After a tasting event we had some left over ginger ale and sarsaparilla syrups from our homemade soda kits and lots of ice so we decided to get creative and turn those leftovers into fun summer cocktails. Serve in an insulated glass to keep your slushie cool on a hot day and a word of warning, don't use metal straws for these blended drinks unless you want to re-enact the flagpole scene from "A Christmas Story."Ginger Bourbon Slushie1.5 cups ice cubes1 ounce ginger ale syrup2 oz bourbonBlend until smooth and serve.- Peachy Ginger Bourbon Slushie: Use 1 cup frozen peach slices and 1/2 cup ice.R..
Reese and I have been working on developing a tiki kit that will soon be available exclusively through UncommonGoods. We've been making plenty of great tiki drinks to test our recipes but with the cold, wet weather this week we were in the mood something a little warmer than the usual frosty tiki drink. I've developed a variation on my favorite hot buttered rum recipe that takes advantage of the bottles of tiki mixers in our bar. Toasting the butter gives the drink a rich flavor reminiscent of molasses cookies.Toasted Tiki Buttered RumHeat in a small saucepan over medium heat:1 tablespoon unsa..
If you've never had homemade grenadine, you're in for a treat. Unlike the commercial stuff, which is little more than corn syrup and food coloring, this homemade grenadine uses real pomegranates and dried hibiscus flowers. If you can't buy fresh pomegranates, bottled not-from-concentrate juice (such as POM) can be substituted. The hibiscus and pomegranate juice give this grenadine and deep, garnet red that will give any drink a brilliant crimson hue.Hibiscus "flowers" are actually the fleshy red calyx that remains after the petals fall off. The fruit with its fuzzy black seeds is usually remov..
zest from 3 limes zest from 3 lemons zest from one grapefruit 1 cup sugar 3 cups water 1 1/2 tablespoons cinchona bark 1 teaspoon gentian root 1 1/2 tablespoons citric acid 2/3 cup chopped lemongrass 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 2-3 cups rich simple syrup or other sweetener equivalent.Optional spices: 6 juniper berries 4 whole cardamom pods 6 whole allspice berries 2 teaspoons lavender 1 piece star anise 1/2 teaspoon quassia barkFor dry tonic, omit simple syrup and reduce citric acid to 1 teaspoon.Stir zest and sugar together, let sit, covered, overnight. In a saucepan, bring all ingredients excep..
Additional recipes for the Tiki Mixers Kit. Pimento (Allspice) Dram:12 oz rum1/3 cup allspice berriesSteep allspice berries in rum for 10 to 15 days. Strain and sweeten with brown sugar simple syrup (1.5 cups sugar to 1 cup hot water) Cinnamon and vanilla syrups:1.5 tablespoons cinnamon chipsOR2 vanilla beans 1 cup water1 cup sugar Place cinnamon or vanilla in a small saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for two minutes; stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for two hours. Strain out the cinnamon or vanil..
Now that spring is peeking out from behind the clouds and snow it's time to start thinking about warm weather cocktails. With that in mind, I'm introducing a new set of kits to help you show off your DIY skills at the next backyard luau. First up is falernum, a rum based liqueur flavored with almonds, lime, ginger and cloves. Read about falernum's history in this Smithsonian article.Falernum Recipe:16 oz rum (use a mid-grade lightly flavored rum, not the cheap stuff and not a dark rum like Meyers) Zest from 8 to 9 limes 1" by 2" piece of ginger 1 cup sliced almonds 30 wholes clovesOptional Spi..
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