Sukkah Hill Spirits: Besamim Cocktail

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Today, I am really, really pumped to talk to y’all about Sukkah Hill Spirits Besamim Liqueur. I know that might sound like a mouthfull, and most of you may not have heard of them, but OOOOOOH MY GOODNESS. All y’all need to get these Liqueurs right now!

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Firstly, I would like to say, “WOW.” I haven’t had a new Liqueur that was this good in a LOOOOOONG time. Sukkah Hill Spirits were started by the Witkins, a couple who live in Los Angeles. They were making batches of Liqueurs for friends and family, when a store put in a request for their amazing product. Now they have a 5000 sq ft facility and the rest is history.

Both Besamim and Etrog (more on this Liqueur very soon) are made from pure cane sugar Spirit in small batches. They are gluten free, vegan, and Kosher for passover. What else would you expect from a Spirits company based in LA?

Besamim Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: SPICE EXPLOSION. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove. Christmas spices.
  • Taste: Warm, elegant, sweetly spiced but not cloying. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Allspice. ALL THE SPICES you could ever want. It’s like your grandmother’s secret spice recipe. Hell yes.
  • Finish: Excellent medium-body for a Liqueur. Wide, long, and pleasant finish. The viscosity is just right and not too overpowering.
  • Overall: I have and will be using Besamim in as many Cocktails as possible. It’s perfect for the holiday season, in a stirred drink, or in spiced Tiki drinks.

 

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For this introductory post, I decided to feature just one Cocktail recipe (though believe me, I’ve got several) because this one lets Besamim shine like the beautifully spiced magic that it is.

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Here are your cast of characters: Besamim, Hine H Cognac, Lustau Amontiallado Sherry, and a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.

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I wanted to make this cocktail in the style of a Manhattan because I think Besamim is worthy of such a drink.

Besamim Cocktail

  • 3/4 oz Sukkah Hill Besamim Liqueur
  • 1 3/4 oz Hine H Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • Garnish: Luxardo Maraschino Cherry

Combine ingredients over ice and stirrrrrr. Strain into chilled coupe and garnish.

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Delicious. So delicious that I just drank one while writing this post. Now I want to curl up by a fire with a good book and feeeel the fabulousness.

Thanks to Sukkah Hill Spirits for sending the Besamim and Etrog. MORE SUKKAH HILL COCKTAILS COMING SOOOOOOOON.

Beach Nut Punch

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Hey, y’all. Ever had one of those days where you wish you were at the beach by an actual jungle, and not stomping around the concrete jungle?

Me too.

My still-tanned girlfriend and I returned from Tulum, MX two weeks AGO (how the tiiiiiiime flies), but seriously y’all, I MISS IT EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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Well, since I can’t be living that beach life all the time, I thought I’d shake off my landlocked sadness with a tasty tropical cocktail.

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For this particular recipe, I started with Apricot Liqueur and worked my way along. Apricot and almond flavors go really well together, so I grabbed the Orgeat syrup, and a Lime from my fridge. Then it was time to pick a Rum. Hmmm. Which Rum? An Aged Rum! I have a few Aged Rums in my home bar and decided to go with Angostura 7 Year, a molasses based Trinidadian Rum, because it has a bit of funk to it and a short finish. For the final ingredient, it seemed natural to add a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters.

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Beach Nut Punch

  • 2 oz Angostura 7 Year Rum (sub: aged Jamaican Rum)
  • 1/4 oz Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherries

Combine ingredients over ice and rapidly shake. Double strain into coupe and garnish.

IMPORTANT: Though I’ve called this drink a “punch” (because it has Spirit, spice, water, citrus), it’s really a cocktail or a “Punch for One.” I just really liked the way the phrase Beach Nut Punch sounds.

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Cheers! May this tasty drink make you feel like you’ve escaped to the beach!

A Sherried Martini

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Ooooooh my. The Holidays are literally upon us.

You may be asking yourself, “Home Bar Gurrrrl, why do you want us to drink a Martini when there are so many holiday Cocktails to imibe?”

Y’all, don’t worry. I’m not telling you skip the Egg Nog, Cranberry infused Dolin Rouge, Cacao infused Campari, or any Champagne Cocktails you might come across!

I’m just telling you, that if you want to take a holiday breather, lighten things up for a moment, and chillllllll, then this is the Martini for you.

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Our star players for this drink are: 1. Hayman’s Old Tom Gin which has a wonderful viscosity and loads of botanicals, and 2. Lustau Amontillado Sherry which has a fabulous dryness, loads of spices, nuttiness, and a bit of brine.

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They are supported with Dolin Dry Vermouth (praise be to Dolin Dry), Regans’ Orange Bitters, and an Orange peel.

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Are we ready to stirrrrrrrrr? Yes? Excellent.

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A Sherried Martini*

  • 2 1/4 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
  • 1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos Sherry
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients over ice and stirrrrrr. Strain into coupe. Express Orange peel and garnish.

This is “Sherried” cause there’s just a bit of Sherry, but the 1/4 oz gives an excellent finish to the Martini.

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Yeah gurrrrl, I wanna relax with this Sherried Martini. The holidays can do their own crazy thing.

Winfred Bumbry Punch

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Soooooo, woah. I feel like a whirlwind of things have happened! We returned from our holiday in Tulum, Mexico to Brooklyn and then it was Thanksgiving week which meant parties, parties, and feasting and several batches of Punch! AAAAAAAAAAH.

However, I would never complain about an opportunity to create a new Punch, especially not one with such exciting ingredients.

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I created this particular batch for a Friendsgiving party with some of my oldest friends. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I met many wonderful people in Birmingham, AL where I lived for 10 years. I played in bands with these people, threw dance parties with these people, and they became my crew.

At one time or another, myself and some of these wonderful people moved here to NYC and now we’ve all been pretty tight for around a decade. We have a group text that has been named several ridiculous things (Autumn Boyfriends, Looty Sweater Clurb, 10 Red Dancing Lady emojis in a row), but is currently named Winfred Bumbry.

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Here are the cast of characters for Winfred Bumbry Punch: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey + Smith & Cross make up my fave split base of all time. Ruby Port + Plantation Barbados 5 for length, greater depth, and cause Port is SO GREAT IN PUNCH. Lemon Sherbet cause I’m obsessed, LITERALLY OBSESSED with making classic Punches, and classic Punches frequently have Sherbet as an ingredient.

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Don’t forget the Nutmeg! It’s the only Punch garnish you’ll ever need.

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There were 7 people at our Friendsgiving party and we drank ALL the Punch. ALLLLLL OF IT. But hey, my friends are big drinkers so one could probably serve 8-9 people with this Punch.

Winfred Bumbry Punch

  • 1 1/2 Cups Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 Cups Navy Strength Rum (Preferably a blend of Demerara and Jamaican Rums)
  • 1 Cup Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
  • 1 Cup Ruby Port
  • 1 1/2 Cups Lemon Sherbet
  • 6 cups Club Soda + 1 large Ice block* for the Punch bowl
  • Garnish: freshly grated Nutmeg
  • Glassware: Tea Cups or Punch cups

Combine Whiskey, Rums, Port, and Lemon Sherbet in an airtight container. Stir ingredients and chill for a few hours or overnight. When serving, add an Ice block and Club Soda to Punch bowl. Grate Nutmeg over the top of the Punch bowl and serve.

*You could freeze water in a Quart size tupperware overnight and use that as the Ice block if you don’t need to be fancy. Personally, I don’t need to be fancy.

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Cheers to all y’alls Holiday Parties!

 

 

On Holiday Y’all!

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Woo! My fabulous girlfriend and I are going on holiday for a week to a tropical location where I hope to drink myriads of Agave based spirits, chill in the beautiful sea, and explore ancient ruins in the jungle! (Any guesses?)

If wi-fi permits, I may be updating my Instagram account with travel photos. Then again, maybe not!

See y’all in a week or so!

Autumn Boyfriends

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Ahhhhhhh, autumn. People say summer is the time for a fling but I say, “HELL NO! It’s too hot for a fling in the summah!” Autumn, now here is the time for a fling! Trips upstate to see the pretty leaves, campfires, that slight chill in the air that makes you want to snuggle up.

Autumn Boyfriends are the boyfriends for me. Give me alllllll the Autumn Boyfriends.

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Remember when we made that Citrus Sherbet? Now is the time to use it. We’re going to put it with Calvados (Apples = autumn), Plantation Barbados Rum (Why not? Goes so well with Calvados), Jägermeister (spices galore), and Allspice Dram (even more spices).

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Autumn Boyfriends

  • 1 1/2 oz Christian Drouin Calvados
  • 1 oz Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
  • 1/2 oz Citrus Sherbet
  • 2 barspoons Jägermeister (1 tsp)
  • 1 barspoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (1/2 tsp)
  • Garnish: freshly grated Nutmeg

Combine ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into coupe and grate that Nutmeg like you’ve never grated before!

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Dreamy dreamy boyfriends. Gonna sip sip sip til there are no more Autumn Boyfriends.

James Bond & the Americano

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Ahhhhh, a drinker’s movie. Today the newest James Bond film, Spectre, hits the theatres stateside and we lucky people have another opportunity to see Ian Fleming’s famous character in action. There is nothing sexier than a well-dressed, handsome, cavalier, cocktail drinking spy. Swoon.

Most of us associate James Bond’s cocktails with a shaken Martini (weak sauce, amirite?) or a silky Vesper (possibly the best use of Vodka ever). Actually, the very first cocktail James Bond ever ordered was an Americano made with Campari and Sweet Vermouth (Casino Royale p.22).

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That’s right y’all. An Americano.

A tall…

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…fizzy

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…Aperitivo.

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Let’s enjoy one together, shall we?

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  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth*
  • Top with Soda water
  • Garnish: Orange Peel.

Combine ingredients in High Ball glass over ice and stir. Garnish with Orange peel. Yummmm. Super refreshing and totally makes one hungry… hungry for a certain spy. Swooooon again.

*I used Carpano Antica cause it’s my fave Sweet Vermouth.

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Cheers! Enjoy your James Bond Americano and thanks to MBooth for the bottle of Campari!

Plane Drinking

  
Just flew back home to the San Francisco Bay Area for a holiday with my dad. I had the immense pleasure of riding First Class and after getting up at 4:15am, was so glad to be able to sleep on the plane. I was also treated to a couple of tasty drinks. 

  
A really big glass of Dry Champgane. Yesssss. 


A Gin & Tonic with Bombay Sapphire and a lil lime wedge. This is perhaps the perfect drink for flying. It is cool, refreshing, sophisticated, and well, GIN!!

Cheers to all and may your end of summer travels be delicious!