The blood orange and cardamom help to balance the smokiness of the mezcal. You can also sub tequila if you don’t have mescal. An anejo tequila would work well, adding a little smoke flavor. Advertisements
If you’re looking for something to special to make your Valentine, try these festive cocktails from Art in the Age. Both cocktails are extremely easy but will surely make your Valentine feel the love. Rhuby Blush 4 parts Raspberry Puree 2 parts RHUBARB Tea Champagne Assemble ingredients in a champagne flute and top with champagne. Rhubarb Rogue 2 parts RHUBARB 1 part St. Germaine 3 parts grapefruit juice Assemble all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker glass and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. *Photos and recipes provided by Art in the Age
I made this a few years back for Christmas and it was a big hit. It’s such an easy thing to make and is great for your friends who love cocktails. When the tequila is fully infused, you can serve it on the rocks with a slice of pineapple or try adding it to your favorite margarita recipe. You can eat the pineapple, but I will warn you it is very strong!
Freeze pops are the perfect summer treat and I’ve been dying to use these Zipzicle pouches that make it so easy! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of the new Spodee white from White Mule Farms. I am a fan of the red and thought the white would be perfect for summer cocktails. The Spodee white is blended white wine fortified with high proof alcohol. It is light and fruity with notes of pineapple, amaretto, and toasted coconut. I had an extra can of coconut milk laying around and figured it would be the perfect compliment to the Spodee white. These will definitely help you cool off in the summer heat!
I know I’m a little late with this one because it would have been perfect for Thanksgiving, but it will still make a great choice for any Holiday party. After making the cranberry syrup, you’ll be left with a compote that can be used for all sorts of things! If you are making cocktails you definitely need some appetizers, so the compote will be great for that. I toasted a few baguette slices and topped them with fresh ricotta and the cranberry compote. Feel free to drizzle with honey and add a little orange zest. I used ricotta because that’s what I had on hand at the moment but I imagine Brie or Délice de Bourgogne would be even better.
Getting Ready for Sandy
Saturday Mimosa at my Store
This week was my birthday week so I did just a little to celebrate starting with a “surprise” party at my store and then a few days in Atlantic City. My party was not an actual surprise because one of my friends spilled the beans days before. Even with knowing about the party, it was still a nice treat to spend time with my friends. Stay tuned for a post for more of my Atlantic City trip and my tips for a great beach picnic.
It’s cocktail time again! I promise I will be back with some actual food recipes soon. I was gifted a bottles of homemade limoncello and wanted to mix up a little cocktail with it. I made a fresh strawberry simple syrup to add another flavor element and sweetness. Topped it off with sparkling water and it’s ready to go. Try the strawberry simple syrup in place of regular simple syrup in your favorite drink recipes or just add it to sparkling water for a refreshing strawberry soda.
It’s hot on the East Coast, I mean really hot! Even in this weather it’s still nice to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. I received some new XL iced tea bags from Le Palais des Thés that I waned to put to good use. They are perfect for hot weather because no boiling water is require, just steep for 30 minutes and your done. Of course we need some spirits, I opted for Bolla Pinot Grigio and a little rum. Fresh peaches, mango, and strawberries give this drink a light fresh taste that will quench your thirst on the hottest of days.