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.

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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

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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

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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!

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

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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!

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan

classic vintage cocktails: The Manhattan

Ok I’m super excited to start my next seasonal theme! I’ve been dying to try my hand at some vintage classic cocktails, but when my girlfriends declared it the “Summer of Sangria” I put the classic cocktails on hold until well, now (a girl can only consume so much alcohol in a week!). I’ve always been intrigued by the complex and crafty classic cocktails of the past, but I have never actually tried my hand at any with the exception of the basics, you know, the cuba libre, screwdriver, classic martini, that kind of thing.

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan Martini

A few weeks back I saw someone order a Manhattan in a hotel lobby and I immediately knew it would be the first cocktail I would try. I’m pretty sure it was the colour of the cocktail and the maraschino cherry on top that piqued my interest, but don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!

Some recipes call for bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey or Canadian whiskey, but from my research it seems that the original Manhattan was made with a Canadian rye whiskey…Go Canada!

Me feeling a little Don Draper while sipping my Manhattan

Me feeling a little Don Draper while sipping my Manhattan

classic cocktails: The Manhattan

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classic vintage cocktails: The Manhattan

A classic cocktail that is not for the faint of heart. Don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!This drink is sure to put a hair or 2 on your chest! but

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Canadian rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Mix whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and stir (not shake!)
  2. Strain into either a martini glass, or a rocks glass with ice and top with a cherry (I stuck with a martini glass while hubby opted for his in a rocks glass with ice.)
  3. Enjoy!

throwback thursday – kinda lahaina

If I post right at 12:00am can I get away with calling it a wordless wednesday and a throwback thursday??

Bahama Mama @ in Seal Beach, California

Bahama Mama @ Kinda Lahaina in Seal Beach, California, 2007

throwback thursday – vodka tasting

This pic is from our vodka tasting at the cottage last year. This was a painful experience and something I swore I would never do again, and I like vodka! We are up at the cottage for the next 2 weeks and somehow I’ve been talked into participating in a gin tasting next week. I can hardly wait *note sarcasm here*. Maybe this experience will give me a greater appreciation for gin…or not.

To be continued…

Vodka Tasting

Vodka Tasting at the Cottage 2013