Cara Cara Citrus Liqueur, Part One
My favorite thing about Wednesdays is the New York Times Dining and Wine section. A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for Cara Cara Citrus Liqueur that caught my eye. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cara Caras, they are a cross between a naval orange and grapefruit. They have a beautiful red hue and and a pleasant sweet flavor. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I saw the recipe turn...
Spring is in the air! As such, it’s only fitting to create a cocktail for the occasion. What to make, though? Something floral, something fruity, something light… I have been looking forward to using the Lavender Simple Syrup I made a few weeks ago in a new cocktail so I did a quick survey of our liquor cabinet to see what I thought would pair well with it. The maraschino liqueur...
Lavender Simple Syrup
Lavender is one of my favorite scents and flavors. It’s like magic in drinks—it brings a wonderful floral aroma to a variety of concoctions. It pairs especially well with gin; the aromatic compounds in the lavender and juniper berries complement each other perfectly. Add a splash to your next gin and tonic! Lavender is also delicious with lemons. One of my favorite summer drinks is a...
A Day Late and A Dollar Short
So, I meant to write a post featuring Irish whiskey prior to St. Patrick’s Day but, as you can tell, I am indeed a day late if not quite a dollar short. Despite the date, I do have a lovely drink for you starring Irish whiskey and supported by Grand Marnier, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters. This is a nice drink for the warmer months and felt quite appropriate on a beautiful...
Gingery Whiskey Sour
I had some friends over this weekend to try a drink featuring the Ginger Lime Syrup I made last week. I wanted to keep it simple so I made a modified whiskey sour. Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re going to need some Irish Whiskey anyway, I thought it’d be fun to go Irish for the spirit this week too. The ginger adds a nice extra kick to the sour,...
Ginger Lime Syrup
Ginger and lime are a wonderful combination. The spiciness of the ginger and the tartness of the lime compliment each other really well. You can use this syrup in a variety of drinks—it pairs with bourbon or rye nicely—or just have it with sparkling water to make a refreshing soda. I was inspired to make this after spying a recipe in Tart and Sweet for a key lime and ginger syrup. I...
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