Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cocktail Wednesdays: Aztec Milk Punch

Aztec Milk Punch

I got a bit of a late start on tonight's drink, so rather than the drink I intended to make, which requires cooking up a batter, I chose to try to find another drink to use the chocolate bitters in.  With slim pickings in what I could find off the bat, I decided to make a twist another drink we did in the past, Milk Punch. We're still deep in the grips of winter, though it has topped freezing frequently of late.  Yesterday, we had extra-heavy snowfall, and though it was not the storm they anticipated, it did set the scene for more wintery drinks.

Aztec Milk Punch

1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Spiced Dark Rum
1/2 tbsp Sugar
4 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
4 oz Whole Milk

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with shaved or crushed ice
Garnish with a ground cinnamon.

The verdict: a traditional wintery drink in the eggnogg flavor family without the eggs, and therefor lighter.  A little bit of chocolate,  but not much.  Nothing particularly outstanding, but not bad either, and quick and easy to make.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cocktail Night: Dyckman After Dark

Dyckman After Dark

Back again!  I bought a new charger for my laptop, and everything's working again.

This week, I served Dyckman After Dark in the lovely set of coupes I picked up yesterday at the thrift store for 50 cents a piece.  As per usual, I picked the drink rather last minute, so it is lacking an orange peel garnish.  One reason I selected this drink is that it also makes use of an ingredient we picked up recently, chocolate bitters.

Dyckman After Dark

1 1/2 oz AƱejo rum
1 oz Orange liqueur
3 ds Chocolate bitters, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate
Orange twist garnish

Stir over ice. Strain into a coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.

The verdict: this was a tasty dessert drink, as orange and chocolate are always a good combination.  They work nicely with the rum, and blend together well. It was only a hint of chocolate, and Scott couldn't pick it out specifically.  Our guest liked it, but it is still strong, and the burn was too much for his recently-sick throat.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Snow on a town square

Last night: beautiful, sparkly, fluffy snow gently falling. A quick shopping trip after work. A winter wonderland.