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portrait of a cocktail // blood orange and sand

We are just about half way through 2015, can you believe that? So far this year I got married (what?!) so I’m excited to see what else this year has in store! For surviving making it this long, we deserve a drink! I have a great onetoday that’s peeerfect for Spring. It contains lingering flavors of Winter along with the fruity notes that dominate Summer time libations. Meet the Blood Orange & Sand!

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It is a twist on the delicious and classic Blood & Sand. I don’t mean Lemon Drop or Cosmo kind of classic (let’s not get into that right now), but created-over-a-century-ago kind of a classic. This drink has staying power and for good reason.

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This cocktail is a great intro to drinking Scotch, if throwing an ice cube in a glass and pouring a finger or two of smokey whiskey seems a little daunting your first go-round. It also is a tasty merger of fruity yet beautifully smokey flavors for seasoned Scotch drinkers, ahem, like Joanna and me. Adding in a splash of blood orange soda to the traditional cocktail gives it some added citrus flavor and bubbles. Bubbles are always fun (right?!).

 

 

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Ingredients

Makes 1 drink

  • 1 oz Scotch
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Heering
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth (Dolin is a favorite of ours)
  • 3/4 oz blood orange juice (substitute orange juice if blood orange is not available)
  • 1/2 oz blood orange soda
  • 2 all natural maraschino cherries (such as Luxardo)
  • orange peel

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (we love this shaker and this one) except for blood orange soda. Shake with ice. Strain into 6 oz cocktail glass and top with blood orange soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries and orange peel.

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It calls for one component that may be unfamiliar to some: Cherry Heering. Don’t even think about replacing it with another cherry brandy, kirsch, or liqueur! I mean, you could, and it may be just as good, but you would have a whole other drink on your hands. Instead, invest in a bottle of Cherry Heering — a little goes along way.

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This staple liqueur is made with cherries and spices that give it it’s unique flavor profile that works here to balance the smokey notes from the Scotch. It is actually a very usefully bottle to have on hand for your home bar. Many traditional cocktails can be made with it and it makes for great experimenting to create new concoctions!

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The Blood Orange & Sand is a pretty sexy drink that would be great for a dinner for two at home to impress your date or partner (they don’t have to know how simple it is!). Top with more orange juice and — et voilà — you have a fun and pretty drink thats suitable for a brunch with your friends or fam!

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Happy imbibing!

p.s. I also shared another perfect springtime cocktail over on Sugar & Cloth this week!

Photos and recipe via Ashley Rose Conway for Jojotastic.

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.com

You put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em bot’ up!” This song has found itself firmly planted in my head lately (maybe because the warm weather has finaaally decided to come out and play!) I can’t help but think of lounging on the beach, toes in the sand, with a tropical drink in hand whenever I hear this song! I found myself singing this as I waltzed down the produce aisle, grabbing coconuts, pineapples, and limes with out even thinking! And what do you think I made with all of these? A cocktail! What else does one do with such beautiful and tasty ingredients?

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.comKnowing there needed to be something else to marry these citrusy and creamy ingredients together and give it some oomph, I searched for the perfect accompaniment. I came across one small, but mighty item that seemed perfect, albeit unconventional for cocktails: Thai Chilies!

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.comThese little guys may look harmless, but pack quiiiite a punch. Sticking a whole one of these into a drink would surely cause a 5 alarm fire in your mouth, not exactly what I am look for when I’m parched on a Friday at 5 o’clock. Steeping a few chilies in a brown sugar syrup mellows out the overpowering burn, while maintaining some of the heat and flavor that gives the drink so much depth!

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donut o' the month // irish coffee donut

Drink more. Feel better. Isn’t that the theory?

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer wrote in the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898): “In Scotland it is a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine within 24 hours to soothe the nerves. ‘If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day.'”

donut o' the month: irish coffee custard donuts (gluten-free) recipe For those of you who value the sanctity of St. Patrick’s Day, i.e. the American St. Patrick’s Day of reappropriated Jameson, Guinness and general shenanigans, this donut is your “hair of the dog” (though in an appealing, palatable way). With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, the calendar has betrayed you revelers. Depending on whether you partook in weekend celebrations, or hold the 17th to be the true day of commemoration, this donut will either nurse you back to health or kick off your merriment.

donut o' the month: irish coffee custard donuts (gluten-free) recipe Inspired by another hair-of-the-dog remedy, the Irish Coffee, this powdered sugar donut hides a Jameson-laced, coffee custard, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Steer clear of kids, coworkers and bosses, and slip away on St. Patrick’s Day morning. Enjoy this boozy breakfast with a (spiked) coffee and cure what ails you (or brace yourself for what will ail you).

Happy March & Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Quelcy

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portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey

Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day, the green-filled-slightly-made-up Irish holiday, is this coming Tuesday! It is hardly celebrated on the Emerald Isle, but it’s almost unescapable here. Many see this as a time to overindulge and drink a few too many green pints.

If you’re neither a fan of having shot-after-shot of Jameson or knocking back numerous Irish Car Bombs, I have a refreshing alternative libation you can sip on (slowly) on St Paddy’s Day while still celebrating in true Irish fashion!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comportrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comThe Luck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey is citrusy and bubbly with a fresh herbal finish, and, of course, the zing from the whiskey. You can use either Irish Whiskey, but we used the Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Whisky which has orange citrus peel notes that pair well with the lime juice. It’s on the crisper side, which makes it a good option for those that find Irish Cream liquor a little too sweet.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comLuck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lime squeezed
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • mint soda water
  • mint sprig garnish

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comDirections

Cut cucumber and limes into slices. Add 2 oz whiskey to glass. Squeeze half a lime in. Top with mint soda water. Add in sliced limes and cucumber. Top with mint for the piece de resistance!

The Rickey was the first “grown up” drink I learned I could order at almost any bar and they knew what I was talking about (I never was a Cosmo kinda gal). It’s comprised of 3 simple ingredients: gin or whiskey, half a lime squeezed, and soda water. Easy peasy lime and squeezy!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comI used whiskey in this particular Rickey, the Irish are famous (infamous, perhaps?) for their love of whiskey after all! As an Irish girl myself, I can attest it does, in fact, run in our blood. Adding in slices of cucumber and mint will really brighten up the whole cocktail! You can play around with different flavors of soda water, in this case I went with mint to enhance the notes from fresh, mint garnish.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comIf you’re feeling lucky, mix up a few of these Whiskey Rickeys this St Paddy’s Day. You may not find a pot of gold at the bottom of your glass, but you will have had one good drink!

Sláinte and happy imbibing!

Photography and recipe by Ashley Rose Kirschling for Jojotastic.

pssst, more cocktail recipes right this way!

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this is my love letter to cheese — 3 fancy, but easy grilled cheese recipes #ziploc @ziplocofficial this is my love letter to cheese — 3 fancy, but easy grilled cheese recipes #ziploc @ziplocofficialHead over to Ziploc to get all 3 recipes: breakfast grilled cheese, dessert grilled cheese, and garlic toast + brie grilled cheese.

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donut o' the month: roasted beet donuts with rosewater glaze // this recipe is gluten-free, too!

Remember when Valentine’s Day meant personalizing a “mailbox” and addressing 24 identical cards for all of your elementary classmates? We wore red. We ate treats. We had minor stresses over innocent crushes and cooties, but there wasn’t the pressure of dinner reservations, relationships, flower cliches, etc. It was mostly pure, simple, themed fun.

donut o' the month: roasted beet donuts with rosewater glaze // this recipe is gluten-free, too!Though Valentine’s Day has passed, I’m giving you an excuse to extend Saint Valentine’s core sentiments in a fun and colorful way. Summon your inner child, bask in the scent of roses and share a little token of love with close friends. Go ahead and decorate some packaging, too, if you want.

donut o' the month: roasted beet donuts with rosewater glaze // this recipe is gluten-free, too!These donuts start with an organic brown rice flour, which means they are gluten-free and full of whole grain goodness. You’ll be able to share these donuts with just about everyone. What fun would donuts be if your gluten-free friends had to stand on the sidelines and watch?? (more…)

The holidays have left me on a bit of a budget, so I’m all for affordable and creative ways to have fun at home. Plus with awards season upon us, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party! These party hacks are both glamorous and easy… and sure to impress your guests.

Classy But Easy Movie Viewing Party Hacks - including this DIY gold star garland craft @ziplocofficial #ziploc Classy But Easy Movie Viewing Party Hacks - including this DIY gold star garland craft @ziplocofficial #ziplocHead over to Ziploc to check out these party hacks: gold star wall hanging & fancy concessions stand.

Classy But Easy Movie Viewing Party Hacks - including how to make fancy concessions stand snacks @ziplocofficial #ziploc Classy But Easy Movie Viewing Party Hacks - including how to make fancy concessions stand snacks @ziplocofficial #ziplocClassy But Easy Movie Viewing Party Hacks @ziplocofficial #ziplocphotography by Jason Mai

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