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What I’m Drinking Now: Blueberry Tequila Fizz

Posted by Reese On April - 21 - 2014

The family wanted an interesting cocktail for Easter so I used my cocktail super powers* and sprang into action.  I wanted tequila as the base, but wanted the cocktail be fresh, fruity and light.  I opted for blueberry juice and found meyer lemons at the market which added a nice touch of sourness and added complexity.  With a touch of soda water, the Blueberry Tequila Fizz was born.

Blueberry Tequila Fizz

Blueberry Tequila Fizz
2 oz Blanco Tequila
2 oz Blueberry Juice
1/2 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1) Combine, add ice and top with soda water

Note: The blueberry juice we used was pure blueberry juice, but blueberry juice cocktail works pretty good too.

* Super powers may be exagerated

Opted for a blueberry mojito. It was a solid choic…

Posted by Reese On March - 10 - 2011

Opted for a blueberry mojito. It was a solid choice.

Stout Float

Posted by Reese On June - 2 - 2011

From the “What a Guy Wants” chapter of Cosmo’s Official Cocktail Book comes a delicious variation on the classic float, the Stout Float. This drink is dead simple to make and very tasty.   Scoop ice cream, add stout, drink, repeat.  Since I was going to be sampling this drink in Grand Lake, CO it only seemed appropriate that I should pick up Grand Lake Brewing Company’s Shadow Mountain Oatmeal Stout.

Stout Float

Shadow Mountain Oatmeal Stout has a deep brown color with a sweet, almost coffee-like aroma.  The flavor has a sweetness that reminds me of very deeply caramelized sugars, think of the pie filling that ran off the edge while baking.  You get a small hit of the hoppy bitterness coming through with notes of coffee and chocolate.  I really enjoyed this stout and would drink it all on it’s own, which is saying something coming from a guy who doesn’t drink much beer.

Stout Float (Cosmo's Official Cocktail Book)
3-4 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
Stout of your Choice
1) Scoop ice cream into a beer glass
2) Top with stout

The coffee and chocolate notes from the stout combine really well with the vanilla ice cream.  I actually prefer this to a root beer float as it isn’t as sweet and the flavors are more complex.  I’ll definitely be making this recipe again to cool off on the hot summer days ahead.

While we used Shadow Mountain Oatmeal Stout with great results you could really use any stout you like.  A porter would also work well in this application, which only serves to broaden your horizons even further.  With all the options out there you could make some really awesome combos.  Where the ice cream is concerned the sky is the limit.  Think of a caramel ice cream with a nice chocolately stout…mmmm.  Or, Cosmo suggests a strawberry ice cream with a blueberry beer.  Sounds damn tasty to me.

Mojito Variations

Posted by Reese On August - 5 - 2009

With ubiquity comes variation.  For, as it’s said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  It really makes sense with the Mojito though.  Each of the base ingredients lends its self well to substituion.  Rather than link to a bunch of variations (you all know how to use Google I assume) I’m going to give you some possibilities that you can explore on your own if you so desire.  I’m going to group the mods into categories, namely herbal, additive, spirituous and citrus.  Modding the sugar is also an option, but the choices there aren’t as many or as interesting, so I’ll be skipping those for now.

Blueberry Basil Mojito

Herbal: The sky is the limit here.  Raid your herb garden, grocery store or farmer’s market and let your curiosity go nuts.  Some possibles: basil, verbena, rosemary, tarragon, sage, and that doesn’t even begin to touch the hojillion varieties of mint.  Heck, you could even use catnip if you so desire.

Additive: There are lots of things you can add to the base to change up the mix.  Here are a few to get you thinking: ginger, jalapeno, berries (oh man, there’s too many to even mention), other fruits (peach, cherries, mango?).  There are no doubt others, and I’d absolutely love to hear about any you love.

Spirituous: White rum is the classic and for good reason.  It’s smooth, lightly sweet and works fantastically well with the citrus.  For me you’re starting to get outside the realm of modification when you start making a Mojito with a completely different base spirit.  That said, there are lots and lots of rum options out there.  Get creative and more importantly use what you like.

Citrus: Here’s another where the sky is nearly the limit.  Living in Colorado I don’t have as many options as I’m sure some of you do but again, look at your grocery store’s supply and hit up the farmer’s market.  How about key limes or maybe yuzu?  Going to be tasty no matter what route you take.

For every possible flavor combination you come up with there are two more that pop up.  But, in this case, that’s good thing.  Everyone has had a standard Mojito.  So, for your next event mix up something unique and personal.  For this week my variation of choice has been a Basil Blueberry Mojito.  Very tasty.  The basil flavors are a nice change from the mint and the blueberries and lime go together well.

Let me know what you’ve been mixing up!

Blueberry Basil Mojito

Basil Blueberry Mojito
1/2 Lime Quartered
2-3 tsp Sugar
10-12 Blueberries
10-12 Basil Leaves
2 oz White Rum
Club Soda
1) Combine basil, limes, sugar and blueberries in a glass
2) Muddle until sugar is dissolved
3) Add rum and ice
4) Top with club soda