We don't drink Limoncello very often, but when we do we usually quite enjoy it. The ones we've had have been just tart enough, with a hint of sweetness, to be very sippable on a summer afternoon. We've found a website dedicated to making the perfect Limoncello, including various recipes and tips.
LimoncelloQuest offers a standard limoncello recipe if you want to start off slow, and also offers other recipes, including ones that include pineapple juice and other exotic ingredients. It seems like one of those "simple to learn, lifetime to master" things, and the site's author does a good job of offering tips, giving recipes, and integrating advice from his own experience. Plus, for each recipe he includes a cool matrix of where that particular concoction stands on a Sweet/Tart, Rough/Smooth scale. What more can you ask for?
Head to LimoncelloQuest to find recipes and tips, and keep an eye out for reviews of commercially made Limoncellos in the future.
It's been a while since we've posted any cocktail recipes, and we just found some that tickled our fancy. UV Vodka has developed three different, politically-themed recipes just in time for voting season to kick into high gear. They're not especially innovative recipes, but they'll do the trick for one of two things - either getting your friends tipsy enough to make your at-home political debates more fun, or getting you blasted enough to ignore the onslaught of ads, interviews, and other craziness that's sure to besiege you over the next couple months.
Read on for recipes for the "Red Elephant," "Blue Donkey," and "Independent."
iPhone applications are all the rage right now, but who needs something lame like the ability to read headlines or update Facebook? What you really need in order to get the most out of your handheld is the ability to turn it into a roving lexicon of cocktail recipes. Luckily, that's what the Pocket Mixologist is for - consider it a replacement for that friend you always call to ask "what goes in a slippery nipple again?"
The Pocket Mixologist lists over 1500 recipes alphabetically, and also contains a search function that lets you explore the database by:
Cocktail Category: Includes 14 cocktail categories such as fizzes, flips, slings and punches Spirit Base: Includes 17 spirits base options (such as Tequila, Rum, Pisco, etc) Flavor: An index of 130 different flavors that range from the conventional (orange, mint, apple) to the obscure (beef broth, violet petals, marshmallow, jellybeans) Tag: Handy collections of recipes, such as "egg drinks", "non alcoholic drinks" or "breakfast drinks" which isolate recipes for a particular situation
Since the dawn of time, mankind has been plagued by two nagging questions. The first is what happens after we die, and the second is how to make an excellently blue Jell-O shot. We can't help you on the first one, but we can finally help you figure out how to make a gummy treat that looks like congealed Smurf blood. Glad we could help.
When it comes to the fine art of Jell-O shot mixology, the highest goal is to create a blend of liquor and flavored gelatin that transcends the sum of its ingredients. We found Jell-O's Berry Blue flavor particularly challenging in this respect. Like most blue-colored foods, it has a flavor not found in nature. The box features images of blueberries and raspberries, but in reality it doesn't taste like either (Jell-O does make a raspberry flavor and it's distinctly different). Instead, Berry Blue is sort of a generic berry flavor with notes of grape and bubble gum and a slightly bitter finish. Not the easiest taste to complement. After a few failed attempts, we couldn't offer any suggestions other than vodka.
We wanted to post a "Happy Fourth" post today, and make it all official by giving you a July 4th cocktail recipe. We found this interesting-sounding one, the Firecracker, at About Cocktails, and just had to share it. As an added bonus, instead of recommending a bunch of crazy stuff you have to hunt down, this one contains only three liquors, and they're all most likely in your liquor cabinet (or should be).
Have a great holiday weekend, and in the words of our moms, "Have fun, be safe."
* 1/2 oz tequila
* 1/2 oz Goldschlager
* 1/2 oz Rumple Minze
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a shot glass.
We saw this video over at Martini Lounge and had to feature it on the site. Not only does the woman in the video show you how to mix a drink called a "Liquid Panty Dropper," she also dances around on the table a bit to show you the effects of said drink.
Spoiler Alert: Might be slightly NSFW, though there is no droppage of panties or any other clothing.
Remember the old "watermelon full of vodka" trick? Someone would drill a hole in a watermelon and dump in a bottle of vodka or two, then throw it in the freezer? We've got some fond memories of drunkenly spitting out frozen watermelon seeds at a few parties, but we haven't had a good old drunk watermelon in a while. We've just found a recipe that could change that this summer - sounds pretty gourmet with the addition of some vanilla and chambord, and the idea of making individual pops classes up the whole proceeding considerably.
It's Cinco de Mayo again, and for a lot of people, the holiday is just an excuse to crunch some tortilla chips and slurp down a margarita or two. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for some more inventive ways to use your tequila, Colleen at About.com has some zesty-sounding cocktails for you to try, including Habanero Martinis, variations on the Bloody Maria, and the heartburn-inducing Prairie Fire.
You're already adding salsa to you tacos, burritos and fajitas, a few (okay, maybe more than a few) chili peppers here and there, so why not spice up your cocktails? For this Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) pair the sweetness of Mexico's "spirit" tequila with some of that spice - it makes a fine match and some interesting libations.
There's something to be said about experimenting with new kinds of cocktails, but are you ready for one that tastes like a hamburger? In the grand tradition of the Bacon Martini, we offer you another slab of chewy goodness - the whiskeyburger. Yes, there's real meat involved. No, there's no bun, but it's made with rye. Yes, we want to try it too.
There's something to be said for drinks that only contain two ingredients and an optional garnish. If you get the two ingredients in the right proportions, they can be just as satisfying, or moreso, than a cocktail that requires 14 tools, a spotter, and a half hour to make. We've always been fans of the Dark and Stormy, and Jeffrey Morganthaler has put together a nice little piece on them in anticipation of summer.
He even includes recommendations for what brands of ginger beer and rum to buy, and we get the impression if you try to use Schweppes or Canada Dry, he'll find out somehow, come to your house and call you out. We're pretty sure you wouldn't want that.