Today is "National Grand Marnier Day" (July 14th). It was a sunny day in April of 1827 (no, I wasn't there) with flowers blooming and the promise of a delicious summer full of fruit trees blooming high, when Jean-Baptiste Lapostelle decided to start a fruit distillery in France. Jean-Baptiste's granddaughter married Louis-Alexander Marnier, combining two families into one.
Everyone has a drink of choice. Why would a celebrity be any different? Even in a world where the options are endless there is comfort in going with what you know.
How you ever thought about what your favorite celebrity drinks off the set. Take a look and next time you see them on the big screen or watching one of their movies at home, you will know what they like to drink. You will be surprised at the simplicity of the Hollywood celebrity drinking culture even with all those lavish cocktail parties and celebrations.
Here are my top five cocktail suggestions just in time for the 4th of July weekend...Most of these are easy to prepare and will make your independence day or weekend festivities a hit whether you are by the pool or barbequing in the backyard.
Looking for something light and refreshing to sip while you lounge poolside? Check out this fruity fusion of strawberries, lemons, and vodka.
Lunazul is a small-batch, handcrafted, un-aged 100% Agave Tequila. It is what a great Tequila should be - straightforward, authentic and smooth. Every bottle we make is grown, distilled and bottled right on the Tierra de Agaves' estate fields and the distillery is located just 5 km from the city of Tequila, Jalisco estate. They oversee every step of the process, from the field to the bottle, to ensure that everything is done right—the way our family has done for over eight generations. Lunazul is available in four varieties - Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and Primero.
There is “The Martini” and then there are martinis and, quite often the latter has little or no resemblance to the original. The classic Gin Martini, made of gin and dry vermouth, will always remain a classic and a favorite for many. There is much debate among connoisseurs as to the ratio, style of gin (or vodka), and garnish that is the best, but most will agree that the gin-vermouth combination is one of the best cocktails ever created.
This is the final post of the week, therefore, it is dedicated to all those wonderful fathers and grandfathers out there, including my grandfather, John Edward Nagy, who was like a father figure to me growing up while still being a grandfather. He continues to fill both roles today. Also, to my father-in-laws, Dennis Speicher and Richard Beitz who gave me a wonderful life partner and mother of my son. Happy Father's Day and Cheers! to them, a little early!
This is the final post on the basics of mixology. I hope you enjoyed all the other ones. For today, I will focus on some bar tidbits and miscellaneous info related to bar setup. Also, for all my cocktail aficionados (thanks for being patient), I will provide a seasonal summer cocktail here as well.
Bottles that should always be stored in fridge -
Citrus Vodka (primarily because it's used for Lemon Drops)
Rumplemintz or peppermint schnapps