A Reminder

Years ago, at a liquor store somewhere in the wilds of Connecticut, we were rather smitten by the shape of the St. Germain bottle.  (For those not in-the-know, St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur, and is in a beautiful Gothic bottle.)  The young man working at the store suggested that St. Germain is nice in sauvignon blanc.  At a recent party with some friends, we spied the St. Germain bottle at the bar, and dingdingding!…..we managed to fire the right neurons together to remember that we liked a shot of that in white wine, so that’s what we drank.  To that young man from so many years ago, we say “Thank you!” and also “You were so right!”

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Published in: on July 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Everywhere!

We at the P & P Drinking Company have noticed a trend in cocktails this summer:  Cherry & lime together.  While we were on the P & P corporate road trip, we stopped at a Red Robin late on night for dinner, and ordered their Cherry Lime Flip.  A few weeks ago, our friend gave us the recipe for her Cherry Sparkler, which we posted about here.  Then, last night, we got the Cherry Lime Sparkler at California Pizza Kitchen.  It’s a combo that works really well together….and it’s everywhere!  Our easy, at home version:  1 part Limeade, 1 part club soda, and 2 parts cherry vodka over ice.

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Published in: on July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Italian Ice

Tonight, we had dinner at the Redstone Grill.  Redstone is a small chain with locations in Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  The burgers are pretty yummy there.  For the summer, they have some special cocktails.  We sampled the Lemon Italian Ice Martini, which definitely falls into the category of “why didn’t I think of that?”  It’s a delicious blend of citrus vodka (I think they used Svedka) and limoncello (which you know we love), kept cold with a scoop of lemon water ice.  As the water ice melts, there’s no dilution of flavor, and it leaves kind of a nice froth on the surface of the drink.  Genius!  Oh, and did I mention that it’s all lemony and yum?

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Published in: on July 12, 2012 at 2:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Quatres Leches

photo by DocSarah

What does one drink on the hottest day of the year (so far)?  If one is smart, one drinks ice cream sodas.  But two are smarter, and so we concocted “Quatres Leches”, an adult ice cream soda.  The recipe goes something like this:

  • 1 part fluffed marshmallow vodka
  • 1.5 parts Tres Leches liqueur
  • 1.5 parts farm fresh milk

Shake above ingredients with ice.  Pour into tall glasses, and add a couple of shots from the seltzer bottle.  It’s very refreshing!

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Published in: on July 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm  Comments (2)  

A Recommendation

Recently, this question was posed to the P & P Drinking Company:  If you were to invest in one flavored vodka, what would it be?

First, we asked, “Just one?  Why would you do that?”   But then, realizing that this was a real constraint, we entered in a heated discussion weighing the merits and drawbacks of various flavors.  In the end, the consensus was this:  vanilla.  Vanilla vodka mixes beautifully with everything we’ve tried so far, and works with a variety of flavor combinations.  Orange/clementine flavors?  Check.  Lemon?  Check.  Ginger?  Check.  Cranberry, raspberry, lime, chocolate?  Check, check, check, and check.  Mixers, other vodkas, cordials and liqueurs?  Yes, please.  The querist (it’s a real word-look it up) then asked about whipped cream flavored vodka.  While we adore whip in the right circumstance, it’s a little too sweet to be the go-to every time.  (First runner-up, BTW, was orange-flavored vodka, particularly the Stoli Ohranj.)

Vanilla.  Trust us on this.

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm  Comments (2)