Oil and water may not mix, but alcohol and oil sure do! Olive oil, in particular, enhances the flavor and adds a surprising mouth feel to your drinks.
There are several ways you can add oil to your cocktails.
To infuse your alcohol, add your oil to the base spirit, let sit several hours before freezing. The oil will solidify and the hardened layer of fat can then be easily strained away, leaving a pleasing, palate-coating sensation to ... read more
Ice serves two purposes in cocktail making: First, to chill the cocktail while shaking or stirring, while also diluting the drink ever so slightly to drinking perfection. Second, to keep the finished cocktail chilled while you enjoy it. The type of ice you use when shaking and serving also dramatically affects your drink. (more…)... read more
Besides adding a decorative touch to your drink, garnishes should also provide integral, complementary flavors and aromas. A strategically placed citrus peel on a side of a drink that a guest can rub and squeeze will release just a touch of aroma to stimulate the senses. Edible flowers, fruit, berries, and leaves can also be used wedged between ice cubes and the glass to create overall sensory impact. I use rose petals in a similar fashion in the... read more
Sangria, the sweet and savory Spanish punch made with wine and sweetened seasonal fruits, is always the hit of the party. And it couldn’t be simpler to make. Here’s how to infuse this favorite party pleaser with an assortment of super berries, for a fun and healthy new flavor combination. (more…)... read more
Why Buy Organic Alcohol?
Buy organic alcohol for the same reasons you’d buy organic food: to avoid artificial additives, and to help promote sustainable farming practices and environmentally friendly packaging. And because it tastes amazing, helps prevent hangovers, and if you’re going to mix healthy nutritious ingredients, your alcohol and mixers should be a pure and quality product as well. (more…)... read more
Drinking to good health might sound like an oxymoron, but a closer look at the history of spirits shows that healing ailments has always been at the root of cocktail culture. In fact, cocktails were originally created in early pharmacies and apothecaries all the way up until the beginning of the twentieth century. (more…)... read more
Infusing spirits with flavor is a great way to experiment with your own personal tastes. The basic concept is to marry a variety of choice flavors into a base liquor to create a custom-flavored spirit. You can give your spirit a subtle hint of spice or deep, aromatic notes of flavor simply by choosing how long you let your infusion sit. Follow these guidelines for best results: (more…)... read more
Sweetness is a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even alcohol. Swap your regular simple syrup and processed sugars for these natural ones for a healthy dose of sweet nutrients. Here’s my recommended list of natural sweeteners to keep your drinks naturally sweet.
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A super food is a nutrient rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. Although, advertisers have been throwing around the word quite loosely these days, the concept behind the term remains quite real. A super food is a food occurring naturally in nature that contains a high ratio of micronutrients to calories. These culinary super heroes are my cocktail superstars and they deserve a spotlight! Make sure to look for... read more