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Last week, I volunteered at a fantastic Grand Marnier tasting at San Francisco’s own Boothby Center. We were lucky enough to taste through the Grand Marnier portfolio with its Master Distiller Patrick Raguenaud. Mr. Raguenaud was charming and incredibly knowledgeable. He captivated the audience for almost two hours. Not necessarily an easy task when discussing the fine art of distilling. The audience was captivated by both Mr. Raguenaud’s discussion and the incredible cocktails using Grand Marnier crafted by H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir and the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. …Read More
1 ¼ oz. Russian Standard Vodka
¾ oz walnut liqueur
¾ oz irish cream liqueur
¼ oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 scoop Peanut Butter
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz heavy whipping cream
Stir peanut butter with Russian Standard Vodka, simple syrup and heavy whipping cream until peanut butter dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice in a shaker. Strain into a peanut butter rimmed, chilled cocktail glass.
Courtesy of Russian Standard.
We were lucky enough to receive a little care package from our friends at Nova Marketing and Hiram Walker to help ease us into fall. One of the items in that care package was the Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur. Since it’s close to Halloween, I will put it out there that it would be perfect for Halloween. Imagine the number of apple drinks you can whip up.
The Caramel Apple Liqueur is a member … Read more
2 oz The Glenlivet Scotch Whiskey
1/2 oz Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Fill a large rocks glass with a large ice cube. Add each ingredient and stir gently.
Courtesy of Hiram Walker.
1 oz vodka
1 oz Hiram Walker Carmel Apple Liqueur
1 oz fresh sour mix (or high quality purchased mix)
Pour into cocktail shaker, shake and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.
Courtesy of Hiram Walker.
Macallan’s Amber liqueur is so good that it’s worth sharing–even though it’s hard to find since they stopped making it. It’s a single-malt scotch liqueur with maple and pecan flavors. NOTCOT gave us some to try, and if you’re curious there are sources online for procuring a bottle. It smells like scotch and maple syrup! Have I built up enough of a demand and air of mystery?
The light smokiness of the scotch pairs perfectly … Read more
Crème de violette was a part of pre-Prohibition American cocktails like the Aviation and Blue Moon. Until a couple years ago, it was no longer available in the U.S. Rothman & Winter is now ensuring we get our pretty purple cocktails, and its crème de violette is widely available for under $25.
Made with violets, it has a light floral aroma and a pleasing sweet taste. If you like old-fashioned violet candies, you’ll love crème … Read more
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