Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea - Cocktail Recipe

Have you checked out this issue of Chilled Magazine? if you haven't yet, here is a sneak peek at my recipe featured in "Food Know How"!

For fall/winter flavors, I took the apple pie and ran with it. Here in the Pacific Northwest, apple season is celebrated and you can find its influence on menus all over town. Apple pie is one of those classic American comfort foods. Those warm and fuzzy feels familiar on your tongue, radiating warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. Combined with another Southern Classic, sweet tea, it is a match made in heaven. 

For a unique twist on a spiked sweet tea, I chose to use a local Portland, OR product from Bull Run Distillery- Medoyeff Starka Vodka. Dubbed the "Vodka for Whiskey Lovers" it is a vodka aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. Truly unique and flavorful, it adds depth and flavor to an otherwise simple recipe.

 

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea

4 oz Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea
2 oz Medoyeff Starka (barrel aged Vodka)
1 oz Lemon Juice (strained)
3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea: In a heat safe pitcher, combine 2 cups of sugar and 5 cups of boiling water, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 4 bags of apple cinnamon herbal tea. Cover and steep until contents have come to room temperature. 

Combine all ingredients in shaker, shake fiercely and dump into collins glass. Garnish with Lemon wheel 

 

La Mûre Sauvage - Ransom Old Tom Gin cocktail

In the Pacific Northwest, you never want summer to end. When there is a dry warm stretch in the forecast, the rivers and hiking trails are filled with people soaking in their Vitamin D. Everyone calls in sick if it's over 85 degrees. In the city the terraces, patios, and rooftops are packed with locals and tourists alike, sucking down tall refreshing fruity cocktails and craft beers. Today, the former struck my fancy, and I wanted to use the wild blackberries behind my house for something special. What says summer more than a giant hurricane glass full of gin and organic wild berries?

La Mûre Sauvage

Ingredients:

2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
1 oz Lime Juice
handful of wild blackberries (frozen, if you must)
3/4 oz Mint Simple Syrup
Soda Water to top, Tonic if you like more sweetness

Directions:

In a shaker tin, muddle blackberries, add Gin, Lime juice, mint simple syrup, shake with ice. Double Strain onto fresh ice in a hurricane glass. Top with soda water and garnish with blackberries and mint sprig. Savor. The end.

 

No Way Rosé! Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Need a way to beat the heat?
What better way than some summer favs combined in a frozen, adult drink. 

August 3rd is National Watermelon day, celebrate with this delightfully refreshing cocktail
As always, drink responsibly!

"No Way Rosé" Watermelon Sorbet

(1 batch serves 4-6) 
1 Bottle (750 ml) Rosé
2 Cups Watermelon Puree* (strained)
2.5 oz Fresh lime juice (strained)
6 oz Mint Simple Syrup**

*Watermelon Puree: cube a small seedless watermelon, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth, strain or use cheesecloth to remove seeds and large pieces. 

**Mint Simple Syrup: In a heat proof container combine 1 cup each sugar and boiling water. Add 4-5 mint sprigs and let steep uncovered until room temperature. 

Combine all ingredients and put into a freezer safe container, after 2-3 hours when ice crystals begin to form on the surface, stir and return to freezer. Serve in a wine glass with mint sprig garnish