When I think summer, I think backyard barbeques. And what's a barbeque without corn on the cobb? Whilst brainstorming a corn cocktail I immediately thought to use Mezcal. I'm sure it'd also be great with Tequila, but I really wanted to utilize the smokiness of Mezcal.Read More
This post is sponsored by Martell VSOP, however the thoughts and recipe are my own.
It seems as we get older the summers get shorter and shorter. Wasn't I just making Old Fashioneds for Father’s Day? Pretty soon I'll be mixing up fall cocktails and pumpkin will become the top keyword searched on this site.
But before we trade in our swimsuits for sweaters, I say we throw one last soirée. We relish in the long days and warm nights while they're still ours. For my end of summer celebration I’m mixing up some VSOP Mules.
I was recently given the opportunity to sample Martell VSOP’s Blue Swift. Matured in French Oak casks, Blue Swift is a VSOP finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks. It's full-bodied with notes of vanilla and candied fruit. It’s smooth flavor and sweet finish played perfectly with ginger beer and lime. And the addition of muddled fresh blueberries made for a truly delightful cocktail.
1.5 ounces Martell Blue Swift
.5 ounce Lime juice (or 1/2 lime juiced)
In a copper mug (or glass) muddle Blueberries with the VSOP.
Add lime juice.
Stir with ice.
Top with ginger beer.
Ah, rum! That captivating spirit that launched a thousand ships throughout history in pursuit of its glory. A by-product of sugar cane, there are few rules when it comes to rum. While most would associate rum with the Caribbean, the production of rum is actually a world wide phenomenon. There was even a time that rum reigned in the United States. During the 17th and 18th-century sugar cane was imported from the Caribbeans for the purpose of rum production in Northern America. New England became the rum capital of America.
There are many variations of rum. Here are a few:
LIGHT RUM - also referred to as "silver" or "white", light rum is clear in color and tends to have a milder, sweeter flavor.
DARK RUM - dark in color, dark rums are generally aged in charred barrels and tend to have a spicier flavor. However, some dark rums are made with the addition of caramel to achieve color.
OVERPROOF RUM - the standard rum has an ABV of 40% or 80 proof. Overproof rums have a much higher alcohol content, such as Bacardi 151 that has a proof of (you guessed it) 151 or 75.5% ABV.
SOLERA RUM - a process in which younger rums are blended with older aged rums. Solera rums have been known to cause controversy with some distilleries advertising their rum with the age of the oldest rum included in the blend. (Ex. a rum advertised as 30yrs but is really a blend that may include a rum as young as 6 years.)
Now that we've covered some of the types rums there are, here are a few of my favorite rum recipes:
Dating back to the 1930s, this cocktail follows the "old fashioned" formula of spirit, sugar, and bitters.
If you know any "tiki" drink, you must know the Mai Tai. Jamaican rum shines in this (surprisingly) refreshing but boozy cocktail.
A healthy dose of Aged Rum cooled down with pineapple juiced and topped with club soda.
An old fashioned style cocktail that features aged rum and substitutes traditional sugar with Velvet Falernum.
A refreshing mix of rum, lemon, and mint.
I'll be honest I'm not a fan of summer. It's hot, sticky, and I hate to sweat. But the great thing about summer is all the wonderful produce available. Amazing fruits and vegetables to brighten up your cocktails and inspire creativity.
A summer cocktail should be light, refreshing, and easy to drink. When I set out to make my summer cocktail I knew I wanted to make a shrub, a vinegar based syrup. I love shrubs because they can deliver a punch of flavor in a small dose. I decided to make my shrub using some colorful heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh mint. The combination has a pleasant taste that keeps you coming back for more.
TOMATO MINT SHRUB
for an 8 ounce shrub
12 mint leaves
4 ounces Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Sugar
Combine in air tight jar.
Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before use.
Use within 1 to 2 weeks
The Tomojito Sour was inspired by the Mojito but takes things a step further with the addition of heirloom tomatoes and yellow chartreuse. Combined with rum, lime, and mint it makes for a cocktail that is both delicate and delightful.
1.5 ounces White Rum
.75 ounce Tomato Mint Shrub
.5 ounces lime juice
bar spoon of Yellow Chartreuse
Combine ingredients in a shaker.
Shake with ice.
Double strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
Optional: top with club soda
Garnish with a cherry tomato and mint.
It’s been a good summer. Countless ball games, crab feasts, a vacation I never wanted to end. My summer couldn’t have been better. But now it’s time to get back to work. It’s time to get ready for some fall cocktails.
But I’m not so eager this year to say goodbye to the lazy, boozy days of summer. What’d you say we send summer off with a bang?!
What is a Tiki cocktail? Tiki, in my opinion, is a cocktail that evokes a particular state of mind rather than a specific definition. It’s an intoxicating concoction that generates a condition of ease and relaxation. When you think Tiki you think rum, tropical fruits, and the occasional spice.
BEACH COMBER COCKTAIL
For an excellent summary of the history of tiki check out this post from Serious Eats.
A sample of both Tres Generaciones® Tequila and Bundaberg Sparkling Pink Grapefruit were received for this post.
Ah, the Paloma! That other favorite tequila cocktail. A refreshing combo of Tequila, Grapefruit, and lime.
I first enjoyed a Paloma cocktail whilst on vacation in San Diego. Paired with a couple of jicama tacos, it was the perfect moment of delight.
Since National Tequila Day will be quickly upon us, July 24th, I decided some Paloma's were in order.
Traditionally Palomas require Grapefruit Soda. (I've also made them using fresh grapefruit juice and club soda.) I decided to switch things up with a salt and cayenne pepper rim. Sometimes a girl requires a little spice in her life!
Grapefruit Juice option: Add 2 ounces grapefruit juice and top with club soda.
When we were kids summer meant playing outside and cooling off with popsicles. I say we relive those days. What better way to cure a long day of adulting (it is to a word!) than with some grown-up boozy popsicles.Read More