Seal Press https://sealpress.com Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:25:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Drink Like a Woman: Lavender Amore Valentine Cocktail https://sealpress.com/2017/01/drink-like-a-woman-lavender-amore-valentine-cocktail/ https://sealpress.com/2017/01/drink-like-a-woman-lavender-amore-valentine-cocktail/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:26:49 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7126 Love. It’s all you need. Or, just make a great drink! Try this lavender-laced version of a Paloma this Valentine's Day and raise a glass to awesome women.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Valentine’s Day, but any holiday where you share the love

Love. It’s all you need. Or, just make a great drink.

Try this lavender-laced version of a Paloma. It will make you feel loved.

Lavender Amore cocktail

Lavender Amore

Recipe by Jaime Salas, Milagro Tequila brand ambassador

2 oz. Milagro Silver tequila
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. DRY Lavender soda or club soda
glass: Collins
garnish: grapefruit peel, lavender kosher salt, sprig of fresh lavender

Shake all ingredients, except for soda, with ice, for 60 seconds. Strain into glass filled with ice, top with soda, and garnish with a grapefruit peel and a sprinkle of lavender kosher salt and/or a sprig of fresh lavender.

Note: If you can’t find DRY Lavender soda, you can make a simple syrup infused with dry lavender and vanilla. Try this recipe from Shalommama or this one from Martha Stewart.

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New Year Cocktail: Put a Ring On It https://sealpress.com/2016/12/new-year-cocktail-put-a-ring-on-it/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/new-year-cocktail-put-a-ring-on-it/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7102 No, we’re not talking about that catchy tune by Beyoncé. We’re talking about ringing in the New Year with a proper cocktail–a delicious take on the Fresca Fizz.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day brunch

No, we’re not talking about that catchy tune by Beyoncé. We’re talking about ringing in the New Year with a proper cocktail.

Put a Ring On It New Years Cocktail

Put a Ring On It Cocktail

Recipe by Bottiglia, originally called the Fresca Fizz

4 to 6 raspberries
10 to 12 mint leaves
¾ oz. Wilks & Wilson raspberry gomme syrup
1-½ oz. Grey Goose vodka or Sapphire East Gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
1-½ oz. Prosecco
glass: Collins
garnish: lemon wheel, mint spear, and raspberry

Place raspberries, 6 mint leaves, and raspberry syrup into bottom of a shaker. Gently muddle (press muddler into fruit, leaves, and syrup about 3 times) fruit, herbs, and syrup. Add rest of ingredients except for Prosecco, top with ice, and shake vigorously for about 60 seconds. Pour in Prosecco and stir gently. Place remaining 6 leaves into bottom of glass, top with crushed ice, then strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with a mint spear, lemon wheel, and raspberry.

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Drink Like a Woman: Winter Solstice Sangria https://sealpress.com/2016/12/drink-like-a-woman-winter-solstice-sangria/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/drink-like-a-woman-winter-solstice-sangria/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:13:59 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7099 The shortest day of the year or the longest night. However you embrace Winter Solstice, the best way to celebrate it is with a glass of Winter Solstice Sangria.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year or the longest night. However you embrace Winter Solstice, the best way to celebrate it is with a glass of Winter Solstice Sangria.

Winter Solstice Sangria

Winter Solstice Sangria

1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced oranges
1 cup sliced lemons
6 dashes orange bitters
1 bottle white wine such as Riesling
1/2 cup orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Gran Marnier
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup white rum
glass: poco grande or large wine glass
garnish: strawberry, with a cut up middle so it can perch on edge of glass

In a large punch bowl or pitcher, stir together sugar, fruit, and bitters. Let sit for 20 minutes. Add wine and liqueurs, then serve.

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Christmas Cocktail: Mrs. Claus’ Helper https://sealpress.com/2016/12/christmas-cocktail-mrs-claus-helper/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/christmas-cocktail-mrs-claus-helper/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:58:00 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7098 Yeah, we know the man in red gets all the credit, but who’s really in charge of Christmas toyland? Mrs. Claus, that’s who. This is a drink for all women who are getting ready for the holidays!

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Christmas, but really, any holiday where women are running the show (i.e. every holiday)!

Yeah, we know the man in red gets all the credit, but who’s really in charge of Christmas toyland? Mrs. Claus, that’s who.

This is a drink for all women who are getting ready for the holidays.

Drink like a woman cocktail

Mrs. Claus’ Helper

1-½ oz. white rum
½ oz. white crème de cacao
½ oz. simple syrup
½ cup fresh strawberries (about 4 to 5 medium-sized berries, green tops removed)
3 small scoops vanilla or strawberry ice cream
glass: poco grande, martini, or coupe
garnish: whipped cream and strawberry

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass. Cut halfway through the middle of the strawberry garnish. Dollop fresh whipped cream in the center of the glass, and then perch the strawberry garnish on the edge of the glass.

Note: To give this drink some holiday glam, sprinkle pink and red sugar crystals on top of the cream.

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Hanukkah Cocktail: Latkes and Apple D.E.W. https://sealpress.com/2016/12/hanukkah-cocktail-latkes-and-apple-dew/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/hanukkah-cocktail-latkes-and-apple-dew/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:41:31 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7100 Forget applesauce; to celebrate Hanukkah, what you want is this refreshing Apple D.E.W. cocktail to pair with your latkes. All you need for this delicious drink are three ingredients and a glass (plus the latkes).

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Hanukkah

Forget applesauce; to celebrate Hanukkah, what you want is a refreshing Apple D.E.W. cocktail.

Apple DEW cocktail

Apple D.E.W.

Recipe by Tim Herlihy, national brand ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

1 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
3 oz. freshly pressed, Granny Smith apple juice
glass: rocks or Collins
garnish: lemon wedge or twist

Stir all ingredients together and pour into rocks glass. Add lemon wedge or twist for garnish. Enjoy with a plate of warm latkes!

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Drink Like a Woman: Repeal Day Cocktail https://sealpress.com/2016/12/drink-like-a-woman-repeal-day-cocktail/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/drink-like-a-woman-repeal-day-cocktail/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:29:36 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7092 Named for Pauline Sabin, leader of the Prohibition Repeal movement, this drink is a riff on the famed French 75, a classic cocktail that usually is made with gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. This recipe calls for North Shore Sol, which Sonja Kassebaum describes as “a gin without the juniper,” and this refreshing and highly aromatic spirit is made with real chamomile and real citrus fruits.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Just two years after Prohibition began, a Literary Digest poll revealed that 1.3 million women wanted it repealed or modified. Among them was Pauline Morton Sabin, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt’s naval secretary and wife to Charles Sabin, president of J.P. Morgan’s Guaranty Trust Co.

Since Pauline and her husband were active in both political parties, she encountered many a “dry” politician who preached against the evils of drink in public, then demanded a cocktail with dinner at her house. Disgusted with such hypocritical behaviour, Pauline formed the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform in 1929.

Many of Pauline’s arguments were simply practical: she pointed out that before Prohibition, saloon owners would have their licenses revoked if they were caught selling booze to kids, but speakeasies served teens all the time. “This situation has become so acute that the mothers of the country feel something must be done to protect their children,” she said.

Prohibitionists and temperance leaders alike disapproved of her efforts. D. Leigh Colvin, chairman of the National Prohibition Committee, described her group as “Bacchantian maidens, parching for wine…who like the drunkards whom their program will produce, would take pennies off the eyes of the dead for the sake of legalizing booze.” Their disparaging remarks had little effect–the first year, WONPR boasted 100,000 members, and by the time Repeal went into effect, it claimed 1.5 million. In 1932, Pauline graced Time magazine’s cover.

Pauline Sabin Repeal Day

When you celebrate Repeal Day this December 5th, lift a glass to Pauline. Even better, try her namesake cocktail below.

Pauline’s Pursuit

Recipe by Sonja Kassebaum, owner North Shore Distillery, Lake Bluff, Illinois

Named for Pauline Sabin, leader of the Prohibition Repeal movement, this drink is a riff on the famed French 75, a classic cocktail that usually is made with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. This refreshing and highly aromatic spirit is made with real chamomile and real citrus fruits, and calls for North Shore Sol, which Sonja Kassebaum describes as “a gin without the juniper.” If you can’t get your hands on a bottle of Sol, try another citrus vodka or go traditional with your favorite gin.

1-½ oz. North Shore Sol chamomile citrus vodka
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. honey syrup (see recipe below)
2 oz. sparkling wine
glass: champagne flute
garnish: curl of lemon

Place the first three ingredients and ice into a shaker. Shake until well mixed and chilled, then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, then garnish with a curl of lemon.

Honey Syrup Recipe

Place 2 cups of honey and 1 cup of water into a small pot over medium high heat. Stir frequently until the honey is dissolved completely, and bring to a simmer. Let mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely, and pour into a clean glass container. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Homemade Gifts for the Cocktail Lover https://sealpress.com/2016/12/homemade-gifts-for-the-cocktail-lover/ https://sealpress.com/2016/12/homemade-gifts-for-the-cocktail-lover/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:18:12 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7091 You don’t have to be crafty or necessarily great in the kitchen to actually make some of your holiday gifts. Holiday booze gift making actually falls into the category of hard to screw up. Here are some ideas from Drink Like a Woman author Jeanette Hurt.

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By Jeanette Hurt

You don’t have to be crafty or necessarily great in the kitchen to actually make some of your holiday gifts. Holiday booze gift making actually falls into the category of hard to screw up. I mean it, you don’t have to be disciples of Martha to make them or to wrap them up pretty.

If you’re ambitious, we recommend making bitters (Brad Thomas Parsons’ book, Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, is fantastic) or shrubs or even limoncello (see recipe in Drink Like a Woman). For other ideas and the best homemade packaging riffs, check out Dinah Corley’s Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself & Wrap with Style.

But there are even easier booze gifts to make. Here are three ideas to get you started: Irish Cream, homemade vanilla extract and crème de menthe balls.

Homemade Irish Cream

irish cream

Who doesn’t enjoy an aperitif? Or a dollop of crème liqueur in an after dinner coffee or a drizzle over ice cream?

Forget the bottled, shelf-stable stuff. Homemade Irish cream tastes better, and it’s so easy to make. For presentation, pour the cream into pretty bottles before gifting.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup espresso
2 TB cocoa powder, preferably dark
1 TB sugar
2 cans sweetened, condensed milk (14 oz each)
1 quart half and half
1 cup heavy cream
1-½ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups Irish whiskey

In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and sugar in espresso. In a large bowl, whisk together sweetened, condensed milk, half and half and heavy cream. Stir in cocoa-espresso mix. Stir in vanilla extract and Irish whiskey. Chill for at least two hours before serving, but it’s best to at least chill overnight. Shake before serving. Makes about 10 cups.

Note: For best results, use real cream without any additives like guar gum or carrageen. If you’d prefer a thicker Irish cream, substitute half and half with heavy cream.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

vanilla extract

Who doesn’t use vanilla extract for baking? Who doesn’t run out by the end of the holidays?

While vanilla extract isn’t boozy, it is made with booze, and it is also a practical and great smelling gift to give. While it is super easy to make, you do need to plan ahead – because it takes at least a month and up to three months for optimum flavor.

Depending on the type of vanilla beans you use and depending on the type of booze you use, your vanilla extract will take on subtle differences. Madagascar beans make more standard vanilla extract while Tahitian beans make a more floral extract, and Mexican beans can make a spicy extract. Or, you can combine a couple of kinds of beans.

Vodka, at least 80 proof, is typically used, as it is neutral, but rum, brandy, and bourbon can all be used.

Ingredients:

2 to 3 vanilla beans, grade B or extract beans are best
1 cup booze (vodka, bourbon, rum or brandy)

Cut vanilla beans in half, place in glass jar. Completely submerge beans in booze. Place in a dark cupboard for at least 1 month. Taste, then either decant, or wait 1 to 2 more months until extract is to your liking.

When you decant, you can either leave the bean in the extract for visual appeal, or you can remove it and place it in your sugar to make vanilla sugar.

Granny’s Crème de Menthe Balls

Creme de Menthe Truffles

My Granny Hurt was quite a cook, and she also knew how to throw a party. This makes for an easy, quick dessert, and if you wrap them up in a nice box, it’s also a great hostess gift.

Outside of grasshopper drinks, this is perhaps the best use of crème de menthe.

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla wafer crumbles (finely crumbled)
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/3 cup crème de menthe
1 to 2 cups grated chocolate, cocoa powder or powdered sugar

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except for grated chocolate. When well mixed, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into balls, then roll or dip into grated chocolate, cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

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Thanksgiving Cocktail: Whiskey Women Power https://sealpress.com/2016/11/thanksgiving-cocktail-whiskey-women-power/ https://sealpress.com/2016/11/thanksgiving-cocktail-whiskey-women-power/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:39:03 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7081 Women are tastemakers with excellent taste. If that’s something you’d like to toast to this Thanksgiving, we suggest this Scotch version of the Old Fashioned.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Thanksgiving

More than ever before, women hold the power when it comes to booze—on both sides of the bar. Women make anywhere from sixty-five to seventy percent of all at-home alcohol purchases, and they’re driving up the numbers—and changing the preferences—at restaurants and bars.

“There’s a reason why whiskey has moved past vodka as the number one spirit in America, and it’s not because men just started drinking a lot more of it,” says Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail.

Women are tastemakers with excellent taste. If that’s something you’d like to toast to, we suggest this Scotch version of the Old Fashioned.

Whiskey Women Power cocktail

Whiskey Women Power

Recipe by David Allardice, Glenfiddich brand ambassador

2 oz. Glenfiddich 14-year-old Scotch (aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels)
¼ oz. simple syrup made using demerara sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
garnish: orange peel
glass: rocks (also known as old-fashioned)

Add Angostura and orange bitters to glass, then add a large ice cube. Pour in Glenfiddich and simple syrup, stir, and garnish with an orange peel.

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Holiday Cocktail: Love Our Bodies, Love Our Tonics https://sealpress.com/2016/11/holiday-cocktail-love-our-bodies-love-our-tonics/ https://sealpress.com/2016/11/holiday-cocktail-love-our-bodies-love-our-tonics/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:39:51 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7079 From childhood to adulthood, our bodies are criticized, critiqued, and judged. We are taught to be at war with ourselves, instead of learning how to celebrate how strong we are, how beautiful we are. So instead of letting the times get us down, let's drink a toast to liking ourselves even more than we like this gin-based cocktail!

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Any eating holiday, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day

From childhood to adulthood, our bodies are criticized, critiqued, and judged. We are taught to be at war with ourselves, instead of learning how to celebrate how strong we are, how beautiful we are. So instead of letting the times get us down, let’s drink a toast to liking ourselves even more than we like this cocktail!

Mary Pellettieri improved on a pre-Prohibition-style celery malt tonic recipe from an old recipe published in The Dispensary’s Formula in 1915.

Love Our Bodies Love Our Tonics cocktail

Love Our Bodies, Love Our Tonics

Recipe by Mary Pellettieri, co-founder and president of La Pavia Beverages (Top Note Tonic), Milwaukee

For the Tonic:

1 heart of celery (the tender, middle part of celery), about 4 cups chopped
5 cups filtered water, divided
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/2 cup light dried malt extract (available in homebrewing stores and online)
1-1/2 cups turbinado sugar
1/8 cup and 1 TB. lemon juice
1 tsp. Angostura bitters

Combine the celery heart, 3 cups water, and lemon zest in a medium-sized pot and cover, cooking over medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir and mash the celery with a potato masher occasionally while cooking. Strain and reserve liquid, about 2 cups.

In another medium-sized pot, add the remaining 2 cups water, malt extract, sugar, and lemon juice, and cook over medium heat, bringing to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool. Stir in Angostura bitters.

To Make the Drink:

2 oz. celery water
1 oz. malt sugar syrup
1 oz. tonic concentrate like Top Note Tonic’s Gentian Root or Bitter Lemon Tonic
3 oz. seltzer or club soda
1-½ oz. gin, preferably an herbal gin with cucumber notes
Glass: highball
Garnish: lemon wheel and/or cucumber wheel

Stir all ingredients in a glass with ice. Serve and garnish with lemon wheel and/or cucumber wheel.

Notes

If you would rather use a tonic water rather than a tonic concentrate, use 4 oz. in place of the tonic concentrate and the seltzer or club soda.

If you are pressed for time, you can use Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda, which is a celery-flavored soda. Use 6 oz. soda, plus 1 oz. tonic concentrate and 1 ½ oz. gin if you don’t make your own.

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Holiday Cocktail: Cherries on the Dashboard https://sealpress.com/2016/11/holiday-cocktail-cherries-on-the-dashboard/ https://sealpress.com/2016/11/holiday-cocktail-cherries-on-the-dashboard/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:12:15 +0000 https://sealpress.com/?p=7069 TSA lines got you frustrated? Packing and over-packing presents giving you a headache? Stuck in traffic as you try to head out of the city and into the woods to Grandmother’s House? Author Jeanette Hurt has the perfect cure. While we don’t recommend placing this on your dashboard next to your GPS, we do recommend that after you arrive at your destination to shake up this deliciously effervescent cocktail.

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By Jeanette Hurt

Holiday: Any holiday where traveling leaves you tied up in knots, but also a great New Year’s Eve beverage!

TSA lines got you frustrated? Packing and over-packing presents giving you a headache? Stuck in traffic as you try to head out of the city and into the woods to Grandmother’s House?

We have the perfect cure. While we don’t recommend placing this on your dashboard next to your GPS, we do recommend that after you arrive at your destination to shake up this deliciously effervescent cocktail.

Cherries on the Dashboard

Cherries on the Dashboard

Recipe by Daniel “Gray” Thomas, Sailor Jerry Spice Rum brand ambassador

1-¼ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
½ oz. black cherry shrub*
3 dashes of cherry bitters**
2 large sage leaves
2 to 3 oz. Champagne
glass: champagne flute
garnish: fresh sage and black cherry

Shake all ingredients except the Champagne vigorously over ice. Double strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf wrapped around a black cherry.

* A shrub is a vinegar, fruit and sugar mixture. You can make your own black cherry shrub (just do a Google search for dozens of recipes like this one from Reclaiming Provincial), or you can buy a shrub from a company like Sweet Caroline’s Jams.

** Fee Bros., Bittercube, and Cecil & Merl all make cherry bitters.

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