Variations on a Theme: Branca Menta Grasshopper

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This isn’t just any Grasshopper, it’s a Branca Menta Grasshopper. This fancy, complex, multileveled Grasshopper went on holiday. He left his tiny apartment on E6th street, got on a plane at LGA and headed south for some adventures. On his adventures, he took some friends with him. Since he isn’t just any Grasshopper, he doesn’t have the usual friends.

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This Branca Menta Grasshopper likes to hang with Coconut Milk and Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters. This Grasshopper Trio had the BEST OF TIMES on their holiday. Such good times that they even wrote down some notes about their travels.

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Grasshopper in Kentucky

  • 1 oz Branca Menta
  • 3/4 oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
  • 1 oz Coconut Milk
  • Garnish: Mint Leaf

Combine ingredients in tin with ice and shake until ingredients have combined and incorporated. You may have to shake very hard to get the Coconut Milk to play along. Strain into coupe, spank the Mint and garnish.

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Grasshopper in NOLA

  • 1 1/4 oz Branca Menta
  • 1/2 oz Scrappy’s Choco Bitters
  • 1/2 oz St George NOLA Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 Coconut Milk
  • Garnish: Grated dark Chocolate

Combine ingredients in tin with ice and shake until ingredients have combined and incorporated. You may have to shake very hard to get the Coconut Milk to get with the program. Grate dark Chocolate on top.

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Grasshopper in the Gulf

  • 1 oz Branca Menta
  • 1 oz Flor de Caña 7
  • 1/2 oz Scrappy’s Choco Bitters
  • 1 oz Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • Garnish: Mint Bouquet

Combine ingredients in tin with ice and shake until ingredients have combined and incorporated. You may have to shake very hard to get the Coconut Milk to get in line. Spank the Mint Bouquet and garnish.

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Let’s just look at this again, shall we? This fancy Branca Menta Grasshopper in the Gulf has such a nice hat.

Thanks again to the Baddish Group and Branca Menta for making this tasteful Grasshopper journey possible.

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National Margarita Day with Casa Noble Crystal

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February 22 is National Margarita Day and I have been #blessed y’all, #BLESSED with this fabulous bottle of Casa Noble Crystal to make Margaritas. I was totally blown away by how tasty this Blanco Tequila is and will try to describe it in a few words.

  • On the Nose: Pineapple, Strawberry, Grasses
  • On the Tongue: Banana, Citrus, Chocolate, Nutty, Agave
  • In the Mouth: Smooth and velvety, almost no “Tequila burn”

In other words, Casa Noble Crystal is a truly special Tequila. It’s definitely unlike any other Blanco Tequila I’ve ever tasted and therefore, the first thing I did was make a classic Margarita with it. I highly recommend taking this approach when testing a new Spirit. Like, when I get a new Rum, I always make a Daiquiri with it. This way I know how the Spirit is going to interact with Citrus, sweetness, etc.

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Casa Noble Crystal Margarita

  • 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (yes, that is Cointreau in a jar cause I live in a tiny apartment)
  • 1/2 oz Organic Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Hawaiian Pink Salt and Lime Wheel

In tin, combine Tequila, Cointreau, Agave Nectar and Lime Juice over ice and shake it baby! Rim Rocks glass with Salt, add ice and strain drink into glass. Lime wheel at the end. Fabulous, classic, yum.

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Once I knew how this beautiful Tequila interacted in a classic Margarita, I got fancy. Mint and Grapefruit fancy to be specific.

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Pample-Menthe Margarita

  • 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Organic Agave Nectar
  • 3/4 oz Ruby Red Grapefuit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
  • 5-6 Mint Leaves
  • Garnish: Hawaiian Pink Salt, Mint Bouquet

In tin, muddle Mint leaves, Grapefruit Juice, Lime juice and Agave Nectar. Dry shake to incorporate ingredients. Add Tequila, Cointreau, Orange Bitters, Ice and short shake again. Rim rocks glass with salt, add ice and double strain drink into glass. Lastly, add Mint Bouquet.

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Hello Pineapple Spear Bunny Ears. 

Then I decided I wanted to bring out the Banana and Pineapple notes from the Casa Noble Crystal Tequila. I recalled that whole month of #TikiTheSnowAway and said to myself, “I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna make a Tiki Margarita”. This is also the first drink that I consulted The Flavor Bible and learned Coconut Milk and Vanilla Bean syrup go very well together!

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Island Time Margarita*

  • 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Vanilla Bean Syrup
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Coconut Milk
  • 5-6 Banana Slices
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: Hawaiian Pink Salt, 2 Pineapple Spears

In tin, muddle Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Bean Syrup and Banana slices. Dry shake until ingredients are incorporated. Add Tequila, Cointreau, Bitters and Ice and shake again. Rim rocks glass with salt and add ice. Double strain drink into glass and garnish with Pineapple Spears.

*Honestly, this is the best Margarita I’ve ever made. It might even be the best Tiki drink I’ve ever made.

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Let’s just look at this again, shall we? Sooooo dreamy, so tasty. 

Thanks to Casa Noble for their magical Crystal Blanco Tequila and thanks to the Baddish Group for the opportunity to use it for National Margarita Day!

Beach Blanket Bazonga

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I can’t believe January and #TikiTheSnowAway are nearly over! I never want it to end! At this point, I’m starting to wonder if I should just open a Tiki joint….This cocktail really reminded me of something I might order at NoMad Bar. Something about the combination of Coconut Milk, DD Mix and the two Citrus Juices gives Beach Blanket Bazonga a sultry flavor while still being totally Beach party ready.

Beach Blanket Bazonga

  • 1 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
  • 1 oz Flor de Caña 7 Aged Rum
  • 1/2 oz DD Mix
  • 1 oz Coconut Milk
  • 3/4 oz Freshly squeezed Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters
  • Garnish: Mint sprig

Combine ingredients in tin and shake it gurrrrrrl, shake!  Strain into double rocks glass and serve on one big rock or crushed ice if you have it. Spank the Mint and garnish.

*You may have to whip the coconut milk for a bit with a whisk if it’s chunky. Whip away!

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