We’re raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to bookmark or pin these creative beverages for your next gathering. We hope you enjoy this marvelous event and the incredible giveaways from our generous sponsors. Cheers!
You’d never guess it, considering how few cocktails I post on this here blog, but I’m actually a big cocktail nerd. Our booze cabinet overfloweth with all sorts of cocktail makings, from obscure amaros to fruity liqueurs to small-batch American whiskeys and beyond, plus more kinds of bitters than you can shake at.
So obviously, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to participate in Cocktail Day when the topic first came up.
When the time came to decide on a drink, I absolutely knew I’d be doing something with Meyer lemons, considering they’re in season right now and I just can’t get enough of their subtly floral lemon-meets-mandarin perfume. Their vibrant colour and citrusy flavour are the perfect antidote to the icky grey that tends to blanket Toronto at this time of year.
At first, I thought about doing a hot toddy of sorts, seeing as the Polar Vortex had us freezing our butts off in subzero temperatures.
And then it warmed up. A lot. So much so that the blanket of ice covering the city melted away into a soggy, muddy, drizzly mess, which is most definitely not hot toddy kind of weather.
After spending the better part of an afternoon chipping away at the thick layer of slippery ice outside my house, I desperately wanted something bright and refreshing to counteract all that slushy grey.
This drink was the answer. Effervescent and bright, with woodsy rosemary to balance out the brightness of the Meyers, plus a splash of gin for another layer of aromatic, slightly herbal flavour. Stir in soda water for effervescent fizz, and you’ve got yourself a lovely pick-me-up after a long slushy grey day. (Or pretty much any day, for that matter.)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 thick strips Meyer lemon zest
- 4 oz gin
- 3 oz fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- 1½ oz Meyer Lemon Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Club soda, to top off
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine water, sugar, rosemary sprigs and lemon zest.
- Bring the syrup to a simmer, and cook for 2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a glass container and chill until ready to serve (it'll keep for up to 1 week).
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
- Strain into two chilled highball glasses filled with ice, and top each one off with a splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon slice and rosemary sprig.
Other Fabulous Bloggers Mixing It Up with Us for Cocktail Day:
- Pomegranate Party Punch by Cravings of a Lunatic
- White Cosmopolitans by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Hot Buttered Chocolate Rum by Cookistry
- Bacon Jalapeno Bloody Mary by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Blood Orange Old Fashioned by Kelly Bakes
- Caipirinhas by Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter Martini by Hungry Couple
- Chocolate Cupcake Cocktail by JavaCupcake
- Ciderhouse Whiskey by From the Bookshelf
- Citrus Cranberry Punch by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Coconut-Key Lime Pie Martini by Home Cooking Memories
- Egyptian Martini by Cooking In Stilettos
- Espresso Martini by Liv Life
- Frosty Lemon Drop Martini by The Hopeless Housewife
- Frozen Marshmallow Mudslide by 365 Days of Baking & More
- Ginger Raspberry Fizzy by Try Anything Once
- Iced Cake Martini by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Le Jardinier by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Mandarin Mulled Wine by Food Babbles
- Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz by Crumb
- Muddled Rosemary and Pineapple Cocktail by My Catholic Kitchen
- Nutella Martini by The Pink Flour
- Peach Sparkler by Noshing With The Nolands
- Pineapple Margarita by Miss in the Kitchen
- Pomegranate Orange Spritzer by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Safe Sex on the Beach by Mom’s Test Kitchen
- Side Car with Dried Cherries by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Winter Fruit White Wine Sangria by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Apple Pie Moonshine by Lola’s Kitchen
Molecule-R can be found on Ffacebook, and YouTube.
Molecular gastronomy can be defined as the fusion of food science and culinary arts. Molecular gastronomy by Molecule-R is a cookbook with stunning recipes explained and illustrated with the intelligence and aesthetic beauty that defines the MOLECULE-R brand.
Mojito R-Evolution teaches you how to deconstruct your mojito into floating mint caviar and spectacular foams or encapsulate your favorite cocktail into a sphere that will explode in your mouth.
Margarita R-Evolution teaches you how to create a margarita slush topped with a fresh lemon mousse, add a splash of colour by creating blue azure suspended pearls or encapsulate your margarita into an edible cocktail! Cosmo R-Evolution teaches you how to add a molecular twist to your traditional cosmo sure to awe your guests! Serve a cosmopolitan bubble on a spoon that will pop in your mouth, top off your cocktail with a light fluffy cranberry foam or suspend citrus caviar in your drink.
Microplane can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Microplane is a division of family-owned Grace Manufacturing Inc., a long-standing company specializing in the crafting of precision thin metal parts for home and industrial use.
The versatile Ultimate Citrus Tool features Microplane’s surgical grade stainless steel Fine blade. In addition, the Ultimate Citrus Tool features two decorative garnishing blades in a large (.300-inch diameter) and small (.180-inch diameter) size. The blades are made in the USA and are dishwasher safe.
Microplane’s sleekly designed and multi-functional Bartender’s Garnishing Tool easily opens bottles, effortlessly zests oranges, lemons, limes, and other types of citrus fruits, and is dishwasher safe.
Not So Simple Syrup can be found on Facebook, and Twitter.
Not So Simple Syrup is a a small, local maker of simple syrups. Heidi and Barbie’s passion is to create all natural syrups that inspire and stimulate your pension for amazing mixed drinks as well as iced teas and non-alcoholic beverages too.
They pride themselves on individual service. When you purchase a NSSS product, you can be sure that it received their personal stamp of approval.
The Not So Simple Syrup Survival Gift Basket has two flavours of delicious all natural Not So Simple Syrup, a muddler for the perfect Mojito you might want to create, two glasses and a bar towel.
The list of prizes for Cocktail Day:
2 Individual Copies of Molecule Gastronomy by Molecule-R Cookbook
1 Set of Mojito R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
1 Set of Margarita R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
1 Set of Cosmo R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
1 Copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail sponsored by Race Point Publishing
1 Copy of Apothecary Cocktails sponsored by Fair Winds Press
1 Copy of The Best Craft Cocktails and Bartending with Flair sponsored by Page St. Publishing
1 Not So Simple Gift Basket
1 Microplane Bartender’s Garnishing Tool
1 Microplane Citrus Tool
***This giveaway is intended for each prize to have a separate winner! No person can win multiple prizes. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen by random draw. The winners will be notified via e-mail, and have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***