Showing posts with label Cocktail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocktail. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Blackberry Wine Recipe With Ingredients

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A sweet dessert wine with a beautiful blackberry flavor.

Blackberry Wine

Course: Cocktail
Serves: 1 gallon plus


  • 4 lbs blackberries
  • 2 1/4 lbs sugar, about 4 1/2 cups
  • 1/4 tsp tannin powder
  • 1 tsp acid blend
  • 1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
  • 1/2 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1/4 packet wine yeast, preferably sweet wine yeast
  • water to fill

How To Make Blackberry Wine:

  1. Sanitize all equipment.
  2. Smash blackberries and sugar together in a primary fermentation container.
  3. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil and pour over the blackberries and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to around 70 degrees and add the remaining ingredients, adding enough water to fill your 1-gallon fermenter.
  5. Seal the fermenter with a blow off tube (this ferments a bit violently for a water lock) or leave open for the first part of the primary ferment. Stir the mixture daily for 5-7 days until the most vigorous fermentation is complete.
  6. After about a week, wrack the blackberry wine into a glass carboy. Allow the mixture to ferment for about 3 months before racking again.
  7. At this point, allow the mixture to ferment for 8-12 months before bottling.
  8. Allow the blackberry wine to bottle age at least 6 months before tasting.


  • Be careful when picking as they have thorns. It's best to pick them at the beginning of the season as the later you leave it, the more prone the blackberries are to maggots. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe With Ingredients

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Here's the official drink of New Orleans, made so by a vote of the Louisiana legislature in June. The traditional version calls for Sazerac rye whiskey (though any rye works fine) and Herbsaint, an absinthe substitute from New Orleans. Now that real absinthe is available in the United States, Spirits columnist Jason Wilson recommends using it for this cocktail. Make sure to always use Peychaud's bitters.

The Sazerac is ​a timeless cocktail from New Orleans. It is a simple recipe and you may want to think of it as a nice way to doctor up your favorite rye whiskey.

The recipe for the Sazerac requires just four ingredients: rye whiskey, a sugar cube, Peychaud's Bitters and absinthe. When made properly, it is one of the best examples of a balanced drink that you will find, with the anise, bitters, and sugar perfectly accenting a good rye.

As is the case with many popular drinks, there are varying opinions regarding how to make it. Some drinkers prefer Angostura Bitters, some a specific rye, and many have a preference for the anise liqueur. The recipe below is now considered the 'official' Sazerac recipe (if Herbsaint is used), coming straight from the Sazerac Company.

Also, tradition be damned: Please feel free to enjoy this cocktail with an ice cube or two.

Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)


  • Ice
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce absinthe (or Herbsaint or absinthe substitute)
  • Twist of lemon peel, for garnish

How To Make Sazerac:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink.
  3. In a mixing glass, soak the sugar cube with Peychaud's bitters and muddle to crush the cube.
  4. Add the rye whiskey and stir.
  5. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.
  6. Pour the whiskey mixture into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  7. Twist the lemon peel over the drink, rub it around the rim of the glass, then use it as a garnish
  8. Serve and enjoy.

More Tips for Making a Great Sazerac:

The Whiskey: There are some fantastic rye whiskeys available on the market. Explore them to find the one that makes your ideal Sazerac.

The Sazerac company recommends either Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon in "The Official Sazerac Cocktail" recipe. Following suit, you may want to experiment with bourbons as well, though this will not be the traditional Sazerac (and Sazerac enthusiasts will likely scoff at it).

The Absinthe: A real absinthe is preferred for the rinse. However, many Sazerac lovers enjoy Herbsaint (and the official recipe uses it). You can also use other absinthe substitutes, though as Jeffrey Morgenthaler points out in The Dos and Don'ts of Sazeracs, Pernod should be avoided because it is sweeter and unnecessary given that there is a full sugar cube in the drink already.

If the flavor of anise is not your thing, you can use another liqueur for the rinse. Of course, it will not be a true Sazerac, but many of these variations are just as interesting. For instance, a blood orange Sazerac uses Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur for the rinse, Rittenhouse Rye for the whiskey, and orange bitters. It's a fantastic twist and a more approachable taste.

The Twist: Traditionalists will say that the lemon twist should be squeezed over the drink to release its essences. However, they often agree that the twist should not be dropped into the glass itself.

The History of the Sazerac:
It all began for the Sazerac cocktail in 1838 when Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a New Orleans apothecary, mixed cognac with his proprietary Peychaud bitters. In the 1850s, the drink was the signature drink of the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans where it received its name and became the first "branded" cocktail.

The exact reason for the substitution of rye whiskey for the brandy is unclear, but today it is made with whiskey exclusively. At one point, the Sazerac was even sold as a bottled cocktail, and during the time of absinthe's ban in the U.S., Herbsaint became the anise liqueur of choice.

How Strong Is the Sazerac?

For a start, use the official recipe with Sazerac Rye and Herbsaint to estimate the Sazerac's alcohol content. It's important to note that Sazerac comes in both 6-year-old and 18-year-old bottlings and both are 90 proof (as is Herbsaint). Second, if you read the recipe closely, you will have noted that there is no ice involved in making a Sazerac. These two factors should tell you that this is not a light drink in any way.
Essentially, there is no math needed. Without dilution, the Sazerac remains at the bottling proof of the liquors poured into it. This means that the Sazerac is 45 percent ABV (90 proof) and is one of the strongest mixed drinks you can make. Stick to one a night and all will be well.

Adapted from the "official" recipe served at the Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans in July.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mimosa (Cocktail) Recipe With Ingredients

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How To Make Mimosas With This Classic Mimosa Recipe

A mimosa cocktail is composed of champagne and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall flute at brunch, at weddings, Ensure both ingredients are well chilled, then mix into the glass. Serve cold.

Prep Time: 1min
Total Time: 1 min
Yield: 6 -8 servings
Served: Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish: Orange twist


  • 1 (750 mL) bottle dry sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ½ to 3 cups 100% orange juice, chilled*
optional garnish: orange slices

How To Make Mimosa:

For A Single Serving:
  1. Slowly pour the sparkling wine into a champagne flute until it is about 2/3 full.
  2. Top with orange juice until the glass is full. Do not stir. 
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with an orange slice if you would like.

For A Pitcher: 
  1. Slowly pour the sparkling wine into a large pitcher.
  2. Top with your desired amount of orange juice (I recommend 1 ½ cups). Do not stir.
  3. Refrigerate for up to 10 minutes.
  4. Pour into champagne flutes and serve.

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