Translating to “angry passion” in Italian, this cocktail pairs passion fruit with Calabrian chilies.“If it grows together, it goes together” is often a mantra for pairing flavors, and the relationship between chili peppers and agave is no different. There is something unexpected and delightful about a cocktail that has a lingering spiciness to contrast its…
I was reading Murder in the Dark by Kerry Greenwood and at the end of chapter 6 the author shared the recipe for Satan’s Whiskers. Being entirely enchanted, I immediately set about making the cocktail.
1 part gin
1 part Grand Marnier
1 part dry vermouth
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part orange juice
dash of orange bitters
This recipe is found in: Greenwood, K. (2009). Murder in the dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery. Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press. In my copy it is on page 86. Please immediately drop whatever you are doing and start reading one of the excellent Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries. 😉
It is too hot outside. So to cool off, I created the Limoncello Spritzer.
1 part Limoncello
1 part Vodka
1 part lemonade
1 part soda water
This drink will work either blended or stirred, but don’t shake (at least not vigorously) lest your top blow off. Watch how much ice you put in, the more ice, the less you will be able to taste the lemony goodness. Garnish with a mint and for an added bonus, let the mint slip down into the drink. 😉 Enjoy.
In Death Parade, an excellent anime that I highly recommend, the bartender and arbiter of the afterlife, Decim, mixed a drink called a “Memento Mori.” As you can see from the picture, he says that “memento mori” means “remember that you must die.” A memento mori is a reminder that you must die, but it is also a reminder of the sweetness of life. It is a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life; a reminder to value what is before you because it is not forever.
I was enchanted with the beautiful drink, unfortunately, it isn’t a real drink, until now… Inspired by Death Parade, here is my version of the Memento Mori.
2 parts Gin
1 part Elderflower Liqeuer
1 part Creme de Violette
1 part White Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice. Pour and garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.
If you’re worried that it is a bit too purple, half the Creme de Violette. My Memento Mori is pictured below. Please forgive the poor photographic skill and the use of a coup glass instead of a martini glass. I tend to use them interchangeably.
I was experimenting with Aperol last night and came up with a drink that I have named an Italian Lemonade.
1 part Aperol (Campari could also work)
1 part Vodka
2 Parts Lemonade
Put the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake, pour, and enjoy!
I saw an albino squirrel on the way to the bank the other day. I felt so inspired that I just had to invent a cocktail in its honor.
1 part Vodka
1 part Elderflower Liqueur (I used St. Elder)
2 parts White Cranberry Juice
Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker feels frosty. Strain into a martini glass or a coup glass and enjoy!