Classic New York Cocktail Recipe

Last night was the series finale of Mad Men which means I needed a good cocktail. After way too much careful thought I landed on the classic New York cocktail, both because I thought it was fitting and because it was strong enough to dull the emotions that the show evokes within me.

This whiskey based drink is one of those cocktails that have been around for like 100 years, but isn’t very en vogue right now. It should be though. It’s almost like a whiskey sour but sweeter and less tart. I like to use Rye, but you can use whatever whiskey or bourbon floats your boat.

Classic New York Cocktail Recipe - Rye, Lemon, Grenadine, orange peel, and sugarNew York Cocktail

2 ounces Rye Whiskey
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 splashes of Grenadine
1 piece orange peel

Shake well with ice and strain. Serve with a twist of lemon peel.

Makes 1 drink

 

 

 

‘Attaboy’ Cocktail Recipe

The best Sundays for me are spent inside, binge watching TV shows in my PJs, eating things I probably shouldn’t, and making cocktails. That’s what we did today. We’ve been re-watching every episode of Mad Men before the final episodes premiere, and I’ve been dying to break in my new glasses from Baigelman Glass, so we made Attaboys and ate poptarts. I’m tipsy as I write this, because this cocktail is strong and I drank a double. ANYWAY, here’s the recipe for your own Sunday Funday pajama cocktail party.

2 parts gin
1 part dry vermouth
A splash of grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

'Attaboy' cocktail recipe

Aperol, Rose, and Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe

 

As you can see above, I really like this cool spot in San Diego called Polite Provisions, and one of my favorite drinks on the menu is the Veronica Rose. The menu’s description reads “Aperol, rose gomme, and sparkling wine”. Perfect.

It’s delicious and beautiful, but since I can’t get down to San Diego every time I want one, I recreated it at home. Here’s my version of the Veronica Rose.

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

 

This recipe makes two drinks:

1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. rose syrup (I recommend Royal Rose Syrup)
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz sparkling wine

Stir Aperol, rose syrup, and bitters with a cube of ice, strain into chilled glasses. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist or, as I like to do, a rose petal.

Veronica Rose Recipe - aperol, rose, and sparkling wine

Or if you only want to make it a serving for one…get serious, just use a larger glass.

 

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

Warm Up With Nutella Hot Chocolate

Based on all of the snow and rain pictures that I’m seeing across social media this week, I think it’s safe to say we could all use a little hot chocolate. If you want to warm up and don’t give a fuck about the calories, you need this hot chocolate in your life. It’s my favorite recipe because it contains NUTELLA.

Nutella Hot Chocolate!!!

 

In fact all you need is Nutella and milk. That’s it.

Ingredients:
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup Nutella

Heat the milk in a small pot over medium heat. Add Nutella and whisk until it’s combined and frothy. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

Optional: If you want to get really wild, sprinkle with a pinch of flaked sea salt.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

 

 

Bring In The New Year With This Cocktail Cooler

You guys didn’t think I would leave you in 2014 without a drink recipe did you? If you want to do something other than champs, try this Remsen Cooler. It’s gin based because gin is my favorite.

This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a mild cocktail so you can drink your way into the new year and not pass out before the ball drops.

Remsen Cooler Recipe

 

Recipe makes one drink.

2 oz dry gin
Juice of 1 lemon
Top it off with club soda
Serve in a tall glass over ice

Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2015 is amazing.

New Years Dogs

The Perfect Spiced Rum Eggnog Cocktail For The Holidays

It’s the time of year where we make all of the nogs. Regular eggnog, spiked eggnog, coquito (the eggnog-like Puerto Rican drink), and nog cocktails. I used to not even like nog and now I’m like “DRUNK ON NOGGGG.” *Beyonce voice*

Here’s a classic style nog cocktail that you can quickly mix up for yourself or guests. This recipe typically makes one tall drink, which is perfect for me since I often drink alone during the holidays, but I digress! If you want to make more, just double or triple the recipe.

Classic Spiced Rum Eggnog Cocktail

Spiced Rum Eggnog Cocktail

Put the following into a cocktail shaker:
1 raw egg
3/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 1/2 oz spiced rum (black or dark is best)
A pinch of fresh nutmeg

Shake VERY WELL. Then add ice and shake vigorously again and strain into a glass. Dust with cinnamon and serve with a cinnamon stick stir.

I know some of you may be sketched out by using raw eggs in drinks, but it’s fiiiine. Some things you can do to avoid any kind of risk is to make sure you buy the fresh eggs, store them in the refrigerator, and wash them before use, and if you’re super sketched out you can buy pasteurized eggs. 

Lime Tequila Aperol Boozey Popsicles

Yesterday I was feeling a little warm and said to myself “Man, I could really go for a popsicle right now.” I actually said it to my dog and she gave me a very approving look, so I dug out my little popsicle molds and perused the kitchen for a refreshing liquid to freeze in said pop molds.

Limeade. Ok cool….nah. Then I was all like, F- it I’m putting tequila in this. And Aperol sounds good because why not? No one is here. I’m free to ‘test’ (aka day drink) for blogging purposes. Um, YUM. I think the sweet/sour/bitter/citrus combo produced a pretty banging popsicle.

I present you with my Lime Tequila Aperol Boozesicle because I couldn’t think of a more clever name.

Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

This makes 4 standard sized popsicles.

Ingredients

2 cups Limeade – (I used Simply Limeade)
4 tbsp tequila blanco (silver, plata, white, platinum)
2 tbsp Aperol

Combine, pour in molds, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

I can’t get enough.
Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

Quick tip: If you’re using wooden sticks, don’t put the sticks in until the pops are partially frozen, after about an hour in the freezer.
Quick tip 2: If you don’t have a popsicle mold you can use dixie cups and peel off the paper after freezing.

This post was made possible by our friends at Campari.

Homemade Horchata Mexican Drink Recipe

Mmmm horchata!  [Pronounced “or-cha-ta”]. The recipe varies depending on the region of origin, but this is how I grew up seeing it made. It’s what is known as Aguas Frescas. Usually fruits, grains, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make a delicious beverage. I was raised on this stuff and I love it. It’s my special treat. Part of my culture. Liquid golden calories of joy.

This Mexican horchata is made with rice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Almonds are also sometimes used, and since my husband likes “the body it gives the drink” I use them in this version. You can omit almonds and replace with rice if you want (my preferred way). If someone ever gives you horchata made with milk…they can’t be trusted.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 cups long grain white rice, uncooked (1/2 cup more if you omit the almonds)

1/2 cup blanched, skinless almonds (can be omitted and replaced with rice)

4 cups water; plus 4 cups

1 cup sugar, plus more to taste

2 cinnamon sticks; plus more to garnish

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Grind rice and almonds in a blender or spice grinder until it makes a fine powder.

Blend the almond and rice powder with 3 cups of water until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Add cinnamon sticks and vanilla. Set aside, covered, for at least 8 hours.

Use a fine mesh seive or cover your strainer with a layer of good cheesecloth.

Add 1 cup of water to your mixture and strain into a large bowl. You want to strain as much grit out as possible. Discard the solids.

Add sugar. Stir thoroughly.

Pour into a pitcher. Stir in 4 cups of cold water, sweeten to taste, and add lots of ice. Garnish with grated cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.

You can spike it if you want. Rum, anejo tequila, or vodka adds a nice extra kick. Enjoy!