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Drink of the Week

Market DayThe Market Day

  • 2oz Plymouth Gin
  • 3 Cucumber slices
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4oz Simple Syrup

Muddle cucumber, shake and double strain all ingredients in to a coupe glass.

Garnish: Cucumber slice

OOOOOH I love cucumber! It’s so refreshing, crunchy and light in flavor. I have also discovered that I love it in my cocktails, as I have had a few cucumber style martinis recently that I really like.

The above recipe was my drink of choice last week for my birthday celebrations. It was created by Brandon Ristaino for the ‘Mixology Bar’ in The Penthouse at Mastros.  For those who don’t know, The Penthouse is the fabulous new third floor addition to the already successful Mastros restaurant in Beverly Hills.

This drink is very tasty and probably my favorite on their menu right now. It is subtly citric with refreshing cucumber notes. The gin used is Plymouth which is very light in juniper flavors so is a great option for someone who tends to lean towards vodka as a base but wants to start trying Gin. This drink definitely does have a sweetness to it that I always love, but it is nicely balanced with the sour elements too.

Definitely worth a trip to The Penthouse for this one, or if you’re not in the area try making it at home.  Will be great when the summer months roll around, just so nice and refreshing.

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Drink of the Week

Between the sheets

  • 1 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Brandy
  • 3/4oz Cointreau
  • 3/4oz Lemon Juice

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Shake and strain in to a Martini glass.

I love the name of this drink just as much as I enjoy the flavors.  It’s basically a Side Car with the addition of Rum, which is probably why I prefer this version.  It is a very easy-to-drink, balanced and tasty beverage.

I had assumed this drink was a pretty recent creation, but from what i’ve been able to find out it was actually invented by Harry MacElhone, bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, in the 1930’s.  There is some debate that it originated before this in 1920s London, but the name ‘Between the sheets’ appears first in the Paris bar, so this is the one i’m sticking with! If someone believes this to be incorrect, please get in touch because i’d be interested to hear other thoughts on the matter…this is one of the first drinks i’ve tried to research and not been able to find that much information on.

Anyway, this is certainly a strong (has 3 different liquors) but refreshing option for hot summer days. As the heat wave continues here in Los Angeles I will continue to order this until the Autumn arrives! 🙂

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Pimms Jelly (Jello!) Sundaes

The following post is not my own creation, however it has certainly sparked some interesting recipe ideas in my boyfriend.

I felt the need to re-blog it because it looks delicious, is a pretty unique dessert style drink and a great option for Summer! 🙂

Just so all my readers understand, in England ‘Jelly’ is what Americans call ‘Jello’, and what Americans refer to as ‘Jelly’ (like in a peanut butter & jelly sandwich) is what the British would call ‘Jam’.

The title of this post is ‘Jelly Sundaes’, however the original writer Hayley is in fact referring to the British sense of the word…I do hope that helps avoid any confusion!

                             British                     American

Jelly          =          Jello

Jam           =          Jelly

 

You will notice a number of British words like ‘a bit’ and ‘dollop’ in this post, which is one of the reasons I like it so much. Living in Los Angeles as a Brit can make me miss the little things sometimes. Check out the blog this post is taken from by clicking here.

Enjoy!

Pimms Jelly Sundaes

 

I realise that the past few recipes I’ve uploaded have been alcohol based. This is not because my diet consists of booze, honest! After making my Mailbu and pineapple jellies, my Pimms infused mind conjured up a creation in my head, and the Pimms Jelly Sundae was born!

These are refreshing, delicious, fat-free summer desserts, perfect for barbecues. They’re so different, and taste as gorgeous as they look. They’re also easy, and take minutes to make, so are great for dinner parties too. Have I said enough?! Okay, one more perk is the fact that it involves Pimms for crying out loud!

Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of lemon jelly
  • 3/4 pt of lemonade
  • Pimms
  • 5 large strawberries, or 10 small ones
  • 10 grapes
  • a handful of blueberries
  • 1 orange
  • Mint

Make up your lemon jelly by using 1/4 pt of boiling water, and 3/4 pt of lemonade.

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While the jelly is cooling, wash and prepare your fruit, and divide it between individual glasses.

Now it’s time for the main event…All hail Pimms!

Add a one cap and a drop more of Pimms to the fruit…

then add your fizzy jelly.

Now your jelly, Pimms, and fruit need to be acquainted with each other, so use the sprigs of mint to give it a stir, then leave the mint in the jelly for about 30 – 60 seconds.

Now they’re ready for the fridge. If your fridge is rubbish like my mum’s, you’ll need these to set for a good seven or eight hours, if it’s fierce like my one at uni was, five hours should do it.

Ta-Dah! Summer in a glass.

Garnish with mint, and serve.

If you fancy making this a bit naughty, serve with a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

Now that’s more like it.

A  perfect dessert to give to your in-laws/boss/anyone you want to like you, because once they’ve tasted this, they’ll be wanting to see you a lot more!

Feel free to use different fruit, but not kiwi, papaya or fresh pineapple (tinned is fine), as the water molecules in these fruits prevent the jelly from setting, and will result in wasting Pimms.

Summer is finally here, Britain (for now)!

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Drink of the Week

Blueberry Thyme

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 6 Blueberries
  • 2 sprigs of thyme

Garnish: Thyme Sprig floating on top

Muddle the blueberries and thyme in a glass, add the rest of the ingredients then shake in ice and strain in to a cocktail glass.

This drink was created by Greg Bryson, the new Beverage Director at Hostaria Del Piccolo in Santa Monica.  I tried it last week and found it to be absolutely delicious and perfect for the summer.  It is refreshing, sweet and has a gorgeous pink hue from the muddled blueberries.  The thyme gives an interesting scent and flavor to the drink without overpowering it.

I highly recommend heading in to Hostaria Del Piccolo (review coming soon) where you can get this and many other fresh ingredient concoctions on their new summer menu.  On week days you can have it made by Greg himself. Enjoy!

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Drink of the Week

Pimms Cup (or Sj Pimms & Lemonade)

  • 2 cups Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
  • 2 Tangerines,split in to segments
  • 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
  • 1 Apple, cut in to thin slices
  • 1 English cucumber, washed and sliced
  • 4 cups Sprite or Ginger Ale
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs mint
 

Fill a pitcher 1/4 full with ice.  Add a layer of the Tangerine slices (I prefer these to oranges as they are sweeter), a few lemon and apple slices, some mint leaves and a layer of the cucumber slices. Repeat the layering process until pitcher is full. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite or Ginger Ale.  Mix ingredients together with a long-handled spoon. Divide drink among tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.

We just had the Queens Jubilee so it seems fitting to stick with a British theme for drink of the week.  This is probably my favorite drink from back home.  I used to make it for friends and I to drink out on the lawn at my house on the few hot days of our chilly British summers!  It is an extremely refreshing, strong and easy to make beverage; great for enjoying by the pool, or on picnics whilst watching the cricket (in England of course).  The fruit options can be changed based on what you have at home or what’s in season, the above is the recipe I used to make mine with but you can throw raspberries or strawberries in the mix too.  It all seems to work well, and ends up as a delicious fruit cocktail.

Pimms was first produced by James Pimm in 1823, an Englishman who became the owner of Oyster Bar in London, England.  There are seven Pimm’s products, all of which are known as ‘fruit cups’ however only #1, #3 and #6 are still available. The essential difference between them is the base alcohol used to produce them.  For the above recipe make sure you buy Pimms No 1 (it’s the most popular) because it has subtle spice and citrus flavors.  It is a liquere based on gin and therefore works well with almost any fruits.

Hopefully you will enjoy this British classic as much as I do. Perfect for the coming summer months!

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Drink of the Week

Miyabi (From Eclipse Bar)

1oz Spiced Sailor Jerry rum
1oz Xanté pear cognac (Pear Brandy works even better)
3/4oz Syrup d’Antilles
3/4oz Fresh apple and pear juice
    
Served tall over ice.
 
            

“Nothing brings the neighbours together like a Solar eclipse does!”

That’s what myself and many others discovered yesterday when standing out on our driveways looking up at our big bright star.  My boyfriends father had so cleverly decided to purchase some welders glass for the event, making the view pretty spectacular without damaging our retinas!  Sadly in Southern California we didn’t get to see the ‘Ring of Fire’ due to our positioning on the planet, but it was still a great sight to witness and one that won’t happen again in Los Angeles for another 59 years!

I felt inspired to look for a drink that would match this rare occasion.  I found a couple of recipes that had Astronomical names, but decided to go with the above recipe as it was created at a bar, named appropriately, ‘Eclipse’ in London.  This bar on Old Brompton Road (which I visited when I lived in the area) offers a range of cocktails from classics, like the Aviation and the Vesper, to a selection of modern options including the Miyabi (above) and the ‘Eclipse’ made with Vodka, Watermelon and Kaffir-lime.

I couldn’t get the exact measurements that they use at the bar itself, so my mixologist boyfriend FutureGreg played with ratios and the above recipe is the version that we feel works best. Ideally use a good Pear brandy in replacement of the Xante (a product neither of us particularly likes).

This is a sweet, refreshing and strong tasting drink that is great on a hot day… also an ideal beverage to sip on when watching the sun get covered by our moon 🙂

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Amuse me with your drink names!

A guy walks into a bar with jumper cables. The bartender says, “You can come in, but don’t start anything!”

This week ‘The Fussy One’ (i.e me), has been all over Los Angeles and at more tastings, restaurants and bars than ever before.  I have so much to write about and catch up on, but looking out at the glorious sunshine here today I have decided I am going to start my real reviewing tomorrow and instead put up something ‘light and fun’ for the week-end.

Please note: This is a list of drinks that have a humor factor (name or story) I felt compelled to mention.  I pride myself on my research in to drink origins usually, but many of the drinks in this post are told from ‘a friend of a friend’ and so the original creators are much harder for me to track down.  There are many ‘amusing drink names’ out there but i’m not here to talk about the obvious ‘Screaming Orgasm’ or ‘Slippery Nipple’ shots, although these are sadly drinks that are ordered daily at many bars across America! The drinks in this post don’t contain ‘Peach Schnapps’ or ‘Apple Pucker’, they are more of the ‘Mixologists answer’ to pre fabricated spirits and artificial flavored silly named drinks!

First off I should say how the idea of ‘silly drink names and stories’ began.  On Thursday night I ended up at Sadie in Hollywood (food review coming soon) when my always funny friend behind the bar asked;

“Would you like Ryan Gosling in your mouth?” l responded with “Excuse me? Would I like who in my mouth?!” with a cheeky smile he replied “Would you like a drink consisting of ‘Rye’ and ‘Goslings’? What did you think I meant?”

Everyone at the bar laughed. Needless to say, i’d never heard of that drink and thought it was very funny and clever. Thus began my research in to other ‘amusing drink names’ of its nature.

Rye ‘N Gosling

  • 1oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1oz Goslings Bermuda Rum

Served neat.

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Actually not a bad combination, but pretty strong and not for someone who likes sweet mixed shots like myself.  I have to admit I do have a very sweet tooth and sadly do like some of the drinks out there with artificial flavorings.  I would never dream of ordering them at a mixology bar though, it is a complete insult to the barman’s skill and knowledge to do that.  At a dive however, I see nothing wrong with the odd ‘Washington Apple’. My boyfriend cringes at the thought but those kind of drinks aren’t for sipping leisurely on whilst enjoying the ambience. In general these are shots taken quickly in a dirty dive bar to get drunk quickly and get the hell out!.

Maguey after Amaro

  • 1 1/2oz Calle 23 Repasado
  • 3/4oz Romazotti
  • 3/4oz Fresh Lime juice
  • 1/2oz Agave nectar
  • 1 Egg White

Shake hard with one big ice cube. Serve in a tumbler.

Garnish: 3 Dashes of Miracle Mile ‘Forbidden Bitters’ on top

Bar man FutureGreg of Sadie and Bar Chloe in Santa Monica came up with this one (name came from the help of Dave Fernie of Harvard & Stone) when we were talking about drink puns and I thought it was pretty smart too.  Sounds like the ‘Day after Tomorrow’ when said quickly and is an accurate description of the drink ingredients.  Agave Americana is commonly known as maguey, or American aloe and is a plant found in Mexico used in the process of creating Tequila (they use blue Agave for Tequila). Romazotti is an Amaro.

Statutory Grape (Basically a red grape Gin collins)

  • 4 Grapes
  • 2oz Gin
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4oz Simple Syrup
  • Fill with soda water

Shake and Strain. Then fill with soda water. Serve in collins glass

Garnish: Grapes

This drink name, i’m told, was created by bartender Dave Fernie from Harvard and Stone (he apparently has several great names like this up his sleeve) however I wasn’t able to get a hold of him in time for this post and am not 100% certain of the accuracy of the drink itself.  What I have put up is basically a red grape Collins.  ‘The Collins’ is a drink dating back to Jerry Thomas and was first memorialized in writing in 1876 in his book “The Bon Vivant’s Companion and How to mix drinks’.  This “gin and sparkling lemonade” drink was typically served in a Collins Glass over ice. It is really refreshing and a great one for summer!

Finally, I am going to end with a drink I hope NOONE ever orders.  It is a story that just made me smile so made it to the list.  I have a friend who works in a bar in Manhattan Beach, I asked him of any ‘funny drinks’ he’d heard of recently and proceeded to tell me this story:

“One of my bartender buddies in New York had a customer come in and order “A Lindsay Lohan on the rocks”. Being a mixology bar he said “I’m sorry sir, we only make classic cocktails and pre-prohibition style drinks with fresh fruits here, besides I have never heard of that drink anyway”.  The customer turned to his friends and said “They can’t make that here” Out of curiosity the bartender said, “I’m sure I can make you something better but humor me, what’s in a Lindsay Lohan?” The customer smiled and responded, “Well, it’s a red headed slut with a splash of coke”.”

Needless to say, the bartender didn’t make it for him but thought it was pretty funny all the same and so did I. For those who don’t know, a ‘red headed slut’ is a nasty drink with jaegermeister in, the addition of coca cola is purely for the joke of the drink i’m sure.

Lindsay Lohan

  • 1 1/2oz Jaegermeister
  • 1 1/2oz Peach Schnapps
  • Fill with Cranberry juice
  • Splash of coke

Pour over ice, stir, and serve.

Garnish: Cherry

No joke, this has to be the most disgusting drink ever created.  I have not, and hopefully will never, try this. I urge you to heed my warning! I really dislike Jaegermeister (has a licorice flavor) but with coke and cranberry together? Yuck! This drink is on my site for the story behind it and NOT for it’s drink quality!!!

Anyway hope this made you smile! Go enjoy the sunshine if you’re in LA today 🙂

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