I am feeling a bit bi-polar today. I have mixed emotions about all the snow we got over night. On one hand I am loving it. It’s so pretty and I am psyched my office closed down today for a snow day. Lots of snuggle time at home and sleeping in today was a great perk. It is making want to hit the slopes skiing this weekend. On the other hand it is freaking cold and I know by lunch I will feeling stir crazy being cooped up in the house. Forget the slopes! Get me to a beach vacation STAT. See, bi-polar!
All I know is a day like today calls for alcohol. When your house bound and can’t drive, some yummy cocktails are perfect. Whatever your mood (summer or winter), here are a few to inspire.
- Godiva chocolate liqueur
Combine equal parts of the above ingredients shaken and strained into a snifter. Garnish with ground nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa.
- 1 bottle Beaujolais Nouveau or Villages
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 small orange, thinly sliced
Wrap the following spices into a piece of cheesecloth and tie with a string:
- 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches long)
- 5 cardamom pods
- 3 black peppercorns
- 4 whole cloves
- For the sugar syrup:
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups water
Bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the spice bag, wine, vanilla, lemon and orange slices and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes.
Ladle into mugs and garnish with a lemon or orange slice along with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
- 3 ounces fresh pineapple juice
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce gold (or dark) rum + 1/2 ounce to pour on top
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- grenadine and lime to garnish
- 1.5 oz. Vodka (this can easily be substituted for a gentle gin)
- .75 oz. St-Germain
- 1.5 oz. fresh squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed makes a difference!)
- 2 dashes Peychauds* bitters (if you don’t care for Angostura bitters try this)
- Squeeze of lime
- Mint for garnish
For this cocktail, you can either shake in a shaker or add to a glass and stir.
*Peychaud’s Bitters, (taken from the all providing Wikipedia) Originally created around 1830 by Antoine Amédée Peychaud, a Creole apothecary from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1795, is distributed by Sazerac. It is a gentian-based bitters, comparable to Angostura bitters, but with a lighter body, sweeter taste and more floral aroma.