Cocktails

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a little while since we’ve posted a drink recipe, and we used to crank them out pretty regularly. We’re calling this one a Cherry Bourbon Smash, with lime and angostura bitters and it’s coming to you courtesy of my husband. Incidentally, this will be the last drink that I consume for the next month. With my 36th birthday fast approaching, I thought a little detox was well in order after what was, frankly, a pretty indulgent summer. It’s always good to keep ourselves in check, right?! Maybe next month I’ll try to cut out coffee. Ha. Yeah right.

Cherries and bourbon are a relatively common combo, but the addition of lime, ginger beer and bitters really pushes this one over the top and gives it some extra complexity. Cheers!

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The Luxardo 75 Cocktail

The Luxardo 75 cocktail – the merging of a French 75 with the infusion of the splurge-worthy Luxardo cherries – will impress even your most discerning friends. 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 then I sometimes think that he does it on purpose, so I won’t ask him to stop at the store for anything. Hmmmm…..

But back to the cherries. The cherries are amazing and add such a luxuriousness to our cocktail creations. They’re particularly fantastic in Aviations. My all-time favorite drink is the French 75 (I’ve done riffs on this cocktail before), so I felt compelled to find some way to incorporate the Luxardos into that cocktail. Here’s the result!

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. Shake it hard enough that you get the tiny ice crystals that make cocktails extra refreshing.  Strain into coupe or champagne flute and top with champagne. Your Luxardo 75 is ready. 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

Pineapple Sangria

With the temps already in the 90s (ugh!), it’s definitely sangria time! What I love about sangria is that the alcohol content can be diluted without overly impacting the flavor. So on those hot summer days, you won’t do yourself in with a glass or two of it! I also appreciate that sangria can (and should) be made ahead, so when your guests arrive (I’m assuming you’re sharing that pitcher with someone)… it’s a snap to serve and you aren’t running all over the place mixing up custom cocktails. Read More