Framboise et citron Version 2 – tall

Framboise et citron Version 2 – tall (September 30, 2012)

8 raspberries
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz limoncello
1/4 oz raspberry syrup

Muddle these ingredients well in a mixing glass, then add:

1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz vodka

Shake well with ice and fine strain into a wine glass. Top with ice and chilled soda. Garnish with lemon strip and raspberries.

Framboise et citron

Framboise et citron Version 1 – short (September 30, 2012)

8 raspberries
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz limoncello
1/4 oz raspberry syrup

Muddle these ingredients well in a mixing glass, then add:

1/4 oz Lillet Blanc
1/4 oz Campari
2 oz vodka

Shake well with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon strip and raspberries.

Yu and Ume

Yu and Ume (September 16, 2012)

1 oz vodka
1 oz Choya 23 umeshu liqueur
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
Generous dash Yuzu essence

I have a problem with impulse buying at the LCBO. Today’s purchase was the Choya. I’ve seen it for ages and wanted to try it. It reminds me of the liqueur inside those boozy chocolate cherries your parents tried to keep away from you as a kid. Intense but pleasant.

On Some Faraway Beach

On Some Faraway Beach (September 9, 2012)

Named for Blair’s show of new paintings and for the Brian Eno tune.

1 oz Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum
1 oz mango nectar
1/2 oz passionfruit juice
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
5 drops Peychaud’s bitters

Shake with ice and pour into cocktail glass, then drizzle with 1/2 tsp Blue Curacao and 1/2 tsp real pomegranate grenadine

Melon cocktail

Melon cocktail (September 3, 2012)

We bought a nice melon at the farmers’ market last week but didn’t get around to it until now.

8 small balls of melon, pureed with 1/2 oz simple syrup using a stick blender
Pour pureed melon into a cocktail shaker and add a generous dash of blood orange bitters (or regular orange) and 2 oz vodka. Shake well and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tropical Treat

Tropical Treat (August 6, 2012)

2 oz roasted coconut juice
1 oz mango juice
1 1/2 oz white rum
juice of half a lime.

This one got quite a lot of chatter on my FB when I posted it. The roasted coconut juice should be available in cans where Thai groceries are sold; the brand I used is FOCO. The juice is clear and it has fairly large chunks of coconut in it; the flavour is fairly subtle, and it made sweet music with the rum and mango. The lime keeps it from being too sweet.

Hello Mabel

Hello Mabel (for Mabel Slattery – June 23, 2012)

Like its namesake, this is sweet, memorable and powerful.


1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz applejack or Calvados
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz elderflower cordial
1/8 oz real pomegranate grenadine
Garnish with berries and grapes on a toothpick

(Variation on a Clover Club/Pink Lady)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUq6ktf19WE