Sazerac Cocktail

***July-August 2022 Dinner Group Winner***


Whiskey cocktail from New Orleans and one of the oldest cocktails with American origins.
Makes 1 cocktail
1 cube sugar
• 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
• ¼ ounce Herbsaint
• 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
• lemon twist for garnish

1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes and chill
2. In a mixing glass or second rocks glass, use Peychaud’s bitters to
soak the sugar cube
3. Crush or muddle the sugar into the bitters
4. Add the ...

French 75 Cocktail

makes 2

1 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. gin
8 oz. Prosecco or sparkling wine
Ice for shaking

Mix gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and then add ice.
Shake until cold, then strain into champagne flutes.
Top with Prosecco.

NOTE: For a group, you can mix the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin together in a pitcher and keep on ice. Pour mix into individual glasses and top with Prosecco to serve.

Jalapeño margarita


3 round slices of fresh jalapeño, including seeds
1 rounds slice fresh cucumber, unpeeled or peeled
several fresh cilantro leaves and stems
2 oz. 100% agave silver tequila
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. agave syrup

In a shaker muddle 3 jalapeño slices including seeds, 1 slice cucumber, several cilantro leaves and stems. Add remaining liquid ingredients.
Add ice and shake.
Pour into short salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!

Pink Peppercorn Thyme Soda


8 whole star anise
2 Tbsp whole pink peppercorns, plus additional for garnish
1 Tbsp whole cloves
3 C water
1 C sugar
½ C fresh thyme sprigs plus 8 additional sprigs for garnish
Ice cubes
4 C chilled club soda

Toast anise, 2 Tbsp peppercorns and cloves in a small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Wrap spices in a triple layer of cheesecloth; tie shut. Pound with rolling pin to crush spices lightly. Bring 3 C water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan and add spices in cheesecloth. Remove from heat, cover and steep 15 minutes. Add ½ C thyme sprigs, cover and steep 10 minutes longer. Strain syrup into a medium bowl and chill until cold. (DO AHEAD) Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.

Fill 8 tall glasses with ice. Divide syrup among glasses. Add ...

Sage Cordial


There are hundreds of species of Salvia and probably dozens that would be appropriate for this recipe – Salvia officinalis (garden sage), S. elegans (honeydew melon sage, and pineapple sage), S. melissodora (grape scented sage), and S. dorisiana (fruit-scented sage) come to mind. 

10 fresh sage leaves
2 cups vodka
1 2/3 cups sugar 

Crush the sage in a mortar with a pestle until it is fragrant and transfer it to a 1-pint jar. Rinse out the mortar with some of the vodka, pour all the vodka over the sage, and let the mixture stand, covered, shaking it occasionally, in a dark place for 8 days. 
In a saucepan combine the sugar with 2/3 cup water and simmer the mixture, stirring until the sugar is just dissolved. Transfer the sugar syrup to another 1-pint jar and chill it, covered, for 8 days. 
Pour the sage mixture through a dampen ...