COCKTAIL

Bloody Mary – cure for hangover

ImageThe Bloody Mary is a hangover cure and a nutritious breakfast; what more could you want after an indulgent night of partying?

Ingredients in the Classic Bloody Mary Cocktail

  • Celery salt
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Lime wedge
  • 2 oz Grey Goose Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Prepared horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked paprika

Garnish: Celery stalk and lime wedge

Glass: Pint

How to make the Classic Bloody Mary Cocktail

Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.

BACON & BLOODY MARY

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Bacon isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind when someone starts talking about liquor, but it should be no surprise that the culinary masterpiece that is bacon also brings the awesomeness to drinking as well. So, today as we celebrate those glorious strips of meat, we reflect upon the wonderful ways that bacon has made drinking alcohol so much better: Three words for you: Bacon. Bloody. Mary. Bloody Marys are a classic brunch staple and so is bacon.  

No matter how you choose to incorporate bacon into your drinking schedule, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be disappointed in any way.

DO YOU NEED TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIQUOR CABINET

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Starting this year could mean a lot of different things to people, but for us, we love that it’s “Get Organized” month. If you ask us, spring is not the ideal time for cleaning and organizing because by that point, it’s so nice outside that you don’t want to sit in your house and clean out your junk drawer. January, however, is typically the crappiest month in every state. This is prime time to hide from the polar vortex and get your organizing on. 

After the holidays, one of the most disorganized parts of our house is the liquor cabinet. Between digging through it for last minute hostess gifts and trying to whip up impressive cocktails for our countless holiday parties, our liquor cabinet has certainly seen better days. 

If you are in the same boat as us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Try organizing your liquor cabinet using the following steps and it’ll be back in drinking shape in no time.

 

  • Don’t keep all of your glassware and bar tools in the same cabinet as your bottles. Yes, it’s fun to show off all of your fun drinking things in one location, but they’re just creating a lot of clutter and building a roadblock between you and drinking.

 

  • Remove every single bottle from that cabinet and create an inventory of what you have. Take note of any bottles that are especially low (or noticeably missing) and make a shopping list. Tape the inventory on the inside of the cabinet so when you’re looking for something, you can easily check the list and see if it’s in there and how much you have.

 

  • You know that inventory? You should also categorize by liquor type, and then put the brand names under each type.

 

  • Before you put anything back in the cabinet, just wipe each bottle down with a damp rag. Bottles can get sticky and/or dusty and there’s nothing worse than a gross bottle when you’re trying to make a cocktail.

 

  • Some people say to put the tallest bottles in the back row and the shortest bottles in the front – we say that probably looks better, but it’s not necessarily as practical. You know that there are just certain liquors you drink more than others…put them closer to the front so you don’t have to dig around any more than necessary.

 

  • Behind your favorite liquors on the front lines, group the remaining bottles all by their liquor types again. This just makes everything easier to find.

 

This is how we organize our liquor cabinet, but we know there are also other great ways to do it. How do you organize yours? Any tips or tricks?

Champagne drinks for New Year!

Champagne Cobbler

Champagne Cobbler

HOW to toast the new year? Perhaps some Champagne. Or maybe a cocktail. Then again, why choose when you can have them both in one glass?
Most people think nothing of popping a bottle of Champagne on New Year’s Eve. Yet after that first celebratory glass, few consider taking an extra step and using the wine as the foundation for a cocktail or two.

Champagne Cobbler
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 lemon wheel
2 strawberries, halved
5 ounces Champagne
1. Pour syrup into wine glass, then gently muddle lemon wheel and one strawberry in bottom.
2. Fill glass halfway with crushed ice and add Champagne. Top off with more crushed ice and garnish with strawberry half.
Yield: 1 drink
Note: To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)

Apple Cider Bourbon

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail Recipe
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One of our favorite Fall cocktails that you’ll love is the crisp, bubbly & refreshing Apple Cider Bourbon drink. This autumn evening drink has 3 simple ingredients:
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*2 oz sparkling apple cider
*2 oz ginger beer

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Pour cider and bourbon over ice, add ginger beer. Stir, and garnish with apple slice.

Looking for a party-sized cocktail recipe? Try this:
1 Pitcher (6-8 servings)
1/2 bottle W.L. Weller Antique 107
1 1/2 cans ginger beer
1/2 bottle sparkling apple cider

Enjoy!

The Beer Cocktail- the newest thing!

June 21st  may mark the approved start of summer, but it’s been heating up around these parts for the last few weeks now and we’ve been settling toward the cold brews to quench our thirst. But rising temperature is no reason to give up on cocktails entirely this season! We thought it’d be a good time to revisit some of these beer-based drinks, while discovering new ones, to work double duty in keeping you refreshed in the months ahead.Image

And don’t worry, these aren’t going to recall bad memories of certain shot-in-glass beverages like the Irish Car Bomb and its faux Japanese cousin, the Sake Bomb. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy beer and cocktails together with taste – and not necessarily intoxication (no chugging) – in mind.

Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite beer-based cocktails are!

 

Los Feliz Michelada

2 oz tomato juice (sangrita)
1/2 oz lime juice
Spice to desired heat (Tabasco, Valentina,etc)

Pour over favorite Mexican beer in salted rim Collins glass (pint or water glass will work), half ice, garnish with a lime.

Black Velvet

1 part Guinness stout
1 part Brut Champagne

Fill an empty Collins glass part-way with a Guinness (or other stout beer), top with Champagne. Stir.

Groundskeeper

Pour 1 oz ultrasmoky single-malt Scotch, such as Ardbeg or Laphroaig, into a pint glass. Add 12 oz chilled Bud or other American pilsner.

Bee Sting

Combine equal parts beer and orange juice. A tangy brunch alternative to the Mimosa!

St. Germain Shandy

5 parts Pilsner beer
1.5 parts St-Germain
2 lemon wedges

Stir ingredients together in a pint glass filled halfway to the top with ice. Squeeze two wedges (or half a lemon) and submerge into glass. Impress revelers with savoir faire of refreshing cocktails de bière.

GREY GOOSE CHERRY NOIR

 

 

 

Get ready for a brand new flavored vodka!

GREY GOOSE announces the newest addition to its portfolio of flavored vodkas with the launch of GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir Flavored Vodka, a seductive combination of the world’s finest vodka and the essence of ripe black cherries.
 
GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir draws its dark flavor from rare black cherries, handpicked by local farmers from the steep hillsides surrounding the French village of Itxassou.
 
Expertly crafted by the GREY GOOSE Maître de Chai (Cellar Master) to capture the true essence of ripe fruit, GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir is seductive and smooth, its aroma reminiscent of fresh cherries and its finish long and lingering.

Enjoy GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir on its own or in an inspired cocktail like the GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Midnight Martinez: A Delicious Mystery.

A storied cocktail with origins unknown, the Martinez has been secretly beloved for generations.
 
Thought to be the precursor to the iconic Classic Martini, it was perhaps first created to suit the tastes of a gold miner. Once created with Dutch genever, today it takes on a modern, sensual spirit with GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir.

Be inspired by GREY GOOSE  Cherry Noir and make the GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir Midnight

 

Martinez your signature cocktail by adding your own twist to the recipe, or use one of ours!

Tips:
Orange zest is a simple way to add complexity to this cocktail. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, simply use a zester or paring knife to cut a small piece of orange peel and squeeze it over top the cocktail. The zest’s oils will float on top, lending a distinctive aroma and fragrant taste to the drink.

GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Midnight Martinez

 
 

Ingredients

 

1½ parts GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Flavored Vodka

½ part NOILLY PRAT® Rouge (or other sweet vermouth)

Orange zest

Cherry to garnish

 
 

Preparation

 

Combine first two ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze in the orange zest and discard. Garnish with a cherry.

Apéritif & Summer Snacks

It’s no secret. We love food, wine, and everything delicious. Over the years–and because of this obsession–we have become friends with local chefs, restaurant sommeliers, and customers who have shared their tips on what they like, how they  pair it, and how to cook brilliantly. Lately we’ve been obsessed with the apéritif, that magical pre-dinner appetite-stimulating cocktail usually accompanied by light snacks.  If you come to our house Shawn will usually serve a  Pimm’s over ice or  Campari and soda with a blood orange twist along with the following snacks. Substantially more chic and tasty than beer and nachos or vegetable & dips (at least the majority of the time).
As the month of August flashes before our eyes and we make plans to spend the last days of summer with our favorite people, we thought you could also use some of our latest  food ideas regarding the fine art of the apéritif.    PIMMS

                                                                         

BURRATA CRISPS
Burrata is made from fresh mozzerella and cream and has a rich buttery flavor. It’s best served room temperature. Scoop out burrata and put in the center of a large serving dish. Lightly drizzle a good EVOO and sprinkle with Fleur de Sel. Let your guests spread burrata on crusty bread, which you can make quickly by slicing up a baguette brushing it with EVOO, toasting in the oven, and adding a sprinkling of FdS. We also like to put out a ramekin of olive tapenade for those who want extra flavor.

ALMOND STUFFED DATES 

 

 Remove pits from (Medjool) dates and replace with a toasted almond. Sauté in a little EVOO for a couple of minutes to carmelize dates. Sprinkle with Fleur de Sel and serve warm.
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FIGS WITH GOAT CHEESE & JAM  

Fresh  figs, halve, arrange length-wise on a platter and set aside. In a bowl, combine goat cheese, a drizzle of blueberry jam,  and Fleur de Sel (to taste). Add water, cream, OR milk to thin out consistency. Spoon or use a pastry tip to adorn figs and serve.

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