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Pleasantly Punched!

Planning to host a summer soiree? One great tip I’ve learned in working with bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts is not to take yourself away from your own party by getting stuck behind the bar and mixing individual cocktails for your guests. Instead, plan to serve a punch!

Having a killer punch recipe on hand is a phenomenal way to impress your guests. Plus, the ease of being able to prepare the drink before your guests arrive and, in turn, have them serve themselves, takes some of the extra duties of playing host off of your shoulders.

Below are three new recipes from Pernod Ricard USA that are sure to leave you and your guests pleasantly punched! Enjoy!

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch:
Dre Masso is a leading mixologist and bar consultant. Working with some of London’s best bars for almost 20 years,

Dre is internationally renowned for his cocktail recipes. His Royal Jamboree Punch is a fruity twist on the traditional recipe, a quintessentially English flavor perfect for the summer months.

  • 300ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 5 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 5 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 100ml Dubonnet
  • 300ml Red Grape Juice
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon wheels, fresh strawberries sliced in half and sliced red grapes

Pour all ingredients except lemonade into a punch bowl or jug and stir well, making sure the jam is mixed thoroughly. To serve, add ice and punch to a highball glass and garnish. Top with lemonade.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch
Celebrating the quintessential English country garden, the Beefeater Garden Party punch combines the best ingredients from the English countryside.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch

  • 3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts Sparkling English Wine
  • 2 parts Good Quality Pressed Pear or Apple Juice
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Elderflower Cordial
  • ½ part Sugar Syrup
  • Pear and apple slices

Stir all ingredients with a large ice block and serve with ice in a highball glass. For large ice block: filling a clean, empty juice carton three quarters full with water and freezing. When frozen, carefully cut carton away from the ice.

Sarah Sercia’s “Saas & Spice” Punch

  • 2 bottles of Hiram Walker Watermelon Sour Schnapps
  • 2 gallons of fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 gallon fresh lime juice
  • Pink peppercorn
  • Celery bitters

Add Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps and juices to punch bowl.  Stir.  Add about 45 dashes of celery bitters and stir again.  Add ground pink peppercorn on top.  Fill ice with glass and serve over ice.  Yields about 75. 

Cheers!
SJ

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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Sloe Gin Fizz

Wow, somehow we’ve wound up at the last Friday in April so let’s celebrate with a beverage. Today, we’re sipping on a Sloe Gin Fizz, a slightly fizzy (hence the name!) cocktail that, in our variation, calls for both a London-Style gin in Beefeater and Hiram Walker’s all-natural Sloe Gin. This is a great, economic alternative if you cannot find the English sloe gin in your market (it only recently became available again in the US, thanks to Plymouth).

The Professor himself, David Wondrich, has already identified for us one of the most eloquently written reviews on the drink:

“Its haunting pink color and fruity opulence are topped with a handsome collar of natural foam which, if the sloe gin be of first quality, is gladsome aplenty.” – Lawton Mackall, Esquire Magazine,  August 1941

So now, what is there that I can really say to top Mackall’s description? I’ll just humbly offer up our recipe instead!

Sloe Gin Fizz

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Sloe Gin
  • 1 part Beefeater® Gin
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Simple Syrup
  • 5 parts Soda Water

Combine ingredients and serve on ice in a Collins glass.

Have a very happy weekend!

Cheers!
SJ

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Pernod Ricard Events at Tales of the Cocktail

We’re just one day away from one of the biggest cocktail gatherings of the year. If you’re headed down to NOLA, keep this list of events handy so you can participate in some of the great drinking opportunities throughout the week presented by Pernod Ricard USA.

Pernod Ricard also will play host to two opening and closing parties that flank a plethora of other events at Tales of the Cocktail for 2011 – the Beefeater Welcome Reception on Wednesday and the Plymouth Bartender’s Breakfast on Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

Here’s the rest of the handy list:

  • Absolut San Francisco Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Wednesday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Absolut Bloody Mary Bar
    9 – 10:30 AM, Thursday & Friday
    Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar
  • Kahlua Coffee Bar
    8:30 – 10:30 AM, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Irish Distillers Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Thursday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Pernod Absinthe Green Hour
    3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Thursday & Saturday
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Negroni with a Twist Party
    4:30 PM to 6 PM, Thursday
    Acadia Suite, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Ricard Petanque
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday
    300 Block of Royal Street
  • The Spirited Award Ceremony sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA
    8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Saturday
    Mahalia Jackson Theatre

A visit to Tales of the Cocktail on the web here or a download of the mobile application is the perfect way to keep a running tab (pun intended!) of all the week’s happenings.

I look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces in NOLA this week. Definitely feel free to shoot me an email so we can try to cross paths, or follow my action via Twitter at @stephaniejerzy.

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Gin is in Full Bloom

The Bel Air Cocktail

While I’m one to happily sip on gin year-round, I’m finding that the juniper-based spirit is starting to see its place again on seasonally-influenced cocktail menus around town.

In the spirit of it all, I found these Beefeater-based recipes from the “Ultimate Little Cocktail Book”, written by bartender Ray Foley and decided to do some shaking at the office.

I mixed up the Bel Air cocktail, a hearty gin drink with the seasonally appropriate addition of the apricot brandy. The grenadine – could do with or without it – but I think it is necessary that part of this drink’s mixing instructions would be to serve chilled and drink only in the comforts of an outdoor patio after a day at the office. Don’t you feel more relaxed already just thinking about it?

Up close and personal...

Bel Air Cocktail

Shake. (I then strained and served in a chilled cocktail glass.) 

Another drink I found to look even more intriguing was the Copper Illusion Martini. I had all ingredients on hand but, um, the drink as I had found it has no measurements…

Back to the Internet I went and found a vast range of pour sizes and serving methods for this one cocktail. While the exact measurements are still TBD, it seems the resurgent theme is equal parts of Campari and Hiram Walker Triple Sec with a much heartier serving of Beefeater. So below would be my educated guess with that thought in mind (official taste test still to come).

Copper Illusion Martini

  • 1 1/2 parts Beefeater
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part Campari

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with an orange twist.

If you have any further insights into this drink’s history or a more accurate serving method, I am all ears! Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

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24 hours ’til Tales

New England’s recent sweltering heat wave (complete with humidity that this desert gal is not quite experienced in dealing with) was certainly great preparation for my upcoming descent upon New Orleans, the unofficially official birthplace of the cocktail. The occasion is Tales of the Cocktail, the spirits industry’s premier event for bartenders, bloggers, liquor reps, and brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts, among others to gather and celebrate the culture of the cocktail community.

There is still much more to learn upon my arrival from those veterans who have attended Tales before and – more importantly – survived. I’m slightly afraid for the safety of my liver, but as they say: When in NOLA, do as the N’awlins do or, rather, drink as the N’awlins drink.  Selena of The Dizzy Fizz did a great write-up of tips from the pros that have conquered this event before, so give it a read. If you have more tips and suggestions, please get in touch!

Anyways, since I can’t imagine any of you would be interested here in tracking my every move at Tales (plus, that’s what Twitter is around for. No stalkers, please.), here’s what I’m most looking forward to during my NOLA adventures. In no particular order:

  • The Beefeater Welcome Reception for a truly exciting Tales kickoff filled with Beefeater gin cocktails! It’s Wednesday evening at the Contemporary Arts Center , which looks to be a beautiful facility. I’ll be taking off from the CAC to the Elms Mansion for A Promenade of Jubilation, presented by William Grant & Sons
  • Breakfast at THE breakfast establishment, Brennan’s. Oh Banana’s Foster, here I come!
  • Celebrating the spirit of Le Paris at a Spirited Luncheon at Antoine’s. I’ll be there to celebrate French food and, of course, cocktails.
  • And then there’s the Tales Spirited Dinner series. We’re off to Le Meritage to enjoy a great meal with cocktails prepared by Jeffery and Jonathan Pogash.
  • You’ll probably catch me bright and early most mornings grabbing a complimentary cup (or two) of Joe at the Kahlúa Coffee Bar, along with a Kahlúa-inspired cocktail from Kaiser Penguin called “Black Paloma”.
  • Beignets and Po’boys
  • Catching some live music. The Tales After Dark series at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse has me intrigued, particularly the Brazilian-influenced Chegado.
  • Wednesday is also Steve Raye’s birthday so I’m sure we’ll be hoisting a few glasses to his youth. 😉 Join up and celebrate with us!

See you in NOLA!
SJ

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Beefeater Summer to Shine in TDN Tonight

On the heels of the summer solstice occurring this week, Beefeater Summer Edition gin is sponsoring tonight’s session of Thursday Drink Night. TDN is the brainchild of The Mixoloseum, home to a group of the most admired cocktail and spirits bloggers in the industry. Bloggers, aficionados, and home enthusiasts alike will gather in the chat room to discuss the limited edition gin and sample it in a variety of original drink recipes.

Never been to the Mixoloseum chat room before? Well, Thursday Drink Night is the perfect opportunity to check it out! And, new members are always welcomed. Just proceed to the web site, create a user name and password and – voila! – you’re logged on. The event gets underway around 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) and lasts into the wee hours of the morning. If you’re not around for the chat, you can also follow the action in the Mixoloseum via Twitter. I’m sure I’ll be tweeting up a storm as well.

Join us early in the evening, if possible, to catch Pernod Ricard’s Director of the Gin Portfolio, Clare Kanter, as she shares with us her insights and admiration for the Beefeater line of gins. It’s an evening not to be missed!

We hope to see you in the chat room!

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