Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day, and don't be so Downton Abbey

One of my favorite quotes from Downton Abbey is where Robert asks Violet, "Can I tempt you to try one of these new cocktails?" followed by Violet's priceless response, "No, no, I don't think so. They look far too exciting for so early in the evening."

Happy President's Day to all. So many of us have the day off my advice to you is not to be so Downton and enjoy this day in all its splendor and explore some interesting and new drinks.

If you're still a bit squimish about sucking them down at 10am, it's ok, I's a lifestyle choice.  It happens to be my lifestyle choice but I'm open minded.   How 'bout if we make them all delicious coffee drinks....

Ask has an excellent article titled: Coffee And Alcohol: Combine For Great Cocktails
click to read the article and consider the Shaken, Not Stirred by Cora Lambert formerly of RBC.

1 part Kahlua Mocha
1 1/2 parts rye whisky
1/2 part cold brewed coffee
1/2 part simple sugar
1 part whole milk

Slow shake and pour into a Collins glass. Top with seltzer.

Or if you're feeling internationally adventurous, try John Gakuru's Cafe Brasileiro, featured at the cocktail section of


1 1/2 oz Sagatiba Pura Cachaca
1/2 oz dark chocolate liqueur
2 1/2 oz fresh hot coffee
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 oz vanilla heavy cream (*recipe below)
Seeds from one vanilla pod*

To make vanilla cream:
Scrape the seeds from a vanilla pod into a cocktail shaker.
Add heavy cream and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
Stir all other ingredients together in an Irish coffee glass.
Slowly and gently layer the vanilla cream onto the surface of the drink.


No matter how you celebrate, I hope you have an enjoyable President's Day!

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