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!

FALL INSPIRED SPIRIT INFUSIONS

Oh how we love the Fall season! Now is a time to step away from the lemons and limes of summer and head into the cozy cocktails and flavors of Fall with these spirit infusions.  Check out the recipes we’ve just launched on COUPONS.COM and you’ll be enjoying the season’s best ~ warm vanilla, inviting pumpkin and even savory smoky bacon in no time! If you like the creativity of cooking and combining flavors, and {like us} you mix a few cocktails now and again, then liquor infusions are a great place to play around and have fun personalizing your home bar. Spirit infusions are very simple – you soak ingredients in a base alcohol until you like the taste. Sounds fun and easy, right? Infusions are simple to make but require a bit of waiting time to properly yield the best results and most robust flavors. Get these infusions started now and your patience will pay off in a few weeks when we’ll launch several cocktail recipes starring your new infusions!

Here’s a little peek into what you’ll find if you visit Gidget+LaRue on the COUPONS.COM blog!Fall Spirit Infusions

TiKi TUESDAY ~ ZOMBIE STYLE

Here at Gidget + LaRue we’ve decided to show Tuesday a little love for the fun day of the week it can be, so last week we launched TiKi TUESDAY! For this week’s cocktail we’re diving headfirst into the ZOMBIE, a mind numbingly delish TiKi drink! The ZOMBIE is a drink with a bit of mystery behind it, so researching the recipe yields a wide range of results. Blame the drinking, but cocktail history is often hazy. So it’s no surprise that the “real” recipe for this cocktail ~ and even its exact ingredients ~ vary depending on whom you ask. Purportedly created by Don the Beachcomber to revive a hungover businessman, the recipe has been twisted in countless ways and some bars limit ZOMBIE drinks to only 2 per customer. We decided to go with a recipe that wouldn’t leave you feeling like the living dead and didn’t require anything fancy other than a few base spirits and fresh citrus fruit. Bring on the fun and let’s get our TiKi on ~ ZOMBIE…stat!

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TOOLS :: Blender
GLASS :: Highball
EXTRAS ::  Lime wedge and Mint for garnish*
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS ::
1 oz. Silver Rum
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 ½ oz. orange juice
1 oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. lime juice {NO Roses lime here ~ go fresh or forget it}
¼ oz. grenadine
1 oz. Orange Curacao
1+ C. crushed ice
(optional: if you’re feeling truly ZOMBIE-brave, float an ounce of 151 Rum on top of the drink)

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Combine all liquid ingredients + crushed ice in a blender. Pulse contents for a few seconds, just to combine ingredients. Pour into glass and garnish with lime wedge or wheel and mint sprig. Simple, fun and delish!

* NOTE on garnishes ::
To elevate a drink from being just another “drink” and turn it into a real TiKi cocktail, spend a little time to create the perfect garnish. Garnishes don’t need to be complicated but they can add that extra personality to your cocktail that sets it off from other drinks. So have some fun with pineapple wedges, cherries, star fruit and go for the paper umbrella! We used the top leaves from a pineapple for a little flare. Keep in mind that garnishes should be made in advance so they can be quickly added. That final TiKi embellishment will make people smile even before they’ve taken their first sip!

TUESDAY NEEDS A LITTLE LOVE

Most days of the week have a bit of a reputation. Nobody really likes a Monday, everyone loves a Friday and we have Hump Day Wednesday and now Throwback Thursday. Here at Gidget + LaRue we’ve decided to take over Tuesday. Give Tuesday a little love and respect for the fun day of the week it can be. Throughout the summer we’re going to help you see Tuesdays in a different light by launching TiKi TUESDAY!

To get started we are launching with an iconic TiKi cocktail, the MAI TAI. The creation of the Mai Tai happened in Oakland, CA in 1944 by Victor Bergeron, otherwise known as Trader Vic. The name of the drink was unexpectedly introduced by a group of guests from Tahiti, when they exclaimed “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”, which means “Out of This World – The Best”. And that is how the Mai Tai was born and that’s how we’re kicking off TiKi Tuesday. Let’s get shakin’!

Go retro ~ go TiKi with a Mai Tai!

Go retro ~ go TiKi with a Mai Tai!

THE ORIGINAL MAi TAi

TOOLS :: Shaker
GLASS :: Double Old Fashioned
EXTRAS ::  Lime wedge & Mint for garnish {+ a paper umbrella if you’re feeling extra TiKi!}
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS ::
½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice {NO Roses Lime here ~ go fresh or forget it}
2 oz. Aged Rum *
½ oz. Orgeat syrup {otherwise known as Almond syrup ~ Torani’s is great}
½ oz. Orange Curacao
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
2 C. crushed ice

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Add ice to shaker. Add all liquid ingredients. Shake it like you mean it! You need to really blend those ingredients together, so shake for about a minute. Pour shaker contents into cocktail glass without straining. Garnish with lime wedge or wheel and mint sprig. Make sure to give the mint sprig a good slap on the palm of your hand before adding to the cocktail to release the aroma and flavor.

A quick tip about making an original Mai Tai :: When made properly, a Mai Tai has a deep amber hue because it’s the color of the Rum that should dominate the drink, not the sweeteners. In other words, a true original Mai Tai shouldn’t be orange.

NOTE :: There are so many excellent Aged Rums out there on the market and many are worth adding to your home bar. If you don’t have an aged Rum handy and have a hankering for a good Mai Tai, you can always swap out 1 oz each of Gold Rum + Dark Rum in place of the Aged Rum. 

CELEBRATE the 4th WITH A WATERMELON MARGARITA

Across the US today, Americans will celebrate the 238th anniversary of our country’s independence with parades, fireworks, rodeos and concerts. The 4th of July festivities often include picnics and parties, complete with that summer party staple ~ the watermelon. What is it about those juicy slices of watermelon that screams SUMMER?! We love it! But that’s not all. We love that you can use it in a cocktail too! Our WATERMELON MARGARITA is fun to make and bursting with that fantastic flavor of summer. A little tequila, some watermelon juice & an orange and you’re halfway there! Can’t ya just taste it?!

Cheers to America ~ love G+LaR

WATERMELON MARGARITA

 

Make the watermelon juice ahead of time to speed up production ~ trust us...you'll want more than one!

Make the watermelon juice ahead of time to speed up production ~ trust us…you’ll want more than one!

TOOLS :: Shaker, blender or muddler
GLASS :: Highball
EXTRAS ::  Kosher salt to rim glass, straw
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
3 c. diced watermelon, juiced and strained {see below}
4 oz. silver Tequila {we like the lighter flavor of a silver with the watermelon}
5 oz. fresh watermelon juice
½ fresh orange, juiced
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 heaping tbsp. of Minute Maid LIMEADE frozen concentrate

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Salt rims of glasses. To do so, pour Kosher (or margarita) salt onto a small plate. Rub the rims of each glass with a lime or with the cut orange. Press each glass into the salt. Fill each glass to the top with ice. In an ice filled cocktail shaker, add all liquid ingredients. Shake it like you mean it! You need to really blend those ingredients together, so shake for about a  minute. Strain cocktail into ice-filled glasses

To make the watermelon juice: Place diced watermelon in blender and juice until all chunks are gone. Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer to capture all pulp. Discard pulp. If you don’t have a blender, you can always muddle your watermelon in a shaker and strain. Works just as well!

5 FREEDOM COCKTAILS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

We’ve decided that there’s no better way to enjoy the 4th of July than celebrating our independence surrounded by friends and family. Get into that patriotic spirit by decorating with some good ol’ stars and stripes and as you’re planning that backyard BBQ or rooftop dinner party, we’ve got five cocktails to help you raise a glass and give a toast to America the beautiful! We’ll get you started with some STAR SPANGLED SANGRIA! This white wine wonder is all about having fun and adapting the recipe with fruit that you enjoy and makes you happy.

For the recipe and a little of that 4th of July cocktail inspiration, check out our latest recipes on Coupons.com HERE 

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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!

A COCKTAIL ADVENTURE ON 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!