Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cocktail Party Preview

I have been working on a batch of infused vodkas for a cocktail party on Saturday. Also have been working on perfecting some cocktail recipes. Here are a few cocktails on the menu for Saturday night:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ginger Lemon

1 part ginger infused vodka
1 part mint infused vodka
2 parts lemonade

This cocktail not to be confused with Lemon Ginger.

Lemon Ginger

1 part lemon infused vodka
1 part fennel infused vodka
2 parts ginger ale

This cocktail not to be confused with Ginger Lemon.

Brimley's Breakfast

1 part oatmeal infused vodka
1 part cinnamon infused vodka
1 part honey vodka
3 parts apple cider

This cocktail reminds you of simpler times. When "Morning in America" went down smooth and creamy, and came out like toothpaste:

Caramel Apple Cocktail

2 parts caramel vodka
1 part lemon infused vodka
2 parts apple cider

Okay I haven't actually tried this yet, but don;t see how it could possibly go wrong.

Apple Pie Cocktail

1 part Cinnamon infused vodka
1 part Caramel vodka
1 part Lemon infused vodka
3 parts apple cider

If I do say so myself, I make a mean apple pie. When people insist on me giving them the recipe, I generally leave out the secret ingredient, which is the juice of one lemon squeezed over the apples after they are peeled and sliced. The lemon juice makes the apples more tart and keeps them from turning brown.

I do not generally put vodka in my apple pie. Whiskey is better. But for the purposes of this cocktail, the lemon-infused vodka does the same thing that the lemon juice does in the pie. Most apple cider from the store is too sweet, and the lemon vodka brings back the tart flavor that brings this drink together. And the caramel vodka suggests tha flavor of the sugar that turns brown on the edge of the pie pan.

Works well with sweet or hard cider.


1 part Ginger infused vodka
1 part Cinnamon infused vodka
1 part Caramel vodka
1 part Fennel infused vodka
1 part Mint infused vodka
1 part Lemon infused vodka
1 part Cola

As soon as you smell the fennel infused vodka you understand the potential. The other flavors add some nice depth. I am sure we could come up with additional flavors that would continue to improve matters. The cola is not entirely necessary but adds color and a bit of sweetness.

The first thing you will note when you try this stuff is that - well - it doesn't hurt. This maybe a disappointment if you appreciate the suffering that comes along with drinking Jag shot after Jag shot. I will concede that I experienced a moment of disappointment myself. But the combination of flavors soon left me wondering what all of that suffering was worth.

Oatmeal Infused Vodka

750 ml filtered vodka
2 cups dry oatmeal
1 Tablespoon sugar
Infuse one week

This is a pleasant surprise. The taste of the uncooked oats is reminiscent of Cheerios.