BLUEBERRY COCKTAILS ~ I THINK I’LL HAVE ANOTHER!

Yes, July really is National Blueberry Month and last week we started you off on your blueberry cocktail journey with a yummy tequila cocktail named ZIGGY. This week we have a simple and refreshing cocktail that introduces you to the delicious Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, a beautifully packaged liqueur produced in France. It contains syrup made from crystallized Chinese baby ginger, Grand Champagne cognac, orange blossom honey from Provence, France and an oh-so delicate touch of vanilla. You’ll be happy to add it to your home bar and even more excited when you shake up this lovely libation. And when we say lovely, we really mean it! The gorgeous color this cocktail presents once mixed inspired it’s name. 

Launch into National Blueberry Month with this beautiful libation!

Launch into National Blueberry Month with this beautiful libation!

VIOLET BEAUREGARDE

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker
GLASS :: Collins
EXTRAS ::  Basil + blueberries for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
4 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Blueberry Basil syrup {get the recipe HERE}
2 oz. Domaine de Canton
2 lemons ~ make fresh squeezed juice

HOW TO MAKE IT :: Assemble all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake it like you mean it then strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

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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.

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!

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.

 

HAPPY HOUR No.1 ~ GINGER PEAR GIMLET

We’ve all been in the situation where we heard someone shout out “It’s happy hour somewhere!” haven’t we? Well, here at Gidget + LaRue we love the energy and fun surrounding that burst of excitement. We’ve decided that HAPPY HOUR cocktail recipes are essential, so here’s our first one.

Since we started the week with winter citrus, we’re ending the week with a twist on the classic lime-based Gimlet :: The GINGER PEAR GIMLET. Check the recipe and swing by your favorite liquor store for the essentials. You’ll be happy you did because you’ll be stocking your bar for future Gidget + LaRue cocktail recipes.

It’s Happy Hour right HERE!   Love, G+LaR

Citrus and spice – so nice!

GINGER PEAR GIMLET

TOOLS ::  Shaker, ice
GLASS ::  Old Fashioned
EXTRAS ::  Lime wedge, crystallized ginger for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

4 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Absolut Pear Vodka
1 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
¾ oz. Trader Joe’s Pear Cinnamon Cider juice ++
1 ½ limes – fresh squeezed (save the last ½ for your garnish)

Pour all liquid ingredients into the shaker with ice. Shake it like you mean it! Strain the shaker contents into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lime wedge and crystallized ginger chunk and serve.

++This cider is a nice addition but if you can’t find it, sub out a shot (+/- to taste) of Simple Syrup instead. This change-up makes a great no-ice martini version so switch up your glass and serve it neat!