Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hey, Where's My Cocktail?!?

Blood Orange Mint Gimlet
Blood Orange Mint Gimlet
About a year ago, I decided to spin off the cocktail section of Hungry Couple to this site. I thought they were special enough to warrant their own space on the web where drink enthusiasts like me could gather.

But lately I've been rethinking that. Hungry Couple is more than just recipes. It's about life. Travel and tips and eye catching photography and life in the big city. I love the fine art of cocktail making and it is part of my life. So it no longer makes sense to keep the two separate. What was I thinking when I did it?? Maybe I was drunk!

So, I'm bringing the cocktails back to Hungry Couple starting this week. Check out the minty blood orange deliciousness I posted on Thursday!  Those of you who already read Hungry Couple will now be happy to find all the food and drink and whatnots in one place. And those of you who found A Cocktail Life first will now be in for a treat.

I hope you follow me to Hungry Couple where we'll be eating and drinking well from now on. Cheers!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tangerine Mint Whiskey Slush

Tangerine Mint Whiskey Slush

February is a month of cruel contradictions. Here in the frozen tundra of the North East, we've been blasted with countless days of snow and some of the coldest weather I can remember. But, when we finally make it into the grocery store, not a warm place, but still a huge relief, we're confronted by displays of fresh, summery citrus. Cruel.

Tangerine Mint Whiskey Slush
All these lemons and grapefruit and tangerines and blood oranges aren't grown here, of course. But this is their season and they're shipped to us daily. I'm all for eating local but I think all bets are off when there's this much snow and the non-local citrus is so lovely.

I sampled a fresh tangerine and was in fruit heaven with sweet juice running down my chin. There was going to be summer in my cocktail glass no matter what the temperature outside. Cheers!

Per Serving:
2 oz. Whiskey
1/4 Cup tangerine juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
10 Sprigs mint

Add the whiskey, tangerine juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint to a blender. Add about 6 large ice cubes and pulse, using the ice breaker, setting until all the large chunks are broken up. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint and wedge of tangerine, if desired.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Black Forest Martini

Black Forest Martini

Even though Valentine's Day is over, I still seem to have chocolate and cherries on my mind. OK, I pretty much always have chocolate on my mind so that's nothing new. But somehow the combination of the two makes me think of Valentine's candy.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Salted Caramel Triple Threat Chocolate Martini

Salted Caramel Triple Threat Chocolate Martini

Let's talk about cocktails with salted rims. We think about margaritas, right? Those huge, double sized frozen margaritas, served at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, that were responsible for a few sessions of dancing on the bar back in the day.  Oops, I digressed. OK, let's talk about chocolate instead. As in, it makes the perfect romantic cocktail.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pink Greyhound

Pink Greyhound

If you follow my recipes and ramblings on Hungry Couple then you already know that I have a basket full of fresh Florida grapefruit adding some sunshine to my dreary winter kitchen. I made jars of this Greek Yogurt and Grapefruit Panna Cotta, which I'm still enjoying, but had some fruit left. Sounds like cocktail time to me!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

I frequently get my cocktail inspirations in the produce aisle of the grocery store. When I'm shopping for fresh, seasonal ingredients for my cooking, I find that drink ideas always appear in my head. Actually that kind of sounds like I have a problem, doesn't it? But it's actually just delicious.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cherry Bourbon Manhattan

Cherry Bourbon Manhattan

Valentine's Day is coming up soon and, for some reason, I always associate it with cherries. Maybe because I've gotten too many chocolate covered cherries as V-Day gifts? That's humor, of course, because there's no such thing as too many chocolate covered cherries. Nevertheless, it's not cherry season yet so I wondered if cherry preserves would make a good substitute in a cocktail.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vodka Ginger Twist

Vodka Ginger Twist

Sometimes there's a lot to be said for simple. A refreshing and light cocktail seemed perfect for this time of year, when we're all trying to work off the holiday excess. Not too many ingredients, no high calorie liqueurs and with a crisp taste of ginger to make it special.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bourbon, Apple and Ginger Sour

Bourbon, Apple and Ginger Sour

I was doing a new year's cleaning around here and that included the dreaded refrigerator clear out. Fortunately there was no year-old Chinese food container hiding anywhere but I did get a chance to take stock of all my various cocktail potions. Some older ones had to go but it wasn't that long ago that I made a beautiful ginger syrup and it was just begging to be used again.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sparkling Apple and Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Sparkling Apple and Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Happy New Year's Eve! How do you like to ring in the new year? Party? Bar hop? Curled up with a good book and asleep before the ball drops? Since I grew up in New York, I've always associated this night with Times Square. But I've actually never gone there for the annual ball drop.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate

Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate

Happy Christmas! Even though it's not my holiday, I can't help but enjoy the music and lights and festivities of this beautiful season. And, of course, the food. And the...um...drinks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hot Buttered Rum Nog

Hot Buttered Rum Nog

Not gonna lie. The first time I heard about hot buttered rum I thought the idea sounded nauseating. But over the years, whenever I heard the term, I started wondering why I thought so because I certainly like butter well enough. And I definitely like rum. And the idea starting sounding more appealing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cranberry Gin Fizz

Cranberry Gin Fizz

If it's December, there must be a bag of cranberries in my refrigerator at all times. So many delicious possibilities.  Cranberry sauce, cranberry bread or my personal favorite, orange cranberry scones. So, which have I made? Um...OK, time got a little away from me this month.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini

I like my sweets salty and my salty snacks sweet. In other words, I'm obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels. Anytime I find myself in a gourmet treat store, I know at least one giant coated pretzel will be coming home with me. And it's all I can do to not buy more.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hot Cocoa Martini

Hot Cocoa Martini

So Thanksgiving is over.  You've feasted and indulged and slept it off.  And chances are you have some leftovers in the fridge to last throughout the long weekend.  Back to reality, sort of, but not yet. Perhaps just a bit more indulgence before heading back to real life on Monday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Rummy Pumpkin

The Rummy Pumpkin

Thanksgiving is one week away and I'm sure you've got your dinner menus planned. But what about your cocktail menu? Oh, were you just planning on putting out bottles of wine and some soft drinks? No thought of creating a house special cocktail? That's about to change!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Maple Leaf

The Maple Leaf

If you're not a bourbon drinker or don't have much experience with it, I can tell you that this is the cocktail that made me a fan.  It was on the specialty drinks menu at a great local restaurant a few years ago and it was just odd enough to be compelling.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Martini

Chocolate Chip Cookie Martini

If you've been reading Hungry Couple this week then you know it's Cookie Week! I've made Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies and Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies, there's an awesome giveaway and I also have an extra chance to win cookies from the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Bakeshop. But today is cocktail day and....well...I had to do it!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Caramel Apple Martini

Caramel Apple Martini

There are drinks that are downed in a hurry, maybe to relax or take the edge off, and others that are more of an event.  Personally, I'm all for cocktails that are special and deserve to be sipped and savored. Creative rims, fun garnishes, little touches that make them something to look forward to.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bourbon Pumpkin Smash

Bourbon Pumpkin Smash

There's a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors and the pumpkin cocktails are flowing freely around here. Mixed with the warmth of bourbon, cinnamon and maple, this drink just typifies autumn.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pear and Bourbon Ginger Snap

Pear and Bourbon Ginger Snap

The other day I was poaching pears in a ginger syrup for a cheese course dish and the aroma was intoxicating. Even the next morning, my kitchen still a light ginger fragrance and the leftover pears on my counter were ripe and aromatic. I just had to do something more with all that!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini

Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini

In case you were concerned that we're already more than a week into October and there haven't been any pumpkin cocktails, rest easy.  We like our pumpkins in all forms and that definitely includes liquid!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sparkling Lemon Pear-tini

Sparkling Lemon Pear-tini

We've been having a mini heatwave in New York the last couple of weeks.  The last bits of summer intruding into our fall. So the bounty of autumn pears in the market are begging to be used, but not exactly in front of a warming fireplace.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Maple Daiquiri

Maple Daiquiri

The basic daiquiri is a wonderfully simple and tasty classic.  Just three ingredients - rum, lime and sugar.  But those few components blend together so harmoniously.  Much more fun, though, is the fact that it's an easy drink to adapt.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple Pie Martini

Apple Pie Martini

I still remember the first time I heard about apple martinis. It sounded so unusual and intriguing and, when I was at a restaurant that offered it, I was excited to try. Until it arrived, all neon green and practically glowing in the glass. Hmm. Oh, it tasted nice, even if not exactly like apple, but somehow not quite what I expected.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Fig and Bourbon

The Fig and Bourbon

The temperature has finally fallen a bit around here.  Still warm but no longer hot.  The summer fruits are disappearing, replaced by lovely apples and pears and figs!  Yay for figs.  They have such a short growing season from late summer into early fall and are almost gone already.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pear Cosmo

Pear Cosmo

Now that Labor Day weekend has come and gone, we're in that place between mourning the passing of summer and the anticipation of autumn and a slight nip in the air.  And while many of the summer fruits are becoming scarcer, they're being replaced with juicy apples and fragrant ripe pears.  I'm actually a little obsessed with pears these days.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bourbon and Thyme Peach Smash

Bourbon and Thyme Peach Smash

Even though we're quickly coming up on Labor Day weekend, I'm taking advantage of the last bits of summer I can grab.  There's still plenty of beautiful ripe fruit to be had at the market and the August peaches are sweet and juicy.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blueberry Lemon Drop

Blueberry Lemon Drop

For the last few years, late August has meant vacation heaven on the coast of Maine.  We know where to stay, where to eat and definitely where to drink.  There are always at least a few meals at One Dock and we can't wait to see what specialty cocktail they've added to their menu.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peach Cobbler Cocktail

Peach Cobbler Cocktail

I've been waiting for the August peaches!  In some ways, they're a frustrating fruit because they're available in my market all year long but they're not worth eating.  Hard as rocks with no flavor or aroma.  But there they are, on display, taunting me.  August, though, is when the peaches become peachy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Icy Cold Blood Orange Cosmo

Icy Cold Blood Orange Cosmo

Once again I found myself planning cocktails in the produce aisle.  There's always a dazzling array of fruit these days but something usually jumps out.  This week, some blood oranges rolled into my basket and demanded to come home with me.  So ripe they practically juiced themselves and filled my kitchen with a lovely fragrance.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cheesecake Martini

Cheesecake Martini

Yesterday was National Cheesecake Day and I celebrated with several dozen of my fellow food bloggers.  We each made our own perfect version of cheesecake and my Blueberry Ricotta Cream Cheesecake was definitely my ideal.  But whenever I have a killer dessert, I start to wonder if I can turn it into a killer cocktail.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Golden Kiwi Cocktail

Golden Kiwi Cocktail

Delivery people who come to my door usually have to contend with an eager tail wagger who assumes that they are there to play with her.  But today, the man who delivered my Fresh Direct weekly grocery order also had to contend with me practically ripping the boxes out of his arms.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

S'mores Martini


Summer and s'mores just go together.  The smell of roasted, slightly burned marshmallows conjures up memories of summer camp and long lazy kid days.  Of course, grown-ups can eat s'mores, too, but it's kinda fun to drink them as well.  If you don't already have a bottle of marshmallow vodka, you need to get some.  Right now.  For one thing, you need it to make this drink and you do want to make this drink.  You can also use it to make a Frozen Fluffernutter and you want to make that, too.  Drinking it straight from the bottle is also an option.  Cheers!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rummy Pistachio Milkshake


Last week I had the good, and tasty, fortune to sample a new line of Häagen-Dazs gelato flavors.  Yes, I realize it's a tough job but I'm only doing it for all of you.  Um, yeah, sure.  Anyhow, I ended up using most of the flavors to make mini crunch cakes but I still had some pistachio flavor left over in my freezer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Icy Cold Watermelon Martini

Icy Cold Watermelon Martini

So, remember a few weeks ago when I was in such a hurry for summer to arrive?  Yeah...um...OK.  We can check that off the list now because it's arrived and with a vengeance.  No, I'm not wishing it away.  Not at all.  But I am wishing for something tall and icy cold to drink.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Frozen Apricot Daiquiri

Frozen Apricot Daiquiri

I love farmers markets and big displays of fresh produce and it's one of the many reasons to love summer.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of bags of frozen fruit in my freezer.  Those are perfect for smoothies and frozen cocktails.  But they don't have the ability, while I'm wandering through the fruit stalls, to grab me with their fresh aroma and demand to be purchased.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cantaloupe Melon Martini

Cantaloupe Melon Martini

I love the smells of summer.  Ocean water, suntan lotion, fresh fruit...those aromas all make me happy.  The melons especially call out to me when I'm walking past a display of them.  It's always tricky knowing which ones are ripe but I've found that with most fruit, the fragrance tells the story.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lychee Martini

Lychee Martini

Do you remember when the world was supposed to end?  It was around May of 2011 when the rapture was supposed to occur.  Since we're all still here, the folks who were predicting it were clearly a little off...and maybe even more than a little off, if you know what I mean.  And before you start thinking that I've gone a little off, I guess I should explain what all this has to do with lychee martinis.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Spring is quickly giving way to summer around here with temperatures moving into 80's.  Still not oppressively hot, though.  Perfect for beach days and picnics, street festivals and afternoons in the park.  And, of course, tall cool drinks on the porch.