Cocktail of the Week: The Jasmine Cocktail

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Cocktail of the Week:  The Jasmine Cocktail

Jasmine Specialty Cocktail

It is Oscar Sunday and if you are looking for a sophisticated specialty cocktail to brighten your party try a Jasmine Cocktail.  This twist on a Negroni blends the earthiness of Campari with smooth citrus Cointreau and Lemon for a snappy sip.   

1 ½oz Gin
¾oz Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
½oz Cointreau
½oz Campari
Lemon Twist for garnish 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Gin, Lemon Juice Cointreau, Campari.  Shake well then strain as your pour into a chilled martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

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Cocktail of the Week: Pisco Sour

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specialty cocktail pisco sourCocktail of the Week: Pisco Sour

An unseasonably warm weekend deserves a drink reminiscent of good weather and great times. This delicious cocktail is adapted from a recipe shared by my Peruvian sister-in-law Yani. You won’t be disappointed – her side of the family knows how to make a tasty celebration!

3 ounces of Pisco
2 ounces Fresh Lime Juice
1 tablespoon Egg White (approximately one white of an extra large egg)
1 1/2 ounces Simple Syrup*
1/4 cup Ice
2 drops Angostura Bitters
Lime wheels for garnish

In a blender, combine Lime Juice with the Egg White and blend until lightly frothy. Add Simple Syrup, Pisco, and Ice and blend at high speed until ice is crushed and the drink is fully frothy.
Pour into a glass, top with drops of Angostura Bitters, Garnish with a Lime wheel – enjoy!

*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. Store in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Thin Mint Martini

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Thin Mint MartiniCocktail of the Week: Thin Mint Martini

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and nothing says “I love you” like girl scout cookies! So buy a box or two of your favorites and then toast to the women of Girl Scouts as you sip this minty martini!

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Crème de Menthe Liquor + 2 tsp for garnish

1 oz Godiva or your favorite Chocolate Liquor

2 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies – and more for snacking

Crush two Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies into fine cookie crumbs; this takes just a minute in a food processor, spice mill or blender but you can chop or smash the cookies any way you like. Pour 2 teaspoons of Crème de Menthe on a plate, pour the crushed cookies on another plate. Dredge the rim of a glass through the Crème de Menthe and then dredge the coated rim through the cookie crumbs.   Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Vodka, Crème de Menthe, Chocolate Liquor and a teaspoon of cookie crumbs. Shake well and then strain as you pour into the prepared martini glass. Sip and enjoy! #thinmintthursday

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: French Kiss

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French Kiss Cocktail

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day? This sparkling cocktail will put your and your special someone in the mood for love!

2 oz Absolut Citron (or your favorite lemon flavored vodka)

3/4 oz Chambord

½ oz Grand Marnier

1 ½ oz Dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne

Lemon Twist for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Absolut Citron, Chambord, Grand Marnier. Shake well then strain as your pour into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Top with Dry Sparkling Wine and garnish with a Lemon Twist.

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