Perfect for the holidays, Maggie Battista has created this decadent Midnight Milk Punch for us! Serve it with cookies for a midnight snack.

From Maggie: “When eggnog cartons line grocery store shelves, I know it’s time to make my homemade version. Full of brandy, rum and whiskey, the eggnog chills in the back of the fridge, waiting for holiday visitors. I also enjoy this holiday cocktail: it’s an eggless milk punch that uses a small-batch caramel or butterscotch sauce to add instant depth. This punch can also be served warm in a teacup.”

 

Midnight Milk Punch
Serves 3

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup whole milk
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• 2 pinches cinnamon, plus more for garnish
• 1 heaping tablespoon of caramel sauce
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1.5 ounces brandy

Directions:
1. In a small saucepan over a medium flame, heat milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, caramel sauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir on and off to help dissolve the caramel. Keep on the heat for just a few minutes so you don’t scald the milk. Once the caramel is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool a few minutes.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the brandy and pour over the slightly cooled milk mixture. Cover and shake, shake, shake until a bit frothy. Pour into small glasses (about 4 ounces) and add an extra pinch of cinnamon to each for garnish.

 

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Today, Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique and Heidi Murphy from White Loft Studio are back with recipes for not one, but two signature cocktails! Both feature ginger, the perfect ingredient to warm up a chilly October evening.

From Maggie:  ”After the autumn chill sets in this month, warmth can come from any number of places: from an oversized belted wool coat, an embrace from your partner or a spicy drink. How about a spicy drink with your partner? We made fragrant, warming cocktails for both the bride and the groom using homemade ginger syrup, but Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn makes a favorite version you can purchase at Eat Boutique.”

 

Ginger Bourbon Fizz
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon ginger syrup (homemade or shop-bought)
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 4-5 thyme sprigs
• 1.5 ounce bourbon
• ½ teaspoon honey
• 4 ounces club soda

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker, add ice and all ingredients, except for club soda and 1 sprig of thyme. Shake the mixture a bit, then strain into a low-ball (or rocks) glass. Add a handful of ice cubes and club soda. Garnish with remaining sprig of thyme.

 

Sweet Ginger Sparkler
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• smoked bourbon sugar or demerara sugar
• 1 lemon wedge
• 1 tablespoon ginger syrup (homemade or purchased)
• 4 ounces sparkling wine
• 1 1-inch piece of candied ginger

Directions:
1. Spoon the sugar onto a flat plate. Run the fruit of the lemon wedge around the rim of a champagne flute. Gently dip the rim of the flute into the sugar until the entire rim is coated.
2. In the sugared champagne flute, gently pour the ginger syrup (careful not to touch the sugar). Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with candied ginger, either on a stick or dropped into the glass.

 

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    23 October 2012
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    Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique is back with another delicious signature cocktail, perfect for late summer or early fall: Fig & Melon Martini. Doesn’t it look yummy?! And how perfect is that color for a September wedding? Photos by Heidi Murphy from White Loft Studio.

    (Find similar stemless martini glasses from Cost Plus World Market.)

    Says Maggie: “Harvesting heaps of melons, gourds and tomatoes in late summer is the sweetest victory, especially after months of weeding, watering and keeping the pests at bay. My perennial reward is a garden-inspired cocktail. Fresh figs and melons dress up my antipasti plates, so I knew they would certainly make a nice cocktail. The fig and vanilla vodka can infuse for just a week, but the longer it sits, the more caramel-like the color and the deeper the flavor. I garnish this martini with extra slices of ripe melon and bursting-ripe figs.”

     

    Fig & Melon Martini
    Makes 1 serving

    Ingredients:
    • 1.5 ounces Fig and Vanilla Vodka
    • 1.5 ounces cantaloupe purée
    • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

    Directions:
    1. Puree 1/8 of a ripe cantaloupe with 2 tablespoons of water in a blender or a food processor.
    2. In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add all the ingredients, including the cantaloupe puree. Shake until everything is combined and icy cold.
    3. Strain the mixture into a slightly chilled martini glass and garnish with a thin slice of melon threaded onto a wooden skewer around a half slice of ripe fig.

     

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    26 September 2012
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