Cocktail

Cocktail

Cocktail recipes

Potent Potables add panache to many a meal.  Here are some of our more creative libations.

 

Strawberry Leche de Madre

Cocktail recipes

Blended Brunch Delight Strawberry Leche de Madre Cocktail The saga of the evolution of today’s refreshing brunch cocktail is somewhat muddled in time, but its path to me is thanks to a friend of my parents, a famed Hollywood and Las Vegas set designer, who also had a connection with some bigwigs at Jose Cuervo in Puerto Vallarta. My dad was a custom house broker, and his company imported costumes for the Lido de Paris at the old Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas in the 1970s. The art director who designed the elaborate and huge sets for that show was Harvey Warren. Soon, my parents became good friends with Harvey and his wife Marge, not to mention Madame Bluebell (Margaret … Read more…

Irish Coffee

“Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya!” Irish Coffee Cocktail According to The Guardian, “The Irish Coffee is relatively unusual among cocktails in having a clear and undisputed provenance: it was created in the winter of 1943 by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port in Limerick, for cold, weary passengers from a transatlantic flying boat forced to return to Ireland because of bad weather. The drink became an airport speciality and, after the war, was taken back to the States by a journalist from the San Francisco Chronicle, who persuaded his local bar, the Buena Vista Cafe, to recreate it for him. Today they claim to serve as many as 2,000 Irish coffees on busy days.” It just so happens, the … Read more…

Lemon Sorbet, Vodka and Prosecco Italian Cocktail (Sgroppino)

Sgroppino

Singing Gondolier Lemon Sorbet, Vodka and Prosecco Italian Cocktail (Sgroppino) Cocktail Tracy and I were told about this lemon sorbet prosecco cocktail by a drunk Brit (you can always trust a drunk Brit) one evening when we stayed at the Pensione La Calcina in Venice back in 2005.  Since we were sitting next to a canal as we sipped this, I dubbed the drink a Singing Gondolier. When we returned to California, Tracy and I stepped up to the Mai Tai Tom Test Bar in an attempt to perfect the drink to fit our taste, and the following recipe (after many intoxicating iterations) is our favorite variation.  For those of you who don’t like to eat raw eggs, the egg … Read more…

Citrus Vodka Martini Delight: The TomTini

A Citrus Vodka Martini With A Twist!The TomTini: Citrus Vodka Martini Delight Cocktail In my trip reports or restaurant reviews, I mention ordering a TomTini on certain occasions.  I have been asked by more than a few, “What is a TomTini?”  Well, it all started back in 2001 on a warm spring afternoon in Siena, Italy. Tracy and I (along with friends Kim and Mary) had just returned to our hotel after exploring the towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.  It has been a long day. Sensing a cold libation was in our future, we noticed that the bar area of the Palazzo Ravizza was open for four thirsty Americans. I ordered a martini, and a guy (who we later … Read more…

Pumpkin Pie Spice Vanilla Vodka Martini

Spicing Up The Holidays! Pumpkin Pie Spice Vanilla Vodka Martini Cocktail To help you get through the upcoming Thanksgiving and holiday season, MaiTaiTracy’s Kitchen is rolling out a Pumpkin Pie Spice Vanilla Vodka Martini recipe sure to ease the way.  This recipe was shared by a friend a few years ago, and a quick review of the online recipes show several variations including your choice of vodka or rum and whether to include actual pumpkin.  Although adding real pumpkin to your cocktail would give you a good dose of fiber, I think for ease of mixing and clean-up this recipe works better. Thank to Tom running into a pretty woman selling Irish Cream Liqueur, we tried one with Bailey’s and … Read more…

NYC Salted Caramel Martini

A Martini Worth Its Salt NYC Salted Caramel Martini Cocktail Here’s a “go-to” drink for your next holiday soirée!  While in New York, Tracy and I stopped by the Bryant Park Grill for a bite to eat.  On the menu was a Salted Caramel Martini, which sounded like the perfect dessert.                                                 At $15 a pop, Tracy and I shared our martini because we had already spent our yearly salary during the first few days in NYC. The martini was well worth the money, and upon returning home we “experimented” with perfecting the recipe (hey, it’s a tough job, but someone needs to do it).  As it turns out, the simplest recipe turned out to be the best.  Plus it’s … Read more…

Maitai Tracy’s Kumquat Infused Vodka

Homemade Booze…KumQuat May Maitai Tracy’s Kumquat Infused Vodka Cocktail The adage says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Sure, but what if life (actually a dwarf tree in our backyard) gives you kumquats? Why make vodka, of course.                                                         Near the end of February, Tracy and I picked as many kumquats as we could from that little tree and, over a martini, decided to attempt making a Kumquat Infused Vodka. The difficult part of this experiment was that we would have to wait a long, long time until this concoction came to … Read more…

Picard Martini

A Cocktail That Is Simply Out Of This World! Picard Martini Cocktail I originally was going to call this martini the Star Trek: Next Generation, however, I decided on the shorter name because I learned this recipe from a friend named Patrick Stuart (not spelled exactly like the actor who played Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, but certainly close enough for cocktail names). Ingredients: Mint (North Shore Living Herbs Mint, if possible), Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur (with VSOP Cognac), one large Lemon, Bitters, Sugar, and Cayenne Pepper. Recipe Directions: Muddle 10 – 12 Mint Leaves in the bottom of a Martini Shaker
.  After muddling, pour in 3 – 3 1/2 ounces French Ginger Liqueur
.  Squeeze in the juice of … Read more…