Bar Review: Teleféric Barcelona Restaurant, Walnut Creek, California

Teleféric Barcelona
Teleféric has three bars/restaurants in Spain. The one we visited in Walnut Creek, California is their first venture in the United States, having opened in January 2017. Their menu is filled with dishes from Barcelona, created by chefs from Spain. The pricing is a bit high, but worth it for a special luxury meal such as an anniversary or birthday dinner. What first drew our attention to this restaurant is a peek at their signature sangrias. They graciously gave us a recipe to share with you.

Everything done at Teleféric Barcelona is done with flair, from the friendly and talkative staff to elaborate garnishes on food and drink abound. First we were offered appetizers from a cart. In Spain they are called pinchos, meaning ‘little bites.’ The best of these was a chorizo bite. It was sweet and paired with a nice crema-like cheese and a pepper which we expected to be hot but was pleasant instead.

Pisco cart

To go with our pinchos, drinks were in order. First up was a cocktail called a Cortez, Teleféric’s version of a Manhattan. It was surprising to find mezcal in it because we typically think of that with more Mexican dishes. The signature smokiness was there but not overwhelming. Other ingredients included Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and flaming sweet orange. Very nice.

We also had a cocktail served alongside dessert called In Spanish Fashion. Its ingredients include Bulleit Rye whiskey, brandy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, bitters, lemon, and hand cut ice. This was a pleasant combination of ingredients and a great end to a wonderful evening.

But sangria is really the main event here: Our host explained how every region of Spain has their own signature style of sangria. We decided to try Teleféric’s three sangrias with our meal. They were kind enough to bring us small tastes so we could try them all.

First was the white sangria called Sangria Ibiza. Its light bubbly and mild dry taste came from Verdejo Wine and Pisco from Peru. The slight sweetness is from the addition of elderflower liqueur, Licor 43, peaches, and pineapples.

Next up: A pink sangria called Barceloneta. Among its ingredients are prickly pear juice, lemonade, and a jumble of fresh fruits such as orange, blueberry, and raspberry. It came garnished with a small sprig of rosemary. Its taste was reminiscent of a Grenache wine.

The third, and our favorite, sangria was the Sangria Teleféric. Right off the mint from the garnish tickles the nose. This sangria was also garnished with a cinnamon stick, blueberries, and raspberries. The cinnamon gave the drink a nice spiciness to it.

We wanted to make it ourselves — here’s the recipe:Signature Sangrias

Sangria Teleféric
Spanish red wine
orange juice
apple juice
4 oranges (chunks)
4 ripe pears (chunks)
4 big cinnamon sticks
Brandy de Jerez “Solera”
Nolet’s gin

There aren’t measurements because you can make these in large or small batches and mix everything to taste. Mix all these ingredients , except the red wine. Then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. The purpose is to obtain a balanced and unique flavor so neither the gin nor brandy will be overpowering. Throughout these 24 hours the pears and oranges release their flavors enhancing the fruity, but not too sweet flavors. Once the mix is ready, combine it with red wine. Let it rest for another 24 hours so the wine can absorb the sweetness and flavor of the fruits. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, berries, and fresh mint sprig.

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Cocktails for Father’s Day 2017 – Plus Bourbon Balls!

Diablito

Dads deserve to kick back with an action flick (or whatever their preferred genre) and a cocktail made just for them. Give him a break from the honey-do list this Father’s Day with these ten cocktail choices. And hey, we didn’t forget his sweet tooth either. Let’s say it together: “Bourbon Balls!”

Let’s start with a martini for the James Bond fans among our dads.

Golden Hour
created by Edwin Medina, No 8
2 parts elit Vodka
1 part Contratto Vermouth Bianco
¼ part Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters
absinthe spray
edible gold flake garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass that has been sprayed (or coated like a rinse) with absinthe. Garnish with edible gold flakes.

Diablito
courtesy of El Sapo, Austin, TX
1 1/2 oz. pineapple habanero infused El Jimador Reposado
1/2 oz. Juanita’s Homemade Chamoy (see below)
1 oz triple sec
1/4 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. hand-squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. agave simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain over 2 X 2 inch ice cube into 8.5 oz mason jar rimmed with El Chile Group chile salt rim. Garnish with dried, chile spiced mango slices (horns) on either side of glass.

Homemade Chamoy
by Steve Cylka
2-3 morita or ancho chiles
1 cup apricot jam
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Soak the dried chile peppers in warm water for about 30 minutes. Once soft, remove the stems and the seeds. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth. Serve as a dip for fruit and vegetables or as a glaze or barbecue sauce for meat.

Drambuie Elixir 
¾ part Drambuie
¾ part Milagro tequila
¾ part pink grapefruit
¾ part strong brewed coffee

Build into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.

Man CandyMan Candy
from Cedar Grove bar in Dallas, TX
1 oz. Slow & Low Rock and Rye
1 oz. house brandy
1 oz. mint infused 1:1 simple syrup
Jamaican rum.

Add mint syrup, Slow and Low, and brandy, to a rocks glass with crushed ice. Give it a quick stir. Top off with additional crushed ice and spritz the top with several sprays of Jamaican rum. Garnish with a healthy sprig of mint.

Tequila and Absinthe Cocktail
courtesy of The Bone House in Guadalajara
2 oz. Herradura Ultra tequila
½ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. absinthe
lemon twist for garnish

Put all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Give it a good shake and then pour everything into a rocks glass. Garnish with the lemon twist before serving.

Nikolaschka
from Cocktail Recipe World
1 ½ oz. cognac
1 peeled lemon disk
1 tsp. powdered coffee sugar
1 tsp. powdered coffee

Pour the cognac in a brandy snifter or the short-stemmed glass and cover the top of the glass with the lemon disk. Place the powdered coffee on one half of the disk and the powdered sugar on the other half. No garnish is needed because of the lemon disk. The way to drink this is to eat the lemon disk—coffee an sugar included. Then drink the brandy. The flavor of the cognac will be enhanced by the sweet and sour combination of the lemon disk. This is recommended as an after dinner cocktail.

Lions TailLion’s Tale
recommended by CJ at Catelli’s
2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz. pimento (allspice) dram
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. gomme syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail or coupe glass.

The Layover
courtesy of Cork and Plough restaurant
2 oz. Jameson Caskmates whiskey
¼ oz. Dubonnet
¼ oz. Agwa de Bolivia
2 dashes Angostura bitters
¼ oz. absinthe

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 20 seconds, then strain into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Mai Tai UnigroniMai Tai Unigroni
created by Josh Campbell at Leyenda, NYC
3/4 oz. Campari
1 1/4 oz. Appleton Reserve
1/2 oz. Cinzano Bianco
1/2 oz. Cinzano 1757
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Bonita Biz (a mix of mango, coconut, vanilla, and yogurt)
¼ oz. red wine
Butterfly Pea tea glitter ice

Ahead of time, brew two bags of Butterfly Pea tea. Let cool; then add edible glitter and pour into ice cube trays.

Build ingredients in a shaker tin, and fill shaker with ice. Hard shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with Butterfly Pea tea/glitter ice cubes. Float red wine on top and garnish with mint sprig.

Sugar East PistacioPistachio Cocktail
inspired by Sugar East Lounge
1 oz. Royal Elite vodka
1 shot pistachio orgeat (see below)
1 oz. matcha tea
lime wedge
nutmeg

Put all ingredients except the lime and nutmeg into a shaker. Shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze lime juice into the cocktail and then toss the lime wedge in. Grate fresh nutmeg over the top to garnish. Note: you can rim the glass with sugar if you like.

Pistachio Orgeat
recipe by Imbibe Magazine
3 cups near-boiling water
7 oz. shelled, unsalted pistachios
2¼ cups granulated sugar
xanthan gum (optional, see note)
Ticaloid 210s (optional, see note)

In a blender, combine the water and pistachios; blend on high for 2 full minutes—the longer you blend, the more refined your finished syrup will be. Turn on a food scale; place the quart jar on the scale and zero it out. Fine-strain the nut mixture through a nut-milk bag or a fine- mesh strainer lined with multiple layers of cheesecloth into the jar on the scale and record weight. For every 500 grams of liquid, add 1.75 grams of Ticaloid 210s and .2 grams xanthan gum (stabilizer) to the nut milk and blend on high for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and blend again for an additional minute. Pour into a glass jar, cap, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 month. Makes 1 quart.

Note about Xanthan and Ticaloid: Together, these two powders work to create a smooth emulsification that keeps solids suspended and the syrup from separating. That said, they’re completely optional. If you decide to omit them, just be sure to shake the orgeat before each use.

Most dads love bourbon and chocolate, don’t they? Here’s an easy to make bourbon ball that everyone will love. Make two batches, so Dad doesn’t have to share his.

Bourbon BallsClassic Vanilla Bourbon Balls
courtesy of Maker’s Mark
1/2 cup Maker’s Mark bourbon
9 oz. shortbread cookies
1/2 cup of pecans, toasted
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips

In a food processor, finely grind the shortbread. You should have 2 cups of crumbs. Add the pecans and  confectioners sugar and pulse until the nuts are chopped. Transfer to a large bowl.

In a small sauce pan, bring the bourbon to a boil. Re move from the h at and add ¾ cup white chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour into the pecan mixture and stir until well-combined. Form into sixteen 1 1/2-inch balls.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a resealable plastic bag. Microwave in 20-second increments until melted, squeezing the chocolate in the bag to evenly melt. Snip a small hole in one corner and drizzle the chocolate onto the balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container until firm, at least 2 hours. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Making Cocktails with Fizzy Tickle Water

Tickle Water
We’ve all heard the jokes about wine being referred to as “Mommy’s juice.” Today, we’re bringing you a way to “adult” Tickle Water with cocktails to give your Mommy’s juice a sparkly spin.

Tickle Water is a carbonated beverage which is flavored naturally; it has no sugars or other preservatives. The label shows zero carbohydrates, calories, or sodium. It comes in five types: unflavored, green apple, watermelon, cola, and grape. The flavors are all very light, they don’t overpower your senses. We rate them all a B+. Cost is about $1.50 per 8 oz can.

Although Tickle Water is marketed as a kid’s beverage, don’t let that deter you from using it in adult cocktails. Right off it’s easy to say, “Hey, watermelon sounds like a margarita.” Or, “Unflavored makes as gin and tonic.” While those are true, we wanted something more. Here are several cocktail recipes we created with Tickle Water — with . But note, these are not sweet like a flavored soda. If you like your cocktails on the sweet side, then add simple syrup to give them more sweetness.

First is a Stengah, which comes from Britain and was popular in the early 20th century. Traditionally made from whiskey and soda water, we used the green apple Tickle Water for a nice effect. The recipe is pretty easy, too.

StengahStengah
2 oz. whiskey
2 oz. green apple Tickle Water

Pour both ingredients over ice in a highball glass.

This next cocktail is an original we’re calling a Watermelon Tickle.

Watermelon Tickle
3 oz. watermelon Tickle Water
1 ½ oz. pineapple rum
1 oz. coconut rum
3 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. ginger simple syrup

Shake everything except the Tickle Water with ice. Pour into a tall glass with ice and serve. Who needs a garnish with something this yummy? If you really need one, then use a slice of candied ginger on a skewer.

Flowers and Fruits Refresher
4 oz. grape Tickle Water
2 oz. raspberry vodka
½ oz. crème de cassis
½ oz. crème de violet
3 dashes lavender bitters

Add all ingredients to a tea glass and gently stir. Add ice. Garnish with seedless red grapes.

Fluffy Duck
courtesy of 1001 Cocktails
1 oz. advocaat liqueur (see below)
1 oz. crème de cacao
1 oz. natural Tickle Water

Pour the crème de cacao into a chilled margarita glass one quarter filled with crushed ice. Next add the advocaat . Top off with the Tickle Water and serve. No garnish is necessary.

Note: We know advocaat is more commonly found around the winter holidays but don’t let that stop you. Here is the recipe we used to make our own.

Fluffy DuckAdvocaat
10 eggs
1 ½ cups brandy
1 1/3 cups sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Separate the egg yolks from the whites. You won’t use the whites so feel free to use them for something else. Add the vanilla, salt, and sugar in a medium sized pot. Whisk well and then add the brandy slowly. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from forming clumps. Once the mixture coats the back of your spoon, then remove the pot from the heat.

Fill a large bowl half way with ice and water. Set the hot pot in the ice bath to let it cool. Once cool, strain out any lumps and pour the remaining liquid into a bottle. Refrigerate before use. It should keep for a couple of weeks.

The Dutch and Germans like to put advocaat atop their ice cream and on pancakes, as well as use it in cocktails.

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Memorial Day Cocktails, 2017

Spiked Cherry Lemonade Slushies
If you’re like us, this long Memorial Day holiday weekend is much anticipated. We want to kick off this holiday of remembrance and thankfulness with a set of cocktails to serve your veterans and those who honor them. What are cocktails without food to serve alongside? We’re sharing a chicken and chorizo dish you can cook indoors or out. Now, on with the drinks!

Playa Fortuna
created by Ryan Wainwright
1 1/2 parts Bacardi Superior
3/4 part lime juice
3/4 part coconut cordial (equal parts of coconut water and sugar)
1/4 part Falernum
4 drops tartaric acid (1 part cream of tartar and 5 parts water)
edible flower for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an edible flower and serve.

Rose Basil MartiniRose Basil Seed Martini
The original Strawberry Basil Martini recipe came from foodandwine.com. However, we discovered a rose basil seed drink at a convenience store which also sells Indian food items and decided to give it a shot. The drink is sweetened so the simple syrup is intentionally omitted.
3 strawberries plus one slice to use as a garnish
3 fresh basil leaves
1 oz. gin (We used Brockman’s)
1 oz. vodka
2 oz. Rose Basil Seed beverage (you can add more if you want a stronger rose taste)
½ oz. fresh lemon juice

Put the strawberries and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle them. Add ice, gin, vodka, and lemon juice; then shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the Rose Basil beverage, garnish with the strawberry slice, and serve.

Spiked Cherry Lemonade Slushies
2 oz. Blue Ice Vodka
1 tsp. Crystal Light Lemonade mix
1/2 tsp cherry syrup
3/4 cups water
1 cup ice
maraschino cherries

Add all ingredients , except the cherries, into a blender and blend until the drink has a smooth and slushy texture. Pour into 2 glasses. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

Auchentoshan Berry White
1 1/2 parts Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1/4 part fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 parts Shrub & Co. Strawberry w/ Meyer Lemon Shrub
3 1.2 parts Belgian witbier (wheat beer)
4 dashes rhubarb bitters

Build the drink in tall glass with ice. Then fill the remaining space with Belgian wheat beer. Garnish with a lemon peel before serving.

Laphroaig Back Yard CollinsLaphroaig® Back Yard Collins
recipe by Ivy Mix, NYC
1 1/2 parts Laphroaig Select
3/4 part Cherry Heering Liqueur
3/4 part lemon juice
1/2 part orange juice
1/2 part vanilla syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 vanilla bean split open; boil together and cool before using)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
light lager beer
lemon wheel (for garnish)

Combine all ingredients except the lager in a cocktail shaker; shake and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Next, top with the beer and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Banana Beach
created by mixologist, Jane Danger
3 oz. Baileys Almande
2 oz. coconut puree
1/2 oz. agave syrup
1 1/2 ripe bananas
banana slices and grated nutmeg for garnish

Combine Baileys Almande, coconut puree, agave syrup, bananas, and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the contents into a tall glass. Garnish with banana slices and freshly grated nutmeg.

Svedka's Imperial BlueSvedka’s Imperial Blue
1 1/2 parts Svedka Blue Raspberry Vodka
1 1/2 parts black tea
3/4 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part simple syrup
1 part sparkling wine
3 raspberries

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the raspberries. Then combine with the remaining ingredients, except for the sparkling wine. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and stir. Garnish with raspberries and loose black tea.

Modelo Summer Crusher
cocktail by Betsy Maher and Austin Hartman, New York
12 oz. Modelo Especial
1 1/2 oz. strawberry chipotle syrup (recipe below)
1 oz. blanco tequila
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Modelo Summer Crushersalt
ground chipotle
1 strawberry for garnish

Rim a mason jar with salt and ground chipotle pepper mixture about half an inch down the jar. Fill the jar to the top with crushed ice. Combine tequila, strawberry chipotle syrup, and fresh lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake 18-20 times. Strain over the crushed ice and top with Modelo Especial. Garnish with a strawberry.

To make Strawberry Chipotle Syrup
12-15 medium to large strawberries
3 cups of water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground chipotle

Boil the water and add ground chipotle. Blend strawberries in a blender. Lower the water temperature and add the strawberry mixture. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off heat, add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool before using.

Cool Mule
1.5 parts Three Olives Cucumber Lime Vodka
.75 parts lime juice
.75 parts simple syrup
3 cucumber slices
10 mint sprigs
ginger beer

In a mule mug, muddle cucumber and mint. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake well. Pour into the mug and top with ginger beer. Use a cucumber slice or lime wheel to garnish. Serve!

Sweet and Smoky
We took a typical mezcal cocktail and changed it up.
3 oz. mezcal
1/2 oz. agave nectar
3 dashes Orleans bitters
2 maraschino cherries plus 1 Tbsp. syrup from the jar.
ginger ale

Place the two cherries inside a rocks glass. Then combine all remaining ingredients except the ginger ale in a shaker glass with ice. Shake well to thoroughly mix in the agave nectar. Strain into the glass and top with ginger ale. Note: if this is too sweet for your tastes, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.

Many of us fire up the grill for the first time of the year on Memorial Day weekend. Use an iron skillet with a lid or an iron Dutch Oven to roast this chicken dish on the grill. If your grill has three burners, light the outer two and place the skillet on the unlit center portion. Then you can sit back and enjoy your cocktails while it cooks.

Basque Roast ChickenBasque Roast Chicken
original recipe courtesy of Canadian Living.com; of course we put our own spin on it.
3 sweet red peppers, halved and cored
1 sweet onion, thickly sliced
1 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes, drained (use whole tomatoes if you like your meal chunky)
5 oz. cured chorizo sausages, cut in chunks (We had problems finding chorizo in sausage form so used what was available. It worked but the chorizo blended in with the tomato sauce more than it should have; the taste certainly didn’t suffer.)
10 cloves garlic
¼ cup mezcal
8 small chicken breast pieces (half-breasts, thighs or drumsticks)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3/4 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

On the grill, roast the red peppers, cut side down, until blackened. Let cool enough to handle. Peel off blackened skins and slice into strips. Then put the peppers, onion, tomatoes, chorizo, garlic, and mezcal into the skillet.

Toss chicken with oil to coat. Combine thyme, salt, sweet and smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper; rub all over chicken. Place on top of the vegetable mixture in the pan.

Cover with the lid and roast for about 45 minutes. If you prefer to cook this in an oven, then bake for the same amount of time at 450°F. Serve with flour tortillas.

Recipes for National Tartan Day 2017

Highland Fling

Today, April 6, is National Tartan Day, which began in 1998 to celebrate people of Scottish and Scottish-Irish roots. With over 11 million members, the Scots are the eighth largest ethnic group in America. Rob Roys, Rusty Nails, and Drambuie Collins may be the go-to cocktails when thinking of Scottish cocktails — but try out these wonderful recipes instead. As a bonus, you know we had to include a traditional Scottish stew and a couple of wonderful desserts to round out this occasion.

Royal HighlanderRoyal Highlander
created by Glenfiddich Ambassador Allan Roth
2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Years Old
½ part sweet vermouth
½ part Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz. Benedictine
sparkling wine

Pour ½ ounce of Benedictine in a coupe; swirl and discard. Add the remaining ingredients, except the sparkling wine, to a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into the Benedictine rinsed coupe. Top with approximately an ounce of sparkling wine.

The Highland Fling
created by Hendrick’s Ambassador, Mattias Horseman
1 ½ parts Hendrick’s gin
1 ½ parts gunpowder green tea
¾ part small batch whiskey
½ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup

Muddle, shake, and strain all ingredients into a hurricane glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a cucumber and grated black pepper.

Tam O’ ShanterTam O Shanter
courtesy of GlasgowGuide.co.uk
3 parts whiskey
2 parts French vermouth
3 parts orange juice

Shake well, add a little nutmeg and serve with an olive.

The Catholic Guilt
Courtesy of Blackbook.com
2 oz. Black Grouse blended whisky
¾ oz. ginger syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
dash orange bitters
dash fig bitters
Fernet Branca
lemon or orange twist

Shake the all ingredients except the Fernet Branca with ice. Next, strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and float the Fernet Branca on top. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist and serve.

Laphroaig Plaid and Peated
courtesy of SusiedrinksDallas.com
1 part Laphroaig Quarter Cask single malt scotch whiskey
1/2 part dry vermouth
1/2 part Cynar
1/2 part elderflower liqueur

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The BrambleBramble
courtesy of bartender Ciarán Russell
1 ½ oz. dry gin
juice of one lemon
1 oz. simple syrup
blackberry liqueur crème de mure (or cream de cassis)

Build over a mound of crushed ice before blackberry liqueur crème de mure is trickled down the ice as a final touch. It is said to resemble that of a bramble bush, from where the cocktail is thought to have attained its name. (We used an absinthe glass, which is why the crème de mure gathered in the bottom reservoir.)

These next three recipes are from rampantscotland.com

Suitor
1/2 oz. Drambuie
1 oz. orange liqueur (such as Gran Marnier)
1 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
2/3 oz. milk

Pour in order into a rocks glass and serve.

Umbrella Man Special
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
2 oz. Grand Marnier
2 oz. DrambuieWarm Wooly Sheep

Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Serve with straw and ice cubes and put a cocktail umbrella beside the straw in the glass.

Don’t think warm milk is for old geezers. They just might have this one in their mug!

Warm Woolly Sheep
1 oz. Scotch whisky
1 1/2 oz. Drambuie
warm milk

Mix scotch and Drambuie. Top with warm milk; settle back and enjoy.

These two desserts are traditional Scottish recipes from rampantscotland.com

Dornoch Dreams BunsDornoch Dreams Buns
2 oz. butter
1 cup flour
6 oz. water
3 eggs
12 oz. raspberries (whole or lightly crushed—we used a package of frozen raspberries)
4 oz. honey
2 Tbsp. Drambuie
1/2 pint heavy cream
confectioners’ sugar for decoration

Place the butter and water in a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Beat until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the edges of the pan cleanly. Beat the eggs and slowly add them, a little at a time, beating well between each addition.

Spoon the pastry mixture into a large piping bag with a plain nozzle and pipe 12 round cakes onto a lightly greased baking sheet. We used muffin tins in ours. Bake in the center of a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven. Pierce to allow the steam to escape and leave to cool.

Mix the raspberries and honey. Stir the Drambuie into the whipping cream and whip until firm. Split the buns and fill with the raspberries and cream. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar and serve. We added a walnut half on the top of ours.

Drunken CrumbleDrunken Crumble
1 1/2 pounds raw rhubarb (Rhubarb isn’t in season right now so we used frozen cranberries. You can also use apples.)
3 oz. whiskey
grated lemon and orange rind to taste
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 tsp. Allspice

Topping:
2 cups flour
3 oz. butter
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. allspice

Clean and chop the rhubarb into pieces and put in a deep pie dish. Add the other ingredients for the filling and stir well.

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture looks like small breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, grated lemon rind, coriander, and Allspice; mix well. Sprinkle the topping over the rhubarb.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees until golden brown. Serve hot with custard or ice cream. You can also opt for the Drambuie Whipped Cream from the Dornoch Dreams Buns recipe above.

Highland Beef with pickled walnutsHighlander Beef Stew
courtesy of bbcgoodfood.com
1 package ready-rolled puff pastry
1 egg, beaten

For the stew:
3 ½ lbs. stewing beef, cut into ½ inch squares
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 bay leaf
14 oz. of dark stout beer
3 oz. butter
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 ½ oz. smoked bacon, roughly chopped
3 large red onions, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
2 oz. port wine
1 ¾ cup jar pickled walnuts, halved (reserve 2 tbsp pickling vinegar)
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish.

First, make the pastry puffs. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry a little thinner and stamp out sixteen rounds. Note: you can also get pastry puffs in little bowl shapes to avoid cutting them out. Put the rounds on a baking sheet and brush with the egg. Sprinkle with salt and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack until ready to serve.

Make the stew. Put the beef, garlic, and bay leaf in a large non-metallic bowl and pour in the stout. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Drain the meat and pat dry on kitchen paper. Set aside the marinade liquid. Heat both half the butter and oil in a large lidded ovenproof casserole dish or an iron skillet/pot with a lid. Over a high heat, brown the beef in batches until each piece is sealed and dark brown. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon as you go. Set aside.

Wipe the dish with kitchen paper, melt the remaining butter and oil and fry the bacon and onions for 10-15 minutes until the onions are golden brown, very soft, and well reduced. Stir in the flour until blended, add the port, parsley, walnuts, vinegar, and reserved marinade ; then return the beef to the dish. Bring to the boil. Next, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook in the oven for 2½ -3 hours or until the meat is very tender (no need to season). Ladle into bowls, top with a couple of pastry puffs, and sprinkle with a little chopped parsley.

Recipes for National Cocktail Day 2017

Honey Sour

Today (March 24) isn’t just one of the first days of spring, it’s National Cocktail Day! As the weather warms up, try one of these recipe variations. And remember, it’s a national holiday.

Red Moon over Manhattan
2 oz. red wine
1/2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 large round ice sphere
3 gourmet maraschino cherries

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice for 20 seconds. Rub orange peel around the rim of the glass. Add in the ice sphere and strain the cocktail over the ice. Drop one cherry inside the drink and add two more on a twig or cocktail stirrer to garnish the glass!

New York ManhattanNew York Manhattan
2 parts Hudson Whiskey Manhattan rye
¾ part sweet vermouth
1 dash each of aromatic and orange bitters
orange peel

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir (don’t shake!) until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Peel a silver dollar-sized twist of orange peel and express oils from the twist onto the surface of the drink and discard. Garnish with a cocktail cherry or two.

Honey Sour
1 ½ parts Drambuie
¾ parts Monkey Shoulder
¾ part Lemon juice
3 slices ginger
Angostura bitters
egg white

Muddle ginger with Drambuie, then add the other ingredients. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Fine strain out the ginger and garnish with Angostura bitters.

Tokyo MuleTokyo Mule
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm
1 ½ oz. Smirnoff vodka
1 oz. unfiltered sake
3/4 ounce spicy ginger syrup
4 oz. sparkling water
1/2 cucumber, juiced
1/2 lime

Add all of the ingredients except the cucumber and lime into a copper mug. Use a squeezer over the mug to get juice out of the cucumber and lime. Top with ice and stir.

Meat and Potatoes Martini
Courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka
2 ½ oz. Blue Ice vodka
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. olive brine
1/2 tsp. Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal

Stir all ingredients except the mescal with ice in mixing glass. Rinse martini glass with Del Maguey Pechuga mezcal. Strain the mixing glass concoction into the martini glass. Garnish with olives and a twist of lemon.

Reyka Southside
2 parts Reyka vodka
1 part fresh lime juice
¾ part simple syrup
4-6 Mint leaves

Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker except for one mint leaf. Shake and double strain into a coupe glass with a mint leaf garnish.

Guinness Wilde Oscar Old FashionedGuinness Wilde Oscar Old Fashioned
Courtesy of NYC Bartender, Anthony Malone and Arts Theatre Club
A dash of cherry or angostura bitters
1 ½ oz bourbon
1 oz. Guinness Extra Stout
½ oz. simple syrup
Orange peel

Pour ingredients into a shaker glass with ice. Stir and pour into a rocks glass. Squeeze orange oils from peel into the glass and then toss the orange peel slice in. Serve.

Sailor Jerry’s Ginger Apple Cooler
1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced rum
½ part ginger syrup
¾ part apple juice
¼ part fresh lemon juice
1 ½ parts Q Club Soda
candied ginger

In empty mixing glass, measure Sailor Jerry. Add ginger syrup, apple juice, and fresh lemon juice. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled highball glass and fill with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with candied ginger.

Chambord Margarita
Courtesy of Food 52
This recipe officially calls to be frozen ahead of time but we see no reason to wait! Serves 4.
32 oz. water
12 oz. can of frozen limeade
1 ½ Tbsp. lime juice
12 oz. good Tequila
6 oz. triple sec
8 oz. Chambord

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, whisk together until completely combined. Give it a taste and adjust to your liking. Pour into margarita glasses and serve.

Smoke and Fire MargaritaSmoke and Fire Margarita
¾ part Montelobos Mezcal
¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
¾ part Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar
lime wedge

Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of an old fashioned glass, salt it, and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Smoking Rose Paloma
Recipe by Ashley Conway
5 parts Q Drinks Grapefruit Soda
2 parts Montelobos mezcalSmoking Rose Paloma
¾ part fresh lime juice
½ part rose simple syrup

For the flower ice: fill a glass 1/4 the way full with water. Add rose petals. Prop on it’s side in the freezer, making sure it doesn’t spill. Let freeze completely before using. This is an optional step, if you are looking to make a drink ASAP (we all have those days), just add regular ice to the glass. But if you do take the time for this step, it makes one pretty cocktail!

Add all liquid ingredients except Grapefruit Soda into a shaker. Shake well to help dilute the cocktail a bit since the ice in the glass won’t melt as fast. Remove the glass from the freezer. Strain into the glass. Top with the Grapefruit Soda and stir. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day 2017

Cromwell's Conquest
The Irish are some of the most celebrated of immigrants, along with their subsequent generations of American kin in the United States. Honor their heritage by skipping the green beer and goofy hats this year for these ten Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails. Hold your favorite up high and cheer, “Sláinte!”

Cromwell’s Conquest
courtesy of mixologist Matt Seigel @matt_seigel 
Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He led the army during the invasion of Jamaica in 1655, hence the Jamaican rum and Irish beer.
1/4 oz. Crème de Menthe (Note: Less is more on the Crème de Menthe because it can quickly overpower the other flavors.)
½ oz. maple syrup
1 ½ oz. Hamilton Gold Jamaican rum
1 bottle of Guinness
mint
orange twist

Add first three ingredients to mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Next, strain into a double rocks glass; top with Guinness. Garnish with mint and an orange twist.

TrinityTrinity
from Zachary Blair, lead mixologist, KANU, Whiteface Lodge 
Ireland’s favorite three-leafed clover is the inspiration behind this cocktail with three distinct spirits.
2 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (Westbrook)
1 oz. elderflower liqueur (Note: some folks may find the elderflower a bit strong so we recommend starting with ½ oz. and then adding to taste.)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
¼ oz. lime juice
lime twist

Combine all liquid ingredients in a glass with ice; stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.Gaelic Grasshopper

Gaelic Grasshopper
by Pamela Wiznitzer
1 ½ oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur
1 oz. Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey
½ oz. Brancamenta
½ oz. Creme de Cacao
fresh mint
chocolate shavings

Add all ingredients except mint and chocolate shavings into a shaker. Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.

Irish Slang
by Pamela Wiznitzer
1 ½ oz. Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey
1 ½ oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur
¾ oz. Borghetti liqueur
½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 orange slice

Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker; shake and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Saint CasaSaint Casa
1 1/2 oz. Casamigos Añejo tequila
1/2 oz. Crème de Mure
1/4 oz. agave nectar
Guinness beer
blackberries
green and gold edible glitter (Get this at cake decorator supplies or online.)

Combine first three ingredients into tin shaker except Guinness. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8–10 seconds. Fine strain into coupe glass. Top off with Guinness. Garnish with 2 fresh blackberries through skewer with edible green and gold glitter over on top.

Luck of the IrishLuck of the Irish
by Eddie Garcia, lead mixologist and manager, jade bar, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa 
2 oz. Redbreast whiskey
¾ oz. Guinness simple syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. apple juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a stemmed cocktail glass.

To make Guinness simple syrup: Heat 16 oz. Guinness in pan and cook down to 8 oz.; add 8 oz. raw sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.

Laphroaig Last Laph
created by Austin mixologist Justin Lavenue
3/4 oz. Laphroaig Select
3/4 oz. part ginger liqueur
3/4 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3 dashes absinthe verte
sprig of mint (for garnish)

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

Emerald on the RocksEmerald on the Rocks
2 oz. Svedka vodka
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
4 mint sprigs
green edible glitter

Muddle mint at bottom of a Pilsner glass. Add crushed ice and build the drink on top (except for glitter and mint). Agitate with a spoon (or swizzle), not disturbing the mint at the bottom. Top with ice, rim with green/white glitter. Garnish with mint.

Maria Verde
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde green chile liqueur
1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka
½ part Lime
5 parts Maria Verde mix (pickled carrot, pickled onion, and pickled jalapeño)

Add all ingredients to a shaker; add ice. Shake briefly to mix, then strain over fresh ice.

Leprechaun Lemonade
created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole
1 oz. Ménage à Trois vodka
1 oz. lemonade
¾ oz. Crème Yvette liqueur
¾ oz. melon liqueur
2-3 mint leaves for garnish

Shake vodka and lemonade together; then set aside. Build the cocktail in a Collins glass over ice: first pour Crème Yvette liqueur, then vodka lemonade blend, topped off with melon liqueur. Garnish with mint.

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