The Sawback

The Sawback

This spicy and fruity cocktail originates from a wonderful weekend in Banff, AB, Canada.  It was a weekend spent with great friends, stunning scenery and good food. Dinner at the Park Distillery was filled with laughs, flambéed food and the purchase of a bottle of their signature Chili Vodka.  Along with the bottle of vodka came a recipe card for The Sawback and I’ve had it squirreled away for just over a year because it’s perfect for Cinco De Mayo.  A spicy cocktail made with the aforementioned Chili vodka, pineapple juice and lime juice.  It has just the right amount of heat that makes you want to take another sip to cool the mouth with the refreshing pineapple juice, only to be caught in a sipping circle that‘s hard to stop.  Don’t forget that chili vodka is also great to use in your favourite Caesar cocktail, Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp and perhaps a little spicy vodka penne. Enjoy!

Recipe source for The Sawback:  The Park Distillery

The Sawback
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      Instructions
      1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until combined and cold, about 15 seconds. Strain over ice into serving glass. Serve immediately.

      The Cosmo

      The Cosmo

      The Cosmo, short for Cosmopolitan of course, is my go to cocktail even though it’s wine that you’ll find me drinking most of the time. It’s those times that I’m going for hard liquor and want to feel all sophisticated with a cocktail glass in my hand that The Cosmo will make an appearance.

      When I started blogging a couple of years ago, I had this cocktail prepped for a blog post, a sort of toast to the blogging world was my anticipated theme. I had written text, snapped a few photos, took a few more and more again until it eventually sat on the back burner. What I quickly learned was that taking photos of cocktails and/or beverages in general was not as easy as one might think. I really struggled with it and still have much to learn. So, while the premise of The Cosmo post has changed slightly since my first attempt, my love of the drink has not. It’s the citrus note, splash of tartness and hint of sweetness that makes it a favourite of mine and the reason I’ll likely drink two!!

      Recipe for The Cosmo:  Adapted slightly from The Cocktail Handbook by Maria Costantino

      The Cosmo
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        The Cosmo
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          Instructions
          1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add ingredients and shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lime peel if desired and serve immediately.

          Celtic Twilight

          Celtic Twilight

          Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Celtic Twilight. A boozy, creamy cocktail mixed with not one, but two Irish delights. Irish whiskey, or should I say “water of life” and Bailey’s Irish cream come together with Frangelico for a punch.  The creaminess smooths out the drink and makes it go down easy. It’s a little tribute to all that is Irish on their celebration day. As luck of the Irish would have it, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, giving drink goers something to celebrate. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

          Recipe source for Celtic Twilight is from The Drinks Mixer

          Celtic Twilight
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              1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled half full with ice. Stir until cold, about 20 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled a quarter full of ice. Serve immediately.

              Raspberry Rum Punch

              Raspberry Rum Punch

              This year I’m smitten, not because of a new romance, but because I’ve had the pleasure to love the same man for more than 20 years. With this kind of time comes an understanding of moods, fleeting kisses, cuddles, and the contentment to spend the evening watching television. Little is expected in the way of fancy gifts and expensive roses on Valentine’s Day, it’s a cozy meal and quality time together that means the most to us. And while we would normally reach for a bottle of wine, this year we celebrate our time together with a fruity and flirty Raspberry Rum Punch.

              The vibrant colour and fruity taste makes it a delightful cocktail to sip and enjoy with your sweetheart. In fact, it’s even better with your long time love because it’s out of the comfort zone. Something new and refreshing! A slightly fizzy cocktail to “cheers” each other, with a love that is signified with the comfort found in one another. The fact that this cocktail is vibrant with raspberry flavour and rather delicious doesn’t hurt either. It might just mean we’ll have to have two. Happy Valentine’s Day!

              Recipe source for Raspberry Rum Punch:  Compelled To Cook

               

              Raspberry Rum Punch
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                2 cocktails 10 minutes
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                Raspberry Rum Punch
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                  2 cocktails 10 minutes
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                  Ingredients
                  Raspberry Syrup
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                  Instructions
                  Raspberry Sauce
                  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat stir together all ingredients and allow to cook down, mashing berries as it does, approximately 2-3 minutes. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pushing on the solids to extract the juice. Can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated until ready to use. Yields approximately 3 ounces.
                  Cocktail
                  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add rum, Grand Marnier, raspberry syrup and a generous squeeze of lime juice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Divide equally between two cocktail glasses and top up each with an approximate ounce of soda. Serve immediately.

                  Drambuie Espresso Martini

                  Drambuie Espresso Martini

                  Cheers everyone! You’re gonna love this sexy Drambuie Espresso Martini. Not only does it have a good dose of alcohol but also a shot of espresso, giving it a little punch. I wouldn’t drink too many too close to bed time if you know what I mean. This one is definitely a late afternoon or early evening sipper.

                  I’m trying to round out my blog by incorporating a few more cocktails this year and as luck would have it, my husband received a bottle of Drambuie for Xmas. So it was the perfect opportunity to make a cocktail with it. This martini recipe was sourced from Drinks Mixer Not only a great site  to find plenty of cocktails to mix up but also includes a bartending guide and a section on drinking games. So if you’re like me, it’s time to wipe the dust off those “used only once bottles” hiding in the back of your liquor cabinet, get creative and have a little fun!

                  Recipe source for Drambuie Espresso Martini: Drinks Mixer

                   

                  Drambuie Espresso Martini
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                    Drambuie Espresso Martini
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                      Servings: cocktail
                      Instructions
                      1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well until cold, 30-40 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve immediately.

                      Blueberry Tea

                      Blueberry Tea

                      With the cold winter months upon us, it seems only right to cozy up to the fire with a warm Blueberry Tea. Aromatic with a hint of blueberry makes this cocktail a delight to sip on. The essence of blueberries is created from the combination of Grand Marnier, Amaretto and Orange Pekoe tea, no actual blueberries are needed.  Only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to the contented comfort of a warm aromatic drink in your hand. Blueberry Tea is under rated, especially with people like me who live in the cold 4-5 months of the year. Blueberry Tea is so easy and so enjoyable, there’s no reason not to be sipping on one tonight.

                      Blueberry Tea
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                        Blueberry Tea
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                          1. Warm snifter glass by filling with hot water and allowing to sit while brewing tea. Pour out water and add Grand Marnier and Amaretto. Top with tea to taste, about a cup depending on size of snifter. Garnish with orange peel or wheel. Enjoy immediately.