Cocktails

The Luxardo 75

Luxardo Cherry Cocktail - Luxardo 75

Our latest obsession around here is Luxardo cherries. Have you tried these?!? Now, I’ll admit that when I first found out my husband spent over $20 for a jar of maraschino cherries, I may have not been overly enthusiastic. He has this terrible habit of going to the grocery store, paying no attention at all to prices or sales, and just throwing whatever looks shiny/new/interesting into the cart. For this reason, I rarely ask him to swing by the grocery store to pick anything up. He’s dangerous. But back to the cherries. The cherries are amazing and add such a luxuriousness to our cocktail creations. They’re particularly fantastic in Aviations and in this cocktail, which I’m calling the Luxardo 75.

The Luxardo 75

Ingredients

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. Luxardo cherry juice

1 oz. lemon juice

1. 5 oz gin

4 oz. champagne

2 Luxardo maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions

In a shaker, combine simple syrup, Luxardo cherry juice, lemon juice, gin and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into coupe or champagne flute and top with champagne. Cheers!

Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail (Vermont-Inspired)

 

Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

Ahhhh….Vermont. It never gets old. For such a tiny state, it’s amazing how much Vermont has to offer. Countless outdoor adventuring opportunities, a food and drink scene in Burlington (and elsewhere in VT) that rivals cities ten or twenty times its size, culture, history, you name it. We just took our fourth trip up there  (in less than 16 months – eek!) and this time hit the ski area of Jay Peak (more on that another day) and then spent the tail end of our trip in Burlington and ate our way through the city. Read More

Pineapple Sangria

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Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Back in college, bubble teas were the thing. I assume that most people know what these are … but if not, they’re those smoothie-like drinks with the tapioca pearls in them. In fact, we actually have a bubble tea recipe on this blog.

Anyway, my now-husband and I spent an obscene amount of money on these bubble teas. Honeydew bubble teas in particular. So, so good. They were like $5 a pop and we were there multiple times a week. In retrospect, I’m not sure how we did this on a student budget. Maybe that’s why we still have student loans. But I digress… this post is about honeydew in the cocktail form and I’ll try to stick to the topic.

Honeydew is so refreshing and IMHO, it works so well with white rum. We made a few of these last weekend when the temps hit 80 around here. Perfection!

Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Honeydew Rum Cocktail, honeydew syrup

Ingredients

3 oz. honeydew puree, strained
2 oz. white rum
1/2 – 1 oz. simple syrup (to taste)
1/2 oz. lime juice
3 mint leaves
ice

Directions

Put a few chunks of honeydew in a blender and puree until smooth. Press through a mesh strainer. (Obviously you’re probably going to want to make a few drinks if you’re going to the trouble of blending up honeydew…but the recipe above is per drink).
Pour honeydew puree, rum, simple syrup, lime juice and mint into shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Cheers!!