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Drink In Some Eternal Bliss


Eternal Bliss

In celebration of the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, here are three cocktails to wet your whistle.

Eternal Bliss

Eddie V’s of Austin is serving this seductive sweetie just in time of Valentine’s Day.

2 strawberries
2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Rosé sparkling wine
Mint, for garnish
½ strawberry, sliced, for garnish

Build this cocktail in a shaker tin

Muddle strawberries.

Add ice, gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake and pour into a rocks glass

Float a splash of rosé sparkling wine on top.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a cut ½ strawberry.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Eddie V’s

Cherry Margarcia

Cotton, a restaurant in Manchester, N.H., offers the following tips for making better martinis:

  • Chill your martini glass by filling it with ice cubes and water an letting it sit while you make the martini.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the liquid ingredients and skaes vigorously.
  • Empty the ice and water from the martini glass
  • Rim the glass with the appropriate rimmer — sugar, salt, etc.
  • Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish and serve.

This margarita variation uses a splash of maraschino juice. You can also add lime, if you like.

2 ounces Patrón Silver tequila
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce sour mix
Splash of maraschino cherry juice from a jar of cherries

You can certainly use whichever tequila you prepare and can also substitute Cointreau for triple sec. Fresh cherries make a nice garnish.

Mix the tequila, triple sec, sour mix and maraschino cherry juice in an ice-filled shaker. Pour into an iced martini glass rimmed with sugar.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From “Cotton’s: The Cookbook” by Jeffrey Paige

Limoncello and Mint Sparkler

“Limoncello, a liqueur made by steeping lemon peels in a neutral spirit, has long been a staple in the lemon-producing region along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, where it is usually served well chilled in the summer months. It offers even more of a lift when infused with mint and mixed with club soda and fresh lemon juice,” according to “Gourmet Today” edited by Ruth Reichl.

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
8 ounces (1 cup) chilled limoncello
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
3 cups chilled club soda
Ice cubes
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Lemon slices, for garnish

Combine mint and limoncello in a bowl and bruise mint by gently mashing with a wooden spoon. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.

Pour limoncello through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing firmly on mint; discard mint. Stir lemon juice and club soda into limoncello, then add enough ice to fill the pitcher. Pour drink and ice into six 8-ounce glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs and lemon slices.

Note: The strained limoncello-mint infusion can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 hours.

Makes 6 cocktail.

From “Gourmet Today” edited by Ruth Reichl

 

 

 

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Recipe: Shrimp Bruschetta With Limoncello and Mint


154812_1264This summery appetizer combines a perennial favorite, shrimp, with lemon and mint.

Shrimp Bruschetta with Limoncello and Mint

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 medium shrimp, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
8 slices ciabatta bread, grilled or toasted
Large handful of coarsely chopped mint
Zest of 1 lemon

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet.  Add the garlic and sauté until golden.  Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes.  Turn the shrimp and cook for 1 more minute.  Remove from the pan and keep warm.  Add the lemon juice and limoncello to the skillet.  Deglaze the pan and reduce the lemon juice and limoncello mixture by 2/3.  Put the shrimp back in the pan and coat with the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon onto the ciabatta toasts, garnish with mint and lemon zest.

Makes 8 servings.

From Chris Dunn

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