Friday, June 27, 2014

Light n' Stormy

It's no secret our love of a good Dark n' Stormy - we've mentioned a couple here but a pitcher version grabbed my attention recently in Better Homes & Garden (can't find the link online to the exact recipe but the ingredients were sweet vermouth, lime juice and ginger beer) but I riffed it a little more. This was for four people and we had the pitcher gone before I even thought of taking a picture. Alas, no picture of the pitcher.

2 cups Sweet Vermouth
1 cup of Goslings Dark Rum
1 cup fresh lime juice (or to your taste - we don't like it too sweet)

1/2 cup Ginger Liqueur (we love Domaine de Canton)
2 12 oz bottles Reeds Ginger Beer
Lime slices
Oodles of ice

Add all the ingredients in a pitcher except the ice and stir. Pour over ice filled glasses.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned

It's cherry pickin' time! At least it was last weekend and we're already one pie down (yum!) but we like to drink our cherries too. Domestigeek sent us a link to Mark Bittman's post and we wasted no time making this from our sour cherry stash. As he says...
... sour cherries, those small, bright red spheres most often found at farmers’ markets and the best cherries for pies. They’re too tart to eat raw, but they mellow considerably when cooked — or muddled with sugar and bathed in whiskey.
2 sour cherries pitted
Lemon peel (we didn't have any oranges)
½ teaspoon sugar
2 or 3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz Sazerac rye whiskey

Muddle cherries, sugar and lemon peel in bottom of glass, fill with ice, add the whiskey and stir well.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


We've developed a tradition of enjoying a traditional meal and/or beverage when watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics (here and here) and we'd hate to feel like we neglected the World Cup in this - but rest assured I've been muddling limes to beat the band since it started last week in Brazil. This drink has been featured here before but no matter - it's so good we posted it twice. 

2oz Cachaça rum
1 - 2 tblsp cane sugar (don't skimp on the sugar)
Half a lime cut into small pieces
Lots of ice

Muddle the sugar and the lime in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass (even better if you have a Brazilian hardwood muddler!), add the cachaça and ice and shake before pouring into a chilled glass. 

Tournament's already off to a great start - may the best team win and all the referees be fair. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Cloudy Apparent

I liked the Spring Apparent so much I wanted to see what it would be like if I added a little more pastis (1/4 oz) and added some more ice and club soda to it would it make it get cloudy like just plain pastis and water. And guess what? It did!