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The Strawberry Marga-tini – without joining a sorority (video)

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Summer makes me want to drink margaritas. There – I’ve said it.  Sometimes (oftentimes) margaritas, especially in New York City, are teeth-hurtingly-sweet calorie bombs made with low-tier tequila. Let’s eradicate that from our vernacular. Beyond that, let’s see if we can’t re-vamp the STRAWBERRY margarita, the even more maligned sibling of the regular margarita, a sorority girl special, a bridesmaid’s best Becky.

Today the Gentleman Caller is serving you a Strawberry Marga-tini with no risk of making you have flashbacks from your pledge period.

Here’s what you need:

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  • martini glass, in the freezer
  • shaker
  • 2 oz of decent reposado tequila (the kind that looks like tea)
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz strawberry nectar
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp citric acid
  • ice

In a bowl or shallow plate combine citric acid and salt.

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This is creating a reminiscent thing for me. In Alvin, TX where I grew up there are a lot of Mexicans. They always used to eat this weird salt/limon stuff in little packets. I was given one in 2nd grade and I was hooked.

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Do you remember these things? Anyway, back on task.

Cut the lime. Rim the glass with lime juice, then with the salt/citric acid mixture.

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Put ice in the shaker. Add all the remaining ingredients: lime juice, strawberry nectar, tequila, triple sec. Shake it shake it shake it! (see video!)

Pour and enjoy.

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You’re gonna thank me for this one. Olé.

The Gentleman Caller

THE STRAWBERRY MARGA-TINI – WITHOUT JOINING A SORORITY

The Lover’s Mojito (video)

Printable PDF at the bottom of the page!

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

I had my best girl, Kelly Felthouse, over for brunch yesterday morning and we had a delicious balsamic pineapple salad (see recipe). I was about to start putting away the leftover and she said, “You could make this into a cocktail. Like a mojito!” Genius.

So we did. Here are the results.

What you need (for 2 cocktails):

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  • 1 cup (scant) leftover balsamic pineapple salad
  • 5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • seltzer
  • 4 oz Malfy Italian gin
  • 2 oz limoncello
  • square ice cubes

Put 2 tablespoons of sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Take 2 rocks glasses: dip rim in the pink liquid from the leftover salad, then roll the rim in sugar.

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Go pick some mint.

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In a jar or pyrex or sturdy glass, add the leftover rim sugar to the leftover salad. Add the mint sprigs.

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Muddle away. Get it all good and macerated. Add the gin and limoncello. Dole over ice into the sugar-rimmed glasses.

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Top with seltzer and give it a stir.

Cheers! A perfect summer cocktail. When I was naming this, I had to give a nod to my KelKel. In Trip of Love, Kelly sang the Lover’s Concerto after meeting my character. So I present to you THE LOVER’S MOJITO!

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Cheers to friends – the new ones and the old. And to you for reading. Till next time.

The Gentleman Caller

THE LOVER’S MOJITO

Tubin’ in the Creek

Printable PDF at the bottom of the page!

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Summers in Texas were spent, in my family at least, at our family ranch in the sleepy one-stoplight town of Johnson City, Texas at our family ranch. ranch

One of the best things about the ranch was a spring fed creek, Miller Creek, which ran behind one of the more rustic dwellings on the property. It was heaven for a kid: vast acreage, wild animals, phenomenal food; and, if you were good, Poppa would take you to the Dairy Queen after naps. Mind you one time I didn’t have shoes on and the girl behind the counter asked us to leave the Dairy Queen.

My dad and Poppa would collect assorted inner tubes off of big trucks and such. They’d fill those big black tubes with air and down to the creek we’d start. We’d drop our tubes in the frigid spring water on one end of the fence line and let the current carry us to the other. Me and my little sisters, who are all little shits, would try to flip people off their tubes or drag my Granny into the “snake bank” – areas with high grass that no doubt (in Granny’s mind) were maternity wards for water moccasin.

Johnson City, Texas is famous for Freestone Peaches and we’d always get bushels of succulent peaches in the heat of summer. That memory inspired me to concoct this sweet summery cocktail topped with a brightly colored “tube” – a delicious peach ring candy. Yeah, it ain’t classy, but it’s delicious.

I present to you the Tubin’ in the Creek.

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What you need:

Put your shaker and a pint mason jar in the freezer. When the shaker is cold, put some ice in it.

Add to the ice:

  • 2 oz. peach whiskey (I am using Bird Dog)
  • 1 oz. peach nectar (this is easy to find in ethnic food sections – I am using a Greek variety)
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. San Pellegrino lemonata
  • 2 oz. club soda

Shake it shake it shake it!

Fill your mason jar with ice cubes. I like square ice. Square ice is the most visually appealing. They make silicon molds to get perfectly square ice.

Strain the shaken liquid into the jar. Top with a candy peach ring. If you can keep from eating more than one peach ring, I’ll send you a prize.

You’re going to love this. It’s summer in a glass.

This is The Gentleman Caller signing off!

xoxo

TUBIN’ IN THE CREEK

Kampei! The Lychee-tini

Printable PDF at the bottom of the page!

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

Ahhh, the delicious lychee fruit. So many Americans have probably never encountered it. It’s like a sweet eyeball that you just can’t help but roll around your mouth.

At Trip of Love we have a trio of sisters who have seen our show a combined total of 85 times. The Gentleman Caller and company have affectionately monikered them “The Trip-lets of Love”. One of the sisters, Christine, apparently thinks we’re wasting away and brings us delicious snacks. A few weeks ago she handed me a can of lychee fruit. They are of Asian heritage, so it makes perfect sense.

I got home with that can and said to myself,”What can I do with this?” I popped open that can, and it was perfectly clear.

I present to you the PERFECT Lychee-tini, Gentleman Caller Style.

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What you need:

Put a martini glass in the freezer. Not one of those big boys. You want to be able to stand later. Also put your martini shaker in there.

After things are cooled off, into the shaker with some big ice cubes measure:

  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (from a lemon, not reconstituted.)
  • 1 oz lychee syrup (you should get the can that says lychees in heavy syrup.)
  • 1 oz “enhanced” triple sec (see below.)
  • 2 oz Hendricks gin
  • dash of bitters
  • lemon peel (use your carrot peeler on the lemon to cut a thin peel.)
  • Shake it shake it shake it!

Into your chilled glass put a single lychee fruit and the lemon peel. Pour. Live your life. xoxo

KAMPEI! THE LYCHEE-TINI

**Enhanced triple sec: get a reasonably priced bottle of triple sec and peel an orange like I instructed you to peel the lemon: with a vegetable peeler. Pour out at least an ounce of triple sec and use it in a margarita or something. Insert all the peels. Let stand for a few weeks. It will rock your world.