Monday, January 31, 2011

Local Meads and New Cocktails

If you have followed me for only 1 minute you have likely seen a recipe for a cocktail around. I don't know what it is, but I love experimenting with flavors in the form of cocktails. I like a good drink too, so I bet that helps!

In the last post Margot and I sampled several local meads and shared our reviews. While I was sampling I of course I got to thinking about the cocktail possibilities and openly hoped I wouldn't have angry thoughts sent my way to the makers. Here is what I came up with.

The Yellowjacket

3 oz Moonlight Meadery Madagascar Mead
1 oz hand-infused vanilla vodka
1 oz hand-infused ginger liqueur
3/4 oz ginger/lemon syrup (Meyer lemons)

Combine, shake with ice, strain and serve.

The honey flavor comes through quite well and the rest of the flavors play nice with each other. I'll be making more of these!

Sweet Tooth Sidecar

5 oz Isaaks of Salem Sweet Tooth Mead
2 oz VSOP Brandy
1 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz ginger/lemon syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice

This is a twist on a classic Sidecar and it really does work. The mead adds complexity and sweetness that make the drink pop.




Magic of Spice said...

They both sound great...but I have to try that Sweet tooth sidecar :) Nice!

janis said...

These are great. I love mead!

Ian Bennet - Isaaks of Salem said...

Woah...sweet tooth sidecar...might need to feature that on the winery blog after our v-day promotion is over. Great work on a new drink, I will see if Green Land Cafe wants to offer the mixed drink ;) They are always taking our wine and making new things with it, but I doubt they have done this!

Great job, and glad you found a recipe that worked with our Sweet Tooth Honey

Kate @ said...

Wow - they sound so yummy! I think I would get drunk off one, but when it tastes good I don't care if I end up looking like a hot mess in the end... at least it was good!
Thank you for sharing Jason!