Monday Booze News The Final Edition

Hey gurl, it's the last monday booze news // stirandstrain.comWell guys, it’s time we switched things up around here. Today marks the final installment of the Monday Booze News. But don’t fret! We’re just making room for some new adventures and who knows, maybe down the line we’ll bring this back on another day. Until then, here’s a few notable items for you to peruse.

Jakobsen Design Cocktail Glasses

Jakobsen Design Cool Cocktail Glasses and Carafes // stirandstrain.comMaybe it’s my background in the fine arts, or my love of good design that drew me to these hand blown glasses from Martin Jakobsen. Whatever it was, when I first laid eyes on them I HAD TO HAVE THEM. The possibility of making creative drinks had me running to their site to get some, and the price point wasn’t too hard on the wallet either.

Jakobsen Design Cool Cocktail Glasses and Carafes // stirandstrain.comThey’re super delicate and very elegant, but that doesn’t have to stop you from making a cocktail with a creature from the black lagoon inside. If you’re looking to get more creative with your cocktail glassware these just might inspire your inner artist.

Want to see how I styled my Halm glass? Check out my Cucumber Seas Cocktail.

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Shaker & Spoon Summer Scotch Cocktail Kit

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comWhen you think Summer drinking, you think… Scotch, right?? Well I do, and so does Shaker & Spoon!

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Shaker & Spoon to offer one lucky reader their June cocktail kit: the Summer Scotch Box! So what’s in the box? Everything to make up to 12 cocktails from 3 recipes they provide (minus the booze). By letting you pick out your own booze, or to use what you have on hand, they’re able to send the box to EVERYONE in the U.S. (I know how bummed some of you guys get when we have a giveaway and can’t ship to your state! If you want some Scotch ideas, check out this International club!). Now anyone can enter!

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comCurious about what cocktails you’ll get to make with this box? Here’s Shaker & Spoon’s description of their Summer Scotch Box:

A Scotch cocktail in the summer?! That’s right! Scotch can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, and even year-round in cocktails—it’s great like that. In A Worn Path, by Steva Casey of Saturn, we’ve taken the flavors of juicy strawberries and IPA and fashioned them into one super-drinkable cocktail. In the Smoked Peach, by Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven, we’ve paired delicious seasonal yellow peaches with the tasty stone fruit notes in Scotch. And in the Night Fighter, by Ryan Maybee of The Rieger, we’ve combined the light, smoky, vanilla notes of Scotch with grapefruit and lemon, and a house-made syrup of burnt orange peel and cardamom. The saline solution amplifies the flavors and aroma.

Whoa! Saline solution?! Readers, this should be right up your alley.

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comSo if you want to surprise Dad, or your college Grad, or your friends who are tying the knot this month, or, you know, keep this for yourself, then enter now! You’ll get up to 10 entries by selecting the options below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Monday June 13th, 2016. For more information on Shaker & Spoon, check out their website at shakerandspoon.com today! Good luck!

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Cocktail Pairings: a Bauchant highball with Taza chocolate or what I'll be having all summer

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comGive me a single good piece of chocolate and I am usually good for dessert. No need to make it into a fancy cake (although I’d eat it), or melt it into some ice cream (I’d eat that too), just by itself I’m usually satisfied. Now, pair it with a good cocktail and I’m golden…

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comWhich brings us to today’s post. I was recently introduced to Taza’s organic dark Mexican style chocolate discs and a single piece was not enough this time. The rich, crunchy chocolate has started to become my dessert ritual and I figured it was time I made a cocktail to pair alongside it.

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comSo what might become a semi-regular thing around these parts, I’ve decided to create some cocktail and food bite pairings that shouldn’t break the bank. But, at the same time, seem pretty decadent, well thought out, and most importantly DELICIOUS. First up is dessert (which is the way it should be).

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comIt’s summer. It’s hot. You don’t want a cocktail or dessert to weigh you (and anyone you happen to be entertaining) down. This cocktail plays it light with an unexpected main ingredient, Bauchant. I first tasted Bauchant at the WSWA this year and was all goggle-eyed at how delicious this was just on its own. But what is it you ask? Bauchant is an orange liqueur with a cognac base that uses 3 different orange varieties: Andalusian, Mandarin, and Tangerine. It’s complex and lovely and on its own quite sippable, but on the heavier side. I combined it with a splash of gin, another splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a heavy glug of club soda to transform it into a refreshing long drink that’s not too sweet and super flavorful. The sweetness of the Bauchant gets a nice contrast of tart from the lemon, with a few juniper notes from the gin, and mellows out with the club soda. Delicious.

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comAnd the pairing for this sipper? Taza’s Coffee Chocolate Mexicano Discs. Their Classic collection has a lot to choose from: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Guajillo Chili, Salted Almond, Cacao Puro, and Coffee. The coffee won me over for this pairing though. The dark, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors contrasted with the sharp effervescent cocktail are a perfect pair.

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.comAre you hungry yet? Let’s get mixing!

1 ounce Bauchant liqueur
1/2 ounce Beefeater London Dry gin
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2-3 ounces club soda, Q-Club used here
lemon peel for garnish

In a highball glass (or if you have it, Delmonico style chimney glass which is around 5-8 ounces), fill with crushed ice. Build the cocktail by adding in the Bauchant liqueur, Beefeater London Dry gin, and lemon juice. Give it a stir or two and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon peel and break off a big piece of Taza’s Coffee Chocolate Mexicano Discs, sit back, and savor summer.

Chocolate Orange Dessert Cocktail for Summer // stirandstrain.com*This cocktail pairing post was inspired by Taza Chocolate and Drizly, the on-demand liquor delivery company. I hope I’ve inspired you to make a drink and treat yourself. For more info on sponsored products, affiliate links, and gifted booze, please visit the About page.

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Paris Inspired Cocktails for Your Eyes

We don’t usually have much in the way of videos around here, but when we spotted these cocktail recipe videos from the London Cocktail Club inspired by the Coolest Bars in Paris, we just had to share. Check out J.J. Goodman’s fluidity behind the bar… if only I could toss a shaker around like that.

So let’s break out those mixing glasses and take a cocktail vacation to Paris!

Corpse Reviver 2 Cocktail

Chiclanto Cocktail

Baton Rouge Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

Mon Fizz Cocktail

The Parisian Sunset

 

Do you have #bartenderenvy yet (He makes it look so easy!)? And pistachio cream for cocktails? Yes please! For more of J.J. Goodman’s cocktails and the London Cocktail Club, check out their YouTube page! And if  you’ve been inspired to take a trip to Paris (or another magical city) then make sure you’re prepared and bookmark some tips from The Times Insider City Guides.

This post was inspired by the Coolest Bars in Paris article found in The Sunday Times newly launched Travel Insider Site.  For more info on sponsored products, affiliate links, and gifted booze, please visit the About page.

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Cocktail & Sons Cocktail Syrup Trio And how to make the perfect Hurricane Cocktail with Fassionola

Giveaway: Cocktail & Sons Syrups // stirandstrain.comFassionola. You might be wondering what that word is, or whether or not I am misspelling something. But if you’re not familiar with that word, you’re making your Hurricane cocktail all wrong.

Wrong?! Well, we’ve had to swap out ingredients for a long time since Fassionola, a syrup made from a blend of strawberries and tropical fruits, hasn’t been on the market for, oh… 30+ years now. The syrup is one of the original ingredients in the famed Hurricane cocktail as invented at Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter. It has a history, and now Cocktail & Sons have resurrected it, and one lucky Stir and Strain reader can score a bottle. And since everyone is in a generous mood, they’re also giving away bottles of their Mint & Lemon Verbena and the Spiced Demerara Syrups. All superb fits for your summer drinking needs.

Giveaway: Cocktail & Sons Syrups // stirandstrain.comSince Cocktail & Sons prides themselves are only using the best seasonal ingredients in season, the Fassionola syrup will only be available until June 30th (strawberries don’t grow in October…)! So stock up if you can. And in the meantime, enter below to win your own bottle: you get up to 8 entries to help you along (open to US residents only)! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Sunday May 29th, 2016. For more information on Cocktail & Sons, check out their website at cocktailandsons.com today! Good luck!

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And once you do get a bottle of the Fassionola, you can craft the BEST Hurricane cocktail to sip all summer long:

Classic Hurricane

1.5 oz. Rum (Cocktai & Sons recommend aged rum or rhum agricole, nothing too dry)
.75 oz. Cocktail & Sons Fassionola
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
Glass: Tall
Garnish: Lime wheel

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Cocktail Hour Playing Cards

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Cocktail Hour Playing Cards // stirandstrain.comOur house is a house that loves games. Whether it’s a board game with just my husband and me, or a few rounds of poker with friends, or even puzzle time with the wee one, we always make time for fun (and usually with a cocktail in hand).

Cocktail Hour Playing Cards // stirandstrain.com

Cocktail Hour Playing Cards // stirandstrain.comI came across these Cocktail Hour Playing Cards that just launched on Kickstarter this week and had to share. Their playful blend of cocktails and characters will hopefully be finding a home in our living room soon!