Posts Tagged ‘Cocktails’

mmm Cocktails

Posted on: February 24th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Ok so the last cocktail recipe was more for winter warmth, the old Hot Toddy. So our resident cocktail expert, NYCase has given us some more gems for general enjoyment. Including the delicious Cuban highball, the Mojito, and our summer fav, the Craze. Get those citrus’ squeezed and join the party.

We’re using a traditional 1 oz shot. That’s 2 tablespoons if you don’t have a shot glass!!

The Craze

1 lime quartered
1 shot of Vodka (citrus flavored if desired)
1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
1 cup ginger beer
sugar to taste

“Muddle” the lime in the bottom of the glass- this means releasing the juice by agitating the lime so an easy way is to squeeze before putting in the glass or pound with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin. Add the vodka, ginger beer, raspberries and sugar if desired and stir well. This drink can be modified by using a blender and squeezing the juice of the lime (not adding it whole) and adding ice in the summer for a fruity smoothy cocktail.

Also try making it pretty but running a lime wedge around the edge of the glass and coating it in sugar and slipping the lime wedge over the edge of the cup!


The Blushing Lady

1 shot Pomegranate Liqueur
2 shots Vodka
1 shot Pink Grapefruit Juice
Lemon Wedge
coarse sugar, for garnish

Rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of a martini glass and dip the glass into a plate of coarse sugar, same as for the Craze. Set it aside. Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the garnished martini glass. Pomegranate is such a great unique flavor, it goes really well with most citrus.


1 1/2 shots white rum
12 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime
2 tbsp simple syrup (or 4 tsp. sugar)
top off with club soda

Muddle mint leaves and lime in tall glass. Cover with simple syrup and fill glass with ice; add rum and club soda; stir well. Garnish glass with lime wedge and sprigs of mint.

Note: Simple syrup is made by stirring granulated sugar into hot water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved and then cooling the solution. Generally, a ratio of two parts sugar to one part water is used.


Tot Hoddy

Posted on: February 7th, 2009 by admin 3 Comments

Time for the first special guest post! Today our resident cocktail expert NYCase is in the house……

There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day and sitting down with a relaxing cold beer in hand. Unless it’s winter and you need to wear gloves to hold the beer. I prefer drinks that warm you up while you wind down. My favorite winter drink is a Hot Toddy.
There are many different ways to make a hot toddy but I found a simple no frills recipe that works for me:

  • 1 c apple Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 shot of whiskey, brandy or rum

Warm the apple juice, cinnamon stick and honey on the stovetop (to let the cinnamon steep. Alternatively you can microwave). This should only take about 4 minutes on medium heat. Pour into a mug and top with the liquor. Make sure to keep the cinnamon stick in the cup for extra flavor and stir. If the liquor is added before heating the alcohol will burn off and reduce its toasty effect!

Some other variations use lemon juice, tea, cloves, sugar, or apple cider so experiment with flavors to find a toddy that works for you. Think of it as a warm, sweet winter concoction that your grandmother might serve to keep the cold away.