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Fuzzy Wuzzy

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by cocktailvultures

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One evening in the lab, the Vultures were discussing trendy drinks of the past and just tossing some names around. When we got to the Fuzzy Navel, silence reigned and then one of us said:

“That was a damned good drink. Let’s make one now.”

There are a lot of products available lately with fake flavoring and hideous colors and your Vultures are happy to rake them over the coals. But peach schnapps and peach liqueur have always been reliable, inexpensive ingredients. Peach is one of those flavors that remains bright and fresh-tasting even when some artificiality is involved. Enjoy your peachy cocktails in their many variations, and try this pretty new one we’ve created for you.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce cranberry syrup
1 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce peach schnapps or liqueur (our favorite:

Shake vigorously and pour unstrained into glass. Garnish with orange wedge and add a straw.

Cranberry Syrup

To a saucepan, add:

2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar
Water to cover berries

Keep stirring over medium heat until the cranberries start popping their skins. Remove from heat and let stand to cool. Strain and bottle. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Peach Brandy: Back From the Dead

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails with tags , , , on April 2, 2012 by cocktailvultures

Before Prohibition, American peach brandy was a commonly-used cocktail ingredient and a lovely thing to sip on its own. It was real brandy, a distilled spirit, the peach equivalent of applejack or Calvados. And Americans made the best. Prohibition ended production — until now.

Dutch’s Spirits, in beautiful upstate New York, has brought back real peach brandy, aged in wood. Its hefty medicine bottle speaks to the gentle strength of its contents. This stuff is smooth fire, with a whiff of fruit. Don’t put it in a Fuzzy Navel, but do try it on its own or in any cocktail that uses brandy or cognac.

Thanks to Dutch’s for restoring another delicious ingredient we thought lost to time.

Dutch’s Peach Brandy