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Mad Men Throwback: Bert Cooper Cocktail

15 Jan

This site, Kindred Cocktails, has stolen my heart. It’s going to be a sparkly cocktail/hard liquor kind of January around these parts, me thinks.

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Bert Cooper

1 14 oz Gin, Tanqueray
14 oz Meyer lemon juice
14 oz Maraschino Liqueur, Luxardo
3 oz Champagne
14 oz Crème Yvette (float)
2 twst Meyer lemon zest (one shaken, one as garnish)
Shake gin, Meyer lemon juice, Meyer lemon zest, and Maraschino with ice; strain into a chilled Champagne flute with a Meyer lemon spiral at the bottom. Pour Champagne. Float Crème Yvette.
Green Chartreuse makes a good float too, if you’d like it to be more of a Royal Word than a high-flying Aviation. Regular old lemon would probably work well for those who don’t like the thyme-y herbaceousness of Meyer zest. More austere and funky than a French 75; good for those who want something festive and effervescent but a bit more challenging.

The Last Word

14 Jan

How did I just discover this drink, right in time for my 40th birthday?

The Last Word Cocktail


16 Aug

This melon mint sangria looks delicious! 





Photo courtesy of Design Crush


More Champagne Cocktails

31 Dec

Even more champagne cocktails, via Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn:

Sparkling Cocktails
each recipe makes about 12 drinks

Pear-Cranberry Champagne
2 cups pear nectar
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
Orange bitters
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine
12 rosemary sprigs
Fresh cranberries

Mix 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part each pear nectar and cranberry juice. Add a dash of orange bitters (optional). Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries.

Spiced Citrus Champagne
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
Zest of 2 lemons, cut into long strips
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 whole star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine

Bring water, honey, lemon zest and juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes. Cool syrup.

Serve each glass of sparkling wine with 1 tablespoon spiced syrup and a splash of orange juice, to taste. Garnish with a slice of star fruit or a lemon twist.

Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne
3 cups pomegranate juice
3 tablespoon sugar
2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine

Boil first 3 ingredients in heavy small saucepan until syrup is reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Cool.

Add 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup and 2 tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with an orange twist.


Drinky: Champagne Cocktails

31 Dec

Yowsers! I have just discovered champagne cocktails, and I was completely delighted by last night’s Sparkling Ginger Daisy. While visiting Charles’s parents in South Carolina over the holidays, we stopped into Greene’s giant liquor store and bought a bottle of ginger liqueur. A quick search sent us to this tasty drink, adapted from Spice and Ice and found via NPR:


Recipe: Sparkling Ginger Daisy

Makes 1 drink

1 ounce gin

1 ounce ginger liqueur

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grenadine

Brut champagne

Combine the gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and grenadine in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well chilled and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne.

Optional Garnishes

1. Rim the flute with sparkling sugar (a specialty baking product — sugar crystals colored with food-grade carnauba wax — available in the baking aisle of many supermarkets) before pouring in the drink.

2. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry at the bottom of the flute.

Happy New year!