Recipe: The Cardinale

Recipe: The Cardinale

The featured cocktail for Episode 42: Betty Crocker’s Box, is the Negroni variation, the Cardinale. This is part of my pursuit of making myself like Campari. I have to say, this was my favorite Campari cocktail yet. I think it’s working!

Ingredients:

1 oz. Gin 
1 oz. Campari 
1 oz. Dry Vermouth 
Orange peel for garnish

Directions:

Stir the gin, Campari, and vermouth with ice in an Old-Fashioned glass, then garnish with an orange wedge/twist. Enjoy! Easy peasy!

Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro)

Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro)

Welcome to Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro).

Melissa fills us in with a brief history of the popular German holiday beverage, feuerzangenbowle. Aimee talks about the history of Italian New Years, and the feast of Saint Sylvester. Pigs on leashes may be involved. Kate shares another interesting recipe. This time, for lasagna.

The featured drink this episode is Feuerzangenbowle.

Music by Andrew Huang.

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Recipe: Feuerzangenbowle

Recipe: Feuerzangenbowle

Feuerzangenbowle is the featured cocktail for Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro). It is a German mulled wine often consumed during the holiday season and can be found at German Christmas markets. Feuerzangenbowle (pronounced FOY-yer-tsang-en-bowl-eh) translates to fire tongs punch. Want to know more, be sure to check out episode 41!

Ingredients:

2 oranges

2 lemons

8 1⁄2 cups dry red wine

3 cinnamon sticks

5 cloves

1 dash ground ginger

1⁄2 lb sugar loaf (sugar cubes can work) *

2 cups brown rum (at least 54% alcohol/108 proof)

Directions:

  1. Wash the oranges and lemons thoroughly, pat dry and cut into slices or wedges.
  2. In a large pot add red wine, oranges, lemons, cinnamon and cloves. Heat up slowly and do not let the mixture boil.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and place it on a heating surface, stove or flame, that you can serve from (which you can place on the table, like the one you use for Fondue). Add ginger.
  4. Place the sugar loaf above the red wine mixture (about 1 inch above the surface). You can use a special “fire tongs”, which is made for this purpose. You can also a kind of wire netting to place the sugar loaf on.
  5. Soak the sugar loaf with rum and light up the alcohol. The sugar will melt and drip into the wine. Add rum (little by little) to keep the fire burning until the sugar loaf is used up.
  6. After the sugar loaf is used up stir gently and serve. Add lemon or orange wedges as a garnish if desired.

NOTE on equipment: there is a special equipment used in Germany, especially the fire tongs. You can make your own. It is important that the sugar can drop into the wine and that the sugar loaf cannot fall down or that the hot (melted) sugar can drop outside the pot.

* You can make your own zuckerhut by packing damp sugar into the mold of your choice, but it’s a fiddly process that involves drying overnight.

Ep40: Medieval Lunchables (aka Christmas Pudding)

Ep40: Medieval Lunchables (aka Christmas Pudding)

Welcome to Ep40: Medieval Lunchables (aka Christmas Pudding).

Melissa fills us in with a brief history of Coquito. Aimee talks about the history of Christmas Pudding, but does not give us a definitive answer on WHAT pudding is. Kate shares an interesting recipe.

The featured drink this episode is Coquito. You can find the recipe at DrunkDish.com.

There were some technical difficulties this episode, so we apologize in advance for the sound quality. 

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Recipe: Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

Recipe: Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

Coquito, also known by some as “Puerto Rican Eggnog” is the featured drink for Episode 40: Medieval Lunchables. I chose a version without eggs, which seems to be hotly debated. It was absolutely delicious so I am at peace with my choices. 🙂

Ingredients (batch): 

1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk 

4 oz evaporated milk 

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 

2 cups (1 15 oz can) cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez) 

1/4 tsp cinnamon 

1/8 tsp nutmeg 

1 tsp vanilla 

1 ½-2 cups Dark Rum (I used Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican. I saw recipes with both dark or white rum. I went with a gold rum to add more flavor and a bit of funk. Would not recommend a spiced rum. This can also easily be made virgin by omitting the rum altogether and adding some rum extract for that funk.) 

Cinnamon sticks for garnish 

Directions: 

In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend on high until mixture is well combined, 1-2 minutes. 

Strain if desired, and then transfer to a pitcher or glass bottles and chill for at least 4 hours, or until you are ready to serve. Shake or stir before serving.  

Recipe: Negroni Sbagliato

Recipe: Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato is the featured cocktail of Ep39: He was a ROGUE Scholar (aka St. Vincent of Saragossa). Shockingly, this is the first Campari cocktail I have tried that I actually liked!

Sbagliato means “messed up” or “mistaken” in Italian. While the exact origins of this Negroni variation are unknown, the story is that this was simply a mistake by a bartender when they added sparkling wine instead of gin.  

Ingredients: 

1 oz. Campari 

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 

1 oz. Sparkling Wine of your choice 

Directions:

Add Campari and Sweet Vermouth to a glass with ice. Top with sparkling wine. That’s it!  

Enjoy!

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!