Category Archives: Fresh Juice Cocktails

Prickly in Pink

Sundayfunday, brunch on, and all that jazz!!!  If you can help it – do no labor on Labor Day, but honor and celebrate those who have paved the way.  We all have a hero… and, hell, we are heroes, too.

Enjoy this sipper and give a toast of appreciation.

Prickly in Pink 

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3oz Don Ciccio E Figli Prickly Pear Liqueur — 1 oz Absolut Citron — 3/4oz Fresh blueberry juice — Scant absinthe rinse — Top with sparkling water, to taste (Or Champagne, if you’ve labored REALLY hard)

 

 

Watermelon infused Margarita Recipe

I infused a watermelon with tequila, but didn’t care for the texture of the watermelon once it was saturated with even more liquid (watermelons are 92 percent water!).  Thus, I allowed the tequila to sit in the watermelon for about 5-6 hours, then strained it with a fine mesh strainer.  The result was yummy, and the clear, unaged, blanco tequila took on that gorgeous dark pink watermelon hue!  Let me know if you guys try, and like, it!

 

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2oz 100% Blue Agave Tequila infused *IN* watermelon — 1 1/2oz Fresh Lime Juice — 1oz Jalapeno Basil infused Vodka — 3/4oz Cointreau — 3/4oz Raspberry Peach Grand Marnier

Borrowed Treasure recipe

I wish I could tell you this amazing glass is mine – but it’s not!  Grateful for my good friend Yamica who is mega stylish and beautiful – who allowed me to borrow her cool piece of glassware!

 

Borrowed Treasure

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2oz Fresh Pineapple Juice — 2oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr/3star) — 1oz each Drambuie, Homemade Cherry Syrup, Domaine Canton (ginger liqueur), Cointreau — 1oz Homemade Orgeat — 3/4oz Fresh Lime Juice – 8 dashes El Guapo Whiskey Barrel Aged Cocoa Tea Bitters – phew… a better question would have been “What is NOT in this drink?”

Sin in The Tropics Recipe

It’s upper 90s in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.  Thus, for now, I find my Paradise in a chilled coupe glass.

Sin in The Tropics

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2oz fresh Pineapple juice — 1 1/2oz Appleton Estate Special Rum — 3/4oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr/3star) — 1/2oz Myer’s Dark Rum — 1/2oz Baiju — 1/2oz homemade Orgeat — 1/2oz Cherry syrup — 4/5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters — SPR

Shhh… Don’t Tell Mom There’s Rum in my PB&J!

Random note – this project fuels me and keeps me going.

Please do yourself a favor and check out Death & Company’s cocktail book.  I bought my book from the actual bar – took a special day trip to NYC on that rickety ass China bus (seriously, doe – I love you, China bus) just to visit – that’s how strongly I feel about it!

I tasted another patron’s drink “Too Old to Die Young” I believe it was called – and it had peanut butter infused rum.

So, in honor of that amazing evening I had at D&C – I offer you this…

Adult PB&J

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3oz Amish Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread infused Rhum Barbancourt (4yrs, 3 stars)

2oz Fresh Cherry Juice

1oz Cherry Kirsch

1oz Homemade Orgeat (Recipe also from D&C book)

1/2oz Fig syrup

Shake with ice for ca. 30sec (if you can stand it) strain into a Coupe glass and garnish with fresh cherries.  So good!!!

For the peanut butter infusion – mix half a teaspoon of peanut butter with 3oz of rum, until rum turns opaque and peanut butter is dissolved. Strain. I will do a special post just for the Orgeat soon…   SPR

 

Tale of Bloody Mary and the Meat Straw

Hey y’all – I’m back!  I finally made my first Bloody Mary.  Purchasing the deliciously kitschy Benny’s Original Meat Straws certainly factored in this decision!  And, well, alcohol.

I will be frank – unfortunately – these meat straws did not work for me.  Unless, their function is not to suck liquid through, but to just look cool and interesting…

First, I thought maybe the finely grated horseradish I purchased was not so finely grated, after all… So, I tried the straw on the reminder of the fresh tomato juice I just pressed. Suck, suck, suuuuuuck….. nothing but a lungful of disappointment.

I cut the straw in half and saw that it wasn’t completely hollowed out.  Ok, things like this happen, no biggie… I try another straw out of the pack of six, this one had what looked like a large enough hole (on both ends). Once again, I looked like a schmuck sucking on this hunk of meat, hoping and anticipating a quick burst of spicy tomato goodness and coming up with nothin’ but net.

Anyway, if someone has a different experience with these meat straws – drop me a line.  They are tasty and look cool, so I am not sorry I got them.  They can also be used a stirrers…


Jalapeño Basil Bloody Mary 

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6oz Fresh tomato juice (1 large tomato) — 4oz Jalapeño Basil infused vodka — 8-10 dashes Sriracha — 1 1/4 tbs Worcestershire sauce — 1oz finely grated Horseradish — 1 lemon wedge — Mix all ingredients in highball glass, then using second glass, pour back and forth several times until well mixed. Fill highball glass with ice, pour over, express lemon wedge (optional) then garnish with fresh lemon wedge, celery stalk, and anything else your heart desires. SPR

 

 

 

Vintage glassware giveaway

 

Blendo Glass and Pitcher set

 

The photo contest on Instagram is halfway finished! We’ve seen some great entries from @caseyheartcocktails  @kyliel108 , and @maxymixalot !  Amazing photos and COCKTAILS from amazing women! WOOT WOOT WOOT!  🙂  *Update 7/27 Now the men have entered the fray – uh oh! shit just got real, y’all… @hdiezzy  @cosmicrainbowbeing and @baranza73  – great stuff, guys!

 

I’m excited – yet very anxious and nervous, too… How to choose?! So honored to be trusted to make such a decision.  This is gonna be EPIC!

 

Cocktail photo contest!

During this Summer I will be giving away some gorgeous vintage glassware to some lucky winners!  Let’s start with this amazing blendo pitcher and glass set. Tag me in your photos to enter, and please #sipponderrepeat as well.  I’m excited to give away a little piece of vintage class and style.
Rules:
The photographs will be judged based on 1) composition 2) how tasty the cocktail sounds 3) use of ingredients/proportions and 4) style. The bartender/homebartender are both welcome! 1) Max 4 photos per entrant 2) classic cocktails welcome – but *must* add at least 1 original/unique spin to recipe 3) cocktail *must* be made by entrant 4) photos *must* be taken by entrant

 

Best of luck! (but y’all got skills, so y’all don’t need it 🙂

 

 

Tiki!

I cracked my first coconut.  I didn’t maim myself.   More on Tiki later – once I further educate myself.  Please check out Intstagram #tikiaf – cuz those guys got it covered.  Also check out @homebargirl and @ntitz cuz they know Tiki…

Island Rain 

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1 1/2oz Fresh Pineapple Juice — 1oz Fresh Coconut water — 3/4oz Homemade Orgeat — 3/4oz Rhum Barbancourt — 3/4oz Appleton Estate Special Rum — 1/2oz Cointreau — 1/2oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach — 4 dashes El Guapo Whiskey Barrel Aged Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters — 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Syrup — SPR

Light, fresh Summer cocktails – just add fresh JUICE!

It is hot as hell here in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  And humid – really damn humid! Times (and climates) like these can make us question our imbibing lifestyle.  To drink, or not to drink?  Cuz…  dehydration is real.

Well, friends, my answer to that question is – always and forever – drink!

In addition to the heat, I know there is pressure to focus on neutral alcohols such as vodka, gin – and lighter white wines.  Eating and drinking seasonally, and all that.

Bah!  Drink what you want!  And if you have a serious hankering for aged spirits (like me!) lighten up those brown spirits with some fresh pressed fruit juice.  Juicers are very inexpensive now (I got mine for $60 and am lovin’ it!) and though they are annoying to clean – they are worth the effort.  Below, an example of how I am staying true to my dedicated life of drinking, as well as my preference for the brown!

 

 


Naughty Apple

1 1/2 oz Laird’s Applejack

1 1/4oz Fresh Apple Juice (I juiced a whole apple, and had some extra juice)

1oz Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto

3/4oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

Laphroiag Rinse

SPR

 

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