Dark Cherry Manhattan

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail - Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail – Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

A well made classic Manhattan is just one of my many favorite cocktails. I seldom grow tired of trying different recreations of this particular drink. Recently I started tinkering with one of my own Manhattan variations. Though the adjustments are minor, the changes made a big difference in taste. I created the (ri)1 & the Elusive Heering recipe in April 2009 when I first started experimenting with rye. The drink seemed to need a heavier hitting rye. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 proof carries just enough weight and sweetness to balance the flavors of this drink.

This dark cherry variation of the Manhattan classic cocktail is deeply satisfying. Cinnamon wafts through with just a touch of chocolate. I sampled this one evening cocktail style and again over three square cubes of ice. There were both simply divine, but each tasted a little different. To be honest, though I am a huge fan of cocktails I preferred the rocks style version better. It was deeper in flavor, richer, more complex. Drinks on the rocks last a little longer for me anyway, so I savored it a little longer. Sample this both ways and let me know what you think.

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Dark Cherry Manhattan – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

1/2 ounce Herring Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with fresh orange twist. Alternative: Pour mixture over one single large ice cube or two or three 1 – inch ice cubes for on the rocks serve.

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Negroni

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

The Negroni is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. The classic Negroni cocktail calls for equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. The layering of flavors in this particular drink has opened the door for so many variations. Gin has been changed for bourbon to make this a Boulevardier. Campari is swapped for various other potable bitters from Amaro to Cynar. Mmm…Cynar! Vermouth varies from thick, rich and delicious to sweet and spicy.

There are so many variations it is difficult to keep up with the diverse Negroni classic cocktail. My advice…get on board and start sampling. You are sure to find at least one variation that suits your fancy pants.

Negroni “No Cucumber Required” Recipe

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

Negroni

1-1/2 ounce Hendrick’s Gin

3/4 ounce Campari

3/4 ounce Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth

Orange Twist

Combine liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir or shake according to preference. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Pinch Me Peach Smoothie

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie - Frozen Peaches, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Nectar, Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie – Frozen Peaches, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Nectar, Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Pinch me! This morning smoothie is an afternoon and evening treat that has me swooning for just a little more, please. The Pinch Me Peach Smoothie is peachy for certain. Faint cranberry flavor trickles through taming a bit of the sweetness so there is no sugar bomb overload. Meyer lemon sorbet adds a sparkle of sunshine to the glass. I can almost feel spring and summer banging down the door.

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie is easy as pie to make. Throw everything in the blender and hit puree. No extra ice needed. Unsweetened frozen peaches and Meyer lemon sorbet do all the frozen work. Use chilled juices if possible. This will keep the smoothie as cold as possible.

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie Recipe

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie - Frozen Peaches, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Peach Nectar, Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Make a larger batch of Pinch Me Peach Smoothie. Have one now and freeze the rest. It’s ready anytime you are.

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

5 ounces Frozen Peach Slices – unsweetened

2 ounces Cranberry Juice Cocktail – chilled

2 ounces Peach Nectar – chilled

3 scoops Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a chilled decorative glass or divide the mixture between two glasses and share.

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie Time Saver Tip

Grocery stores sell prepackaged smoothies in the freezer section. Save time and money by making your own freezer smoothies. Make a batch size smoothie recipe. Save a glass size for now, save the rest in freezer storage containers. Grab a frozen smoothie from your own freezer anytime without dragging out the blender every time. I use the 8 ounce plastic freezer jars from Ball for freezing drinks. This is not an advertisement for them. I found them one day in the grocery store, tried them out and really liked how they worked. They worked perfectly for my DIY Frozen Margaritas. I have used them ever since. See if you like them. Tell me if you have found a product you like better!

Pinch Me Peach Smoothie Batch Recipe - recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

16 ounce bag Frozen Peach Slices – unsweetened

6 ounces Cranberry Juice Cocktail

6 ounces Peach Nectar

9 scoops Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour a glass for yourself. Pour the remaining mixture into freezer safe containers. Be sure to leave a little room at the top of each freezer container. Mixture will expand a little as it freezes. Place lid on container, making sure it is completely sealed. Place in freezer.

When ready to eat: Allow mixture to thaw at room temperature for a couple of minutes if desired. Otherwise, grab a spoon and dig in! This smoothie is ready to go anytime you are.

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White Lady Classic Cocktail

White Lady Classic Cocktail - Gin, Premium Orange Liqueur, Lemon juice

White Lady Classic Cocktail – Gin, Premium Orange Liqueur, Lemon juice

I have written about this classic cocktail before. The first time I tasted the White Lady classic cocktail was at Tales of the Cocktail 2009. That White Lady cocktail was much different, but quite delicious. Peter Dorelli adapted the classic recipe using Beefeater Gin, simple syrup and egg white. Egg whites and I were not besties at the time, but great bartenders like Peter Dorelli and lovely drinks like the White Lady have changed all that.

Make sure your martini glass or coupe is well chilled and your liquids are equally ice cold before straining into the glass.

Make sure your martini glass or coupe is well chilled and your liquids are equally ice cold before straining into the glass.

The White Lady is a Prohibition-era cocktail. This classic is ladylike in name only. It is a high powered, premium, high alcohol content drink. Sip wisely so your good intentions don’t go to the wayside. Three ingredients make this an easy drink to make. Make sure your martini glass or coupe is well chilled and your liquids are equally ice cold before straining into the glass. The White Lady classic cocktail is best served ice cold for maximum flavor. This is a nicely balanced drink with light sweetness and beautiful fresh citrus flavor. Serve well chilled for terrific crisp sharpness.

White Lady Classic Cocktail Recipe

White Lady Classic Cocktail

White Lady Classic Cocktail

White Lady – from Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

1-3/4 ounce Plymouth Gin

1-1/4 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Orange Peel

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker filled with plenty of ice. Shake until well chilled. Double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Double straining helps rid the shaken mixture of any stray ice chips. Twist a fresh orange peel over the drink to release the essential oils into the cocktail. Drop the twist into the drink. Enjoy!

I used Beefeater Gin and O3 Premium Orange Liqueur while mixing this drink. O3 Premium Orange Liqueur is a little sweeter than Cointreau in my opinion. Adjust the liqueur ratio according to your taste preference.

More White Lady Classic Cocktail Variations

Old Mr. Boston's recipe calls for egg white, powdered sugar, sweet cream and dry gin

Old Mr. Boston’s recipe calls for egg white, powdered sugar, sweet cream and dry gin

This isn’t the end all recipe for the White Lady. Some list the classic cocktail recipe as 2 ounces Gin, 1 ounce each Triple Sec and Lemon Juice with an Egg White. Another uses 1-3/4 ounce Gin with 1 ounce each Triple Sec and Lemon Juice with Egg White. Yet another lists the White Lady as 2 ounces Gin, 1/2 ounce each Cointreau and Lemon Juice with Egg White. My Old Mr. Boston 1967 copyright edition lists the recipe as follows:

White Lady Cocktail

White of 1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Powdered Sugar

1 Teaspoon Sweet Cream

1-1/2 ounce Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin

Combine these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a 4 ounce cocktail glass.

So really the White Lady is a classic cocktail worth sipping, but there is no set in stone right or wrong way to make it. The right way is the way you will enjoy it. Just enjoy it in a ladylike or gentlemanly fashion. Cheers!

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Irony Wine What’s Your Story Wine Cork

What's Your Story Wine Cork

What’s Your Story Wine Cork

A while back I let you in on a wine cork photo project I have been working on. The photo project has been a little hit and miss lately due to cocktail development projects and a book I am currently writing, but that’s all good. Many emailed, messaged me on Facebook and someone left a comment asking about what wine the “What’s Your Story?” cork came from. I couldn’t remember and couldn’t track it down.

Irony Wine What's Your Story Wine Cork

Irony Wine with the “What’s Your Story?” Wine Cork

Luckily a #WineWednesday shout out to Twitter friends garnered a correct answer within minutes. A huge shout out thank you to my friend Dan Bliss (@Blisser on Twitter) who is a Google search hero. As soon as Dan tweeted me the answer I made a bee line for the liquor store like an excited 21 year old at midnight with a fresh ID.

The What’s your Story wine cork comes from Irony Small Lot Reserve wines. Their wines include Cabernet Sauvignon (the one I purchased), Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Apparently the “What’s Your Story?” cork isn’t the only clever cork in Irony’s bottle neck. Nikki Cassandra has a cork posted with the words, “What Occasion doesn’t benefit from a little Irony?”

Irony Wine What's Your Story Wine Cork

I encourage you to take a look at the Irony wine website and read the about page to discover for yourself why the family chose the name Irony for their wine. Pick up a bottle at the store and give it a whirl or swirl in your glass while you’re at it.

What’s Your Story?

"What's Your Story?"

“What’s Your Story?”

I love wine corks with clever quotes, sayings or drawings. What clever wine corks have you seen and what wines do they come from? Share your comment at the bottom of this post.

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