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Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in shaken | 0 comments

nutty vodka gimlet

nutty vodka gimlet

  The vodka gimlet was my very first cocktail. When my parents had guests over, there was always a pitcher on hand, and I would sneak a sip when I could. I don’t know if it was the lime or the hazelnuts that I found more appealing. Yes, you read that correctly: Hazelnuts. After pouring a glass, one or two hazelnuts were dropped in, to be enjoyed at any point during the imbibing process. Once I became old enough to have my own, I would put three or four hazelnuts in my glass. While developing my own vodka gimlet recipe, I wanted to get even more of their flavor incorporated into this drink. Toasting them helps bring out the flavor-intensive oils, as does bashing them around with some ice and an acid in a cocktail shaker. If you’re a little doubtful, trust me on this one – you’ve just got to try it. (Unless, of course, you’re allergic to nuts – then please, don’t try it.) The hazelnut flavor is subtle but enhances both the aroma...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in muddled | 0 comments

fuzzy gin fizz

fuzzy gin fizz

  It’s a shame that any cocktail with fruit in it isn’t considered “manly” by a large portion of the male population. If a gorgeous orange color and some tasty peach goo are too frou-frou for you, then I won’t seek to convert you. But I do recommend trying it before dismissing this tasty and sophisticated cocktail as “too girly.” (And keep in mind that if you’ve ever drank gin before, you’ve already ingested the floral aroma and essence of juniper berries. Sounds kinda girly if you ask me…) This cocktail takes advantage of the peach’s summer sweetness and balances it with tartness, while the gin keeps it grounded and instantly reminds you this is an adult beverage. It does not taste like a sweet fruit juice. Don’t worry – this cocktail isn’t actually fuzzy! The peach gets peeled before it gets muddled. fuzzy gin fizz 1/2 fresh peach, peeled and sliced 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/8 tsp sugar (more if you like it sweeter) 1 shot gin lemon-lime soda Put the peach slices and lemon juice in a...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in infused | 0 comments

sassy summer sangria

sassy summer sangria

  Sangria is a perfect cocktail for improvising and innovating. In fact, I never make the exact same sangria twice. However, if you’re going to use a bottle of your favorite wine and a few of your best liquors, it helps to have a fool-proof foundation on which to build. This is my reliable base, to which you can add any number of other ingredients to make it suit your taste. I call it “sassy” because the rosemary gives it just a bit of an edge, and it’s not very sweet (but it can easily be made sweeter if you wish). Because it’s infused with fresh rosemary and fruit, it needs to be made a day ahead. I also recommend pouring some lemonade or lemon soda into an ice cube tray; when you serve the sangria, these cubes will keep it cool without watering it down. Before serving, taste it. And taste it again, to make sure you tasted it accurately the first time. Then play around with it – I’d suggest adding any new ingredients to your testing...

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