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This Month the Drink: "Champagne
A Champagne smoothie is a chilled,
fruity drink that can be made with or without alcohol. This recipe serves two.
- Put yogurt into a blender.
- Add chopped berries and nutmeg.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into tumblers, filling each glass three-quarters full.
- Top off with chilled Champagne or other sparkling wine.
- Stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with mint sprigs and an orange slice.
- Chilled sparkling water or ginger ale can be used instead of Champagne
- Add a little lemonade or a small amount of lemon juice if the drink tastes too sweet.
THE HALLE BERRY COCKTAIL
2 oz apple juice
1.3 oz Stoli Vodka
0.3 oz crème de mure
Dash of lime
To make it
Shake and strain into highball glass
Garnish with star fruit.
Raspberry Champagne Cocktail
2 cups raspberry juice or 1-1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup water
2 Tbs. superfine
lemon peel twists
2 bottles Champagne
1. If you cannot purchase fresh raspberry juice, make your own by blending
fresh raspberries with water and sugar and straining to remove seeds.
2. Fill ice cube trays with raspberry juice, garnishing each with a
lemon twist and freeze until solid.
3. To serve, place one raspberry cube in a champagne flute and fill
1 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup Chambord
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 quart chilled ginger ale
2 chilled 750-ml. bottles
In a bowl combine the Triple Sec, the brandy, the Chambord and the pineapple juice and chill the mixture, covered, for
at least 4 hours or overnight. In a large punch bowl combine the Triple Sec mixture, the ginger ale, and the champagne and
add ice cubes.
Makes about 16 cups, serving 12.
Pour equal parts vanilla vodka, crème de cacao
and dark chocolate liqueur into martini shaker. Add some Irish crème and a dash of peppermint schnapps. Shake and pour into
2 oz Crown Royal
3/4 oz Orange Juice
Top with a Cherry
Pour over ice in a High Ball
Glass, After Three of these you are going to Court
Hot Buttered Rum
Makes 1 serving
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
2 tsp. brown
1 tsp. butter
1-1/2 shots dark rum
1 orange, sliced
sugar for rim
1. Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cloves and brown sugar.
3. Simmer for 45 minutes, strain and return liquid to pot.
4. Whisk in butter and add rum.
5. Rub the rim of your mug with an orange slice and dip the rim into
any granulated sugar.
6. Pour in rum mixture.
7. Add another fresh cinnamon stick, topping with fresh whipped cream
and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
1 lime, juiced
1 1/2 parts peach schnapps
1/4 cup White Peach Puree
2 white peaches, sliced
blender 3/4 of the way with ice. Add all of the ingredients except 4 slices of peach. Blend together and serve with slice
1 1/2 cups
seeded and chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped honeydew melon
Juice of 2 limes
1 cup vanilla lowfat yogurt
1 cup ice cubes
ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses.
Grill's Spicy Bloody Mary
6 ounces vodka
2 dashes Bobby Flay's
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Pinch celery salt
1 lemon, juiced
Celery spears, for garnish
1 jalapeno pepper, slivered, for garnish
all ingredients in a small pitcher, pour into 2 large glasses filled with ice and garnish with celery spears and slivers of
Best Hot Chocolate
3 cups whole
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup good quality Dutch process
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pure vanilla extract
and half-and-half in a saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium heat.
Meanwhile, stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, and
cinnamon. A few teaspoons at a time, stir the hot milk into the cocoa mixture to make a smooth paste. Scrape the cocoa mixture
into the saucepan with the milk and simmer 2 minutes; do not let it boil. Stir in the vanilla and keep warm in a thermos.
Pour into small serving cups and place 4 mini-marshmallows
on each serving or spritz them with whipped cream. Serve immediately
tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 ounces gin
3 ounces plus 1 tablespoon chilled Champagne
peel for garnish
In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, sugar, gin, and ice cubes and shake to
chill. Strain cocktail into Champagne flute and top off with Champagne.
(Alternatively, Colin Field suggests serving drink over ice in tumbler.) Garnish with lemon peel and serve.
"Keith's Me So Horny
ginseng tea bags
2 quarts water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups sugar
2 small gingko
herbal tea bags
a medium pitcher, brew all the tea bags in 1 quart of water. Add the lemon juice to a large pitcher. Add the sugar and the
remaining water and mix well. Pour the tea into the lemonade mix and stir. Refrigerate and serve chilled. "And Get out of
"The Brotha and the White boy"
2 fluid ounces heavy cream
2 ounce vanilla flavored vodka
1 1/2 fluid ounces chocolate liqueur
Chocolate swizzle sticks, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker or small pitcher with ice. Add the cream and vodka. Cover and shake vigorously, or stir, until
combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, by the time the shaker mists up the drink is ready.) Strain into
a chilled cocktail glass. Slowly pour the chocolate liqueur into the center of the drink to make a layered black and white
cocktail. Lay a chocolate swizzle stick across the top rim of the glass. Serve. (Stir the layers together with the swizzle
stick before drinking.)
Keith’s Da Rushin' Bull
ounces Red Bull energy drink
Vodka and Red Bull over ice in Hi Ball Glass
Hold on by the Horns
Keith's " I Got Clipped"
oz Jack Daniels
oz Coke Zero (cold)
Shot of Fresh Lime Juice
into High Ball Glass
three of these you will ask the Ref to throw his flag."
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger)
club soda or seltzer water
1 lemon slice for garnish
tall glass stir together the lemon juice and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved, add the gin and enough ice cubes to fill
the glass, and stir the drink well. Top off the drink with the club soda or the seltzer water, stir it well, and garnish it
with the lemon slice.
1 1/4 ounces Absolut Citron vodka (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
1/4 ounce Rose's lime juice (about
1/4 ounce triple sec or Cointreau (about 3/4 tablespoon)
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1 cup ice cubes
Garnish: lime twist
cocktail shaker combine all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass.
Garnish drink with lime.
2 1/2 ounces blended whiskey
3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
3 or 4
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, dash of bitters, and ice cubes in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a cocktail
glass. Garnish with the cherry.
2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 tablespoon lime
3 or 4 ice cubes
rim of a cocktail glass with lime, then dip in salt to frost. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well.
Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
2 or 2 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 or 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
3 or 4 ice cubes
Twist lemon peel
or an olive
all ingredients, except the lemon peel or olive, in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Add
lemon peel or olive.
1 lump sugar
Dash Angostura bitters
1 or 2 drops cold water
2 or 3 ounces bourbon (or
Twist lemon peel
Slice orange (optional)
Maraschino cherry (optional
3 ounces Scotch whisky
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
5 or 6 ice cubes
orange or lemon peel
all ingredients except the peel in a mixing glass and stir gently to chill as well as dilute the drink. Strain into a cocktail
glass. Twist the peel over the drink to release the oil and then drop it in. For a weaker drink, reduce the Scotch to 1 1/2
ounces and the vermouth to 1/2 ounce. In some recipes the bitters are omitted or replaced with orange bitters.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces orange juice
3 or 4 ice cubes
Dash Angostura bitters
2 cups sweet-and-sour mix
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 1/2 cups sweet and sour apple schnapps
1 Granny Smith apple,
pitcher halfway with ice cubes. Add sweet-and-sour mix, vodka and Sour Apple Pucker and stir well to combine. Push apple slices
onto rims of Martini glasses, if desired. Strain mixture into Martini glasses and serve immediately.
COOL BLUE MARTINI
oz (about 1/3 cup) gin or vodka
1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) dry vermouth
1 teaspoon blue Curaçao
1 teaspoon fresh lemon
Shake together all ingredients except twists
in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into 2 Martini glasses and garnish with twists Garnish: 2 lemon twists
oz (about 1/3 cup) amber or light rum
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple with juice
1/4 cups ice cubes
3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon Cointreau
1 teaspoon apricot liqueur
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, Cointreau, apricot liqueur, and lime juice. Cover, shake vigorously, and strain
into cocktail glass.
How to have the Perfect
Knowing what to serve at a party is one thing; having your bar well stocked
is another. Here's a simple guide to knowing which kinds of liquor to keep in your bar, as well as non-alcoholic beverages,
the necessary "equipment", and some extras to really impress your houseguests.
This is the essential form of
alcohol, as it can be mixed with anything from liqueurs, to juice, to other forms of alcohol. You can even put Fuzzy Navel,
Bloody Mary, and Bloody Caesar.
Vodka has also become popular thanks to the current Martini trend, since
it has replaced gin as the main ingredient. So now most people have their martinis shaken, stirred and with vodka. Popular
brands of vodka are Finlandia, Skyy and of course, Absolut.
Not just the name of a card
game, gin is used in drinks such as Golden Cadillac, Gin Fizz, which is made with lemon juice and club soda, and the most
popular, Gin and Tonic.
Rum mixes excellently with coke
to make Rum Coke, otherwise known as Cuba Libre to Cubans. A Long Island Iced Tea makes for the perfect summer drink, and
is also made with vodka, gin and tequila. Strawberry Daiquiris are perfect for the ladies at your party.
Popular brands of rum: Appleton and Bacardi.
There is presently a
worldwide shortage of tequila, but when tequila is around, it's the main ingredient in Margaritas. Margaritas are not only
the most popular way that tequila is consumed, they are also one of the most popular drinks consumed at home. Other popular
drinks made with tequila: Tequila Sunrise and the more obscure Wild Thing, which is made with cranberry juice, club soda and
Some tequila brand names are Jose Cuervo and Sauza.
Here are some drinks made with
Scotch: Godfather, made with Scotch and Amaretto (bourbon can be used instead of Scotch); Rusty Nail; and Rob Roy, made with
Scotch and sweet vermouth. Scotch on the rocks is also popular as it obviously doesn't require many ingredients.
Brands of Scotch: Chivas Regal and Johnny Walker (red label, black label
and the more expensive blue label).
Bourbon can be used to
make a Bourbon Cobbler, made with lemon juice, grapefruit juice and almond extract; Americana,
made with Tennessee Whiskey, sugar, bitter and champagne. Bourbon is also great simply on the rocks.
There's nothing better to drink outdoors at a barbecue than a nice cool
beer. Whether imported or domestic, beer is the perfect thirst quencher.
With brands such as Corona,
Guinness, Heineken, St. Pauli, Coors, and Budweiser, be sure to keep your fridge well stocked with some bottles or cans of
beer for those who would rather have beer than hard liquor. You don't necessarily have to have a Bud to ask your friends Whaaassup
Not only is a glass of wine
a day good for your health, but wine is the perfect drink to accompany any meal.
It's recommended to have a bottle of red and a bottle of white, since
the kind to serve your guests depends on their preference and the food you serve. Remember that white is kept cold and red
is kept at room temperature.
Champagne is not necessary, but a
bottle of bubbly is always the perfect drink for a celebration.
Your Bar Check List
LIQUOR, WINE, AND BEER
• Vermouth (both dry and sweet)
• Whiskey (Blended)
• Chardonnay or another dry
• Pinot Noir, Merlot, or another
dry red wine
• Grapefruit juice
• Lemon-lime soda
• Orange juice
• Soda water
• Tomato juice
• Tonic water
CONDIMENTS AND GARNISHES
• Cocktail onions
• Lemons and limes
• Maraschino cherries
• Rose's lime juice
• Superfine sugar
• Cutting board and paring knife
• Ice bucket and tongs
• Juice squeezer
• Cocktail or "Martini" (4 to 6 ounces)
• Highball (8 to 10 ounces)
• Old-fashioned or "rocks" (8 to 10 ounces)
• Shot (2 ounces)
• Wine, stemmed (10 to 14 ounces)