Only as wild as the vines in our back yard. Every year the wild black raspberry vines creep a little closer. It’s almost overwhelming to keep up with, but this time of year it’s all good. Because there is pie (made by our friend Dan) and wild black raspberry mojitos! The pie was gone from the 4th of July party before I got a picture, but the mojitos made their debut this evening.
See the recipe here. Just add a handful of black raspberries after the limes…and muddle them in as well. Cheers!
Today is a momentous occasion. Though I’ve been a partner in Studio 2B for 15 years, I’ve just completed my purchase of the remaining shares from my friend and now former business partner, Ken. As of today, I am the sole owner of Studio 2B.
In honor of this occasion, let’s raise a glass to Ken. Thanks for all the great years! May your days be filled with great Scotch, good health, more fun pictures, race cars, and Keuka Lake breezes!
Aberlour A’Bunadh seems appropriate for a toast. This rich amber Scotch comes straight from the sherry casks it’s aged in, at 59.6%. It boasts loads of flavors; toffee, ginger, vanilla, nuts, and dried fruit among them. Being cask strength, it does have a kick, but is creamy and smooth. Highly recommended!
Did you know that this week is Negroni week? If you didn’t, you know now (and it’s the last day)! I hope you’ve had one, if not because they are awesome….at least because it’s for a good cause. I had a couple at The Revelry the other day, as you can see from my Instagram post. (I’d love to have you follow along!) And also from Shannon’s post!
I wanted to share a variation on the classic Negroni that I make on occasion. It’s fun to swap out different ingredients to see what you can come up with. In this case, tequila for gin, and Ancho Reyes for vermouth. Cheers….enjoy!
Ancho Tequila Negroni
– 2 ounce reposado tequila
– 1 ounce Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur
– 1 ounce Campari
– 2 dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
– wedge of ruby red grapefruit for garnish
– chili powder and sugar for rim
Rub the rim of your glass against a cut grapefruit and dip in a mixture of chili powder and sugar to coat rim. Add ingredients over ice and stir well. Garnish with wedge of grapefruit.
Happy Easter! I hope the Easter bunny brought you some chocolate almonds (Piedras de Chocolate from Spain). They came all the way from Wegmans in our case. (If not, malted chocolate eggs will probably work okay, too.) Pair them with a Twisted Sidecar by the fire (as it was snowing today!) for a relaxing and elegant ending to your Easter.
1 1/2 ounces Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac
3/4 ounce Cointrau
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce fresh orange juice
Demerara sugar for rim
Run a lemon wedge around the top of your glass, then dip it in a small amount of Demerara sugar to coat the rim. In a shaker over ice mix ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass and garnish with twists of lemon and orange (twisted together).
Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac is an awesome value. For $40 you’ll get a blended cognac aged, on average, 10 years. It’s smooth, light, and bright with flavors of vanilla, honey, oak, and a mix of citrus and flowers. It’s very nice on its own, and excellent in cocktails.
First off, happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be on your side today! Ya may be askin’ what Disney has to do with a nice, tall, shamrock-laden pint. Considering I had it in Epcot at the Rose and Crown pub…a lot!
Along with the beer, I had a Scotch egg. Between the pint, the egg and the pub, all 3 British Isles were covered.
The Scotch Egg. Yum.
The Rose & Crown Pub.
Weston captured me grabbing a quick iPhone shot.
The rest of this post is coming from all the way back in 2013. Yes, I have been that busy. No excuses, it’s just that the studio has been busier than ever. A big thank you to all who have made that happen.
Southwest direct flights. The best way to get from ROC to MCO.
Let’s hear it for free drink coupons!
Welcome to the All-Star Music Resort.
Let’s hit the parks!
Sunset in the Magic Kingdom.
Paper FastPasses, a thing of the past.
Gaston’s Tavern, a great place to relax.
Be Our Guest entrance.
The ballroom at Be Our Guest.
A princess and her princes.
Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride.
Me and my girl chillin’ on the peoplemover.
Big Thunder Mountain.
Camden’s picture avoidance technique. And an ode to Spock.
Cinderella’s castle reflection.
Splash Mountain. The last time I’d ever see my Studio 2B hat.
On to a couple resorts and Epcot!
Mickey waffles at Chef Mickey’s.
Chef Donald and a bunch of goofballs.
Heading for the monorail.
Proof that there were once Kodak picture spots.
Epcot’s France pavilion. Go here for ice cream!
The spiked ice cream martini, with French Rum.
R.I.P. Polynesian waterfall.
Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!
Sharing a frozen cocktail with my princess.
Tusker House, a hidden gem.
Goofy wouldn’t leave until he got a hug from Heather.
My lovely bride has published another book with her brother, the third installment in the José Picada series entitled Act of Abduction. During my private reading (yes, I am privileged), I learned that this book has a pivotal scene featuring the José Picada Margarita. Heather asked if I could come up with a recipe that would be appropriate for Chef Al. I did my best. I hope you enjoy the José Picada Margarita as much as I know you’ll enjoy the book. Salud!
The José Picada Margarita
2 oz. Casamigos reposado tequila
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes liqueur
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. agave nectar
Shake and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with jalapeño and lime.
Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you all had a fabulous year and are looking forward to 2015! It was a busy end to the year here on 2eat2drink, and we are closing the year out with over 19,100 views! Wow, I’m not sure what to say other than thanks and I hope you are eagerly awaiting my next posts. I have 4 cocktails coming up soon. Here are previews of the photos…recipes to come. Be safe and cheers!