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.

http://www.amazon.com/Mix-Shake-Stir-Acclaimed-Restaurants/dp/B003P2VDJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361203020&sr=8-1&keywords=mix+shake+stir

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