White Canadian made with goat's milk.
The Anna Kournikova made with skimmed milk.
The White Cuban made with rum instead of vodka.
The Dirty Russian made with chocolate milk instead of cream.
The Dirty Black Russian has no cream but uses cola.
The Colorado Bulldog adds cola.
The California Russian adds a shot of triple sec and a slice of orange.
The Irish Russian is served with a head of Guinness.
The Brown Russian is served in a highball glass and topped with ginger ale.
The Black Magic uses a dash of lemon juice and a lemon twist garnish.
Peri's Black Russian is served in a highball glass with vanilla vodka then topped with cola.

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20190219

CHERRY PIE COCKTAIL




This is my third cherry pie cocktail. What can I say, I love Cherry Pie and I love cocktails.


The
CHERRY PIE
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS 
1-1/4 Oz. Rye Whiskey
1/4 Oz. Cherry Heering
1/4 Oz. Amaretto
1 Oz. Cherry Juice
1 Dash Cinnamon Bitters

Garnish: Crushed Pie Crust & Sugar Rim, Luxardo Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Mix a half cup of crushed, baked pie crust with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Rim the glass with some of the cherry herring, dip in the pie crust mixture then chill in the freezer.
Shake the ingredients with ice until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish with a Luxardo Cherry and serve.

If you love cherry pie and cocktails as much as I do, you might also want to check out these:
Bourbon Cherry Pie Smash
Cherry Pie Martini

More Cherry Cocktails

National Cherry Pie Day is February 20th.


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CHOCOLATE MINT COCKTAILS




Chocolate and mint is a popular combination so I have combined them quite a few times over the years and come up with a few cocktail recipes.

My favorite?  My Chocolate Mojito but a classic Grasshopper runs a very close second. 


CHOCOLATE MINT
COCKTAILS

AFTER EIGHT MINTINI
BABY GROOT COCKTAIL
CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE MARTINI
CHOCOLATE MERRIMINT
CHOCOLATE MOJITO
CHRISTMAS GRASSHOPPER
GRASSHOPPER
IRISH KISS
MINT MILANO COOKIE MARTINI
PEPPERMINT PATTY MARTINI
PEPPERMINT PATTY Part Deux
SNOWBALL MARTINI

National Chocolate Mint Day is February 19th.

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20190218

DRINKING GAMES, Take the Boring Out of Your Cocktail Party!



Cocktail parties are always fun but they're more fun when you stir in some party games. If you have a diverse group of guests who might not know each other well the best way to break the ice is add a game to the mix.

I'm not just talking the ubiquitous beer pong, but some truly laughter inducing card, board and classic games that can help bring your guests together actively. Smaller gatherings can center nicely around a single game while larger groups can benefit from several small tables, each with a different game, where folks can pick and choose and switch it up as well.

Set up a self serve cocktail bar or trays of prepared shots, add a snack bar, arrange your table(s) and let the fun ensue while you enjoy your own party.

Here are some of my favorites:


CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
My all time Top Party Game. They call it a "party game for horrible people" which is what got me to buy it. Two decks of cards, one set with wild questions with blanks that players fill in from cards they were dealt from the other deck which has some equally wild and truly odd fill-in-the-blank solutions that will have everyone in fits of laughter.


DRINKOPOLY
You probably won't make it past the first round, and cheating makes it way more fun.





TRIVIAL PURSUITS
For the less adventurous and more knowledgeable BUT playing in teams and adding a cheating element of charades hints makes it way more fun.


BAD PEOPLE
This one's mean, invite some enemies you can pick on because the voting can get vicious. You'll laugh - hard, but someone's going to get hurt feelings unless you play after you've all had enough drinks so no one will remember anything that went on.


THESE CARDS WILL GET YOU DRUNK
They will. If you want to have fun but not get sloshed, don't do shots, do sips. There's some fun challenges and activities in this one, but you've added booze so move the priceless antiques to another room.





TIPSY TOWER
Jenga for boozers.


MOVIE QUOTES
Great for movie lovers, most of the quotes are pretty well-known, there are a few quotes from older and classic movies.


DRAWING WITHOUT DIGNITY
40 Proof Pictionary. Get a big box of crayonsand get your drunk doodles on.


TWISTER
Come on, nothing funnier than a bunch of drunks climbing all over each other and falling down. Want to make your next party funnier? Set up a hidden webcam and record the whole brouhaha.


COCKTAIL FARTY
A G rated conversation starter that can tell you things about your friends you might not otherwise have ever found out about.


Let's not forget about that
LAWN BEER PONG


Of course there's always poker or some other card game (P.S. I've got some cool poker chip and playing card designs!),  I've also been known to serve my cocktails in squirt guns at pool parties and my own cocktail themed coloring book has been a big hit at my happy hours.


Yes, I get a few pennies if you click on and buy these. How else would I pay for my own booze? And without booze how would I continue to create all my free cocktail recipes for you??



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20190211

PLUM PUDDING COCKTAIL RECIPE



With it's roots in medieval England, Plum Pudding, or Christmas Pudding (aka "Pud", pronounced like "put" but with a D instead of a T.) is a staple dessert in the UK.  Oddly, it contains no actual plums but instead uses a wide variety of dried fruits. This makes sense when you know that plums were what folks called raisins back in those days, which I think is odd since dried plums are prunes, but who am I to argue?

The pud also contained some form of nut, usually walnuts, as well as molasses, suet, orange zest, brandy and the usual assortment of typical baking ingredients.

Since it does contain brandy, probably used as a way to preserve the pudding before the time of refrigeration, I figure this gives me the go-ahead to flip that pudding on it's head and turn it into a cocktail. One WITH real plum.


PLUM PUDDING
COCKTAIL
. . . like your Gran used to make,
only in a glass, with more booze.

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz Plum Brandy (Slivovitz)
1 Oz Cognac
1/4 Oz Grand Marnier
1 Tsp. Plum Pudding Syrup
(Recipe Below)
 3 Dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Garnish:  Assorted dried fruits on a cocktail pick with a small cube of actual plum pudding if you want to find/make it. (Recipe link below.)

DIRECTIONS
Add the plum brandy, cognac, Grand Marnier and the plum pudding syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Add your garnishes.
Tap on the black walnut bitters and serve.


PLUM PUDDING SYRUP
Ingredients
2 Plums, Chopped
2 C. Sugar
1 C. Water
1 Tsp. Lemon Zest
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Mace Blades
4 Cloves

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a small pan, bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer until syrup has thickened, stirring often. Remove from heat, strain and cool until ready to use. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
The leftover syrup can be used on pancakes, waffles, pound cake and even over ice cream.

My favorite recipe for Plum Pudding (Christmas "Pud") comes from Jamie Oliver. 

National Plum Pudding Day is February 12th.


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20190210

CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE MARTINI COCKTAIL RECIPE



I'm very fond of nice chewy, deep chocolate brownies and my favorite of all is a dark chocolate brownie baked with cream cheese batter. There's just something about that cream cheese and chocolate mixture that has me totally addicted.

Since I love doing cocktails inspired by food and national food holidays, I decided it was time to create and mix up a few of these.


The 
CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Dark Creme de Cacao
1 Oz Whipped Cream Vodka
1/2 Tsp. Espresso Powder
2 Drops Bob's Vanilla Bitters

Garnish: 4 Tablespoons Lightly Whipped Heavy Cream, Dusting of Espresso Powder, 1" Cube of a Cream Cheese Brownie

DIRECTIONS
Lightly whip your heavy cream to soft peaks then set aside.
Fill your shaker with ice then shake ingredients until chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, gently pour on the lightly whipped heavy cream, garnish and serve.

Here's the Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe I use to make my cream cheese brownies for the garnish.

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day is February 10th.


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20190204

The BACARDI COCKTAIL



Originating in Cuba in 1917, the Bacardi Cocktail is basically a daiquiri that uses grenadine in place of sugar. There is some discussion as to whether or not a Bacardi Cocktail was simply a daiquiri in brand clothing (i.e. just a daiquiri that specifies Bacardi brand rum).

If you look closely at the poster below, you will note that even Bacardi itself calls the version without Grenadine a dry version of the Bacardi Cocktail, whereas they called the version with the Grenadine a sweet version. Also note the smaller ingredient sizes, that's because cocktail glasses were smaller back in those days.




Also evidenced by the posters above is Bacardi's campaign to keep the Bacardi in the Bacardi Cocktail. In fact in 1936 the Bacardi company got so tired of people using non Bacardi rum in their signature cocktail that they took the case to court to protect their brand. On April 28th of that same year, the New York Supreme Court ruled that the drink must contain Bacardi rum in order to be called a Bacardi Cocktail.

So be aware, if it doesn't use Bacardi, you can't legally call it a Bacardi Cocktail!


The
BACARDI
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz Bacardi White Rum
1 Oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Oz Grenadine Syrup**

DIRECTIONS
Shake together in a mixer with ice.
Strain into glass and serve.

*  The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks by Dale DeGroff

** Generally, when any cocktail calls for grenadine, I will use my Homemade Grenadine Syrup in place of bottled Grenadines. In this case, I do not because bottled syrup is part of the balance of the original cocktail recipe.


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20190203

The HURRICANE Tiki Cocktail Recipe



With Mardi Gras fast approaching it's time to post the recipe for one of the most famous Tiki cocktails around, the Hurricane created at Pat O'Brien's In New Orleans.

Below is the recipe for the original
Pat O'Brien's
HURRICANE

INGREDIENTS
2 oz light rum
2 oz dark rum
2 oz passion fruit juice
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp simple syrup
1 tbsp grenadine

Garnish: orange slice and cherry

DIRECTIONS
Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

I also have a martini sized version:
Mardi Gras Martini.


Now, Throw Me Somethin' Mister!


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20190131

SPIKED French Style HOT CHOCOLATE TODDY Cocktail



This is my spiked version of real hot chocolate made in the French style hot chocolate found in cafés like the famous Café Angelina in Paris. If you think of hot chocolate as a powdered cocoa mixture (which is hot cocoa), you are in for a fantastic surprise.

The French serve a true hot chocolate, called chocolate chaud, that is a divine mixture of actual dark chocolate pieces melted down into a drinkable chocolate by stirring in warmed milk and cream and adding either brown sugar or a sweetened whipped cream, usually on the side so you can sweeten to your taste. They also use a very high quality dark chocolate, a minimum of 70% cacao and a combination of whole milk and heavy cream. Then they serve this insanely fantastic mixture to you in a demitasse.

This is the way hot chocolate was originally made before the advent of cocoa powders and it's still the superior hot chocolate. Trust me, it's not yo' mama's hot cocoa!

I took this decadence and added booze. It's the only thing that could make it better.


The
HOT CHOCOLATE
TODDY

INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Bulleit “95” Rye Small Batch Whiskey
1/4 Oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 C. Whole Milk
1/4 C. Heavy Cream
5 Oz. High Quality 80% Dark Chocolate Curls

Garnish: Whiskey Infused Whipped Cream
(Follow my recipe for Homemade Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream), Chocolate Shavings and Grated Orange Peel

DIRECTIONS
Make the whipped cream, set aside in the refrigerator.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel off 5 ounces worth of strips of the dark chocolate.
Add the chopped chocolate to your cup.
Warm the liquors in the microwave for 30 seconds then stir into the chocolate curls.
Gently heat the heavy cream and whole milk to just before boiling.
Pour the heated milk and cream over the warmed chocolate and spirits.
Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
Top with the boozy whipped cream and the other garnishes.
Be sure to serve it with a spoon.

I have done this several times, often switching out the Grand Marnier for another flavored liqueur. My favorites were:
Kahlua, I replaced the grated orange with a dusting of espresso powder.
Chambord, left the grated orange and added a couple of fresh raspberries.
Wine, used a fruity merlot then served it with dark chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cabernet Truffles*.

I even tried it once with a good quality white chocolate, coconut rum and toasted coconut chips as garnish.

Yes, you can make this vegan using full fat coconut milk, vegan dark chocolate and coconut whipped cream.

* I knew you'd want that recipe:

Dark Chocolate Cabernet TrufflesIngredients
9 Oz. 70% Dark Chocolate, Chopped
1/2 C. Heavy Cream
5 Tbsp. Cabernet Sauvignon
1 C. Dark Cocoa Powder

Directions
Add the cocoa powder to a small bowl and set aside.
Warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles just start to form. 
Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until completely smooth and melted.
Stir in the wine.
Chill the ganache mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Scoop out a portion with the large side of a melon baller into your hands and roll into a ball.
Drop the truffle ball into the cocoa powder, roll until well covered.
Refrigerate until 20 minutes before serving, allowing truffles to reach room temperature.


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20190130

The ROOSEVELT COCKTAIL, aka the Haitian Libation




He served 4 consecutive terms as President, ended the Great Depression with his New Deal, repealed Prohibition and, according to his grandson, Curtis, "made the worst martinis". Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a man who truly appreciated the benefits of a cocktail and indulged daily in happy hour, otherwise known as his “favorite hour of the day".


His infamous martinis were generally heavy on the vermouth, a ratio of 2 parts gin to the very large 1 part vermouth with an added splash of olive brine. His martini mixology could, at times, even include a few creative touches like a bit of absinthe or fruit juice and these mixtures deserved the title of "worst martini". All was not completely lost in the Roosevelt White House however because FDR also enjoyed a good Old Fashioned and even created a really decent (if you keep the ratios right) rum drink he called his "Haitian Libation".

If you want to celebrate our 32nd Commander in Chief, skip his doubtful dirty martini and give this cocktail a try.


The
ROOSEVELT
COCKTAIL*
aka The Haitian Libation

INGREDIENTS
1-3/4 oz Dark rum
1/2 oz Dry vermouth
1 Egg white
1/4 oz Fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp Brown Sugar

Garnish: Orange twist

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake for a minute to emulsify the egg white and create a lovely foam.
Add ice then shake again to chill.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with the orange twist and serve.

* Some mistakenly refer to the Roosevelt Martini as the Roosevelt Cocktail.


FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
January 30th, 1882 - April 12th, 1945


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