Limoncello Margarita

limoncellomargaritaHappy Cinco de Mayo! I got together with Savvy Housekeeping for a delightful and springy margarita made with homemade limoncello. Celebrate with one today!

Limoncello Margarita

1 1/2 ounce tequila
1 ounce limoncello
1/4 ounce triple sec
1 ounce orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping

G’Vine Gin Review

lemonginandtonicThere’s a lot of variety between different styles of gin. From juniper-intense London Dry gin to softer International Gins with a variety of botanical flavors … there’s a gin for every palate. If you like floral gins (which I really do!), I recently tried one from France that I’d highly recommend: G’Vine.

G’Vine is made from Ugni Blanc grapes that are pressed and converted into wine and then distilled into a neutral grape spirit. This base is mixed with grape vine flowers and other botanicals including juniper (of course) ginger, lime and green cardamom. The result is a delicate and lightly sweet gin that pairs really well with fruit and herbal flavors. The ginger balances nicely with the sweeter aspects, giving it a bit of a kick.

If you’re the type who likes to make up new cocktail recipes with fresh ingredients (Ahem, like the recipes the book DIY Cocktails talks about), then this is a good gin to experiment with. If you like Hendrick’s Gin, G’Vine may be right up your alley. (At about $35, G’Vine is at a similar price to Hendrick’s.)

If you only like super intense juniper London Dry gin, this probably isn’t going to do it for you. But it does make a mean Gin & Tonic. I like to use Meyer Lemon instead of lime as an accent for a G&T made with G’Vine. This would also be a good candidate for my favorite variety of G&T: gin, tonic, generous squeeze of grapefruit juice and a few dashes of DIY Rhubarb Bitters.

Pineapple Cocktails

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita from Boulder Locavore

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita from Boulder Locavore

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining. (At least it is here. If it’s not sunny where you are, pretend it is.) The presence of pineapple in a cocktail is proven to increase warm-weather enjoyment. Science! So here are a few pineapple drinks to try this gorgeous spring. Tiny umbrella optional.

Fever Pitch ~ Pineapple mixed with cachaca, basil, Green Chartreues and celery bitters = sophisticated, complex and potentially mind-blowing.

Queen Califa ~ Adding rum agricole, falernum and allspice dram to pineapple puts this drink squarely in the tiki category. So you know it’s a good time.

Low-Cal Piña Colada ~ This “skinny” version has all the coconut and pineapple flavor, without most of the calories. But it tastes great regardless of the calorie count (or lack thereof).

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita ~ This is a good one for a backyard barbecue or lazy afternoon lounging outside.

Hotel Nacional Special ~ Another fun tiki drink … and another one that would be great for sipping outside.

Kumquat Cocktails

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquats are fun! They’re still in season for a little while longer … so put some of these little guys in your cocktails now. Here are some more kumquat cocktails to try.

Kumquat Rose Cocktail ~ Kumquat-infused gin is paired with the lovely Lillet Rose for an elegant and balanced drink.

Kumquat-Ginger Whiskey Cocktail ~ The spicy kick of ginger is a great match for the sweet-tart flavor of kumquats.

Kumquat-Pomegranate Punch ~ This fun vodka punch includes pomegranate seeds and juice for a party-worthy. Now you’re ready to party.

Kumquat Margarita ~ Kumquat is a citrus fruit, after all, so naturally a Margarita is a must.

Kumquat Sour ~ Bourbon, sour oranges and candied kumquats make a festive drink for any occasion.

Avocado Cocktails

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita from Little Gems Kitchen

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita from Little Gems Kitchen

Avocados are in season! As a California girl, I grew up on avocados and can’t imagine life without them. Creamy and rich without being heavy, there’s nothing like avocado. I’ve never tried making a cocktail with avocado, but I think I’d love it.  Here are a few I’d like to try.

Avocado Daiquiri ~ This is a classic daiquiri with avocado and half-and-half added, then blended together. Sounds like a boozy, savory dessert. I’m in.

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita ~ I’m a big fan of grapefruit margaritas, so I’m curious how the addition of avocado would change up a favorite.

Matroiska Eggnog ~ OK, so it’s isn’t exactly eggnog season. So what? Avocado and coconut milk vamp up a basic eggnog recipe. Although, it sounds like the avocado is for texture rather than flavor.

Aguacate + Mescal ~ Mezcal has a great smoky flavor that I can imagine pairing perfectly with avocado. This recipe includes a few intriguing sweet touches to balance the savory and smoky flavors.

Avocado Bourbon Shake ~ I can’t even guess what this one would taste like, but I’d believe it could blow my mind. Avocado is funny like that.