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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)
Instructions
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.
Notes
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.
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The Last Word

14 Jan

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

The Last Word Cocktail

Sangria!

16 Aug

This melon mint sangria looks delicious! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.designcrushblog.com/2011/08/11/summer-sangrias/

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!