Chili Cherry Bourbon

Chili Cherry Bourbon is the unique cocktail that I promised I would post last week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 ounces of your favorite bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Ancho Chile Reyes Liqueur
  • Fresh nutmeg to grind on top
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Use a Rocks glass or Old Fashioned glass. Some people know this as a Low Ball glass.
  • Fill the glass three quarters with ice
  • Add the liquid ingredients
  • Grate a dash of fresh nutmeg on top

My husband created this cocktail because he really enjoys bourbon drinks. He has a friend who really likes tequila, so he created a margarita by substituting tequila for the bourbon. Then he thought of his friend who really likes vodka, so he substituted vodka for the bourbon. The measurements are the same, but the preparation changes.

Chili Cherry Margarita

Tequila Variation

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 ounces of 100% agave tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Ancho Chile Reyes Liqueur
  • Fresh orange slice for garnish
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Choose a margarita glass
  • Grab a shaker and fill it half way with ice
  • Add liquid ingredients
  • Shake vigorously
  • Pour contents of shaker into margarita glass
  • Add orange slice as garnish

My husband recommends 100% agave tequila. You will find that the 100% agave will add a nice smoky flavor with the Ancho Chile Reyes liqueur.

Red Hot Russian

Vodka Variation

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 ounces of your favorite vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Ancho Chile Reyes Liqueur
  • Morello, Marachino or Amarena cherry
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Use a Small Rocks glass
  • Add liquid ingredients
  • Add ice
  • Stir
  • Add cherry garnish

My husband recommends potato vodka because it is the traditional ingredient for making vodka, and is known to add texture and flavor to a drink. But feel free to use your favorite vodka.

The Red Hot Russian is a play on the Red Russian which is half vodka and half cherry liqueur.

My husband has been having “virtual happy hours” with his friends during this pandemic and social distancing period. He enjoyed creating the drink variations to suit different tastes. I hope you enjoy them too. Cheers! 🍸

Last year I did two cooking class/pop up supper club events in support of The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. The events were very successful, so in September of 2020, we were planning to do a larger event at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center, in honor of Hunger Action Month. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic all events were cancelled. Now that things are improving, we have decided to do a small event on October 30th. I am so excited to be able to contribute to my community again. The menu will be Italian with a Halloween flair. The menu and the event details will be posted two weeks from now, on October 3rd, 2020.

My husband will be serving the Chili Cherry Bourbon, and another surprise Halloween cocktail as part of the aperitivo that precedes the dinner.

Be on the lookout for the event menu and details !!!

Until then Ciao 🖐💕

Holiday Spiced Bourbon

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  In celebration, my hubby created the first of his holiday cocktails for the 2018 season.

INGREDIENTS:Holiday Spiced Bourbon Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Averna Amaro
  • 1/2 ounce Ancho Chili Reyes Liqueur
  • 3 dashes blood orange bitters
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of freshly grated nutmeg
  • A frozen Bourbon ball (or ice for the drink glass)

TOOLS:

  • Mixing cup
  • Measuring cup (pony/jigger)
  • Bourbon glass (rocks glass)
  • ice for shaking the drink in the mixing cup

MIXING THE DRINK:

  • put ice in the mixing cup
  • put liquid ingredients in mixing cup
  • shake vigorously
  • place a frozen Bourbon ball in your rocks glass (or use ice if you don’t have a Bourbon ball)
  • pour liquid ingredients into rocks glass, while retaining the ice in the mixing cup.

Holiday Spiced Bourbon Poured

Add a dash of cinnamon and grate a dash of fresh nutmeg.Holiday Spiced Bourbon Feature

This holiday drink is the first in a series for the season.  CHEERS!!!

Texan Raspberry 75

This is the cocktail that I pair with my Fig Fillo Bites.

INGREDIENTS:  per drink

  • 1 oz Moody June Gin
  • 1 oz Texas South Wind Red Raspberry Fruit Wine
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Slice of lemon for garnish
  • 1 glazed fig ice cube per drink (see below on how to make cube)
  • Enough Korbel Brut to top off drink

MAKING THE FIG ICE CUBES:

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  • The first photo shows the glazed figs with their glazing liquid (see “Glazing The Figs” in my Fig Fillo Bites recipe)  The glazed figs can be stored in a glass container in the frig.  They will keep for 3 months.
  • Place a silicone ice cube tray on top of a cookie sheet
  • Place one glazed fig in each section of the ice cube tray
  • Using a tea spoon, fill each cubed section to the top with the glazing liquid.
  • Freeze overnight.  Use the cubes you need.  Store the rest in a plastic freezer bag for future use.

PREPARING THE DRINK:

  • Fill a drink shaker half way with ice
  • Add gin and raspberry wine
  • Add juice from lemon
  • Shake well
  • Put 1 fig ice cube in the glassTexan Raspberry 75 Cube
  • Add mix from shaker to glassTexan Raspberry 75 Korbel
  • Top off with champagne
  • Add a slice of lemon to the rim for garnishTexan Raspberry 75 Feature

As the glazed fig ice cube melts, the drink gets more flavorful.  At the end of the drink you are left with a delicious macerated fig to eat.  CHEERS!!!  Let me know your feedback by leaving a comment.  I love to hear from you.

Dirty Lychee Martini

Last week I found fresh Lychees at the Indian grocery store.  I love Lychees.  My grandfather use to buy them for me during the summer season when I would visit him in India.  I eat Lychees fresh, but I was inspired to have my husband use them in a refreshing cocktail.  He came up with this Dirty Lychee Martini.

Ingredients:  Per Drink

Dirty Lychee Martini Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 ounce of elderflower liqueur
  • 2 fresh lychees (use canned lychees if you don’t have fresh ones)

Prep:

  • Peel two lychees and place them in a glass container with a spout
  • Add 2 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to create a lychee infused vodka.
  • Remove lychees from vodka.  Juice one lychee into a shaker filled with ice.  Set aside the other lychee for garnish.
  • Add the elderflower liqueur and the lychee infused vodka to the shaker
  • Chill martini glass
  • Shake ingredients in shaker
  • Add lychee garnish to chilled martini glass
  • Pour drink mixture over lychee garnish in martini glass

Last week we went to Fort Worth, Texas.  We ate at this incredible restaurant located in downtown called GRACE.  They served a lime and coconut sorbet spiked with lychee, as a palate cleanser.  I am totally stealing the idea for this sorbet because it makes a great paring for our Dirty Lychee Martini.  Below is a photo of the sorbet.

Dirty Lychee Martini Pairing

I also posted a review on Yelp for GRACE.

Taj Pani

Taj means crown and Pani means water.  The name for this cocktail was inspired by the Indian soft drink, Limca.  Limca is a lemon-lime soft drink which is not too sweet.  It has a bitter note like a grapefruit.

Ingredients: per drink

  • Limca-to taste
  • Beefeater Gin-1 ounce
  • Juice from a lime-1 squeeze
  • Red chili pepper for garnish
  • Ice in a shaker cup-1/4 full

Mixing the drink:

Taj Pani

  • Place a red chili in a martini glass
  • Pour the gin into the ice-filled shaker
  • Add the lime juice and shake
  • Pour into the martini glass over the red chili pepper
  • Add Limca to taste for your level of sweetness.

Recipe note:  You can find Limca in an Indian grocery store.  If you can’t find Limca use Squirt or your favorite lemon-lime soda.

Pear Martini

 

Christmas Cocktails

The above photo shows the ingredients for 3 drinks.  The pear martini ingredients are to the right of the photo:

  • Absolut Pear Vodka–2 parts
  • Elderflower Liqueur–1 part
  • Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic–to taste
  • Candied Pear Slice–1 per drink
  • Agave Nectar and additional Elderflower Liqueur for candying the pears

Method for candying the pear slices:

  • Quarter a pear lengthwise and remove the core.
  • Thinly slice each piece of pear lengthwise.
  • Place pear slices in a sauce pan along with enough Elderflower Liqueur to just cover the pears.
  • Add enough Agave nectar for your level of sweetness–I added 1 teaspoon.
  • Simmer on low heat until the pears become translucent.
  • Store the candied pear slices with their liquid in a glass container.  Place container in fridge until use.  The pears will store well for at least six months.

Preparing the drink:

  • Place candied pear slice in a coupe or traditional martini glass.
  • Fill the martini shaker with ice half-way.
  • Add Vodka and Liqueur to shaker.  Shake vigorously.
  • Pour over the pear slice and add tonic water.

I first had a pear martini at Bartlett’s in Austin, Texas.  I was inspired to make my own version.  They are both delicious.  I really enjoy eating the pear slice when the drink is finished.

My husband served this for Christmas and called it “Partridge In A Pear Tree.”

 

Valentine Martinis (Some Like it Sweet. Some Like it Hot.)

Ingredients:

Valentine Martini Ingredients

Sweet Valentine Martini:  1 part chocolate vodka, 1 part pomegranate juice shaken with ice in a martini shaker.  Pour into martini glass. Add a real maraschino cherry.

Valentine Martinti Sweet

 

Hot Valentine Martini: 1 jigger chocolate vodka,  1 jigger Ancho chili Reyes liquor and 1/2 jigger hazelnut liquor shaken with ice in a martini shaker.

Valentine Martini Hot

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

 

Grapefruit Vodka Tonic

Ingredients:

Grapefruit Vodka Tonic Ingredients

  • Vodka (any one you like)–2 jiggers (3 ounces)
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice–1 slice for squeezing and 3 to 4 supremes for garnish
  • Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water–to taste

It is citrus season, so here is another citrus drink.  The grapefruit used here came from my friend’s orchard.  They are organic and very sweet.  Use the best grapefruit that you can find.

Mixing the drink:

  • Shake the vodka with ice in a martini shaker to get it nice and chilled
  • Pour the chilled vodka into a cocktail glass
  • Squeeze the juice from a slice of grapefruit
  • Add the Elderflower tonic water to your taste
  • Garnish with 3 or 4 grapefruit supremes (see the photo–suremes are wedges of grapefruit with the peel and pith removed)

As you finish the drink, the grapefruit supremes will become infused with the vodka and Elderflower tonic.  They are delicious to eat once the drink is finished.  ENJOY!!!