I’m pretty sure St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start of Spring, so it feels like perfect timing for this bright and herby Ethereal 75 from Maggie at Eat Boutique and Heidi at White Loft Studio. With orange bitters and quince and apple citrus syrup, this signature cocktail is a new take on the classic French 75.

From Maggie: “J’aime un Français 75. I do, I just love a French 75! It was first created at the legendary Harry’s New York Bar in Paris and eventually (gratefully) brought to New York’s Stork Club, a joint owned by an ex-bootlegger and frequented by glitterati of the 1930s and 40s. Champagne bubbles send the gin’s herbal aromas straight to the top of the glass; that botanical kick lingers, and almost medicates, in the best possible way. A sprig from a garden plant reminds you that gin is really mostly leaves, herbs and berries, so it has to be good for you, right? For this recipe, feel free to substitute your favorite brands and/or make your own citrus syrup. I prefer a dry Prosecco (over a sweet Prosecco).”

 

Ethereal 75
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 3/4-ounce Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Gin
• 1/2 ounce Quince & Apple Citrus Syrup
• 2 drops Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
• 3 ounces La Marca Prosecco
• 1 3-inch sprig of garden oregano

Directions:
1. Pour gin, syrup and bitters into a Champagne flute. Carefully add Prosecco.
2. Garnish with a 3-inch spring of oregano, cut from a potted plant or the garden.

 

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What better way to warm up a winter wedding than with a decadent, spiked hot chocolate – complete with rich whipped cream and garnishes your guests can serve up themselves. Use your favorite hot chocolate for this recipe (a new personal favorite of mine is Christopher Elbow’s Cocoa Noir Drinking Chocolate – so dark and delicious!).

Recipe by Maggie of Eat Boutique. Photos by White Loft Studio.

Add to the fun by letting guests add the booze and toppings of their choice. Our garnishes here include: toasted sliced almonds, turbinado sugar, coconut, brownie chunks, and chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips.

Says Maggie: “When the temperatures get frigid, only one type of warmed mug will do. It has to be deep, filled with fine hot chocolate and hand-whipped cream. And sometimes, after a snowy shoveling marathon, I add a shot of something strong and indulgent. I prefer the nutty flavor of Amaretto; it hints at July almond harvests in Sicily, exactly where I want to be in the middle of winter. But experiment with your favorite liqueur – Bourbon, brandy, Kahlua and rum are all lovely options.”

 

Spiked Hot Chocolate
Serves 2

Ingredients:
• 1 cup of your favorite hot cocoa mix
• ¾ ounce of Amaretto, plus 1 tablespoon
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• various sweet treats for garnish (optional)

Directions:
1. Whip cream in a metal bowl with a whisk until soft peaks form. Mix in 1 tablespoon of Amaretto and set in the fridge until ready to use.
2. Prepare your favorite hot cocoa mix according to package directions. Stir in ¾ ounce of Amaretto. Pour evenly between two small cups and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
3. Garnish with anything your heart desires, such as shredded coconut or slivered almonds.

 

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This Orange Rosemary Spritz from Maggie at Eat Boutique and Heidi at White Loft Studio will brighten a dreary winter day! A touch of rosemary adds herbal fragrance to this colorful citrus cocktail.

From Maggie: “Sweet and herbal mesh well in this fizzy, refreshing drink. The rosemary aroma lingers all around and the sugared rim balances the citrus and bitter tinge of the Italian aperitif, Aperol. The color will brighten any winter day.”

 

Orange Rosemary Spritz
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 1 oz Aranciata Pellegrino
• 1 oz Lillet
• 1 tablespoon Aperol
• 1 oz Prosecco
• 2 sprigs rosemary
• 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
• 1 slice orange

Directions:
1. Strip leaves from one rosemary sprig. Chop leaves very finely and toss well with sugar in a small flat dish.
2. Rub a bit of orange on the rim of a small cocktail glass and dip in the rosemary sugar mixture until the rim is dotted with sugar and rosemary. Add Pellegrino, Lillet, Aperol and ice to the glass. Top with Prosecco.
3. Garnish with remaining sprig of rosemary and, if you’d like, a slice of orange.

 

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    Wondering what to serve at your Christmas festivities this year? Or at your winter wedding? How about something luscious and bubbly like this gorgeous Pear Rum Blush from Maggie Battista – equal parts yummy and lovely! Photos by Heidi from White Loft Studio.

    From Maggie: “Part rum punch and part sparkling cocktail, this Pear Rum Blush is refreshing and festive. The flavor is fruity with a kick, reminiscent of those amazing sherbet punches of our youth that took center stage at every holiday gathering. Omit the booze and add club soda for a fruity non-alcoholic soda.”

     

    Pear Rum Blush
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2-ounce pear juice
    • 3/4-ounce dark rum
    • 1-tablespoon cherry grenadine
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 ounce Prosecco
    • Pear slice and cherry for garnish (optional)

    Directions:
    1. Pour the pear juice, rum, grenadine and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
    2. Shake until the outside of the vessel is ice cold. Pour entire contents of shaker into a highball glass.
    3. Gently pour (or float) Prosecco into the glass and garnish with pear slice and cherry.

     

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    18 December 2012
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