Posts Tagged ‘lemon

05
Apr
10

Cocktail Sauce

  This cocktail sauce is highlighted by the addition of fresh horseradish and is a natural companion to seafood.  Especially good on shrimp, oysters or even hushpuppies, this sauce should contain enough heat to satisfy even the toughest of palates.

Horseradish is one of the five bitter herbs of the Jewish Passover.

 Thoroughly mix together in a small bowl:

● ½ cup ketchup

● ½ cup chili sauce

● ¼ cup finely grated fresh horseradish (or 4 tbsp. prepared horseradish)

● ½ teaspoon hot sauce

● ¼ Old Bay seasoning

● ¼ freshly ground black pepper

● Juice from 1 lemon, freshly squeezed

Serve at room temperature.

Makes around 1 cup.

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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.

14
Sep
09

Vodka Tonic

  Not as popular as it’s big brother (the gin and tonic,) the vodka tonic is a delicious drink in its own right.  Just make sure to use a good quality vodka here and fresh lemons since there are few ingredients to hide imperfections.
A vodka tonic is garnished with a lemon, as opposed to the gin and tonic's lime.

A vodka tonic is garnished with a lemon, as opposed to the gin and tonic's lime.

2 ounces vodka
5 ounces tonic water
1 lemon wedge

Pour the vodka and the tonic water into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes.  Stir well.  Garnish with the lemon wedge.

11
Sep
09

Martini

  The martini was most probably invented in the 1800s in California.  Since then it has become a symbol of nightlife itself.  Though methods and ratios are many, most aficionados agree that a true martini is made with gin.  Another important aspect is to have the spirits at room temperature so the proper dilution takes place when stirred with ice.
A martini, straight up with a twist.

A martini, straight up with a twist.

2½ ounces gin
1½ teaspoons dry vermouth
1 lemon twist

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin and vermouth.  Stir well.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with the lemon twist.




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