Monday, December 31, 2018

Cheers to the Holidays

The holidays are often a time for me to try some interesting spirits, new and old. This year is no different.

Rumchata options…
Rumchata has been a favorite of mine since it first hit the market. I love cordials that you don’t have to get too creative with if you aren’t in the mood.

I love it straight over ice, but you can mix it with just about anything. They even sell a gift box that includes shot glasses so you can measure perfectly.

One of the options for Rumchata is to put it in your coffee and the company has no made that even easier with Rumchata Creamer. This is not a flavored creamer, it has the real liquor in it and it will make your coffee into a major treat.

Another cordial to enjoy…
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Tippy Cow Peppermint Bark, but it was a perfect mix of sweet, creamy and minty, without too much of any of those. 

My friends devoured the mini bottles (great for picnics) chilled. I managed to put one aside to have with my hot chocolate the next day. It made me forget all about that Peppermint Mocha coffee I wait for every year.

Whisky winner…
Rain at Bourbon and Beyond that cancelled day two kept me from doing much tasting there, but Rabbit Hole Bourbon Whiskey, kindly sent me a bottle to sample and I was not disappointed.

Although this bourbon has a strong nose, the taste is smooth, with lots of sweet corn flavor, yet the distinct bourbon notes of vanilla and toasted grain.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Start of Holiday Food & Spirits

It’s the start of the holiday season and I’ve been receiving some interesting spirits to enjoy during your celebrations.

Eggnog Vodka? Worth a try…
I was a bit leery when I heard about Eggnog Vodka from Three Olives, but I agreed to give it a try.
As expected, it did nothing for me as a straight shot. I decided to bring it down to my clubhouse, where the bartender, Lionel, played around with it a bit.

Lionel loves creative challenges when it comes to spirits. His first thought was a hot chocolate, with a bit of half and half and a shot of Three Olives Eggnog Vodka. It was quite delicious, but the big hit was this:

Eggnog Vodka Martini:
2 ounces Three Olives Eggnog Vodka
½ ounce amaretto
½ ounce Whipped cream vodka
Splash of half & half
Sprinkle of nutmeg

Pour ingredients into a mixing gup filled with ice.
Strain into a martini glass.

For another twist on Eggnog… shout out to Sugarland’s Distilling Company, who sent me another bottle of their Eggnog Sippin’ Cream this year. If your looking for a ready-made shot, this is it. Strong stuff, but very tasty.

A red for all occasions…                                                                                  
In general, I prefer white wine, but one red that I usually go for is Sangiovese so I was happy to give Luna Vineyards 2015 a try. I was not disappointed. It’s fruity and rich, not too sweet and not dry.

A must for your holiday bar…
The biggest hit at my gatherings this month was Jack Daniels Winter Jack Tennessee Cider. Give it a try over ice, slightly warmed, with some seltzer, or in coffee. No matter how you like it, you’ll love this apple filled whiskey.

I strongly suggest you buy at least two bottles while it’s in season.  

Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bread you’ll love…
I’m still playing around with my box of Pereg Naturals products. This month I decided to see what I can put together with the Buckwheat Flour.

I was surprised how well it baked. The Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bread went quickly around here. I didn’t even have time to freeze some for later. You can find my recipe here.