Red Hot Cinnamon Infused Whiskey

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If you like fireball this is even better.  I found this recipe published by Matt Allyn and have made it a few times. This is a nice fall whiskey for sipping round the fire pit while the leaves turn colors.

I have made the mistake of letting it infuse for too long and the cinnamon will over power the flavor.  I suggest trying a sip after four days and check the flavor until you find it just right. Another treat we enjoy is a hot apple cider with some cinnamon whiskey.

enjoy

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Cranberry Infused Gin

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I have not always been a gin fan, but since we toured a local distillery called Du Nord and learned the process I’ve taken an interest. There are several ways to make gin but in my layman interpretation it’s a infusion or as they call it compounding botanicals with the spirits. Sounds like stuff I like to do.  For christmas I received this pretty pink bottle of cranberry gin.  It was delicious and an instant favorite. The recipe is so simple and easy to make. It is now on a sip and repeat cycle at my home.

Instructions

  1. Sterilise your bottles by washing them in hot soapy water, rinsing and then placing in an oven on a low heat until completely dry.
  2. Allow to cool
  3. Add the Craisons and cover with the gin.
  4. Seal the bottle and leave to infuse. Shake the bottle up like once a day or so. Place the bottle in a dark cool location.
  5. After just a few days you will see the gin go from being perfectly clear to pink and then bright red!
  6. Let infuse for 14 days.
  7. Serve chilled on ice with sparkling water and a wedge of lime.
  8. enjoy

Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer

title[agefruitSparklerGlassHWe are having a slow spring, it’s May 3rd and there is snow flakes coming down with rain and cold forecast for the weekend.  I say bring summer to yourself. This mix of citrus and summer fruit is a great start.  Made with all fresh fruit and garnish with berries it’s sunshine in a glass.  You can mix the strawberry lemonade mix with soda or gingerale to make it a spritzer.  And is tasty with vodka or a white rum.  Now close your eyes and pretend you are sitting on the patio working on your tan lines.

recipeCheers, Robin

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  www.savor-the-rhubarb.com  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:)