Jay Z and Beyoncé, photographed drinking
“The Code” cocktails on a beach in Hawaii on June 18, 2016. The cocktail consists of D’USSÉ, pineapple juice, Disaronno amaretto liqueur,
Angostura aromatic bitters, and wedges of lemon to serve.
…loosen up my writer’s block for the latest instalment in my slash series, ‘The Glitches and the Glows’ by getting drunk on copious cocktails. Tonight’s choice is 'Cherry Tart’ - equal parts amaretto to cherry liqueur.
(The last time I got pished, I bashed out “Dutch Courage” in 3 hours so you never know…)
America boasts an almost endless array of liquor, making the choice of one signature cocktail for each state a tricky task. But every state gets tipsy in its own special way, and we chose these cocktails with some semblance of logic: a combination of state of origin, popularity, and exclusivity. Not everyone will agree with all the choices, but hey, it’s all still booze. And booze is great. Cheers!
Why?: This cocktail recipe was first printed in Jerry Thomas’ The Bon Vivant’s Companion, attributing its location in Mississippi.
Drink: The Missouri Mule (Bourbon, Applejack, lemon juice, Campari, and Cointreau)
Why?: The cocktail was created for President Harry S. Truman, with its name representing his home state of Missouri and the donkey mascot of the Democratic Party.
Drink: The Montana Tornado (Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, gin, tequila, and 7 Up)
Why?: Unlike other tornados, the Montana Tornado features 7 Up instead of the commonly used Coca-Cola. The drink is also served in a mason jar instead of the typical cocktail glass.
Drink: The Kool-Aid Caddy (Orange vodka and Kool-Aid)
Why?: Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Neb, by Edwin Perkins. Naturally, the state boasts a beverage in his honor.
Drink: The Nevada Cocktail (Light rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar)
Why?: In honor of Nevada Day, which falls on the last Friday of October, many drink this cocktail to celebrate.
29. New Hampshire
Drink: The Gin-Esaisquoi (Lillet blanc, Velvet Falermum, egg whites, and orange bitters)
Why?: This drink was originated at the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, NH by bartender Jeff Grdinich for his friend Kevin Ginestet, who, ironically, is allergic to eggs and does not drink alcohol.
30. New Jersey
Drink: The Applejack (Applejack brandy, lemon juice, and grenadine)
Why?: During the colonial period in New Jersey, the Applejack was used as currency to pay road construction crews. New Jersey also boasts the oldest licensed distillery, Laird & Company, which continues to produce applejack.
31. New Mexico
Drink: La Paloma (Tequila and grapefruit soda)
Why?: This cocktail was first recognized in Evan Harrison’s Popular Cocktails of the Rio Grande. Known as “The Dove” in Spanish, it’s origins are claimed to be somewhere along the Rio Grande.
32. New York
Drink: The Moscow Mule (Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer)
Why?: The cocktail is said to have been invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirit producer and Jack Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products.
Why?: The Fiction KItchen, a local Raleigh haunt, features this cocktail. Created by Christopher Tamplin, the use of beets creates a vibrantly colored cocktail when garnished with a lime and orange peel.
34. North Dakota
Drink: The Howlin’ Wolf (White Creme de Menthe, blue curacao, vodka, and Sprite)
Why?: It’s no surprise that this drink is named after North Dakota’s state animal, the coyote (AKA prairie wolf).
Drink: The Black Gold (Captain Morgans, Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Sierra Mist, and Grenadine)
Why?: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes have specialty cocktails, naturally the folks in Thistledown wanted to create a drink to represent the Ohio Derby. The Black Gold is named after the only horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Ohio Derby.
Drink: The Farmer’s Daughter (Vodka, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, and simple sugar)
Why?: Lobby Bar, located in Oklahoma City, specializes in maintaining the tried-and-true nature of cocktails while adding an individual twist, crafting each individually with added, natural ingredients. Each of their Farmer’s Daughter cocktails is made with fresh fruit.
Drink: Flaming Ring of Fire (High proof rum, whiskey, and tabasco sauce)
Why?: Named after Oregon’s location in “The Pacific Ring of Fire ”, this shot turns up the heat with added Tabasco sauce.
Drink: The Bronx (Gin, Sweet red vermouth, dry vermouth, and orange juice)
Why?: Strangely, this cocktail was created by Joseph S. Sormani in Philadelphia, a retired Bronx restauranteur.
39. Rhode Island
Drink: Rhode Island Red (Partida Blanco tequila, chambord, lemon juice, agave nectar, orange bitters, and ginger beer)
Why?: While hailing from California, this drink was created to salute the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island’s reception of a Colonial Charter.
40. South Carolina
Drink: The Hemingway Mojito (Bacardi, sunset-red Italian Campari, muddled mint & grapefruit, soda water, and grapefruit juice)
Why?: Amen Street’s, located in Charleston, mixologists created a cocktail to match the colorful like of Ernest Hemingway. The drink boasts beautiful colors to reflect Hemingway’s love for Key West’s sunsets.
41. South Dakota
Drink: The President (Light rum, grenadine, and orange juice)
Why?: Over 2 million people visit South Dakota annually to visit this befitting cocktail’s dedication, the Presidents of Mount Rushmore.
Why?: This famous cocktail got its name from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Alabama restauranteur Tony Mason brought JD to court, alleging that the distillery stole his recipe, but a judge declined his request for $13 million in damages.
Drink: The Mexican Martini (Tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur, sweet & sour mix, lime juice, orange juice, and Sprite)
Why?: This cocktail variation of a margarita is served straight up in a cocktail glass and can be served extra spicy. This drink was created and continues to be incredibly popular in Austin, TX.
Drink: The Mountain Derby (Woodford Reserve, grapefruit juice, honey, and lemon juice)
Why?: This interesting cocktail was created by Dave Wallace and beat out other cocktails in a competition held in Park City, UT. As a result, his concoction is now featured on drink menus at bars and restaurants all over the city for six months.
Drink: The Old Vermont (Gin, maple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice, and bitters)
Why?: For a true version of an Old Vermont, a bartender needs to use Barr Hill Gin from Vermont.
Drink: The Copper Barley (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water)
Why?: The Copper Barley is a cocktail that uses malt exclusively from the Virginia Highland Malt distillery.
Drink: The Washington Apple (Vodka, Sour Apple Schnapps, and apple juice)
Why?: This can be served as a martini, a shooter, or on the rocks, but its main ingredient is Washington apples from, well, Washington.
48. West Virginia
Drink: The Persephone (Bourbon, whiskey, triple sec, lemon juice, and egg whites)
Why?: This holiday inspired, champagne-based cocktail was featured in the West Virginia Gazette by its style team.
Drink: The Tom and Jerry (Rum/brandy/whiskey, egg whites, vanilla extract, sugar, nutmeg, and powdered milk)
Why?: This Christmastime cocktail was originally created by journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s, but continues to be most popular in Wisconsin.
Drink: The Boiler Maker (Light draft beer and whiskey)
Why?: Similar to Old Faithful in Wyoming, The Boiler Maker is a geyser of sorts. To consume this cocktail, you first have to drop the shot of whiskey into the beer, then down the entire thing in one gulp.
Drink: The Rickey (Gin, lime juice, and carbonated water)
Why?: While the drink was created in the 1880’s, the drink maintains its popularity as one of the most popular gin cocktails in the area and even has a virgin version called the “lime rickey”.
Episode/Chapter: That Butler, The Greatest Evil [chp. 5]
Yield: 1 9 inch cake
There are multiple kuro entries for each recipe in the anime/manga. Check out my ‘kuroshitsuji cookbook’ tag for more.
Image and recipe source are the same.
Note: Have ready a pastry brush and a little cup of melted butter before you begin cooking the crepes. This is for brushing and the pan with butter.
6 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
½ cup cream
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
¼ cup confectioners sugar
1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp. amaretto liqueur
Note: This recipe can be halved if you don’t plan to make the amaretto truffles.
9 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or a blender and process until well combined. The mixture will be the consistency of heavy cream.
Brush a 9 or 10 inch skillet with melted butter and place over medium heat until butter just starts to smoke. Pour scant ¼ cup of batter into the skillet. Swirl the batter with the pan lifted over the stove eye until the bottom is coated with a thin layer of batter. Place pan on the stove eye and cook until the surface of the crepe loses most of its glossiness and the top is set. At this point, most recipes will tell you to flip the crepes; mine were cooked through without flipping, so I just slid them out of the skillet and onto a plate.
Repeat process until all crepe batter is used. Allow the crepes to cool completely.
Whip heavy cream in a large bowl on medium-high speed with a hand mixer or using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Gradually add the granulated sugar. Mixture will begin to thicken.
Gradually add in the unsweetened cocoa powder. Add the amaretto liqueur one tablespoon at a time, and then add the almond extract. Whip until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a medium bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium-high heat until just boiling.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Mix in the Amaretto and whisk again until smooth. Allow to cool slightly before using
Center a crepe on a serving plate. Using a pastry brush, very lightly coat the crepe with chocolate ganache while it is still thin (if ganache begins to set, you can gently heat it in the microwave at 20 second intervals). Thinly spread a little whipped filling over the ganache and top with another crepe. Continue brushing, spreading and stacking, ending with a crepe on top. Set aside.
When remaining chocolate ganache is of spreading consistency, use to frost the cake. Let stand at room temperature until set.
Note: If making entire ganache recipe, remaining amount can be chilled and rolled into truffles. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and garnish top of cake, if desired.
Finally found time to make another frozen drink set!
Feast your eyes on the Candyland Menu! From left to right:
Sour Patch Watermelon - watermelon vodka, Midori, green apple pucker, sweet and sour mix, apple juice, Sprite, with grenadine poured on top Jolly Rancher Extreme - watermelon vodka, Malibu, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, Sprite, Arizona Watermelon (I had to call it Jolly Rancher Extreme because I already use the name Jolly Rancher to refer to the simpler watermelon vodka+cranberry juice, so this is my fruitier remix on that) Swedish Fish - strawberry vodka, Chambord, amaretto, sweet and sour mix, cranberry juice, Sprite, grenadine Milky Way - marshmallow infused vodka, amaretto, Bailey’s, chocolate liqueur, dulce de leche froyo, chocolate syrup, cream Peppermint Patty - peppermint schnapps, creme de menthe, chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s, mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate syrup Almond Joy - amaretto, Malibu, chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, creme of coconut
Merry Christmas, Dear Drinkers! I do so hope that today’s missive finds you all in the merriest of holiday spirits. And speaking of Spirits! Y'all may have noticed fewer recipes this month, than you’ve been seeing me produce recently; and there is a good reason for that, which I can now impart to you. Today’s honoree has not one, not two, but three recipes honoring them, the work they’ve done, and the contributions they’ve made to our community. I make no exaggeration when I say that were it not for today’s honoree, our community would be smaller, and sadder. Their work has spanned the history of our hobby, and ranged from phenomenal sight gags to Gaslamp Fantasy to one of the most beloved stories of our little corner of the internet. Today’s honoree, folks, is Egophilliac.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ll start with her most recent work
In this delightful Gaslamp AU, we see our mane six re-imagined as fully autonomous AI’s. The setting itself is a delight, with the integration of AI as equal or integrated participants in society, and with human augmentation and assistance provided through steampunk science.
An Accomplished Steampunk Scientist Twilight
1 teaspoon Earl Grey Tea Leaves
3oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
1oz Lemon Juice
1oz Simple Syrup
Chilled Martini Glass
1 Cog Wheel, cut from Lemon Rind.
A strainer, a Cocktail Shaker..
Making an Accomplished Steampunk Scientist Twilight
The combination of the Bluish Bombay Sapphire Gin with the Tea Leaves will not only produce a taste that is distinctly centered in the mind’s palette on Victorian Times, but will also come closer than much else I could put my hands on towards getting to Twi’s purplish hue, short of using something literally purple, like Chambord, or Merlot.
Now, if we look up at that last image, we can see Twilight telling her mentor and teacher to “Ignore the one on the end.” You know, it seems like having to make those kind of excuses would be awfully… Inconvenient.
This drink not only matches Trixie’s cream-blue coat-color, but with the recipe being as it is, it will produce enough of a beverage that it can’t be easily reduced into a smaller portion, meaning that in that the recipe requires the production of two portions of this drink, it is, in and of itself, Inconvenient.
Finally. What can I say about the last drink I’m sharing, today. When I started doing this aspect of my blog, the creating recipes portion, I knew this was a drink I wanted to make. It has taken me longer to produce this recipe than any other I have worked on. I feel that it is absolutely, 100% justified in being a recipe that has taken this length of time, to get absolutely, utterly correct. The story it honors is about growth. It’s about adventure. It’s about life. And it’s about one brave little pony learning that with a hat on her head, and friends by her side, there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do, if she put her mind to it.
This little filly went through hell and high water to get from where she started, on the surface of the moon, to where she ended up; but she did it all with aplomb, and dignity, and friends, and fetch quests, and Science. But it’s to her most steadfast and dedicated companion that I honor, with this tip of a… hat. I’ve been working on the recipe this long, that is true. The name of this drink, though? I am PROUD of this one, Dear Drinkers.
A Cartographer’s Cocktail (Both Safe For Woona, and Not Safe For Woona Editions!)
4 large scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
1 cup Milk
½ cup white chocolate chips
SUPER CHILLED, LIKE, FROZEN, LIKE, LITERALLY LEAVE THIS IN THE FREEZER OVERNIGHT Rocks Glass(es).
2 shots White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur (Or White Chocolate Syrup)
A White Hibiscus for each drink you pour.
Chocolate Syrup or Magic Shell.
A thin-tip paintbrush you’ve never used to paint, or for any other project, and that is 100% clean, and that you yourself have washed and scrubbed clean. A plate, A Blender.
Making a Cartographer’s Cocktail:
Squeeze an amount of Chocolate Syrup or Magic Shell onto plate, and place Paint-Brush near the plate.
Remove glass from freezer, and quickly move to plate and brush
Using Brush, and Syrup, Draw dotted lines, X’s, O’s, and other landmarks on the INSIDE of the glass. Do not hesitate to pop the glass back inside the freezer to help the syrup or shell set. Do not over-decorate.
Place glass back inside Freezer after decorating.
Put Ice cream, milk, chips, and Liqueur (for a Not Safe For Woona Version) OR the White Chocolate Syrup (For a Safe For Woona Version) in the blender.
.Blend until smooth,
Remove glass(es) from freezer.
Pour drink into glass.
Garnish drink with flower and Whipped Cream.
You’ve just finished making a Cartographer’s Cocktail, in honor of Moonstuck!
The interior decoration of the glass is meant to evoke the image of Woona’s ever-trusty headpiece; it will also melt into the drink as you drink it, altering the change of the flavor as you work yourself through your beverage. The White Hibiscus is meant to evoke the moon-flower by which Woona establishes her friendship with the Batponies. Doing two versions of this drink lets me take it even one step further, and make use of both Not Safe For Woona, and Safe For Woona. I really, really hope that this one manages to properly honor this effort.
Keep sending in suggestions as to who you’d like to see made into a drink, and Stay Thirsty, my friends!
At the beginning of the month Hov kicked back in Hawaii with Beyonce to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. They rode around in the back of a pickup truck and drank D’USSE - which Hov likes mixed with pineapple juice,
amaretto liqueur, and