Archive for Martini

Shipwrecked Salted Caramel Martini

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Salted Caramel Martini

We just adore gilding the lily around here. Our Salted Caramel Martini was so popular, we thought we’d go back to the lab and see what else we could do with it. It’s still a simple pour with only two ingredients. However, after tasting Brinley Gold Shipwrecked Vanilla Rum (http://m.brinleygoldshipwreck.com/#!The%20Rum|gallery_page), we decided to swap it for the vanilla vodka — a wonderful way to enrich the flavors in what is definitely a dessert cocktail. We also kicked up the garnish a bit by rimming the glass with a mixture of brown sugar and Kosher salt — really delivers the sweet/salty we all want in a salted caramel.

To a shaker filled with ice, add:

1.5 ounces caramel vodka
(We recommend http://vangoghvodka.com/van-gogh-our-vodkas/dutch-caramel-flavored-vodka/)
.5 ounce vanilla rum

Prepare chilled glass by running a fresh piece of lemon peel around the rim; roll the rim in the brown sugar and salt mixture. Sprinkle the glass lightly with some chunky Kosher salt.

Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass.

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

A Drink With Something In It

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, The Vulture's Library with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by cocktailvultures

A DRINK WITH SOMETHING IN IT
by Ogden Nash

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish that I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth-
I think that perhaps it’s the gin.

There is something about an old-fashioned
That kindles a cardiac glow;
It is soothing and soft and impassioned
As a lyric by Swinburne or Poe.
There is something about an old-fashioned
When dusk has enveloped the sky,
And it may the ice,
Or the pineapple slice,
But I strong suspect it’s the rye.

There is something about a mint julep.
It is nectar imbibed in a dream,
As fresh as the bud of the tulip,
As cool as the bed of the stream.
There is something about a mint julep,
A fragrance beloved by the lucky.
And perhaps it’s the tint
Of the frost and the mint,
But I think it was born in Kentucky.

There is something they put in a highball
That awakens the torpidest brain,
That kindles a spark in the eyeball,
Gliding singing through vein after vein.
There is something they put in a highball
Which you’ll notice one day, if you watch;
And it may be the soda,
But judged by the odor,
I rather believe it’s the Scotch

Then here’s to the heartening wassail,
Wherever good fellows are found;
Be its master instead of its vassal,
And order the glasses around.
For there’s something they put in the wassail
That prevents it from tasting like wicker;
Since it’s not tapioca,
Or mustard, or mocha,
I’m forced to conclude it’s the liquor.

Mad Monster Cocktail Party

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, The Vulture's Library with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2012 by cocktailvultures

A wonderful collection of lounged up Monster themed tracks to get your Halloween party in the perfect mood for  some Spooky Cocktails or to raise the Spirits either bottled or buried.

Brought to you by one of the Inner Circle of the Cocktail Vulture Squadron, Jimmy Psycho !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track Listing for “Mad Monster Cocktail Party”:

 

  1. 1.“Grim, Grinning Ghosts a.k.a. “Disney Haunted Mansion Theme (w/ Psycho Charger)
  2. 2.The Munster’s Theme
  3. 3.Tubular Bells (Theme from “The Exorcist”)
  4. 4.That Old Black Magic
  5. 5.Halloween Theme
  6. 6.The from Dark Shadows
  7. 7. Jezebel
  8. 8. Beetlejuice
  9. 9. Psycho Suite
  10. 10. Old Devil Moon
  11. 11. Scooby Doo, Where are You?
  12. 12. Phantasm Main Theme
  13. 13. Rock, Water, Wind (Blair Witch Project)

 

Salted Caramel Martini ala The Cocktail Vultures

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by cocktailvultures

Salted Caramel Martini
a la The Cocktail Vultures

There are a lot of recipes out there for Salted Caramel cocktails, as even foodies and TV chefs try to follow this culinary trend into the realm of adult beverages.

As our readers can easily discern, the Cocktail Vultures have no problem with over-complicating a thing when the results are delicious and the process is fun.

But in the case of our Salted Caramel Martini, we definitely feel that Less is More. A sprinkle of this, a hint of that, and a good product becomes a great cocktail.

To a shaker filled with ice, add:

1.5 ounces caramel vodka
(We recommend Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka)
.5 ounce vanilla vodka

Shake vigorously. Run a fresh piece of lemon peel around the rim of a chilled cocktail glass, then sprinkle the glass lightly with some Kosher salt (fine or coarse).

Strain the cocktail into the glass, and float that peel on top.

Enjoy before dinner or after, with dessert or without.

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

The Martini

Posted in Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , on November 26, 2011 by cocktailvultures

Upon reading “The Hour” by Bernard DeVoto, the Martini became my gateway drug and entry into the world of the cocktail, both its history and present-day delights. That whole super-dry, wave-a-bottle-of-vermouth bit may be your thing, but it’s newfangled. (And it could be your vermouth is “skunked,” or stale, and that’s why you don’t like the taste.) The classic martini is as below, and I’ve included some variations. Ah, nothing suits me better at the Violet Hour…

To a shaker filled with ice, add:

3 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Take a thin slice of lemon rind and express the oils over the surface of the drink, then drop it in.

Variant garnish: olive.

Dry martini: go to 3/4 oz dry vermouth.

Super-dry martini: go to 1/2 oz dry vermouth.

Old-timey: add a dash of orange bitters.

For a Perfect Martini, divide the vermouth portion between sweet and dry vermouths.

For a Dirty Martini, add a splash of olive brine and garnish with an olive.

For a Gibson, garnish with a cocktail onion.

Vodka: substitute vodka for gin in this recipe and it becomes a Vodka Martini, Dry Vodka Martini, Dirty Vodka Martini, etc.

Always drink responsibly. Always drink well.PN

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