Posts Tagged ‘cocktail

28
Dec
09

Shirley Temple

The Shirley Temple is a light and refreshing beverage that has earned its reputation as  the most popular “kiddie cocktail” available on barroom drink lists.  Supposedly concocted at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, this drink was named after one of its most popular guests.  Also known as a Grenadine Lemonade, the Shirley Temple is not only suitable for children but even the occasional teetotaler.

For a Roy Rogers, switch the amounts of the lemon-lime soda and ginger ale.

4 ounces lemon-lime soda
2 ounces ginger ale
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice

Pour the lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, and grenadine into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with the cherry and the orange slice.

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28
Oct
09

Bloody Martini

  Just in time for Halloween, this drink is bound to be a hit at your party.  This cocktail takes the best elements of a martini and a bloody mary and combines them into one drink that is more suitable for the evening.  The finishing touch is the skewered olives that resemble two goulish eyes.

A bloody mary with sophistication.

A Bloody Mary with sophistication.

2 oz. lemon vodka (Absolut Citron)

1 oz. dry vermouth

2 oz. tomato juice

2 cocktail olives

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka, vermouth and tomato juice.  Stir well.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with the olives.

18
Oct
09

Bloody Mary

  Believed to be invented in the early 1900’s in Paris, the Bloody Mary is a popular hangover cure and often consumed at breakfast or brunch.  The most accepted story of the origins of its name is that it was dedicated to Mary I of England.  She was a sixteenth-century queen who was nicknamed “Bloody Mary” because of how many people she had put to death.  Variations on this cocktail are many and it can be tailored to suit almost anyone’s tastes.

Garnishes for the Bloody Mary can include carrots, olives, cheeses or even shrimp.

Garnishes for the Bloody Mary can include carrots, olives, cheeses or even shrimp.

2½ ounces vodka (Three Olives®  Tomato Vodka works extremely well here.)
5 ounces tomato juice
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon celery seed
¼ teaspoon minced fresh dill or a dash of dried
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 celery rib
1 lime slice

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, salt, pepper, celery seed, dill, Worcestershire, and Tabasco.  Shake well.  Strain into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes.  Garnish with the celery and the lime slice.

05
Oct
09

Hot Toddy

  Being that I have been sick this week, I can think of no better time to introduce you to my favorite cold remedy.  Originally created to make the taste of scotch more appealing to the masses, the hot toddy has become a symbol of the holidays.  If you use scotch I would suggest a blended scotch as diluting a pure scotch is punishable by death in some circles.  I avoid this whole argument by using brandy or bourbon whiskey.

The funnest cure for the common cold.

A more fun cure for the common cold.

2 ounces brandy or blended scotch
6 ounces hot herbal tea
1 tbsp. honey
1 lemon wedge
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch ground cloves or nutmeg (optional)

Put the lemon wedge in the bottom of a coffee mug or heat safe glass.  Add the brandy, honey, hot tea and optional ground cloves or nutmeg.  Stir with the cinnamon stick and leave in.

27
Sep
09

Cosmopolitan

  Disputedly, the invention of lemon flavored vodka was responsible for the creation of the cosmopolitan sometime in the 70’s.  Who created the actual drink is an even more hotly debated topic.  The story of its origin can be traced to no less than 5 independent sources.  However, due to pop culture and its unmistakable pink color, this cocktail is more prominent than ever.

The cosmopolitan is not a martini, but actually considered a cooler.

The cosmopolitan is not a martini, but actually considered a cooler.

1½ oz. lemon vodka (Absolut® Citron)
½ oz. Cointreau or triple sec
½ oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice or Rose’s® lime juice
1 lemon twist

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice.  Shake well.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with the lemon twist.

22
Sep
09

Margarita

  An authentic margarita is a far cry from the sweet slushies that most are familiar with today.  It is fresh, vibrant and impossible to match with a bottled mix.  In Mexico, margaritas are usually made with key limes which give the drink a yellow color instead of the neon-green that people have grown accustomed to.

Quite possibly the ultimate summer cocktail.

Quite possibly the ultimate summer cocktail.

2 teaspoons coarse salt

1 lime wedge

2 ounces tequila

½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec

1½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (preferably key limes)

Place the salt in a saucer.  Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim thoroughly; reserve the lime wedge.  In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.  Shake well.  Strain into the cocktail glass.  Garnish with the reserved lime wedge.

20
Sep
09

Dirty Pickle (A.K.A Pickletini)

  Another variation of a dirty vodka martini, the dirty pickle was most likely invented by someone that didn’t like olives.  The choice of pickle is entirely up to the drinker.  Hot, sweet, dill or spicy… the variations are practically endless.

Garnished with a mini gherkin.

Garnished with a mini gherkin.

2½ ounces vodka

1½ teaspoons dry vermouth

1 splash of pickle juice

1 dill spear or mini gherkin

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka, vermouth and pickle juice.  Stir well.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with the dill spear or mini gherkin.




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