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.