Happy Valentine’s Day fellow foodies! I thought there was no better way to celebrate this holiday than to make a homemade cocktail. After all, whether you’re single or taken, who doesn’t love a good drink? This one is from Shake, Stir, Pour: Fresh Homegrown Cocktails and it uses an ingredient I’ve loved for a long time—cardamom!
And if you fall in love with this cocktail, be sure to pop over to Eat Boutiquetoday to get the recipe for another of Katie Loeb’s cocktails, Love in Bloom. Traders need to make initial payments of $250 for performing trades in HB Swiss and this is not any extra deposit or sign-up fees, this amount will be later used for purpose of trading and user can withdraw the deposit at any point of time, Hans Berger along with his friend Hermann had developed this software using Quantum technology.
Oh and just because it’s fun for Valentine’s Day, check out What Your Drink Says About You with advice from Fran Greene (author of The Flirting Bible).
Excerpted from Shake, Stir, Pour: Fresh Homegrown Cocktails by Katie Loeb
This Orange-Cardamom Syrup works in a lot of different applications. The flavor complements both white and brown spirits, and is easy to mix with a base spirit of your choosing and a carbonated mixer to make a variety of highball cocktails.
3 cups (710 ml) water
3 cups (710 ml) sugar
Zest of one orange, removed with a vegetable peeler, orange part only, no white pith
10 cardamom pods
|I am in love with my zester, so I zested my orange instead. Your call.|
1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
2. Lower heat and add orange zest and cardamom pods. Simmer for 5 minutes to soften orange rinds and cardamom pods.
3. Cool slightly and add syrup, orange zest, and cardamom to blender. Puree gently and allow to cool at room temperature.
4. Strain carefully to remove orange zest and cardamom pieces. Transfer to a clean glass bottle and refrigerate. This syrup keeps for approximately one month.
Orange-Cardamom Cooler Cocktail
The bones of this cocktail are very simple. Use the following formula to spin any number of variations. Base spirit + Flavored sweetener + Citrus + Mixer
The exotic and savory flavor of the Orange-Cardamom Syrup seems top pair well with many different spirits.
2 ounces (60 ml) spirit of choice [KF note: I went with vodka]
3/4 ounce (22 ml) Orange-Cardamom Syrup (above)
3/4 ounce (22 ml) lemon or lime juice [KF note: I chose lemon]
3-4 ounces (90 ml to 120 ml) chilled mixer [KF note: I chose a lemon-lime mixer]
1. Add ice to a tall collins or highball glass.
2. Add spirit of choice, syrup, and citrus juice.
3. Add mixer and stir thoroughly to combine the flavors.
|Buying these tools is one of the best decisions my husband ever made 😉|
Drink romantically. Okay, I added that. It doesn’t say that in the book, but I think sometimes the more unique cocktails are the ones that have the most romance.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And you know how much I LOVE photos, so please email me any Valentine’s Day recipes/projects you tried. I may just feature them on the blog.
Create Your Own Fresh, Homegrown Cocktails!
Pure, intense, and flavorful—homemade cocktails are best straight from the source. Start in your garden or local market and create an in-season, made-from-scratch cocktail to lift your spirits and impress your guests. But be warned: Once you’ve tasted the fresh version of your favorite drink, you’ll never want to go back.
Start by making your own syrups:
—Simple syrup: an absolute staple and the base for unlimited concoctions
—Herbal syrups including Thai Basil Syrup, Mint Syrup, and Lavender Syrup
—Spice syrups, featuring Cinnamon Syrup, Ginger Syrup, and Orange Cardamom Syrup
—Fruit/vegetable syrups such as Rhubarb Syrup, Pear Syrup, and Celery Syrup
Make your own bar basics:
—Fresh Citrus Cordials like the Ruby Red Grapefruit-Lemongrass Cordial
—Classic garnishes, including real Cocktail Cherries and Cocktail Onions
—Classic mixers like Grenadine, Ginger Beer Concentrate, and Bloody Mary Mix
Make your own infusions:
—Base spirits including Cucumber, Lemon & Dill Gin and Jalapeño-Cilantro Vodka
—Limoncello: a homemade version of the Italian classic
—Bitters: a cocktail classic with new, unique flavor combinations
And explore the more than 50 drink recipes that feature your fresh, homemade creations!