Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hot Sex


You know we all need it once in a while....(or more). Something sweet and mind blowing. Something that will knock you off your feet. It might even be something you dream about throughout the day. Waiting for you to get home where you can kick off your shoes, let your hair down and change into something a little more.....comfortable.

The moment you've been waiting for has arrived.....get out your ice cubes and fancy little cocktail glass and get ready for the Hot Sex experience. 

2 1/2 oz orange liqueur
4 oz orange juice
Dash of grenadine

Mix well, serve on the rocks, garnished with a....cherry (of course), maybe include little umbrella or whatever floats your boat and indulge in a little Hot Sex.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pisco Power!

As the popularity of Peru’s gastronomic scene soars (Peru-mania has been cited as one of the biggest foodie trends in 2012 by several major sources), what better day is there to rediscover this delicious spirit?
Numerous bars and restaurants across the country have jumped on board, offering guests a traditional Pisco Sour (recipe below)

Pisco, also known as the “5th white spirit,” is a type of brandy cultivated from grapes and it’s potent concoction with lime juice, simple syrup, a dash of egg whites, and bitters is truly special to Peruvian heritage. The history of the spirit dates back to the 16th century, and the pisco sour is nearly 100 years old, first created by the American ex-pat Victor Morris, and then perfected by Mario Bruguet, who made the velvet-like addition of egg whites to the recipe.

Newly-launched Pisco Portón is the first truly premium pisco available in the U.S. and makes for the ultimate Pisco sour. As the white spirit’s category equivalent of single-malt scotch, it combines centuries-old methods with state-of-the-art and eco-friendly technology to create a mosto verde Pisco of unmatched quality.


Rose Sour (photo below)

1 ½ parts Pisco Portón

½ part fresh lime juice

½ part simple syrup

¼ part egg white

3 dashes rose water

Dry shake the egg white first and then add the Pisco Portón, lime and simple to the shaker with ice. Pour into cocktail glass, garnish with 3 dashes of rose water and rose petals.


Portón Pisco Sour (photo below)

1 ½ parts Pisco Portón

½ part fresh lime juice

½ part simple syrup

¼ part egg white

Shake ingredients with ice.  Strain into chilled glass.  Garnish with a dash of bitters.

*Duane Fernandez Jr. of Acme in New York City has created  several variations of the classic Pisco Sour including his Portón Rose Sour, where he has switched out the bitters for a few dashes of rose water. His recipe for a Sour Pineapple is below.


Sour Pineapple

1 ½ parts Pisco Portón

1 part fresh pineapple juice

½ part fresh lemon juice

½ part honey syrup

½ part egg white

Muddle fresh sage in the bottom of a short rocks glass. Dry shake the egg white and then shake remaining ingredients with ice.  Served over crushed ice and top with sage leaves.

*Many thanks to Pisco Portón for all the great info and drinks!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentine's Day Cocktails from Alizé

Looking for something sweet to toast your sweetheart? Try one of these Valentine's Day Cocktails from Alizé!


Cupid’s Kiss

1oz Alizé Red Passion

1oz Apple Juice

1/3oz Lemon Juice

1/3oz Sugar Syrup

2/3oz Vikingfjord Vodka

Method :

Shake and strain into a martini glass

Taste :

Light and zesty, refreshingly crisp apple with underlying notes of peach, passion fruit and cranberries



Sparkling Sweetheart

1oz Alizé Red Passion

2/3oz Peach Puree

1/3oz Lemon Juice

1/3oz Sugar Syrup

2oz Caposaldo Prosecco

Garnish:

Lemon twist

Method:

Build in a champagne flute and stir

Taste:

Candid peach and cranberry with hints of citrus wrapped in the bubbles of Prosecco



V-Day Passion

1oz Alizé Red Passion

2/3oz Lime Juice

1 spoon Cherry Jam

2/3oz Silver Tequila

Method:

Shake all ingredients into a rock glass filled with cubed ice.

Color:

Deep purple-red

Taste:

Rich berries and cherries are delicately balanced on a bed of fresh silver tequila all with a refreshing lime finish



Be Mine Delight

1oz Alizé Red Passion

2 Strawberries

1/3oz Lemon Juice

4/3oz Apple Juice

2/3oz Vikingfjord Vodka

Splash of Simple Syrup

2/3oz Lemonade

Garnish:

Lemon Twist

Method:

In the base of a cocktail glass muddle strawberries. Add all remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into a rocks glass.

Color:

Orange-pink-red

Taste:

Fresh strawberry and candid cranberries with a zesty citrus finish


These great cocktails will kick your Valentine's Day off to a delicious start!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The French 75 Cocktail

The French 75 Cocktail. That sounds like fun! And French is in the title...... I am, an unapologetic, Francophile. There. I said it. Doug teases me about it and I say, “No, I’m not!” ……but it’s true. Right, where was I?

This drink was reportedly created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The mixture of gin and champagne gave such a kick that it was like being shelled by a French 75mm field gun, which is also called a “75 Cocktail” The drink's recipe was first recorded in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.


Photo Credit

I had to find a photo (and of course give credit) because my photos of OUR French 75 Cocktails have disappeared. I added extra cherry to mine :-)

Simple delicious ingredients.......

2 oz. Gin (Vodka for me)
2 oz. lemon juice
2 tsp. (more or less) simple syrup
Champagne

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until your hand hurts from the cold. Pour into Collins glass and top with champagne.

You can make this with gin or vodka. I am a confirmed vodka girl but my man loves his gin. David Embury, author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, states “Gin is sometimes used in place of cognac in this drink, but then, of course, it no longer should be called French.” Hmmmmmmmm……I would be game to try this with cognac.



For more info on the Soixante Quinze (French 75) and some cool cocktail links please chest out Oh Gosh Here


Cheers and please sir......... may I have another!