3 Guinness Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year. Everyone loves a Friday night and with a fun holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, you’ve gotta embrace the party opportunities. So I’ve decided to seize this serendipitous Friday-and-holiday match up for all it’s worth and invite some friends over to celebrate — Irish style.

What I’m really thrilled about, of course, is my specialty: the cocktail menu! This year I wanted to elevate my Irish cocktail game by utilizing one of the most recognized Irish beers, Guinness.

The fact is, you can’t get more Irish than Guinness. The original brewery was located in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland and was started in 1759. Brewmaster Arthur Guinness purchased the dilapidated St. James’ Gate Brewery on a 9,000-year lease, and 10 years later exported his first barrels of Guinness.

From these first barrels to modern times, Guinness has become quite an empire on its own, brewing its legendary stout and draught beers in even exotic locations like Nigeria and Kuala Lumpur. So, as you can imagine, I had my work cut out for me to work with these fantastic products to come up with some St. Patrick’s Day Guinness cocktails.

After some Gidget Test Kitchen sampling, I decided to focus on using two of the more traditional beers from the Guinness family: the rich and creamy (and distinctively black) Guinness Draught and the Guinness Extra Stout with it’s subtly crisp but roasted barley flavors.

Along with my cocktail research, I was very inspired by the simple cocktails presented on the Guinness website, so I’ll be making two cocktails for my party and saving one for brunch the next day!

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BLACK VELVET
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day I love how the champagne brings out the fruitiness in the beer in this simple cocktail. I’ll be serving this delicious wonder as guests arrive because I absolutely love a little bubbly to get the party started!

GLASS :: Champagne flute
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS::
2 oz. chilled Guinness Draught (also delicious with Guinness Extra Stout)
4 oz. chilled Brut or Prosecco Champagne

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Pour champagne to fill glass just a bit over halfway.
Add Guinness to fill.
Note: Guinness is much heavier than champagne so if you mix this the other way around it won’t combine evenly and will need to be stirred

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WILDE OSCAR ~ The Guinness Old Fashioned
If I had to list my Top 5 Go-To Cocktails, the Old Fashioned would be on the list. I’ve morphed into quite the bourbon gal and this bonafide classic is one of my favs. Twisting the recipe to include Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day seemed right up my alley. Using Guinness Extra Stout offsets some of the sweetness in the drink and Bulliet Bourbon has a nice spicy note (due to the rye content) which pairs well with the stout. I found this right off the Guinness site, and can’t wait to serve these little gems!

TOOLS :: Mixing glass, cocktail spoon, strainer
GLASS :: Old Fashioned
EXTRAS :: Orange zest, cherry, large square or round ice cube
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS::
1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Guinness Extra Stout
.5 oz. Simple Syrup {sugar : water = 1:1}
Dash Angostura bitters

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Add ice to mixing glass and add all ingredients.
Using cocktail spoon stir until well combined and chilled through (30+ stirs).
Strain into ice-filled glass.
Garnish with orange zest and Maraschino cherry

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GUINNESS BLOODY MARY

A Bloody Mary is the classic brunch drink and it’s fun and easy to make at home. It’s also known to help cure a certain headache the morning after a good St. Patrick’s Day party (wink). While this vodka cocktail has endless variations, I fell in love with the addition of Guinness and am planning on keeping the St. Patrick’s Day mood going well into my Saturday morning!

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, cocktail spoon
GLASS :: Collins or deep water glass works
EXTRAS :: Celery stalks, lemon wedge or wheel
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS::
3 oz. quality Vodka
2 oz. Guinness Draught
6 oz. Tomato juice or V8
Juice from one lemon
2 pinches celery salt
2-3 good twists of pepper from pepper mill
3 dashes of Old Bay seafood seasoning
3 squirts each of Worcestershire sauce and your favorite hot sauce

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Add all ingredients except the beer into an ice filled shaker and shake until chilled.
Strain into ice-filled glasses.
Add Guinness Draught and stir with cocktail spoon to combine.
Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wheel.

Regardless of how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, remember that it’s a Friday night and a time to have a little fun Irish-style! So grab a little Guinness and get into the Irish state of mind.

YOUR GO-TO CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

There’s one word that keeps coming up for me during this holiday season: simple. So when I found this cocktail, it was like the Holy Grail of easy-yet-elegant holiday drinks. In the interest of keeping this post equally simple {since if you’re like me you’re probably freaking out about the fact that Christmas is now only 5 days away}, I’m introducing you to a cocktail that will surely become your go-to holiday drink. THE POINSETTIA! Serve this drink at a brunch with friends, at your next holiday party or enjoy it after a long day of shopping. Bottom line ~ it’s easy and delish so I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it like I did. Enjoy!

Festive bubbly!

Festive bubbly!

THE POINSETTIA

TOOLS :: Citrus peeler
GLASS :: Flute
EXTRAS ::  Orange peel spiral – 2” long
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS* ::
1 ½  oz. Cranberry Juice Cocktail
3 oz. Chilled Champagne

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Add Cranberry Juice cocktail to flute
  • Top with Champagne
  • Twist orange peel spiral directly over top of cocktail and drop into drink

* NOTE :: If you’re in the mood to add a bit more punch to this cocktail you can do so with just one extra ingredient :: vodka. For a festive alternative, in your flute pour 1 oz. vodka and reduce cranberry juice to only 1 oz. Stir to combine. Add crushed ice to fill flute. Top drink off with champagne and garnish as above.

CRANBERRY COCKTAILS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Everyone I know is getting ready to prepare their favorite Thanksgiving dish next Thursday. I can’t wait for all those flavors and spending time with family and friends. One of my favorite flavors highlighted at this time of the year is CRANBERRIES! I think they’re like little fruit rubies with their glossy, scarlet red hue. And while most of us are familiar with quintessential cranberry juice cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan or a Cape Cod, let’s take you one step beyond these classics and explore that delicious little joy of a berry — the cranberry — and get you set up for the holiday entertaining season. 

Cranberries are unlike any other fruit in the world. I’m intrigued by the fact that they’re grown in a bog and each berry has a tiny little pocket of air that allows it to float to the surface of the water when it harvests. Fascinating! Cranberries are good for you, too! Fresh cranberries contain high levels of beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and an amazing array of phytonutrients. Now that they’re reaching their peak color and flavor from October through December, we’re just in time to add their festive hue, tart tangy flavor, and numerous health protective effects to your holiday cocktail menus. So grab a bag of these power-packed gems and let’s get started on our cranberry cocktails!

For this cocktail, the tangy flavor of cranberries is enhanced with a combination of pear vodka and the lovely floral notes of St. Germain. Top with a little bubbly and you’ll become an immediate fan of this fun and easy holiday drink.

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PEAR CRANBERRY SPARKLER

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker
GLASS :: Champagne flute
EXTRAS :: Cranberries for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS ::
3 ounces pear vodka
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce St. Germain
Champagne or prosecco, well chilled

DIRECTIONS ::
Combine first 3 ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Distribute between glasses. Top each cocktail with champagne and serve.

ADDITIONAL CRANBERRY COCKTAILS ::
For a full list of delish cranberry-based cocktails, check out my latest article for TheGoodStuff for more cranberry cocktail recipes!

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source : creative culinary

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source: food for my family

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Pear Cranberry Sparkler from Gidget+LaRue

6 FABULOUS CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS

If you’re ever in doubt about what beverage to serve for New Year’s Eve, you can’t go wrong with champagne. It’s low in calories, puts everyone in the mood to celebrate and who doesn’t love the sound of pop and fizz! Bubbles seem to be the perfect way to end the year, so raise your glasses one last time this year and ring in 2015 with one of these delicious champagne cocktails.

Visit our latest blog HERE for some excellent champagne cocktail ideas and a few good Champagne 101 tips! Here are a few last minute cocktails to get you started. CHEERS!

From left to right :: Champagne Cocktail, Kir Royale and Limoncello Sparkle

From left to right :: Champagne Cocktail, Kir Royale and Limoncello Sparkle

Champagne Cocktail – The champagne shines through in this classic ~ with a hint of added flavor from spirits, bitters and citrus peel.

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 6+ shakes of Angostura bitters
  • Champagne
  • Lemon or orange peel twist, for garnish

Soak sugar cube in bitters and drop into glass. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon peel.

Kir Royale – The Kir Royale is a swanky champagne and cream de cassis (black currant) cocktail that looks and tastes great. This cocktail can be served year-round.

  • 1/2 oz. Creme de Cassis
  • Champagne
  • Lemon twist or blackberries, for garnish

Fill flute with champagne, top with creme de cassis and garnish.

Limoncello Sparkler – This sparkling cocktail gets an added dose of sweetness and sun thanks to a splash of limoncello. The recipe comes from Kim Haasarud’s book, 101 Champagne Cocktails.

  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • Champagne
  • Lemon peel twist, for garnish

Combine the limoncello and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish.

 

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!

Sugar + Champagne + Gin = Romance

At Gidget + LaRue we think there’s nothing more romantic than all things French. Champagne, the Eiffel Tower, chocolates and the perfect perfume. Oh la la! So for this Valentines Day, we’re giving you a French spin to celebrate the holiday. Get ready for the delicious French 75 cocktail, partnered with the perfect (and easy!) pastry.  The pastry is ready to serve in 5 minutes so get those in the oven and while you mix up your cocktail.

Cheers to LOVE from G+LaR!

FRENCH 75

The French 75 – Oh la la!

YOU’LL NEED :: Ice, shaker
GLASS :: Collins
EXTRAS :: Maraschino cherry  + lemon wedge and garnish
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 oz. Gin (Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire work great)
2 teaspoons of powdered sugar
Bottle of chilled Champagne

Pour the first 3 ingredients into the shaker with a little ice and shake it like you mean it! Fill your Collins glass to the top with ice. Strain shaker contents into glass. Top with your Champagne. Garnish with cherry and lemon wedge and serve. Straws recommended just because they’re so fun.

 

LOVE Cookies

TOOLS :: cookie sheet, heart shaped cookie cutter

The perfect nibble to go with your French 75!

INGREDIENTS ::
1 frozen pie crust, softened
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar
Unroll dough onto a lightly floured surface
Cut hearts into the dough using a cookie cutter
Brush butter (we use a paint brush – new of course) over the hearts
Sprinkle cinnamon mixture on top of each

Bake for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned