Spiced Citrus Shrub+Cocktail

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Citrus season is in full effect and I am celebrating with some local citrus I received from one of my favorite shops in Downtown Mckinney. 

It’s only fitting I make one of my favorite things, a shrub! A refreshing concentrated syrup that contains your fruit of choice, sugar and vinegar. They are perfect mixed into cocktails and also with club soda. 

The great thing about shrubs and cooking in general is for the most part is it is about preference. Particularly for shrubs I love to use a mild vinegar to not overpower the shrub, so I usually go for a coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar. 

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For this citrus shrub I used bold spices such as star anise, cinnamon, clove and black peppercorns. Some warmth from vanilla beans and sugar. 

Ratios for shrubs really vary on preference. Usually you will find an 1:1 ratio. 

As far as methods go, I prefer the cold method, so I macerate my fruit of choice in sugar, any herbs and spices on the counter top and let it ferment overnight. After that, I add in my vinegar and taste until it has the zip I am looking for. 

Spiced Citrus Shrub    4 cloves, crushed  2 star anise, crush  1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed  1 cinnamon stick, crushed  3 cups of large oranges srubbed and rough chopped.  1 1/2 cups cane sugar  1 vanilla bean, seeded  1/4 cup to 1/2 cup coconut vinegar  In a skillet, toast the spices until fragrant. Add in a large bowl the toasted spices, oranges, sugar and vanilla. Combine really well, cover and place aside for up to a day on the countertop. Add in coconut vinegar, 1/4 cup at a time. Taste and see if it is to your liking. Cover and let it sit for up to a day on the counter. Strain into a container and store in the fridge. To serve add to some sparkling water or club soda—adjust to your liking and enjoy!    Spiced Old Fashioned    2oz rye whiskey  1/2oz shrub syrup  .25oz water  2 dashes Angostura bitters  1 dash orange bitters  Maraschino cherry  In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients except the maraschino cherry. Shake until cold, strain into a glass and garnish with cherry.

Spiced Citrus Shrub

4 cloves, crushed

2 star anise, crush

1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed

1 cinnamon stick, crushed

3 cups of large oranges srubbed and rough chopped.

1 1/2 cups cane sugar

1 vanilla bean, seeded

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup coconut vinegar

In a skillet, toast the spices until fragrant. Add in a large bowl the toasted spices, oranges, sugar and vanilla. Combine really well, cover and place aside for up to a day on the countertop. Add in coconut vinegar, 1/4 cup at a time. Taste and see if it is to your liking. Cover and let it sit for up to a day on the counter. Strain into a container and store in the fridge. To serve add to some sparkling water or club soda—adjust to your liking and enjoy!

Spiced Old Fashioned

2oz rye whiskey

1/2oz shrub syrup

.25oz water

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash orange bitters

Maraschino cherry

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients except the maraschino cherry. Shake until cold, strain into a glass and garnish with cherry.

Coffee Milk Punch

New Olreans Milk Punch Beyond The Bayou The classic Milk Punch! I love it and really wanted to do this recipe but add another love of mine to it, coffee!

This recipe main liquors is rum and an amaro by Amaro Montenegro, which I'm loving at the moment. The other star is the cold brew New Orleans style coffee. Its sweetened with powdered sugar and finished with a few dashes of bitters and freshly grated nutmeg.

Enjoy this creamy coffeelicious drink!

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Coffee Milk Punch

  • 2 oz whole milk
  • 2 oz half-and-half
  • 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 oz Rum
  • 1-1 1/2 oz Cold Brew Coffee
  • 1 TB powdered sugar
  • A dash of bitters
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass over ice and add a dash or two of bitters and nutmeg. 

 

Whiskey Apple Cider Punch With Rosemary Syrup

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whiskey apple cider punch-www.beyondthebayoublog.com I have gotten back into cocktail making and really enjoying it! Trying out and buying new bourbons and different types of liqueurs. This particular cocktail features some of my new go-to brands, Redemption Rye Whiskey and Amaro Montenegro. Amaro is an Italian liqueur composed of herbs and spices and is usually bitter-sweet.

Coming fresh off a quick stay back home in Nola, I went to one of my favorite spots, Compère Lapin. If you are in Nola, check them out! Great food and cocktails galore! Inspiration flowed and this cocktail came to light. It pairs all things that work well together but the secret weapon is.....

Rosemary syrup! I.Love.It. If you are not a fan, you can easily sub it for your regular simple syrup, but why be basic! Cheers y'all!

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Whiskey Rosemary Punch

  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • juice of a lemon
  • 4 ounces Amaro Montenegro
  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • 2 ounces rum
  • 4-5 orange slices
  • cranberries for garnish
  • 1 apple sliced
  1. In a pot over medium-high heat, add the rosemary, sugar and water. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. 

  2. Combine the apple cider, lemon juice, amaro, whiskey and rum in a pitcher. Add some of the simple syrup to taste. Add orange slices, cranberries and apple slices. Enjoy!

Spiced Pear Old Fashioned

spiced pear old fashioned-www.beyondthebayoublog.com I love a good cocktail and love creating, trying out different liqueurs and liquors. I was inspired by all the pears in the grocery store to make a spiced pear old fashioned. A few years ago I was on a kick of learning all the classics. There is nothing like a delicious cocktail after a long day.

This spiced pear old fashioned is delicious. I made a pear syrup with a bunch of different aromatics and then strained it. An old fashioned is typically made from bourbon or rye whiskey, bitters and simple syrup.

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Shopping at my local liquor store, I was showed this amazing rye whiskey by Redemption Rye and I feel in love with it! To pair with the lovely spices of cinnamon, clove and cardamon, I brought some cardamon bitters from a great company called Scrappy Bitters.

Spiced Pear Old Fashioned

  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 cardamon pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 pears rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce spiced pear syrup
  • a dash of bitters (I used Scrappy's cardamon bitters)
  1. Toast spices in a pan and then add the pears, water and sugar. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let steep. Strain liquid.
  2. Combine the whiskey and cardamon bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds to chill. Strain into glass and enjoy!

 

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin Refresher

Grapefruit Tarragon gin cocktail-www.beyondthebayoublog.comI love making cocktails. It is another outlet for me to be creative. I remember when I first got into cocktail making. I brought Campari and basically said I will never buy it again! It is amazing how you grow and your taste buds change. Grapefruit Tarragon gin cocktail-www.beyondthebayoublog.com

For this cocktail, it is a spin on a drink I had years ago at this event. It was a so refreshing and the tarragon was a fantastic surprise and paired wonderfully with the grapefruit. It opened my eyes on how to creative cocktails can become with everyday items such at herbs! This is a quick drink that will be perfect for the upcoming warm evenings. Just make a few cocktails and sit back and relax. Cheers.

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin Refresher

  • 2 oz gin or vodka
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz grapefruit soda ( Izze works)
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh tarragon
  1. Add ingredients to cocktail shaker, top with ice, shake until cold. Make sure to shake well in order for the oils of the tarragon perfume the drink. Garnish with a tarragon sprig. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

Roasted Strawberry Margarita-www.beyondthebayoublog.com The temperatures are rising and with the long days, there is nothing better than a tasty Strawberry Rhubarb margarita to cool you off. Strawberry's were on sale and I spotted some rhubarb and a lightbulb went off. I know they are the perfect combo for a pie or jam, but why not a cocktail?

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Next, I was trying to figure out how to make the delicious strawberry-rhubarb syrup. I knew I wanted ginger in there, so I added a 2-inch piece that I minced to sugar and cut up strawberries and rhubarb.

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Why did I roast the strawberries and rhubarb? It all came from this ice cream book I have that has a Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Ice cream recipe that I love. So, hey, why not? The first few times I pureed the mixture, but really wanted a nice deep red simple syrup. So, I added more water to the dish and covered with aluminon foil and baked for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Strained and pressed the mixture through a strainer and it worked out perfectly!

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The great thing about this syrup is that it can be added to some club soda or sparkling water and make for a nice refreshing soda! Enjoy!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Margarita

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

  • 4 oz rhubarb, chopped
  • 4 oz strawberries, tops removed and halved
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 inch piece ginger, small chopped
  • 1 cup water

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2-3 oz strawberry syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drink)
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • a splash of club soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, ginger and water. Cover with aluminon foil and place in oven for 10-15 minutes. You want your syrup to be bubbly and loose. Strain and press liquid lightly through a strainer.

  2. Fill a cocktial shaker with ice. Add tequila, strawberry rhubarb syrup, and lime juice. Cover and shake until mixture is chilled, 15-20 seconds. Strain mixture into a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy.

For your salt-rimmed glass. Place salt on a plate and run the rim of your glass with lime juice. Press the rim with the lime juice onto the plate with the salt to cover. 

Matcha Lime Fizz

Matcha Lime Fizz-www.beyondthebayoublog.com I hope everyone is having a good week thus far! What is up with this cold snap that decided to come through? But, Spring is coming! Also, St. Patrick's Day is also right around the corner, so why not a yummy green cocktail to help celebrate! This recipe is a Matcha lime fizz! Super tasty and yummy!

This drink came to light because a friend of mine a few years ago made me this smoothie containing matcha powder, lime juice, vanilla powder and almond milk. Blended with ice and a little vanilla syrup and, boom! There ya go! Was super tasty and delicious and I needed to be on that Matcha kick.

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So, why not turn it into a cocktail? This recipe is a take on a Ramos Gin Fizz. The Ramos was born in New Orleans and consists of gin, citrus, cream, egg white and a splash of club soda. To me, it is the perfect combo and a great creamy drink!

For this recipe, the ingredients are matcha powder, lime syrup, lime juice, half and half, vanilla, gin and egg white. Very quick to put together and tasty! Reminded me of an orange creamsicle except with lime and alcohol!

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Living out here in Dallas, I have fallen in love with Total Wine & More. I love the guest service they provide, selection and knowledgeable staff. I was on the hunt for a pretty balanced Gin, nothing too junipery or citrusy forward, just smack down the middle good. I was recommended G&J Greenall's Gin and so glad I was! Super delicious and a great tasting Gin. Very well-balanced. What Gin's do you prefer or always your go-to?

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Matcha Lime Fizz

Lime Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 3 limes
  • Juice of 3 limes

Matcha Lime Fizz

  • 3/4 ounces lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce lime syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • 1/2 ounce half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white from a medium egg
  • a splash of club soda
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat combine water and sugar heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add lime zest and juice. Stir and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain and chill down. 

  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine lime juice, gin, lime syrup, matcha powder, half and half, vanilla extract, and egg white. Seal and dry shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. (That is shaking without ice in the shaker)

  3. Open up the shaker and add 1 cup of ice. Seal and shake vigorously again for 10 seconds to chill. In the bottom of your glass, add a small splash of club soda and pour cocktail through a strainer (most shakers come with one) into your glass. You should have a foamy top. Slowly add a few splashes on top of the foam. The soda will make it rise and foam up more. Garnish with Matcha powder on top.