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Cocktail Corner: Blueberry Pie Day

Cocktail Corner / April 28, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyIf you’re not a pie person, you might as well quit while you’re ahead, because this post is exclusively dedicated to the perfect sugar-filled pastry. What other sweet treat is traditionally known for literally bringing people together, during the holidays, significant events or elsewhere. However, not all pie flavors take the cake, if you will. Today celebrates one of the more classic (and palatable) pie fillings that put other fruit-flavored desserts to shame – good ol’ blueberry. Because pies take a substantial amount of time to construct, cook and (most annoyingly) cool, we’re going to switch things up by celebrating the day with – you guessed it – blueberry pie-themed booze.

Blueberry Pie Martini: (serves 1)

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • 2/3 Ounce Blueberry Vodka
  • 2/3 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Crushed Graham Crackers

Pour the vanilla vodka, blueberry vodka and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well. Dip the rim of the martini glass into either water or lime juice.  Then dip it into the crushed graham crackers. Strain drink into glass and garnish with 2 blueberries if you like and serve.


Her Shot: Pie Drinks for Pie Day

Cocktails / January 23, 2015 / No Comments.

Original_Fine-Living-Cocktails-Warm-Apple_Pie_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Who doesn’t love pie? With all of its warm, sugary goodness, this dessert is near impossible to pass up. How could you say no to a steaming slice of your favorite fruity filling, especially during the upcoming frigid days (and by days we mean months)? You simply cannot. With today being National Pie Day, celebrate the creation of this pastry perfection with these alcoholic adaptations of some of your favorite flavors.

So show some respect to all pie everywhere and treat yo’ self:

Warm Apple Pie cocktail (1 serving)

  • 6 oz. heated apple cider
  • 2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
  • whipped cream
  • pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

In a heat-resistant mug, combine hot cider and Tuaca. Top with whipped cream then sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Pie martini (1 serving)

  • ½ oz. Stoli vanilla
  • 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur
  • ½ oz. Kahlua
  • ½ oz. Butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ oz. half and half
  • crushed graham crackers (for rim)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Add all liquids in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously then strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Lemon Meringue martini (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. limoncello liqueur
  • 1 oz. UV whipped vodka
  • ½ oz. lemonade
  • ½ oz. half and half
  • crushed graham crackers (for rim)

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. After shaking, strain and pour mixture into a martini glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.

Pecan Pie cocktail (1 serving)

  • 1 oz. Praline pecan liqueur
  • ¾ oz. caramel cream liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Pecan Piehole whiskey
  • ¼ oz. Torani caramel syrup
  • ½ oz. heavy cream
  • ¼ cup turbinado sugar (optional)
  • 2 pecan halves

Mix liquid ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for at least 30 seconds, then pour into a sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with pecan halves.


Her Shot: Eggs, Sugar, Butter, Flour and…Vodka?

Her Shot / January 2, 2015 / No Comments.


Vodka is coming to the rescue of bakers everywhere! Believe it or not, the popular spirit is the secret to a perfectly flaky piecrust. The booze improves the recipe by preventing the formation of gluten, and actually has no impact on the taste. Liquid is essential in every piecrust recipe, however when combining flour and liquid gluten forms which can result in a tough dough and dense piecrust.

Now here’s a little science for you, the ethyl alcohol in vodka does not attach itself the same way the water attaches itself to flour, avoiding the hydration of the protein which typically leads to gluten formation. By replacing 50% of the liquid in the recipe with a hard alcohol the problem is solved.

Now, although the vodka does not effect the taste of the pie, you can use other types of hard alcohol with a stronger taste which will have the same effect, while also complimenting the pie filling. Our hats off to the chef who crafted this Salted Carmel Apple Pie recipe, complete with a Bourbon crust! Just be careful not to take too many shots while your baking, we wouldn’t want you to burn anything, especially the pie!


The Huge Growth of Pumpkin Liquor and Cocktails

Cocktails / September 20, 2014 / No Comments.

Fall officially starts on Monday, but liquor companies have been preparing for it for a long time. Yes, we already know that pumpkin beer is crazy popular, but it’s creeping into every corner of the alcohol industry now and everyone wants to cash in on the major pumpkin love.

In a recent CNBC article, we learned that mentions of pumpkin on the alcoholic drink menus at restaurants and bars are up 38.1 percent from last year, according to Datassential Menu Trends. Pumpkin cocktails are 550 percent more common than in 2010…crazy growth, right? It’s really interesting to see this type of interest because if you think about it, pumpkin on its own doesn’t really have much of a flavor. You don’t see people sitting around eating chunks of pumpkin, ya know? However, when pumpkin is combined with certain spices and becomes more reminiscent of certain holidays treats and scents, that’s where people start to get thirsty and a bit nostalgic.

There are a lot of different ways you can use different pumpkin liquors in cocktails, but we prefer to go the sweet route. The more sugary and dessert-like the cocktail is, the better. For example, you can’t go wrong with a Pumpkin Pie Martini:

  • Rim a 4 oz. martini glass with cinnamon sugar.
  • In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add 1.5 oz. Whipped Cream vodka, 1 oz. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie liqueur, and .5 oz. Rum Chata.
  •  Shake until chilled and pour into the martini glass.
  •  Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top, serve, and enjoy.

What do you think? Do you prefer certain pumpkin beers that are a bit more natural? Or do you like your dose of pumpkin during the fall in the form of a sweet cocktail?