Amaro Lucano

IMG_5734Rather than wait a year or more between amaro posts, we thought we’d get ahead of the game and do another. Closing our eyes, spinning around in a circle, and grabbing a bottle from the shelf, we landed on Amaro Lucano for this post. What’s this particular amaro like? (Hint: it’s bitter and sweet ;))

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Cocktail onions aren’t just for Gibsons…

IMG_5701We’re big fans of Gibsons around here. One wouldn’t expect that just changing the garnish would change the characteristics of a Martini, but it does. The little bit of brine and oniony flavor add a certain something that¬†makes for a great and very different drink. What’s surprising to us though is that cocktail onions just aren’t used that often in other drinks, which we think is a darn shame. With that in mind, we set out to see if there were other drinks that might do well with an onion garnish.

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Lavender Cocktails

IMG_5686Happy 4th of July everyone! It’s another beautiful summer day here in Seattle; 61 degrees, overcast, with showers predicted for this afternoon. Everyone get out your July 4th fleeces. We don’t know where people get the idea that the weather here in Seattle isn’t nice.ūüėČ Despite the cool weather and rain, the lavender is in full bloom, which makes the bees happy. Since we also enjoy the sight, scent, and taste of lavender, we were¬†curious as to what we could do with it drink-wise.

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Amaro: dell’ Erborista

IMG_5632It’s time again to take a closer look at¬†one of the many amaros¬†(amari?) we have in our liquor cabinet.¬†¬†This week we pulled out Amaro dell’ Erborista¬†by Varnelli. The dell’Erborista is especially interesting. It has a lot of forest-y, earthy notes as well as being especially bitter. Shaun finds it almost too bitter, Christa loves the stuff. Can we mix with it? Let’s find out.

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Watermelon

IMG_5613Summer is starting to put in some special guest appearances here in Seattle. That means stone fruits are back at the market, and so is yummy watermelon. We’ve noodled around with watermelon in the past and have found that it makes for a light, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for warm weather. With that in mind, we decided to see if we could come up with some other tasty libations using it.

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Tonic Syrup Cocktails

IMG_5566A few years ago we discovered tonic syrup. We think it’s a great addition to any bar seen as it allows you to control exactly how much tonic flavor you put in your drink without adding undue dilution. Recently, Christa picked up a bottle of & Tonic, another local tonic here in Seattle. It’s quite tasty and makes a lovely G&T.

That said, we noticed that all anyone seems to make with tonic syrup are G&T’s and vodka tonics. Both are delicious, but we were curious how well tonic syrup paired with other spirits. It seems a shame to keep it limited to a couple of hot-weather libations. With that in mind, we set out to find out what other drinks we could concoct with it.

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Flavored Vodkas That Don’t Suck

IMG_5503Typically we’re not big vodka drinkers (though there are a number out there that we enjoy), and we’re especially not big fans of flavored vodka, as most of the usual flavors (birthday cake, anyone?) sound like they were created in a vat in Jersey. However, there are starting to be more and more small batch producers that are making some delicious¬†flavored vodkas using natural aromatic ingredients, either adding¬†them to the distillation or bringing them in later through infusion. Given their quality, we’ve started adding more and more to our bar. So without further ado, here are some flavored vodkas that we actually like¬†(aka they don’t suck ;)).

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MxMo: The Danelaw & Fucking Tuesday

mxmologoIt’s Mixology Monday time again. This months theme comes from Nick, over at the¬†Booze Baron¬†blog. His theme is all about dry cocktails. Nick gives us some very specific requirements. No more than 20% total sweetened ingredients if you are using fortified wine (like vermouth) or 10% otherwise. Sounds like something right up our alley. With that in mind we set out to whip up some dry cocktails.

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Re-fizz-ited

IMG_5473Almost a year ago we did a post on fizzes. For our last drink in that post, we attempted a Ramos Gin Fizz. We’d heard good things about them, but as a rule Christa is not a fan of dairy in her cocktails. Our first attempt did not do much to change her mind. We ended up with the cream almost ending up as a butter float, which was not a welcome addition. We weren’t sure what we had done wrong, but whatever it was, it didn’t make us enamored with this drink.
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Off to the Races

IMG_5439We’ve been asked to participate in Maker’s Mark #TrifectaChallenge (pronounce that with stadium voice, if you will ;)) to celebrate the premier horse races here in the States. If you ever happen to watch them, those are some magnificent animals. We liked the idea, so thought, “what the hey”.They kindly supplied us with a free bottle of Maker’s Mark (see our Samples Policy¬†to see what it means that we’re even participating :)¬†) to play around with.
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