MARTINI

How sinful is our old habit- famous cocktails?

We all have our favorite Cocktails and prefered Drinks. How many Calories are within our usual Order? Compare with other popular Cocktails, maybe it’s time for a change on that old Habit.

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Caipirinha  or Cachaca – 152 Calories

Brazil’s national drink beguiles American palates with its base of cachaca, a sugarcane spirit that can give off a whiff of petroleum. Add a couple of muddled limes and a splash of simple syrup and you have a complex, worthy competitor to the daiquiri. No wonder Brazilians look so good!

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Mojito – 161 Calories

There’s a reason the Cuban import remains so popular. Muddled mint leaves add a cool, menthol hint to a stimulating combo of white rum, lime and sugar. The lesson here: Mint is a great low cal favor booster.

 

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White Russian – 195 Calories

Theres a reason Jeff Bridges isn’t exactly in Ironman shape in The Big Lebowski, his characters favorite cocktail is basically coffee ice cream plus booze. And the recipe we re using here is fairly modest only oz of both Kahlua and cream adding more of either will jack the calories even higher!!

 

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Bloody Mary – 168 Calories

The stalwart brunch cocktail is perhaps still the best savory, vegy one out there. Vodka stays out of the way, simply bringing proof to the party of succulent tomato juice, malty Worcestershire sauce, a dash of bright lime juice and the heat of a little Tabasco and pepper. The problem with this one thought, is that you rarely drink just one.

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Gin and Tonic – 190 Calories

Created by British officers abroad as a vehicle for the malaria fighting effects of quinine, the classic gin and tonic remains one of the most refreshing drinks every. For more variations on the classic theme consider the summer spins on gin and tonics.

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Margarita – 192 Calories

A dash of freshly squeezed lime juice highlights the agave fruit flavor of the tequila, while Cointreau supplies a nuanced, orange tinged sweetener for a juicy, addictive libation. Bonus Add all the salt you want to the rim, since there’s no calorie hit.

Now who is counting calories? 

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UPGRADE YOUR HOME BAR

UPGRADE YOUR HOME BAR

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This will mean not looking down our nose at the basics. A solid FIVE-BOTTLE BAR  — gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and bourbon!!!
 
At home happy hour starts with some mixers and tools such as cocktail shaker and jiggers you  can anchor one hell of a cocktail party, and is perfectly serviceable. But once you’ve mastered Mixology 101, it’s only reasonable to long for the next level: Classic cocktails with bitters and liqueurs, great garnishes, and exotic ingredients.

When you’re looking to upgrade your home bar, consider these 10 additional tools and spirits, each of which will help your cocktails reach new heights in quality and creativity.

 
Cocktail
Negroni
  • 1 oz Campari Bitter
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Gin
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass 3/4 filled with cracked ice. Add a splash of soda water if desired. Garnish with a half slice of orange.
 
1.) Juice squeezer

By now you know the mantra: All fresh juice, all the time. It just makes drinks taste better. One $10, hand-held juice squeezer will last you forever and do more for your cocktails than bottled lemon or lime juice could ever do (and will get more juice out of your fruit than you will squeezing by hand alone).

2.) Fruit peeler

A great way to add simple garnishes. Use the fruit peeler to trim a lemon twist — it doesn’t have to be in a fancy curl to make the drink look polished. When adding a twist to a drink, make sure to squeeze the piece over the drink with the peel facing the surface of the cocktail; this ensures that you get a hit of the aromatic essential oil hiding in the skin.

3.) Better ice

Stop using the trays that came with the freezer, and start thinking about what the drink itself might call for when it comes to ice.


4.) Pourers

While you’re upgrading your spirit selection, you can also upgrade the bottles themselves. Spouts help keep the stream nice and even, and keep you from uncapping and re-capping bottles during a party. They also just help the bar look tidier and more professional.

5.) Cognac

Good Cognac can be served on its own, after a meal, and it allows you to venture into the French 75. 

6.) Fruit-based liqueurs

Start with Cointreau, which is crucial for margaritas, and then upgrade further with a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino.

7.) Herb and botanical-based liqueurs

Three classic bottles will get your bar to the next level: Campari — the legendary red Italian bitter you’ll need for Negronis; Chartreuse, a hypnotically green, sweet-and-spicy cordial favored by Gatsby (so who are we to disagree?); and St-Germain, a deeply lovely, elderflower-based liqueur. The St-Germain, in particular, will give your bar a facelift, as the bottle is just gorgeous. Plus, you need it for this:

St-Germain Cocktail

2 parts Brut Champagne
1.5 parts St-Germain
2 parts Club soda

Add everything to a Collins glass and give it a stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.

8.) Sweet liqueurs

Start with the cremes — creme de cacao, creme de menthe, and creme e cassis — and you’ll be forever equipped for Grasshoppers and Stingers.

9.) Absinthe

You’ve always wanted to have a bottle of Absinthe on hand, so now’s the time to join the brotherhood of the Green Muse. Once you procure a bottle, host a Death in the Afternoon sort of brunch: Just add 1 1/2 oz of Absinthe to 4 oz of Brut Champagne.

10.) Bitters

First things first: Angostura.  Then venture out into orange bitters — which go well with anybody’s favorite martini recipe  — and a bottle of Peychaud’s. 

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.