Saturday, January 22, 2011
In what might have been the first creation of a cocktail: a simple sugar cube, spiked with bitters, was muddled into a glass and topped with bourbon whiskey. And a little lemon peel. Simple as that.
Ladies and gentlemen - the Old Fashioned. For old fashioned kinda folks.
This may be the quintessential Old Man Drink. It's so old, it was being called "old fashioned" in the 1890s. It's so old, one of the glasses we drink cocktails out of is named after it. It's so old, some scholars believe it was the first drink to be called a cocktail. A potent combination of whiskey, sugar, and bitters that's served on the rocks, the Old Fashioned shouldn't be muddied up with a lot of unnecessary fruit, as some mixologists do. (It should, however, be muddled up, as in agitated with a muddler, so invest in a good one if you want to add this to your menu.) A simple garnish of lemon peel is all you need to add the perfect aromatic note to this sweet-and-sour classic.
from Old Man Drinks
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces bourbon
Muddle the sugar cubes and bitters in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. Add ice and bourbon. Stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Even though this recipe says that it serves, two, I am not ashamed to admit that it served one. Me. Very nicely, thank you very much.
As a matter of fact, if I could, I would have put this in a baby bottle and carried it around with me, nipple clamped between my teeth, bottle dangling like older toddlers do. Ready whenever needed.
(From Cooking Light 2004 Annual – same place the Cranberry Liqueur came from)
Place crushed ice in a martini shaker. Add 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, and 2 Tablespoons lime juice; strain into martini glasses. Yield: 2 cocktails.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Cranberry and Pomegranate Bellinis
Adapted from recipe in Giada's Kitchen
by Sue of Couscous&Consciousness
Serves 4-6 people
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
1/2 cup cranberry juice, chilled
bottle of Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
strips of lemon zest (original recipe called for lime wedges)
mint leaves for garnish (if you have them - I didn't)
Firstly make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar, in a small pot, over medium heat. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. (Makes about 3/4 cup)
Next, put a good handful of ice into a jug, add the simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice, and stir well.
Put a spoonful of pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a champagne flute, along with a strip of lemon zest.
Half-fill the glass with the mixture of syrup and juices, then fill to the top with the Prosecco.
Enjoy - cin cin!