DTD Valentine’s Vodka Recipes With Love…

11 02 2014

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with some great vodka based cocktails from Dress The Drink’s Signature V Cocktail Collection.

VBlues by Dress The Drink

The Mix…
2oz. PINNACLE VODKA
2oz.Ocean Spray Cran-Blueberry Juice
¼ teaspoon Simple Syrup
¼ teaspoon Lime Juice
Garnished with Dress The Drink (DTD) Blueberry infused Rose Petals dusted in Edible Silver Flakes.

The Blend…
Shake up all ingredients in a chilled shaker for 30 seconds. Place in very chilled martini glass and top off with Dress The Drink (DTD) Blueberry infused Rose Petals dusted in Edible Silver Flakes.

Raz Her…

The Mix…
2 oz. Stoli Razberi ®Vodka
1/2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
½ oz. Club Soda
½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
2 Fresh Raspberries
1/2 teaspoon of white sugar
Choose from…
DTD Raspberry Orange Zest Mint Cluster, garnish
DTD Crushed Raspberry Orange Zest Mint Sugar Blend, rim
DTD Raspberry Orange Zest Crystalized Mint Sprig, garnish
Martini Glass

The Blend…
Muddle berries with 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar in chilled shaker. Once berries are muddle add, Stoli Razberi Vodka, Raspberry Liqueur and Orange Juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Half rim one very chilled martini glass with DTD Crushed Raspberry Orange Zest Mint Sugar Blend (if that is your selection). Strain into glass and top off with Club Soda. Garnish with your choice of, DTD Raspberry Orange Zest Mint Cluster or DTD Raspberry Orange Zest Crystalized Mint Sprig.

XOXO…





DTD Pairs Up With Arizona Cocktail Week – 2014

6 02 2014

 

 

Join us for the Love of Adult Beverages – Tasting, Learning and Competing…
During Arizona Cocktail Week mixologists will provide educational seminars, interactive tastings, cocktail competitions, pool parties, and pig roasts at events all over Arizona.

When is Arizona Cocktail Week?
Friday, February 14 – Friday, February 21, 2014

What events are associated with Arizona Cocktail Week in the Phoenix area?
New events for 2014 include week-long Pop Up Bars created by nationally-noted mixologists, an outdoor Pig & Punch BBQ on Sunday, February 17 featuring modern twists on classic punchbowl cocktails, and the Artisanal Cocktail Market on Monday, February 18, a farmer’s market-style event showcasing the finest in local cocktail products, small-batch bitters, farm-fresh ingredients, demos and tastings.

The Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale features pop-up bars, vendor booths, carnival games, circus performers, live performances from local bands, and cocktail tastings. This is a separately tickets event.All week long there will be “Imbibe & Dine” cocktail and food pairings at restaurants across Arizona. The “Last Slinger Standing Event” will feature Arizona’s best bartenders against the best Nevada has to offer.There are special events like parties, tastings, seminars, competitions and happy hours.

How do I find all the events?
Visit Arizona Cocktail Week online for the full calendar of events and to purchase tickets in advance for ticketed events. http://www.arizonacocktailweek.com





12 DAYS OF SPIRITS… By Dress The Drink

11 12 2013

Pairing Master Mixologist, David Brogan with Dress The Drink, gives you a brilliant spirited collection of signature cocktails to share for the holiday count down.

Ho Ho Ho – This cheery season is filled with parties and events that bring the spirit of the season out in everyone. Frothy, pink and absolutely delightful, the Ho Ho Ho is a fabulous signature cocktail for those little indulgences we allow ourselves during the spirited holidays.

1 1/2 oz. BACARDI Oakheart Rum
1 oz. White Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Cheribundi Cacao-Cherry Juice
1 1/2 oz. Light Half and Half
Dress The Drink White Chocolate Crushed Cherry Blend
Dress The Drink White Chocolate Crushed Cherry Mini Marshmallows

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake until frothy. Strain into a into the half rimmed martini glass. Garnish with Dress The Drink White Chocolate Crushed Cherry Mini Marshmallows.

Angelic – A simply dreamy dessert drink for the holidays. This is a super smooth, creamy drink with the flavor of sweet & spicy with hints of sea salt. The Angelic signature cocktail is the perfect way to revamp a holiday classic without the fuss.

1 1/2 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka
1 oz. Egg Nog
3/4 oz. Frangelico
1 large scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream
Dress The Drink Carmel Nutmeg Blend
Dress The Drink Edible Carmel Sea Salt Stirrer

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Pour into the half rimmed rocks glass and sprinkle with Dress The Drink Carmel Nutmeg Blend. Garnish with Dress The Drink Edible Carmel Sea Salt Stirrer.

Sparkle – As the days quickly approach try a simply decadent festive champagne style cocktail to round out the holiday season count-down with fruity bubbles of joy.

2 oz. Fizz 56 Sparkling Brachetto Spumante
1 oz. Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
½ oz. Ocean Spray White Cranberry Juice
Dress The Drink Lemon Pomegranate
White Sugar Blend
Dress The Drink Edible Very Berry Stirrer

Put ingredients, except the Fizz 56, in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into the half rimmed chilled Champagne Flute and top with the Fizz 56. Garnish with Dress The Drink Edible Very Berry Stirrer.

Noella – Tequila may not be the first liquor you think of when it comes to holiday cocktails, but it is actually quite fitting because of drinks like this.

1 1/2 oz. Kraken Black Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. 1800 Silver Tequila
1 oz. Coco Lopez Coconut Milk
1/4 oz. Licor 43
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Dress The Drink Toasted Coconut Citrus-Vanilla Blend
Dress The Drink Toasted Coconut Banana Sippable Edibles Straw

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Pour into a half rimmed rocks glass and sprinkle with Dress The Drink Toasted Coconut Citrus-Vanilla Blend. Garnish with Dress The Drink Toasted Coconut Banana Sippable Edibles Straw.

The Blizzard blends vanilla vodka, Irish whiskey, peppermint liqueur, Kahlua French vanilla and butterscotch. A totally unique signature cocktail for those holiday moments.

1 oz. Stoli Vanil Vodka
½ oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Bols Peppermint liqueur
½ oz. Kahlua French Vanilla
½ oz. Bols Butterscotch Liqueur or Monin Butterscotch syrup
2 oz. Half & Half Cream
Dress The Drink White Crushed with Butterscotch Blend
Dress The Drink White Chocolate with Butterscotch Swizzle Stick

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into added half rimmed chilled martini cocktail glass. Sprinkle Dress The Drink White Crushed Butterscotch Blend on top. Garnish with Dress The Drink White Chocolate Butterscotch Swizzle Stick.

This drink is soothing and a delight for the holidays. Whether you’re using it as a drink special or hosting a party in your home, Dress The Drinks Gingertini’s signature cocktail presentation makes it a perfect holiday signature cocktail for any gathering.

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1 oz. Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 oz. Bols Vanilla Liqueur
1 oz. Coffee Flavored Rum
1 oz. Half & Half Cream
1 teaspoon of Honey
Dress The Drink Ginger Liqueur Crushed Gingersnap Blend
Dress The Drink Honey Crushed Gingersnap Apple Chip

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the half rimmed chilled martini glass. Garnish with Dress The Drink Honey Crushed Gingersnap Apple Chip.

Dress The Drinks Golden Halo is a variation on the classic Sidecar cocktail. Because they are so refreshing, they are good any time of the year, but especially perfect for holiday get-togethers.

1 1/2 oz. Apple Brandy or Calvados
1 oz. Grand Marnier
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon
1/2 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
Dress The Drink Hazelnut and Chestnut Golden Sugar Blend

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass rimmed with Dress The Drink Hazelnut and Chestnut Golden Sugar Blend.

Holiday blues? Don’t you think it’s time you switched up your holiday cocktail of choice? Yes we thought so too. Refresh yourself with this simply elegant and very easy to make delicious signature cocktail.

1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Bols Blue Curacao
1 oz. Ocean Spray White Cranberry Juice
1 teaspoon of Lime Juice
Dress The Drink Edible Silver Flakes
Dress The Drink Silver Cranberry Edible Stirrer

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the half rimmed chilled martini glass. Garnish with Dress The Drink Silverdusted Cranberry Edible Stirrer.

Three Kings – Raise a toast to the holidays with this festive holiday cocktail, whose magic ingredient is sparkling Fizz 56 Brachetto Spumante. Fit for a King!

2 oz. Fizz 56 Sparkling Brachetto Spumante
1 1/2 oz. Herring Cherry Liqueur
1 oz. Brandy
Dress The Drink SweetGlazed Edible Sparkling Voila

Combine black cherry liqueur, brandy, and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously. Strain into a champagne flute, and top with Fizz 56 Brachetto Spumante. Garnish with Dress The Drink SweetGlazed Edible Sparkling Voila.

Blitzen – What’s the holiday without a little bubbly! To add to your celebrations here is one of Dress The Drinks favorite signature holiday cocktails, perfect for such a merry season.

1 oz. Ciroc Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Top with Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne
1 oz. Pear Nectar
1/2 oz. Tart Cherry Juice
1/2 oz. Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Dress The Drink Cherry Tart Diamonds

Put all liquid ingredients, except champagne, in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously, strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with 2 Dress The Drink Cherry Tart 3 Caret Diamonds.

Mistletoe – This beautiful emerald green signature cocktail not only brings out the color of the season, but a few of the favorite flavors. It is a delectable mix of vodka, crème de menthe and peppermint liqueur making a stunning drink for the holiday season.

1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
1 oz. Bols Green Crème de Menthe
1 1/2 oz. Bols Peppermint liqueur
Dress The Drink Fluffy White Coconut Crushed Peppermint Blend
Dress The Drink White Chocolate Coconut Peppermint Swizzle Stick

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake until frothy. Strain into the half rimmed chilled martini glass. Garnish with Dress The Drink White Chocolate Coconut Peppermint Swizzle Stick.

Whoville – Go green with this cocktail named for Dr. Seuss’ classic town of Whoville. Even the snarkiest Grinch will have a smile on their face when sipping this delightful signature cocktail.

1 1/2 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
1/2 oz. Bols Green Creme de Menthe
1 oz. Bols White Creme de Cacao
1 1/2 oz. Half & Half Cream
Dress The Drink Sippables Edible Honeydew Mint Straw

Put all liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with Dress The Drink Sippable Edibles Honeydew Mint Straw.

Cheers To All…





The Perfect Gourmet Thanksgiving Signature Cocktails By Dress The Drink…

4 11 2013

Thanksgiving comes but once a year. But when it comes it brings good cheer! So if you’re seeking the perfect gourmet Thanksgiving signature cocktails? Look NO further.

Surprise your guests with some unique and flavorful signature cocktail options this Thanksgiving.

Warm up your guest this year with favorite classics like a Manhattan with an urban twist by DTD’s Master Mixoloist, David Brogan

Sweet Blessings…

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The Blend…

3 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Pomegranate Citrus Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
A touch of Orange Blossom Honey
Dress The Drink Bacon|Horseradish|Cocoa Blend
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Orange|Clove Chip

The Mix…

Pre-rim chilled martini glass with Dress The Drink Bacon|Horseradish|Cocoa blend. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the cocktail glass. Top of rim or float into signature cocktail.

Cranberry|Orange|Vanilla Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
12 oz fresh Cranberries (you can also substitute frozen)
Peel of one orange (ripped into small pieces)
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat. Strain contents through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl mashing the cranberries to get the remaining juice out of them and to remove the orange peal. Refrigerate remaining simple syrup. This should be enough to fill a medium sized squeeze bottle.

Simply perfect for any Holiday gathering. The Pumpkin Smash is the ultimate guest pleaser with its visuals, scents and flavors.

Pumpkin Smash…

The Blend…

1 oz of Stoli Elite Vodka
1oz of dark Rum or Tequila
1 large dollop of Pumpkin Puree
3/4 oz of Vermont Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
Dress The Drink Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed dusted with Cranberry and Cinnamon

The Mix…

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a very chilled martini glass. Top it off with Dress The Drink Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed dusted with Cranberry and Cinnamon they even float!

The Pumpkin Spice Signature Cocktail Dress The Drink was inspired by the intensity of Fall colors, textures and flavors.The Cranberry| Pumpkin Garnish brings a new dimension to holiday beverages and cuisine. Cranberries, pecans, pumpkin, herbs and spices are the flavor intensifiers for our Pumpkin Signature Cocktail offers a perfect accented to your Thanksgiving gatherings.

Pumpkin Spice….

The Blend…

1/2 oz Cream Liqueur
2 oz Vanilla Vodka or Carmel Whiskey
1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur or Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Blend
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Swizzle Stick

The Mix…

Rim half chilled martini glass in dark chocolate. Over chocolate rim accent Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Blend. Top with Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Swizzle Stick.

If you enjoy ginger bread and cinnamon espresso then get ready to experience an explosion of flavors with Dress The Drink Coffee Snap Signature Coffee Drink.
It’s the perfect hot toddy with a twist!

Coffee Snap…


The Blend…

1.5 oz ginger liqueur
1 tsp sugar
Cinnamon espresso
Heavy whip cream
DTD Ginger Bread Blend
DTD Ginger Bread Blend Chocolate Swizzle Stick

The Mix…

Pour the ginger liqueur and sugar into a clear glass coffee mug. Fill with cinnamon espresso. Stir well. Top with heavy whip cream. Sprinkle with DTD Ginger Bread Blend.
Garnish with DTD Ginger Bread Blend Chocolate Swizzle Stick.

Happy Gulp & Gobble…





Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Garnishes and Blends…

31 10 2013

Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Garnishes is suited for cocktails, mock cocktails, beverages, food pairings and Tantalizing Treats. Devilish and delicious, Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Signature Cocktails created by Dress The Drink’s Premier Mixologist would make any witch rethink how she blends and mixes her potion of persuasion. The Halloween Collection offers a munchy medley of berries, fruits, and blends to ignite the fire of festivities for your guests. Goblins and Ghosts will be your party crashers just to taste the liquid treats you are serving.

BEWITCHING

The Blend…
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz Gold Rum
1/2 oz Apricot Brandy
1/2 oz Dark Rum
DTD Black Sea Salt Sugar
DTD Pineapple Slice

The Mix…
Bewitching’s glow is a ray of sunlight peeking through the cobwebs. Beware of the Werewolves and Mummies who are lurching in the shadows with their eyes on the DTD Pineapple Slice garnish. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Black Sea Salt Sugar. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker shake till mixed and pour into glass. Top of with the DTD Pineapple Slice.

SCARY MARY

The Blend…
1.5 oz Pepper Vodka
1 oz Vodka
2 oz V8 juice Splash of Lemon Juice
DTD Bacon Blend
DTD Tomato Basil Chip

The Mix….
No party at your House of Horrors could be complete without Scary Mary! A very tasty signature Bloody Mary vexed with a ghoulish twist. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Bacon Blend. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker shake till mixed and pour into glass. Top off with the DTD Tomato Basil Chip.

SCREAMING SPIRITS

The Blend…
2 oz Sparkling Wine
1 oz Blood Orange Juice
1/4 oz Campari
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Blavod Vodka
DTD Tangerine Sugar
DTD Black Sugar DTD Orange Chip

The Mix…
Screaming Spirits will leave your Halloween guests screeching for more. So refreshing and so very easy to make. For the full effect make sure you use Blavod Vodka! DTD Tangerine and Black Gourmet Rimming sugars double the flavor experience and the DTD Orange Chip will be gobbled up for an added taste sensation. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Tangerine Sugar the other half with DTD Black Sugar. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker and shake till mixed. Pour into glass. Top off with the DTD Orange Chip.





Creating Memorable Garnishes

22 08 2013

Issue Date: 2013-07 Cheers, Posted On: 8/20/2013

Creating Memorable Garnishes
By Kelly A. Magyarics – http://www.cheersmagazine.com

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Though not always required or called for in a cocktail, the right garnish can add to a drink’s aesthetics, aroma and flavor profile. “We savor our cocktails—and food—with all of our senses, and a beautiful garnish sets the stage for a wonderful cocktail,” says Maeve Pesquera, national director of wine for Tampa, FL-based Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

She says that while salt, sugar and fruit on the rim on the glass have their place, garnishes built in the cocktail can have added visual appeal. “One of my favorite cocktails is our Whiskey Revival, with rye whiskey muddled with Luxardo cherries, oranges and raspberries,” Pesquera notes. “It’s just a gorgeous presentation and an amazing cocktail.”

At the second floor, 90-seat Izakaya at the Japanese restaurant Daikaya in Washington, D.C., beverage director Eddie Kim offers Dai-drops for $7 each. These spherified orbs—a cross between a garnish, ice cube and flavor enhancer—are a decidedly classier take on a “sake bomb,” in which a shot of sake is dropped into a beer.

Kim uses calcium chloride and sodium alginate to encapsulate sake that’s been lightly flavored with yuzu. Bartenders drop them into a glass of Asahi or Sapporo, they slowly melt as guests drink the beer, and the molecular mixology-made sphere bursts when gently bitten.

“The bar embodies easy accessibility to an often misunderstood cuisine/culture,” says Kim. “We are creating a convivial environment where guests can sample Japanese products and ingredients.”

EDIBLE, VISUAL AND AROMATIC

Dress the Drink is a Las Vegas-based company that offers a variety of mixology services, including creating customized garnishes. President and partner Diane Svehlak has noticed an increasing use of fruits, berries and herbs, grilled vegetables and fruits and edible flowers as drink adornments.

“At the most basic level, produce garnishes should be edible, no bigger than the actual drink and act as an aromatic or a flavor extension of the drink they adorn,” she says. Svehlak also notes that bartenders are rimming and garnishing these days with flavored, smoked and sweet salts, swizzle flavor sticks, edible flowers and flower syrups.

“Beverage garnishes often consist of fancy fruits or layers of veggies, sprigs and leaves which add visual appeal but are rarely eaten,” Svehlak says. For instance, Dress the Drink’s Bloody Mary collection includes dried cucumber, tomato and pepper strips, while the cold beverage collection has dried citrus and tropical fruit chips.

Dress the Drink also has Sippable Edible straws made from cantaloupe and coconut, honeydew and dill or apple and caramel. Six different edible drink stirrers mix ingredients including habanero, sea salt and bacon.

The company’s Champagne Bar collection boasts edible gold flakes, silver dusted “diamonds” or a blend of crushed flowers and raspberry for flutes. These aromatic, edible and artistically appealing fruits, vegetables and edible flowers “have the power to punctuate, compliment, clarify and elaborate on what’s happening in the glass,” Svehlak says.

Since pre-Prohibition-style cocktails are still in vogue, Stefan Trummer, owner of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, VA, has seen a movement away from garnishes for many drinks. But if a bartender decides to use a one—whether a simple twist of lemon or a custom-crushed rimming creation—he advises putting some thought and effort into it.

You don’t want to just place a garnish on the glass rim or in the drink as an afterthought, he says. And make sure any fresh ingredients used are ripe and in season and also a good fit with the drink’s flavor profile.

“Don’t put garnishes that overpower or don’t taste right” with the cocktail, Trummer says. “Everything on or in the drink should add to the flavor, not take away.”

Kelly Magyarics is a wine and spirits writer and wine educator in the Washington, D.C. area. She can be reached through her website, http://www.kellymagyarics.com, or on Twitter @kmagyarics.

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DTD’s Fall Beverage &Garnish Menu Development Tips…

8 08 2013

Give it a unique personality.
Consumers are not only more aware of global cuisine, they are also more aware and interested in the regional specialties that define American cuisine. Offer specialty beverages and garnish toppings based on the regional flavors that tickle the taste buds of your unique community.

Offer the best of both worlds.
Here we are back to choices again. As some consumers make the decision to purchase a specialty beverage, whether they’re stepping out of their daily routine or just grabbing a pick-me-up on the way to work, they already plan on ordering something downright sinful. On the other hand, there are consumers who want to treat themselves, but prefer to take a more healthful approach. This is where skinny and sugar-free versions of indulgence become important to have on your menu. Even then, balance goes beyond offering both indulgent and better-for- you. It’s also about premium and value price-points. Strike the perfect balance and you can be sure no one will leave your location disappointed.

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Give new life to what they know.
Offer the same classic flavors your patrons love with a new twist. Most consumers “are in no mood to take risks, but novel flavors still tingle their taste buds. When you pair the familiar with the unexpected, the risk doesn’t seem as great.

Pure, green and premium top trend predictions for 2012” Beverage Industry.com
Five foodservice trends from Mintel set to shape restaurant menus in 2012” press release, Mintel Menu Insights
Technomic names seven leading U.S. restaurant trends for 2012” press release, Technomic.com