- Cocktails and Spirits
November 14, 2010
Ethereal in color and in taste, this handsome cocktail does indeed attract attention. This adaptation of the Prohibition-era classic is a favorite of Seattle barman Jamie Boudreau.
- 2 ounces dry gin
- ¼ ounce absinthe
- ¼ ounce dry vermouth
- ¼ ounce crème de violette
- 2 dashes orage bitters
- Lemon peel, for garnish
Stir the ingredients with ice to chill.
Strain into a steamed glass.
Twist with a swath of lemon peel over the drink and place it in the glass.
Environmentally-inspired Earth Day cocktail recipes
You recycle, drive a Prius, have a compost bin in your backyard, buy only organic vegetables and have even started biking to work. You definitely deserve a big pat on the back from Planet Earth (or Al Gore) for giving back.
So this Earth Day, celebrate your eco-friendly lifestyle by sipping one of these Earth-inspired cocktails out of a recycled glass.
These environmentally-inspired cocktails, like the deep blue sea martini and the greentini, are the perfect way to celebrate the lovely planet Earth. However, watch out for those mudslides, those suckers will knock you out.
Blue Sea Martini
This delicious concoction gets its beautiful blue color from the addition of blue curacao. Although this may look like the beautiful ocean, it certainly doesn’t taste like it (thankfully) and instead tastes like a tropical island vacation.
- 1-1/2 ounces lemon vodka
- 1 once blue curacao
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup light white cranberry juice (try this)
- Lime and lemon for garnish
- Mix all of the ingredients in a chilled drink mixer filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain drink into two chilled martini glasses and garnish with your favorite fruit!
Frozen Mai Thai
There’s no better way to enjoy Earth’s beauty than to sip a drink inspired by one of the most beautiful places here. Enjoy this frozen twist on the popular favorite as you close your eyes and pretend you’re sipping this on a beach instead of in your cramped suburban kitchen.
- 2 ounces coconut rum (like Malibu)
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce citrus rum (like Bacardi Limon)
- 1-1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce cherry rum (try Coconut Jack!)
- 1/2 ounce maraschino cherry juice
- Cherries for garnish
- About 1 cup ice
- Place ice in blender and add the rest of the ingredients (except for the cherries) in and blend on high until mixture is smooth.
- Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with cherries or your favorite fruit and enjoy!
One of the biggest environmental pushes these days is to “go green,” and what better way to do so than to sip on a lovely green cocktail? But don’t worry, this drink doesn’t taste like a plant — it just looks like one!
- Mix all the ingredients (except for the lime wedge) in a chilled martini mixer filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously.
- Strain liquid into a chilled martini mixer and garnish with a fresh lime!
In a real life, a mudslide is nothing to rejoice about, but in cocktail world, it’s actually quite a delicious drink! However, if you aren’t careful, this strong, deceptive drink will knock you right on your butt, sort of like a real mudslide would!
How to Make a Godfather Cocktail
Messing with single malt may sound like sacrilege&mdashbut in this case, it's an offer you can't refuse.
- Stir the scotch and Amaretto well with cracked ice in a mixing glass.
- Strain over fresh ice into an Old Fashioned glass.
Have you ever thought, hm, this scotch is nice, but wouldn't it be nicer if it was sweeter? Yeah, yeah, you're not supposed to tamper with a good whisky, but then again, you're the one drinking the drink, so drink it how you like. And if you think you'd like your scotch with some sweetener, by all means, have at it. This is where the Godfather strides in. It's dead-simple to make, with scotch as your base spirit and amaretto liqueur for some nutty sweetness. Now, as you may have noticed, both of these two ingredients are alcoholic, and therefore you'd be right to call this drink a doozy. But stirring well with ice and then serving over ice helps to dilute it to a sippable place. Tweak the proportions as needed, and don't skimp on cheap booze.
A Little Background
The Godfather cocktail came to be sometime in the '70s, more or less pegged to the release of Francis Ford Coppola's iconic 1972 movie The Godfather and oftentimes enjoyed after dinner. Now, the Godfather (the man, not the drink) conducted much of his business over tumblers of scotch, with not a drop of amaretto in sight. But whoever invented the Godfather (the drink, not the man) could've seen an opportunity for a themed cocktail, adding Italian amaretto as a callback to the Italian Mob. Disarrono, an amaretto brand that helped make the Godfather big at the time, even claimed that Marlon Brando drank Godfather cocktails, although that seems a little too cinematic to be true. History has yet to figure out what really happened.
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It's kinda nice to drink cocktails with only two ingredients, isn't it? Easy. Strong. With that in mind, some others in the liquor-liqueur genre include the Rusty Nail, which is scotch and Drambuie, the Stinger, which is brandy and crème de menthe, and the Blue Moon, which is gin and blue curaçao. The Godfather has a partner in the Godmother too, which swaps scotch for vodka to sweeten with amaretto.
Japanese Craft Gin Cocktails
In tune with the spirit of Omotenashi, we have created the ROKU ® perfect serve. This is more than a simple Gin & Tonic, it is a ritual. An exceptional experience made blissful & memorable through attention, respect and honour.
The ROKU ® serving ritual showcases Japanese craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail in both respect for the liquid as well as the importance placed in the moment it is served to customers. It takes a lot of care to perfectly execute the Japanese Gin & Tonic.
In tune with the spirit of Omotenashi, we have created the ROKU ® perfect serve. This is more than a simple Gin & Tonic, it is a ritual. An exceptional experience made blissful & memorable through attention, respect and honour. The ROKU ® serving ritual showcases Japanese craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail in both respect for the liquid as well as the importance placed in the moment it is served to customers. It takes a lot of care to perfectly execute the Japanese Gin & Tonic.
In 1806, the editor of an upstate New York newspaper, The Balance and Columbian Repository, responded to a reader's query about the meaning of the word cocktail: “Cocktail, then, is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters – it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion.”
These earliest cocktails, vintage cocktails like the Old Fashioned, were very simple: just water, sugar, spirit and bitters. Not all classic cocktails share the vintage cocktail flavour profile – a balance of bitter, sweet and herbal, winey flavours, with nary a fresh fruit in sight – yet all the old-time cocktail recipes we drink today share that same simplicity.
Be they Mojitos or Cosmo, White Lady or Sazerac, Martini or Manhattan, all classic cocktails have three main points in common. They are simple: few classic cocktail recipes include more than five ingredients, and many use only three. They are spirited: the taste of the base spirit shines through in almost every drink. Most importantly, the classic cocktail recipes are balanced: the preferred flavour balance varies from era to era, and even from decade to decade. Yet, be it sweet and sour (like the Margarita), bittersweet (like the Negroni), fruity-creamy (like the Piña Colada), or savoury-sour (like the Bloody Mary), the ingredients form a harmony.
The turn of the 21st century saw a cocktail revolution as newly professionalised bartenders turned to old books to discover long-lost gems and reinvent vintage ingredients. And even today newly discovered – yet ancient – recipes continue to delight.
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Blood Orange Gin and Tonic Recipe
We swear it wasn&rsquot intentional to be missing from the blog for five weeks and return with booze. In fact, we had this recipe ready to share about seven weeks ago but a few things got in the way and blog life kinda came to a screeching halt. And secondly, we missed you all and want to let you know it feels good to be back. So this blood orange gin and tonic is indeed, a celebration to what lies ahead.
Here&rsquos the latest news and biggest reason that distracted us from blogging recently, we&rsquove been working on some big changes in our studio. To be exact, there&rsquos an additional 1,400 sq foot of change. We&rsquore taking over the space next door to our current studio and are doubling our space! This is exciting for a number of reasons: we finally have more space for all our props, or expensive junk. What ever you want to call it, we&rsquore just overloaded with dishes, textures, tables and chairs.
Secondly, we&rsquore finally building our gallery to showcase our special photo prints. We have a special collection of prints that have never had their fair share of hanging time in the studio because quite frankly, they&rsquod all be lost in the sea of props and photography equipment. Now, we can finally have a ton of extra space to build out or dream gallery that we&rsquove been wanting for so long. So that&rsquos where we&rsquove been hiding. Between juggling conversations on new construction, to design ideas, sourcing new furniture and everything involved with doubling our space, we&rsquove been behind on blogging.
But we&rsquore back to full swing on blogging and if any of you by chance have any idea inspirations on how to design a white studio with lots of wood and black furniture, we&rsquod love to hear about it! In the meantime, have a few of these blood orange gin and tonics on us while there&rsquos still blood oranges around. Gin and tonics are one of our go-to drinks and adding that seasonal-splash of blood orange juice really hits the spot. And best of all, it screams out to celebrate beautiful citrus while it lasts. Hope you enjoy or blood orange gin and tonic!
50 Vodka Cocktail Recipes That Taste as Good as They Look
Ah, vodka&mdashso often relegated to the boring old "I'm watching my calories" vodka soda category or the sloppy vodka shots of college days past. Now that we're adults, let's give the perfect mixing spirit the treatment it deserves. Behold: 50 exemplary (and easy-to-pull-off) vodka cocktail recipes to try at home. You'll never think of the clear stuff the same way again.
750 ml Tito&rsquos Handmade Vodka
Slice apples, then add to a resealable jar. Add cinnamon sticks and fill with Tito&rsquos Handmade Vodka. Store in a cool dark place
for 5 days, taste testing daily. Strain the infusion once desired
flavor is reached. Enjoy!
2 oz Basil-infused King St. Vodka
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
This Gimlet is an Italian twist on the original gimlet, typically made with 2 parts gin, 1 part lime juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in ingredients, shaking. Strain into a chilled glass.
Courtesy of King St. Vodka, Kate Hudson's gluten-free, non-GMO, crafted with alkaline water and 7x distilled spirits company.
1.5 oz. Tattersall Creme De Fleur
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
12/31 oz. Cocktail Artist Mule syrup
Combine all ingredients sans soda water. Muddle strawberries. Shake with ice. Strain. Top off with Schweppes Club Soda. Garnish with strawberry slice.
Courtesy of Juyoung Kang of The Dorsey
Garnish with fresh olives
Reportedly, this is Kate Hudson's favorite drink. Mix ingredients in a mixing glass, stir, and pour into serving glasses. Garnish with olives.
1 1/2 part Absolut Juice Apple
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
1/2 part Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur
Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice, and garnish with orange slices, apple slices, and grapes.
Add first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake for 15-20 seconds. Strain in to your favorite copper mug and fill with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and stir to incorporate.
1.5 oz. Tito&rsquos Handmade Vodka
Just add Tito&rsquos Handmade Vodka and water to a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!
1 oz King St Vodka
.5 oz rose water (pure, unsweetened)
1.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
8-12 oz sparkling lemon-flavored water
*You can also add a splash of hibiscus extract or cranberry juice for color
Mix all ingredients together (not the soda). Once mixed, top with soda, and garnish with dried roses.
Shake ingredients in mixing tin with orange slices. Pour into tumbler over fresh ice. Garnish with dehydrated oranges and pomegranate seeds.
For garnish, Edible Flower
Add all ingredients into a small mixing tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, and double strain into the glass. Garnish with an edible flower.
Courtesy of Gary Wallach, Food & Beverage Director at Arlo
1 1/2 parts Svedka Cucumber Lime
3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients, except bitters, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a sugar-rimmed tall glass. Garnish with cucumber slices and a float of bitters.
Garnish with oranges and redcurrants
Muddle the red redcurrants in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add all other ingredients and shake hard without ice, then add ice and shake again. Fine strain over cracked ice in a highball glass and garnish.
2 dashes of salt
Add all ingredients (except soda) to a small tin. Add ice, and shake &ndash fold soda into tin &ndash then, strain. Pour into glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Courtesy of Marshall Minaya, Beverage Director, for Valerie, NYCHigh.
Half bar spoon of grated ginger or ginger syrup
.5 bar spoon of miso or dashi powder
For garnish, Dash of chili flakes and carrot leaves
Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake with two ice cubes. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with chili flakes and carrot leaves.
Courtesy of Chef Candice Kumai for Belvedere Vodka
Muddle all ingredients except soda water in a shaker tin. Add ice. Strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with soda. Garnish with another strawberry and cilantro sprigs.
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Add ingredients to a shaker, shake, and strain into glass. Garnish with a toasted orange peel.
Tonic (to top it off, to taste)
In a shaker, muddle the orange, lemon, and cherry to release juices, then add the other ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Strain over fresh ice in a Copper Balloon Cup, then top it off with tonic. Garnish with a bay leaf, orange slice and a cherry.
Courtesy of Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx.
1 oz. single origin finest quality espresso
3/4 oz. premium coffee liqueur
Garnish: salted dark chocolate powder
Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass.
In a Copper Balloon Cup, build the ingredients over cubed ice, top with Prosecco, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with cinnamon and orange slices.
Shake all ingredients but the ginger beer together. Strain into highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with dried roses.
Courtesy of Chef Candice Kumai for Belvedere Vodka
1.5 parts Grey Goose vodka
½ part Premium Raspberry Liqueur
3 honeydew melon balls for garnish
Chill a Collins glass by placing in the refrigerator or freezer. When sufficiently chilled, fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with a skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls.
If You Aren’t Grilling Your Cocktails, You’re Missing Out on Loads of Flavor
Can you hear it? The sizzle of the meat on the grill? Or, how about the clacking of the knife hitting the cutting board as it slices into your umpteenth watermelon for the week? Summer’s practically upon us and this time around, we’re leveling up our outdoor barbecues &mdash and not with new summer dishes. Nah, we’re keeping our eye on our fruity cocktails and giving them a fresh, grilled twist.
This summer is all about the grilled cocktail. And there are two easy ways to turn your favorite, refreshing summer cocktail into a grilled cocktail. The easiest way? Quickly grill accompanying, complementary fruits and slide onto the rim or place directly atop the cocktail as a garnish. And for more hearty, savory cocktails, like the Bloody Mary, give a variety of whole veggies a nice char and slip them right into the drink.
You can also mix grilled fruits and veggies directly into the drink. Doing so will not only infuse your go-to cocktails with a smoky char, but it’ll also thoroughly impress your guests &mdash and their tastebuds. But for this method, we recommend giving a few of our favorite grilled cocktail recipes a shot first. And lucky for you, we’ve gathered 14 of them right here. Keep scrolling.
The 20 Best Coffee Recipes to Make at Home
Kick your Starbucks habit with barista-quality hot and iced drinks at home.
For many of us, the difference between the cup of coffee we brew at home and the speciality drink we order from a barista is profound. The reason? Coffee professionals know the perfect grounds-to-water ratio, milk temperature, and foam volume to deliver you that special experience every time. Even if you have one of the best coffee makers on the market and some great coffee beans at your disposal, your morning brew is limited by your other tools (including coffee grinders and espresso machines) and your knowledge of those recipes.
But learning to make your ideal coffee shop cup is within reach. To help you become your own barista, we&rsquove rounded up the best specialty coffee recipes, from the perfect cup to cold brew and to lattes, along with the tools you need to achieve them. We also spoke to Dan Pabst, coffee expert and new product development manager at Melitta, for his insights into home brewing. Once you master your ingredients and preferred brew method, these recipes will guide you to coffee perfection: