With a hint of spring weather upon us and March Madness in full swing, this weekend will hopefully consist of a mix of outdoor activities combined with a healthy amount of time spent glued to the tournament games on TV… a combination I like to refer to as Spring Madness.
Spring Madness also consists of cocktails (surprising I know) including
White Peach Blossom (for the spring aspect)
- 1 part ABSOLUT® Mandarin Vodka
- 1 part Hiram Walker® White Peach Schnapps
- ½ part Pineapple Juice
Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
Root Beer Fling (for the madness watching aspect)
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Root Beer Schnapps
- 1 part Kahlua® Coffee Liqueur
- ½ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
- 5 parts Cola
Serve in a tall glass filled with ice.
Happy Spring Madness everyone!
It’s the first day of spring! While it definitely does not feel like spring (yes, CT got MORE snow yesterday) I’m ready to enjoy some springtime in my mind! I don’t care if it’s 32 degrees outside, bring on the springtime cocktails!
The Whippsicle cocktail tastes just like the deliciously perfect for springtime treat: an orange cream Popsicle!
Shake Whipped Cream Liqueur and Vodka with ice. Strain into tall glass over ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with orange wheel.
If you still haven’t given Hiram Walker Whipped a try (where have you been?!) you should go check out how Drinking in America thought HW Whipped compared to Pinnacle, the results may surprise you! Find the review HERE!
Enjoy and Happy Spring!
I was elated earlier in April to read Paul & Steve’s “Buzzings” about the Whiskey Sour coming out from a long winter hibernation. But to politely disagree, I wasn’t convinced it was Whiskey Sour season again; after all, we received another tiny layer of the white stuff in Connecticut the day they put up their post (in fact, there still is a pile of snow in my office’s parking lot even today, although the pile has greatly shrunk down in size, thank goodness!).
It's a beautiful day to enjoy an Apricot Sour outside!
But I have finally put away the winter coat and am ready to start mixing up the Whiskey Sour, and all of its favorable variations once again. As Steve and Paul both note, fresh ingredients are the key to make this recipe a classic combination of sweet and sour. Along with a great-tasting base spirit, using homemade simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice are necessary here.
While I suggest you visit their website to see their perfected Whiskey Sour and delicious food pairings, I am happy to share a variation that I think embodies that same feelings of sweet summer warmth, the Apricot Sour.
Build in a glass and serve over ice. Garnish with orange and cherry flag.
Wishing you all a very Happy Friday and what I hope will be a glorious spring weekend!
Although “July Belongs to Blueberries”, I did recently discover that tomorrow, April 28th, is National Blueberry Pie Day. And, considering I’ve been in the habit lately of turning desserts into drinks, (the only kind of dessert, right?!) I couldn’t pass up this scrumptious opportunity! I present to you… a Blueberry Passion Mojito!
Blueberry Passion Mojito:
2 parts Seagram’s Rum
2 parts Hiram Walker® Blueberry Passion Schnapps
Juice of 1 large lime
4-6 mint leaves
Splash of Club Soda
Muddle the mint leaves in a Collins glass until essence is released. Add ice to fill glass. Add lime juice, rum, and Blueberry Schnapps. Roll back and forth between a mixing glass. Top with soda and garnish with mint leaves.
Cocktail Culture’s going to keep the gin drinks coming with “24 drinks with Beefeater 24,” a warm-weather series that’ll stretch through summer and provide you with some delectably light cocktails.
Next up is The Rendezvous by Antonio Simonetti of the Hoxton Pony. It’s a lovely cocktail that balances bright citrus notes with the perfect touch of bitter and sweet. Don’t fear the egg white! It adds a wonderful frothy texture and makes the drink look simply divine.
The Rendezvous (2/24)
1 ½ oz. Beefeater 24 gin
1 ½ barspoons of Bitter Orange Marmalade
½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
2/3 oz. Orgeat syrup
1/3 oz. egg white
¼ oz. Maraschino liqueur
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and Grapefruit zest.
Cocktail Culture’s going to keep the gin drinks coming with 24 drinks with Beefeater 24, a warm-weather series that’ll stretch through summer and provide you with some delectably light cocktails.
We’ll get things started with this refreshing tipple from Ruby & Sequoia’s Tomas Lenko.
Blue Velvet (1/24)
1 ½ oz. Beefeater 24 gin
1/3 oz. honey
1/3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 oz. simple syrup
2/3 oz. Sloe Gin
Muddle blueberries in the base of a shaker. Add ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass.
New England is infamous for its quirky, quick-changing weather and that’s certainly been the case in Connecticut this month. Not two weeks ago our basements were flooded and the National Guard was actually called into our small town to help control the flood. Days later we had record high temps and sunshine. Currently, we’re somewhere in between but I’m hoping (if only for the sake of our newly-planted grass) that the weather starts leaning in Summer’s direction.
April’s Scotchtail is perfect for this time of year (no matter what the weather’s doing) and the flavor combo of grapefruit and honey is divine! Easy-to-make, too! What more could you ask for?
1 ½ Chivas Regal 12 yo
1 ½ oz. Ruby Grapefruit Juice
2 barspoons honey
Dash Grapefruit bitters
Stir the honey in the empty old fashioned glass. Add the whisky and continue until dissolved. Following the addition of the Grapefruit Juice, top with crushed ice.
If grapefruit isn’t your style, try this light and refreshing drink that would be fantastic through summer!
1 ½ oz Chivas Regal 12 yo
¾ oz. Monin Mandarin Syrup
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Dash Peach Juice
Shake all ingredients (except tonic) together in a Boston shaker. Pour over ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with sliced apple.