Monthly Archives: August 2008

“Georgia On My Mind”

Ok, so I know I’ve been talking about peach-flavored drinks a bit much lately (what with the Naked Navel and all), but I’ve got to fit just one more in. You see, I just returned from Atlanta and I’ve got Georgia on my mind. And despite the fact that the #1 peach-producing state in the nation is actually South Carolina (a disappointing fact I learned this week) there is no place more synonymous with that fuzzy little fruit than Georgia.

 

This was my first trip to the ATL, though I’ve visited their airport many-a-time. I guess I expected the city to be like New York, just smaller and hotter with everyone dressed like Lil’ John or Scarlett O’Hara. Those Southern stereotypes were not fulfilled, but just for giggles, here’s a few that were:

 

  1. I met a liquor store owner named Bubba who talked about a recent Toby Keith concert for about 45 minutes.
  2. Every female server I encountered called me “Hun” and said “Bless Your Heart.”
  3. The TGI Fridays I visited had a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the front door.

 

Giggles aside, Atlanta was a great city—sprawled out with more green spaces than is typical in major U.S. cities. Everyone I met was friendly and helpful and I had a great time. This drink was inspired by my trip—the peach because it’s Georgia, the blackberries because I had some great ones in a parfait Monday morning, the almond flavor because my Austrian friend, Liz, gave me Mozart chocolate balls with marzipan, and the rum because…well…I just like rum. Here it is—hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Georgia On My Mind:

 

2 oz. Gold Rum

1 ½ oz. Hiram Walker Crème de Noyaux

4 oz. fresh Peach Juice (ok..store-bought if you must)

3-5 Blackberries

A fresh Peach slice & sprig of mint (for garnish)

 

Muddle the fresh Blackberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the Rum, Crème de Noyaux, and Peach Juice and stir well. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a Peach slice and sprig of Mint.

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The Fuzzy Navel Throwdown

The “Fuzzy Navel,” as we know it today was created by our dear friend Ray Foley, and rose to fame in the 1980’s. Its great popularity was due, in part, to its catchy lil’ name and the fact that it’s sweet, easy to make, and features the great pairing of peach and orange flavors. What followed soon after were a few variations to this very simple drink—including the Hairy Navel (add vodka) and the Fuzzy Pucker (sub grapefruit juice for orange).

            Now there’s a new navel on the market—“The Naked Navel,” featuring Hiram Walker’s White Peach Schnapps. With a slightly lighter taste, the use of Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps gives the drink a more delicate, clean, crisp feel. Continuing with the “Navel” theme, they’ve also got recipes for a “Pierced Navel” (with 100 proof vodka) and a “Barbed Navel” (with Agave Tequila).  

            Let’s see how far we can take this…I’ve got an “Innie” (with Amaretto) and an “Outie” (with citrus-flavored Vodka and cranberry juice). Anyone care to 1-up me? See below for all the recipes mentioned:

 

The Fuzzy Navel:

1 ½ oz. Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps

Orange Juice to fill

 

The Hairy Navel:

1 oz. vodka

1 oz. Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps

Orange juice to fill

 

The Naked Navel:

2 parts Vodka

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

2 parts Orange Juice

 

The Pierced Navel:

2 parts 100 Proof Vodka

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

2 parts Orange Juice

 

The Barbed Navel:

2 parts Agave Tequila

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

2 parts Orange Juice

 

The Innie:

2 parts Amaretto

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

2 parts Orange Juice

 

The Outie:

2 parts citrus-flavored vodka

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

2 parts Cranberry Juice

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Sorry So Silent

I must apologize for the abrupt drop-off in posting this past week. I was on vacation in Maine and had some catching-up to do when I returned. There’s nothing like a beach vacation to get you thinking about summer cocktails. We’ve still got one good month left so why not give these a try at your final summer bash:

 

Blueberry Passion Mojito:

 

2 parts White Rum

2 parts Hiram Walker Blueberry Passion Schnapps

Juice of 1 large Lime

4-6 large mint leaves

Splash of Soda

 

Muddle the mint leaves in a Collins glass until the essence is released. Add ice to fill the glass. Add lime juice, Rum, and Schnapps. Pour into shaker and pour back into glass. Add two thin straws and garnish with a mint leaf.

 

Blushing White Peach Sangria:

 

1 part White Zinfandel

1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps

1 part Pineapple Juice (not from concentrate)

2 parts Lemon Lime Soda

2 Fresh Peach slices

4 Pineapple chunks

 

Fill a hurricane glass with ice. Pour ingredients as listed. Pour back and forth in shaker two times to mix and top with Lemon Lime Soda.

 

Mango Green Tea Frappe:

 

1 part Light Rum

2 parts Hiram Walker Mango Schnapps

¾ part Monin Green Tea Syrup

1 ¼ parts fresh Sweet & Sour mix

2 lemon squeezes

1 cup ice

 

Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass, garnish with a lemon corkscrew and mint sprig and serve.

 

What’s your favorite summer drink? Share it here & don’t be ashamed if it seems silly or simple. Who doesn’t love a nice, sickly-sweet frozen Pina Colada every now and then?

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