- Cocktails and Spirits
January 21, 2013
The Obama-tini cocktail.
This Obama-inspired inaugural cocktail is served at Brasserie Beck and Musel Bar & Grille in Bethesda, Maryland.
Calories Per Serving
- 1 1/2 Ounce Ketel One Vodka
- 1 Ounce Hypnotiq Passion Fruit Liqueur
- 1 Ounce Blue Curaçao
- lemon twist, to garnish
Shake Ketel One and Hypnotiq Passion Fruit liqueur over ice. Add a float of Blue Curaçao. Serve straight-up in a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Calories Per Serving280
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Harlem bars combine deep-fried Mac n’ Cheese with Obama-Tini
A girl helps herself to a buffet at a fast food restaurant in Harlem in New York December 16, 2009. – Reuters pic
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HARLEM, July 15 &mdash Broad avenues lined with attractive old buildings, many of them home to cafes, bars and restaurants. Where can I be? Oh yes, Harlem.
This Manhattan neighborhood has suffered many decades of poverty and deprivation. These days, you can find welcoming establishments for exotic dishes and cocktails, as well as soul food and home cooking. Here are a few places I tried on a recent visit:
The friendly bar and restaurant serves an alarming-sounding concoction: deep-fried macaroni-and-cheese croquettes with truffle mayonnaise for US$12 (RM38).
Executive chef Jonathan Romans, formerly of Tribeca Grill, seeks to take familiar dishes and give them a twist, so don&rsquot be too surprised by cheeseburger spring rolls or the meatloaf sandwich with Grafton Vermont cheddar.
Or you could just settle in at the bar and hand control to the affable cocktail mixer Carmen Operetta. (On Twitter, Carmen is @libationdiaries.)
A 321 Pineapple (Skyy pineapple vodka, pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, creme de cassis, simple syrup) and a Peach and Almonds (Ciroc Peach, Amaretto di Saronno, orange juice, fresh lemon juice) helped while away an afternoon. The cocktails are US$12. The check for one was US$65.33, plus tip.
Corner Social is at 321 Lenox Avenue, 10027. Information: +1-212-510-8552 or cornersocialnyc.com/.
Opened in 2010, it&rsquos become the top place to experience the cultural diversity of Harlem. Chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden. He studied cooking in Gothenburg, where he grew up. He then worked in restaurants in France and moved to New York in 1994, with an apprenticeship at Aquavit.
There&rsquos a casual area at the front, where you may find yourself sharing a high table. Having said that, the back is hardly fancy.
I started with an Obama-Tini, featuring Wodka Vodka, crushed pepper flakes, pineapple, lime, grapefruit bitters, angostura bitters (US$13). Or how about some wine on tap for US$10? I had a glass of Paumanok New York rose. It was fine.
The menu is best described as eclectic. I skipped chop suey and Helga&rsquos meatballs in favor of two starters: fried green tomatoes with iceberg lettuce, bacon and buttermilk dressing (US$13) and dirty rice & shrimp with aged basmati, curry leaves, almonds (US$18) plus a side of spicy wings, with lemon yogurt and habanero salsa. Now, that&rsquos what I call a lunch.
Desserts include dark chocolate cheesecake, layers of devil&rsquos food, frozen raspberries, warm white chocolate and mint- tea sauce (US$11). I gave that a miss. The food was good, the service friendly and the bill for two was US$141.27.
Red Rooster is at 310 Lenox Avenue, 10027. Information: +1-212-792-9001 or redroosterharlem.com/.
Founded in 1962 by Sylvia Woods, &ldquoQueen of Soul Food,&rdquo it&rsquos been the magnet for hearty eaters from all over town. (When Woods died last year, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he recalled dining there with everyone from President Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, the New York Daily News reported.)
The tourists still come, but the ambience felt authentic enough to me. You can sit at a counter and grab some food and a beer, or there is a more formal dining area across two rooms that appears untroubled by renovation.
I ordered a beer and a Harlem-style fried chicken and waffle. (That costs US$11.95, or you can have all white meat for US$1 more.) This signature dish is beloved of diners and has been a favorite for decades. I enjoyed the experience more than the food. But it&rsquos certainly filling. Everyone should go to Sylvia&rsquos&mdashat least once. Bill for one: US$20.63.
Sylvia&rsquos is at 328 Lenox Avenue, 10027. Information: +1-212-996-0660 or sylviasrestaurant.com/.
5 and Diamond
This venue on Harlem&rsquos restaurant row says it uses fresh ingredients from local farms, markets and purveyors to create a seasonal American menu.
I went for brunch, which features a US$20 prix-fixe menu, including a cocktail. Or, for another US$10, you can have unlimited brunch cocktails for 60 minutes. Rarely has US$10 been so well spent.
There are large windows looking out onto the street and it is enjoyable just to take in the sights on a sunny morning in Harlem. The service is laid back, yet efficient. Highlights of the a la carte menu include blackened catfish with white speckled grits, bacon-braised collard greens grilled pork chop with red quinoa, molasses bourbon glaze 5 and diamond donuts.
5 & Diamond is at 2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 10026. Information: +1-917-860-4444, or www.5anddiamondrestaurant.com/.
This small restaurant was founded in 2005 by, Melba Wilson, who describes herself as Harlem born, bred and buttered. She previously worked at Sylvia&rsquos, as well at Windows on the World and her aim is to make Melba&rsquos feel like home.
When I was there for Sunday brunch, that was the style, with groups of friends&mdashmany in their finest frocks&mdasheating together and just enjoying each other&rsquos company.
You can choose between grits, home fries and French fries with your main. I ordered a salmon croquette with grits and a Chambord royale cocktail. The bill? US$22.81.
Eat and Drink the Inauguration: Cocktail Specials, Presidential-Themed Tasting Menus, and a Brewers Ball at ChurchKey
January 21 marks the public inauguration of President Obama’s second term, and lots of local restaurants are celebrating with special drinks, tasting menus, and—in one case—a twofer hot dog special.
A few related reminders: First, Art and Soul is throwing a late-night party with a bunch of big-name chefs—get tickets as soon as possible if you want to go. Second, don’t forget this list of Obama-inspired consumables we put together for your dining pleasure. Also, look out for a number of bars staying open until 4 AM in honor of the events (Thanks, ABRA!), and 25 food trucks get access to the “exclusion zone.”
Champagne lovers should head to Proof in Penn Quarter, which is shaving one third off the price of sparklers by the glass and bottle during inauguration celebrations (Friday through Monday).
On January 21, Cashion’s offers its regular menu along with a three-course, Barack Obama-themed prix-fixe for $40.14. Expect: tuna poke in a Bibb lettuce cup dry-aged beef strip loin with creamed spinach and a crispy potato cake and Hawaiian pineapple upside-down cake. An optional wine pairing is $20.13.
Just down the street from Cashion’s, Napoleon Bistro will mix a special $10 cocktail during inauguration weekend: the Black Forest Berry Bonapartini. That’s made with St. Dalfour berry jam, Absolut vodka, and a splash of Black Forest iced tea.
Popular 14th Street beer bar ChurchKey hosts an Inaugural Brewers Ball on the 21st, welcoming brewers—and beer—from a bunch of craft beermakers. Among the guests: Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company, Sean Lily Wilson of Fullsteam, Dan Kopman of Schlafly, Mark Thompson of Star Hill, Jim Caruso of Flying Dog, Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas, DC Brau’s Mike McGarvey from 3 Stars Brewing. Food will come courtesy of executive chef Kyle Bailey and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and include oysters, charcuterie, brat burger sliders, and flatbreads. Tickets cost $150—get some now by calling 202-567-2576.
Fiola, normally closed on Sunday, will make an exception on the 20th. While there, try the El Presidente: light rum, dry vermouth, curaçao, and real grenadine. It’s $15 normally, but just $6 during happy hour (4 to 6 on weekdays). Get that from the 17th through the 22nd.
Over in Tysons Galleria, Wildfire is doing on-theme lunch specials—all $13.95—from January 18 to 21. Choose a presidential spicy chopped chicken giardiniera salad with feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and ranch dressing Chicago-style beef au jus with sweet or hot peppers or an American deluxe burger: twin patties, American cheese, pickles, bacon, Thousand Island dressing, house-made coleslaw, and French fries.
Since November, Charlie Palmer Steak has been featuring a special menu item in honor of a former president. Chef Jeffrey Russell created a beef Wellington in honor of Nixon, pork chops and grits to celebrate Jimmy Carter, and braised pork and cabbage in honor of everyone’s favorite president, Gerald Ford. This week, the kitchen plays homage to Bill Clinton with chicken-fried steak. Available through Saturday, January 26, the Capitol Countdown dishes cost between $28 and $35.
Meanwhile at downtown restaurant 701, try a three-course, $25 lunch through January 21. “Bipartisan” specials have been designed to appeal to both parties, and are available from 11:30 to 3 on weekdays. The specials includes dishes like fig and arugula salad with guanciale and goat cheese five-spice chicken breast with bok choy and mango curry and red velvet cake roulade with candied almonds.
Obama said recently that he never compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate his reelection at a restaurant devoted to all things Honest Abe. Over at 1110 Vermont Avenue, Northwest, Lincoln is celebrating term two with a special tasting menu. Available from January 18 through 21, the feast costs $45 and includes courses inspired by six commanders in chief: JFK fish chowder Lincoln oyster salad Obama olive-oil-poached salmon a cornflake-baked “fried” chicken for Bill Clinton rabbit shepherd’s pie to honor Roosevelt (owner Alan Popovsky is opening a spot devoted to all things Teddy this spring) and Ronald Reagan monkey bread.
Head to Bayou Bakery in Arlington on the 21st for a chance to sample David Guas’s POTUS Dog special. For the price of $7, you get two all-beef hot dogs topped, Chicago style, with minced white onion, dill pickle spears, roasted sundried tomatoes, pickled sport peppers, sweet pickle relish, mustard, and a dash of celery salt.
The Odyssey, everyone’s favorite Potomac-transversing vessel, hosts an inauguration dinner cruise on the 21st. It’s $97 and boards at 6 PM. (Ship sets sails at 7 and returns at 10.) Tickets are available online.
In addition to the Jefferson Hotel’s luxe overnight package, the swanky bar there—Quill—will feature a special presidential cocktail: bourbon, Apple Jack, lemon juice, simple syrup with cinnamon, and whiskey bitters. Get it from January 18 through 22.
You’ll also find a special cocktail at DC Coast from the 18th through the 22nd. The Sparkling Second Term—served in a cinnamon-and-sugar-rimmed Champagne flute, is mad
e with Averell damson plum gin, Leopold Brothers New York apple whiskey, and lemon bitters and topped with a splash of sparkling cava wine.
Go to either of two Robert Wiedmaier spots—Mussel Bar in Bethesda or Brasserie Beck downtown—to try an Obama-tini cocktail, available January 18 through 21. This one involves Ketel One vodka, Hypnotiq liqueur, and a float of blue curaçao.
Hit up the Source for a special dim sum brunch service on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday surrounding the inauguration. The restaurant is typically closed Sunday, but will offer brunch and dinner on January 20. Saturday through Monday, try a special sushi and Champagne menu in the lounge, but don’t expect to dine there during Saturday dinner service—the restaurant has been bought out that evening.
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How To : Make a krautini martini cocktail with sauerkraut juice
To make your own Krautini (i.e. a Sauerkraut Martini), you will need the following ingredients: fresh cabbage, sea salt, an olive, and vodka.
To begin, with a sharp knife, slice cabbage into slaw. Add 1 T. sea salt. Mash it. Put it in a mason jar. You will need to pack it down tightly. Fill a smaller jar with water and place it inside the larger cabbaged filled jar, in order to weigh it down. Allow it to sit for a week, in your kitchen. Juices will collect as it ferments.
In a glass combine 2 shots of vodka and a splash of sauerkraut juice. Shake it well. Pour into a glass. Serve with an olive.
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Spring cocktail recipes
Mix up a refreshing spring cocktail with our favourite seasonal recipes. Try a decadent chocolate martini, a rhubarb spritz or a fruity fizz.
White rabbit cocktail
Enjoy a springtime twist on a brandy alexander with a white rabbit cocktail. It's a blend of amaretto, cream, lemon curd and vanilla, finished with flowers
Elderflower & herb cooler
Make the perfect spring cocktail with a spritz of elderflower and beautiful edible flowers to finish
Use seasonal rhubarb to make this G&T-with-a-difference, or top the finished gin with soda water for a refreshing and gloriously pink summertime drink
Simnel cake sour
Looking for an Easter cocktail with all the spices of the season? This twist on an Amaretto sour has a splash of orange juice and a dusting of cinnamon to give you Simnel cake in a glass
Mini Egg martini
Satisfy a nostalgic chocolate craving and enjoy this creamy Easter cocktail with moreish Mini Eggs and a splash of Baileys
OVAL Vodka Announces Official Drink of OVAL Office - And the Winner is…the 'Monica Lewinsky'
OVAL Office drink contest winner "Monica Lewinsky"
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 10, 2008
On the eve of this controversial 2008 election, OVAL Vodka hosted an exclusive event where notable politicos, influencers, and media from the restaurant, fashion, entertainment, and socialite communities elected the "Official Drink of the OVAL Office."
Guests, along with a panel of featured judges including Fashion Designer Richie Rich of Heatherette, Tamsin Lonsdale, Founder of The Supper Club New York , Mike Dawson, Resident Drinks Editor, Maxim Magazine, Bob Lipinksi, Director of Training, Southern Wine and Spirits New York, John Iachetti, Director of Entertainment, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and Alia Akkam, Editor, Beverage Media rated 5 competing cocktails on Monday night - and made the final decision on the winning OVAL Office cocktail - The Monica Lewinsky.
Back on September 1st, OVAL Vodka called on bartenders, cocktail lovers and consumers to create original vodka recipes and submit them at http://www.ovalvodka.com. Over the last few months hundreds of recipes poured in and were narrowed down to the 5 top cocktails:
- The Monica Lewinsky
- The Obama-tini
- The Maverick
- The Greenhouse
- The Dirty Victory
On November 3rd, the panel of notable judges - along with the guests at the event -- tasted and voted on the 5 cocktails. Ballots were cast and counted and the results are in -- The Monica Lewinsky Cocktail is the official drink of the OVAL Office.
The Monica Lewinsky Cocktail Recipe:
2 oz. OVAL Vodka
1 oz. X-rated Liqueur
1 oz. fresh lemon lime sour
Prep Time: 5 min.
Inactive Time: 15 min.
Yield: 2 Cocktails
Wanting to serve refreshing cocktails with appetizers before a Chinese-themed dinner, lychee fruit came to mind. The tree fruit that is native to south eastern China has a sweet, aromatic characteristic that has somewhat of tropical notes and pear.
I discovered how well lychee and fresh guava complement each other in a gin-based beverage. Fresh guava are not readily available in our region, so a good juice is perfect for this Asian fruit cocktail.
The first time that I heard of Lychee was at Lichee Gardens, an immensely popular restaurant on Elizabeth Street in Toronto’s vibrant and expansive (I think the largest and most authentic in the world) Old China Town. We would order Singapore Slings to drink with our meals, despite being under age, but back then the drinking age was eighteen. Those fruity gin concoctions were delightful with the family-style spread that we ordered, at least by the perception of 16-year-olds! So now I’m serving another gin-based fruity aperitif in advance of Singapore Noodles and Curried Shrimp.
Canned lychee are sold at Asian markets as well down the Asian foods’ aisles at some mainstream grocers. They are typically soaked in syrup, which comes in handy for this drink. The syrup eliminates the need to create simple syrup for a hint of sweetness. Save the leftover liquid to make ice cream or sorbet. I think that I’ll create a lychee sorbet to serve between courses for our next dinner party.
As for the gin, no skimping allowed! Bombay Sapphire is a reliable brand. There are so many cheap gin varieties out there that are sure to deliver sharp taste and an instant headache. Ditto for the vodka.
Let’s get to the refreshments!
2 ounces gin
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces guava juice
6 drops triple sec
4 ounces club soda
6 lychee fruit plus 2 tablespoons syrup
2 slices blood orange
In a martini shaker packed with ice, place the gin, vodka, guava juice, lychee syrup, and triple sec. Shake vigorously and set aside.
Meanwhile, coat the rims of two martini glasses with the lychee syrup and dip the rims in sugar. And skewer three lychee fruit and a slice of blood orange for each cocktail.
Strain the contents of the shaker equally into two martini glasses, garnish with the lychee swords, and serve.
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Alcoholic drink names with Sexual Connotations
They are usually related to a class of alcoholic drink recipes called shots or shooters. Most of these alcoholic drink recipes use multiple liquors and mixes. They are drank in one swallow and are meant to create a quick alcoholic buzz. The largest group of new alcohol drink names have to do with sex or profanity. While many of the alcohol drink names appear to be juvenile, they continue to be popular with young customers according to bartenders in New York City. Bald Pussy, Blow Job, Absolut Sex, are only a few.
Alcohol Drink Recipe Ingredients
There’s the Sloe Comfortable Screw, that uses Southern Comfort, Sloe gin and orange juice (thus the “Sloe” and “Screw,” as in Screwdriver). Then there is the spin off the Sloe Comfortable Screw Up Against a Wall, which includes Galliano (the “Wall” is short for Harvey Wallbanger that uses Galliano).
Sometimes the liquor determines the name. The Bacardi cocktail was invented by the Bacardi Rum Company. Another example is the shot Absolut Sex . It’s named after the one of the key ingredients Absolut Vodka.
In the past bartenders often used special events as an excuse to name new cocktails. A example is the Japanese Cocktail, named in the mid-19th century for the first Japanese delegation to arrive in the United States. The Obama Mama, a drink that was advertised in a few Washington D.C. bars after the 2008 victory or President Obama.
Alcoholic drink recipes are named after famous people. The Gin Rickey was named after Colonel Joe Rickey,the Negroni after Count Camillo Negroni and the Ramos Fizz named after a well know New Orleans bartender Carlos Ramos. The Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic drink that became popular in the 30’s and was drink parents ordered for their children.
The Manhattan a famous classic cocktail was named after the Manhattan Club in New York in the late 1800’s where it was first served. Rumor has it that the Russians had a drink called the Chernobyl made from chilled vodka and shard of dry ice.
Another group of names are derived from sequenced numbers name or a variation of the original name. Snake Bite 1, 2 and 3 are good examples. Red Headed Slut and Dirty Red Headed Slut are another.
Now that you have some basic guidelines on naming drinks you need to put on your thinking cap and come up with the next great cocktail name.
Election Day Cocktails
With Election Day tomorrow, many bars and restaurants have gotten into the patriotic spirit by creating cocktails just for the occasion. Here's a few that have of popped up around the country. Are there any others you know of?
At the Grant Grill in San Diego, inside the historic U.S. Grant Hotel where 14 U.S. Presidents have stayed, Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has created the Off the Record ($12) cocktail. The cocktail is made with Kona Coffee Bean Infused High West Double Rye Whiskey from Utah to represent GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, and Macadamia Nut Liqueur to represent President Obama. It's finished with a Macadamia Nut Rim, a Coffee Bean Garnish and served on the rocks.
Credit: Washington School House
Jay Z's The 40/40 Club in Midtown Manhattan is offering the USA Martini ($10), a layered cocktail made with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, grenadine, blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka and blue Curacao. The upscale restaurant and sports lounge recently reopened following a $10 million dollar renovation and expansion.
The Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah is named after, yes, George Washington himself. As an ode to its name and to election season, the hotel has created The First President. This festive cocktail incorporates fresh berries, High West vodka from the local High West distillery in Park City, St. Germain, club soda and is free to guests of the hotel.
On Tuesday, November 6th, Brasserie by LM in Chicago invites guests to their restaurant and bar to watch Election Day coverage. Located across the street from Grant Park, President Obama's 2008 celebration site, the restaurant will offer Stars and Stripes Cocktails for $9. The Red is a Cosmopolitan with vodka, Triple Sec, lime and cranberry juice, and The Blue is a Blue Crush Cosmopolitan with vodka, Blue Curacao and white cranberry juice. Guests can also enjoy Brasserie's Chicken Liver Mousse served with crostini, cornichons and grainy mustard, complimentary with purchase of a drink.
Searsucker, located in downtown San Diego and run by Top Chef finalist, Brian Malarkey, is known for its fun and uncomplicated cuisine. His Election Day cocktail comes from Pick & Rocks Cocktails, the in-house mixology firm that provides the cocktail menus and programs for all of five Malarky's restaurants. Ever flip flopping, but always optimistic, Searsucker will offer the Pundit's Punch ($12) made with Rum, Ginger, Lemon and Melon, for now. but by tomorrow, could be made differently.
At the Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, you'll find T. Cook's, The Great American Cosmopolitan. This cocktail takes a twist on the traditional recipe by combining Ketel One Citron vodka with lime juice, Cointreau, Grenadine and a pineapple foam.
Looking over the city of Chicago, Cityscape Bar will be offering two specialty cocktails representing each candidate, on November 6th. The "O"Bama-Tini will feature Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Blue Curacao, Amp Decibel and Sierra Mist, while the Warm Mittens Cocktail, will feature Cityscape's 12-year-old Elijah Craig Bourbon, fig preserves, Grand Marnier and soda. Each cocktail will be available for $9.
The sake martini, or saketini, is a delightful way to enjoy sake, and it can be made with either gin or vodka. The recipe is very easy to mix up and makes for a wonderful dinner drink. In the saketini, the sake acts like the vermouth of a classic gin martini, bringing in a nuance that only this fermented rice beverage can contribute. Although most people refer to sake as rice wine, it is technically closer to beer than wine in the way it's made, because it's brewed from grain rather than fruit.
Since there are plenty of styles and prices of sake available, you can explore pairing the options with different gins and vodkas. Each will be a slightly new experience, and you may find a preference for one over all the others. As with any beverage, the better the quality of the sake you buy, the pricier it will get, but also the better experience you'll have drinking it on its own or mixing it in a saketini.
We bring you an easy-to-mix drink with a few garnish options so that you can have fun with all these possibilities and enjoy your sake experience. There are even a few garnish options to choose from. This drink is gluten free, as sake, vodka, and gin don't have any gluten ingredients and the distillation process makes them safe to drink for people with celiac disease. Be mindful that flavored vodkas can contain wheat-based additives.