Christmas traditions have changed as my daughters have become adults. Cookie & candy making are a thing of the past. This year for our creative Christmas gift giving we became mixologists!
We chose to infuse vodka because of its fluidity in cocktail making. Being novices, we over extended our ideas . . . and containers. Every vessel in my kitchen was used. Next year we will edit our choices down to our favorite five.
Using various fruits & herbs; pineapple, cranberries, pears, blueberries, limes, lemons, tangerines as well as basil, elder flower, vanilla, ginger & rosemary--just to name a few. The vodka was divided into two cup batches. A cup of diced and chopped fruit & herbs was added to each batch, as well as 2 TBSP of Simple Syrup. Once the vodka is infused with your fruit/herb mixture, allow minimum 3 days for ingredients to saturate. The longer the better.
We purchased the bottles at IKEA. The key to removing the labels is to fill the bottles with warm water, set in a soapy warm bath in the sink & soak for about 20 minutes. If you don't fill the bottles with water they will float & flip in the sink. Use a scrubby to remove remaining glue.
Once the infusions were ready, we poured the mixture through a cheesecloth & a strainer into a larger container. Then we expressed the fluid from the fruit by squeezing the cheesecloth. We re-filtered the entire mixture through a small sieve in the funnel to fill the bottle.
The bottles were then rinsed & individually labelled. Taste testing this was better than batter!!
There's no recipe for relaxing with a cocktail in your garden. Using Simply Beverages and your booze of choice, you can be your own Mixologist with endless possibilities.
We chose a combination of good companions to create our own refreshing & light concoction. Adjust spirit measurements to taste. Cheers!
Chef Jeff's formula for this restaurant . . . "Part of our mission is to cultivate relationships within our community. To that end, we have partnered with many local purveyors to bring the best products to your table. As seasons change, so will the menu at Rye. Working with seasonal produce helps us create value in our menu, but also ensures we are serving our guests the best of what the season offers."
My husband & I were lucky enough to get to experience the soft opening of Rye. It is a new dining adventure in Historic Downtown McKinney. Simple foods with an elegant twist. Their cocktails, developed by Manny Casas (a brilliant mixologist) are a fresh take on old standards. Local relationships, celebrated past & designed for the customer's experience - This is that local place that we've been missing.
By the way, can't wait for Sunday Brunch!!
Those hot days of summer are upon us so it is time to make cocktails that are fruity & refreshing. This easy recipe compliments any snack or meal for a true summer treat. It's like an adult slushie!!
My recipe is to taste, so experiment & find your perfect Bellini! You can add peach slices for that extra kick.
In blender mix;
1 cup champagne
1 cup peach schnapps
1/2 cup peach nectar
Fill the rest of the way with ice & blend to desired consistency.
Serve immediately; drink it like you mean it!
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