20171121

PRICKLY PEAR ( Cactus Pear) CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL


I have been promising my friends and followers for YEARS I was going to start a line of handmade cocktail picks. I have made them for many years for myself and my cocktails and, when people kept asking me if I sold them or if I would make some for them, I threatened to start my own line of what I referred to as my "cocktail jewelry".


Yesterday I finally got the first ones up for sale. I thought that deserved a little celebration so I popped open a bottle of bubbly.

Of course there's one of them in my drink!


The
PRICKLY PEAR
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1 Split of Champagne or Prosecco
1 Tsp. Prickly Pear Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: Prickly Pear (Cactus)Candy, Lemon Twist

Glass: Champagne Flute

DIRECTIONS
Chill a Champagne flute in the freezer for a minimum of half an hour.
Pop the cork on the bubbly. 
Add the Prickly Pear Syrup to the glass.
Gently float the Champagne on top.
Add 2 Dashes of the bitters.
Garnish and serve.
Guests may stir in the syrup as they desire.

Now settle in with your cocktail and go buy some of my fun Jewelry for Cocktails!


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20171115

SPICY MOLE RUM OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL


I was on an Old Fashioned kick last week for Old Fashioned Week but I wasn't quite ready to let go of my Old Fashioneds until I had one with rum. Being who I am I couldn't just switch out bourbon for rum, I had to go a few steps further.

Since I had worn my Petroglyphs Rock Paper Necklace to a meeting with a jewelry buyer earlier that day, it inspired me to go a little Southwestern so I added in a bit of spice to the mix.


The
SPICY MOLE
RUM OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Appleton Estate Reserve Rum
1 Tsp. Spiced Turbinado Rich Simple Syrup*
3 Dashes The Bitter End Mexican Mole Bitters
2 Orange Wedges
3 Homemade Maraschino Cherries*

Garnish: Orange Peel, Homemade Maraschino Cherry

Tools: Muddler, Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glass in the freezer.
At the bottom of your cocktail shaker, muddle the simple syrup, orange slices, bitters and cherries.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice,add the rum and shake until chilled.
Strain into your chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

* Spiced Turbinado Simple Syrup

Ingredients
2 parts turbinado sugar
1 part water
3 dashes of Cholula Chipotle Sauce 

Directions
Heat the ingredients on medium until the sugar dissolves. Then remove from heat, let cool to room temperature and transfer to a clean glass jar. Cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


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20171110

The PRICKLY PEAR (Cactus Pear) OLD FASHIONED Cocktail


Living in Tucson, it was almost a prerequisite that I do a Prickly Pear Old Fashioned for Old Fashioned Week. So I did.

I think I know exactly where the rest of my prickly pear syrup is going.


The
PRICKLY PEAR
(Cactus Pear)
OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Bourbon
1 Tsp. Prickly Pear Syrup
2 Tsp. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Orange Slices, cut in half
2 Dashes
Dash of Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters

Garnish: Cactus Candy, Orange Peel, Homemade Bourbon Cherry

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass in freezer.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake until well-chilled then strain into the ice filled chilled glass.
Garnish and serve.

Yes, Bailey was all over this one.


If you like prickly pear you might want to try out my Prickly Pear Martini and my  Loaded Cactus Slideritas.

This cocktail paired nicely with my handmade, one-of-a-kind Dream Big Paper Necklace which you can find at CocktailsAndJewelry.Com.



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20171109

TELEVISION COCKTAILS - Drinks Inspired by TV!


I love watching television. I watch TV shows on my actual televisions, on my computer and on my phone. I  watch via cable, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and other streaming services. Blame the fact I grew up in the Golden Age of Television, when TV was new and it was a status symbol to have a hulking RCA or Zenith smack dab in the living room, but TV is a part of my personal cultural history. It was, and is, a window to the world, albeit a kind of dirty, smudged window these days, but there are still gems if you wipe off that grime. The gems inspire my foray into bespoke TV cocktails.

At the end of a long work day I often mix up a cocktail, flip on a screen and shut my brain down by watching a few hours of the Boob Tube. It's like a small screen happy hour and, not surprisingly, I've come up with a few TV special drinks for viewing time.

TELEVISION INSPIRED
COCKTAILS

BOARDWALK EMPIRE COCKTAILS

BREAKING BAD BLUE CRYSTAL MARGARITA

DOWNTON ABBEY COCKTAIL

GAME OF THRONES COCKTAILS

HAVEN DROWN YOUR TROUBLES MARTINI

MAD MEN COCKTAILS

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK CANTALOUPE DAIQUIRI

TWISTED FAIRYTALE for Once Upon A Time

ROMULAN ALE

SEX In The CITY COCKTAILS

SIMPSONS DUH-OH COCKTAIL

SONS OF ANARCHY SAMCRO BOILERMAKER

STAR TREK COCKTAILS 1

STAR TREK COCKTAILS 2

STRANGER THINGS SLUSHY

EMMY COCKTAILS

"Television is a weapon of mass distraction."

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20171107

The ELDER FASHIONED - A Gin & Elderflower Old Fashioned Cocktail


Here's a riff on an Old Fashioned cocktail that will please gin lovers and elderflower liqueur lovers alike. Using Hendrick's Gin with the elderflower liqueur made this a very floral forward cocktail. A little Lavender honey simple syrup blended nicely and a dash or two of grapefruit bitters added just the right amount of citrus to balance out the drink.

Hendrick's is a true floral gin and loves bring paired with Elderflower which is one of its botanicals. I just kept going merrily on down that flower path with the lavender honey and a garnish of dried butterfly pea flowers.


The
ELDER FASHIONED
Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Hendrick's Gin
1/2 Oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 Tsp. Lavender Honey Syrup*
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Garnish: Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers, Grapefruit Twist

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
* Prepare the Lavender Honey Syrup by mixing 1 teaspoon of hot water with 1 teaspoon of Honey Ridge Farms Honey Créme Lavender.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled and blended.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish with a few dried butterfly pea flowers and serve.

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20171106

BRANDY & COGNAC COCKTAILS


Brandy: A strong alcoholic spirit distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.

Categories include: Cognac, Armagnac, American Brandies (Apple Brandy was the very first distilled spirit made in America.) and fruit brandies.

Brandy began being distilled as a medicine in France around 1313 with commercial distaillation of drinking brandy beginning in the 1500's. According to Wikipedia, "Brandy" is a shortening of brandywine, which was derived from the Dutch word brandewijn, which literally means "burned wine", (derived from the process that most brandies are made with by applying heat, originally from open flames, to wine.)
 
Brandy has a defined rating system, the most common of the ratings include:
V.S. (very superior) or V.S.P. (very special) or three stars designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for at least two years in a cask.
V.S.O.P. (very superior old pale), Reserve or five stars designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years in a cask.
XO (extra old) or Napoléon designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least (recently upgraded to) ten years.
Hors d'âge (beyond age) is a designation which is formally equal to XO for Cognac, but for Armagnac designates brandy that is at least ten years old. The term is used by producers to market a high-quality product beyond the official age scale.

Though I am not as well versed in brandies as I would like to be, I do enjoy a good snifter of very excellent (hidden and hoarded) Cognac and I love brandy in cocktails.  I generally opt for a good mid-range VSOP for my cocktails, leaving my much pricier Cognac as a treat for very special occasions.

BRANDY COCKTAILS
 
B & B 
Equal parts Brandy and Benedictine served in a snifter.

BRANDY COCKTAIL 
2 ounces brandy,1/2 ounce orange curacao liqueur
2 dashes  each of Angostura bitters and Peychaud's bitters with a lemon peel garnish

1492 COCKTAIL
AN APERITIF TO REMEMBER
BLACKBERRY FIZZ
BLACKBERRY CAIPIRINHA
BRANDY ALEXANDER
BRANDY OLD FASHIONED
CHERRIES JUBILEE MARTIN
CHERRY CLAFOUTIS MARTINI
CHERRY PIE MARTINI
CHICAGO COCKTAIL
CRÊPES SUZETTE COCKTAIL
DRUNKEN CHERRY MARTINI
END OF THE WORLD MARTINI
IRISH STINGER

METROPOLITAN
 
A brandy version of a cross between a Manhattan and a Martini with 2 ounces of Brandy, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth, a bit of simple syrup and a few dashes of Angostura bitters

NOSTERATU'S REVENGE
PURGATORY PUNCH
RATTLED SKULL
ROSH HASHANAH COCKTAIL
SAGZERAC
SIDECAR
SPARKLING PEAR MARTINI
SPICED APPLE OLD FASHIONED
STINGER
TANGELO BOURBON TANGO WITH COGNAC FOAM
VIEUX CARRÉ
WICKED WITCH'S BREW

 
You might also like to make some homemade BRANDIED FRUIT.
 
 
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SPICED APPLE OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL


I wanted an Old Fashioned but I didn't have any fresh oranges which are kind of an essential part of a classic Old Fashioned cocktail. According to the I.B.A., an Old Fashioned is basically a bitters soaked sugar cube muddled in the glass (with a bit of water to help dissolve the cube) then topped off with ice and whiskey and garnished with an orange and a cocktail cherry. Most of the time, when you order an Old Fashioned in a bar, they will muddle the orange slice and cherry with the sugar to release their juices into the cocktail. Though this is heresy to some, I happen to like this application of the muddled garnishes, it brings back fond memories.

But, again, no oranges. What I did have was an apple, fresh ginger and spices and I'm never shy when it comes to mixing things up, especially basic recipes like an Old Fashioned. There are tons of Old Fashioned recipes replacing the brandy or whiskey with rum, tequila and even vodka and moonshine. You can also replace the sugar with flavored liqueurs or simple syrups and even switch out the orange for another citrus.

Of course, by that time, you end up with a new cocktail, one that can no longer be called simply an "Old Fashioned". My thought is that if you only change out the spirit you add that spirit, as in "Rum" Old Fashioned (like a "Vodka" Martini). In my opinion, if you start messing with more ingredients an ingredient precise moniker is called for.

So, meet my:


SPICED APPLE
OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS
2-1/2 Oz. Brandy
1/2 Fresh Apple (I used a Gravenstein), chopped fine
1 Tsp. Cardamom Ginger Simple Syrup (Recipe Below)
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Dashes Orange Bitters

Garnish: Apple Cube, Homemade Maraschino Cherry, Orange Twist (if you have an orange ...)

Tools: Muddler, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Muddle the apple pieces and lemon juice in the bottom of the cocktail shaker until the apple pieces release juices.
Fill the shaker with ice add the brandy, cardamom ginger simple syrup and bitters then shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Cardamom Ginger Simple Syrup

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of Thinly Sliced Fresh Ginger
15 Cardamom Pods
1 Cup Turbinado (Raw) Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Directions
Bring all the ingredients to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Immediately reduce the heat o low and and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Let it cool and allow it to steep for an hour or longer.
Strain and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Yes, Bailey was all over it.


Old Fashioned Week is November 2nd through November 11th.

Check out my other signature
Old Fashioned Recipes here.

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