Culinary Cocktails: 2 Hot, 2 Cold
What happens when a man is snowbound with only his wits and his sideboard? He crafts a perfectly balanced flight of cocktails: two hot and two cool.
Passage to India
We just had some snow, about 8 inches this time. The last time it was about two feet. Everything is covered in a fine white dust. It’s quite lovely to look at as long as you’re inside and not shoveling. A friend of mine just sent a lovely container of Fig and Pear Chutney. I had been looking at some photographs of India and it churned my imagination. There was a picture of the Ganges River coming onto the computer screen and I thought of a Passage to India cocktail.
- 2 shots Bluewater Organic Vodka
- 1 tablespoon of a spicy chutney (homemade if possible)
- 1 or 2 saffron threads
- Orange peel
- Add crushed ice and vodka to a cocktail shaker. Do not shake or stir.
- Add spicy chutney to a well-chilled martini glass.
- Strain iced vodka into the glass and garnish with saffron threads and an orange peel.
The Red Hour Cocktail
The Red Hour Cocktail’s inspiration comes from the Star Trek show of the same name. How completely rational people can go quite crazy when the clock strikes The Red Hour.
- 2 shots Siesta Key White Rum
- 1 or two drops of Bitter End Thai Bitters
- Freshly squeezed orange and lime juice (just enough)
- Q-Tonic Water
- Add a few cubes of ice to a cocktail shaker, then the rum, followed by bitters, then fruit juices.
- Shake. Strain onto fresh ice in a tall glass.
- Top with a few splashes of Q-Tonic Water and a RED Cherry.
The Pure Driven Snow
Another cool-as-ice cocktail. If you live anywhere outside the tropics this year, you’re in the snow belt and understand the inspiration for this drink.
- 1 wheat beer such as Brooklyn Brewery Hopfen-Weisse
- 2 shots Anchor Junipero Gin
- 1 lime in chunks
- 1 tablespoon sugar cane syrup
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in beer and gin.
- Add lime and syrup.
- Shake very gently, or the drink will foam wildly.
- Serve in a short glass with fresh ice.
Electric Wire Squirrel
Some like it hot, some don’t. Yesterday our electricity went out for several hours. When the guy came out to see why the transformer was charred, he found what was left of a squirrel. Note: no rodents were harmed in the making of this drink.
- 2 shots Calvados
- 1 shot good cognac
- Hot water to fill a mug
- Scraping of fresh nutmeg
- Serve hot.
R.I.P. little buddy.