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Coffee Liqueur yummy-ness

Posted in Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , on March 6, 2012 by darcytown

Found this on Punk Domestics (which I just found and totally dig). I love liqueur recipes. I want them all! I have to try this one out, because I still have yet to make a coffee liqueur that I really like.


The first time I had cold brewed coffee I was in love. It was from a coffee roaster that treats their beans well and the flavors melded in such a way that it really blew my mind. When I tasted the natural flavors of the coffee without any bitterness getting in the way, the first thing that came to my mind was using this method to make coffee liqueur. I took the way I had started making cold brew coffee, substituted the water for vodka, added simple syrup and was done.

This is probably my easiest recipe, few ingredients and very little hands on time. I do not know if this recipe is unique, but as of yet I have not seen anyone else using this method. I have had this straight in a cordial glass, over ice, or just mixed with milk to make an excellent white Russian.

This same method…

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It is so close to liqueur season!

Posted in Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by darcytown

By that I mean fruit…fruit is coming into season and soon I can shove bits of it into bottles with vodka, rum, gin, everclear…and make something delicious.  But I have two problems:

1. Space.  I have yet to finish off my old bottles.  (ha-ha – easy problem to solve!  Get drunk every night!)  Yeah, no, I don’t like hangovers.  I prefer a cocktail, or sipping drink after my evening meal, not a fancy sloshfest.  So, I suppose I need to start bringing my libations to places.

2. Bottles.  This is directly related to the above.  Though I suppose I could buy more bottles, but that only seems like compounding the above problem.  And I don’t live alone.  Other people like their space not cluttered with booze…selfish bastards.

Looks like I’ll be needing to bartend some parties and offload the deliciousness.  I still have plum liqueur and huckleberry liqueur.   Maybe I’ll throw it all in one big punchbowl and serve it as a happy punch at some “unsuspecting” (as-if) person’s party.  Yes, it’d get you fucked up, but damn it would taste good first.


I was suspicious of plums…

Posted in Cocktails with tags , , , on November 17, 2011 by darcytown

For liqueur.   They’ve never been a fruit I particularly liked the taste or look of.  However, when faced with an abundant source (a tree) of ripe plums, well, that part of me that likes to see fruit suspended in jars took over.    Good thing it did.  Not only does it taste good, it’s a lovely color.  It’s darkened to more of a magenta now, I’ll have to get some more pictures of that since it’s rather orange-ish in these pictures.

I’ve included one or two shots of the huckleberries that I picked and mixed this year as well.  My yard is blessed with an abundance of huckleberry bushes and I spent several weeks this summer picking the tiny things.

Blood Orange Liqueur and Dekopan (Sumo Mandarin) Liqueur

Posted in Artwork, Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by darcytown

Nothing fancy besides some pretty pictures.  A friend told me all about the large and delicious Sumos, so into a jar those went.  I swear, if you want to keep your fruit or other things for eating, don’t let me have them near jars and alcohol.

I snuck a taste of both of these, because I can’t help myself sometimes.  Already both are tasting like their source fruit, so I’m glad I did not mix and match.  There are two ingredients in Dekopan: Vodka and Dekopan.  Blood Oranges have a bit of gold rum added to the vodka, but besides that, no sugars, etc.  I don’t believe you have to have a lot of sugar to make something tasty.

So without further ado:

Sumo Mandarin sitting next to anemic strawberry

Looks like orange juice, yummy knock you on your ass orange juice.


There was something so wonderfully lovely about reaming a fruit that made it look like you were gutting a zombie.  My hands were stained purple/red for the next two days.  🙂

Mash of yums

Next…to throw in liquid.


And then…just because it’s pretty

Pretty...and tasty

I hath found a nirvana of herbs

Posted in Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 21, 2011 by darcytown

Herban Wellness in Kirkland, Wa.  You have everything I want to throw in liquor or macarons.  I have rose hips, blueberry powder, rose petals…had to restrain myself from buying elderberries, dandelion, and violet powder.  So nice…

Many happies.

On another note, rewatched Romancing the Stone.  80’s soundtrack you never fail to tell me when I should be happy, sad, romantic, or excited for intense action!

Black Velvet…St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail

Posted in Cocktails with tags , , , , on March 18, 2011 by darcytown

Like Guinness?

Like Champagne?

Like Hard Cider?

Here’s the drink for you.

Looks like Guinness...but it's not straight Guinness.

Black Velvet is equal parts Champagne (Brut, Sparkling Wine, Prosecco, etc) and Guinness.

I started mine off with Champagne first (did one with the beer first but that foam got out of hand).

Halfway there

Then add the Guinness (Watch out for the foam, this thing can get crazy if poured funky).  Drink ends up tasting like hard cider.  Seriously.    They love each other…best friends!

Made these last night to go along with a delicious corned beef dinner.  Insta-favorite.  Good luck ordering them at most bars though.  They’ll probably look at you a little funny.

Strawberry Cordial

Posted in Book News, Cocktails with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by darcytown

Saw some wonderful looking and smelling strawberries at the store today while I did some regular shopping…

I’d love to use some wild ones, but these will do this time around I think.

Started on Strawberry Cordial from Folk Wines, Cordials, and Brandies with a  few twists on the ingredients.  Give it a few months and it should be good to go.

The yummies:




Then slice and dice!  Into bottle they go!


Bottle of Goodness

More ways to cocktail

Posted in Cocktails with tags , , , on March 14, 2011 by darcytown

Friend sent me this today, as if I need any more homebrew projects to work on:

How to Make Bitters

I’ve already started my liqueur making with coffee, amaretto, and orange-cinnamon.  I’ve branched out into Shrubs (delicious) with Raspberry, Blackberry, and Boysenberry (Mix any one of those with Ginger Ale and you’ve got a refreshing almost peppery drink.  Add rum or Tequila and the drink becomes even better).  🙂

And now this…home made bitters.  I want to, I really want to.  But I just got my hands on a copy of Folk Wines, Cordials, and Brandies which has an array of things I want to try: Rose Cordial, Tea Wine, Almond Wine, Ginger Liqueur…and some other things that just sound too good to pass up.  Onion wine anyone?

Thing is, as much as I love those, I have also fallen in love with bitters, a thing I used to avoid simply because of the name and my association with the things I dislike (Broccoli, Beer).  But bitters are wonderful fragrant liquids that can transform any bland cocktail into something great (I’m assuming the ingredients in the drink are good, nothing can save shitty alcohol).

Like the article states, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of the older out of use cocktails.  The Bronx, Income Tax Cocktail, Rum Shrub…all of these things make me smile and want to pour out drinks all day long.  I have no idea why, but even Vermouth as an ingredient has grown on me, but I can probably talk just about that for awhile.

Anyways…thanks Ian, for giving me something else to distract from my writing…I am going to pretend I didn’t see this article.  I’m going to pretend that I haven’t thought of five different combinations to make.  Damn you…