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: 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: 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: The Bronx Cocktail

Recipe: The Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx Cocktail is the featured drink of Episode 31: The Mark Zuckerberg of Catholicism (aka Saint Anthony of Padua). I really enjoyed this cocktail. It was smooth with just a bit of sweet.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/4 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Fresh orange juice
  • 1 dash Orange bitters (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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: Pimm’s Cup (w/ homemade jalapeno ginger beer)

Recipe: Pimm’s Cup (w/ homemade jalapeno ginger beer)

Ingredients:

2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1

1 oz. London Dry Gin (preferably Plymouth)

3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice

Jalapeno Ginger Beer*

Garnish: Cucumber Slices, Strawberry, and Mint

Instructions:

  1. Add Pimm’s No. 1 and gin to a glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with ginger beer*.
  3. Garnish with cucumber slices, strawberry, and mint.

*You can find the ginger beer recipe here.

Recipe: All-American Dumpster Fire Punch

Recipe: All-American Dumpster Fire Punch

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.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Mama Fuckin’ Lychee

Recipe: Mama Fuckin’ Lychee

Mama Fuckin’ Lychee is the featured cocktail of episode 24 “Melissa Made Herself a Margarita”. It is named in honor of Amanda Jacobson from the Wine and Crime podcast.

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!

Recipe: Alaskan Iced Tea

Recipe: Alaskan Iced Tea

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!

Glass from Godinger. Straw from Surfside Sips.

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!

Glass from Godinger. Straw from Surfside Sips.