Caipirinha

Labor Day has decide to turn up the heat here and I decided something need to be done (and hopefully in a way that would result in a post).  I to thinking about who does heat and holidays better than anyway and I immediately thought of Brazil, which in turn caused me to think our friend Karen who has spent more time there than was probably good for Brazil, but hey, it’s a big country.  She was the one who taught me how to make and pronounce the “National Drink of Brazil” (sorry, I am pretty sure you can’t write[…]

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Champagne Whiskey Punch

Summer is the season for festive and refreshing (if slightly frivolous) imbibing with great friends.  I originally made this frivolously festive tipple a couple years back for the adherents of the Bacchic Villa after finding the recipe in an issue of Imbibe Magazine.  Apparently this marvelous potation is the creation of one Joy Richard, a member of some standing of an even more fantastic society, LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Unfortunately, when I made it, I was in no fit state to take a picture of the creation for the blog, so it fell last weekend[…]

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Sangria

Owing to a concatenation of circumstances, I now realize that I haven’t had a new post in far too long.  Those same circumstances are now compelling me to make the first post ever without a post–ironic in light of the fact that I have several drinks photographed but not written up.  This lack of photography, I intend to rectify with expedience. It’s summer and time for a summer drink.  To my thinking sangria is the quintessential summer social drink–light, refreshing, fun and simple.  It is also more of a genre and a methodology than a recipe (feel free to experiment wildly).  That[…]

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You’ll shoot your eye out, kid

As promised, this is going to be my second (and final for a while) post of festive, holiday cocktails.  Last time we did Dale Degroff’s Royal Gingersnap.  This time we are going to do one from the December, 2011 issue of Imbibe Magazine called “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”.  This one violates several of my rules;  it is a new avant garde “mixologist” invented cocktail and it has an infused ingredient likely to be used in no other drink before going bad.  In it’s favor, it also violates the rule that new avant garde “mixologist” invented cocktails must suck.  We[…]

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Kir Royale

Tonight is one of those great summer evenings. There’s a cool breeze blowing in off the Sacramento River delta. The blackberries in the sorbet are at their sweetest. The perfect cocktail to round out this evening, a Kir Royale.  The first time I ran across this drink was a tweet from Imbibe.  A little help from Google and I found a video of Robert Hess (of Drinkboy.com and Cocktail Spirit fame) making the drink. Apparently it is a popular apartif to have before dinner in Paris. It’s a simple cocktail to make.  Just pour champagne in a champagne flute.  Add[…]

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