The Ice Queen Cocktail from Nightcap NYC is a delicious Prosecco cocktail that will give you the cold shoulder

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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How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.

 

Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

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How to make the classic Manhattan cocktail

Making A Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan. In a word, classic.

When you think of sophisticated cocktails the Manhattan should be first on your mind. We’ll tell you why.

Making A Classic Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cocktail. In a word, classic. The drink has been around for over a century and has managed to maintain its popularity throughout the years. There have been countless takes on the famous drink; therefore, making it difficult to pin down the original recipe or origin.

The tales about the creation of the Manhattan begin with the drink being created in New York City’s Manhattan Club when Lady Randolph Churchill hosted a party there in the 1870’s. However, this is most likely false as she was supposedly pregnant and in Europe at the time.

Another story about the origin is much more plausible. William F. Mulhall, a bartender at the famous Hoffman House, wrote in the 1880’s that “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s.”

Over the years, many versions of drinks similar to the Manhattan were created. In 1948, in David A. Embury’s book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, a recipe was published that is now considered the “classic” Manhattan Cocktail. The recipe stated “5 parts American whiskey, 1 part Italian vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters, stirred with ice, strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.”

Even though the recipe for the Manhattan has been debated over the years, the main ingredients in the cocktail have remained the same: whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Rye whiskey was first used in the cocktail and later Canadian whiskey due to Prohibition. As the drink has evolved over the centuries, many different whiskeys have been used. Sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters were used in the original cocktail, but spins on the drink have also used dry vermouth and different kinds of bitters. Now lastly, the cherry on top! Maraschino cherries were introduced in the U.S. around 1900 and have since then been used to garnish the drink.

The Manhattan can be served straight or on the rocks and in a martini glass, lowball, or in a coupe, which truly makes the cocktail a versatile drink. Additionally, the Manhattan is stirred, not shaken. There are many variations on the Manhattan including cocktails like the Rob Roy, which uses blended or single malt Scotch Whiskey instead of Rye Whiskey.

Here’s how you make a Classic Manhattan.

 

The Manhattan

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry and/or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini, Lowball, or Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

The Manhattan: Pour ingredients into a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled glass of choice. Garnish with a cherry, lemon peel, or both.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

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The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy Cocktail

A Cocktail Perfect For a Scottish Outlaw

The Rob Roy is an easy classic cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

How to make the perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy. We hold this truth to be self-evident: Not all classic cocktails are created equal! Some just so happen to be better than others. Sometimes referred to as the Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy is an easy scotch cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

Named after an operetta loosely based off of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, this whiskey cocktail was first crafted in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Unlike the traditional Manhattan, the Rob Roy is made with Scottish Whiskey and sweet vermouth. There are also variations of the Rob Roy recipe where you would use Dry Vermouth or a combination of half Dry and half Sweet Vermouth [called the Perfect Rob Roy].

Personally, I like to garnish my cocktails with brandied cherries instead of maraschino cherries. 1) Because I’m allergic to artificial preservatives found in most maraschino cherries and 2) I think maraschino cherries are overrated. Brandied cherries are amazing and they add something to cocktails that maraschino cherries just can’t do. Check out this recipe for brandied cherries from the Tasting Table.

As far as the bottling goes, our local ABC store has a wide selection of Scotch Whiskeys to choose from. So for our Rob Roy, I used a bottle of the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whiskey. It’s not very sweet and I find it to be pretty smooth for this cocktail. I didn’t want to break the bank on Vermouth because of it’s very short shelf life so a $14 dollar bottle of Dolin Vermouth did the trick. You also can’t go wrong with Angostura bitters.

Celebrate National Scotch Day [07.27.16] with this cocktail fit for its namesake Scottish Outlaw. The Rob Roy cocktail is a forgotten classic cocktail masterpiece.

So let’s take a look on how to make a Rob Roy Cocktail.

 

Rob Roy

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Garnish: Remove a few brandied cherries from the jar, and put 2 or 3 cherries on a cocktail skewer. Set aside.

Alternatively, take a potato peeler and gently peel the peeler along the rind. Twist the peeled piece for added effect. Set aside.

Rob Roy: Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 145 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 21 Carbohydrates (g) 2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

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Best Adult Root Beer Floats With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

Seriously Delicious Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Who Says Kids Get All The Good Stuff?

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Whiskey Root beer Float With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

I love root beer floats. I also love whiskey. I’m a big kid at heart, so when I have the opportunity to turn a childhood favorite into a cocktail indulgence – I’m going to make it happen. Much like tea, whiskey and root beer were meant for each other.

Sometimes known as a Lynchburg Beer, the combination of Jack Daniel’s and root beer is actually quite delicious. Sometimes mixing Jack with sodas, like Coke or Sprite, can make it incredibly sweet, which will lead to one wicked hangover.

But root beer stands apart from other sodas because it has a unique spice palate that pairs well with whiskey, like Jack Daniel’s.

If you’d like to try Jack and root beer before making these root beer floats, fill a rocks glass partway with ice. Pour in 2 ounces Jack and top with 4 ounces root beer. Stir together and take a sip. If the whiskey is a little overpowering for you, add more root beer to taste.

I could have cut corners and just used Not Your Father’s Root Beer and ice cream, but it just didn’t do enough for me [Believe me I tried it]. My uncle introduced me to Stewart’s Root Beer, and it was love at first sip. It made the perfect partner for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in this adult root beer creation.

For this recipe, I used Turkey Hill’s French Vanilla, but by no means does that mean not to go with another vanilla if you like it. You could make this Whiskey Root Beer Float recipe with your choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, or even Coffee ice cream and you will melt into bliss. Add some whipped cream and chocolate sauce and you have a party.

 

Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 2 12 Ounce Bottles Stewart’s Root Beer
  • 2-3 Scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream [Optional]
  • Hot Fudge or Chocolate Sauce [Optional – Highly Recommended]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Beer Mug
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Whiskey Root Beer Floats: Chill a beer glasses in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove glasses from freezer and add one scoop of ice cream to the bottom of each glass. Pour chilled Stewart’s Root Beer and whiskey over the ice cream. Stir together. Add one to two more scoops of ice cream to mixture. Top with whipped topping, hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Got nuts add sprinkles! Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 330 Fat (g) 4 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 70 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 66 Protein (g) 4 Sodium (mg) 120

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Not exactly the classic recipe but still an American Classic

Daiquiris have been an American favorite since World War II, and with so many flavors to choose from we can see exactly why.

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This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

Making a Classic Mint Mojito

The Muddle. The Liquor. and The Bubbly

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink in this summer heat.

Classic Mojito Recipe

Mojitos. This Cuban delight owes it’s popularity much to -believe it or not- the Prohibition era when Americans set their sights on Havana’s beachy nightclubs to satisfy the need for a Night Cap. Here is where the Mojito became the sophisticated little concoction they are today.

Before this, mojitos were made by Cuban farmers from barely palatable rum that required sugar, lime, and mint just to mask the taste. In Havana, the mojito got dressed up in a tall glass with ice and carbonated water to wow American vacation goers and rum smugglers alike.

They are some of the most popular cocktails ordered at bars, and your bartender might hate you a little bit for asking for one. The Reason? This delicious Cuban drink is a bit time-consuming to make and can have a messy cleanup.

We put together this version of a classic mint mojito using El Dorado White Rum, fresh mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because it’s fancier than regular club soda] and our homemade simple syrup.

Go ahead and venture from this recipe if you like and add more lime juice, syrup, or mint for added flavor. Customizing your drink to taste is key.

 

Classic Mint Mojito

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Spoon or Muddler

 

Preparation

Classic Mint Mojito: At the bottom of a glass, gently muddle about 8 mint leaves and simple syrup together with a muddler or long spoon. Add ice to glass. Next, add lime juice, white rum, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain over ice. Top with San Pellegrino sparkling water [or club soda]. Garnish with mint sprig, cheers!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 24 Carbohydrates (g) 24 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23.5 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 30

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

 
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