Cran-blueberry margarita

Cran-blueberry margarita (February 24, 2013)

2 oz cranblueberry juice
2 oz tequila (I like Sauza Hornitos for this)
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz Cointreau

This is based on one of our favourite gin cocktails, the Oxford cocktail, created by the Martini Club in Toronto and featured in the LCBO Food & Drink magazine a few years ago. This would also be fab as a frozen margarita.

Homemade grenadine

I often recommend homemade grenadine in my instructions. Okay, I *always* recommend homemade grenadine. There are now some reliable places to get decent grenadine, but it is very quick and easy to make your own. Here’s a little video I did to explain how to do it. Not the most professional video in the world, because I suck at doing videos, but it explains the (very simple) procedure well enough (note that when I say “medium-high saucepan,” what I mean is “a saucepan set to medium-high heat.”) Having done this a few times, I can safely say I will never be buying grenadine from a store again. The colour is much more intense and the flavour is so much better. It keeps well in the fridge in a clean mason jar. Do yourself a favour and make some for your next cocktail!

The recipe is adapted from Mix Shake Stir: Recipes from Danny Meyers’ Acclaimed New York City Restaurants.

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Blood Orange Old Fashioned (February 16, 2013)

Based on the Satsuma Old Fashioned in Real Cajun by Donald Link.

Muddle a blood orange slice and a maraschino cherry in a tumbler with 1 oz blood orange juice, 2 dashes each Fee Brothers orange bitters and Peychaud’s bitters, and 1/2 oz simple syrup. Add in 1 1/2 oz bourbon and stir well. Strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

Lizzie B

Lizzie B (February 2, 2013)

I have been watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube and a drink with blood and bitters seemed to fit. It also fits that other famous Lizzie B, who “gave her mother 40 whacks.”

2 oz gin
2 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice, finely strained
1/2 oz Cointreau
12 drops Peychauds bitters