Fig, Rosemary, and Bourbon Smash

Greetings! Here is a delicious and easy recipe for a cocktail when you are in the mood for bourbon smash, but want something a little different. Of course, feel free to try different fruits that are in season and, if you would like, pair them with your favorite herbs that complement the specific fruits. I have made these with peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums and cherries and they are all so very enjoyable! Continue reading “Fig, Rosemary, and Bourbon Smash”

Creamy Frozen Blueberry Mojito

It finally feels like summer and so it is time to grill and make very satisfying cold drinks! It was a very hot and humid weekend just this past weekend, so we decided to grill hamburgers and also make a frozen cocktail. I wanted to experiment with a mojito-type cocktail, so I first decide what flavors sounded good at that moment, then I gathered what I had available that I thought would complement each other. I decided to mix dark rum, orange liquor, lime juice, chocolate mint, cream of coconut and blueberries. I incautiously measured the ingredients and added them into a blender and just watched as everything came together beautifully, then slurped up a glassful after doing our weekend chores and just before enjoying our delicious hamburgers! It was so minty, creamy and berrylicious!  Continue reading “Creamy Frozen Blueberry Mojito”

Nectarine Whiskey Elixir

Hi there! It has been a while since my last post. It is surprising how busy one can get at spring time. Winter chore list that one must finish, spring house cleaning, gardening, and there is something new to add to the chore list every day. We have been saying we’re almost done with big chores for the last 2 months, but we still have several things left to do. Just last Saturday, we worked very hard cleaning our yard and planting our garden. Afterwards, we craved a cold smoothie-like cocktail, so we decided to try something new. I had seen a recipe somewhere before for a peach whiskey cocktail, so I decided to use what we had on hand to make something similar. I combined bourbon, nectarines, lemon juice, honey, turmeric, ginger, basil and ice in a blender and just watched as the ingredients tornadoed into a beautiful goldenrod hue. This refreshing sweet and spicy drink was very easy and quick to make and so satisfying after a long day’s work. After we served our cocktails in our champagne flutes, we sat out on the patio and enjoyed them as we admired all our hard work. It was a perfect moment for mindfully savoring the flavors and aromas and treasuring the beautiful sunshine and the soft breeze. Of note, you can use gin or another spirit if you don’t feel like whiskey. Also, feel free to experiment with other fruits and herbs in this cocktail as you may end up making something truly wonderful. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Nectarine Whiskey Elixir”

Gin & Elderflower Cordial

The other day we wanted to have a light and refreshing drink to remind us of warmer days when we sat outside and enjoyed fresh air and the scents from our herb garden, so we decided to try a new recipe that we call Gin & Elderflower Cordial. First, when it comes to gin we just love Hendrick’s Gin as it is more mild, floral and aromatic. It works really well in any gin cocktail and it can blend well with other liquors as it is not too strong in juniper taste. For this cocktail, we blended gin with elderflower cordial, lemon juice and orange bitters. I find that when you make new drink recipes, you need to keep adjusting your sweet to sour ratio until you have it balanced the way you prefer. For us, the elderflower cordial in this recipe is sweet enough by itself so there is no need to add any additional sweetener to balance the flavors. The orange bitters add a nice bold, herbaceous and zesty note to the drink. Here’s the recipe. Hope you enjoy making and savoring this drink!

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The Antoinette

On special occasions when we feel like living it up, we love going to our favorite craft cocktail bar The Berry & Rye. It is a charming little place and we love the quaint and cozy atmosphere. They have an awesome selection of original craft cocktails and some classics and they have seasonal menus as well. We love trying new cocktails, but one of our standard favorites is the Antoinette. The Antoinette is this seductively gorgeous drink that tastes heavenly and it is sinfully delicious. It is spicy with beautiful burgundy color and it is composed of whiskey, maple syrup, blueberry reduction, fresh Lemon juice, and their House Cinnamon & Clove Bitters. When we first had this cocktail, I became obsessed with recreating it at home, so I first made our own version of cinnamon and clove bitters (Spice & Spirits Cinnamon Clove Bitters) and once the bitters was ready, I married whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and pure blueberry juice with couple dashes of the bitters and voilà.

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Gold Rush

We just love whiskey cocktails as we always have whiskey around the house and it pairs well with citrus and goes well with spicy bitters. I first made this cocktail on New Year’s Eve this year and we just loved it. We loved it so much that we made a whole pitcher full. It is so easy and so delicious. I love the beautiful amber gold color and the smooth sweet and sour comforting taste with just a touch of spice. It is especially great on a cold day when you just want to stay in your warm pajamas by the fire and enjoy the calm moment. Here is the recipe.

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