Hey y’all! Happy December and remember to be as chill as possible during the Holidaze. Chill could mean doing more yoga, going running in chilly breezes, or curling up on the couch and watching your fave movie with Princess Pretty Kitty, aka your cat.
I’ve been doing all of the above + relaxing with a nice glass of fortified wine. Yep, I’ve been on a huge vermouth/aperitif/digestif kick lately. Literally can’t get enough: Byrrh, Bonal, Alessio Vermouth di Torino, Cocchi Dopo Teatro Vermouth Amaro, Dolin Blanc, Dolin Rouge…
But then I ran out of Dolin Blanc et Rouge and thought to myself, “GRRRRL, now it’s holiday times and you need to make that Cranberry infused Dolin Rouge!” YES! And I’m gonna put it in alllllll the Negroni variations I can think of.
Cranberry Infused Dolin Rouge Vermouth
- 250 ml Dolin Rouge or other French Sweet Vermouth. (But try to get Dolin Rouge, it’s so perfect with Cranberries.)
- 250 ml dried Cranberries (by Volume). I don’t have a scale. Do you have a scale? Lucky you.
- In Jar combine dried Cranberries and Dolin Rouge
- Let sit for 48 hours gently rolling or stirring
- Double strain into glass container and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks
- Eat the now-vermouth-soaked Cranberries or give them to a friend. YUMMMM
Cheers and happy Holiday Infusions to y’all!
Y’all, we’re getting pretty close to Xmas and I know errrybody’s Aunties are making ALL the desserts. In fact, Auntie Edna is making so many desserts that even when she’s not making dessert, she’s thinking about dessert. So she took a break from making fruit cakes, made this drink and then went right back to making more cakes! Auntie Edna is so crazy! But damn she does make some sensational cakes and drinks!
- 1 1/4 oz Calvados
- 3/4 oz Pineapple infused Plymouth gin
- 1/2 oz Chartreuse Vert
- 1/2 oz Berentzen Pear Liqueur
- 1/4 oz Cranberry infused Dolin Rouge
- 1/4 oz Carpano Antica
- 3 drops Black Walnut Bitters
- Clove studded Orange peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into coupe and garnish with Clove studded Orange peel.
It’s that time of year, that Album of the Year time. I’ve been in hot debate with several of my friends about this decision. It seems that dudes tend to think my album choice was “close but no cigar” but almost errrrrrry Gurl I know agrees with me. My Album Of the Year is totally:
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
I have listened to this record probably 5x more than any other record this year and I usually listen to it straight through. It’s fucking perfect. Perfect production, perfect vocals, perfect grooves and songwriting. I haven’t been this excited about an album since Fever Ray released her self-titled album in 2009 or St Vincent’s Strange Mercy. Side note: I know everyone is giving AOTY it to St. Vincent for her self-titled album this year. Whilst a solid choice, Strange Mercy is her best work IMHO.
Other strong contenders: Owen Pallett – In Conflict, Jenny Lewis – The Voyager, St Vincent – St Vincent and Perfume Genius – Too Bright.
And now, the Cocktail. I decided to call this drink Album of the Year because it’s simple, clean and extremely complex. Just like any good album should be. All of the fruitiness from the NOLET’S Silver, the Cranberry and other dark fruits from the Dolin Rouge and the vegetal + citrus from the Bonal and Bitters are just like an end of year party! Woo!
Album of the Year Cocktail
Combine ingredients over ice and stirrrrrrr. Strain into coupe, no garnish.
Cheers! Feel free to tell me what your Albums of the Year are in the comments!
I thought to myself, “I have all this leftover Bourbon from ThanxG, why don’t I just turn it into a Bottled Cocktail to give as a gift for the Holidaze!” Then I added more ingredients from all those Holiday Infusions I just did et voilá! Something that should have been a Boulevardier is now the most complicated and magical Holiday Bottled Cocktail ever.
*Note to self: Dear Self, next year, just make a Boulevardier or Negroni and MOVE ON WITH YO’ LYFE. #NegroniWeek
**This recipe is for one Cocktail and these particular bottles hold two Cocktails. Therefore, I doubled the recipe.
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- In tin, combine ingredients, express and add Orange peel, add ice.
- Stir until proper dilution has been achieved. Strain into Bottle and give it to someone you like a lot!
- I would recommend that the recipient chill the bottle, possibly serve on the rocks if they feel the drink is too strong.
- I would also recommend a fresh Orange peel in the glass they drink from.
Cheers to you and all your friends!