Cinnamon Heart cocktail

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1 oz vodka
3/4 oz Goldschläger (can substitute other cinnamon schnapps but I like the gold flecks)
1/4 oz raspberry syrup
Splash of Peychauds bitters

Shake well over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Note: Goldschläger will NOT make your skin fall off. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mango Blush Daiquiri

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This seems like a very long winter, and it’s not over yet! A sunny cocktail is required.

2 1/2 oz Ataulfo mango purée (mangos should be nicely ripe. Whirr in food processor and press through a sieve)
2 oz white rum
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz vanilla syrup
2 drops Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add two more drops of Peychaud’s on top.

Apple Jelly cocktail

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We have a backyard apple tree that has never been a good producer. However, due to the drought last summer, all of the apple trees got a good rest and this year everyone is reporting bumper crops. So too with our tired old apple. Whereas normally it only produces enough apples for the squirrels, this year the branches are weighed down with fruit. I simply had to make apple jelly. And thus this cocktail!

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz applejack or Calvados
2 tsp apple jelly
1/4 tsp Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well and stain into ice-filled jelly jar.

Maple Cinnamon Sazerac

Maple Cinnamon Sazerac (April 21, 2013)

Adapted from BarGeek.com who adapted theirs from Josh Cole, from a cocktail site that has since been taken over by a fundamentalist Christian church (it has the word “Assembly” in the name).

2 oz Alberta Premium 100% rye whisky
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1/4 oz maple liqueur
1/4 oz cinnamon simple syrup
Dash lemon bitters
Absinthe (to line chilled cocktail glass)

Recipe for cinnamon syrup at http://bargeek.com/cinnamon-sazerac/

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