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italian mimosas

23 Sep

A less sweet, more boozy, better mimosa.

Because Champagne is for suckers.

Makes 1 cocktail

(The measurements are approximate, adjust them however best suits your tastes and your glass.)

Bottega is a perfectly nice Prosecco and it’s only $11.95 at the LCBO. Not bad at all.

italian mimosas

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 oz orange juice, about half an orange
  • 5 to 6 oz Prosecco, chilled

preparation

Squeeze orange juice into a glass.  Add Prosecco.  Drink.

a bucket of sangria

1 Jul

Happy birthday Canada.  I made you sangria.  A bucket of it.

Just a little side note – you can use pretty cheap wine for this but don’t go for the bottom of the barrel, really bad wine makes really bad sangria.  I use the Mateus (pictured below).  It’s a perfectly drinkable Portugese wine and it’s only $8.95 at the LCBO.

bucket of sangria

ingredients

  • 1 handful of cherries, halved & pits removed
  • 3 small oranges, thickly sliced
  • 2 limes, thickly sliced
  • 3 small peaches / nectarines, thickly sliced
  • 2 handfuls of raspberries / strawberries / blueberries
  • 1 750ml bottle of red wine
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau (or a similar orange liqueur)
  • 1 can San Pellegrino Aranciata (Orangina works too)
  • 1 can club soda (optional)
  • ice
  • a bucket

Preparation

Throw the cherries, peaches and berries in your bucket (NOTE – I use a large soup pot, if you have an actual punch bowl and want to be all classy about it go ahead but any big bowl-y thing will do).  Add the oranges and one of the limes, squeezing the slices as you add them to get some juice.

Add wine, gin & Cointreau and muddle with the fruit a bit so some of the berries break down and you get a bit more juice out of the citrus fruits.  Add Aranciata and stir.  Taste the sangria, if you find it too strong (you pansy) add a bit of club soda to taste.

Put a few ice cubes in a glass, scoop a bunch of fruit and sangria into that glass, garnish with remaining lime slices and drink it.

DRINK! IT!

perfect pimm’s

9 Apr

It’s the tasty liqueur with the stupid name… it’s Pimm’s No. 1 Cup!

This is the best way to drink it.  Do not leave out the cucumber slice.  It doesn’t seem important but IT IS.

Makes one cocktail.

prefect pimm’s

ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Pimm’s
  • 0.5 oz gin
  • 0.5 oz ginger syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz soda
  • 1 cucumber slice
  • ice

preparation

Place a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of a glass.  Pour Pimm’s, gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice and soda over ice and stir.

Garnish with cucumber.

ginger syrup

9 Apr

I like to use this syrup with soda water in cocktails (like my perfect pimm’s) as a replacement for ginger ale to get more control over the sweetness of the drink.

The demerara sugar gives the syrup a richer, more complex flavour but it can be replaced with white sugar if you want to avoid discoloration in your cocktail.

I’m sure there are many non-cocktail uses for this, if you have a good one let me know.

ginger syrup

ingredients

  • 1 large piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 c demerara sugar
  • 1 c water

preparation

Put the sugar, water and ginger in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir constantly until sugar has completely dissolved and mixture is simmering.

Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes before removing ginger.

Let the syrup cool and transfer to an airtight container.  It will keep for up to 6 months.

mojitos

24 Mar

Well, it’s cold and rainy.  But a couple of days ago it was sunny and warm and wonderful and I was making mojitos and sitting on my balcony.  In memoriam – mojitos.

makes 1 (double) cocktail

mojitos : doubles

ingredients

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 oz lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2.5 oz white rum
  • 4 oz soda
  • 1/4 c crushed ice

preparation

Put mint leaves in the bottom of a glass.  Add sugar, lime juice, rum & crushed ice and muddle thoroughly.  Add soda and stir well to mix in any remaining sugar.

Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lime.