Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Whiskies of the World

I was invited to attend Whiskies of the World.  My husband and I were given complimentary passes to experience all they had to offer.  I was not paid for this review.  This is my honest opinion of our experience.



What a fun experience we had on Saturday evening!

We were invited to attend Whiskies of the World on the San Francisco Belle Hornblower Yacht on their only night in San Francisco.

We got to get all dressed up which is always fun because.....you know.....4 kids....jeans, sweatshirts, tank tops, flip flops.  Yea we don't get to dress up very often.



The general admission tickets were $140 each and the VIP tickets were starting at $165.

We were excited to see what all we would experience once we got inside the yacht.

Once we boarded we were given a glass for our whisky samples.




As well as a bag with some advertisements inside as well as a guide to the booths and classes happening that evening.





Everything was so nice and well planned out.  

They had 300 booths laid out in the program.  I'm not sure how many of them ended up participating (I only say that because one of the booths we were looking for was not in the spot it was assigned, but I'm sure that happens!)

They had whiskies from all over the world!  Such as this Indian Whisky which is made from Indian malted barley and Scottish peat.


We got there when it started and the crowds weren't as deep.


That allowed us to take a quick picture with the Whiskies of the World sign.



But soon after the crowds started to arrive and it got pretty crowded, but not uncomfortably crowded.


We tried quite a few different types of whisky from all different countries as well as some that are local.


We enjoyed the cheese, cracker, bread and fruit hor dourves they had out.



On the 2nd level of the yacht they served dinner and had whisky classes.



All in all we had a really nice time.  This is a MUST do for those of you who are whisky enthusiasts.  It's a great way to really try all different kinds of whiskeys from all over.  

So many of these are made different ways by ingredients, amount of peat, flavorings, how long they're aged, how they are stored.  It's amazing how different they taste.


I've got nothing........I just thought that sign was funny!  Had to share!

It was nice to have a date night out with my husband and our good friends!

I want to thank Whiskies of the World for inviting us to such an amazing event!  We really enjoyed ourselves and all that the night had to offer!


If you are interested in checking out the tour for yourself go to their website at www.whiskiesoftheworld.com to see if there is a show near you!

Saturday's event was benefiting Casa Circulo Cultural www.circulocultural.org.  They are a local organization that operates out of Redwood City, CA.


Cheers!

Jen




Friday, February 22, 2019

Grapefruit Sour Sparkler

Let's see a show of hands of who has actually infused alcohol before.

Not many of you, OK, no worries.....neither had I before making this cocktail.


I was sent a sample of Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit candy to create this cocktail with.  All opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this post.


First of all, who knew Hi-Chews came in sour flavors?

Me either!  I had no clue!

That being said, WOW, infusing them with brandy.....GENIUS!!

I'm extremely happy that my very first try at infusing alcohol was a success!  I honestly didn't realize that it would take a few days to do (I believe it was more like 4 or 5 days total).

That being said, it was well worth the wait.

I will say that it's kind of like waiting for a pot to boil on the stove though.  I feel like I checked on it 38473463276 times in those 4-5 days.

Once it's done, it looks something like this.


Looks pretty creamy.  Tastes pretty darn good all on it's own as well.  Which was a nice surprise.

So how do we make this cocktail?

Easy.

First pour in the Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy and add a dash of bitters.



Top it off with sparkling wine.



Garnish with, yup you guessed it, Sour Grapefruit Hi-Chew.



Easy right?

Super easy.

The hardest part is waiting for the brandy to finish infusing!

The easiest part?

Enjoying this delicious cocktail!




Grapefruit Sour Sparkler

ingredients:

  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

instructions:

Cocktail
  1. Pour Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy and bitters into glass.
  2. Top off with sparkling wine.
  3. Garnish with Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit candy.
Infused Brandy
  1. To infuse the brandy for this cocktail, take 1 Sour Grapefruit Hi-Chew and add it to 1 ounce of brandy.
  2. Let this mixture infuse for 3-5 days, until candy has disappeared.
  3. When ready to use stir well.
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That's it.  Easy enough.  Very enjoyable.  

Just remember to think ahead and infuse MORE than an ounce of brandy like I did.  You just might want to make a second cocktail.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rosé Cherry Blossom

Have you ever tried an Angry Orchard Rosé before?  How about mixing it into a cocktail?

Well I just did both and although the Rosé itself is good, this cocktail is delicious!


I was sent a sample of Angry Orchard Rosé to try.  All opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this post.


Apparently Valentine's Day is in 3 days.

I don't know that because we're excited and are counting down until the 14th.

No I know that because our 3 of 4 turns 10 (double digits....aahhhh) on the 13th.

She was born on Friday the 13th and we thought that was pretty darn cool.


I had never tried Angry Orchard's Rosé Cider before.  I will say that pink drinks usually make me think twice before I take a sip.

I guess I associate them with sweet drinks.....which too much sweet scares me.

On it's own this is pretty good.  I'm not sure that I've ever tried anything "Rosé" before, so I gladly report that my first Rosé experience was a success!

Now, let's talk about this cocktail.


It's an easy one to make.

You add all of your ingredients together minus the Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.





Simple enough, right?

Next you just top it off with the Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.


This would be a fun cocktail to enjoy on Valentine's Day!  Or even the newest term I just learned:

Galentine's Day!  How fun is that!  

I had a friend over last night and I made her one of these and she enjoyed it!



Rosé Cherry Blossom

ingredients:

  • 5 ounces Angry Orchard Rosé Cider
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 tsp cherry preserves

instructions:

  1. In a shaker with ice, add brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and cherry preserves.
  2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Top off with Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.
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That's it.  Simple enough and the color is a fun reddish pinkish color too!

Enjoy!!  


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Wish

I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka Holiday Ornament Bottle to sample.  I was not paid for my opinion.  All views and opinions are my own.

It's been a while since I've used pomegranate juice in a cocktail.

Un-Excusable!!


Time to break that cycle and give you a fun pomegranate cocktail!

Smirnoff sent me this cute little ornament bottle of vodka!  What a fun festive shape!


OK, so I had recently bought some pomegranate juice at the store knowing that I needed to make some sort of holiday cocktail with it.

What have I not mixed with pomegranate juice before?

Godiva white chocolate liqueur of course!

I thought this would be a fun yet different mixture to try.

So in went the vodka from the cute little ornament bottle.


Next was the pomegranate juice.


Lastly I added the white chocolate liqueur.



It's that simple!

It creates a creamy looking cocktail that's fun to drink!



Christmas Wish

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

instructions:


  1. In a shaker with ice, add all of the ingredients above.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
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Simple right?  

Don't forget that cute Smirnoff bottle!  It would be a fun thing to bring to a holiday party, or to serve from at yours!

I hope you all are having a great week so far!  I know the countdown to winter break IS ON in our house!



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule

I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka to sample.  I was not paid for my opinion.  All views and opinions are my own.


'Tis the season for peppermint flavored sweets and cocktails!



I was sent this bottle of peppermint vodka to try along with a couple recipes.


The first thing I noticed was a slight aroma of peppermint.

Was I going crazy?  Was the candy cane looking bottle making me think I was smelling peppermint?


Nope, it's actually a Scratch & Sniff bottle!  Well that's fun!

The cocktail I decided to try from the list I was given is a Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule.  

Why?

Cause I was suuuuper curious how peppermint, cranberry and ginger would go together.

I braved it and added the vodka.


Then the cranberry juice.


Shook it up.



Strained it into my cup and added the ginger beer.



The end result?


Surprisingly good! 

I tasted each of the ingredients, but none of them overpowered the other.

The peppermint flavor (which I was most worried about) was nice, not over done.  It gave a nice hint of peppermint.

I am looking forward to creating some more holiday cocktails with this flavored vodka!



Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

instructions:


  1. In a shaker with ice add vodka and cranberry juice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Strain into copper mug filled with ice.
  4. Pour in ginger beer.
  5. Stir.
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I hope you get a chance to try a new holiday cocktail this year!