For a holiday that is all about drinking, most of the cocktails consumed during St Patrick’s Day are shockingly terrible! Some blame Irish whiskey as challenging to work with because of its strong flavor profile. Others point out that the day is often more fixated on extreme inebriation than it is on the best cocktails you’ve ever had. But I think they are all wrong. Irish whiskey is a fantastic spirit to build a cocktail with and can be infinitely drinkable if done cleverly. The most elegant cocktails often use only a few ingredients, perfectly balanced for a unique and satisfying experience. And the emerald is just a such a cocktail. The bonus of only using a couple ingredients? They remain simple cocktails to make, even when celebrating at the height of inebriation.
Martinis are the epitome of the classic cocktail. Popularized by James Bond and the business culture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, there is no surprise that the classic martini has spawned literally thousands of variations. However when it comes to variation, some are more traditional than others. One such classic martini variation is the perfect martini. Perfect is a cocktail term which doesn’t refer to how amazing the drink is – though perfect cocktails usually are amazingly balanced – but rather indicates equal parts of both sweet and dry vermouth.
The weather on New Years Eve can vary greatly depending on where you live. But whether you are bundled up in a bulky jacket or sitting under a palm try to watch the fireworks, tropical cocktails are a great way to make any setting feel more fun. And what could be more fun than adding a bit of bubbly to sweet tropical flavors? Bubbles make everything better and the bubbly makes each drink feel more like a NYE cocktail. If you want to keep the price down, but your spirits, high, than I highly recommend choosing Andre California Champagne. It’s price tag is unbeatable and it excels in these incredibly flavorful cocktails. So what are you waiting for? Grab some rum. Grab some champagne and a lot of fruit, and get ready to party like its actually warm. The Airmail This cocktail is, shockingly enough, a product of a Bacardi Learn More
Champagne and New Years Eve are about as requisite as any holiday can get. When you were a kid there was always that monumental NYE when your parents deemed you old enough to partake in the bubbly. And while today sparkling wine may seem like a necessity for any NYE party, that makes it no less special. For those that want to make their champagne a touch more interesting, there is a wonderful ensemble of cocktails that has formed over the years. Running the gambit from bitter to sweet and weak to fortified, there is a classic champagne cocktail for everyone. Which champagne cocktail is your favorite way to celebrate the new year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Mulled wine normally takes a while to make. To really infuse the wine with new flavors takes times, or at least that is what common rhetoric implies. However it is possible to still get great mulled wine in only a few minutes of prep time. So now you can more often enjoy this sweet and flavorful wine cocktail during the cold winter months. No matter what long hours you are working or how busy your schedule, this is a cocktail that is worth making ten minutes for. Last-Minute Mulled Wine 5 ounces Red Wine 1 ounce Brandy or Bourbon 1 star anise pod 5 allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick 2+ long pieces of lemon peel 2 teaspoons sugar garnish with a cinnamon stick or toasted lemon peel Add all of the ingredients except the brandy/bourbon to a small saucepan. Set the heat to low and cook for a couple of minutes. Do not let the Learn More
Today martini’s have become synonymous with any cocktail served up. In fact, the cocktail glass is often referred to simply as a “martini glass.” But back in the early 20th century, there were a myriad of variations on the classic martini. The best of these variations even rivaled the popularity of the martini. The Emerson was just such a variation. Once popular and now fallen into obscurity, this stimulating and mesmerizing cocktail will continually surprise you with its incredible flavor profile and subtle sweetness. The Emerson 2 ounces Old Tom Gin 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth ½ ounce lemon juice (~⅓ of a lemon) ½ ounce maraschino liqueur 2 dashes angostura bitters (optional) 1 teaspoon of simple syrup or sugar (if using London Dry Gin) garnish with a lemon twist Although the Emerson is in the martini family, we need to shake it to properly mix the lemon juice. Begin by selecting a Learn More
The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail in the world. Whether it is being consumed in copious numbers during business lunches in the ’60s and ’70s or the drink of choice for your favorite super-spy, the martini has long been glamorized and its popularity continues today. While there are hundreds of variations on the martini, the classic martini has remained timeless. A solid base on which any number of flavor profiles can be explored. Before we get into some of the more unique variations, it is about time that we covered this cocktail classic. The Classic Martini 2½ ounces Gin or Vodka ½ ounce Dry Vermouth 2 dashes orange or angostura bitters (optional) garnish with 1-3 olives or a lemon twist Fill your mixing glass (or shaker) with ice. Add the gin (for the more traditional and flavorful martini) or the vodka (if you don’t like gin). Pour in Learn More
The fizz has long been a summer favorite, a popular member of the “sour” family of cocktails. Traditionally these cocktails are comprised of a spirit, acidic juice (such as lime or lemon), sugar, and club soda. The popular Tom Collins cocktail which we have discussed before is also from the sour family. Today we are going to put a sweeter spin on this sour classic, making it more enjoyable for those that love balanced fruity cocktails. Mango Peach Fizz 1 1⁄2 ounces Vodka 1⁄2 ounce Peach Liqueur (such as Peach Schnapps) 1⁄8 of a fresh mango (~1⁄4 cup frozen mango) 1⁄8 of a fresh peach 1⁄2 ounce orange juice 4 ounces club soda garnish with a thin peach wedge In a blender, pour in the orange juice and add the mango and peach. I didn’t have any fresh mangoes handy, so I relied on cubed frozen mangoes I got from Trader Joe’s. I find Learn More
The news of improved relations between the USA and Cuba was one of the best and most unexpected presents I got this holiday season. As a fan of both rum and cigars, the idea that getting Cuban products in the states would soon be legally possible was cause indeed for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than with a signature cocktail from when Bacardi was a great rum? Back when it was Cuban! The Airmail 2 ounces Gold (Cuban) Rum 5 ounces Sparkling Wine 1 ounce 1:1 honey syrup 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice garnish with a lime wedge Begin by shaking the gold rum, honey syrup, and lime juice with ice until the shaker is frosty. Choose your glass (a collins glass is recommended) and pour the mixture unstrained into the glass. Then top off with 5 ounces of your favorite sparkling wine and garnish with a lime Learn More
Happy National Ice Cream Day! National Ice Cream Day has been the third Sunday in July (National Ice Cream Month) since it was proposed in Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984. It was signed into existence by President Reagan, in perhaps the least controversial decision he ever made. Conservative or liberal, everyone loves ice cream! To celebrate this day and honor the state of Kentucky which Senator Huddleston represented, here is a simple recipe to turn your favorite ice cream into a shooter, with a little help from our good friend bourbon. Bourbon & Ice Cream Shooters 1 ounce Bourbon 2 ounces of your ice cream of choice garnish with chocolate chips or sprinkles Tools: a whisk & a generous portion of elbow grease Place both the bourbon and ice cream in a bowl. Now it is time to whisk them together. Learn More