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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Cinn & Pom Iced Tea

I’m on top of my game! For two weeks in a row I’ve got back-to-back Friday’s Feature Cocktail posts. It also appears that I’ve got back-to-back fabulous Iced Tea recipes. I wish I could say that I had planned for this Iced Tea duo, but fate (and Iced Tea Day) would rather have acted on its own.

A refreshing follow up to last week’s Peach Iced Tea is this crisp Cinn & Pom Iced Tea. Featuring the delicious combination of freshly brewed green tea, pomegranate juice and Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps (direct off earning a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition), this drink blends together some of the best flavors of both summer and autumn. Here’s the recipe:

Cinn & Pom Iced Tea

Brew tea a package indicates. Chill tea and build in a Collins glass over ice.

Enjoy this Iced Tea recipe all month long or, conversely, make this drink in a coffee mug and serve warm with your freshly brewed hot tea.

Cheers!
SJ

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Prep for Rum Day: Beachcomber

Photo from Hawaiiangatherings.com

You can’t talk about rum and its post-prohibition popularity without mentioning the name Ernest Beaumont-Gantt.

“Ummm…Who?” you may ask.

Gantt, better known as Donn Beach, was one of the pioneers of the Tiki phenomenon of the 1940s and 50s. He opened a successful Hollywood restaurant, Don the Beachcomber, and concocted such famed drinks as the Zombie.

It seemed more than appropriate to dedicate a post today to Donn Beach as today is National Rum Day; Beach’s cocktails turned the rum category from the foreign and exotic to something of a staple. So today, I’m offering up the Beachcomber cocktail as a fitting Tiki tribute to Donn Beach.

Beachcomber (from our friend Robert Plotkin’s recipe database at AmericanCocktails.com)
1 ½ oz. Light Rum
¾ oz. Raspberry Liqueur
½ oz. Triple Sec (I use Hiram Walker)
½ oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1 ½ oz. lemon sour mix
Pour the ingredients into an iced mixing glass. Shake and strain into a specialty glass with ice. Garnish with a limed wedge.

Cheers!
SJ

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Prep for Rum Day: Between the Sheets

Cocktail Culture is bringing you a slew of rum-based recipes in preparation of National Rum Day on August 16. This first post is a reprint of a previous CC entry, as it is one of the most widely read posts on our site.

Google “Between the Sheets” and you’ll probably find an ad from Bed Bath & Beyond, a lingerie fashion show article, and a few NSFW sites. Learn from the mistake I made and google “Between the Sheets cocktail” instead if you’re looking to find a few great articles on this tasty tipple.

I first read about Between the Sheets on the White On Rice Couple blog. It sounded delicious, yet simple, and their wonderful photography made it look all the more appealing. A variation on the Sidecar, this cocktail was created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris during the 1930’s (according to Jay over at Oh Gosh! And trust me, he knows what he’s talking about). Here it is—

Between the Sheets

¾ oz. Cognac (I like Colleen’s suggestion to use Apricot Brandy instead!)

¾ oz. Light Rum (Appleton Estate White)

¾ oz. Triple Sec (Hiram Walker)

½ oz. Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Cheers!
SJ

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Drinks of Summer: The Bloodhound Cocktail

BloodhoundThis post is part of Cocktail Culture’s Drinks of Summer series, in which we will feature light & refreshing warm-weather cocktails.

Is there any flavor that says “summer” quite like strawberry? Not for me. I love using fresh strawberries in my cocktails—especially with gin. It’s light, it’s sweet, a little bit tart, it’s summertime perfection.

The Bloodhound cocktail, is an easy-breezy drink that employs three bar staples: dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and gin. Throw in some fresh strawberries when you have them on hand and you’ve got yourself one fine drink. I found this little lovely while thumbing through The Savoy Cocktail Book, then immediately checked out Underhill Lounge to see if Eric Ellestad had covered it yet. Sure enough, he did, and the recipe I include below is actually adapted from his modernized take on it. Enjoy!

The Bloodhound Cocktail

¾ oz. Dry Vermouth (Dolin)

¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth (Martini & Rossi)

1 ½ oz. Beefeater Gin

2-3 crushed strawberries

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Drinks of Summer: Between the Sheets

bts cocktailThis post is part of Cocktail Culture’s Drinks of Summer series, in which we will feature light & refreshing warm-weather cocktails.

Google “Between the Sheets” and you’ll probably find an ad from Bed Bath & Beyond, a lingerie fashion show article, and a few NSFW sites. Learn from the mistake I made and google “Between the Sheets cocktail” instead if you’re looking to find a few great articles on this tasty tipple.

I first read about Between the Sheets on the White On Rice Couple blog. It sounded delicious, yet simple, and their wonderful photography made it look all the more appealing. A variation on the Sidecar, this cocktail was created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris during the 1930’s (according to Jay over at Oh Gosh! And trust me, he knows what he’s talking about). Here it is—

Between the Sheets

¾ oz. Cognac (I like Colleen’s suggestion to use Apricot Brandy instead!)

¾ oz. Light Rum (Appleton Estate White)

¾ oz. Triple Sec (Hiram Walker)

½ oz. Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Drinks of Summer: English Afterthought

imbibe2This post is part of Cocktail Culture’s Drinks of Summer series, in which we will feature light & refreshing warm-weather cocktails.

I’m just now getting around to reading Imbibe’s Summer Drink Guide & I love the sound of this new cocktail from Michael Geist at The Edison in Los Angeles. Haven’t had the chance to try it yet but it sounds delicious. Adding ginger beer to the grocery list this weekend! Cheers!

English Afterthought by Michael Geist

2 oz. Gin

1/2 oz. St. Germain

1 Tbsp. fresh blueberries

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

Ginger beer

Ice cubes

Muddle blueberries and ginger in glass. Fill glass with ice, then add gin and St. Germain. Stir, top with ginger beer and garnish.

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Drinks of Summer: Ramos Gin Yum

Ramos Gin FizzThis post is part of Cocktail Culture’s Drinks of Summer series, in which we will feature light & refreshing warm-weather cocktails.

My latest drink obsession—I love a Ramos Gin Fizz! Now, the TOTC session with Audrey Saunders was not the first time I’ve tried a Ramos Gin Fizz but it was the first time I realized how fantastically awesome they are. I haven’t been able to get them off my mind since. It is, by far, my favorite gin drink at the moment. Reese, over at Cocktail Hacker did a great write-up of the RG Fizz recently, with delicious-looking photos, so check him out.

Here’s the recipe I prefer:

Ramos Gin Fizz

1 tbsp. superfine sugar

3-4 drops orange flower water

Juice of ½ lemon

Juice of ½ lime

1 ½ oz. Beefeater gin

1 egg white

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Seltzer

Combine all ingredients (except seltzer) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake very well (like…you better shake your arm off and freeze your hands) and strain into a Collins glass. Top with Seltzer and stir. I also like it garnished with an orange slice like Reese used in his.

This is not an easy drink to make but, as an occasional treat, I think it’s well worth the time and effort. It’s a great-tasting cocktail with a wonderful history (read Paul Clarke’s article from way back when to read up on all that and more). So if you’re feeling ambitious this weekend and can get your hands on some orange flower water, you’ve absolutely got to try this!

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