Posts Tagged ‘cocktails’
October 23, 2013 by Emily
It that time of year again, where girls are going absolutely bananas for all things pumpkin spiced. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Oreos (yes, thats a thing now), pumpkin spice lotions… I could go on. The men in my life are getting on the pumpkin spice train as well…but mainly focusing their attention to pumpkin spice beers.
I know that my husband is very invested in finding the best pumpkin “adult beverage”, and there isn’t really an option outside of beers…Until now!
Yep, that’s pumpkin spice bourbon! Infusing alcohols is ridiculously easy, and an awesome way to tailor your bar to the seasons.
What you’ll need:
1 sugar pumpkin (NOT a carving pumpkin!)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
750 ml bottle of bourbon (I used Evan Williams)
Peel and gut your sugar pumpkin and cut into thin slices.
Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar and pie spices.
Place in a 400 degree oven and roast for 30-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and just a little caramelized.
Allow the pumpkin to cool and place in a large sealable jar or jug and fill with the bourbon, making sure the pumpkin is covered completely.
Set in a cool, dark place for at least a week to infuse (2-3 weeks will get even better flavor!).
Strain the bourbon through a cheesecloth or coffee filter (the coffee filter will take longer, but you will get fewer little bits and pieces floating around.) and return to the jar or bottle for storage.
Drink and enjoy!
April 13, 2013 by Emily
I really haven’t found a more refreshing cocktail than the gimlet, it screams spring to me. The gimlet is simple at heart, alcochol (gin or vodka) and lime cordial, easy right? But alas, premade Lime cordials are so artificial and cloyingly sweet and there’s something about the clear flourescent liquid that I don’t want to drink it.
So instead, we’ll make it with fresh lime juice, it’s not difficult and adds so much to the end product.
2 Oz Vodka or Gin
1 Oz Lime Juice
1/2 Oz Simple Syrup
Combine all the ingredients with crushed ice, shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and enjoy!
Mint: whem making the simple syrup drop a handful of fresh mint leaves into the liquid to steep, after about 5 minutes they’ll have given off their tasty essence so you can strain the leaves and use like normal (mint simple myrup is also SUPER delicious in iced tea and whiskey drinks… mint juleps anyone?)
Cucumber: When building the cocktail add a few thin slices of peeled cucumber to the shaker and muddle them into the ice, shake and strain as usualy for a subtle hint of cucumber! If you have a juicer and want a more in your face cucumber taste use the juice of one fresh cucumber while building the drink.