NATIONAL PRALINE DAY It's Peach Praline Martini Time
Peaches and pecans go darned well together if this cocktail is anything to go by. This recipe reminded me of those great pralines we used to get at Stuckey's once upon a vacation when I was a kid, only with a little peach flavor added. If anything can make a praline better it's peaches & booze.
PEACH PRALINE MARTINIS (Makes 2 cocktails) INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Candied Pecan Liqueur
1 Oz. Peachtree Schnapps
1 Fresh (or frozen)Peach, Diced
1 Oz. Half & Half
Cherries Jubilee is a classic dessert that was very popular in the 1950s. Made with cherries and brandy or Kirschwasser (aka Kirsch, a clear German cherry brandy) that is flambéed and served as a sauce, usually over ice cream.
The recipe is the creation of famed French chef, Auguste Escoffier, who prepared the dish for Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations for her 50th year as Queen on the Golden Jubilee of 1887. If you can find a copy of Escoffier's book, Le Guide Culinaire, published in 1903, you will find the recipe as "Jubilee Cherries."
Escoffier's original recipe, which wasn't all that detailed, was basically pitted cherries poached in syrup with warmed kirsch "set a light", no mention is made of ice cream. The Escoffier Culinary Academy's recipe uses bing cherries, orange juice, corn starch and sugar then flambées this fruit reduction with brandy just before spooning it over vanilla ice cream.
Inspired by both, my recipe uses two cherry brandies, Kirschwasser (Morello cherries) and Dekuyper's (Marasca) Cherry Brandy, orange juice and agave syrup as sweetener. Then I added Bacardi's Torched Cherry Rum for some extra kick and a little flambé touch and topped it with whipped cream in place of the ice cream.
The CHERRIES JUBILEE MARTINI INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup of Fresh Bing Cherries, Pitted
1 Oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum
1/4 Oz. Kirschwasser
1/4 Oz. Dekuyper Cherry Brandy
1/2 Oz. Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Agave Syrup
1/2 Cup of Ice
Chill your glass in the freezer.
Fill a blender with one 1/2 cup of ice then add the rum, kirschwasser, cherry brandy, orange juice and agave syrup and blend until slushy.
Pour into a chilled glass, top off with whipped cream and garnish with the fresh cherry.
EASY CHERRIES JUBILEE RECIPE:
Melt a stick of butter, then add ½ cup of sugar, caramelize to a nice light golden color then quickly add the cherries and sauté until warmed through. Then, just before you serve, add a splash of Kirsch and cautiously set it aflame with a kitchen match and spoon this over your ice cream, pound cake or whatever!
Tomorrow is Father's Day and what better way to celebrate with your Dad than sit down and have a few cocktails with him and listen to his stories? Shake up a few of these Father's Day Martinis (aka Whiskey Sours) and sit down and talk to your father like a person and not a parent. You might be surprised at some of the things you learn and you'll be glad you spent the time getting to know the man inside the father costume!
FATHER'S DAY COCKTAILS "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." ~ Mark Twain
This is another great fresh blackberry martini. I did one last week - The Blackberry Bramble Martini - with strawberries and a pinch of tarragon. Today's Razzed Blackberry Martini combines fresh blackberries with equally fresh raspberries and just a tad of rosemary for a win/win cocktail / health scenario.
Fresh blackberries rival blueberries for health benefits. Raspberries bring their own goodies to the party as well so it's kind of a guilt free party you're attending here.
Take note of the fun I had with the sugar rim - half pink and half black. Just because.
RAZZED BLACKBERRY MARTINI
INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 Oz. Vodka 1/2 C. Fresh Blackberries 1/2 C. Fresh Raspberries 1 Tbsp. Lime Juice 1 Tbsp. Agave Syrup Pinch of Fresh Rosemary 1/2 Oz. Club Soda
Garnish: Pink Sugar & Black Sugar Rim, Fresh Raspberries and Blackberries
DIRECTIONS Dip the glass rim into lime juice then into the sugar to rim. Chill glass in freezer. Muddle the blackberries, raspberries, lime juice, agave syrup and rosemary in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice then pour in the vodka and shake until well blended. Strain into your martini glass, leaving room for the soda. Top off with the soda then garnish.
down your fork and grab a martini glass and enjoy your strawberry
shortcake in true martini style with my recipe for The Strawberry
A LITTLE SHORTCAKE HISTORY Strawberry shortcake* dates back as least as far as the 1850s but shortcake itself is a European treat that goes back to the 1500s. Shortcake got it's name from the shortening used to make dough tender. Shortening is a term that means "to shorten" a 15th century term which meant, "easily crumbled" so a traditional shortcake was originally a crumbly biscuit. Shakespeare even mentioned shortcake in his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI INGREDIENTS 1 Oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 Oz. Strawberry Vodka 1/2 C. Fresh Strawberry Puree
Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Coupe DIRECTIONS Puree enough fresh strawberries for 1/2 cup of strawberry puree. Refrigerate. Crush up about 1/2 cup of shortbread cookies, then pour into a small plate. Pour some of the vanilla vodka into another plate, dip your glass rim in the vodka and then into the crushed cookies, then chill glass in the freezer. For the cocktail: Put 1 cup of ice into your cocktail shaker then add both vodkas and the cold strawberry puree and shake until chilled. Pour into your martini glass, top with whipped cream, add a fresh strawberry, serve.
* HOMEMADE SHORTCAKES RECIPE
I've used shortbread cookies as the rimming element here to make it easier for you to bring the shortcake element in, however if you would like to bring a little more historical authenticity to this cocktail try making some real shortcakes instead! Here is my favorite Strawberry Shortcake recipe using Bisquick® from Betty Crocker:
2-1/3 C. Bisquick® Mix
1/2 C. Milk
3 Tbsp. Sugar
3 Tbsp. Butter
Heat oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl mix together the Bisquick, milk, sugar and butter until a dough forms. On an ungreased cookie sheet drop the dough with a spoon into six separate rounds and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. You can split the shortcakes and fill and top with sugared strawberries then top with whipped cream, or pour on half & half.
Why eat your peanut butter cookie when you can drink it in a martini glass? The added benefit of drinking your peanut butter cookie? It won't stick to the roof of your mouth!
You also won't have to press a criss-cross pattern across the top, and, just in case you were wondering why it's traditional to put those criss-cross fork marks on a peanut butter cookie, here's two possible explanations:
They were put there to distinguish the cookie from others for those with peanut allergies
They were simply done in the beginning as an aid to make the cookie bake crisper as well as hold the dough together during baking.
Not that that matters with my Peanut Butter Cookie Martini - unless you're serving it up with peanut butter cookies. Oh go ahead and indulge, not every day is a peanut butter cookie holiday.
It's a perfect time of year for iced tea. It's summer, it's hot and iced tea is refreshing on a sultry day. You just want to sit out on the porch in a rocking chair with a tall glass while you contemplate the birds and the bees.
This is not the Long Island Iced Tea cocktail of the 70s. Those were the days before the current DUI laws. Here's what's in a classic Long Island Iced Tea: Equal parts of vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec with some sweet and sour and a splash of Coke thrown in. It did taste like iced tea and therein lay the danger of the classic recipe. It tasted like iced tea, it looked like iced tea, but you were swilling down a big honking glass of almost pure booze.
Very sneaky and very dangerous and maybe someday I'll tell you the trouble I got into drinking just one of those, but not today. Today I'm older and wiser and I have created a more responsible Long Island Tea experience for you!
Oh, come on, you can't just throw some chocolate ice cream into a cocktail shaker, add booze and call it a day! Uh uh, no way, nope. Let's take National Chocolate Ice Cream Day up a notch and celebrate with my Chocolate Malt Martini!
I think it's a little odd that someone picked a day in June for National Gingerbread Day. Someone else, more seasonally minded, picked November 21st as Gingerbread Day. Gingerbread is something I associate with Christmas but, there you have it, National Gingerbread Day is commemorated on June 5th, while Gingerbread Day is celebrated in November.
For those long, hot summer days when your throat is dry and your mouth is parched, here's a refreshing watermelon cooler in a martini glass. With a little bit of muddled grapes, basil and a little zest of lemon for some sweet tang.
A very enjoyable libation for the dog days of summer.