The whisper of winter’s arrival surrounds us with wisps of wind, sprinklings of snowflakes and the smoky aroma of toasted firewood rising from neighborhood chimneys. Though fall has not officially passed us by, Thanksgiving gives way to the last rich tastes of the season and glorious opening to celebrations that continue ahead. Embrace the season and all its sipping delights.
2 parts Gekkeikan Haiku Sake
1/2 part Gekkeikan Plum Wine
3/4 part Honey
2 parts Pomegranate Juice
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist and green apple slice.
Haiku Jasmine Green Tea Saketini
3 parts Gekkeikan Haiku
2 parts Jasmine Green Tea or regular green tea
Splash of sour mix
Garnish with lime or lemon
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lime or lemon wedge.
Baileys Cherry Cafe
2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Coffee
1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Rum
1 dash Maraschino cherry juice
Rim a martini glass with cinnamon and sugar. Then drizzle cherry juice in the glass to layer. Shake Baileys and Captain Morgan with ice, strain and enjoy.
Amor de Cosmos
1-1/2 ounce Canadian Club Whisky
1 Tablespoon Grenadine Syrup
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
Splash Ginger Ale
Splash Club Soda
Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Combine whisky, syrup and juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add splash each of ginger ale and club soda. Garnish with maraschino cherry
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
2 ounces Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1/2 ounce Crème de Banana
1/2 ounce Chocolate Liqueur
1 ounce Eggnog
Cinnamon Stick Garnish
Shaved Chocolate Garnish
Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and shaved chocolate.
Amaretto Crème Brulee
1-1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce Licor 43
1/2 ounce Amaretto
1 splash Cream
Brown Sugar & Lemon Wedge Garnish
Rim lip of glass with lemon wedge and dip into brown sugar. Set aside to dry. Chill glass. Pour all liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.
2 ounces Blanche Armagnac Laubade
3/4 ounce Cherry Liqueur
1-1/4 ounce White Crème de Cacao
1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao
Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Place Armagnac, cherry liqueur and white crème de cacao in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into cocktail glass. Carefully drizzle outer edges of cocktail with 1/2 ounce of dark crème de cacao. Drop maraschino cherry in center of cocktail for garnish.
1/4 ounce Vanilla Vodka
1/4 ounce Amaretto Almond Liqueur
1/4 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/4 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1/4 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1/4 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Espresso
2 dashes Chocolate Syrup
Swirl chocolate syrup around inside of martini glass. Chill. Place remaining liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.
Drambuie Espresso Martini
1-1/2 ounce Drambuie
1 ounce Creme de Cacao
1 ounce Espresso
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.