Saturday, August 23, 2008

Three entries for cocktail contest.

Here are the recipes I entered into the Oregon Bounty Cocktail competition.
Who knows maybe one of these will be the unofficial official Oregon State drink. :-) ENJOY!

Oregon Hazelnut Espresso Martini - Serves 2
2 oz. Lovejoy Hazelnut Vodka
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. Chilled Stumptown Espresso (your choice)
1 oz. Whipping Cream

Spiced Cocoa Rim
1 T Superfine Sugar
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
¼ tsp. Penzey’s Spices Chinese Cassia Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Fresh ground nutmeg

Chill Martini glasses and Hazelnut Vodka in freezer.
Mix Spiced Cocoa Rim ingredients.
Lightly dampen (not wet) rim of glasses and dip rim in spiced cocoa mix.
Place all ingredients in a chilled cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds.
Pour into martini glass.
Alternative: instead of rimming glass, add a pinch of the spiced cocoa mix on top of martini

Clear Joy - Serves 2
2 oz. Clear Creek Distillery Pear Brandy
2 oz. Lovejoy Vodka
½ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Oregon Sparkling Wine, you choose!

Chill Martini glasses, Pear Brandy and Vodka in freezer.
Mix Ice, Pear Brandy, Vodka, lime juice and ginger simple syrup in chilled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds.
Pour in martini glass and top with 1 oz. Sparkling Wine.

Ginger Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch of ginger root sliced
Bring all ingredients to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and continue to steep ginger. When simple syrup is room temperature. Chill

Sage River - Serves 1
3 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
½ tsp sugar
1 lemon wedge
½ oz simple syrup
4 sage leaves chopped
3 oz. 12 Bridges Gin
grapefruit peel twists
Sparkling lemonade

Put sage leaves, sugar and lemon wedge in cocktail shaker crush together with muddler or end of wooden spoon. Add ice, simple syrup and gin. Shake vigorously.
Pour in rocks glass with ice, top with sparling lemonade and garnish with twist. Also will have bits of sage leaves if properly muddled.

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