Showing posts with label cocktail. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

When In Rome...Indulge in a Spritz! #Recipe @PegCochran

Hubby and I recently spent two weeks in Italy--a dream vacation, a celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary and something to cross off our bucket list!  While there we were introduced to the "spritz" which could very well be the Italian national drink!

They're light and refreshing in the summer heat--light enough to indulge at 11:00 a.m. after a morning of sightseeing.

There are basically three kinds of spritzes--con (with) Aperol, con Campari and con Select.  All are infusions of herbs, roots and fruit.  Campari is also used to make a Negroni (Campari, vermouth and gin) and an Americano (Campari and vermouth.)

Select, which is available only in Venice, is a deep red and the sweetest of the three.  Aperol is next and is a vibrant red-orange.  Campari is the most bitter and adds more of a brownish color to the drink.

Upon returning home, we had to continue with our spritz addiction and I readily found the ingredients in our Italian gourmet shop.


Ingredients:
3 parts Prosecco or other sparkling wine
2 parts Aperol
1 splash of soda water





Fill your glasses with plenty of ice.


Add an orange slice--we had to make due with a clementine!


Add three parts Prosecco


Add two parts Aperol and a splash of soda water.


An olive is optional--some bars included one while others didn't.


 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Air Conditioning in a Glass"--My Lazy Virgin Gin Lime Rickey by Cleo Coyle


The heat is on here in New York City with temps in the 90s and high humidity. But my husband and I have a remedy. To borrow a phrase from Washington, DC, bartender Derek Brown, Chief Spirits Advisor to the National Archives, this baby is...

 "Air conditioning in a glass!"



Our Virgin Gin Lime Rickey is a sweet-tart marvel. This recipe is close to the classic version with a few shortcuts to make it especially easy...because on hazy days, we're lazy, even when it comes to making drinks! You can adjust the ingredients to you taste, and we'll even show you a non-virgin version that's just as good. Either way, we hope you find this summer drink as refreshing as we do. 
Now let's start pouring! ~ Cleo




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*A Note from Cleo...

The gin in this virgin version of a lime rickey is ginger ale, and the shortcut we use is "Simply Limeade." Look for this tartly refreshing beverage in your grocery store's refrigerated section. If your local store doesn't carry it, you can make your own by stirring sugar syrup into fresh lime juice (sweeten to your own taste). 



Cleo's Lazy Virgin 
Gin Lime Rickey

Ingredients:

1 fresh lime
Ice
Simply Limeade (*or see my note above)
Ginger ale (regular or diet)

Directions: Cut the lime in half. Slice off a "lime wheel" (see photo below) and set it aside. Pour ice into a chilled glass (tall or short, your choice). Fill one third of the glass with chilled limeade. Pour in cold, freshly opened ginger ale, stopping short of the top. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over the ginger ale. For a more tart drink, use the juice from the remaining half, as well. Stir gently, float the lime wheel on top, and drink with refreshing summer joy! 




Cleo's Lazy Gin
Lime Rickey

Ingredients:

1 fresh lime
Ice
Gin
Simply Limeade (*or see my note above)
Ginger ale (regular or diet)

Directions: Cut the lime in half. Slice off a "lime wheel" (see photo above) and set it aside. Add ice to a chilled glass. Pour in the gin--I like a splash, my husband goes for a full shot, your choice. By pouring the gin in first, you're giving it a nice chill before you build the drink. Now add the chilled limeade until the halfway mark. Top with cold, freshly opened ginger ale, stopping short of the rim. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over the ginger ale. For a more tart drink, use the juice from the remaining half, as well. Stir gently, float the lime wheel on top, and drink with spirited summer joy! 


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