FRIDAY TEST KITCHEN – Cheers!

It’s Friday night in the G+LaR Liquid Kitchen and we’re just having some fun with what’s in the fridge and on the bar. Working drink name: “Another, Please“, because that’s what everyone said after they sipped this simple, 4-ingredient wonder.

For 2 cocktails, here you go: 4 oz. Bombay, 3 oz. Passion Fruit juice, 1 oz. Canton ginger liqueur. Shake over ice, strain into a coupe. Top with champagne. Rose or Brut works. We added a blueberry and crystallized ginger garnish for flare. Have fun and thank goodness it’s Friday! Cheers!

Go find some Passion Fruit juice and have some fun!

Go find some Passion Fruit juice and have some fun!

A COCKTAIL TO CELEBRATE SUMMER SOLSTICE

Today is the longest day of the year and the 1st day of summer. That’s like a double dose of sun, fun and entertaining potential! We think the best way to honor that extra sunshine is to grab a cocktail shaker and capture that wonderful solstice feeling by mixing your friends up a summer libation! Summer brings with it lots of juicy {and cocktail-ready!} fruits and today we’re focusing on RASPBERRIES. This drink is a real treat and will have you enjoying these little ruby colored gems in no time. So gather some friends and let’s capture that first day of summer with this delish twist on a classic French 75 ~ the raspberry infused RUBY 75. Now get out there, embrace the beginning of summer and take advantage of those extra hours of sunshine to celebrate!

The perfect pre-dinner summer party cocktail!

The perfect pre-dinner summer party cocktail!

The RUBY 75

TOOLS :: Shaker, muddler, fine wire mesh strainer
GLASS :: Coupe
EXTRAS ::  Raspberries for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
4 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin (this lighter, floral gin is the perfect match for this drink)
2 oz. St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
6-8 fresh raspberries
Champagne – well chilled (Rose is a fun alternative, too)

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • In cocktail shaker add St. Germaine and raspberries.
  • Muddle gently to juice raspberries.
  • Add Gin and ice to shaker then shake it like you mean it!
  • Strain cocktail through fine wire mesh strainer over each coupe glass, dividing evenly.
  • Top each cocktail with ~1.5 oz. of Champagne. No need to measure, just top the cocktail off with the Champagne.
  • Garnish each glass with raspberry.

Enjoy!

HAVE A DARK & STORMY THIS FATHER’S DAY

Celebrate Father’s Day this year by spending some time with your Dad and what a better way to create new memories than with a classic, homemade cocktail? Celebrate the contribution your father has made to your life with this refreshing drink – The DARK & STORMY. This cocktail is a true original much like your Pops and uses Rum as its base spirit. We like to think of this as the drink of adventurers. Pirates were the original adventurers and they loved their Rum, right? This is a cocktail that can keep up with Fathers and Grandfathers alike so go on an adventure this Father’s Day and enjoy a delish cocktail in the process. Yo-ho-ho!

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DARK & STORMY

TOOLS :: Tall barspoon
GLASS :: Highball
EXTRAS :: Lime wedge for garnish
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS ::
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
3 oz chilled Ginger Beer* (see NOTE below)
Ice cubes

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Fill a highball glass with cubed ice. Pour in Rum and top with chilled ginger beer. Using barspoon, stir gently until well mixed. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel. Serve with straw and enjoy!

*NOTE ::
You could be thinking that ginger ale could be substituted for ginger beer with no ill effect. While you can make a good Dark & Stormy with ginger ale you definitely can’t make a great one.  The flavors of the two beverages are simply much too different. Ginger ale is sweet, not particularly tart and only mildly gingery.  When you mix this with dark rum you end up with a cocktail that is quite sweet, has little ginger flavor and no sourness.  You can perk things up a bit by squeezing two or three lime wedges into the drink for some added sour.  On the other hand, ginger beer is less sweet, has a higher citrus tang and is very gingery.  This flavor profile allows the ginger beer to compliment the deep, sweet rum as opposed to get smothered by it. We love Ginger People ginger beer. Go that extra mile and use ginger beer – once you start sipping you’ll be changed forever. Don’t let summer pass by without giving it a go.

 

COCKTAILS FOR DEAR OLD DAD

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people give cards or gifts to their fathers. On this day you can show your love and respect to your father by simply spending some time with him and what a better way to create new memories and relive old ones than with a classic, homemade cocktail? Here are 4 manly & spirited cocktails to get your Father’s Day off to a perfect start. Whether your Dad is a Whiskey, Rum or Beer drinker, Gidget + LaRue has you covered! Check out our latest blog on our cocktail partner’s site HERE and spend some time enjoying cocktail time with your dear old Dad!

Spend some time with Pops...with a cocktail in hand!

Spend some time with Pops…with a cocktail in hand!

STRAWBERRY + LEMON + MINT MOJITO ~ THE BACKYARD MOJO

Give yourself a whole new level of mojo with this lovely summer libation

Give yourself a whole new level of mojo with this lovely summer libation

Everywhere we look we’re surrounded by the beautiful fruits of summer. Strawberries call out from the supermarket aisle just waiting to be added to cereal. Raspberries gather like little red gems ready to be mixed into a smoothie. We’re here to help you step away from that standard-issue fruit salad and see these delicious summer fruits in a completely different light–in a cocktail! So grab that shaker and some ice and let’s capture the tastes of summer with these four fresh summer fruit cocktails.

Let’s jump into this by grabbing some juicy strawberries. This first drink is great when you’re in the mood for something refreshing and fruity. Perfect for sharing with friends, the Backyard Mojo pairs strawberries with lemons and mint to create a sweetened, summer fruit mojito.

TOOLS :: Shaker, muddler
GLASS :: Highball
EXTRAS ::  Strawberries (2 berries, cut in half) and mint sprigs for garnish
SERVINGS :: 4 cocktails

INGREDIENTS :: 

  • 8 oz. gold or aged Rum
  • 2 oz. Limoncello
  • 3 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz. Simple Syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
  • 15-20 mint leaves
  • 5 strawberries, each cut in half
  • 1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
In cocktail shaker, muddle lemon wedges with the strawberries and mint leaves. Muddle for at least a minute to release flavors.  Add ice to shaker then add the Rum, Limoncello, lemon juice and Simple Syrup.  You need to really blend those ingredients together, so “shake it like you mean it” for at least a minute or more.
Add crushed ice to each of your glasses, filling completely to the top.  Strain cocktail into ice-filled glasses.
Garnish each glass with strawberry half and mint sprig.

For 3 more delicious Summer fruit cocktails, check out the recipes we designed for our cocktail supporter – TheGoodStuff. You can find them HERE. 

Strawberries, Raspberries, Lemons & Watermelon ~ Summer is here!

Strawberries, Lemons & Mint ~ Summer is here!