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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