Just some pretty pictures of Six Mile Creek Vineyard, only a ten minute drive from Cornell campus. We were too tipsy too intrigued by their many drinks (they make wines and distill liquor) to take notes.
One of our favorites was their number one seller, Pasa Tiempo, a sweet wine with hints of lemon and honey. They also distill their own vodka (made from grapes and oh-so-smooth), gin, limoncella, orangecella, and grappa!
Thanks to Derek for a great tour and a fun afternoon!
There’s that time of night on weekdays, somewhere between 7 and 11pm, that isn’t late enough to start worrying about homework but too early to sleep. I find myself in this limbo quite often. Usually I end up catching up on the latest episode of Boardwalk Empire and craving something warm to drink. This non-tea chai is not as heavy as hot chocolate or as caffeinated as coffee.
Hot Spiced Milk
makes 1 large serving
1.5 cups milk
~2 teaspoon cinnamon
~1 teaspoon ground ginger
~1 teaspoon allspice
~1 teaspoon cloves
Dash of vanilla extract
Sweeten to taste with sugar or agave nectar
I never really measure the ingredients, so the measurements are approximate. Put all ingredients, except for the extract and sweetener, in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and be sure to keep stirring so that the milk doesn’t burn on the bottom of your pot. The longer you cook it, the more water cooks off and the creamier your drink is! I used 2% milk. Add extract and sweetener at the end in your glass. The spices get in the way of drinking so, unless you want to wait for them to collect at the bottom of your glass, pour the drink through a sieve.
As promised, I present to you more of my cocktail ideas. I was given the opportunity to bar tend a formal, and I had to come up with a few winter/holiday-inspired cocktails. After a bit of brainstorming, here’s some things I came up with…
Mint and Tonic
1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps
Instructions: Build the drink in a highball glass full of ice. Use a mint leaf for a garnish.
Yes, I realize this one’s a bit stiff. The true gentleman’s drink, the gin and tonic, with a minty, holiday spin.
And since we’re all trying to kick back as the semester comes to a close, I present to you something more festive for all your end-of-semester festivities! I present to you a shooter!
Build these babies in a shot glass and pass around…
1 pt Amaretto
1 pt Coffee liqueur
1 pt Irish cream
1 pt Rum
Instructions: start with the alcohol with the lowest specific gravity and then go up from there: Rum, Irish Cream, Amaretto, and then the Coffee Liqueur. The idea is to “layer” the shots. Use the end of a spoon to slip the heavier alcohols to the bottom on the side of the shot glass.
This is all very hypothetical at the moment. I need to see if the colors work and see how to improve the layer effect. I’ll give it a go this weekend and let you all know how it goes.