The first, of what I hope to be many, PNW storm arrived yesterday. As the snow fell, we cuddled up in our home, lit a Duraflame log (yes, we forgot to order wood!) and started experimenting with winter cocktails. My husband is kind of a cocktail buff. Well, he's buff and he likes cocktails- does that equate to a cocktail buff? Searching the web, he suddenly came across the Winter Bourbon Smash.
Away he went to the kitchen, rifling through our fridge, liquor cabinet, shaking, stirring and finally, sipping! The drink was a total success- wintery, yet refreshing and not overly sweet. The reason I love this recipe (thank you, Minimalist Baker for posting), is there is a major cheat in it, that is quite perfect for days when you’re snowed (or iced) in. Instead of making a fresh fruit puree, the recipe calls for berry preserves, aka, that jar of jam that is in just about everyone’s fridge. We made the cocktail two ways- one with raspberry jam and other one with leftover homemade orange cranberry sauce! I preferred the later as the sauce had accents of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, just about any jam, preserve, or jelly will do.
I would say our first snow day was a complete success. We drank our Winter Bourbon Smash's, watched countless re-runs of The Office and even made it out for a quick and very chilly walk around our neighborhood to check out the snow that quickly turned to ice.
Winter Bourbon Smash
2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice
1 ounce bourbon (we used Bulleit in one and Elijah Craig in the other- both were delicious!)
1 Tbsp Triple Sec
2-3 Tbsp Orange Juice (we used fresh squeezed)
1 large orange slice
A splash of club soda
1. Add 1/2 cup ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
2. Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.
Hope everyone is staying safe and warm this holiday season. And when you try out the Winter Bourbon Smash, make sure to finish it off by eating that boozy orange peel at the end!
In time for those spring weddings quickly approaching, today we are pulling inspiration from Mint & Mirth's beautifully curated blog, Elegant Berry Gimlet for an Oregon Spring Wedding! What a better way to start of the weekend, than giving this cocktail a try.
Lady May Gimlet:
2 oz Aria Portland Dry Gin or other dry gin
1 sweet mint Tea Drop (or 1/2 oz peppermint tea)
1/2 oz mixed berry juice
dash of aromatic bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake well, then strain over ice and garnish with citrus.
Make sure to visit Mint & Mirth's full blog post to see more gorgeous photos by Sweetlife Photography.
Photography: Sweetlife Photography / Styling & Floral: Swoon Floral Design / Venue: The Old Schoolhouse / Rentals: Something Borrowed / Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy
Looking for a delicious Christmas or New Years cocktail to serve to your family and friends? I have two recipes to make you swoon with holiday delight.
I recently had the pleasure of taking the Pomegranates Cocktail Workshop by Mint & Mirth. If you’ve yet to try their incredible concoctions, I highly recommend booking them for your next event or gathering. They offer personalized cocktail making classes as well-- what a fun way to get your friends together and for only $30 per attendee!
If you are a cocktail making novice, don’t sweat it, Joni, owner of Mint and Mirth starts all of her classes with a list of important ‘Drink Terminology’ and is happy to answer your most burning cocktail questions (such as what is the best bang for your buck tequila--which she happily shared the industry favorite is Omeca Altos).
Next we learned how to taste and compare spirits; sipping the gin to detect its flavor profile! Joni explains this step is about: 1. The Nose 2. The Palate and 3. The Finish.
Together we created the two recipes which I share below and let me tell you, they do not disappoint!
All photography by Hazelwood Photo
Homemade pomegranate syrup adds an earthy-sweet nuance to the classic margarita. If you are short on time, skip the Pomegranate Syrup and instead muddle pomegranate seeds and a sugar cube before adding your liquids and shake.
1 ½ oz. tequila
1 oz. pomegranate syrup
½ oz triple sec
¼ oz. fresh lime juice
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: fresh lime wedge and salted rim
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
*Pro Tip: shake until the shaker is frosty on the outside!
This easy pomegranate syrup can make a great addition to any winter cocktail.
½ pint pomegranate seeds
2 cups water
½ cup sugar
Cut the pomegranates in quarters, to remove the seeds. In a small pot, bring the pomegranate seeds to a boil with the water and sugar, lower the heat and let simmer until the syrup has reduced by half. Let cool to room temperature and strain into a clean glass jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Sparkling Winter Pomegranate Punch
Cheery, wintry citrus is perfect in this pomegranate punch, not only for its color but also for the brightness it brings to the recipe. It’s easy to double if you’re expecting a large crowd.
1 (750 ml.) bottle dry chilled sparkling wine
½ navel orange, sliced
½ lemon, sliced
5 oz. gin, chilled
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup sliced ginger root
1 oz. pomegranate syrup
Tools: punch bowl, ladle
Garnish: rosemary sprig
Add ice and sparkling wine at the last minute, just before serving. Serves 4.
All cocktails created by Joni of Mint and Mirth