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The Lava Lamp: Three Easy Holiday Cocktails in One

December 27, 2012
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I have a confession: the Lava Lamp is probably the most simple cocktail from my book The Bubbly Bar. And maybe for that reason, or the fact that people love the tangy mix of pomegranate and sparkling wine, it’s also the most popular. If you’ve never tried it, here’s the classic recipe:

The Lava Lamp

1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur

4 ounces brut sparkling wine

3 pomegranate seeds

Add the pomegranate liqueur to a champagne flute. Top with the brut sparkling wine. Garnish with the three pomegranate seeds.

I’m glad people still enjoy this cocktail, but I’ve created a few variations on it, and I thought you might like to try them. I’ve found that all sorts of tangy deep red winter fruit juices like blood orange, hibiscus, pomegranate juice, cranberry work well too and make a lower calorie drink. I’ve subbed Pür Spirits Blood Orange Liqueur for the alcohol. And I’ve changed up the garnishes as well. Use the formula below to make your own variation on this holiday drink.

START WITH:

4 ounces brut sparkling wine (or brut rosé or sparkling water for a non alcoholic drink)

ADD:

1 to 1-1/2 ounces of either: Pür Blood Orange, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, hibiscus juice, tart cherry juice, Cherry Heering Liqueur

GARNISH WITH:

3 pomegranate seeds or slivers of candied ginger, pickled cranberries, candied Meyer lemon peel, a candied hibiscus flower, a flavored cocktail foam

For a modernist (aka molecular cuisine inspired) take on the Lava Lamp, I topped it with a foam made with Pür Blood Orange Liqueur and pomegranate-cranberry juice. I know a lot of people have soda siphons like the iSi at home for making soft drinks; you can also use it to make a velvety foam to top cocktails. I mixed 1-1/2 cups of juice with 1/4 cup of the liqueur and 6 egg whites. Put it in a cold iSi soda siphon, charge it with one cartridge, then shake and chill.

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait Cocktail Recipe for Autumn

October 31, 2012

 

My Pumpkin Pie Parfait is like dessert in a glass.

Well, now that Halloween is here, the leaves are turning red and gold and it’s getting chilly, it’s officially fall. Things are changing at the market too, with autumn produce like pears, pomegranates, persimmons and pumpkins taking the place of summer berries and peaches.

As much as I like making drinks with summer fruit, I think the texture and deeper flavors in fall fruits can be just as appealing. The Pumpkin Pie Parfait cocktail recipe was inspired by the Thanksgiving dessert, but it actually has no pumpkin in it. I didn’t want to deal with the stringy texture in a drink, so I used Torani’s Pumpkin Spice Syrup instead. I like the syrups by the San Francisco company because they really capture the flavor of the natural fruit.

Garnish it with a lot of whipped cream or just a little depending on your taste. I like freshly grated nutmeg best for this drink because it has such a subtle flavor.

Pumpkin Pie Parfait

3/4 ounce Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur
1 ounce fresh orange juice
Juice from 1/4 lemon
pinch fresh nutmeg
3 drops Angostura bitters
whipped cream

Add pumpkin spice syrup, bourbon, ginger liqueur,
orange and lemon juices, nutmeg and bitters to a
cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a deep champagne coupe or a martini glass.
Garnish with whipped cream and another pinch of nutmeg
on top.
Makes 1 cocktail

© Recipe by Maria C. Hunt aka The Bubbly Girl. All rights reserved.

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Kismet Cocktail

January 31, 2011
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Kismet cocktailKismet means fate. I like the concept and the name for this cocktail filled with ingredients that just may invite romance.

1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice
1-1/2 ounces passionfruit-orange juice
1/2 ounce ginger liqueur
3 ounces sparkling wine
3 pomegranate seeds

Add Pama pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice, passion-fruit juice and ginger liqueur to a champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling wined. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds.

Makes 1 cocktail

© 2009 The Bubbly Girl

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Real Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day Drinks: Passionate Pomegranate

February 9, 2010
Not only does the pomegranate suggest fertility, it also boosts libido.

Not only does the pomegranate suggest fertility, it also boosts libido.

A red orb with all those juicy seeds inside, a pomegranate just suggests fertility and promise. It’s thought to be the tempting forbidden fruit that seduced Adam and Eve in the Bible. In the Greek myth, Persephone was forced to spend half the year in the Underworld after she was tricked into eating a few pomegranate seeds during a visit to Hades. All in all, these myths make the pomegranate a pretty fascinating and tasty fruit.

We’ve all gotten word that pomegranates are chock full of healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which scientific studies show can help reduce wrinkles, lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. Pomegranate is also a great source of folic acid, which is an important nutrient for pregnant women. If you’re trying to get pregnant, it turns out pomegranate can help in that department too. A researcher at the University of California found that pomegranate is good for men with erectile dysfunction and prostate health. And a study at the University of Sussex (another sex study from the UK, hmmm) found that drinking pomegranate juice increases the libido in women and even more so in men.

 

Featured on San Diego Fox 5 my cocktail called Kismet – which means fate – is sure to get something started with this combo of pomegranate, passion fruit and ginger which is great or heating things up. To make a non-alcoholic version, substitute pomegranate juice for the Pama, ginger juice for the ginger liqueur and sparkling water for the wine. Kismet was one of the romance enhancing cocktails I featured on San Diego Fox 5 this morning.

With tangy pomegranate, passion fruit juice and ginger in the Kismet Cocktail, it's sure to stir something up.

With tangy pomegranate, passion fruit juice and ginger in the Kismet Cocktail, it's sure to stir something up.


Kismet

1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur
1-1/2 ounces passion fruit-orange juice
1/2 ounce ginger liqueur
3 ounces sparkling wine
3 pomegranate seeds

Add Pama pomegranate liqueur, passion-fruit juice and ginger liqueur to a champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling wined. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds.

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Bubbly Girl Drink of the Week: The Winter Shandy

November 20, 2009

The Winter Shandy features Crispin hard cider, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and Meyer lemonade.
I discovered the Shandy cocktail in Chicago, a tangy blend of lemonade and a local brew. I did think it odd that the bar – which shall remain nameless – was serving such a summery drink in October. A Shandy struck me as a perfectly refreshing summer cocktail

According to my historic cocktail books, Shandy is short for Shandygaff, which was a mix of beer and lemonade, according to Tom Bullock in his 1917 cocktail book Ideal Bartender. Sometimes it was done as a blend of beer and gingerbeer too,

I decided to create a version of this refreshing drink perfect for those sunny days in autumn and winter. Since the season means apples and citrus, I decided to use hard cider as a base for my cocktail since I’d been sampling Crispin’s Natural Hard Apple Cider which has a taste of a crisp apple soda finished with just a touch of natural honey. Crispin’s hard cider comes in a variety of styles from a cloudy old fashioned hard cider in a brown bottle to a clear and crisp brut style to a light hard cider for people who might be watching their weight. The lighter ones are designed to be served over ice, kind of like a soft drink.

I plucked a couple Meyer lemons off the tree, made up some lemonade and created this drink.

The Winter Shandy
2 to 3 ounces chilled Crispin’s Natural Hard Apple Cider
2 to 3 ounces fresh Meyer lemonade
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
small piece candied gingerroot
lemon zest, for garnish

Add the chilled cider and Meyer lemonade to a pilsner style flute or rocks glass. Add the ginger liqueur and stir to combine everything. Drop the candied gingerroot into the glass. Garnish with the lemon zest.