Creating cocktails with strong, complex flavors can be a bit of a balancing act. Much like food pairings with wine, you have to make sure that if you plan to use strong flavors, those flavors need to stand equally on their own but also should not overpower or (especially) not be overpowered by another ingredient in the cocktail.
Each year we celebrate all the moms out there who do their best to make sure we grow up and survive until we can take care of ourselves. One of the staples of Mothers' Day is brunch with mom and one of the staples of brunch is the venerable Mimosa. We've already posted about how to kick the standard Mimosa up a few notches but today we thought, why stick with just a Mimosa? So today, to celebrate mom in a very special way, we give you a simple cocktail in the spirit of the Mimosa but is as unique as mom is.
Legend has it that the Death In the Gulf Stream cocktail was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks. The drink first appeared in Charles Baker's Gentleman's Companion. The description of the drink in Baker's book is brilliant:
Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of 1 green lime, and fill the glass almost full with Holland gin...
An infused ice ball cocktail recipe. It takes 24 hours of prep, but it's worth it. "Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you", and we are ready for spring to arrive, so we created this to say "thanks, winter, it's been great but we need some spring time already." And springtime in Brazil is pretty great...as long as you stick to the coastal beach areas like Rio and São Paulo is nice too.
We obviously enjoy a good drink. But we also really enjoy good food. We have a doozy of a cocktail for you, but first, a little backstory.
Living in Texas, especially if you are a native, a decent portion of your diet includes Tex-Mex, Mexican, and other Latin-influenced cuisines...
The classic New York Cocktail is made with a heavy hand of grenadine, which can sometimes make it a little too sweet for some tastes. By adding the grenadine directly to the ice ball, the sweetness is slowly released into the cocktail as it is enjoyed. We make the change even better by using Real Grenadine, which is made from Pomegranate juice and orange blossom water.
The Bourbon Spritz Cocktail offers a bit more flavor than your standard bourbon on the rocks and using an ice ball allows those flavors to mingle and become more complex as you enjoy it.
When we started thinking about the old school, and even the "oldest school" cocktails that your great grandfather enjoyed, several classics came to mind, the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, etc. We thought to ourselves "selves, we should go major old school." So we dusted off the Bourbon Crusta...
When the weather cools down a bit, it's nice to have a little something to warm up. We thought, what are the flavors that sum up the holiday season? ...and what would ensure that Santa hooks us up?
Enter the Spicy Blizzard.
After spending what seems like every waking minute on new product development, we thought we would share some of the good stuff we have been working on to bring to you. If you know us, you know that one of our Favorite cocktails is the Old Fashioned. History tells us that the famous cocktail (and the first to use the now ubiquitous term "cocktail") originated in the early 1800s. The Old Fashioned was created and served at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY and later brought to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
The origin of the Fanciulli Cocktail is somewhat hazy, but the flavor definitely is not. A reference to the Fanciulli Cocktail was published in 1931 book "Old Waldorf Bar Days," by Albert Stevens Crockett, a book that reminisced about just what the name implies, "days at the Waldorf (hotel) bar," before it later merged with the Astoria and became the "Waldorf-Astoria" that we know of today.