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Carla Camerieri
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Blueberry Rosemary Shrub Brandy Cocktail
The Suncatcher is my riff on yesterday's Blueberry Tea Cocktail that's made with Cooper River Distillers brandy and Element Shrub's Blueberry Rosemary. Yes, I had to actually use something blueberry in my version because I didn't think I could pull off the cocktail magic trick of the original! ------------ The Suncatcher ------ 2 oz Cooper River Distillers Copper & Vine brandy ½ oz Bénédictine liqueur 1 oz Element Shrub Blueberry Rosemary ½ oz Rosemary and Orange Pekoe tea syrup* 1 dash DRAM Hair of the Dog bitters ------ Shake all the ingredients with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish will blueberries on a cocktail pick. Enjoy! ------ *To make the syrup, brew an 8 oz cup of orange pekoe tea. Add 4 oz sugar and reheat gently until the sugar dissolves. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or so. ------------ The Cooper & Vine brandy is warm and wonderful with just enough fruitiness to it to work really well with the blueberry shrub. The Bénédictine added some spice along with the bitters, and the tea syrup was the mandatory ingredient, of course. This one tasted like blueberries, but no ???here!! ??? Link in my profile for the blog post.
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I’m sharing many facts about Earth today with my Celestial Series Cocktail #3 and a fun drink focused shamelessly on visual aesthetics! I needed lots of blue and green and there was only one way I knew to get there. I used the super clean Stateside Vodka as my base, along with Blue Curaçao, a Texas grapefruit shrub from Liber & Co., grapefruit juice, and an herbal simple syrup. The shrub and the juice curbed the Curaçao’s sweetness, which is what I was going for since I really wanted to bring the simple syrup into the mix. The glasses were the icing on the cake. What better way to celebrate Earth’s abundant water source than with glasses with little etched fish! They were perfection and I’ve been looking for a reason to use them for some time now. This cocktail can also be served up in a coupe glass or on the rocks in a Collins with splash of soda on top. Cheers everyone!! 🌎 —————— On Which All Life Depends ——— 2 oz Stateside vodka 1 oz Blue Curaçao 1 oz Liber & Co grapefruit shrub 1 oz herbal simple syrup 1 oz grapefruit juice ——— Add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Double strain into shot glasses, a cocktail glass, or a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with something herbal. Enjoy!
It’s Friday and today's post is about a beautiful quote from a little book called Bluets by Maggie Nelson that my daughter said was an absolute must read for me. It’s all about a journey through heartache, a subject I love to muse about because of my naturally empathetic nature and because, let’s be honest, so many cocktails are consumed in an attempt to recover from lost love! I think that empathizing about the subject of loss is one of the most profoundly human ways we can connect with one another. We’ve all been through it and we know the struggle it brings. Nelson's quote goes like this: "For to wish to forget how much you loved someone - and then, to actually forget - can feel, at times, like the slaughter of a beautiful bird who chose, by nothing short of grace, to make a residence of your heart.” Amazing, right? And so very true. Hopefully I’ve intrigued you enough to read the full post. The link is in my profile. 💔 —————— My Heart Goes Still ——— 2 oz Del Maguey Mezcal ½ oz Ancho Reyes chile liqueur 1 oz Element [Shrub] Blueberry Rosemary ½ oz lime juice ½ oz rosemary agave syrup ——— Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig. Sit. Think. Remember. It will all be ok. —————— For today's cocktail, I had to choose ingredients that all had a certain level of intensity. I started with mezcal as my base and added the chile liqueur next. I now had smokiness, mystery, spice, and heat. Makes you think of love, right? The blueberry in the shrub echoed Maggie Nelson's title and the rosemary the theme of forgetting and remembering. I built around the shrub with a rosemary agave syrup on one side and lime juice on the other. The end result was a smoky and spicy drink that hits you with multiple flavors to start, and then cleans up nicely with the lime juice at the end. It's like navigating that journey through grief and all the profound sadness it can bring. In the end we return to clarity and hope. ☀️
Today’s Monday Classic is the Yellow Jacket from the book Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric. It’s along the lines of a Widow’s Kiss. I was totally intrigued by the combination of ingredients and couldn’t wait to see how they played off each other in the actual drink. I was not disappointed! The tequila creates an earthy base, while the Chartreuse brings in a strong herbal component that’s offset by the floral notes of the St. Germain. This cocktail is boozy and complex, yet in perfect balance. Click on the link in my profile to read more! —————— Yellow Jacket ——— 2 oz Reposado tequila 1 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur 1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse 1 dash of orange bitters ——— Add the ingredients to a missing class with ice and stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!
It’s Friday and I’m musing about the idea of how fragile our relationships are and how much love and nurturing they really need to thrive. I’ve come to believe that it has so much to do with allowing ourselves to be vulnerable with one another, and with learning and to really talk and truly listen. The name of this cocktail was inspired by a line in a Suicide Awareness video that I reposted yesterday on my personal Instagram from @TWLOHA founded by @jamietworkowski. Please watch it if you can. It’s such an important message and the video is incredibly moving. Since yesterday was my birthday, I always end up reassessing my life and I’ve decided that I would like to adopt this idea as my personal objective for the upcoming year. I want to be furiously kind and relentlessly gentle with all those I love. ❤️❤️❤️ —————— Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle ——— 2 oz Plymouth gin ½ oz Sukkah Hill Spirits Etrog liqueur ¾ oz lemon juice ¾ oz fig and lavender simple syrup 1 dash DRAM lavender lemon balm bitters ——— Combine all the ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake until very cold. Pour into an old fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with and a lavender blossom. Reflect. Reassess. Allow yourself to be open. —————— I love the combination of Plymouth gin’s mild flavor and lower alcohol with Sukkah Hill Spirits Etrog liqueur. I added the fig and lavender simple syrup, lemon juice, and Dram bitters, all ingredients that are also gentle, yet distinctive in their flavor. I started out with only ½ ounce of the syrup but found that I needed to go to ¾ to balance out the lavender, which can be just a bit astringent. Adjust it to your taste. Happy Friday everyone. Let’s be this way together.
I’m beginning a new Wednesday series today that will feature cocktails inspired by our solar system. Perfect timing, since our first planet is Mercury which just ended its retrograde period yesterday, allowing all of us, but especially the Geminis and Virgos of the world, to breathe a sigh of relief after 3 weeks of suffering. This swiftly traveling planet is the closest to the sun where extreme temperature changes, magnetic tornados, and meteoroid collisions are an everyday thing. The sun rises as a giant white orb 3 times the size of how it appears here on earth, and its light is blinding because there is no atmosphere to deflect and scatter it. Sounds lovely, right? You can click on the link in my blog post to read more Mercury facts and its impact on our astrological lives, of course. You all knew I couldn’t resist going there! —————— Go Swiftly ——— 2 oz Krogstad Aquavit ½ oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger liqueur ¾ lemon juice ¾ oz peppercorn arugula simple syrup ½ activated charcoal capsule ginger and peppercorns for muddling ——— Muddle 2 ginger slices and a handful of peppercorns withe the simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker tin. Add the remaining ingredients with ice and shake until very cold. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon wheel. Sprinkle some cracked pepper on top of the drink. Enjoy! —————— Since Mercury’s color is predominantly gray (leaning towards grayish-green in sunlight) I had a bit of a challenge on my hands that hopefully I was able to meet with the help of some arugula and activated charcoal. I wanted a drink whose ingredients captured a temperature change, which is why I chose the combination of Aquavit and Barrow’s Intense Ginger. To me, the Aquavit and arugula are cool, and the ginger and peppercorns are hot, and one taste transitioned into the other for me, so I felt like I accomplished what I set out to do. Cheers everyone! Next up will be Venus, planet of love, beauty, and emotions.
Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall in Houston, Texas last week, made me think of the Harvey Wallbanger for today’s Monday Classics post. It was actually my sister-in-law who suggested it and she and my brother do live in Houston, but fortunately did not sustain much damage from the storm. The original drink is one of those post-Prohibition cocktails that were made in a way that abandoned technique and innovation in favor of less expensive and easier to find ingredients. Quite often these drinks were also part of an ad campaign for one of their spirits. The Harvey Wallbanger was no exception. The makers of Galliano were just trying to break into the American market and they used this particular cocktail as a means of doing just that. I’ve updated it by using a locally crafted vodka from Stateside here in a Philadelphia, swapping out the Galliano for yellow Chartreuse, and by using a blood orange and saffron shrub from Element [Shrub] as the center of the drink. The shrub, Chartreuse, and simple syrup all include saffron, an ingredient that packs a powerful punch, much like a certain hurricane. Click on the link in my profile to read more. —————— The Harvey Coastbanger ——— 2 oz Stateside vodka ½ oz yellow Chartreuse 2 oz Element [Shrub] blood orange saffron ½ oz lemon juice ½ oz saffron simple syrup ——— Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Element Shrub & Club in the same blood orange saffron flavor. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry in honor of the original drink. Cheers!
After a wonderful and very restful week vacationing at the beach, I’m returning to posting with this Monday’s Classic, the Clover Club. I hadn’t realized that it was considered to be a signature drink of Philadelphia! It rose to fame during the pre-Prohibition era and is named after a social club (whose members included bankers, lawyers, and businessmen) that met regularly at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel on Broad Street in Philly. Once Prohibition had ended, the Clover Club began its fall from grace, as is the case with so many classics that were popular around that time. A 1934 article in Esquire magazine that called the drink one of the 10 worst of the decade certainly did not help. Happily it is now on menus everywhere again, thanks to the craft cocktail resurgence. Like most classics, it’s blank slate for personal modifications. I’ve stuck with the original recipe here, but my mid entertains the possibility of changing up the citrus or adding to the syrup, or even swapping out the base spirit… Cheers everyone. Happy Monday! —————— The Clover Club ——— 2 oz dry gin (Plymouth or London Dry, preferably) ½ oz fresh lemon juice (half a lemon) 2 tsp raspberry syrup 1 egg white ——— Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more. Add the ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail class. Garnish with skewered raspberries. Enjoy!
Today I’m musing about a Johnny Cash quote that he said about his wife June Carter Cash. When asked about his description of paradise, he said, “This morning, with her, having coffee.” His words made me consider how our busy, electronically charged lives leave very little room for the small rituals that build interpersonal connections with those we love. I think we all need to devote more time to creating those rituals. It may start as just a regular coffee or lunch date, or a weekly phone call, or even a morning text. However we get there, I truly believe that it’s something that can change our lives in a very meaningful way. ☕️❤️ —————— Your Morning Coffee ——— 2 oz of your favorite bourbon 1 oz Bearings cold-brewed coffee (made just for cocktails here in Philadelphia) 2-3 dashes DRAM Apothecary Black bitters 1 sugar cube ——— Place the sugar cube in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass with just a dash of water. Crush with a muddler. Add the remaining ingredients along with one large cube of ice and stir until cold. Express an orange peel over the drink and drop in. Enjoy! —————— Making an Old-fashioned is definitely a ritual for me. That’s why I chose a slight riff on it for this particular drink. And of course it had to have coffee in it. I hope that you can make this drink for your morning coffee person. Cheers everyone. Happy Friday.
Today I’m reminiscing about spending time poolside at our last house, especially when my kids were young. We felt like it was a tropical vacation every day, which becomes the perfect segue into the fact that today is National Rum Day and I do work for a distillery that makes rum! Yesterday Charlie Berkinshaw from @elementshrub visited us @cooperriverdistillers, and today’s drink is the result of much cocktail geekery between the two of us. It’s a riff on a rum fizz that has the perfect amount of sweet and sour, along with just enough bite from the jalapeño and a nice bright flavor from the honeydew. If you're local, I’ll be behind the bar tomorrow at the distillery from 12-7 serving drinks in the spirit of Jimmy Buffet who’s playing at the nearby BB&T Pavillion! Click on the link in my profile for my full post. —————— Poolside ——— 2 oz Petty’s Island white rum 1 oz Element [Shrub] Honeydew Jalapeño 1 oz lime juice 1 egg white 1 oz simple syrup ——— Shake everything vigorously without ice in a cocktail shaker to get the egg white nice and foamy. Add the ice and shake again until cold. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and top with Element’s Honey Jalapeño Shrub & Club. Garnish with a lime wheel and a jalapeño slice. Channel your inner Jimmy Buffet. Cheers!