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Posts Tagged ‘Recipe’

St. Paddy’s Cucumber-lime Spritzer

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 17, 2020

Today is the day of St. Patrick, and in many places throughout the world, this is a day to revel in the Irish heritage which we either share by birth, or (on St. Patrick’s Day at least) we share by spirit. We wear green; we attend parades; and some of us even drink green beer in what has become more of a secular holiday which celebrates Irish culture, than a religious holiday which celebrates the Patron Saint after which the day was first named.

And celebrating Irish culture is not a bad thing; it was after all the Irish who first distilled “uisce beatha“, which translates into English as “the water of life“. I could go into a long and detailed etymology,  but suffice it to say that “uisce beatha” is probably very close to the original form of the word which would later become “whiskey”.

Of course whiskey and beer are not necessarily the only libations one can savour on the Day of St. Pat’s, any well made serving enjoyed in moderation and in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day will do.

So, in the spirit of St. Paddy’s, I thought I would share a recipe given to me by the folks at Smirnoff who also sent me a bottle of their new Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusions several months ago.

Let me introduce the St. Paddy’s Cucumber Lime Spritzer:

St. Paddy’s Cucumber-lime Spritzer

2 oz. Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusions
1 oz. Cucumber Puree
1 oz. Brewed Green Tea
1 oz. Bottled Sparkling Water
1 Lime Wheel
1 Cucumber Wheel

In a mixing glass combine the Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusion with the other ingredients
Add ice to an empty serving glass
Pour the mixed ingredients into the serving glass over ice
Garnish with fresh lime and cucumber

Please Enjoy Responsibly!




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July Cocktail: Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 22, 2019

The Rum Crusta recipe I am sharing is based upon a variation of Joseph Santini’s classic cocktail, the Brandy Crusta (circa 1840). Santini was a celebrated bartender and caterer in New Orleans. Santini’s early Crusta recipe was almost certainly the inspiration for Leo Engels in 1878 when he published his recipe for the Rum Crusta (see Leo Engels, American and other Drinks, 1878). In this effort, I have tried to stay as close to the original 1878 formulation as possible.

Here is Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta mixed with the modern Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum.

The Rum Crusta

2 oz Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
Sugar (Optional)
Citrus Peel

Add the first seven ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled cocktail glass
(In the older original recipe the cocktail glass was rimmed with sugar)
Garnish with a spiral citrus peel and if you follow the old recipe a lump of ice
Please Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Here is a link to my previously published review of the Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum:

Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

“… The Flor de Caña 4 is a light bodied column distilled rum which has a dry quality when it is sipped. There is a little bite of alcohol and some grassiness at the front of the delivery, followed by a light butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and almond. Fine wood spices and orange peel keep the mouth lightly heated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with two more serving suggestions, the Cuba Libre’ and the Railcar.


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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #4: The Lychee Lover (from China)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 21, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit). In support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe later, one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

Here is my fourth share, The Lychee Lover (from China)!

Lychee Lover from China

1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
0.5 oz. Lychee Juice
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
A Splash of White Vermouth
1 Raspberry Garnish

Add Smirnoff, both juices and vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into an iced coupe glass
Enjoy Responsibly!


Note: Smirnoff is creating a unique pop-up experience for media, influencers and consumers 21+ in downtown Manhattan filled with fun, global-themed Pride cocktails. The space will be inspired by a home, featuring six Insta-worthy rooms where Smirnoff will pay homage to – and celebrate – the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as its future. The pop-up will take place Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 283, during which time Queer Eye television personality, hairdresser and web series star, Jonathan Van Ness will make a special appearance as the host. 

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June Cocktail: The Kingston Breeze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2019

The warm summer days are great for backyard BBQ’s, good times with friends and family, and of course refreshing easy to prepare cocktails.  (Okay I admit that grapefruit wheel in the photograph looks a little intimidating; I’ll be honest and admit I just added a small slice of lime to garnish the servings that I prepare.)

The Kingston Breeze is a recipe sent to me by the good folks at Appleton Rum who also contributed a bottle of Appleton Estate Reserve Rum and another of Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Rum for me to mix my libations. I preferred the recipe with mixed with the Reserve, although it might just be that the idea of spoiling myself with the more elite brand appealed to my ego and thus swayed my opinion.

I guess I’ll have to try both versions a few more times …

Kingston Breeze

1 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum
Q Grapefruit (Soda)
2 Lime Wedges, Squeezed
Lime Slice or Grapefruit Wheel

Add Appleton Estate Reserve to an Ice-filled glass
Top with Q Grapefruit soda
Squeeze in two lime wedges
Stir gently to mix
Garnish with a citrus wheel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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May Cocktail: ‘Tail from the Death Star

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 17, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. A couple of months ago I was sent two of their most recent bottlings, an almost whisky – Last Straw Darker Side and their new Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum.

Reviews are coming soon, but I though I would peak your interest in my new Dark Side themed cocktail, the ‘Tail from the Death Star, just in time for the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

‘Tail from the Death Star.

1 1/2 oz Last Straw Darker Side Spirit
3/4 oz Last Straw Double Barrelled Blackstrap Rum
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Bols Triple Sec
Orange Peel Coil

Add the Five Ingredients into a Cocktail Shaker with ice
Shake until well chilled
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a coil of Orange peel


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