pink gin cocktail with grilled watermelon : independence day recipe

Gin Watermelon Cocktail - Kinfolk 1This recipe is perfect for any Canada Day or Independence Day celebration. The combination of gin and grilled watermelon make it such a fun and summery drink. The best part is, this recipe serves four people (or one thirsty individual)!

Have a great Independence Day weekend!

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Emory

Items pictured above are available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Kinfolk_Vol16_TickledPink-4Pink Gin Cocktail With Grilled Watermelon (Kinfolk Magazine)

This refreshing cocktail will start off your warm summer evening right with a kick of gin, honey, lime and verbena.

Ingredients:

1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 2 1/4 pounds or 1 kilogram)
4 fluid ounces (120 milliliters) gin
1 tablespoon honey, preferably acacia 3 limes
1/4 cup (5 grams) fresh lemon verbena, lemon balm or mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
Ice cubes, for serving

Method:

1. Peel the watermelon and cut half of it into small cubes and the other half into larger wedges. Put the cubes into a blender along with the gin and honey. Add the finely grated zest and juice of the first lime, plus the juice of a second lime. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy. Let the cocktail stand for 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.

2. Pulse the lemon verbena and sugar in a food processor until the herb is very finely minced and blended with the sugar. Transfer the mixture to a small plate and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over high heat until smoking hot. Grill the watermelon wedges until marks appear, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Arrange the grilled melon on a platter and sprinkle with the finely grated zest and the juice of the third lime and a little coarsely chopped lemon verbena.

4. Rub the rim of 4 cocktail glasses with one of the squeezed limes to lightly moisten, then dip it in the sugar mixture to get an even coating. Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the cocktail through a fine strainer. Serve immediately with the warm grilled watermelon.

Recipe by Mikkel Karstad. Top Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. Bottom Photograph by Anders Schønnemann.

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cocktail recipe : petit punch vieux (d.w. alexander)

dwalexander - cocktailsI don’t often share any cocktail recipes on my site because, quite frankly, my skills and knowledge in regards to alcoholic beverages are quite limited. I rarely drink, but when I do, I tend to leave the bartending up to the professionals. 

When Nick from D.W. Alexander approached me to feature a cocktail on my blog, I jumped at the chance to do so. Not only could I learn how to make a delicious drink at home, but it would be coming from from the experts! The fact that they are also Canadian sealed the deal, in my mind.

D.W. Alexander is a Toronto-based bar that dates back to 1877. With infusing the past with the present, D.W. Alexander has become one of the cities top-five speakeasies. It’s obvious to see why.

Emory

dwalexander - barPetit Punch Vieux

There is nothing better than summer. This is the season of relaxation and holydays when you are able to put all your worries behind and enjoy your life just a little bit more. Naturally, summer brings hot temperature, short sleeves and cold drinks, all of which are great for our mood.

Whenever a person is planning a vacation or thinking about summer, he always has a picture of tropical island in his head. Unfortunately, most of the people don’t have the means to travel to tropical paradise each year. Many of us can only imagine that vacation in our heads. Luckily, with the introduction of Petit Punch Vieux, that tropical island is just a little bit closer than before. This cocktail was invented by Benjamin Jones, an employee of Clement rum distillery located on Martinique. Of course, given that the mixture has rum in it, this was actually a good commercial for the Clement rum itself. Although the drinks seems jovial and naïve (especially judging by its name), it is quite a strong beverage. It is great for summer but the fact that it is filled with alcohol and has pretty stiff taste, means that it can be drank even during the winter. Lime is a great addition to the cocktail, reducing the strength of the rum for just a little bit.

Petit Punch VieuxIngredients

2 ounces Martinique rhum agricole vieux, such as Clément V.S.O.P. or La Favorite
0.5 ounces cane syrup, such as Petite Canne
2 fresh lime wedges

This drink is served in a small Old Fashioned glass. First, you need to squeeze the juice from one lime wedge while rubbing the rims of the glass with the other. Then, toss in one spent wedge inside. Fill with ice, syrup and rum and mix until the cocktail is chilled.

Cocktails such as this are great for summer. They are just the refreshment that we need when we visit a local bar or club. You can find similar drinks at D.W. Alexander cocktail bar, one of the famous Toronto lounges.

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New Years Eve DIY – A Simple Cocktail Display

BeFunky_IMG.jpgIMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpgIMG_4.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpg IMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpgThe idea for a beautiful cocktail display actually came from this Restyled Cart that Elsie Larson posted last year (on my birthday!). Since then, I have been adamant on the idea of displaying our collection of alcohol and glassware in a unique and creative way.

We actually had a similar vintage cart to Elsie’s, and so I immediately turned ours into a similar little mini bar. However, after about two months we desperately needed the space back in our kitchen and so my cocktail cart went away. That is, until I had a brainwave to move our bar sky-high. After removing our cupboard doors, I wallpapered the interior of our new cocktail space. Then, I filled it with our best glassware, an apple dish full of sugar, and hung one of my favourite bottle openers. If you are planning on throwing a shindig for New Years, then a trendy cocktail display is definitely a must-have!

Have a safe and happy New Year!! See you in 2014!!! :-)))

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