cocktails

Grand MarnierIn the 1880’s Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle created something magical; the cognac concoction known as Grand Marnier. Over the years I have tried many drink and dessert recipes that call for this divine spirit. That may be why I’m so excited to help you celebrate the “unofficial” national holiday known as National Grand Marnier Day (July 14th)!

Here are some of the most mouth-watering recipes calling for Grand Marnier I could find on Pinterest.

Do you have a favorite Grand Marnier recipe?

15 Grand Marnier Drink & Dessert Recipes

 

Grand Marnier Desserts

Grand Marnier Cupcakes via Three Many Cooks

Grand Marnier Truffles via Baker by Nature

Martha Stewart’s Grand Marnier Italian Buttercream Frosting

Grand Marnier Souffle via The Kitchy Kitchen

Grand Marnier Napoleons with Dark Chocolate Sauce via Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Orange Soufflé with Grand-Marnier via Zen Can Cook

Chocolate Grand Marnier Sour Cream Coffee Cake via Rock Recipes

Italian Apple Cake with Grand Marnier Mascarpone via Essential Kids

Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Grand Marnier Crème Anglaise via Chris over at Shared Appetite

Sweetened Condensed Milk Cake with A Grand Marnier Soak via Hummingbird High

Grand Marnier Cocktails

Pineapple Mojito via Saveur

Jane Russell via Liquor.com

Mango-ritas via Hype Orlando

Flaming B-52 Shot via Food Viva

Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail via One Martini

Herbal Cocktail Secrets 

Grow a cocktail garden right outside your door and be prepared for lots of fun and amazing scents all season long. Part of growing useful organic gardens is finding creative ways to use the bounty of the harvest. Herb and edible flower gardens are an easy way to grow foods that can enhance a beverage with a lot of flavor without adding a lot of artificial ingredients. Better for your health and for your taste buds, growing your own herbal garden living wall is fairly simple.

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Fundamentally, creating an herbal cocktail is not just for alcoholic beverage preparation. I like to call a refreshing herb-enhanced non-alcoholic culinary treat an Herbal Sip. On a hot summer’s day there’s nothing better than muddling strawberries and fresh mint together then pouring ice cold lemonade over the top of the muddle for an astounding flavor burst.

Ice cold water can be flavored in a similar way by smooshing herbs, or muddling, then pouring the cold water over the herbs and straining the mixture before drinking; the secret is in the muddle.

A muddler is a wooden, plastic, or metal pestle that is an essential tool used in bartending.

Use the fat side for mashing and muddling, and the thinner side of the muddler as a stirring tool. Simply put, muddling is a way of releasing the oils and flavors within herbs and fruits in order to capture a stronger flavor when sipping a beverage.

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Picking the herbs and muddling them to enhance a cocktail’s flavor is the easiest way to add flavor to a cocktail. However, sometimes kicking it up a notch by macerating vodka, gin, or another liquor with herbs, berries, and flowers can infuse the flavors in a stronger, more condensed way.

Infusing means to soak or steep an ingredient with a spirit in order to extract the dominate flavor of the item being infused.

Vodka is frequently used as a part of the infusion process because it has a relatively neutral flavor which allows the infused herb flavor to stand out more clearly. Better liquor creates a better infusion. Be sure, for instance, to use 80 proof alcohol or above, preferably 100 proof for an infused liquor.

Tips for a Living Wall Cocktail Garden 

Herbs and edible flowers are a breeze to plant and upkeep utilizing a living wall system. Most herbs prefer full sun, but they can survive alright in partial sun or partial shade. Herbs and edible flowers are also uniquely beautiful. Plant a wall garden utilizing a homemade or purchased living wall unit.

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Add Shawna Coronado’s secret soil mix to the container – 1/3 organic potting soil, 1/3 rotted manure, 1/3 compost. Plant your herb plants or seeds. Water gently with a watering wand or watering can. Harvest herbs the first time when the plants have reached maturity. Only harvest one third of the plant at any given time, then wait for that third to grow back before you harvest again.

This revolving method of harvesting and patience will enable a longer lived vertical wall without having to replace plants as frequently.

To learn more about growing and building your own organic small space living wall cocktail garden, get Shawna Coronado’s latest book, Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, published by Cool Springs Press. Find Shawna athttp://www.shawnacoronado.com.

Herbal Cocktail Recipes:

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See it being made: https://youtu.be/vPZXoer1BDw

 

Lemon Thyme Herbal Martini Recipe

Cocktail

  • Muddled Lemon Thyme — Handful
  • Citron Vodka — 2 oz.
  • Superfine sugar — 1 teaspoon
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Ice

Throw all the ingredients in a shaker. Shake well. Strain ice and thyme out as you pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass

With the most romantic day of the year (for most people at least) closing in it seems fitting to make the next couple Thirsty Thursday’s dedicated to swoon worthy cocktails. I thought I’d kick it off by giving you a few cocktail recipes I’ve found across the web. This week we were working with Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon whiskey – check out our recipe below. Before we go there though, here are 14 Valentine’s Day Cocktails for you to try with your lovah.

14 Valentine's Day Cocktails

  • For the non-alcohol drinking bunch this Raspberry Limeade Mocktail from The Socialite’s Closet is a perfect drink to start hearts fluttering.
  • If a box of chocolates just isn’t your style, surprise your Valentine with this luxurious Mississippi Mudtini Cocktail from Snappy Gourmet. Yum!

and some more…

Now it’s time for our own special V-Day drink that we like to call “Hearts on Fire”. It sounds a little scary, but tempting, right? Such a bold name, the drink just has to live up to it and it does. The burn is there but it’s a smooth burn, if that makes sense. The best part is it is a flaming shot!

Flaming Hearts Shot with  Jeremiah Weed Whiskey

There is a super popular cinnamon flavored whiskey out that I’m sure you’ve heard about, tasted, worshiped. What would you say if I said I found the mature version of that? A version with a smoother finish and less burn. That’s exactly what everyone has described Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon Whiskey as. A grown-up version of {that other cinnamon whiskey}.

To make this Hearts on Fire shot use the recipe below. Be sure to let me know what you think and remember to drink responsibly!

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Check your local ABC store for Jeremiah Weed (if they don’t have it, request it!). They are sold at a suggested retail price of $18.99 for a 750 mL bottle.