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)
Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar and set aside.
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
The All-American Dumpster Fire Punch is the featured cocktail in Episode 25 “Diners, Drive-Ins, and All-American Dumpster Fires” aka “Diners and American Politics”. This drink is a crowd-pleaser that can be altered to fit your specific guests’ tastes. Make a big batch and be sure to serve it in red solo cups. It’s the American way!
This recipe serves to, be sure to scale as appropriate. Be careful with this one. It will knock you on your ass and not even help with the medical bills (just like America)!
Ingredients: 4 oz. White Rum 4 oz. Vodka 2 oz. Blue Curacao 2 oz. Peach Schnapps 2 oz. Cranberry Juice 2 oz. Orange Juice Sprite to top (alternatively, use soda water/seltzer if you think this will be too sweet, it was for me and soda water made all the difference)
Directions: Combine all ingredients, except the bubbly, in a pitcher or punch bowl. Distribute evenly in red solo cups. Top with Sprite.
The recipe below differs slightly from the one made in the episode. I improved it by blending it with ice and removing the straining step.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Rum (we used Appleton Estate) 1 oz. Cherry Brandy 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 1/4-1/2 oz. Maraschino Liqueur (we used Luxardo) 1/4 oz. Lychee Syrup, if canned (if not canned use Agave) 3 Lychee Fruit 2 small handfuls of ice
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass. Garnish with a lychee fruit and maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
Move over Long Island, a new, highly alcoholic, iced tea is in town! The Alaskan Iced Tea is the featured cocktail in “Episode 23: Moose may not be viewed from an airplane” aka Alaskan Cuisine. We absolutely loved this cocktail. As I say on the show, I subbed out the sour mix (because EW) and added fresh lime and lemon juice. I also cut back on the blue curacao for my cocktail as I don’t like stuff that is too sweet. Aimee had the full sugar version and she loved it. Definitely recommend making this one!
Ingredients: 2 oz. Blue Curacao (use 1 oz. if drink is too sweet) 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice .5 oz. Gin .5 oz. Rum .5 oz. Vodka Sprite or any lemon-lime soda
Directions: Combine all ingredients except for the soda in a shake with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds. Strain into a large Collin’s or hurricane style glass over ice. Top with Sprite. Enjoy!
The Bali Pimm’s cocktail is featured in Episode 22. I got the blueprint for this drink from an article about the best cocktails in Bali, Indonesia. This particular drink was invented and is served at the Potato Head Beach Club. The listing did not include the recipe, just the main ingredients. This is what I came up with and it was pretty heckin delicious.
Ingredients: 1 oz. Pimm’s No 1 1 oz. Lemongrass Infused Gin 2 oz. Ginger Beer 2 oz. Pineapple Tepache 1 oz. Fresh Passion fruit, strained 1/4-1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (optional) Tropical fruit and flowers to garnish
Directions: 1. Combine Pimm’s, gin, passion fruit, and tepache (unless yours is very bubbly, then add when you add the ginger beer) 2. Shake with ice 8-10 seconds. Strain into Hurricane or Collin’s glass filled with crushed ice. 3. Top with ginger beer and garnish.
The Bananas Foster cocktail is the featured drink for episode 21 “Adult Horse Girl Energy”. This cocktail was created by Johnny Swet at JIMMY at the James, New York City. We recommend using a stronger banana liqueur like 99 Bananas or Tempus Fugit Crème de BANANE. We used a cheap banana liqueur and the banana flavor was completely lost in the cocktail. Live and learn!
Ingredients: 2 oz. Aged Rum (we used Appleton Estate Reserve Blend because we are not made of money) 1 oz. Banana Liqueur .5 oz. Lime Juice 1 tsp. Brown Sugar 2 thick banana chunks
Directions: 1. Muddle the banana chunks with the brown sugar. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice until cold. 3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. 4. Garnish with a thick banana slice that has been sprinkled with sugar and caramelized with a torch.
Eggnog is the featured drink for episode 18 “Anyone Can Lactate”. This episode is all about the history of, you guessed it, eggnog! Eggnog is a controversial beverage that people seem to either love or hate. If you’ve only ever had store bought nog, and thought “that’s not for me”, give this recipe a try! It’s light, fluffy, and just sweet enough.
We chose to not cook this eggnog, as it’s kind of a pain, and in my opinion, not really necessary. Recipe adapted from Alton Brown.
Ingredients: 4 egg yolks 1/3 c. sugar, plus one tablespoon 1 pint whole mike 1 c. heavy cream 3 oz. rum (We used Pusser’s) 1 tsp. vanilla extract (plus more to taste) 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 4 egg whites
Directions: 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs yolks until they lighten in color. 2. Gradually ass the 1/3 cup sugar (you can add a couple tablespoons more if you prefer sweeter nog) and continue to bear until it is completely dissolved. 3. Add the milk, cream, extract, rum, and nutmeg and stir to combine. Set aside. 4. Place the eggs white int he bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks (if using the same bowl and mixer, be sure to clean them completely before adding egg whites). With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. 5. Whisk the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture. Chill and serve.
Melissa mixed up the crowd-pleasing Barnstormer’s Cider while Aimee dropped some knoweldge about the true and horrific history of Thanksgiving that traces follows the American holiday from genocide to propaganda. Listen to this episode while enjoying your Thanksgiving meals to ensure arguments and hurt feelings.