Our guest April Clobes introduced us to one of her favorite wineries, Big Table Farm. Big Table Farm is a winery in Oregon that was self-started by a couple with a passion for wine. Their farm focuses on sustainability and keeping its operations in-house and its owner, Clare Carver, even illustrates each of the bottle labels. April's recommendation is their Pinot Noir, which brings a sweet, fruity, and cedar-driven flavor. If you're a wine drinker, we can't recommend this enough.
'Tis the season to drink and be merry and we've got the perfect cocktail for you to do just that. This Cranberry Mimosa is just three ingredients and a delight to drink this holiday season. Mix together cranberry juice, champagne and ginger ale or ginger beer (whichever you prefer or have on hand is fine). Garnish with sugared cranberries and serve. For a mocktail version, substitute St. Julian's Sparkling White Juice for the champagne. Take a moment for yourself this holiday season to reflect on everything you accomplished this year. From our homes to yours, happy holidays!
This week's drink can be a bit of a project to make, but it is so worth it in the end. The Green Smoothie Cocktail is a vodka cocktail full of fruit and veggies that makes a super delicious and clean drink. If you're looking for a cocktail that is a crisp and refreshing change of pace, this is the drink for you. With cucumber, fresh mint, and ginger, it is the definition of refreshing and the perfect way to top of a week (or year) of change.
Going through some big changes? (Or maybe just a long week?) Take a minute to slow down, reflect, and pour yourself a glass of The Third Man. This bourbon drink is the perfect palette cleanser; it sips sweet at first, then is rounded out by the bitterness of grapefruit and Campari. With the bite from the bourbon topping off the citrus flavor, this drink will become a staple in your bartending repertoire. Grab your favorite bourbon (we used George Dickel) and mix in a splash of grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Campari, and simple syrup for a complex symphony of flavor.
Created under pressure, "This Is Ourselves" is the perfect match for this episode. This cocktail was made by Carol Donovan who submitted it to AlcoholProfessor.com. With muddled fruit and champagne that is stored under pressure, this cocktail is a welcome reminder that some really, really good things can come from stressful, high-pressure situations. The drink is bourbon-forward and brings in a delightful, autumnal mix of apple cider, champagne, bitters, and a splash of simple syrup for a drink that goes down smooth. The cider is subtle, while the bubbly elevates the endnotes, giving the drink an overall light taste. Pour yourself a glass and consider the sweet rewards of working under pressure.
If you're looking for the perfect cocktail to help you unwind this fall, we've got the drink for you. The Nouveau Sangaree is a smooth, light drink that brings an autumnal twist to the classic sangria. Wine, apple brandy, and gin create a dry, strong base. Finished with grated cinnamon spices up the cocktail. Strain it all in a martini glass, curl up with a blanket and a good book, and enjoy this perfectly seasonal sangria.
Shake up your normal margarita recipe with some Mezcal and Tajin. The Mezcalita is the perfect intro to mezcal if you've never tried it before; the smokiness of Del Maguey Vida Mezcal combines with the citrus flavors of the lime and orange for a drink far superior than your typical margarita. Rim your glass with lime and Tajin and impress your friends with this fun twist on a classic drink.
We're transitioning into fall with a Bourbon Sour. This cozy cocktail is mixes in maple syrup and lemon juice, and is garnished with a cherry and orange peel for extra flavor. The bourbon will warm you up while the weather cools down, and the aromatics of the lemon and orange will invite you in for more. The maple syrup is just enough to take the sharp edge off the bourbon and give each sip a sweet simple syrup undertone. With only three ingredients, you won't regret trying out this delicious drink.
Inman Family Wines knows a thing or two about efficiency and cutting waste. Located in Santa Rosa, California, Inman Family Wines aims to be waste-free. In fact, 98% of their electricity requirements are solar powered, they repurpose all waste water to be used for vineyard irrigation and they use compost to fertilize their vineyard. We chose Endless Crush, their smooth and dry rosé made from Pinot Noir. This wine pairs perfectly with our episode on efficiency. Grab a glass, pour chilled and don't waste a drop of this drink!
Looking for a refreshing mocktail to help make your work day go by just a little faster? Look no further. The Hibiscus Tea Sparkler is easy to make and perfect for tea lovers and cocktail lovers alike. Its gorgeous pink color and crisp taste will make this recipe your new favorite summer drink. Want to make an alcoholic version? Try adding a splash of vodka. No matter how you make it, you definitely need to give it a try.