Orange Ginger Margarita

 I am on another Ginger quest this summer, well I don’t think I ever really stop.  I was introduced to this Ginger Liqueur earlier this summer and just keep finding more recipes to try out.  This Margarita is a perfect addition to that mexican dinner soiree coming up.  There are a couple of ginger Liqueur brands out at the liquor store. Even found an infusion recipe on-line for you more crafty types. This is defiantly a repeat performance on this cocktail. So simply and flavorful.

Rhubarb Cocktails

It’s time to harvest the rhubarb, and I am looking for something new to try.  I had tried a friends rhubarbtini last summer, so after some research I came up with this rhubarb simple syrup.  And then use the rhubarb simple syrup as your mixology base, the combinations are endless-have fun.  We tried several different recipes and I will share with you the top two, and they are equally fabulous.

The first is a version of the Farm Girl Cosmo ..from The Huffington post but with a twist.

Farm Girl Martini

  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Rhubarb Syrup
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • Thin slices of lime twists, for garnish
  • Shake over ice and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass

The next cocktail I would not have imagined I would have liked it, since it is made with Gin. But I really enjoyed the sweet and spicy combination of this cocktail.

Rhubarb – Ginger Cocktail

1oz rhubarb syrup,  1oz ginger liqueur and 1 shot of Gin  served over ice

this cocktail was from  this web site has endless information on rhubarb and recipes:)  I’m already waiting for my next batch of rhubarb to grow so I can get mixing up some more. enjoy

Infused Cucumber Lemon Grass Vodka

This past summer I picked some cucumbers and lemon grass out of my vegetable garden and infused it with some vodka.  The first drink that came to mind was a Bloody Mary.

I am a Bloody Mary fan and normally I go for the spicy meaty bloody mary with the beef stick garnish. The cucumber lemon grass vodka gave the Bloody Mary a new refreshing right out of the garden flavor.  I have since been keeping my eyes out for cucumber vodka cocktail ideas and as usually once you are looking for something it seems to keep popping up all over.  In magazines and drink menus all over town.

“Invented by bartender Fernand Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920s, the bloody mary began as a simple blend of vodka and tomato juice. Petiot brought it with him when he returned to the States, added the drink’s signature spiciness, and since then it has soared in popularity, spawning numerous variations.”

Of course one of the best things about the bloody mary is all the many garnish ideas one can come up with.  Makes for a meal of it’s own.

If you are in a pinch the best bloody mary mix is Zing Zang.

Here is another drink recipe idea:

RIPSAW…. muddled mint–cucumber lemon grass vodka–fresh lime juice–and soda on                                       the rocks

Enjoy in moderation:)

Infused Jamaican Ginger Rum

There is a list of requirements when enjoying an Jamaican Ginger Rum.  Number One: must have at least one companion, the more the merrier. Number Two: Reggae music perhaps Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley ect. Number Three: a real good time.

This is a rum infusion that will take you back to the beach on Negril. The feel of sand between the toes and and a cool breeze.  I start with a 1.75 liter of cheap white rum and a sun tea jug. Slice up a fresh pineapple-several cinnamon sticks-one vanilla bean-a whole nutmeg-slice up some ginger root-a couple cloves and place in the refrigerator for at least three weeks. After like 11 days give the rum a sample, adjust recipe from there, maybe freshen up the pineapple or add a cinnamon stick. 

Since my friend Bob introduced me to this drink there is usually always a rum stewing in my refrigerator. Once you are ready with the rum. Get your favorite glass of ice add ginger ale, splash of coke and a dash of bitters-enjoy.