THE COOLEST REINDEER GOES ROGUE

It was bound to happen. All those years of running between Prancer and Comet just has a way of getting under the skin of a reindeer who’s heart runs with a little more adventure than the other reindeers. And today the coolest reindeer – VIXEN – went a little rogue. In the spirit of Vixen and in the spirit of HOLIDAY GIVING, Gidget+LaRue partnered with an amazing non-profit, Growing Gardens, out of Portland, Oregon to create a fundraising cocktail. Utilizing the amazing Pink Spruce Gin small batch spirit from Rogue Distillery, we happily introduce you to The ROGUE Vixen. But this isn’t about us. It’s about lending a hand to Growing Gardens who’s mission is to reduce hunger by providing people with the resources and education they need to grow their own food.

With a simple gift of only $10.00 (or more if you’d like), you’re entered to win an entire case of hand-crafted Rogue distilled spirits! Just imagine…Dead Guy Whiskey, Hazelnut Rum and Pink Spruce Gin right there at your fingertips! So in the spirit of Vixen, go a little rogue, take a chance and donate today!

THE ROGUE VIXEN

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TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, wire mesh strainer
GLASS :: Coupe or Martini
EXTRAS ::  candied ginger chunk for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::

  • 3 oz. ROGUE Pink Spruce Gin
  • 1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Elderflower liqueur (we used St. Elder for this recipe)
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled and double strain into chilled glass. Garnish with ginger and enjoy!

 

TASTE THE SEASON :: HOLIDAY LIQUEURS

When the holiday season comes around, we can’t help but indulge in food and drink spiced with classic holiday flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, vanilla and the ever-sweet cinnamon. This time every year, drink manufacturers introduce their long-awaited seasonally spiced products. In order for you to take full advantage of these flavor wonders, we’ve found a number of holiday liquors that may help you to step away from that Pumpkin Spice Latte and embrace the flavors of December with a few delish cocktails! Three holiday liqueurs, eight cocktail choices. For a full list of cocktails visit The Good Stuff, and get your holiday imbibing started with the cocktail we created below. Oh, joyful yuletide!

THE QUEEN’S MEN
The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who knocked the socks off visiting dignitaries by presenting them with one baked in their own likeness. Cheers to all the Queen’s gingerbread-men!

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TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, bar spoon
GLASS :: Martini or coupe
EXTRAS ::  cinnamon stick for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS :

  • 4 oz. Aged Rum {you can substitute with Bourbon if you’d like}
  • 2 oz. Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Tuaca
  • Good splash of Cointreau
  • 1 heaping barspoon of Fig Butter {Trader Joe’s has a great one}

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and double strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick.

CRANBERRY + POMEGRANATE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL

Exciting news for Gidget+LaRue ~ We submitted an original cocktail recipe to Sunset Magazine for their Holiday Cocktail Party contest and we won! We’re happy to send you over to Sunset to get our delish cocktail, the POM & CIRCUMSTANCE where you’ll also find lots of other yummy ideas for your holiday festivities. Perfect timing too ~ the cocktail uses your leftover cranberry relish! Enjoy!

Visit SUNSET for the recipe!

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Thank you Sunset! So honored to be selected! Photo source :: Sunset Magazine. T

Thank you Sunset! So honored to be selected!
Photo source :: Sunset Magazine.

 

BLACK BETTY TO THE RESCUE

Quite frankly, I’ve had a rough day. It’s been one of those days when, as you power down your laptop, all you can think of is “Uncle…I’m done!” Well tonight I decided that I needed a nice little cocktail to ease into my evening. I needed something comfort-driven…something dark. So I had a mini-Test Kitchen moment and invented a delish, comforting wonder…BLACK BETTY. Sounds a little adventurous, a little darling but with a name like Betty, a happy friend. So as we head into the stressful holidays, may you also find the joy of Betty. Black Betty to the rescue. Bam-ba-lam!

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Feeling better already. Thanks Betty!

Feeling better already. Thanks Betty!

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker
GLASS :: Martini {or an ice-filled Old Fashioned if you’re into the ice thing – both work}
EXTRAS ::  thin string of orange peel for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
4 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 1/2 oz. Cassis Liqueur {blackcurrant liqueur}
1 1/2 oz. Brown Sugar simple syrup {brown sugar-to-water, 1:1}
4 good shakes of FEE Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. For garnish, twist orange peel over drink to release oils and add to cocktail.

NOTE :
Cassis is a great addition to your home bar. The Blackcurrant flavor is robust and yet light at the same time and a nice break from other seasonal flavors. Besides, it’s the only ingredient you need to make a Kir Royale cocktail! That’s right! Add a half shot of this to champagne and voila! Kir Royale. Delish!

SKIP THE PUMPKIN PIE :: Thanksgiving DESSERT Cocktails

After Thanksgiving dinner most people dive head first into a slice of pie. Tradition generally calls for pecan pie or pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipped cream. This year we’ve decided to tempt you to skip that plate (or even add to it) and dive into these yummy Thanksgiving dessert cocktails instead. There’s no better way to unwind from your Thanksgiving holiday efforts, and we think making a cocktail happens to be a lot easier (and faster) than baking a pie. And it’s also a great way to perk you up after all that nap-inducing turkey!

To check out all 6 dessert recipes, visit The Good Stuff online magazine HERE. We created a G+LaR original cocktail for the article, happily named AUNTIES APPLE PIE MARTINI. We figured that just about everyone has an Auntie who makes the best apple pie at Thanksgiving. We’ve given that classic pie an upgrade with this delicate, refined cocktail. The spicy flavors of Rum compliment the carmel apple and honey ingredients for a drink even your Auntie will enjoy!

AUNTIE’S APPLE PIE MARTINI

A true crowd-pleaser for Thanksgiving dessert ~ Auntie's Apple Pie Martini

A true crowd-pleaser for Thanksgiving dessert ~ Auntie’s Apple Pie Martini

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, small plates (2)
GLASS :: Martini
EXTRAS ::  thin slice of apple + cinnamon sugar for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
4 oz. Dark Spiced Rum {we went with Captain Morgans}
4 oz. Hiram Walker Carmel Apple Liqueur
2 oz. Honey Liqueur {Christian Brothers works well}
1 oz. Maple syrup
1/2 oz. Half-and-Half creamer

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. For garnish, on a small plate mix granulated sugar with cinnamon until combined. On another plate pour small amount of maple syrup – about 1 tablespoon. Cut thin slices from apple and run the skin side through maple syrup then coat with cinnamon sugar mixture. Garnish each drink with apple slice.

HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL ~ MIDNIGHT SPELL

There’s something magical about the perfect blend of flavors in a cocktail. This libation provides that spark with the rich simple syrup blending subtly with the natural spices of the bourbon and the pumpkin ale. We launched this on TheGoodStuff – the online magazine we contribute our cocktails to {check them out here}. ENJOY and Happy Halloween!

MIDNIGHT SPELL

The Midnight Spell ~ CraftBeer cocktail to keep handy all Fall + Winter long
TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker
GLASS :: Old Fashioned/Highball
EXTRAS ::  thin slice of orange + candied ginger for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
4 oz. Bourbon {we used Bulleit}
6-8 oz. Pumpkin Ale
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Ginger syrup {The Ginger People – Ginger Syrup is perfect}
1.5 oz. Brown Sugar Simple Syrup {recipe below}

HOW TO MAKE IT :: 
Brown Sugar Simple Syrup :: In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat combine 1 cup water with 1 cup brown sugar. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to ensure sugar is dissolved. Turn heat to low and simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain syrup into container and keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add Bourbon, Cointreau, ginger syrup and Simple Syrup. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and split mixture between two ice-filled cocktail glasses. Top each with beer, stirring to combine. Garnish with orange slice and candied ginger.

HALLOWEEN PARTY COCKTAILS : Pumpkin Ale ~ 3 Ways

Halloween 2014 is going to be especially fun since it falls on a Friday – Yeah!

If you’ve decided to host a party this year, you know that the most important element of the evening is the cocktail menu. Impress your party guests with this simple approach that will help your party stand out – Pumpkin Ale ~ 3 ways! Take a peek at the recipes we developed for The Good Stuff online magazine to discovery how to inject a little cocktail excitement into your party – no vampire teeth or black vodka needed!

You'll be amazed at how delish this Pumpkin Ale-Bourbon cocktail tastes! Try our Midnight Spell tonight!

You’ll be amazed at how delish this Pumpkin Ale-Bourbon cocktail tastes! Try our Midnight Spell tonight!

We certainly had a lot of fun taste-testing Pumpkin Ales and this one was right there at the top. This big bodied beer has a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The subtle taste of pumpkin mixed with a delish spicy blend make this a perfect Halloween treat. Stay tuned for some Halloween party Pumpkin Ale cocktail recipes!

Perfect blend of pumpkin + spice for a Halloween treat

Perfect blend of pumpkin + spice for a Halloween treat

OCTOBER MEANS PUMPKINS!

Check out the pumpkins we picked today!

After an intense selection process in Half Moon Bay, California we packed the car with nothing shy of 22 pumpkins {so many choices and I just had to have a Cinderella pumpkin or two…or three!}. After such a taxing day of shopping we decided to enjoy the bounty of the season and extend our Pumpkin purchasing to the delish pumpkin ales gracing the pallets of our local Costco. Sometimes all you really need on a beautiful Saturday night is a really good {Fall-inspired} beer! Simplicity at its best. Cheers.

Mmmmm...Pumpkin Ales!

Mmmmm…Pumpkin Ales!

APPLE COCKTAILS FOR EVERY SPIRIT

Thrilling news! Our cocktail partner, Coupons.com, just launched their new blog. And guess who’s featured? We are! Our latest entry ~ Apple Cocktails for Every Spirit ~ gives you recipes to use all those delish apples currently on the market with your favorite spirits…Gin, Rum, Vodka, etc. Go check it out HERE!

Fun Apple Cocktails for Fall and beyond!

Fun Apple Cocktails for Fall and beyond!