Guest Post: Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Chris and I are going over to Nelson’s for dinner tonight.  Here’s a pre-dinner drink to celebrate the weekend.  Cosmos were big back in the Sex and the City days.  If you like cranberry juice in your cocktail, you’ll enjoy this one.  Bottoms up!

I used to like to make and drink all kinds of cocktails when I was younger.  Lately I’ve been more of a neat whiskey drinker.  The sugary drinks give me a headache and so I usually stay away.  But since it’s getting warmer here, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping, I wanted to make something that reminded me of warm weather.  This drink is great when you’re hosting a small get-together as it’s easy to make and requires ingredients most of us normally have already.

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Guest Post: Calvados “Martini”

Calvados "Martini"

Chris came home early from work today and the first thing he did to kick off Christmas Eve was to make this lovely cocktail for us –yay Chris! 🙂 If you like a strong cocktail, like a Martini with a hint of apple, you’ll love this one.  Cheers!

So with the holiday season upon us, I wanted to make a drink that was sophisticated yet fun.  Anne brought home some Calvados and I decided to try adding it into a vodka “martini”.  The result? Just as one would expect, it tastes like a vodka martini with an apple finish.  Eat the apple garnish to draw out even more apple flavor.

Note: I’m a martini purist and normally only reserve the word for the drink comprised of gin and vermouth.  But ’tis the season to have fun, right?

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

About a month ago, I made my own vanilla extract using different spirit variations.  I wanted to see how each vanilla extract would render.  Since there weren’t any well spirits in my house, I decided to use the stuff I had on hand.  Here’s what I had: Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, and Don Julio Blanco Tequila.  The photo above is at 33 days of aging.  1 more month to go!

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