When the temperatures start dropping and there is a chill in the air, it becomes an appropriate time to sip a nice, warming cocktail, or this case, mulled wine. Mulled wine has been around for centuries in many Old World countries, but hasn't been too prominent in the New World yet. If you ask the average person or even bartender, they won't have a clue as to what it is. It is a traditional holiday beverage that has been warming people for a very long time. Think of mulled wine as the wine drinker's version of the classic hot toddy.
For this week's featured cocktails, I will be introducing the "Tickle Me Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the "Corpse Reviver" for Halloween (both pictured).
"Tickle Me Pink" is a trendy pink cocktail that I adapted from some other more established pink cocktails that incorporates some newer, contemporary ingredients and is on the sweeter side if that's what you like.
We all know that the month of October brings the Halloween season and the preoccupation with costumes, trick or treat and everything black and orange, but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we must 'think pink' as well. For this month's featured cocktails, I will be offering up a classic ghoulish theme concoction to celebrate Halloween as well as 'pink' cocktails to recognize those survivors and victims of this horrendous disease. For you guys out there, don't be afraid to 'drink pink'. Join the movement and shake up a pink cocktail.
Although the unseasonably warm weather still makes it feel like summer and the desire to drink a cocktail that fits the weather, it is October and the beginning of the Fall, so it is appropriate to feature a Fall-like cocktail for this post. I present to you the "Sparkling Ginger" cocktail, which requires multiple steps to complete, but is so worth it with just the right amount of spice and refreshment for a warm day or evening or a nice, cool, breezy Fall night. It serves as a great before-dinner cocktail with your date.
Keep in mind that certain fruits are seasonal so they may not be available locally and at certain times of the year. Remember to choose the freshest fruits.
Here is a list of the more common fruits used for infusions and the growing seasons along with the spirits you should use with specific fruits.
Asian Pears = YR (year round), peel/slice small, Gin or Vodka
Blueberries = YR (best Jun-Aug), bruise/infuse, Brandy, Rum, or Tequila
The Asian Pear cocktail has many variations, but the one I will introduce to you today is one of the most popular cocktails at Buddha Buddha Martini Bar & Cocktail Lounge in Harrisburg and quickly became one of their signature drinks. I created it to pair with sushi, which was on the menu at the time. The cocktail is a perfect match for seafood, especially sushi and raw fish because of its citrusy, lemony, and gingery taste on the palate and the complement it gives to the ingredients in Asian cuisine generally.