Mariposa Margarita

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Spring is here and so are the Painted Lady Butterflies migrating from Mexico up the west coast through Southern California up their way to the Pacific Northwest.  Seeing these Painted Ladies is such an enchanting sight to see!  It almost feels like you are in a Disney movie, watching them flutter around.  Hiking my normal trail and seeing clusters of fluttering butterflies and watching them in the moment and not being on my phone on a beautiful sunny SoCal day really made me smile and was super inspiring.  I was in the moment with nature and it felt so lovely.  This large of a butterfly migration hasn’t happened in years and I think it really important we cherish these moments and really truly remember to respect the planet and all its creatures.  I wanted to make a cocktail that represented the metamorphosis that a butterfly goes through in its life (relatable), especially these particular Painted Ladies from out of their chrysalis and on their journey from Mexico.  A few months ago I finally got some Butterfly Pea Flower Tea that I have been seeing and hearing about and decided to experiment with some infusions.  Infusing with tequila was an excellent choice and really what the natural born Mexican butterflies would want to sip on.  Ha!  I also no joke on my hike saw a butterfly land on a wild honeysuckle, instantly I knew what to make.  One of my favorite classic cocktails is a Honeysuckle a rum, lime and honey cocktail that is refreshing and delicious!  This cocktail is a play off of that, lime and honey in a Margarita are a match made in heaven and with this Butterfly Pea Flower Tea infused tequila you can’t get anymore enchanting and succulent than that.  Enjoy the Mariposa Margarita!  Cheers!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice 
  • 3/4 oz. Honey Syrup (3 parts honey to 1 part hot water mixed)
  • 2 oz. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Infused Espolon Blanco Tequila  

Instructions:

As mentioned above we have some things to prep for this drink.  The honey syrup (listed above) is easy and a great thing to have in your fridge for other delicious drinks.  Next, let’s infuse the Tequila with the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea.  The good thing is this infusion is a fast one the Butterfly Pea Tea is very potent!  I took a 1/4 cup of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea and steeped in 2 cups of Espolon Blanco Tequila.  Right away you see the the color changing process happening and tequila will turn a beautiful blue color.  I left the tea in the tequila for around 4 hours and then took out the flower buds and discarded them.  Now we can make the cocktail!  Place any glassware being used inside you freezer to get extra cold.  Sometimes I like having a Margarita up but you can always put this drink on the rocks. Next get out all your ingredients measure them and pour all of them into your shaker tin.  Add around 5-6 ice cubes then shake hard for 10-15 seconds making the tin frosty, that’s how you know you did a good shake.  Grab your Hawthorne and fine strainer and pour cocktail out into your desired chilled glass.  Now the drink is purple and no longer blue... it’s magic!  Lastly, garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel (I dehydrated mine) and a few Butterfly Flower Pea Tea buds on top of the lime floating like a lime lily pad.  Serve and enjoy!  

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A little background on my preferred spirits and inclusions: 

Espolon Blanco Tequila:  Made at the San Nicolas Distillery using the blue weber agave plant in Los Altos in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.  Espolon tequilas were created by Cirilo Oropeza and was introduced in 1998.  On the nose it has hints of tropical fruit, sweet agave, lemon zest, pepper and floral notes.  On the palate pineapple, vanilla bean, pepper, spiced agave and vegetal notes.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea:  I bought the brand Three Squirrels Whole Butterfly Pea Tea on Amazon and I love it!  A couple cool things about Butterfly Pea Tea, one being it is full of antioxidants and it known for helping your skin against aging, reduces inflammation, good for brain health, treats general pain, increases vitality and helps fight against certain types of cancers. What?!!!  Secondly, the tea steeps to a beautiful blue color but based on the pH level of what is added next the colors change.  Adding lemon/lime changes the color to a pretty purple and I have heard but haven’t tried yet that adding hibiscus can change it to red.  Nature is magical!

Spritz From A Rose

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Another Valentine’s Day approaches us and this year more than any other year I have heard “Galentine’s Day” a lot and I love it!  To me and my friends Valentine’s Day has become a more cheesy and throw in your face “that you are single kinda holiday” and while relationships are great and happy for all the lovers.  It is also a time to celebrate love in all forms and make sure that we remember that having a significant other doesn’t and shouldn’t define anyone.  With that being said I wanted to make a cocktail that could be for both the romantic lovers but also for the gals who just want to Kiki and sip something pretty.  Behold the cocktail for both.  Fresh, floral, citrusy, bubbly and light the Spritz From A Rose is the perfect drink to cheers to whatever this holiday means to you!  Enjoy Lovers! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice 
  • 1/2 oz. Blood Orange Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup  
  • Scant Bar Spoon Measurement of Rose Water  
  • 2-2 1/2 oz. Dry Prosecco 

Instructions: 

Measure and pour all ingredients listed besides the prosecco into a shaker tin.  Add ice and shake ingredients for around 3-5 seconds.  Next have a glass with a stem prepped with some ice cubes. Add the prosecco to the cocktail in the shaker tin and then grab your Hawthorne and fine strainer and pour out into the glass with ice.  Garnish festively and serve! 

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A little background on my preferred spirits and inclusions :

Prosecco: Any dry sparking wine.  I used Cecilia Beretta Prosecco from Trader Joe’s.  

Rose Water: Nielsen-Massey Finest Quality Rose Water.  This I purchased at Whole Foods.  

Santa’s Cough Medicine

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time that is full of holiday cheer but often the time where the flu bug goes around.  Bah Humbug!  I was lucky enough to experience it recently and in my mountain of tissues and Netflix TV movies, I thought what if Santa got sick before Christmas!  What would be something delicious and medicinal for Santa to guzzle down so he can handle the holiday season with ease.  I love scotch in cocktails and one of my favorites is a Penicillin (made by the legendary mixologist Sam Ross) you get lemon, ginger, honey and scotch and if that isn’t a cure for all your ailments then I don’t know what is!?  To make Santa Claus satisfied with a cocktail,  we do know he has a bit of a sweet tooth and for some reason I can see him loving Lambrusco and of course some powdered sugar snow on top to do the trick. All these flavors combined makes a delicious and crushable cocktail that is perfect for all and will get everyone in the holiday “spirit”...so have yourself a merry little scotch drink.  Buon Natale! 

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Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice  
  • 3/8 oz. Honey Syrup  
  • 3/8 oz. Ginger Syrup  
  • 1 1/2 oz. Aberfeldy 12yr. Single Malt Scotch Whisky  
  • 2-2 1/2 oz.  Lambrusco  

Instructions:

First, lets prep the syrups I would do this a few hours or the night before serving this cocktail.  To make honey syrup super simple take 3 parts honey to 1 part hot water.  Stir honey and hot water together until it is all mixed in and creates a consistent consistency.  The  ginger syrup is a little tricker but so worth it.  Buy at least a pound or two of ginger depending if you want some leftover for other concoctions, highly recommend.  Chop the ginger root up into small cubes then take a juicer and juice all the ginger.  Once you have juiced the ginger take the ginger juice and fine strain it making sure you get all the little bits and pieces out.  Next, you will need to have a scale to measure the amount of ginger you have in grams.  Ginger syrup has a ratio of 3 parts ginger, to 2 parts sugar, to 1 part cold water.  Grab a container to measure the ingredients and another container to pour in and mix all the ingredients together.  Make sure to tare the scale to zero so that you aren’t measuring the weight of the container.  Measure the ginger juice, let’s say it measures to 300g, that means you need to put in 200g granulated evaporated cane sugar and 100g cold water.  I usually mix it up with an electric mixer because it really gets all the ingredients mixed up and faster!  Ok now we can make the cocktail!  Take out your shaker tin and add all ingredients listed above other than the Lambrusco.  Shake ingredients with ice for about 10 seconds and then add the Lambrusco and then pour out into a Collins glass with ice.  Lastly garnish with a few mints sprigs and then dust over the mint with powdered sugar making it look like snow! Cheers!

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A little background on my preferred spirits and inclusions: 

 Aberfeldy 12yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky:  Aberfeldy 12 is a Highland Scotch and is part of the Last Great Malts series being put out by John Dewar & Sons who built the distillery back in 1896. Aberfeldy is often called the golden dram due to the “alluvial gold” water.  This particular scotch has beautiful tasting notes of honey, apple, vanilla, apple, nutmeg and a slight smoke.  Aged for twelve years in ex bourbon and sherry barrels. 

Le Grotte Lambrusco:  Lambrusco is an Italian Red Sparkling wine.  Any cheap Lambrusco will work.  I got this one at Trader Joe’s and it works perefectly.  Getting a drier Lambrusco will help the cocktail be a tad less sweet, but this cocktail is very balanced and not sweet so don’t worry. 

Death Becomes Her

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“In one small bottle....The fountain of youth.  The secret of eternal life.  The power of an ancient potion.  Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn’t.”  

This quote above from the 1992 iconic cult classic Death Becomes Her is something we all secretly are searching for, whether we want to admit it or not.  We all know what happened in this movie going to extreme lengths for eternal youth, but alas life is all about balance right?  We all want to look our best and why not do whatever we can in a healthy way to maintain our youthfulness.  Not to worry!  Here I have a balanced cocktail that in one small glass is the fountain of youth and the secret of eternal life and thankfully the alcohol will help with that too.  Wink wink!  Death Becomes Her is velvety smooth, delicious and a fun way to be festive for a birthday, Halloween or a Saturday night in.  Every cocktail consumed will make you say to yourself,  “Oh Madam!  You look younger every day!”

Ingredients:  

  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol  
  • 1/2 oz. Grey Goose  
  • 1 capsule Hum Nutrition Collagen Love

Instructions:

Take out your shaker tin and all the ingredients.  Begin by cracking an egg and separating the white from the yolk.  Drop the egg white into the tin.  You can throw away the yolk or save for cooking or a flip style cocktail!  Next, take out your jigger and measure the rest of the ingredients individually and pour them into the shaker tin with the egg white.  Now get a Hum Nutrition Collagen Love capsule and carefully open and pour in.  Next, grab the tin and dry shake all ingredients for 10-15 seconds and then open the tin add ice and shake vigorously for another 10-15 seconds.  Lastly, grab you glassware, Hawthorne strainer and fine strainer and pour the cocktail out into the glass.  To make the cocktail extra pink on top I atomized some extra Aperol on top!  Enjoy!

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A little background on the spirits and inclusions: 

Aperol:  Aperol was launched to the public in 1919 at the Padua International Fair in Italy.  Created by the Barbieri brothers and very quickly became one of Italy's beloved aperitvos!  Made from bitter orange peel, rhubarb, gentian root and chinchona bark.  Aperol is legendary and a staple at my home bar.  People usually enjoy in a Spritz but there are many ways to us it!

Grey Goose:  In 1996, founder of Grey Goose Sidney Frank had an idea to make a luxury Vodka for the American market.  He partnered with cognac producer Francois Thibault of France in order to transition his skills from cognac to vodka production.  They choose the location of France, due to the country's culinary history and to differentiate itself from other vodkas produced in Eastern Europe. The water used to produce the vodka came from natural springs in France filtered through limestone and made with locally produced French wheat.  Recently, I was lucky enough to stay at the Grey Goose Villa Le Logis in Cognac and be completely emerged in the brand.  Let me tell you they make no shortcuts and everything is done is the purest way.  Was very impressed with what they do and what they have accomplished, very inspiring!

Hum Nutrition Collagen Love:  Los Angeles based supplement brand that is sustainably sourced, non GMO, pure and potent ingredients, gluten free and no artificial colors or preservatives.  This particular product the Collagen Love helps keep fine lines and wrinkles under control by helping your skin produce more Collagen! Keeping it tight! Woohoo!