Friday, July 29, 2011

Bartender Tricks

What talent! If I could sever limes into wedges with a fan and get them to fly into a glass...I would be proud! Check out these talented bartenders.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Patio Pleasure & French Lick in a Glass

Laziness could be called the mother of invention. It’s hot, we are home for the evening (with dinner prep started) and we wanted a cocktail. Then you discover you are out of a few ingredients ….Run back out or improvise? What do you think?

This first drink could be called a French Lick if you did not add the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. But I think the bartender did well with the addition. It distracted me so much that I forgot an ingredient in a dish I was preparing. *(Don’t chop and drink...dangerous combo)

1 ½ oz. Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Fill the rest of the glass with pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine

Next, using only the Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and cranberry juice we would have a cocktail called My Pleasure. Well I can tell you, by modifying with spiced rum and pineapple…it was certainly my pleasure to be the taste tester.

We’ll call this one My Patio Pleasure!

1 ½ oz. Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Equal parts pineapple juice and cranberry juice

I liked both.....but the cranberry addition was probably my favorite. Okay...I'll have two more of the same! Bartender?!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Seven More Sins

I was mislead into trying a whiskey. With honey....under the impression that it would actually taste like honey. HA!! I'm not a whiskey gal and I should've known. I'm sure Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey is a fine whiskey. I'm not a reliable source or critic here by any means but after tasting it, I knew it wasn't going to work in another drink that was brewing in my mind. Therefore I had to find something else to do with it. I mean....this lush gal can't let alcohol go to waste by any means. Lucky for me I had recently purchased a fun little book called 'Food & Wine Cocktails 2011' (and this little gem of a book also has a few fun appetizer recipes inside....SCORE!). I promptly found the Whiskey chapter and started browsing around and came across one that looked good called Seven Sins Cocktail. After digging through my alcohol cupboard (which doubles as my oils and vinegar can imagine the mess it's in)...I discovered that I didn't have all the called for ingredients. Being the cheapskate that I am, I refused to run out to the liquor store. But I can be stubborn. I refused to let this go. Instead of the original Seven Sins....I came up with Seven More Sins of my own.

1 oz whiskey
1 oz coconut rum
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 - 1 oz grenadine (depending on how sweet you like your sins...I used 1 oz)
1/2 oz amaretto
Sparkling Water (I had a mixed berry version on hand)

Combine the first 5 ingredients, pour over ice and top off with sparkling water. Once you've committed what ever sins happen to apply that day....enjoy Seven More Sins waiting for you at the edge of the pool. Trust'll feel a lot better about yourself.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Martha has a Cocktail App!

Martha Stewart Cocktails iPad App

Got an ipad? Now you can have Martha's new handy-dandy ipad cocktails app! 

Cheers to you! Sip and savor happy hour with this refreshing and extensive guide to Martha’s favorite cocktails. Mix, stir, blend, and muddle with a variety of drink recipes, barware recommendations, and even delicious bar-snack ideas.

Link to iTunes preview. 

Now, if someone could just buy me an ipad....  N

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Satan's Whiskers

Oh is so hot in Florida. Hellishly hot. Satan would be displeased. It's just. That. Hot.

Here is a little drink named Satan's Whiskers.

Place a cocktail glass into the freezer to get that ice cold frosty thing going. Mix the following:

Cracked ice
1 ounce gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
4 teaspoons orange curaçao or Grand Marnier
2 dashes orange bitters
2 orange twists, for garnish

.....(isn't it cool how Satan and Santa are anagrams)Just sayin'

Enjoy. Mix and repeat!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cherry Basil Collins

I have a new favorite brand of vodka...Purity smooth and sippable.  Check out my post over at girlichef if you like, or just enjoy this far-to0-easy to drink Cherry Basil Collins made with the vodka.
Cherry Basil Collins
slightly adapted from Kathy Casey (Liquid Kitchen) via Purity Vodka  
Makes 1 cocktail

3 fresh cherries + more for garnish
1 small basil leaf + more for garnish
1 1/2 ounce Purity Vodka
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup*
2 ounce club soda, chilled

Drop the cherries and basil into a cocktail shaker. Press with a muddler to release the juices. Measure in the Purity Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, cap and shake vigorously. Pour drink into a Collins glass...or another type if you don't have a Collins glass (like me). Add soda water and stir. Garnish.
simple syrup: combine equal parts water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a quick boil then immediately remove from heat and cool completely.  Store refrigerated for up to one month.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Martha's Festive Drink Umbrellas

from Martha Stewart Living, August 2001

It would be nearly impossible to improve on the cocktail umbrella, a staple of backyard luaus and fancy hotel bars. But the homemade parasols shown here, floating in tumblers of lemonade on the rocks, are the most elegant we've seen. Created with assorted origami paper, their cheerful tops provide a gentle shade for all your summer drinks.

Drink Umbrella How-To

A soup can makes a handy template for origami-paper umbrella tops. Cut paper with pinking shears or scallop scissors for a decorative edge. From each circle, remove a pie-slice shape measuring about 1/8 of the circumference. Fashion into a cone, slightly overlapping straight ends; use a glue stick or double-sided tape to secure. Dab white craft glue inside nose of cone, and pierce tip with a wooden skewer (snip skewer for a custom fit); allow to dry.

Okay Puppies - time to get crafty!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vodka Gimlet and the Mad Men Drinking Game!

Gearing up for Mad Men? Me too. I know, it's delayed. But we can still watch reruns while we get ready for the new season. And drink, of course.

You’re Watching Mad Men
By Duane Swierczynski author of The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion

The advertising executives of AMC’s Mad Men have brought the cocktails of the swinging 1960s back into style. Don Draper’s drink of choice is the Old Fashioned; Joan Halloway relaxes with a Tom Collins; and Roger Sterling gravitates toward anything with vodka or gin.

But nothing epitomizes the 1960s more succinctly than Betty Draper’s signature beverage, the Vodka Gimlet. Give the lady some credit: If you had a philandering husband with a mysterious past, you’d drink a lot of gimlets, too.


1½ oz. vodka
3–4 lime slices
3/4 oz. lime juice

Pour vodka and lime juice into a mixing glass. Shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3 to 4 slices of lime. For extra flavor, garnish with mint leaves.


Turn on any episode of Mad Men—the first few seasons are currently available on DVD.

Sip your Vodka Gimlet whenever:
  • A cocktail is served
  • A cigarette is lit
  • Characters commit adultery
  • Characters reference a historical event
  • Don Draper has a flashback
  • Bert Cooper references his love of Japanese culture
  • Pete Campbell feels unappreciated
  • A female employee cries in the restroom

Finish your drink if:

  • A character discovers she is pregnant
  • A character makes a homophobic remark in the presence of Salvatore Romano
  • Don Draper rescues a client meeting with a brilliant idea
  • Betty Draper neglects her children
  • A character rides a John Deere tractor

Excerpted from The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion by By Duane Swierczynski, Copyright 2011 by Quirk Books, excerpted with permission of the publisher.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sex on the Beach & a Cool Cocktail Calculator Tool

It looks like foamy surf... drifting lazily...THIS is a nice cocktail.

Before I get to the SotB cocktail, I have something to share.

If one imbibes a few cocktails during the week it’s almost a sure thing that you’ll notice a wee bit of weight gain. That being said, one can choose wisely in this department. You may indulge in a Mudslide every now and then but…some evenings, have a Mojito instead. Or Sex on the Beach more often than say…a Long Island Iced Tea.

Ya know what is good for you? Clamato. Tomatoes. Celery. And ice – well…there are zero calories in ice!

OK, we have been on a Caesar kick lately and I feel pretty smug about saying – it’s the best choice for calorie consumption in regard to other liquor cocktails. Ha!

Proof, you say? You can lower that raised eyebrow and wipe the self-satisfied look off your face. I have proof. AND I will get to the Sex on the Beach after I share a new tool with you. (Snort – I said Sex and Tool in the same sentence)

Behold the Weight Watcher Cocktail Cheat

I was on WW many moons ago and lost the weight needed. So I am still of the “points” mindset. Check this out. Open the link (above), behold the bartender and then click on Start Matching Up Drinks.

He’ll start you off with a drink and all you need to do is pull a drink down off the shelf to compare. If Mac the bartender did not start you off with a Mudslide, by all means….grab one. It’s a crazy 27 points vs. the Bloody Mary’s 3 points. See?! How cool is this toy?

Okay…ready for that Sex on the Beach cocktail?

1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Vodka (we used Russian Standard)
Cranberry Juice
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice

Pour the vodka, schnapps and equal parts of orange, cranberry and pineapple juice into a shaker.

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass over ice.

Bottoms up!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rum + Raspberries and Strawberries = Summer Thirst Quenchers!

Cocktail enthusiasts have their favorites...not just particular drinks but a particular type of liquor. Like vodka or rum or gin. Me...I am an equal opportunity taste tester :-)

The day I arrived home to find a nice bottle of DonQ Cristal was a day of celebration. DonQ Cristal Rum was employed for several delicious summery are two we tried.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

1 cup Don Q Cristal
3/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup simple syrup
1 (16 oz) package of frozen strawberries
Enough crushed ice to achieve desired consistency

Put rum, lime juice and simple syrup in blender long enough to mix ingredients.
Add frozen strawberries and frappe.
Add ice and frappe again. Keep adding ice until desired level of slushiness is reached. Garnish with a half strawberry and a slice of lime, if desired. Makes approximately 6 servings, or three hurricane glasses.

Warning – if you greedily sip too fast, you will get a brain freeze. That's a promise.

Behold the Raspberry Mojito

Recipe for the Raspberry Mojito is from Soy Chiever, head mixologist at New York City 's Ava Lounge.

Bunch fresh mint
3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. Simple syrup
It calls for a splash of champagne but we used a bit more…something like 4 or 5 splashes
6+ Fresh raspberries

Muddle raspberries first, then mint. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top it with a splash of champagne or sparkling wine.

Thanks to DonQ, a talented amateur bartender and good was a very nice fourth of July weekend.

Hey...could someone get me another straw?!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Girl Drink Drunk

"Waitress! Another Tahitian Tee-Hee for my friend the vice president. And this time, no giggling!"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Moscow Mule!

You might be wondering how an Irish gal, born in Japan and raised in Canada, ended up with a Russian name. I think it had something to do with my mother's early love of Russian literature. Although when I made my way through Dostoyevsky in my twenties, Natasha always seemed to be the maid. Hmmm.

Sure there are plenty of Natashas around today, but few old ones. At least, in my area. It was somewhat of a novelty at the time, and any boyfriends I had in my youth were invariably called Boris by someone with great wit and originality.

When a Vladimir showed up in my French class one year, the teacher delighted in pairing us together because she loved to say Vladimir and Natashya with a thick fake Russian accent.

But that's okay. I embrace my fake Russian heritage just as I embrace my fake Japanese heritage. They are a part of me now. And if you catch me drinking Russian vodka and eating my dinner with chopsticks, you can blame my mother. I do.

All kidding aside, I have the perfect cocktail for your holiday weekend, the Moscow Mule.

That's 1½ oz Russian Standard Premium Vodka, ½ oz Lime Juice, Fevertree Ginger Beer to taste.

Simple, delicious and refreshing. And traditionally served in a copper mug, although a rocks glass would be fine too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

How to toast in Russian - from Russian Language for Lovers

To our health! (the most common toast said in Russia)
На здоровье!
(na zda-rov’-ye)

To love!
За любовь!
(za lyoo-bov’)

To happiness! 
За счастье
(za schast’-ye)