Recipe reprinted from Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han, with permission from Fair Winds Press, copyright 2015 Yield: about 2-1/2 cups (590 ml)
2 cups (8 ounces, or 224 g) blanched hazelnuts (also known as filberts)
2 cups (470 ml) water
2 cups (400 g) sugar
Dash orange flower water (optional)
Place the hazelnuts and water in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are finely chopped but not pureed. Pour the hazelnuts and water into a bowl. (To chop without a food processor, crush the hazelnuts with a rolling pin and then stir them into the water.) Cover the bowl and let stand for 8 hours or overnight.
Line a fine-mesh strainer with a fine-mesh bag or flour sack cloth and strain the liquid into a saucepan. Squeeze the bag or cloth to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the hazelnut pulp. Stir the sugar into the hazelnut liquid. Warm the mixture over low heat (but do not boil), stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the orange flower water. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Because this is an oil and water emulsion, the orgeat will separate in the refrigerator, so always shake well before using.)
Hey guys! It’s nice to be back! A few weeks of vacation always makes me start to miss work, weird huh? As I ease myself back to the keyboard, I thought I’d be nice and kick off the season of giving early this year with this fun new book I came across recently: The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose.
Yes, it’s a board book. About booze. So don’t give it to your kids. It’s also a fun book to have around and takes the pressure off knowing all there is to know about whiskey. And it smells nice! Just ask Hollywood actor Edward Norton: “This is really the ultimate ‘hack’ on whiskey. I learned why I should try Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt faster than Google Maps could teach me where the Glorioso Islands are.”
If you want to become a Whiskey Know-It-All too, enter today! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 7 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Friday October 30th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!
If you’ve been pondering what to read at the beach this summer, look no further! Today Stir and Strain in hosting a summer reading giveaway… of boozy books!
Whether you’d like to delve deeper into the mysteries of Vermouth, give yourself a weekend DIY project making shrubs, or chill out with a rum laden tropical treat on your own private island (a.k.a. your couch), these 3 titles will get the job done. Countryman press will be sending one lucky Stir and Strain reader copies of Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, and Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar. Here’s a little more on each book:
I have been nose deep enjoying these books this past month and I think you all would love them too! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 7 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST July 14th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!
There was a time when “drinking holiday” meant you were either wearing green and getting pinched, or you had a reason to bust out that giant plastic chip and dip set that slightly resembled a sombrero. Now, thanks to the internet and society’s intense need to celebrate something every day, we can toast to Taco Tuesdays (actually I’m OK with that), National Brisket Day (May 28th. Actually, that sounds like an even better holiday) and National Fettuccine Alfredo Day (February 7th. Because…why again?). Even though every liquor also has its namesake day, I think I’ve reached the end of all these made up holidays and just want to go back to the basics.
Like Cinco de Mayo. Now, debatably, this holiday is more for the American audience. However, any reason for me to celebrate a culture whose food I would contentedly eat on a deserted island for the rest of my life is OK with me. Also, margaritas are pretty darn satisfying too. Which brings us to this fantastic giveaway I’m hosting.
I’ve teamed up with Tequila Partida (a favorite of mine you’ve seen around on the site before) and Salt Traders for this Cinco de Mayo gift pack! Just in time for this particular holiday, you can mix up your own batch of cocktails for celebrating. One winner will receive:
1 Bottle of Tequila Partida Blanco
Partida’s Organic Blue Agave Syrup
1 Fun Shaker
Salt Traders Margarita Salt with Chipotle Chile
Just bring the limes! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST May 4th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on Partida Tequila, please visit them at partidatequila.com and Salt Traders can be found at salttraders.com.Good Luck!
Their orgeat is our go-to brand, especially when we are trying to wow the pants off a crowd of discriminating Tiki cocktail fans. This time around, when we got our comment cards back, people seemed to really love the new incarnation of the signature drink. And today I’m giving away a bottle for you all to try at home. That and a few more Small Hand Foods syrups to get drink making.
Small Hand Foods creates “classic ingredients for pre-prohibition cocktails”. But don’t let that stop you from creating whatever the heck you want. Get futuristic and sphere-ify that drink!
One lucky Stir and Strain reader will win:
8.5 oz Orgeat
8.5 oz Pineapple Gum Syrup
8.5 oz Tonic Syrup
Ready to start mixing? Check out the options below to enter and get up to 12 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST April 21st, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. residents). For more information on Small Hand Foods products, please visit them atsmallhandfoods.com. Good Luck!
You guys really went wild over that last giveaway with VOM FASS. So now that we’re moving into slightly warmer temps and the blooms here in Los Angeles are starting to fill the trees, I think we all can start thinking about SPRING Entertaining! For this month’s giveaway I’ve partnered up again with VOM FASS to create a basket brimming with fun ingredients to concoct springy cocktails and flavorful nibbly bits. Check out what’s in store for one lucky winner:
Caipirinha Lime Liqueur
Yahara Bay Vodka
Yahara Bay Gin
Calvados Napoleon, 18 years
“Brothers in Arms” Irish Single Malt Whiskey, 14 years
Quince Balsamic Vinegar
Apple Balsamic Star
Forest Raspberry Balsamic Star
Intrigued by the balsamic pearls? Want to swirl some tangerine EVOO into some gin? Just check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST April 1st, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on VOM FASS products, please visit them atvomfassusa.com. Good Luck!
Anyway, you guys have 12 ways to win a bottle of this delicious cacao-infused rum. Enter below, but remember: You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to WIN. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST February 11th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on SelvaRey Rum, please visit them at selvarey.com.Good Luck!
If you’re looking for a different take on craft cocktails, look no further than Ludlows; these little guys are amazing! Enter below and get up to 12 entries to win. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 25th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below. For more information on Ludlows, please visit them at ludlowscocktails.com. Good Luck!
And not just for cocktails! You got kids running around at your holiday party? Maybe your best friend’s got a bun in the oven? Mix up a non-booze drink with these! Ok, but mostly we all know we’re going to use them for cocktails. Delicious cocktails.
Fruitations and Stir and Strain are giving away a trio of fruit flavors to one reader so you can get to your holiday cocktail planning STAT! Enter below and get up to 12 entries to win. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 18th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below. For more information on Fruitations, please visit them at justaddfruitations.com. Good Luck!
You may have seen me on Instagram spiking my coffees with this cinnamon cream rum a few months back and now you can spike your own. Maybe improve upon some egg nog? Or just kick back with some over ice perhaps?
However you choose to enjoy your Chila ‘Orchata, you first need to enter to win! Enter below and get up to 13 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to WIN. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 11th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on Chila ‘Orchata, please visit them at chilaorchata.com. Good Luck!