Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Absolut Vodka, Island Blue Pucker, splash 7-UP, garnish w/lemon twist.bsolut Vodka, Island Blue Pucker, splash 7-UP, garnish w/lemon twist.
Bombay Sapphire, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao, splash lime juice, garnish w/lemon twist.
Lime Vodka, Island Blue Pucker, Splash Cointreau, splash pineapple juice, garnish w/pineapple slice.
Bombay Sapphire, Cointreau, splash Blue Curacao, splash sour mix, garnish w/red cherry & lemon slice.
Stoli Razberi Vodka, Blue Curacao, grenadine, layer in glass.
Stolichnaya Vodka, Chambord, dash pineapple juice, rim glass w/razberi sugar.
| 1 part blueberry-flavored vodka (recommended: Stoli Blue) |
1 part vanilla-flavored vodka (recommended: Stoli Vanilla)
Splash sweet blue liqueur (recommended: Blue Curacao)
Fresh or frozen blueberries, for garnishFill cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients except berries and shake well.
Pour into martini glass and garnish with blueberries.
Â· 1 part Renew or Calm Nutrisoda
Â· 1 part Raspberry Rum
Â· 1 part Blue Curacao Liquor
Â· 1 part Lemonade
Â· Garnish with strawberry and lemon twist
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wild berry/citron Calm,
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Curaçao is a liqueur flavoured with the dried peels of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange, larahas developed from the sweet Valencia orange transplanted by Spanish explorers; the nutrient-poor soil and arid climate of Curaçao proved unsuitable to that cultivation, producing small bitter fruits, but was eventually bred into the current laraha species, whose fruits remain bitterly inedible.
Initially discovered by accident, the drink was first developed and marketed by the Senior family (a Jewish family of Spanish descent) in the 19th century. To create the liqueur, the peels of the Laraha are dried, bringing out their sweetly fragranced oils. After soaking in a still with alcohol and water for several days, the peels are removed and other spices are added.
The liqueur has an orange-like flavour with varying degrees of bitterness. It is naturally colourless, but is often given artificial colouring, most commonly blue, which confers an exotic appearance to cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Some other liquors are also sold as Curaçaos with different flavours added, such as Coffee, Chocolate and Rum Raisin.
| Ice cubes|
1 part amaretto (recommended: Disaronno)
1/2 part blue Curacao
1 part white cranberry juice, chilled
Mint sprig, for garnishFill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour amaretto and blue Curacao over ice cubes. Top with chilled white cranberry juice and stir. Serve garnished with mint.
| 2 ounces lemon-flavored rum (recommended: Bacardi Limon)|
1/4-ounce sweet blue liqueur (recommended: Blue Curacao)
1/4-ounce sweet and sour mix
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces grapefruit juice
Cherries, for garnishAdd all liquid ingredients to a martini shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass over a scoop of shaved ice. Serve with a cherry, for garnish, and a spoon.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The official definition of a Cocktail according to the modern Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "an iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients." That's a pretty broad definition, but reflects the modern practice of referring to almost any mixed drink as a Cocktail. The first published definition of the Cocktail appeared in an editorial response in The Balance and Columbian Repository of 1806. This read: "Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters." It is this definition of ingredients that still refers to the "ideal cocktail."
When was the cocktail created?
People have been mixing drinks for centuries but it wasn't until the 17th and 18th centuries that the precursors of the Cocktail (the Slings, Fizzes, Toddies and Juleps) became popular enough to be recorded in history. It's unclear where, who, and what went into the creation of the original Cocktail, but it seems to be a specific drink rather than a category of mixed drinks during that time.
The first published reference to the Cocktail appears in the Farmer's Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire, April 28, 1803). The spoof editorial tells of a "lounger" who, with an 11 a.m. hangover, "…Drank a glass of cocktail – excellent for the head…" In Imbibe!, David Wondrich attributes the first known Cocktail recipe in print to Captain J.E. Alexander in 1831 who calls for brandy, gin or rum in a mix of "…a third of the spirit to two-thirds of the water; add bitters, and enrich with sugar and nutmeg…"
Why Blue Cocktail?
Our chosen cocktail theme this month in case you hadn’t already guessed is blue! We have chosen and tested a selection of recipes all featuring one particular liqueur which is often misunderstood – Blue Curaçao.
Often thought of as just to add colour rather than enhancing the flavour or alcoholic content to a cocktail, Blue Curaçao is an extremely versatile liqueur which we would recommend as an essential component for your home cocktail ingredients selection.
Curaçao liqueurs are traditionally made from the dried peels of the small bitter curaçao orange – named after the Dutch island of Curaçao in the Caribbean. As the island of Curaçao was formerly a Dutch colony, it supplied fruit to the liqueur makers of Holland. Now Curaçao liqueurs are also produced from bitter oranges of other origins and can be clear, blue, or orange. The colours are purely decorative, but the bitter orange flavours are very similar.
De Kuyper Blue Curaçao is a vibrant electric blue with pronounced citrus aromas reminiscent of orange and lime marmalade although its fragrant bitter orange flavours have a balanced sweetness. Even though it is rarely consumed neat or over ice – De Kuyper Blue Curaçao is the essential ingredient for many eye catching cocktail recipes. Have a look at the cocktail ideas we have selected this month and see what you think.
Enjoy : )
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Also called a Collins. Used for tall or long drinks, often for fruit punches and harvey wallbangers.
The cocktail glass! Used mainly for vodka based drinks, as the long stem keeps the cocktail from warming up too quickly.
Found in all shapes and sizes, from silly message ones to highly expensive hand blown glass ones.
Flutes are excellent to serve cocktails made with champagne in as they keep the fizz of the drink. Best chill before use.
Perfect for muddling fruit in as it's a more sturdy glass. Good for bourbon cocktails. Buy those with thick, heavy bases.