20210617

Homemade TOMATO VODKA Recipe

How to make Homemade TOMATO VODKA

Once upon a time you could buy several different brands of tomato vodka. Now you kinda have to make it yourself.

Have no fear, it's pretty darned easy!

Recipe for TOMATO VODKA

Homemade Heirloom
TOMATO VODKA

INGREDIENTS
1 Pound Heirloom Tomatoes
1 Fifth (750 ml) Bottle of Good Vodka

DIRECTIONS
Cut the tomatoes into eighths.
Add these to your infusion jar.
Pour in the vodka.
Close lid.
Gently shake
Store in a cool, dark place a week, shaking every day.
After 7 days, strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth and discard the solids.

To store, pour tomato vodka back into its original bottle, and keep in a cool, dark place.




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20210616

The HOT FUDGE COCKTAIL Recipe

Hot Fudge Cocktail Recipe

I love fudge. I love hot fudge. But I'm REALLY fussy about my fudge and my hot fudge, no grainy dry fudge or faux fudge chocolate syrup will do. I make my own fudge and I buy only one brand of hot fudge and that's Mrs. Richardson's. And, no, I'm not getting paid to say that. It's just the only commercial hot fudge that tastes like actual (good) fudge, you can literally eat it with a spoon right from that jar. When I'm too lazy to actually make fudge that's exactly what I do.

That's why I knew it had to be used as the main flavor ingredient in my new cocktail for National Fudge Day. The only problem with Mrs. Richardson's as a cocktail ingredient is the fact it doesn't come in a liquid state. You have to turn it into a liquid without heating it because once it cools down again it reverts back to its semi-solid state. My answer to this was to dilute it, and since this was for a cocktail, to dilute it with booze.

The obvious spirit to use would be vodka but I already have a Hot Fudge Sundae Martini that used vodka so I went with another alcohol that goes great with fudge and that's rye whiskey. I took some Mrs. Richardson's and stirred it into some rye until I got a syrup and I was ready to go.

Hot Fudge Cocktail with Ingredients and Instructions

The
HOT FUDGE
Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 Teaspoons Mrs. Richardson's Hot Fudge mixed into
2 Oz. Rye Whiskey until dissolved.
1/2 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
2 Dashes Coffee Bitters
Pinch of Smoked Salt

Garnish: Piece of Homemade Fudge

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Nick & Nora

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glass.
Add ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker.
Shake until chilled.
Pour into your chilled glass.
Garnish with the homemade fudge.

That's it, a rich and decadent fudge cocktail to celebrate National Fudge Day on June 16th - or whenever you're in the mood for fudge.

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20210504

Han Solo Has a Rocket in His Pocket Shooter - Star Wars Cocktail Recipe

Han Solo Has A Rocket In His Pocket Shooter Star Wars Cocktail Recipe

Big Star Wars fan here, particularly the first 3 original movies from the mid seventies. Obviously I had to do some Star Wars inspired drinks!

Yes, I started with Han Solo because this double entendre, silly pun came to mind and I couldn't shake it off.


HAN SOLO
HAS A ROCKET IN HIS POCKET
SHOOTER

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Oz. Tequila
1/2 Oz. Kahlua
1/2 Oz. Espresso Vodka
3 Drops Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chip

DIRECTIONS
Pour the ingredients into a tall shot glass (shooter), add the 3 drops of chocolate bitters, top off with a dollop of whipped cream, place the chocolate chip on top and serve.

Perfect for Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You).

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20210320

The CILANTRO MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Cilantro Martini Recipe

I am a very big fan of cilantro, I even grow my own I use so much of it. Cilantro is a strong flavor and people either love it or hate it. I've never known anyone to shrug and say they can take it or leave it. (Turns out there's actually a genetic reason for this.)

This martini reminds me a little of a gimlet, the lime is a co-star but, of course, secondary to the cilantro. The muddled cilantro infuses it's distinctive aroma and flavor into the mix when muddled with the lime juice and sugar in the shaker. It's a sublime and surprising experience for cilantro lovers.

I don't strain my Cilantro Martini at all, I love the little bits of cilantro that float around in the martini visually as well as enjoying those little bits of bursting flavor on my palate.

I truly love this martini, I find it a nice change from all the sweet and creamy martinis often requested of me and I treat myself often. I even do it in a version with ginger and with dill, but this one remains my favorite.

Cilantro Martini Ingredients & Instructions

The
CILANTRO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
Handful Fresh Cilantro
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
3 Tsp. Sugar
2 Oz. Vodka
Splash of Soda

Garnish: Sprig of Cilantro, Lime Twist

DIRECTIONS
Add the cilantro, lime juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the herb oils and dissolve the sugar.
Add ice cubes then pour in the vodka and shake until chilled.
Add a splash of soda and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish and serve.

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20210308

The ESPRESSO MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

Believe it not the Espresso Martini started life as the Vodka Espresso. Originally created in London in 1983 by Dick Bradsell of the Soho Brasserie, the Espresso Martini was inspired by the messy coffee area near the bar. When a customer came in one night asking for a cocktail to "wake her up and f*** her up" she got handed a newly born drink of vodka, simple syrup, Kahlua and Tia Maria called a Vodka Espresso. Later Bradsell renamed his cocktail the Espresso Martini to cash in on the burgeoning  designer martini craze. Some years later Mr. Bradsell once again reinvented his cocktail and renamed it the Pharmaceutical Stimulant.

Now, no matter what it's called and nearly 40 years later, this caffeinated classic is still keeping folks awake and double buzzed. Much like a classic martini, the ingredients and ratios are up for debate, every bartender and era has put their own stamp on it, but the basics of freshly brewed, hot espresso, vodka and some coffee liqueur are the essentials necessary to get woke and messed up simultaneously.

Below is my favorite version.

Ingredients & Directions for an Espresso Martini

The
ESPRESSO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Vodka
1 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Crème de Cacao
1 Oz. HOT* Espresso

Garnish: 3 Chocolate Covered Espresso Bea

DIRECTIONS
 Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
 Shake until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with 3 chocolate covered espresso beans on top.

*It's important that your expresso be freshly brewed and hot or you will not get the crema that is so vital visually and needed to float the espresso beans.

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National Espresso Day is November 23rd.

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20210301

The FRENCH MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

FRENCH MARTINI ART

Invented in the late 1980s in New York, the French Martini is a deliciously simple cocktail of only 3 ingredients. The ratios of the ingredients change depending on who is shaking it but you'll find my personal preference below. I find this a nice balance of sweet to acid with enough vodka to let you know it's a cocktail and not a tame flavored water.

There are several variations on this recipe, including one using single malt whiskey called Le Frog, one called a French Daiquiri that uses rum and adds lime juice, the Hot Tub which adds sparkling wine (actually a very nice version with a stupid name) and the Mexican Martini which replaces the vodka with tequila.

All interesting, but I still like the original, simple French version best.

The
FRENCH
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Chambord
1-1/2 Oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Black & Red Raspberries

DIRECTIONS

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a couple of raspberries.


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20210227

The STRAWBERRY MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Martini Recipe

Nothing says spring like strawberries so why not fill your cocktail glass full?

Strawberry Martini Cocktail Ingredients & Directions

The
STRAWBERRY
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Oz. Strawberry Vodka
1 Oz. Strawberry Liqueur
1 Oz. Fresh Strawberry Juice

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Dash of Black Pepper, Fresh Strawberry

DIRECTIONS
Rub the glass Rim with lemon then dip into sugar. Chill glass in freezer. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish and serve.


National Strawberry Day is February 27th.

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