In honor of both Iron Maiden releasing their own beer this week and it’s name sake being my favorite dive bar in Orange County I present to you my version of the M
oscow Mule. With history steeped in the British colonial presence in India, Crabbies Scottish Ginger Beer has been brewed since the early 1800′s and enjoyed world wide! They suggest drinking this ale over ice, but I took it to the next level with a little bit of vodka and some fresh ingredients.
Simple and refreshing, this cocktail can be premade in a pitcher and enjoyed during the warm days to come! Continue Reading
What do you get when you cross a banana with an iguana? A Guanabana! Guanabanas, contrary to what the name may bring you to believe, is neither a reptile nor a fruit of the Musa genus. It is in fact a fruit native to many Latin American countries and also goes by the name of Soursop. Guanabana is most commonly used in ice cream and agua frescas in Mexico, which is where I initially fell in love with it. This pulpy fruit tastes lightly of mango and pineapples. It adds a wonderful tropical twist to many traditional cocktails that call for fruit juices as well as occasionally used in cooking (beer carnitas anyone?).
This beer cocktail is fresh, minty and perfect for a warm evening under the stars.
Spring is launching into full on summer mode pretty soon and looking for fun and fresh cocktail ideas for your brunches and lunches becomes a priority. Last week I was playing around with lambics and got the idea of trying to make a milkshake flavored cocktail. So, I did a little experimentation and came up with this recipe featuring cake vodka and instead of tasting like a milkshake I thought it was more in the realm of a shortcake. My serendipitous recipe is as follow:
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and those that follow me on twitter have most likely seen the daily gym check-ins. In line with my kick, I’ve gone back to drinking my favorite semi-alcoholic morning beverage: Kombucha. Kombucha is an amazing drink full of antioxidants and microbes that do everything from detoxifying your filthy self to killing that hangover you’re working on. As great as Kombucha sounds, its taste is not for everyone. Being fairly acidic to some, kombucha tastes slightly of vinegar. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would do wonderfully with a sour or fruit beer and that’s when the Cherry Chia Cocktail was born.
Originally from Mexico, this “hangover cure” has seen many different variants from grapefruit juice to sliced habaneros. Michelada is roughly translated as “my iced beer” or “ice cold beer.” Traditionally served in a big bowl shaped glass (usually reserved for cocktails) filled with ice, I like to make this in a pitcher and share it all around the morning after a Taco Tuesday! Continue Reading
Not your father’s Radler. There’s no lemonade or ginger beer here to save your little soul. This is a Radler to put hair on your chest!–Well maybe not quite, but it’s a fun take on the traditional Bavarian Radler in cocktail format! Continue Reading
This cocktail is perfect for a night cuddling by the fire with a good book! This is perfect as a dessert cocktail or by itself. Continue Reading
The art of infusing is the key to making any outstanding and unique cocktail. The seasoned mixologist will tell you that they spend most of their down time creating ingredients such as tinctures, infusions, syrups and mixes to use in their recipes. Whether it’s as subtle as a vanilla sugar rimmed glass or as bold as a Chinese five-spice guava tincture, infusions will pique the drinkers interest and keep them wanting more. Here are just a few recipes to get you started into the world of potable alchemy! Continue Reading
I am a huge fan of absinthe, but because of the herbs many contain they can exhaust and overwhelm ones taste buds! This cocktail brings out the herbal notes of the absinthe in a smooth, slightly spicy elixir that is neither overwhelming nor tiresome to the senses.
In the spirit of the holidays this little digestif is the perfect warming touch to a cold stormy night in front of the fire. Chocolate lovers rejoice, finally a creamy chocolate cocktail that doesn’t reak of cheap vodka that you’d get at most call bars.