Four Roses Bourbon Opening Day Cocktail

Cocktail O’ Clock: Knock it Outta the Park with the RBI Cocktail

Four Roses Bourbon Opening Day Cocktail
Happy Opening Day! Today we’re celebrating the start of baseball season with lots of bourbon. Wait, bourbon? Yes, bourbon. Think beyond the Kentucky Derby, because this versatile liquor is great for spring and summer sipping during any sporting event, including baseball.

Today we used the classic Four Roses bourbon to create the RBI… no, not Run Batted In, the Raspberry Blackberry Infusion! We combined Four Roses with fresh berries to create a sweet, flavorful infused bourbon, then shook it with local honey and bitters and served it on the rocks for a refreshing libation perfect for drinking while watching your favorite team.

The Four Roses RBI Cocktail

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Cocktail O’Clock: Cherry Season, Meet Vermouth

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Haven’t heard any updates from the nation’s capital yet, but here in Brooklyn the cherry blossoms are juuuuust starting to peek out — despite the wintry weather that is probably making them curl back up in their buds this morbid Monday. Snowy start to spring or not, I’m ready for some spring-season drinking, and when I think spring, I think cherries. This cocktail splits the difference between the kind of weather we’re supposed to be having and what we’re actually experiencing — a tart, fruity, but warm and filling spring-meets-winter drink.

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Cocktail O’Clock: Signs of Spring

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After a long winter, it is high time we get ourselves into spring drinking season. I don’t know about you, but by my calendar it is just about time to start thinking about sitting outside with an icy, fruity beverage. Yes, I know it is still snowing outside. No, I don’t care. This cocktail o’clock special comes from the Renaissance Montreal hotel — where I am certain it is still snowing, so if they’re already thinkin’ about spring drinkin’ you can too.

 

The East Cocktail

· 1.5 oz. Hennessy V.S.

· 1.5 oz. Sake

· 1 oz. Lime juice

· 1 oz. Lemongrass syrup

· 1 oz. Pomegranate juice

· 0.5 oz. Egg white

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Filter the drink with a cocktail strainer into an Old Fashioned glass, already filled with ice.

Cocktail O’Clock: Luck of the Irish

Luck o' The Irish

It may still be February, but the warm weather we had this past weekend has me thinking spring. When I think about the start of spring I think about St. Patrick’s Day. When I think about St. Patrick’s Day I think about the genuine, authentic displays of Irish-American heritage that fill pubs throughout New York. I’m just kidding. Let’s talk about booze.

Here’s a new cocktail recipe that let’s you celebrate St. Patrick’s — or any other day — with class. No green beer, please. Instead let’s take actual Irish beer (Guinness) and use its deep, stout-y flavor to liven up a citrusy whiskey cocktail.

Luck of the Irish

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Guinness IPA

Guinness Makes an IPA! We Approve.

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About a month ago, I received a very intriguing email from my friends at Guinness. They invited me to a beer dinner at the ultra-delicious Fixe here in Austin… a beer dinner featuring their brand new boozy offering, an IPA. Yes, an IPA from Guinness! And I promise this isn’t a joke, unlike our Guinness Crystal April Fools post of yore.

Obviously I accepted this beer dinner invite, and I’m happy to report that I was able to try lots (…and lots…) of the new Guinness IPA during that feast. Guinness IPA retains a bit of the hoppy nose and a tinge of that pleasantly bitter flavor you’d expect from an IPA, but also boasts the signature smoothness that Guinness is known and loved for – thanks to the nitro. Mmm, nitro.

But seriously, this beer is good for people who enjoy an IPA and also people who complain that they don’t like IPA. It’s an equal-opportunity beer that is almost dangerously easy to sip. Perfect for pairing with your fall cooking. And probably the only IPA I would ever call “creamy.” If you’re a total hop-head you might not be in love, but for everyone else, it’s a welcome addition to the Guinness line.

Right now, Guinness IPA is only availably in the USA, not Ireland (where Guinness is made, duh). So if you’re in the American beer market, you’re in luck! You might start seeing it in stores soon, keep your eyes peeled.

Oh, and one more pro tip courtesy of Fixe… turns out Guinness IPA pairs wonderfully with southern biscuits, steak, and seafood potpie. You learn something new every day.

Guinness IPA and Seafood Pie at Fixe

Guinness IPA and Steak at Fixe

Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

Summer Food & Wine Pairings with Michel Schlumberger

Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

I recently spent a GLORIOUS long weekend in Sonoma County, California. What was I doing there? WINE TASTING, obviously! I guess some people go to Sonoma to ride bikes or shop or something, but for me it’s 100% wine, 100% of the time. One of the many highlights I enjoyed on this Sonoma wine weekend was an afternoon at Michel-Schlumberger winery, where we toured the grounds and cellars before settling into the best part of the winery: a five-course food and wine pairing in their beautiful back garden.

Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

Before each course, the chef came out and introduced his course, which wine was paired with it, and why. Educational and delicious! I loved every bite and sip. Let’s recap together! You just might find some inspiration for your upcoming summer cookout… there’s so much more to backyard BBQ boozin’ than just beer.

Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

Course 1: Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cup with Toasted Peanuts paired with NV Brut
Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

Why a sparkling wine with this shrimp course? The crisp brightness of the brut pairs well with the delicate flavors found in both shrimp and Vietnamese seasonings. Sparkling whites can also stand up nicely to spicy food, and this shrimp definitely had a kick to it!

Course 2: Bruschetta with Grilled Peaches, Ricotta, Toasted Pecans, and Estate Olive Oil paired with 2013 Gold Collection Chardonnay
Michel Schlumberger Wine and Food Pairing | Sonoma Wine Country

 

So this might not look like much from the photo, but this bruschetta was phenomenal. Peaches and soft cheese are always a great combo, but the toasted pecans and the kiss of olive oil really added a roundness to the dish. This particular chardonnay boasts a smooth, full, creamy body that can stand up to the richness of the olive oil. The fruity notes of the chardonnay ties in with the light, sweet peaches as well.

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Cocktail O’Clock: Olives + Tequila?

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We’re big fans of dirty martinis here at Endless Simmer, not to mention pickle-tinis, and pretty much any other way to salty up a cocktail. What we’d never heard of before was an olive-and-tequila concoction.

With National Tequila Day just around the corner (July 24, as you surely know), it’s about time to take a look at the Mexican martini.

This Austin, Texas speciality comes to us by way of Tex-Mex cantina El Original in New York City and we have to say this one looks worth trying.

Mexican Martini 

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