Cocktails, Spring Cocktail Series 2013

Lavender Lemonade

No Comments 29 May 2013

Despite of a couple of dismal weather days over this past long weekend, and some pesky showers today, it’s shaping up to be a scorcher of a week! I don’t know about you, but when it gets hot outside, my time in the kitchen dwindles. The thought of turning on the oven has me sweating before I even begin, and I start to dream about cool, refreshing drinks.

Fortunately, the assembly of this drink only requires a little bit of heat, and produces a cool, zesty, refreshing beverage to quench your thirst on even the hottest of days. And if the forecast is right, you’re going to need it soon!

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Cocktails, Spring Cocktail Series 2013

Grapefruit Margarita

No Comments 23 May 2013

The second cocktail installment in our Spring Cocktail Series is this ruby red stunner. I’m all about margaritas – always on the rocks, no salt – but rarely deviate from the traditional. This grapefruit margarita adds a fun twist to the mix, without compromising the components of a traditional margarita that I love so much. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, it’s a refreshing  drink for the warmer weather months, and one you’re sure to make time and again.

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Cocktails, Spring Cocktail Series 2013

Cucumber Rosemary Gin and Tonic

No Comments 20 May 2013

A couple of weeks ago, we spent a leisurely Friday mixing up some craft cocktails for our Spring 2013 Cocktail Series. First up, this Cucumber Rosemary Gin and Tonic is a great way to kick things off.

Generally when the days get long and the temperatures spike, a gin and tonic is my go-to cocktail. It’s simple, refreshing, and reliable – all qualities I appreciate in a cocktail. With a squeeze of lime, it’s hard to beat – unless you start to dress it up with herbs and other subtle flavors.

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Cocktails, Winter Cocktail Series 2012

Rumple Minze Holiday Cocktails

No Comments 11 December 2012

We’re back with another installment of our holiday cocktail series! This time featuring the peppermint liquor Rumple Minze, per the suggestion of one of my favorite area bartenders. After all, there’s little better than a boozy beverage to get you through the long, cold winter nights, right?!

This week’s cocktail inspiration comes from the fantastic John L Mayer (not to be confused with the singer) from Local 149 in South Boston. He’s the bar manager at the popular neighborhood spot, and is seriously one of the most genuine, enthusiastic, and awesome guys I’ve ever encountered behind the bar. When we had the idea for this cocktail series, I knew I had to get his input.

Rumple Minze Holiday Cocktails

Alessi Chiringuito Cocktail Shaker with Alessi Glasses and an Alessi Tray

He immediately suggested a series of super-simple cocktail “recipes” using the Rumple Minze – his “guilty pleasure.” The boozy peppermint liquor is the perfect addition to any minty holiday cocktail recipes. As John put it, Rumple Minze is “Peppermint and boozy enough to help deal with family!” All 3 variations used an even mix of Rumple Minze with other spirits – bourbon, anejo tequila, and Fernet Branca.

Rumple Minze Holiday Cocktails

For John’s first cocktail, the “Snowshoe,” you mix 1.5oz each of bourbon (he recommends Eagle Rare) and Rumple Minze. He recommends this drink be  served over crushed ice with a big mint sprig and straw. Pictured above and to the right, we served it in a new Alessi Orseggi Whiskey glass.

For his tequila variation, “Snow Falling on Jalisco,” you simply substitute añejo tequila for bourbon (pictured below, to the left). And last but not least, for the favorite Local 149 variation – “Black Santa” – you use equal parts Rumple Minze and Fernet Branca (not pictured here).

Rumple Minze Holiday Cocktails

Alessi Orseggi Whiskey Glass with the Snowshoe cocktail

We gladly whipped these up for our photo shoot – and made sure to give them a try, as well. I hadn’t previously tried Rumple Minze, but I can safely say is is extremely minty and deceivingly strong. It’s slightly syrupy and very sweet, which masks the boozyness of these cocktails, making them a rather potent libation. But, if you’re a mint fan, I encourage you to give them a try!

Rumple Minze Holiday Cocktails

Do you have a favorite holiday libation?

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