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Monday, November 23, 2015

Few Spirits

Few Spirits

I was contacted by Few Spirits and asked if I would like to try some of their spirits.  Um, yea I'd love to!!  I told them to send me a couple they thought I'd like and was told that they would send me one of each!  Awesome!

I was also sent a list of cocktails that were created by different people to try.  Now that I like gin I decided to try one with gin and another one with their single malt whisky.  I like the smell of their gin, it smells pure and fresh (if that makes sense).  I also wanted to taste the Anguish & Regret because the description of it was something that I had never heard of before.  They describe it as "special twist on Chicago favorite malört.  This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moraccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails."  "Something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)  I wasn't sure what to expect, so I took a little sip.

I absolutely tasted the earthy, floral bitterness!  In their list of cocktails there is a House Martini that is made with Anguish & Regret, so I think I am going to try that one soon.

These spirits are good!  I think if you enjoy gin or whiskey you will enjoy the variety created by Few Spirits.  Here is a short description (provided by Few Spirits) of each of the spirits they make:

  • Few American Gin, a unique gin distilled from a wheated-bourbon mash and flavored with juniper, coriander and citrus as well as more unusual botanicals including whole vanilla beans and Cascade hops grown at the distillery
  • Few Standard Issue Gin, a navy-strength gin (114-proof) made in the classic London dry style, with lots of juniper as well as a hint of fennel
  • Few Barrel Gin, a gin made from a different spirit base and using different botanicals than the two above, aged in a combination of new oak and used Few Bourbon and Rye barrels. It's sort of halfway between a gin and a whiskey and is great in cocktails that call for either one.
  • Few Bourbon Whiskey, a bourbon made from a mash of 70 percent corn, 20 percent rye and 10 percent malted barley. The high rye content makes for an especially spicy bourbon, as does the beer yeast we use for fermentation.
  • Few Rye Whiskey, an award-winning rye distilled from a mash of 70 percent rye, 20 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley. It's fermented using a French wine yeast from the Loire Valley, which contributes lots of fruity flavor on top of rye's traditional spiciness.
  • Few Single Malt Whisky, a truly American single malt distilled from 100 percent malted barley, a portion of which is smoked with cherry wood. There's a subtle fruity smoke and cappuccino notes in this unique whisky that's nothing like a Scotch.
  • Few Anguish & Regret, our special twist on Chicago favorite malört. This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moroccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails. (It's something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)

Here are pictures of the cocktails I made.  The first one contains Few Standard Issue Gin and the second one contains Few Single Malt Whisky:

If you are looking for a new kind of spirits to give away for the holiday season, you might want to give Few Spirits a try!  Here is a link to their site, you can also find out where you can buy it here.

Hope you all had a good weekend!  Happy Monday!

The Cocktail Lady

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Pumpkin Nog

 Pumpkin Nog

I was chatting with a friend last night and surprise, surprise the topic of alcohol came up!  Whaaaaattt??  She told me that Pinnacle has a Habanera flavored vodka (looks like a trip to the store is in order), then we talked about the Cinnamon Roll flavor they had and I got the cocktail making bug.  I opened up my bar (you've seen that post) today and peeked inside.  There it was, my Pumpkin Pie vodka!  Oh, we've had some good times together...so I decided that it was time to make a cocktail using it.

I decided to log onto Pinnacles site today to see if they had any new cocktails with that flavor since last time I checked.......cha-ching, they sure did!  I saw this one and crossed my fingers as I ran to the fridge in hopes that my 16 year old did not drink all of the eggnog.  He didn't!  

This cocktail created by the good people at Pinnacle is SO simple and SO delicious!  I mean, it's got to be one of the easiest cocktails to make.  Plus it's the perfect Fall/Winter combo cocktail.  You have your pumpkin pie and your eggnog, WINNER!

Here is Pinnacle's Pumpkin Nog, with a couple tiny changes:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka
  • 3 ounces Eggnog
  • Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1/2 graham cracker
Wrap up the graham cracker in a paper towel and crush it until it turns into a bunch of crumbs.  Wet and rim your glass with water and roll it in your graham cracker crumbs.  In a shaker, add vodka and eggnog.  Shake and strain into your rimmed glass.  Garnish with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

I have a feeling that this week might get a bit crazy, so I'm awfully glad that I am starting it out with one of these delicious cocktails!


The Cocktail Lady

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

TDD - AKA The Drinking Dead

TDD - The Drinking Dead

OK, so I don't watch the Walking Dead (insert gasp here).  My husband does and just about everyone else in the world seems to.....except me.  When it came to naming this cocktail, I drew a blank.  One of my daughters (who will be the pink dino ranger for Halloween......even thought she's never seen the show.....but thinks her gun is cool, therefore that's what she'll be) came into my office to help me name it, she had a few suggestions and together we came up with The Drinking Dead.  So, Thank You my Pink Dino Ranger for helping mommy name tonight's cocktail!!

The week before Halloween around here is usually insane.  It's filled with costume planning, last minute tweeks to costumes, Trick-or-Treat planning, Haunted "Garage" set up (my son and his friend did an AWESOME Haunted Garage/Driveway/Front Yard last year and they're doing it again this year), candy buying.......then doubting I have enough......then purchasing more, Halloween party planning (yeay it's on a Saturday this year!!).  Through all of that (and more that I know I'm totally forgetting), I wanted to make a couple cocktails this week to share.  I am happy to say that tonight's cocktail is #2 of the week and that makes me happy!

Tonight's cocktail........um, YUM!!  Oh this is a good one!  The color might not look fantastic, but hey it's a Halloween cocktail.......it's not supposed to.  The taste though, cha-ching winner!!  Although it doesn't look like it, you can taste the pineapple juice in this cocktail which is a nice surprise!  I really like this one and know you will too!  If you do have a bottle of black vodka at home and decide to try this cocktail, please let me know!  I'd love to hear what you think!

Here is my recipe for a TDD:

  • 1 1/2 ounces black vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
In a shaker filled half way with ice, pour in all three of your ingredients.  Shake up this cocktail really well to get some foam.  Strain into a martini glass and once it's all in the glass shake the shaker up and down to get the foam to drip in.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to Halloween going as smoothly as possible!!  I hope you all have a fun and safe night!!


The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dracula's Bite

Dracula's Bite

I hope you are all getting your entries in on my UncommonGoods giveaway!  There's only a little bit of time left!  

'Tis the season for BLACK VODKA!!  Yup, I busted out my Blavod bottle and decided to create a cocktail!  I already have another one in mind for tomorrow too!!  Exciting!  This year has been so jam packed with so many amazing things, that I have really not had a lot of time to give you wonderful people new and exciting cocktails......and for that I am sorry!  

I just bought a brand new bottle of cranberry juice and orange juice today, which gives me two easy yet delicious ingredients to play with!  They will come in handy for sure.  

Halloween and Christmas cocktails are my absolute favorite cocktails to make.  They allow me to get a little artsy with my decor in the photos, ha ha.  Given that somehow Halloween is on Saturday, I knew I needed to get my cocktail butt in gear and give you all a couple fun, yet easy cocktails to make.

This cocktail is simple.  Yes it is a layered cocktail, but I'll tell you, you almost can't screw up the layering.  These two ingredients separate pretty darn well on their own and if you make it and feel it's not layered enough........just step back and give it a couple minutes, it'll work itself out.  Now, when you see the quantity of the ingredients below you are going to think by looking at the picture that I mixed them up.  I promise you I didn't!  There are two reasons why they look backwards: 1. I have spider webs around the bottom of the glass which is covering it a little.  2. The ice is towards the top of the glass, so it makes the black vodka look huge in quantity....when it's not.  Anywho, for me, I need to drink this in big sips so that I get a good amount of the cranberry juice in each sip.  I forgot to do that with a couple and totally made that "tequila shot face".....yikes!

Here is my recipe for Dracula's Bite:

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces black vodka
Fill a cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  Pour in the cranberry juice.  On the back of a spoon, layer the black vodka on top and you're all set!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to yet another Halloween sneaking up on me!  I hope I can pull it all together by Friday (kids parade at school).


The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UncommonGoods Review and Giveaway

**I was not paid for this review.  All opinions are my own**

I was contacted by UncommonGoods and asked to choose something from their Gifts For Women section here to review.  The choice was tough.  There were things I had never seen before!  I narrowed it down to a few  items and finally chose the Glass Birthstone Necklace.  My birthday is in July, so that's the one I chose.  It came in a cute little box and inside the necklace was in a smaller ziplock pouch with the clasp part closed outside of the box.  GENIOUS!!  That made the necklace not tangle while being shipped to me!  I like my necklace, it's something that I probably will not find anywhere else, therefore it's unique which I think is great.

They have SO MANY different items to choose from on their site.  They have them broken down into different categories which help you find what you are looking for faster.  They have a section for Gifts for Wife which has a lot of different items like necklaces, socks, books and jewelry holders which you can check out here.  Along with that they have a section which is a little different as it's called Gifts for Girlfriend.  You can see the stuff they have there by clicking here.  Now there is overlap on these items, which is to be expected, but there are some other fun things on that list as well.

One of the things that I think is pretty darn cool about Uncommon Goods is the fact that they donate $1 of every purchase to your choice of one of the not-for-profit organizations that they are partnered with.  They've been doing this for 15 years and have donated over $1 million dollars to these charities around the world!  That's pretty awesome!  A lot of companies ask YOU if YOU want to donate extra money toward organizations, but this company just does it out of their profit.  Awesome.  Here are the Not-For-Profits that they donate to: RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International and Reach Out & Read.

Even though there are beyond plenty of items to choose from on their site, they also have a section labeled "Uncommon Knowledge", which fits in well with their name.  There you will find a lot of information that you never knew.....and never realized you never knew.  I like that kind of stuff.

I know that I will be browsing through their site as Christmas approaches.  Some people on my list are hard to buy for because basically........they already have everything.....so I thought!  This site gives me a brand new wide variety of items to choose for the people who have everything.  I'm excited!!  OK, just thinking about Christmas approaching faster then I am ready for makes me think of cold weather, beanies, hot toddies, gloves and scarves!  Which reminds me.......UncommonGoods has a page for scarves too!!  Oh happy day......time to go check them out as well.  In need of a new winter scarf?  Look no further then here!

All in all, I really like their site and the items they have to offer.  I look forward to browsing their site and receiving their catalog in the mail (that I just signed up for!).  Let me know what you find and love!

Now onto the fun part!  Who wants to win a $25 gift certificate for UncommonGoods??  How cool is that?  They are offering one lucky reader a jump start on their first order!  Best of luck to you all!!  This drawing will be open for 1 week, so get your entries in!!

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