This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Epic Saké Sangria for Summer

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

Sangria isn’t just for wine lovers anymore! This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

The concept of sangria has always been just outside of my reach, as I just so happen to be allergic to wine. I know that must sound tragic to some of you, but I have a delicious alternative to wine without the extreme headache: Saké.

If you’ve never tried Saké before here’s a quick crash course in the different types of saké.

Saké, contrary to popular belief, is not rice wine. It’s actually brewed like beer, and even has a higher alcohol content than both beer and wine! But much like wine, saké makes for a great base for sangria.

Nigori saké, unfiltered saké that is “cloudy” or “milky” in appearance, is a popular choice for saké based cocktails and sangrias. Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké is one of my favorites for its creamy sweetness and mild floral notes.

The combination of this mildly sweet saké and pear juice is delicate and delicious, and may not require much extra sweetener, which is why this recipe gives you the option to add simple syrup or not.

This is how you make our Summer Saké Sangria!

 

Saké Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké
  • 4 Ounces Sparkling Water
  • 2 Ounces Pear Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Grapefruit [Sliced]
  • 5 Sprigs Rosemary
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Saké Sangria: Add saké and pear juice to a pitcher with ice. Drop in the mixture of rosemary, sliced pear and grapefruit, and stir together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and let stand. Pour into a stemless wine glass over a couple of ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit section and sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refereshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

 
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The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Era Cocktail

It’s a speakeasy favorite cocktail

Simple. Elegant. Delicious. Three words that pretty much sum up this fantastic, simple Prohibition Era Sidecar cocktail recipe.

Prohibition Era Classic Sidecar Recipe

Classic and simple. That’s how we describe the Sidecar cocktail. With only three ingredients and a sweet garnish, it’s not surprising that this classic cocktail was a speakeasy favorite.

The Sidecar is one of the most iconic cocktails of the Prohibition era, and is probably one of the most simple. It didn’t require any fancy ingredients that were hard to find or acquire; all it needed was Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. The cocktail was strong, simple, and delicious, and we can continue to sip on them today.

If you are new to the world of Cognac cocktails here’s a bit of a heads up: Cognac has a very strong taste. It’s a liquor you are meant to sip, not shoot back, and the good stuff comes with a price tag.

Cognac can easily overpower [and overwhelm] a cocktail if done incorrectly, but this Sidecar recipe gets the blend just right. The citrus of Cointreau and fresh lemon juice help to mellow out the strong alcohol taste of the Cognac. The sugar on the rim is also an added bonus.

With a cocktail this elegant looking, it’s important to keep your glassware in mind. For the Sidecar cocktail, most bartenders will use either a coupe or cocktail glass. I have a preference using the coupe, because I love its shape and sophistication, but a sugar rimmed cocktail glass is always a classic option.

This is how you make this classic Sidecar cocktail!

 

Sidecar Cocktail

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Rim for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside.

Sidecar Cocktail: Add Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Then, strain into a chilled sugar rimmed coupe or cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 282 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 29.8 Carbohydrates (g) 4.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 2.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

 
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Classic Black Russian Cocktail

Originals are sometimes more classic

This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap.

This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in a classic nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in your bedtime drink.

As the original “Russian” cocktail, the Black Russian has quite the history behind it. The cocktail was developed in the 1940s by Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, when he created the drink for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg.

Mesta was known as “the hostess with the mostes” for throwing some of the best parties in Washington D.C. It was at these parties where she supposedly served Black Russians to her guests. Thanks to Mesta, the Black Russian took off in popularity and soon after its sister cocktail, The White Russian, was born.

The Black Russian is considered a classic vodka cocktail. In fact, only the Black Russian is listed as official in the Contemporary Classics section, while the White Russian is listed as a variation of the drink recipe. Both variations are categorized as digestifs, also known as after dinner cocktails.

Traditionally, this cocktail contained five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. The vodka was then poured over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and then topped with the coffee liqueur. Today, there is much more liberty with the ratios of ingredients use. Take advantage of this and create the perfect cocktail to suit your palate.

Want to try something a little different with your Black Russian? Pinterest is full of flavor variations for the Black Russian. There are even variations of this cocktail where whiskey and stout are substituted for vodka. We haven’t tried them that way yet, but if it looks good we say try it!

This is how you make this classic Black Russian cocktail recipe!

 

Black Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Black Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass, and add a few ice cubes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 167 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

Classic Black Russian, the perfect 2 ingredient after dinner cocktail

 

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Perfect White Russian Cocktail Recipe

Simplicity can be so satisfying

With only 3 ingredients, this classic nightcap will have you saying, “Ваше здоровье!” – That means ‘To your health’ in Russian.

This classic White Russian cocktail is the perfect 3-ingredient after dinner nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. And this simple, 3-ingredient White Russian cocktail is the perfect cocktail to add to your list of favorite nightcaps.

The White Russian cocktail has an interesting history. Father of the “Russian” cocktails, Gustave Tops, created the cocktail back in the late 1940’s for Perle Mesta, then U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. It was later popularized [and saved from near extinction] thanks to the movie The Big Lebowski, where The Dude throws back several White Russians throughout the movie.

The simplicity of its ingredients makes the White Russian the perfect little nightcap. There are many different flavor variations for it as well. Pinterest is filled with flavored White Russians from classic Vanilla all the way to Pumpkin Spice White Russians.

Many classic recipes for the White Russian use a coffee liqueur like Kahlua. I recommend Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa for its hints of chocolatey flavor and jazzier taste. Other ways you can mix it up is to substitute milk or Baileys Original Irish Cream for the heavy cream.

Cream or milk-based cocktails aren’t for everyone. Sometimes they can upset stomachs, and add extra calories to your cocktails that you may want to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight or don’t want a hangover. But lucky for you this lovely cocktail has a creamless alternative: The Black Russian.

This is how you make this perfect White Russian cocktail recipe!

 

White Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ Ounce Heavy Cream
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Perfect White Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with heavy cream and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 7.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 27 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

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Perfect and simple mulled wine recipe to brighten your holidays

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Mulled wine and the Holidays were made for each other

This mulled wine recipe is packed with traditional Christmas spices that will make any Grinch or Scrooge say, “More, please!”

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, and orange. Can it get any more Christmas than that? These spices fill the winter holiday season with delight and warmth, and this ultimate mulled wine recipe embodies the very flavors of the holidays.

Glühwein, or mulled wine, is a holiday tradition around the world. It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without it! There are dozens of variation of mulled wine. You can find it made with brandy, ciders, and rum. You can even find it made with red or white wine. For this recipe, we decided to try out the traditional red wine recipe.

It’s really important to remember to wait until the end to add the wine. If you add it too early the alcohol will burn off and lose its punch. You don’t want that. You’ll also want to use a dry red wine for this recipe like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or even a Zinfandel. We used Cabernet Sauvignon, and like I said with our Autumn Sangria recipe, wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money.

This is how you make this simple Mulled Wine!

 

Mulled Wine

Yields: 4-5 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
  • 8 Ounces Unsweetened Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Honey
  • 1 Apple [Sliced]
  • 2 Oranges [Sliced]
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Star Anise
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice Berries
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Vanilla Bean [Cut Lengthwise]
  • 6 Cloves
  • 4 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
  • Orange slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Ultimate Mulled Wine: Press into your cardamom pods with the back of a knife, this helps to release their flavor. Next, cut up the apple and oranges into thin slices. Add the fruit, spices, and cider to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Be sure to squeeze some of the oranges to release their juices. Stir occasionally. Just before the mixture begins to boil, add in the honey and remove pan from the heat.

Lower the temperature down to a low heat, and place the pan back on the heat. Pour in the wine and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Strain, and serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 292 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 30 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 23.6 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

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Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Best Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Nothing beats a little Sangria for the Holidays!

The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Sangria just in time for the Holidays.

Best Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

The flavors of Fall make some of the best cocktails, but they make a magical combination in this Autumn sangria. It’s great to serve up at the holidays, or for a quiet dinner with the family or some friends.

There are different ways you can make Sangria. You can do it with either Red or White wine. You can make it fruity or a bit spicy like a Mulled Wine. In this Autumn sangria, the mixture of pear, apple, orange, and pomegranate flavors offer a fragrant bouquet and delicious taste. We also added a bit of cinnamon to give it a little extra something.

As for the wine, I suggest using a Cabernet Sauvignon if you want a dry, milder wine or a Merlot for a nice bite and bolder tasting sangria. Also, don’t break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine for sangria. The wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money. Sangria can make simple table wine go a long way.

This is how you make our Autumn Sangria!

 

Autumn Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Simple Syrup
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Apple[Sliced]
  • 1 Orange [Sliced]
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:

  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix together ½ cup water with sugar and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Strain into a container and discard the pomegranate seeds in the bin. Set aside for sangria recipe.

Autumn Sangria: Cut up the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Add the fruit slices, remaining pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, Grand Marnier, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with 1 bottle of red wine. Stir together again, and refrigerate overnight. Serve in a stemless wine glass and garnish with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 16 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

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Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger.

Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger

Give this retro cocktail a try

Vodka and orange juice get kicked up a notch with herbal notes from Galliano in this cocktail.

How to make a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail

When you think vodka and orange juice you typically think Screwdriver, right? Well if you grew up in the 70’s, you might remember this citrusy cocktail. The Harvey Wallbanger was born in the era that brought us cocktails like the mudslide and Long Island Iced Tea. The hodgepodge type of cocktails that were given silly names.

This 3 ingredient cocktail has a murky origin. Folks believe it was created by bartender Duke Antone, the creator of the Rusty Nail and White Russian, back in the 50’s. You can read more about the Harvey Wallbanger’s strange history from Robert Simonson’s Searching for Harvey Wallbanger.

National Harvey Wallbanger day falls on November 8th, which is funny because we’re going to need a few this election day.

This is how you make a Harvey Wallbanger!

 

Harvey Wallbanger

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ Ounce Galliano
  • Orange Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Harvey Wallbanger:Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Add vodka and orange juice, and stir together to combine. Top with Galliano. Garnish with orange peel, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger.

 

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How to make Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Cold nights wouldn’t be the same without it

There’s nothing that quite spells out Fall and Winter like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum. This classic recipe for Hot Buttered Rum will surely brighten up the coldest nights.

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

When you think of cold Fall and Winter nights, Hot Buttered Rum often comes to mind [at least if you grew up in the cold nights of the Northern States that is]. Hot mulled ciders and buttered rums are pretty much a staple nightcap in some places.

Butter and rum might seem like an odd combination, but this classic drink has been enjoyed in the Great White North for a very long time and it sometimes gets a bum rap. It’s not everyone’s cup of Hot Toddy. Nonetheless, it has been and will continue to be a favorite of cold weather lovers everywhere.

We are definitely not fans of the recipes that have a dollop of butter plopped right in the mug. That just spells out a goopy mess of ick as you are sipping. It’s why we definitely recommend using a batter instead of straight butter. This recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Batter comes to us from Tracy at The Kitchen is My Playground. It is a much better way to make this hot concoction.

When making hot buttered rum, using a dark or spiced rum is the key. Light rum doesn’t do this drink justice. If you find a light rum that works, I’d really like to know about it. We are always open to experimenting with ingredients, but, for now, we’ll stick with tradition. If you’ve never tried hot buttered rum, keep an open mind and you might find yourself a new nightcap to enjoy all Fall and Winter long.

This is how you make classic Hot Buttered Rum!

 

Buttered Rum Batter

Yields: 1 Container

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ to ¼ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • Small Pinch Ground Cloves
  • Small Pinch Fleur de sel, Kosher, or Sea Salt

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Air Tight Storage Container

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 6 Ounces Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Whipped Creme [Optional]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Mug or Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Spoon

 

Preparation

Make the Batter: Mash together softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl with a spoon or fork, until well combined. Place into storage container for later or use immediately for hot buttered rums.

Hot Buttered Rum: Add batter and rum to a mug. Pour in hot water and stir to combine. Go ahead and use a cinnamon stick to stir it and then stick it in as a garnish. Top with whipped creme if desired and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 316 Fat (g) 12 Saturated Fat (g) 7.6 Potassium (mg) 10 Carbohydrates (g) 4.29 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 0.18 Sodium (mg) 5

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This is how you make Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail!

The Ice Queen Cocktail

Brr…this cocktail is giving us the cold shoulder

We tried making Natasha David’s Ice Queen cocktail, and it will change the way you think about Crème de Menthe cocktails.

Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail

When you think Crème de Menthe the first thing that often comes to mind is a Grasshopper. Well not anymore, thanks to The Ice Queen cocktail from the master mixologists at Nitecap, a Lower East Side bar in New York City. Brainchild of Natasha David, this cocktail graced the Nightcap’s spritz menu and was featured in the article Bitter and Bubbly, the Spritz Evolves. Which is where we discovered this tasty beauty.

Natasha’s recipe uses Plantation 3 Stars white rum, Giffard Menthe Pastille white crème de menthe, and a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Cava. Since I prefer Prosecco to Cava, I chose to go Italian. Unfortunately, our local ABC store doesn’t carry Giffard Menthe Pastille [I don’t think you can get it in NC], so I had to use Mr. Boston’s white crème de menthe instead. If you can find the original liquor used it might give you a more authentic feeling, but if not a good substitute won’t hurt.

The Ice Queen is an interesting addition to our list of spritzes and wine cocktails. It’ll leave your mouth feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the arctic. The mint also makes water feel icy cold in your mouth afterward, and there’s something about that feeling that appeases my pagophagia [that means I like to chew on ice because I’m iron deficient].

If you are looking for a crème de menthe cocktail that isn’t your typical Grasshopper or Stinger, you can’t go wrong with choosing this Ice Queen. Be sure to check out some of our other crème de menthe cocktails while you’re at it.

This is how you make Nightcap’s Ice Queen Cocktail!

 

The Ice Queen

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Prosecco
  • 1 Teaspoon Crème De Menthe
  • 1 Cucumber Slice
  • Lime for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glasses
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

The Ice Queen: Gently muddle cucumber at bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and crème de menthe to the shaker and fill it about 3/4 of the way with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish it with lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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How to make a classic Grasshopper

How to Make a Classic Grasshopper

Interesting Name for a Sweet Cocktail

If you like sweet minty goodness, get ready for this chocolate topped Grasshopper – the cocktail that is.

Classic Grasshopper Recipe

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Grasshopper. A Grasshopper is one of those classic cocktails that comes to mind when you hear the words crème de menthe. It brings to mind a pale greenish color, minty flavor, and images of Raj Koothrappali from the Big Bang Theory.

Like many other classic American cocktails, the Grasshopper calls the Big Easy home. Tujague’s, New Orlean’s Second oldest restaurant down in the French Corner, is credited with being the originator of this cocktail thanks to Philibert Guichet, who invented the cocktail for a contest. The cocktail entry won second place, and Guichet launched the cocktail at Tujague’s after he purchased the joint from its original owners.

While a bit boozy, this sweet minty cocktail won’t have the same burn as say a Rob Roy would. Making the Grasshopper a popular introductory cocktail for first-time drinkers.

This cocktail blends Cognac, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream into as Raj would say, “a sweet green miracle.” While I’m not the biggest fan of dairy-based cocktails, they sit heavy in my stomach, this cocktail does have a good taste to it. For those who love it, the Grasshopper can make a great holiday drink to replace boring old eggnog come Christmas time.

One of the most popular ways to garnish this cocktail is with chocolate. Let’s face it, chocolate and mint were made for each other. I love dark chocolate more than milk chocolate, so I took a cheese grater ​to a bar of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate to garnish our Grasshoppers.

Celebrate National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16] with a Grasshopper and our other creme de menthe cocktails.

So let’s take a look at how to make a Grasshopper Cocktail.

 

Grasshopper

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Green Crème De Menthe
  • 1 OunceWhite Crème De Cacao
  • 1½ Ounces Heavey Cream
  • Chocolate Shavings for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Grasshopper: Pour Cognac, Crème De Menthe, Crème De Cacao and Heavy Cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a good shake. Pour into a coupe or martini glass, and top with chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 164 Fat (g) 3.59 Saturated Fat (g) 2.17 Potassium (mg) 40 Carbohydrates (g) 15.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14.6 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 14

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