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The Gentleman’s Rhubarb Martini

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year and when I am melting my brain is usually working to figure out ways to cool myself off.

Rhubarb, that beautiful ruby red celery thing, has always caught my attention. Mostly because of that radiant red. And because it looks like Mother Nature decided to give celery a makeover. Good job, lady.

Without being super versed in the flavor profiles of this mystery vegetable, I jumped in the shallow end and did some kitchen tests. I ended up with a jam that people seemed to like. I’ll probably offer it to you all eventually. But what I most enjoyed was this incredibly bright, tart and pretty cocktail. It’s not difficult. Lots of bang for the buck. This recipe makes two.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 ounces of rhubarb, chunked
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces gin (I use WESTERN SON gin)

For the rhubarb syrup: combine rhubarb chunks, sugar and water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Cool and strain the solids out of the liquid. There should be about 2+ ounces after simmering.

Put your stemware in the freezer.

In a shaker combine ample ice, 1 ounce of rhubarb syrup, 1 ounce of lemon juice and 2 ounces of gin. Shake shake shake it. Strain into chilled glass. Repeat.

VARIATION!

The Gentleman’s Rhubarb Collins:

Follow instructions for the syrup. In a rocks tumbler combine rhubarb syrup, lemon juice, and gin. Top with your favorite seltzer or soda (I prefer Topo Chico).

Printable pdf here: The Gentleman Caller’s Rhubarb Martini : Collins

Gulf Coast Cooler – a libation to keep you refreshed all summer

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Friends, it’s summertime. I am down in Texas this week trying not to melt as I make plans and preparations for fall gardening and an impending chicken coop (stay with me for that adventure).

Did you know that Vietnamese culture is very prevalent down here? Vietnamese is actually the third most spoken language behind English and Spanish. So I was noodling on a new cocktail idea and thought to combine some ingredients that would really represent the Gulf Coast region: basil used in Vietnamese cooking, lime juice, Tajín, Topo Chico and Western Son Gulf Coast Lime vodka.

I often refer to beverages as “summery” and this one is a summer super star. Bottoms up my lovelies!

All the necessary lovelies!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 – 2 ounces Western Son Gulf Coast Lime Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 6-8 leaves of Thai basil
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. Tajín
  • Topo Chico
  • Ice

In a rocks tumbler muddle the herbs vigorously. Add the top four ingredients. Put some ice in a shaker. Add the ingredients of the tumbler to the shaker and SHAKE IT!

In a saucer drag the teaspoon of Tajín into a little line. Use one of your spent lime rinds to wet the outer perimeter of your rocks tumbler. Coat the wet area in the Tajín.

Add fresh ice to the glass. Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass and top with Top Chico.

Join me?

Drink till Autumn comes. Just kidding. Or not.

Bye for now my lovelies!

Printable PDF here: Gulf Coast Cooler

 

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The Gentleman Celebrates His Past Summer – The Brunswick Blueberry Basil Cocktail

The Gentleman’s Brunswick Blueberry Basil Cocktail

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Sometimes things come together in a beautiful dovetail.

You wind up in Maine, doing a show. You meet people you love. I mean LOVE.

You book a lead in a movie. While on that job. Then you realize you need to see some of them as much as humanly possible. Because you’re moving back to LA.

Aleka Emerson and I present The Gentleman’s (and Aleka’s) Maine+Texas Brunswick Blueberry Basil cocktail.

What you need (for 2):

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4 leaves basil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon citric acid powder (Fruit Fresh)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces Dripping Springs Gin
  • 2 splashes bitters
  • seltzer, club soda, sparkly water
  • basil or lemon peel for garnish

Muddle blueberries and basil. Add honey and citric acid.

Add gin and lemon juice. Stir with ice.

Pout into rocks glass. Top with seltzer. Garnish.

You’re going to love this.

The Gentleman’s Brunswick Blueberry Basil Cocktail
The Gentleman’s Brunswick Blueberry Basil Cocktail

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The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Gin and Cucumber Martini

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Ahhh, it’s coming. Summertime. Cut offs and cowboy boots. Oh, wait, I outgrew that when I was 6. It was an interesting look though. Maybe I’ll try to bring it back this year.

I digress. Texas has had a lot of distilleries pop up in the last decade or so, and some of them are doing tremendous business. When I was down there a few weeks ago, I went to the local hooch house and eyeballed what they had that was fun and new. I ended up bringing back to New York a gin called Old Highborn. It’s nice, smooth, and very affordable.

Now if you come here much, you know I like a cucumber. I wanted to fuse the summery cucumber and the dry gin in a glass with a lovely froth on top. I did a little testing and now present you The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Gin and Cucumber Martini. This makes two 4 to 5 ounce martinis or one fish bowl, ya lush.

What you need:

  • 3 ounces dry gin (I used Old Highborn)
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, rough peeled and chopped
  • 1 egg white

Put 2 martini glasses in the freezer or fill with crushed ice.

Muddle the cucumber pieces thoroughly and then press the juice through a wire mesh, careful to keep seeds out of the liquid.

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, strained cucumber juice, and egg white. Shake like crazy.

Strain into chilled glasses. Garnish with cucumber skin if you like, but really the egg white froth is quite enough fanfare.

Enjoy!

Downloadable PDF here: The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Gin and Cucumber Martini

Cheers to you,

The Gentleman Caller

The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Gin and Cucumber Martini

 

The Gentleman’s Momma’s Holiday Hot Chocolate

 

Printable PDF at the bottom of the page!

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Wow, it’s coming fast, kids. We’re just ripping those doors off our advent calendars at breakneck pace!

Today I got a great big package from Alvin, Texas and I was perplexed as to what it might contain. So I FaceTimed with Momma so she could walk me through it in case I wasn’t supposed to open something from “Santa Claus.”

To my delight and surprise, it was filled with homemade cookies, fudge, citrus from mom’s backyard trees (standby for The Gentleman’s Winter Marmalade Recipe…), and this enduring classic: The Gentleman’s Momma’s Holiday Hot Chocolate.

Every year in December mom would make this beverage powder, and divvy it up into decorative containers, mugs, and jars. Then she would gift it to friends and relatives. This tastes like my childhood.

Here’s what you need:

Don’t you love when the recipe is in the hand of the person from whom you receive it? 

  • 1-8 quart box powdered milk
  • 1-1 pound box of Nestle Quick (it’s now branded as Nesquik and has a big rabbit on the front)
  • 1-1 pound box powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces powdered creamer

Combine all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl.

In a kettle or the microwave heat water or milk. Add 1 cup of liquid to 1/4-1/2 cup dry ingredients. Add marshmallows. Add a peppermint. Add Baileys and look at the tree.

Make all your friends happy by sharing your concoction. Or drink the whole damn batch yourself!

More later.

The Gentleman Caller (+ Momma)

THE GENTLEMAN’S MOMMA’S HOLIDAY HOT CHOCOLATE