Happy Global Champagne Day!

It’s my favourite drinking holiday of the year! Global Champagne Day! My motto has always been “every day is a great occasion to drink Champagne”, but I’ll take any excuse to pop a bottle of bubbly. I can’t wait to use my Jubilee Crystal Toasting Flutes (reserved for special occasions only!). For tonight I’ve picked up a bottle of Laurent-Perrier and a bottle of Moët, my love. Cheers! *clink clink*Global Champagne Day 2014

wordless wednesday – vintage cocktail glasses

vintage cocktail in vintage glasses

a vintage cocktail in vintage glasses

A variation of the classic sidecar made in my grandmother’s vintage cocktail glasses.

Sober October

drunkIn the best interest of my liver, my wallet and my waistline I have been taking the month of October off of drinking. A couple days in I cleverly dubbed it Sober October, but then when I went to Tweet about it I discovered that #SoberOctober was already a “thing” (it’s a fundraising effort to raise money for Cancer research, next year I’ll be more organized and actually do the fundraising) and here I thought I was being clever! That being said I may be lacking on the new content this month, or at least resorting to past drinks with sub par photography. I am hosting Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend though so that should lend to a few fresh cocktails at least :) Cheers!

classic cocktails: mojito

classic cocktails: mojitoBefore my girlfriend made me mojitos this summer I was a total nonbeliever in the deliciousness of the mojito. While at the cottage in July she offered to make us a couple mojitos as we happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I was all “No thanks, I hate mojitos” and she was all “No way! No one hates mojitos! You just haven’t had a good one yet”. I assumed she was biased by her love for anything with mint (see green sangria which she loved, and I tolerated). However, it turned out to be true. The only mojito I had ever had were the ones you get at tropical destinations where they are just straight up rum with a sprig of mint in them. Quality mixing made all the difference!

The only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

mojito

  • Servings: individual
  • Time: 7mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: mojitoThe only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. rum (white or amber)
  • 2 tsp. white sugar
  • 10 sprigs of mint
  • 1 lime
  • club soda to top

Directions:

  1. In any vessel of your choosing (though not too large) add 2 tsp. white sugar, 10 mint leaves and juice of half of the lime, and muddle using a muddler or wooden spoon
  2. Add 2 oz. of rum and stir vigorously
  3. Cut the remaining half lime into quarters and add to glass, top with ice cube and club soda
  4. Enjoy!

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailStrawberry daiquiris, the not frozen variety since summer is over…however, I did make an amazing frozen strawberry daiquiri this summer using a favourite recipe from a friend…maybe I’ll have to share that one next…even if it is off season :)

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailI had some strawberry schnapps leftover from a sangria recipe this summer, so I turned the classic daiquiri into a classic strawberry daiquiri with minimal effort. Totally delicious and a fraction of the work of muddling fruit (plus I’m not crazy about the gritty texture of muddled fruit in a non-frozen drink). After a couple cocktails I got too confident in my lime juicing and stopped measuring… I quickly learned that you have to be cautious with the lime, it was easy to get too sour of a cocktail if you aren’t careful.

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailThe classic daiquiri calls for no ice in the glass, but I always have frozen strawberries in the freezer which worked out great for keeping the cocktail cool and adding a little true strawberry flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. rum
  • 2 oz. strawberry schnapps
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice (approx. 2 limes)
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • ice
  • strawberries for garnish (frozen if you have them!)

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add all ingredients except for the frozen strawberries and shake vigorously
  2. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with frozen strawberries to keep it cool
  3. Enjoy!

wordless wednesday – brain hemorrhage

brain hemorrhage shots @ Rendezvous Tiki Bar, Kenosha, WI

brain hemorrhage shots @ Rendezvous Tiki Bar, Kenosha, WI

 

 

classic cocktails: sidecar

Week two of my classic cocktail experimenting (which Hubby has now cleverly dubbed Legends of the Fall) went significantly better. This week I continued with another whiskey based cocktail to get some more use out of the bottle of Crown Royal I bought last week. Typically a Sidecar would call for cognac or bourbon whiskey, but I used the rye whiskey we already had (which is a household favourite anyway) and it was truly delicious! I loved it and Hubby has claimed it as his new go-to drink. It’s a great sipping cocktail and the lemon juice and triple sec provide the perfect combination of sour and sweet to cut the intensity of the whiskey. This cocktail is totally “boss”!

classic cocktails: sidecar

classic cocktails: sidecar

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: sidecar It’s a great sipping cocktail which can be served in a rocks glass or cocktail/martini glass.  The lemon juice and triple sec provide the perfect combination of sour and sweet to cut the intensity of the whiskey. This cocktail is totally “boss”!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Crown Royal
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon slice for garnish
  • ice

Directions:

  1.  Pour all ingredients, excluding the lemon slice, into a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake well and strain into either 2 cocktail glasses, or 1 rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon slice and enjoy!