Fall Cocktail Series 2011

Cocktail #9: Pear Ginger Whiskey Smash

No Comments 14 December 2011

The Whiskey Smash. A classic Southern drink tradition that tempers the heat and grit of straight whiskey with sugar and freshly muddled mint. The original used whiskey, sugar, mint, and shaved ice. Modern versions often replace the sugar with simple syrup and include dashes of bitters and citrus. The edgiest versions depart from tradition altogether, adding liqueurs and the muddled pulp of things like peaches and pumpkin–both of which we tried earlier in this cocktail series. The Pumpkin Smash went a little too far from tradition for us.

For this go ’round, we stuck to sweet and accessible flavors; pear, ginger, and lime. This smash leaves out mint altogether, substituting it with the bite of ginger provided by Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Pear pulp and ginger ale sweeten the whiskey.

We mixed ours up in a Rosle cocktail shaker and served them in a Schott Zwiesel Basic Bar Allround glass. It’s sort of a hybrid between an old fashioned and a highball, perfect for this tall, refreshing drink that’s topped off with ginger ale.

Muddling pear in rosle cocktail shaker

Muddling the pear with a Rosle fruit muddle

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Fall Cocktail Series 2011

A Holiday Guide to Champagne Cocktails

No Comments 01 December 2011

champagne flutes by Simon Pearce, Kosta Boda, Schott Zwiesel, and Orrefors

If your family is anything like mine, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s to enjoy some Champagne. For us, Christmas always comes with gift boxed bottles of Veuve Clicquot–they’re the only presents we’re allowed to open early. Cool, refreshing mimosas tend to make everything on Christmas morning–from ironing tablecloths to cleaning up wrapping paper–a little more cheerful.

We pulled together a couple of our favorite Champagne flutes for a quick photo shoot with two of our favorite champagne cocktails, well three if you count plain Champagne. Continue Reading

Fall Cocktail Series 2011

Cocktail #8: Smashing Pumpkin

No Comments 17 November 2011

By Hairee Lee

Smashing pumpkin cocktail in iittala Essence Tumbler

Looks fabulous you say? It does doesn’t it? The iittala Essence Tumbler with the bright orange peel of the tangerine garnish…sigh. The picture calls to me.

And the name is hard to resist. Reminds me of grade 8 when the alternative rock band fronted by the creepy, fetal looking Billy Corgan, who always made me think of a Tim Burton movie, and the Japanese rhythmic guitarist emoing in the back was topping the charts with their angst-y crooning. So cool. So 90’s. Continue Reading

Fall Cocktail Series 2011

Cocktail #7: Muddled Rebuttal

No Comments 10 November 2011

By Hairee Lee

Muddled Rebuttal in Match Pewter Highball Glass, Crystal, with Match Pewter Ice Tea/Cocktail Spoon

There’s Muddled And Then There’s Muddled

Even as we were making the cocktail at our photo studio, I was thinking that our Cocktail #7 for the Fall Cocktail Series 2011 didn’t seem very, well, fallish. The list of ingredients–rasberries and lemonade–should have been the first tip off, I suppose, but I couldn’t resist the name and the fact that we just had Election Day. Continue Reading

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