2oz red wine
1.5oz Lairds apple brandy
.5oz Avrell Danson Sloe Gin
.25 Maple syrup
Combine in a mixing glass with ice, stir and strain into a cocktail glass.
I enjoyed this with my pizza but I’m not sure I’d make it again. The wine overtakes the Lairds and Avrell Damson rather a lot and I like them too much to waste.
2oz marshmallow vodka
1oz Hazelnut liqueur
1oz Peanut butter simple
Can this be good? I may have to make the vodka and simple and try it.
I’ve been infusing a small amount of ginger vodka on my countertop for about ten days and today it tasted both sweet and spicy. Time to make cocktails.
4oz home-made ginger-infused vodka
1oz barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
.25oz Belle de Brillet
Combine in a shaker with ice. Shake for a 30 count. Strain into coupes.
Ginger Pear Herb Cocktail
This is a riff on a ginger rosemary pear cocktail for which I saw the recipe but was missing the rosemary. It’s unusual for me not to have any in the house but this time I was caught out. The original recipe calls for pear brandy, Domain Canton and rosemary simple syrup with fresh lemon. Here’s what I did and I liked it:
1.5oz Orchard Pear (which is fairly sweet)
.75oz Intense Ginger
.25oz ( or less) fresh lemon
Combine in a cocktail shaker and sake with ice for the count of 20 strain into a cocktail glass. (The original was garnished with rosemary, which would have been nice).
While I can imagine the original recipe had an earthiness that would be lovely on a chilly night, this tasted great, with some sweet and bright notes. I may try it with apple brandy another night.
The New Brunswick
I love manhattans and I love pink grapefruit and this cocktail mixes both. It’s a sure winner. Next time I will increase the grapefruit juice by .5 oz or so.
2oz fresh grapefruit
1oz Rittenhouse Rye
1oz Carpano Antico
1 bar spoon or simple
1 bar spoon of fresh lemon
A dash of grapefruit bitters.
In a cocktail shaker, mix juices, rye and simple. Strain into a rocks glass and top with Carpano and bitters.
Blood Orange Negroni
I’ve been day-dreaming about a food-centered jaunt to Puglia today. Italy is on my mind. What could be more Italian than a blood orange Negroni? Blood Oranges are in season right now, so go out and get some!
1oz Berkshire Etherial Gin
1oz fresh blood orange juice
.5oz Dolin Rouge vermouth
Stir with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange. Pretend you’re in Florence (which is nowhere near Puglia).
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