In honor of Boston week, the ladies at Favorite Day wanted to pay homage to our great city by making the Boston Cocktail. We found the recipe for this cocktail from the Mr. Boston Platinum Edition drink mixing guide. It’s a little sweet and a little strong – just like our city. After all, we are Boston Strong.
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz apricot brandy
1/2 oz lemon juice (or juice from 1/2 lemon)
1 1/2 tsp grenadine
I started by adding all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice. I shook it well and poured it into a chilled martini glass. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a proper garnish, but if you have a lemon feel free to add a twist for fanciness.
I found that the herbal flavor from the gin blends well with the sweetness from the grenadine and brandy. The lemon helps to balance it with a somewhat tart finish. If you find that it is too sweet, try adding less grenadine and a bit more lemon juice. It is a strong drink, so I think it works best to sip it slowly and enjoy it.
Having a get-together this weekend? Consider making the Boston Cocktail and let me know what you think!
You may have seen this lovely cocktail floating around the internet. It has been popping up in my Pinterest feed for a few weeks now. Since I’ve recently been toying with blood oranges, and I had one lying around and waiting for me to turn it into something awesome, I decided to give it a shot.
I hand-juiced a half of a blood orange and froze it into a cube and topped it with some cava. The visual was very lovely – the cube melts pretty quickly, giving a bleeding effect. With the taste, however, I wasn’t as impressed as I would like to have been. I think it could have used two blood orange cubes, which would have taken the whole orange. Note that I didn’t have a citrus juicer, so my juicing wasn’t very efficient. I think you’d be able to get twice as much juice out with the right tools. Anyway, to amp up the orange flavor, I added a little bit of my own twist to the drink.
Bleeding Mimosa Cocktail
Blood oranges, juiced
Champagne (or Prosecco, or Cava…. whatever floats your fancy. I used Cava.)
Freeze the juice of a few blood oranges into cubes (around one blood orange to two drinks, more if you don’t have a juicer of some sort). Place 1-2 cubes into each champagne flute. Top with a dash of triple sec and fill the rest of the way with the bubbly stuff. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, try adding a bit of simple syrup with the triple sec.
NOTE: Because the cubes don’t last very long (even in well-chilled champagne), make sure these are served immediately. The effect is lovely and people should see it! If you are serving this at a party, these would work better as passed cocktails rather than serve-yourself bar cocktails. Think of passing them around with appetizers at a dinner party, or serving them to a group of friends during brunch. And as always, let me know how it turns out!
Blood oranges! Gin! An herby twist! This cocktail is exactly my taste. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
My Bloody Cocktail:
1 part Gin (I used “The Botanist.” and it worked really well. It’s a really tasty gin. Highly recommended.)
3 or 4 parts blood orange soda (to preference)
Sprig of rosemary
Crush the rosemary a little to release the flavor and scent. Add gin. Add blood orange soda. Sprig of rosemary for garnish. Imbibe.
If you can’t find San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (their blood orange soda), Trader Joes sells a blood orange soda that is a little bit sweeter. Alternatively, if you want to get super fancy and you have blood oranges available, squeeze some fresh and add seltzer or tonic. Garnish with the rosemary AND a slice of blood orange. Experiment. Just let us know how everything turns out. We’d love to hear about it.
Earlier, you may have seen the mood board I created for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. I created this lovely drink to go along with the theme. I tried it out the other night, and it received the husband’s seal of approval, he doesn’t normally go for vodka drinks, so I think it’s a go. This will be served alongside kir royales and non-alcoholic mojitos.
Singing in the Rain
1 part Stoli Blueberi vodka
2 parts Lemonade
1 part seltzer (or to taste)
Blueberries (optional – freeze them. So good.)
Cocktail umbrellas (not optional.)
Lemonade and vodka in cocktail shaker with ice. Blueberries in glass with crushed ice. Pour. Add Seltzer. Drink. Eat blueberries. Enjoy.
Merry Christmas, folks! Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional mimosa? The poinsettia is a super easy no fuss champagne cocktail that can easily be thrown together in a pinch. This cocktail is perfect for when you want to impress, but don’t want to spend all night mixing drinks. Looking forward, this would be a fantastic drink to help ring in the new year.
4 oz champagne (I used Prosecco)
adjust proportions to your own personal taste
Drop a few frozen cranberries in the glass and enjoy!
If you’re feeling extra fancy, Sarah suggests adding an ounce of Cointreau. I didn’t have any of this on hand but you can’t really go wrong with cranberry and orange so I’m betting that this would be even more delicious.
What’s your favorite way to spice up champagne? Leave us a comment and let us know!