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Hanky Panky

I can not think of a time when a little Hanky Panky can not bring a smile to my face! A truly interesting addition to gin and the Baron's homemade sweet vermouth is the curious Frenet Branca.

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The odd liqueur is all the rage with bartenders and mixologists. An Italian Aperitif Digestif, solo it has been claimed to resemble a marriage between black licorice and Listerine. Once the Ferenet Branca mixes with gin and vermouth vermouth however, the Hanky Panky begins!

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1 1/2 oz. gin
1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Frenet Branca

Shake with ice and serve up with an orange peel garnish

Posted by Baronessonthego 06:22 Archived in USA Tagged sweet branca cocktail hour ferenet vermouth hanky panky Comments (0)

Ash Blonde

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The trick to a successful cocktail hour is the right cocktail.
Best to go for something light and refreshing.

Lillet is a new discovery of ours and a cocktail hour favorite ingredient. It is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle with the addition of citrus liqueurs including those made of Moroccan sweet orange peels and peels of bitter green oranges from Haiti.

Lillet also contains liqueur of Chinchona bark which contains quinine- so an additional benefit is that it can be used to treat malaria!

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3 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 oz. Cointreau
Dash of Sweet vermouth

Shake and serve up or over crushed ice.

Posted by Baronessonthego 12:32 Archived in USA Tagged ash malaria blonde cocktail hour lillet Comments (0)

Rhythm in Your Shaking

Thin Man Style

I know there are drinks that are meant to be stirred, but I tend to prefer a shaken cocktail. It may have something to do with the cocktail shaker, the drama of the shake or maybe it is just the idea of having a chilled cocktail served up with a festive garnish in a celebratory glass. Though I enjoy a Bourbon on a couple of rocks, the first and last sips are never the same. The only difference in the last sip of a well chilled manhattan his the tumble of the cherry down side of the glass.

No one knows the art of shaking a manhattan better than Nick Charles.....I hope that Johnny Depp is brushing up on his cocktail shaking skills in time for the Thin Man remake.

Thin Man

Manhattan

4 ounces Bourbon or Rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
maraschino cherry for garnish

Chill martini glass by filling to the brim with ice and water

Add whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a shaker with a few ice cubes, shake to the rhythm of a fox trot.

Discard ice from martini glass then strain Manhattan into the chilled glass and garnish with cherry.

By the way- did you know that you should refrigerate your vermouth after you open the bottle. You will be surprised by the difference it makes!

Posted by Baronessonthego 10:07 Tagged man manhattan johnny cocktail bourbon thin depp Comments (0)

Juice Cubes

Sunshine on a Stick

The annual box of citrus fruit from Florida is always a happy package to receive. It is the launch of juice related cocktails and the search is for those which contain orange and grapefruit juice. This year, delivery from the Sunshine State coincided with a Costco run that brought home bags of lemons and limes. Faced with the challenge of which juice to employ during the cocktail hour, I pulled out the juicer and ice cube trays.

Sunshine on a Stick

When the Sunshine on a Stick PSA was aired in the 1970’s the hope was to increase fruit consumption, but the idea works well for extending the life of fresh squeezed juice. We now have lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit juice at our fingertips (in a chilling form) in one ounce cubes. Homemade sour mix is available on demand by tossing the cubes into a blender, adding some simple syrup and pressing go.

SIMPLE SYRUP

1 part sugar
1 part water

(if you prefer a richer syrup you can use 2 parts sugar to one part water, but add less syrup to your cocktails)


1 Combine sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
2 Once sugar is completely dissolved, remove pan from heat
3 Allow syrup to cool
4 Bottle
5 Refrigerate

SOUR MIX

I use the following ratio for my margarita sour mix, but it is a fun mixer to experiment with and revise depending on the cocktail

2 parts lemon
1 parts lime
1 part orange
2 parts simple syrup

1 Mix or blend
2 Adjust taste to suit your preference

Posted by Baronessonthego 19:09 Archived in USA Tagged mix simple sunshine cocktail juice sour syrup Comments (0)

Honey, I'm home

changing times

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The key clicks in the ignition and the roar of the engine subsides. As the door slams shut, the chilled drink is being poured into the appropriate glassware. Hat and coat are routinely tossed onto the rack with ease as the cocktail glides out on its shiny tray. The first sip at cocktail hour is when the work day begins to disappear and the mind is free to imagine, dream and create.

A proper cocktail is the pathway to new ideas. The combination of flavors provokes the mind to leave the ordinary behind.

Forgotten cocktail hour is about discovering new combinations of flavor, and interesting ways of presentation.

It is all about the presentation.

Posted by Baronessonthego 04:50 Archived in USA Tagged drink dream imagine cocktail hour create Comments (0)

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