I’ve always loved the craft of mixing cocktails; I’ve even got recipes in an very old notebook that I made when I was just barely old enough to legally imbibe. Beyond my own love of food and cocktails I have always enjoyed mixing them for friends and that segue to sharing them here came naturally. Still; my initial effort a couple of years ago was thwarted for some time by an injury that has taken way too long to mend but I’m up and out and about again and it became a natural progression over the past year to build a repertoire of drinks, liqueurs and more.
The effort has been so well received that it has spawned others doing the same (that’s a compliment, right?) and after a year of doing a cocktail every week, it’s easy to see some trends from this perspective. Fall and winter are warm and serious for the most part, drinks that include bourbon, rye, scotch and tequila and include more of the Classics I love to research where I often discover a surprisingly storied history. Spring and summer become more seasonally inclined in the ingredients used and include a cacophony of fruits and much more frivolity. I’ve done fruity and fizzy and have even included boozy popsicles and ice cream in the mix. Not to be forgotten has been the creative venture of making my own liqueurs and this year I’m left to wonder where on earth I will store the continued fruits of my labors (Next? Wine jelly. So easy, so good. GREAT gifts too).
I can’t let this occasion pass without a birthday party so be sure to visit next Friday. I’ll have some wonderful blogging friends dropping by and sharing a cocktail with all of you, some great prizes (yes, including booze!) and maybe, finally, what some might consider the quintessential cocktail…no, I’m not telling but I would love to know what YOU think it might be!
Today? Some favorites from the past year. Not based on a popular vote but just ones that I’ve made and simply LOVED. Still, I can’t honor this effort without a reminder of what started this entire series. The Vootbeer.
Vodka and Rootbeer mixed together with a dollop of whipping cream and a maraschino cherry. The first cocktail post that started a weekly series. I remain amazed that it has been in the top ten of my most visited posts every single week of the past year!
I loved this cocktail and I loved this photo; it so clearly conveyed just how great this drink is. Crisp and with a touch of fruit it is Gin, ginger ale and cranberry simple syrup. Simply wonderful. I think a perfect holiday cocktail.
Love tequila? This one was surprising and OH SO GOOD. Coffee, Kahlua and tequila…sort of a coffee with a kick. Flame at your own risk but I LOVED it!
My first adult cocktail that I recall ordering at a restaurant and I just loved it. That has not changed. Rum, homemade Grenadine syrup, lime and soda. Simple and delicious.
Quintessential. Simple. Fabulous. Don’t you DARE buy a sour mix ever again!
Borrowed from a local Denver watering hole this cocktail is unique and oh so delicious. The rosemary simple syrup makes it so.
Not as herbacious as it’s cousin Campari, Aperol is relatively new to the US but this cocktail is hugely popular in Italy as an apertif. Try one and you’ll see why.
Just one of the liqueurs I’ve made this past year but I can not deny it’s a favorite. Great on it’s own from the freezer I’ve also used it in cheesecake and ice cream. Start soon and make your own for holiday gifts!
This is my all time favorite mixed drink. Fresh fruits, good quality tequila and orange liqueur and you can not go wrong. I’ve enjoyed other margaritas this summer, most noticeably this blood orange stunner and the unique Caprese margarita from a local restaurant but this one, this cocktail…it’s the one I’m known for and I’m good with that!
Though not the end of this year, I guess it seems fitting to celebrate the end of my first full year of cocktails with this one I like to serve on New Years Eve. Simple and gorgeous but like it’s namesake, it packs a potent punch!