1.5oz Ciroc Coconut
1/4oz Pineapple Juice
1/2oz Coconut cream
1 Egg White
1 dash Cinnamon
1 dash Nutmeg
1 dash Allspice
Combine all ingredients. Shake and strain in to a Collins Glass
Garnish: Coconut Shavings
I was totally craving a Pina Colada the other day (no doubt missing Hawaii) when I recieved an email from Ciroc telling me about their signature holiday drinks. As most of my readers know, I try not to advertise particular brands on this site (unless I think they are necessary for the drink) and I RARELY pick vodka as a base…however this one recipe spoke to me.
Minus the rum, it has all the makings of a Pina Colada but with all the spices and warmth of Fall. It is creamy, refreshing and tropical but with that wonderful seasonal twist. Quite simply, this is a great Holiday drink that works particularly well for those of us stuck (oh it’s so hard! ;))in warmer climates in the holiday season eg. Australia/Los Angeles/Singapore etc… it tastes like Summer and Autumn in one!
Ironically I don’t like Coconut shavings or cinnamon, yet I love coconut flavored drinks. This one calls for the shavings on top and the cinnamon is subtle enough so as not to overpower the drink. If you are totally against flavored vodkas (I totally understand!) you can always substitute the Ciroc Coconut for Rum, Gin, Malibu or just plain vodka. It’s quite a versatile little drink. At the end of the day, the coconut cream and pineapple kind of mask the base spirit. Seeing as this recipe was created by Cicoc, I felt it only fair to write it as they intended but as you know, switching it up is always an option. 🙂
If you want to try something a little different this Winter, I say give this recipe a go.
2oz Rye Whisky (Templeton Rye)
1/2oz Amaro Meletti
1/2oz Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
3/4oz Lemon juice
1 Egg white
Shake once without ice, then shake with ice and strain in to a glass.
Garnish: Sprinkle of pumpkin spice (available at Whole Foods)
I can’t believe it, but it’s already that time again. ‘Fall’, ‘Autumn’, ‘The Golden Season’..whatever you want to call it, it’s here! It’s not so visually obvious in Los Angeles of course, seeing as we really don’t get a seasonal change with the leaves here, but at the end of October there is a definite change in the air. Girls start wearing boots and scarves, snuggling by the fire sounds like fun and everywhere starts to smell like pumpkin spice and cinnamon!
This drink of the week is one of my new favorites, because it’s got that ‘Whisky sour vibe’ with a suitable Autumnal twist. The Pumpkin spice and maple syrup give it just the right feeling for the season, without being over bearing. I have to say, I am the brilliant mind who came up with the name for this drink haha but the drink honestly tastes amazing too. The Amaro gives a hint of saffron that balances out the sweet and the egg white gives the fluffy texture I always enjoy in sours.
It is currently on the drink list at both locations for Hostaria Del Piccolo and was created by their beverage director Greg Bryson.
3/4oz Apple Verbena Syrup
3/4oz Fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon Ground Cinnamon
Garnish: Lime wheel skewered with ground cinnamon.
This is another great drink inspired by Fall flavors. It is basically a ‘Jack Rose‘ with the addition of cinnamon. I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of cinnamon, but once in a while it really works in a drink and this recipe is a perfect example of such. Apple and cinnamon are a great pairing, especially for an Autumnal feeling.
For those who don’t know, Applejack is one of Americas oldest alcoholic spirits and is completely produced from apples. It was historically made by concentrating hard cider using the traditional method of freeze distillation. The term applejack actually derives from the word jacking, a term for freeze distillation. The product sold in stores today is no longer produced using this traditional process, however they maintain the product created is almost identical to the applejack available in colonial times.
The Melabu is another option from the ‘Autumn menu’ at Hostaria Del Piccolo in Santa Monica and was created by their beverage director Greg Bryson. It is a drink that is slightly sweet but not over the top, I think it will appeal to a lot of people in these colder months.