Cocktail Hour: Classic Gin Rickey

A Feteful Life: Cocktail Hour - Gin RickeyDid you know that the gin rickey is the official cocktail of the District of Columbia? I didn’t until the nice folks at Green Hat Gin let us know during our visit. On top of that, June 14th (Rebecca’s B-day) was national gin day and July is gin rickey month! Oh my, so much to celebrate here. And, because it’s so stinkin’ hot here in DC, I decided to celebrate this drink a bit early and I whipped one up for my birthday yesterday. I’m so glad I did because it’s the perfect refreshing cocktail on a hot and humid DC night.

Classic Gin Rickey

Ingredients

2 ounces gin (I used Green Hat Gin’s Spring/Summer Batch, which is my favorite)
1/2 lime
club soda

Directions

Fill a collins glass with ice. Squeeze half a lime over the ice then throw the lime into the glass. Add the gin and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cocktail Hour: Cucumber Cilantro Gin Fizz

A Feteful Life: Cucumber Cilantro Gin Fizz

Clearly Mother Nature took note that summer season “officially” kicked off on Monday because it has been hot and muggy here in the Nation’s Capital. After the horrible winter we had, I made a promise to myself not to complain about the hot weather this summer. So, no complaining here – I’m just stating the facts, it’s hot and humid. Which happens to be excellent weather for a nice, refreshing cocktail. Perfect!

I was feeling a bit creative this week and came up with a new cocktail with ingredients I generally have on hand during the summer – cucumbers & cilantro. If you’re not a cilantro fan, I’m sure mint would be a great alternative. But I’m a big fan of herbal cocktails and I think the subtle cilantro flavor is perfect in this drink!

Cucumber Cilantro Gin Fizz (by A Feteful Life)

Ingredients

2 ounces of gin (preferably our local favorite Green Hat Gin)
3-4 thin slices of cucumber + 2 slices for garnish
3-4 sprigs of cilantro
.5  ounce simple syrup (recipe here)
2 dashes of Scrappy’s lime bitters
3 ounces mineral water (or club soda)

Directions

Add the 3-4 slices of cucumber, cilantro, simple syrup, and bitters to a shaker. Muddle the cucumber and cilantro. Add the gin and about a half cup of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass with a large ice cube or two. Top off with the mineral water and add the additional cucumber and a sprig of cilantro for garnish.

Cocktail Hour: Classic Spanish Sangria

A Feteful Life: Classic SangriaThere are few things that make me as happy as a cold pitcher of sangria just waiting to be served (especially on a warm spring or summer evening). Last year for my birthday Jim actually gave me a case of wine with a gift certificate for 12 batches of sangria anytime I wanted. It was a lovely and thoughtful gift which resulted in many an impromptu bbqs with our neighbors just because we had some sangria to celebrate with. So, now that the weather is finally starting to heat up I made my first batch of sangria of the season.

I’ve been fiddling around with perfecting my recipe over the last few years. This recipe isn’t very sweet but just sweet enough. While a lot of sangrias use brandy in addition to the wine, I have started using dark rum. It kinda happened by accident the first time because I didn’t have any brandy on hand, but I was so happy with how it turned out that I don’t think I’ll ever go back. It is also equally good with or without the addition of some sparkling water. Since you all know that I am addicted to sparkling water, I can’t help myself but it definitely isn’t necessary.

Classic Spanish Sangria (by A Feteful Life)

2 lemons
1 orange
1 1/2 cups dark rum (spiced rum would probably work as well)
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 (750ml) bottle of dry red wine
1 cup orange juice
1 liter sparkling water (optional)

Directions

Thinly slice the orange and lemons. In a large pitcher combine the rum, orange juice, wine and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced fruit to the pitcher and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve crush the fruit lightly with a large spoon. You can either add the liter of sparking water to the entire pitcher or mix it into each glass individually. Cheers!

Cocktail Hour: The Elegant Spice

A Feteful Life: The Elegant Spice CoctailIt’s officially Spring (despite the fact that we still have some lingering snow on the ground) and I for one couldn’t be more happy about that! I’m in love with this pretty pink cocktail and it couldn’t be more perfect for the change of season. The fresh grapefruit and lime juice keeps it light and fresh but the addition of some cardamom bitters gives just a hint of spice and warmth. Drink up!

The Elegant Spice {by Scrappy’s Bitters}

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces white rum
2 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce cointreau
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1-2 dashes scrappy’s cardamom bitters
squeeze of lime

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in an old fashioned glass and serve with ice.

 

Cocktail Hour: Our “Traditional” Thanksgiving Cocktail

For most people, no Thanksgiving would be complete without the turkey and all of the fixins, but in our house it also includes this little cocktail. We were first introduced to this tradition several years ago on a Thanksgiving that we celebrated at a friend’s house. When asked about the origin of the cocktail we were told it was an old family recipe. Little did we know, another guest actually found it on the internet and brought it as his contribution to the meal. Oh well, it may not be the traditional Grant family cocktail that I originally thought but it has been a tradition for our family ever since {Thank you Britt, Justin & Hadi}.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Traditional Thanksgiving Cocktail

 

Traditional Thanksgiving {from Holidash}

Ingredients (for one cocktail)

1 1/2 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz Brandy
1 tsp Rose’s lime juice
4 oz cranberry juice cocktail

Directions

Fill Collins glass (I used a highball) half full of ice, add ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.