Bitterness, Oh Bitterness

Bitterness, Oh Bitterness

Today, there has been a strong resurgence in the interest in, and use of, bitters in complex modern cocktails. In turn, there has been a resurgence in the variety of hand crafted, flavored bitters available to bartenders. I personally have 9 different bitters that I use when I am stirring and shaking. But the one flavor that interested me the most, which I couldn’t seem to locate, was that of dandelion. So I made my own.

Hibiscus-Ginger Cocktail Syrup

Hibiscus-Ginger Cocktail Syrup

Editor’s Note: The only reason this recipe is found in the “Survive It” category is because the author attempted to light herself on fire, Michael Jackson style, in the process of making it. Management does not recommend leaning over a simmering pot of ANYTHING sitting on a gas stove if (A) you have long hair (B) its not in a ponytail and (C) you are not a cast member of Jackass I, Jackass 2, or Jackass 3D.

Lavender Cocktail Syrup

Lavender Cocktail Syrup

My first experience with flowers as food came when I was a child. A local gift shop carried ridiculously overpriced tins of French candy in such flavors as lavender, violet and rose. Fascinated by not only the ornate and gorgeously packaged sweets but the idea of flower-flavored candy as well, I saved up my allowance for weeks to buy one. Each egg-shaped hard candy was perfumed and flowery, not overly sweet, and had one solitary anise seed located in the center. I quickly devoured all the contents. I’m not sure anything even made it home.

Liquid Pork, a.k.a Bakon Vodka

Liquid Pork, a.k.a Bakon Vodka

I ripped open the packaging before the UPS driver had even left my front stoop, gently lifting this holy grail out of its confines and into the light for closer inspection. Crystal clear fluid with only the slightest tint of amber color. Pure, with no floating globs of fat. (insert angelic voices here) Seal ripped, cork popped, aroma inhaled.

Hot Cider Jacks

The leaves are falling & the temperatures are dropping, but don’t fret I have just the cocktail to warm your body & fluff your aura. Something about whiskey & apples…that right there is a happy marriage. This super duper easy, all-time classic is most darling to me & after indulging in a couple…be warned, wuusaa may be the only word you know…

Cucumber-Mint Infused Vodka

Cucumber-Mint Infused Vodka

Cucumber? Mint? Vodka?You might be thinking, “…ick, what a strange flavor combo”. However, this potion has long been a household favorite and many a friend has partaken of this beverage with absolute delight, calling it “liquid summer”. And it’s so unbelievably easy to make it’s almost stupid easy.