Recipe: The Brown Derby

Recipe: The Brown Derby

The Brown Derby cocktail is the featured drink of “Episode 38: Why are white people”. I ended up really enjoying this drink, even if it took a little bit to grow on me. I also made a variation with gin that was DELISH.

The Brown Derby 

  • 1.5 oz Corn Whiskey 
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice 
  • .5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup* 
  • Garnish: Rosemary sprig and grapefruit twist 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds or until the shaker is frosty.  

Strain in glass over fresh ice.  

*Rosemary and Honey Simple Syrup 

  • 1 c Water 
  • 1 c Honey 
  • Bunch of Fresh Rosemary 

Combine honey and water in a pot over medium heat and stir to dissolve honey.  

Add the rosemary and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.  

Remove to heat and allow to cool completely before straining the mixture to remove the rosemary. Bottle and refrigerate up to 1 month.  

Recipe: The Sunstealer

Recipe: The Sunstealer

The Sunstealer is the featured cocktail of Episode 37: The Oreo Cookie Conspiracy. This cocktail was created by Henry Prendergast at Chicago bar and restaurant, Analogue.

This was a good cocktail, but not one that highlights the Crème de Cacao.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth, we used Dolan
  • 1/4-ounce Crème de Cacao, white (I realize I took the picture with the wrong type of crème de cacao derp)
  • 1/4-ounce Fernet Branca
  • dash orange bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir until mixing glass is frosty.
  3. Strain into a chilled coup.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Paloma

Recipe: Paloma

The Paloma is the featured cocktail in Episode 36 “Give us those Squirt Pics!” aka “Day of the Dead”. This is one of my all time favorite cocktails. I didn’t realize when I picked it how wild the history would be, but if you want to hear about it you’ll have to listen to the episode! 😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda, to top
  • Garnish: lime wheel, salted rim if preferred

Instructions:

  1. Add the tequila and lime juice to a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with grapefruit soda and stir briefly to combine.

Happy Halloween and Día de los Muertos! Enjoy!

Recipe: Apple & Pear Sangria

Recipe: Apple & Pear Sangria

Apple & Pear Sangria is the featured cocktail for Episode 35: Accordion Post-It Notes give me anxiety (aka Johnny Appleseed).

Perfect for fall, or anytime really.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 apple (we used a Fuji Apple, chopped with skin) 
  • 1 Pear (we used a Green Anjou Pear, chopped with skin on) 
  • 1 ml bottle red wine (750, we used a Pinot Noir) 
  • 1/2 cup Ginger Spiced Rum
  • 2 cups apple cider 

Instructions: 

  1. In a large pitcher, add the chopped fruit. Then, add the wine, rum, and apple cider.  
  2. Stir to combine. Chill for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. 
  3. Serve chilled with a slice of apple or pear and a cinnamon stick as a garnish (optional). 

Enjoy!

Recipe: Blue Hawaiian

Recipe: Blue Hawaiian

The Blue Hawaiian (aka the Swimming Pool) is the featured cocktail of Episode 34: Some f’ckn idiot named Wigglesworth. It is a glorified Piña colada with blue curacao added and it’s delish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Light rum
  • 3/4 oz Blue curacao
  • 2 oz Pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz Creme de coconut
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice

Garnish: Pineapple wedge

Garnish: Cherry or whatever the f’k you want.

Garnish: Cocktail umbrella

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a Hurricane glass over pebble ice.
  3. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, cherry, and cocktail umbrella. into glass.

Champagne or prosecco can be added to make a sparkling Blue Hawaiian.

Recipe: Blue Hawaii

Recipe: Blue Hawaii

This cocktail is the featured drink is Episode 33: I hate everything about this (aka How the U.S. F’d Hawaii Part I).

Ingredients:

¾ oz Vodka

¾ oz Light Rum

½ oz. Blue Curaçao

3 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix (I used ½ oz lemon juice, ½ oz lime juice, ½ oz. simple)

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. (Or blend all ingredients with ice in a blender.).

Strain into a Hurricane glass over crushed or pebble ice. (Or pour from blender into glass with no ice.).

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella.

Recipe: Upside-Down Martini

Recipe: Upside-Down Martini

The Upside-Down Martini is featured in Episode 32: Kill your idols (aka Julia Child). It was a favorite of Julia’s, and some say she even invented it. I know one thing, this really turned me on to Dry Vermouth and I’ve been drinking Upside-Down Martinis and Vermouth spritzers ever since. 😉

And for the love of God people, PUT YOUR VERMOUTH IN THE REFRIGERATOR.

Recipe

5-parts dry vermouth (Julia liked Noilly Prat, but I used Dolan)

1-part gin (I used Plymouth)

ice

lemon twist

Ingredients

In a white wine glass filled with ice (or not, your call) stir together the gin and vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon and toast to something fancy.

Recipe: Martha Washington’s Punch

Recipe: Martha Washington’s Punch

Martha Washington’s Punch is the featured cocktail fro Episode 30: Too dumb to vote (aka Washington Cake).

Ingredients: 

(original punch bowl recipe)

  • 9 oz Dark Rum
  • 12 oz Appleton Estate Extra 12-Year-Old Rum
  • 6 oz Grand Marnier
  • 9 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 9 oz Fresh orange juice
  • 9 oz Spiced simple syrup*
  • 6 oz Club soda

(single serving recipe)

  • 1 oz Dark rum
  • 2 oz Appleton Estate Extra 12-Year-Old Rum
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Spiced simple syrup*
  • Club soda to fill
  • Garnish: Nutmeg
  • Garnish: Lemon half wheel
  • Garnish: Orange half wheel

Steps:

  1. Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a pitcher or other container and stir to combine.
  2. Refrigerate until cold.
  3. Place a large ice block into a punch bowl (or fill halfway with large ice cubes).
  4. Add the prepared mixture and the club soda and stir.
  5. Garnish with lemon and orange half-wheels and grated nutmeg.

*Spiced Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 strip (2 1/2 inches) orange zest
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar, 1 cup water, the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and zest to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. For milder flavor, remove star anise, and discard; simmer 10 minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Pour through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.
Recipe: Mojito

Recipe: Mojito

Cocktail classic the Mojito is the featured cocktail on Episode 29: The Terry Gross of Drunk Dish (aka Sugarcane and Democracy).

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz White rum
  • 3 Mint leaves
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Garnish: Mint sprig
  • Garnish: Lime wheel

Steps:

  1. Lightly muddle the mint in a shaker.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup and ice and give it a brief shake.
  3. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with the club soda.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Sidecar Cocktail

Recipe: Sidecar Cocktail

The Sidecar cocktail is our featured cocktail in Episode 27 “Napoleon was a baby”. This classic cocktail is a favorite among the French, and be prepare to dole out some dough if you want to do it right.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. Cognac
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Orange peel and sugared rum (I forgot to rim the glass here)

Directions:

  1. Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into the prepared glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.