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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lemon Haze

This here is a variation of the The Mother-in-Law, inasmuch as it uses citrus, bitter orange liqueur, and Chartreuse. This concoction is a bit lighter and more easy going though, as it can be served on the rocks or punch style if you prefer:

  •  1.5 oz white rum
  • .75 Cointreau
  • .5 Green Chartreuse 
  • .5 Lemon juice
  • .25 Aperol (or Campari if Aperol isn’t available)

Build in ice filled shaker, shake, and strain into chilled cocktail glass, float a lemon wheel on top (or pour into old fashioned glass and garnish with lemon wedge, a sprig of your favorite aromatic herb, or a few brandied cherries).

Drinking this is like having a tart lemonade in an herb garden and it goes quite well with fish and lighter fried foods. It’s also easy to batch this up to make enough for a punch bowl or a picnic. I am also going to try making this without the rum and using it either as a marinade for fish or as the base of a lemon caper sauce.

Enjoy.

Tee’s Tea

I was working on some new additions to the winter cocktail list at work and realized that I hadn’t seen any gin toddies. This seemed like a good challenge. The based is an infused dry gin: into each fifth of gin add three bags of Numi Orange Spice tea (a white tea with orange peel, lemongrass, and schisandra berries) and let sit for ~20-24 hours until a rich orange color has been attained.

  • 1.5 Orange Spiced Gin
  • .75 Cointreau
  • .5 Orgeat syrup
  • hot water
  • twist of orange

Combine all of the liquids in a heated footed mug, twist orange over top and drop in. This is a warming spiced drink that is strong on the citrus but mellowed with the almond. If you want to you can add a dash or two of some Peychaud’s or a few cloves to make it feel a little more seasonal.

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