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.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

orange-creamsicleWe’ve been enjoying some February sunshine here in California. But even if you’re in a blizzard, this Orange Creamsicle cocktail will give you a little taste of summer (with seasonal fruit). Savvy Housekeeping and I whipped up this cocktail that tastes like a light and sophisticated alcoholic Creamsicle. If only the ice cream man carried these.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces vodka
2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 ounce cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces simple syrup
Sparkling water

Squeeze the orange juice. Combine juice, vodka, simple syrup, and vanilla in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Add cream. Close and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling water to taste.

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Persimmon Margarita

persimmonmargaritaAround the corner from Savvy Housekeeping HQ, there were a bunch of free persimmons from a neighbor’s tree. When life gave us persimmons, we made persimmon margaritas! They’re tasty and a lot of fun (and in our case practically free).

We used Hachiya persimmons, which have to be totally soft and mushy to taste good at all. Fuyu persimmons are more common at the store and would also work great. Persimmon puree could also be used in cakes, breads and other cocktails. Get to it, persimmon style!

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Gingerbread Toddy

gingerbreadtoddyIt’s raining and fall coziness is in full effect. So Savvy Housekeeping and I made the perfect seasonal twist on the Hot Toddy—the Gingerbread Toddy. Made with a delicious gingerbread syrup, this warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The syrup would also be good in other drinks like a Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Toddy
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce gingerbread syrup* (recipe below)
1/3-1/2 cup hot water
A squeeze of lemon

Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir.

*Gingerbread Syrup:
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.

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Meyer Lemon Cocktails

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz from Crumb

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz from Crumb

I’m just going to say it: Meyer lemons are better than other kinds of lemons. (Suck it, Eureka lemons!) They’re an ideal cocktail lemon, and this time of year they’re plentiful. Meyer lemon cocktails are where it’s at, man. Here are some to try:

The Honey Bee’s Knees ~ Lavender and lemons are a delicious combo. Add gin, and you have a lovely cocktail for this lovely almost-springtime.

Meyer Lemon Fig ~ Fig is the name of the drink—there are no figs in the recipe. Just whiskey, ginger, vanilla simple syrup and meyer lemon, topped off with a little seltzer. Very refreshing.

Oaxacan Daisy ~ Smoky mezcal combines with sweet and tart meyer lemon for a complex-flavored (yet easy to make) cocktail.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz ~ Herbaceous lemony good times … perfect for porch or backyard sipping.

Uncommon Threads ~ Instead of lemon juice, this uses lemon oil along with gin, Cocchi Americano and saffron-infused honey. Get it!

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Thyme Paloma from 10th Kitchen

Thyme Paloma from 10th Kitchen

We’re oh-so-close to Spring! This means that a lot of the exciting fruits we’re waiting to cocktail with aren’t in season yet. Don’t fret. Our friend the grapefruit is here to help. It’s one of my favorite cocktail ingredients, because of its subtle tartness and light touch. Grapefruit cocktails are refreshing and a little unexpected. Here are a few for you to sip on:

Grapefruit Margarita ~ This twist on the Margarita offers a nice bridge between a tart and strong traditional Margarita and the sweet and fruity ones, like a Strawberry Margarita. So good!

Dirty Diana ~ “Tastes like fresh grapefruit sprinkled with brown sugar” + dark rum? I’m in.

Thyme Paloma ~ Tequila or mezcal pair so well with fresh grapefruit, and a little thyme adds a new herbal dimension to this classic refresher.

Hemingway Daiquiri ~ Hemingway knew how to write, yes. But he also knew how to drink. Adding a little grapefruit to a traditional Daiquiri was a great idea.

Little Tybee Latitude ~ Basil, grapefruit, and gin are best friends. Yum. Best friends, I say!

Tea Cocktails

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Tea has deep and complex herbal flavors that will mix up your cocktail mixing routine. Whether hot or cold, tea cocktails are where it’s at, man! Here are a few to try.

High-Tea Cocktail ~ Black tea, cardamom, and ginger accent the botanicals in the gin. Sweet vermouth and orange bitters elevate the drink into fancy-pants territory.

Maple Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy ~ This creamy, spiced cocktail calls for maple bourbon, but you can just as easily use plain old bourbon and maple syrup.

Green Tea and Ginger Cocktail ~ Gin and tea are BFFs! In this case, green tea is a good accompaniment to ginger liqueur and a break from the usual black tea.

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail ~ While the bourbon is southern, this sweet tea isn’t. Agave syrup, orange, and mint make the sweet tea for this specialty cocktail.

Hot Rum Tea ~ If you need something to warm you up, this tipple is up for the job!

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

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Now is the time of the dramatic and beautiful blood orange! So Savvy Housekeeping and I concocted a simple and simply delicious drink for the occasion, a variation on the Old Fashioned made with blood orange and maple syrup.

Like the original Old Fashioned, this drink is a good way to enjoy bourbon without hiding it’s flavor. Maple syrup and blood orange are a surprisingly good pair, adding a bittersweet touch to the heat and sweet undertones of bourbon.

If you are one of those Super-Bowl-lovin’ types, maybe this could be your Super Bowl drink? Don’t one of the teams wear orange costumes? Theme drink!

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce blood orange juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Twist of orange to garnish

In a glass, combine bourbon, juice, bitters, and maple syrup. Stir with ice. Garnish with orange twist.

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Fennel Cocktails

Cranberry Fennel Refresher from The Boys Club

Cranberry Fennel Refresher from The Boys Club

I love fennel! It has a fresh, mild licorice flavor that complements so many ingredients. It’s also a surprising element that will shake up your cocktail repertoire. Here are a few drinks to try that get a little help from fennel.

Fennel Delight ~ I’ve seen a lot of beautiful grapefruit in stores lately. Mix it with fresh fennel, a hint of lime, and smoky mezcal for a unique winter sipper.

Campari Fennel Aperitif ~ If you have a few leftover fennel fronds, muddle them with lemon, simple syrup, Campari, and sparkling wine in this sophisticated Italian aperitif.

Golden Bowl ~ This one gets points for combining flavors I never would have thought would be pals! Fennel, ginger, rye, orange, absinthe, and lemon (along with a hint of sugar and salt) come together for a creative cocktail.

Cranberry Fennel Refresher ~ Fennel syrup turns the familiar vodka-cran-lime combo into a special occasion.

The CSA Cocktail ~ Cinnamon, juniper and a variety of citrus adding complex layers to a vodka cocktail. Cucumber and fennel are the fresh flavor stars of the drink, though.

Rosemary Cocktails

Rosemary, Baby! from Serious Eats

Rosemary, Baby! from Serious Eats

Come winter it’s a little harder to get your hands on fresh herbs. However, rosemary is less temperamental than a lot of the herbs commonly used in cocktails. And the good news is, it’s just as fragrant and delightful as any of them. I live in California, so it might not be the case where you live, but I can’t go two feet without seeing a full rosemary bush. (In general, they are hardy plants so you likely see them around or have one yourself, too.)

Rosemary pairs well with most fruit and booze. Hurray! Don’t forget, sprigs of rosemary make great garnishes, too. Use ’em as spears!

Ruby Red and Rosemary Honey Cocktail ~ Ruby Red grapefruit, vodka, honey simple syrup with a little lemon and rosemary … tastes fresh and refreshing. It would also be good with gin instead of vodka.

Apple Ginger Rosemary Cocktail ~ This vodka-based cocktail balances the wintry and exciting flavors of apple, ginger, and rosemary with a hint of lemon to tie it all together.

Rosemary, Baby! ~ I love everything about this, including the fun name. Aperol infused with rosemary adds an herbaceous touch to a bourbon and honey sparkling punch. Party time.

Rosemary Refresher ~ Another grapefruit-rosemary combo that works like a charm. This time it’s a margarita-like tequila drink batched for a crowd. Party time, part 2.

Mistral Mauve ~ Sparkling wine and creme de violette (one of my favorite combos) is spiced up with a little rosemary-infused simple syrup. Garden flavor in your glass!