Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ginger Snap Side Car

I may have mentioned this before but one of my favorite holiday flavors is ginger so I knew I had to try this side car when I saw it for a pre-Nutcracker drink last week.  Himself recreated it for me here. Too bad there are no molasses cookies left to go with it.

2 parts Brandy (though I'm sure bourbon would be good too)
1 part Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 part lemon juice
Sugar and cinnamon rim

Rub a lemon slice around the rim of the glass and dip in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to create the sugared rim. Shake the rest of the ingredients with ice and pour into glass.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


While himself was busy mixing up a batch of molasses cookies I got busy mixing something equally festive to imbibe with them. I revisited my molecular cocktail kit of which the only successful thing we created was a foam using soy lecithin; and I made a more citrus, more cranberry cosmo with a lime foam. Went down well (as did the cookies).

1 part Absolut Citron
1/2 part Cointreau
1 part Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1-2 dashes Snappy Lime Bitters

Lime foam:
3/4 cup lime juice, 3/4 cup water/ 1 sachet soy lecithin, whisked until frothy.

Stir first four ingredients with ice in separate container and strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Spoon the lime foam on top. Garnish with cranberries.

Santa Claus might prefer this over milk this year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Smoke and Spice and All Things Nice

Tried to recreate a drink from the POV (W Hotel) himself enjoyed after viewing the national Christmas tree. The name completely escapes me but the smell of all-spice reminded me of baking the Christmas fruit cake so it felt very seasonal and perfect for the afternoon that it was.

I steeped 2 crushed cardamon pods in mescal for about 30 minutes (enough time to get some snacks together) and then strained it into cocktail shaker with ice, the lemon juice and the St. Elizabeth All-Spice liqueur. Shake and serve in chilled glasses - for garnish I had lemon slices and cloves. 

The result - smoky and spicy and warming. Loved it.

1.5 oz Mescal
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 St. Elizabeth All Spice
Cardamon pods
1 dash Scrappy's cardamon bitters

Friday, December 12, 2014

Honey I Drunk the Whiskey

Made this on a cold Thursday night and was tempted to call it "Sweet Jesus, is it not Friday yet!" but thought better of it. I had half a Meyer lemon left over from what I was cooking and it inspired a honey and Meyer lemon simple syrup - as in, melt about two teaspoons of honey with a little hot water and add the juice of half a lemon. All it needed was whiskey and there was some Powers Gold Label within easy reach!

2 oz Powers whiskey (My Dad's tipple)
1 oz Honey and Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup

Stir or shake and enjoy with ice and slice. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Cheer

For our anniversary this year we treated ourselves to a cocktail dinner at Catoctin Creek Distillery - the first legal distillery (since Prohibition) in the wine producing area of Loudoun County, Virginia. We came away with brandy (and more besides!) - a brandy made with a pear wine from the area. Thanksgiving was a great reason to open the Pearousia to toast and give thanks.
Happy Thanksgiving!
1/2 - 3/4 oz Pearousia Pear Brandy
1 tsp Sugar
4-5 oz Prosecco
Pour brandy in champagne flute and add sugar to dissolve. Top with prosecco. At the distillery they made this with sparkling apple cider which was also good - if you do that there is no needs to add sugar. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Butter Beer

Excuse our absence - we've been busy doing research and reshaking some of our favorites but here's one we meant to post way back in September for our son's 9th birthday, which we celebrated in Harry Potter style trying to recreate the flavor of the butter beer we had a Universal Studios. We revisited it recently for Halloween. Yes, it's without alcohol but it's better that way - I tried a couple of adult versions with vanilla vodka but every which way it was too sweet for our tastes so we stuck with beer without the butter.

Anyway, to treat the kids or the kid in your taste buds:

6-8 oz chilled Reeds Flying Cauldron Butterscotch beer
Scoop vanilla ice cream

Serve in tall chilled glass. Magic.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Aperol Sour

Looking for a drink to down while sorting through back to school forms and supplies? Try this though I don't guarantee you'll get through it all but at least you'll have more fun, especially designing that organizational chart that will be ignored before we even reach September.

2 oz Aperol
1 oz Cocchi American
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 dash grapefruit bitters
Lemon twist to garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour over new ice and add garnish.

A splash of club soda or sparkling wine could help - the sunflower definitely does.