Make Your Own: Irish Cream Liqueur

I’m going to save you a lot of time.  The post on making your own Irish Cream on The Modern Proper has some beautiful photos, the recipe itself is solid, but skip the post itself.  It’s long winded and kind of pompous.  I don’t know what else you would expect from something called The Modern Proper so…

Make Your Own: Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup

There are as many kinds of sugar out there as there are fruits and vegetables.  Most sugar we consume is made from either sugar cane or from sugar beets.  While there are numerous sugar substitutes the number of all natural sweeteners is also constantly expanding.  Case in point, Coconut sugar.  I had not seen this…

Update: Beer Syrup

Just an update to my previous post about Porter Beer Syrup.  A Widmer Brewing rep dropped off a couple of 6 packs of Upheaval IPA as a tip in the tasting room and we needed the fridge space.  So, I took three bottles home and attempted to use the beer syrup process. The initial result is…

Hazelnut Mother

One of the more neglected areas of cocktail making (IMHO) is the area of nuts.  There are many different and enjoyable flavors to be had if one does a little digging.  Amaretto is one such flavor, a popular light liqueur with the flavor of cherries and made from either almonds or apricot pits.  Nocino brings…

Make Your Own: Tonic Water

I have been meaning to make a post about this for over a year.   If any liquor could be said to be my totem spirit it is Gin and of all cocktails the Gin and Tonic is the perfect expression of the botanical basis of both Gin and tonic water. You can read more…

Make Your Own: Cocktail Onions

I’m not a big fan of garnish.  I think far too often it’s like parsley on a breakfast platter and it’s just there for show.  In the food industry parsley is actually called “Pretty” as in, “Be sure to throw some pretty on that plate before it goes out.”  Further degrading the idea of garnish…

Make Your Own: Beer Syrups

If you’re not reading the Happy Hour Blog on Gizmodo you are missing out.  They have some great articles on process, history, gadgets and tastings. Back in September they posted this article on how to make Beer Syrups and in particular Porter Syrup.  Having just finished a pretty major run of syrups articles I found the…

Make Your Own: Limoncello

The first thing you need to know about limoncello is that it is delicious.  If you’re a fan of citrus vodka this is just the thing to move you away from the processed stuff and into a new section.  The next thing to know is that it’s even better when you make it yourself. Classic…

Make Your Own: Ginger Syrup

One of the prime ingredients in a lot of great drinks is ginger beer.  When you’re attempting to make these drinks be they the Moscow Mule or the Derailer there are a lot of different brands from which to choose.  As I’ve pointed out previously Cock and Bull ginger beer is about the best ginger…

Make Your Own: Grenadine

Further efforts in my loving quest to bring everyone the benefits of self-produced mixers abound. Aside from fruit juice one of the most popular mixers for various cocktails is Grenadine.  Many of you may not be familiar with this mixer, I know because I’ve had at least three people say “What’s Grenadine” when I mention…

Chocolate Mint Syrup

Having exhausted some of the more basic forms of simple syrup I have elected to branch out a bit and try some things that might be a bit different. I have on my deck a spearmint plant, Tarragon plant, and a very bushy chocolate mint plant.  Mint grows very quickly and can take over a yard…

Turbinado Syrup in Practice – Mojitos

Going back to my basic syrups I present another of my practical examples. July 11th is my birthday and is also consequently National Mojito Day.  To celebrate I made this. 1.5 oz Bacardi Silver 1 oz Lime Juice 3 sprigs of Spearmint 1 oz Turbinado Sugar Syrup Soda Water Muddle the spearmint in the shaker with…