Cocktail of the Week: A Fresh Gimlet

Wedding or Party Specialty Cocktail a Fresh GimletCocktail of the Week: A Fresh Gimlet

Looking for a way to brighten up a snowy day? Try a fresh twist on a classic Gimlet! Skip the sweetened lime juice and use fresh juice. If the spirit moves you, try some flavored simple syrup such as rosemary , ginger or clove to spice up your cocktail.

2 ½oz Gin (or Vodka – your choice!)
½ oz Simple Syrup*
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheels for garnish.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Gin (or Vodka), Simple Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into a martini glass or over ice in a small tumbler. Garnish with a Lime Wheel. Sip and dream of spring!

Cocktail Trivia! The Gimlet is reportedly named after British Naval Officer and fleet surgeon, Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette (1858 – 1943). In an effort to create a concoction to ward off scurvy, Sir Thomas added gin to lime juice to mask the bitter taste. In Gimlette’s day officers drank gin but the ranks were given rations of rum – we’ll save the rum with lime for another week.

* Simple Syrup is really simple. Just put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer for a few minutes to dissolve all the sugar. To flavor the syrup, choose your flavoring e.g., sliced fresh ginger, mint, cloves, lemon peel… and add to the saucepan with the water and sugar. Let the flavored syrup simmer a little longer or cover the saucepan, turn off the stove and let the flavoring steep into the syrup for at least 30 minutes. Strain before storing in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Rosemary Whiskey Sour

Rosemary Whiskey SourCocktail of the Week: Rosemary Whiskey Sour

Before the Rosemary in my garden is buried in snow, I thought I would snip off a few sprigs to make this aromatic cocktail. No sour mix here – the fresh lemon juice gives this drink a nice citrusy tang. This is definitely not your grandfather’s whiskey sour.

2oz Jack Daniels or your favorite Whiskey
1oz Rosemary Simple Syrup*
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Rosemary Sprigs for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Whiskey, Rosemary Simple Syrup and Fresh Lemon Juice. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Enjoy!

*To make Rosemary Syrup, place 3 – 4 sprigs of Rosemary in a small saucepan. Muddle the rosemary slightly with a muddler or the back of the spoon – to release the flavor. Add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water to the saucepan and heat on medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Rosemary Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Samoa Martini

Samoa MartiniCocktail of the Week: Samoa Martini

It’s that time of year again – Cookie Season is here! Toast to the women of Girl Scouts as you sip this deLiteful caramel, coconut and chocolate creation.

2oz Smirnoff Caramel Vodka
1 ½ oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 ½ oz Malibu Coconut Rum
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
2 Tablespoons Shredded Coconut Flakes
1 Samoa or Caramel deLites Girl Scout Cookie – you only need one per cocktail but support Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes!

Heat an oven to 350 degrees. Place the coconut on a foil or parchment covered cookie sheet and toast in the oven until the coconut is golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Pour the Chocolate Syrup on to a small plate. Pour the toasted coconut onto another small plate. Dredge the rim of a martini glass in the chocolate syrup. Dredge the chocolate coated rim through the toasted coconut. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour Caramel Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and Coconut Rum over ice. Shake well and strain as you pour into your chocolate and coconut rimmed glass. With a sharp knife, carefully cut a slice into your Samoa cookie, and then a second slice to create a very, very small wedge in the cookie. Garnish your cocktail by using the wedge to hang the cookie on the side of the glass. Enjoy!

For over 100 years Girl Scouts have been building girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. There is much more to Girl Scouts than cookies! But when you see cookie sellers this season, buy generously, enjoy the cookies and know you are contributing to our future. Can’t find Girl Scout cookies? Send me a message and I hook you up with cookie sellers.

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Cocktail of the Week: Mexican Coffee

Mexican Coffee

Winter weather has finally arrived in Philadelphia and it is time to pour my favorite hot drink – Mexican Coffee. If you have any weighty new year’s resolutions, I just read an article today that says tequila can help you to lose weight — just don’t ask about the other ingredients. Salud!

1oz Tequila – my favorite is Cabo Wabo Reposado
1oz Kahlua
Hot Coffee
Whipped Cream
Ground Cinnamon or Chili Powder

Pour Tequila and Kahlua into a large mug and fill with hot coffee. Top your drink with whipped cream. Sprinkle with Cinnamon or Chili Powder. Yes, I am drinking the Mexican Coffee in the photo now…and it is delicioso.

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