Sunday, January 25, 2015

GINUARY 25th: Ramos Fizz

This cocktail is pure New Orleans through and through! Huey P. Long (Governor of Louisiana, 1928-1932) was rumored to have brought a New Orleans bartender to New York to train servers, just so he could have a proper Ramos Fizz whenever he was in the city.

1.5 oz. Dorothy Parker Gin
1 oz. simple syrup
½ oz. each fresh lime juice and lemon juice
1 egg white (the freshest one you can find)
1 ¼ oz. fresh whipping cream
3 drops orange bitters
1 oz. Perrier sparkling water

How to:
Place all ingredients except Perrier in cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for a few minutes and strain into glass. Top with Perrier and stir. Serve in large zombie glass with orange slice.

A note on the egg: Many early cocktail recipes include egg whites and it does make a difference in the froth and texture of the drinks. Please use only the freshest egg white you can find. And if you’re ordering at a bar, beware the powered egg white option!

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Dorothy Parker Gin here. (Search: PARKER)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

GINUARY 24rd: Orange Blossom, Frankly Style

A fresh spin on a classic Prohibition cocktail. Delicious… just delicious!

4 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
2 oz. Tylers Original City of London Dry Gin
½ oz  Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
½ oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth

How to:
Build over ice in shaker. Stir briskly and strain into chilled up glass. Garnish with orange peel.

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy booze here. (Search: TYLERS. Search: FERRAND. Search: DOLIN)

Friday, January 23, 2015

GINUARY 23rd: The Modern

Created in the early 1900s this was a very cutting edge cocktail for its time. Make sure to use only the best liquors in this slightly spicy cocktail. (CF: A good sloe gin is especially important. If you’re still sitting on a dusty bottle of whatever that sloe stuff was you were drinking in college, dump it. And get yourself a bottle of Hayman’s immediately.)

1.5 oz. Black Bottle Scotch Whiskey
1.5 oz. Hayman’s Sloe Gin
1 dash absinthe
1  oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
1 dash orange bitters
Boozy Cocktail Cherry for garnish

How to:
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a Boozy Cocktail Cherry (or several) for garnish.

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Hayman's Sloe Gin and Black Bottle Scotch here. (Search: HAYMAN. Search: BLACK)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GINUARY 22nd: Bronx Cocktail

Everyone has heard of the Manhattan but Brooklyn and the Bronx have their own cocktails as well. This is actually just a perfect Martini with the addition of orange juice, but, so tasty!

2 oz. Tylers Original City of London Dry Gin
1/4 oz. Dolin Dry White Vermouth
1/4 oz. Dolin Rouge Sweet Red Vermouth
1 oz. orange juice
Orange slice for garnish

How to:
Build over ice in shaker. Stir and strain into chilled up glass. Add the orange slice garnish. (CF: Finish with a Bronx Cheer!)

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Tylers Original City of Long Dry Gin and Dolin Vermouths here.
(Search: TYLER. Search: DOLIN)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GINUARY: Giving New Meaning to Bathtub Gin

Why settle for a gin cocktail when you can have a bathtub full of the stuff?
@DemurringSomm & Gaston soak it up.

Photo credit: @jennydrinks

GINUARY 21st: Gin Rickey

Sometimes simplicity is best. For those who don’t like tonic this cocktail is clean and refreshing. Try adding a cucumber slice or a few fresh basil leaves.

2 oz. Tylers Original City of London Dry Gin
½ oz. lime juice
Perrier sparkling water

How to:
Fill tall Collins glass with ice. Add lime and gin, stir and top with Perrier and lime wedge garnish.

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Tylers Original City of Long Dry Gin here. (Search: TYLER)


GINUARY 20th: Bees Knees

The “bees knees” was a term reserved to describe the coolest people of the era. A honey base smoothed out the rough edges in the bathtub gin of the time.  There are many variations but this is the classic. Try using different honeys to change the flavor of your syrup.

Equal parts of each -
Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin
Honey syrup (dissolve your favorite honey in equal parts half water)
Fresh lime juice

How to:
Build over ice in rocks glass. Stir briskly!

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Barr Hill Gin here. (Search: BARR)


GINUARY: Welcome to the 20s!

Wendy shows off her collection
of 1920s-era cocktail shakers.
As we head into the 20s of January, we’re also heading back to the 1920s… with 11 cocktails inspired by my favorite era, the golden age of flappers, speakeasy’s and NYC cocktail lore.

Channel your inner Texas Guinan (NYC’s infamous speakeasy hostess) and plan to make all of them!

- Wendy Crispell,
 Certified Specialist of Wine

Monday, January 19, 2015

GINUARY 19th: Wendy’s Cardamaro Collins

(Because why should Tom get to have all the fun?)

2 oz. Tuthilltown Half Moon Orchard Gin
1 oz. cardamom syrup
1 oz. pineapple juice
¼ oz. Cardamaro Vino Aromatizzato Amaro
Perrier sparkling water

How to:
Build all ingredients except Perrier over ice in tall cocktail glass. Stir briskly, add Perrier to taste and garnish with boozy cherry and orange slice.

To make the cardamom syrup, prepare a simple syrup according to this easy recipe (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water). When you remove the plain syrup from the heat, just add 2 tablespoon cardamom, steep for 1 hour, strain and chill.

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Half Moon Orchard Gin and Cardamaro here. (Search: MOON. Search CARDAMARO)


Sunday, January 18, 2015

GINUARY 18th: Tom Collins

Who the hell was Tom Collins anyway?

According to some historians Tom Collins was invented by a bartender that took advantage of a lame joke being played at the time. Read about this craziness here. If you’re on twitter it may sound familiar... (have you heard what your friends are saying about you???)

2 oz. Xoriguer Gin de Mahon
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
4 oz. club soda

How to:
Build gin, lemon juice, syrup over ice in cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon slice.

- Wendy Crispell, Certified Specialist of Wine

Buy Mahon Gin here. (Search: MAHON)

GINUARY BONUS TIP: Boozy Cocktail Cherry Recipe

It’s super easy to whip up a batch of Wendy’s boozy, sweet cocktail cherries. Practice now and when summer comes and the markets are full of baskets of cherries, you’ll be able to whip up bowls full. (We’ve always thought the saying should be life is just a bowl of BOOZY cherries!)

Check out Wendy’s full post for more ways to use these easy treats. You’ll even learn to make your own cherry pitter from a fork (because the hardest part of this recipe is pitting the cherries.)

Boozy Cocktail Cherries

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 inch piece orange zest
1 pound sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup of Luxardo Il Maraschino

How to:
Place sugar, water, lemon juice, zest and cinnamon in large sauce pot and simmer on medium heat till stirring occasionally. Let liquid come to a slow boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Slowly add cherries to pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add maraschino liqueur. Let mixture come to room temperature uncovered. Transfer to sterile container and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Buy Luxardo Il Marachino here. (Search: LUXARDO)