Monday, June 18, 2012

DIY: Whiskey Ginger with Homemade Ginger Syrup

Homemade ginger syrup + candied ginger 
Ginger Syrup, makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Needed: 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups grated and thinly sliced ginger root.
Grate and slice up your ginger, set aside. In a pot combine the water and sugar. Over medium heat stir until the sugar is dissolved. Now add in the ginger and simmer on low/medium heat for 30 minutes. Allow this to cool slightly and strain the syrup, reserving the ginger slices. Store this in a seal container in your refrigerator for up to a month.

Homemade ginger syrup + candied ginger 
Easy Candied Ginger, makes about 1 cup

Needed: the reserved ginger slices from making ginger syrup and 1/3 cup sugar.
Rinse off the ginger slices and pat dry. Dip each in the sugar and place on a paper towel. Allow these to dry out for a couple of hours. Use to garnish drinks or other foods. You can just eat these too, but they are quite strong. You have been warned.

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To make your whiskey gingers combine 3-4 tablespoons ginger syrup, 2 cups club soda, and a shot of whiskey. Add ice and garnish with a candied ginger slice. You can adjust these to be as strong as you like. Or you can leave the whiskey out and still have a lovely ginger drink.

Whiskey ginger recipe

Friday, June 15, 2012

What Does Your Favorite Cocktail Say About You?

My favorite cocktail is a Manhattan...

"Anything with 'signature bitters': You're an asshole."

So, apparently I'm an asshole? 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Women Who Whiskey...

"Women Who Whiskey: 
Like a book club with spirits. 
And without books."

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

For cooling off on a hot June day...

For the Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
For the Iced Tea:
4 black tea bags or 4 teaspoons loose black tea
6 cups boiling water

For the Lemonade:
1 cup Simple Syrup (recipe above) or Honey Syrup
1 cup fresh lemon juice

To Finish:
Ice cubes

Make the Simple Syrup:
In a small pot, combine the sugar with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and refrigerate until needed. Simple syrup can be refrigerated for about 2 weeks.

Make the Iced Tea:
Place the tea in a pitcher and pour the boiling water over. Set aside and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove (strain if using loose tea) the tea bags and refrigerate the tea until cold.

Make the Lemonade:
In a nonreactive glass jar, combine the Simple Syrup (or the honey syrup) and the lemon juice. Refrigerated until cold.

Make the Bourbon Arnold Palmer:
Fill a large glass with ice and fill halfway with tea. Fill almost halfway with the lemonade. Add a splash (or two) of bourbon and stir. Serve immediately.
Makes about 6 to 8 drinks.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bourbon Butterscotch Latte Popsicles

Bourbon Butterscotch Latte Popsicles

16 oz. strong or extra bold coffee, room temperature
4 oz. heavy cream
4 oz. bourbon
2 oz. butterscotch sauce
1. Add all ingredients into a blender and mix to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.