Tag: The Weekender

The Weekender: Southern Cross

July 25, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Southern CrossIt’s been a long week. It’s also been a very hot week. Isn’t it about time we treated ourselves? How about treating yourself with a mix of dessert and alcohol. Sounds weird, right? Wrong. The Southern Cross is the perfectly blend of two of our favorite things. The good people at Union Barrelhouse were nice enough to share this recipe with us.

Ingredients:

1oz Southern Comfort

.5oz Deep Eddy Peach Tea Vodka

.5oz Baily’s Irish Cream

1 large scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

Method:

Blend and pour into a 20 oz Parfait glass.

The Weekender: Raspberry Martini

July 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001-1Another work week is almost over. You know us, we live for the weekend and chances are, you do too. That being said, it’s time once again to share with you another delicious cocktail to kick off your weekend right. This is the Raspberry Martini from Paul Martin’s American Grill.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 oz. in house infused raspberry vodka

1 oz. fresh raspberries

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

Method:

Muddle six Raspberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the raspberry infused vodka and shake vigorously. Sweet vermouth rinse the martini glass and pour all ingredients into the sweet vermouth rinsed glass. Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries, dunked in the martini and placed to the left side of the martini glass rim.

The Weekender: Bombpop

July 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

BombpopSeeing how most of us have tomorrow off of work, it’s technically the weekend. This edition is going to be patriotic. Thanks to the good people at RA Sushi, this is the Bombpop and it’s as patriotic as apple pie and baseball. The red, white, and blue cocktail will be a sweet edition to your Fourth of July party.

Ingredients: 

Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine
Method:
Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka. Pour eight ounces of the Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass. Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass. Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass. Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

The Weekender: White Peach Cosmo

June 27, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image006Yes, it’s Friday. We feel like we’ve been waiting a whole week for this day. Wait a minute. We have been waiting a whole week. It’s time to ditch the work clothes and actually have some fun. What do you think? Yeah, we thought so. Today’s drink comes to us from the Melting Pot. This is the White Peach Cosmo.

Ingredients:

0.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

1.5 oz Pearl Peach Vodka

0.5 oz Monin White Peach Syrup

2 oz White Cranberry Juice

1 each lemon wedge

Method:

Squeeze lemon wedge into mixing glass and discard wedge. Add all ingredients into mixing glass, then fill glass 2/3 full with ice. Pour into tin, cap and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

The Weekender: Fiery Pineapple Margarita

June 20, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002It’s Friday and we couldn’t be happier. Just a few more hours of the work day and then the fun begins. You don’t need alcohol to have fun this weekend, but it sure as heck helps. Today’s drink comes to us from the good people at The Melting Pot. This is the Fiery Pineapple Margarita.

Ingredients:

0.5 oz Bacardi ® Pineapple Fusion

1.5 oz Sauza® Tequila

0.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice

2 oz Sweet and Sour

1 oz Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup

Method:

Fill glass with 2/3 of ice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and then pour into tin, cap and share vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into Poco Grande glass and garnish with one Cayenne-Dusted Pineapple Slice and one Pineapple Leaf.

The Weekender: Green and Blue

June 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image003Friday is finally here. The work week is just about over and that means it’s time to have fun, but we don’t need to tell you that. When the weekend comes, the drinks come out. Today’s cocktail comes to us from the folks at Paul Martin’s American Grill. This is the Green and Blue.

Ingredients:
2 large (Approx. golf ball sized) cucumber trapezoids, peeled

2 medium sized basil leaves, clapped then torn

½ oz Lime Juice

¼ oz Simple Syrup

½ oz St Germain

2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin

Splash Soda

Method:

In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber and basil leaves thoroughly. Add lime, Simple Syrup, St Germain and Bombay Sapphire. Fill glass with ice and shake vigorously, then pour in a Collins glass with fresh ice. Strain over the fresh ice. Top to 1 finger from top with club soda.

The Weekender: Piña Colada

May 23, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

recipe_c_pina_coladaDo you like Piña Coladas? We like them, but we really hate that song. Anyway, seeing how it is Memorial Day weekend, three next three days should be about relaxation in what already feels like summer. A nice, traditional summer drink is the Piña Colada. If you’ve never made one before, this weekend is the perfect time to start. It’s rather simple.

Ingredients:

2 oz. light rum

2 oz. coconut cream

2 oz. pineapple juice

1/2 cup crushed ice

Method:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into a chilled collins glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherries.

The Weekender: Hazel’s Brandy Old Fashioned

January 10, 2014 | 10:06 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

brandy-old-fashioned-290x290There is seriously a web site for everything. We guess we’ve never really thought about it, but Liquor.com totally exists and they have some great recipes. Here is their unique twist on one of our favorite drinks. The Hazel’s Brandy Old Fashioned uses brandy instead of the traditional bourbon. Hey, it’s okay to mix everything up every once in a while.

Ingredients:

1 Maraschino cherry

1 Orange wedge

1 tsp Sugar

3 to 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

.25 oz Water

2 oz Brandy

Sprite or 7Up

Method:

Put the cherry, orange, and bitters on the bottom of a glass and muddle until the sugar dissolves. Add ice and fill with the brandy and top with the soda. Garnish with an extra orange and cherry.

The Weekender: Buenas Noches

December 13, 2013 | 9:36 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Buenas NochesWith a name like Buenas Noches, you automatically assume that this is a cocktail that will kick you on your butt. That’s not the case. This is a delicious, warm beverage to enjoy on these cool nights. Thanks to the Boulders Resort, this spiked hot chocolate is exactly what you need while hanging out by the fire with good friends and family.

Ingredients:

3/4 oz Grand marnier Liqueur

1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila

1/2oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

1 packet swiss miss hot chocolate

Method:

Combine the ingredients in a footed mug, except the hot chocolate. Fill with hot chocolate and top with whipped cream and orange zest at the end.

The Weekender: Grape Ghoulade

October 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

RA Sushi Grape Ghoulade - low resFirst of all, we know it’s not Friday, sorry to be a buzz kill. Since today is Halloween, we thought we would share a Halloween-inspired cocktail with all of you. Courtesy of RA Sushi, who will be having a Boo Bash Halloween party tonight, the Grape Ghoulade is the perfect potent potion for tonight. The Boo Bash party will be happening at all five RA locations and will go from 7:00 pm to midnight. If you don’t feel like heading to RA and would rather hand out candy tonight, check out the recipe.

Ingredients:

1.75 oz Three Olives Grape Vodka

.25 oz Blue Curacao
.25 oz cranberry juice
Splash lemon sour
Splash lemon lime soda
Lychee and blueberry for garnish
Method:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. For “eyeball” garnish, soak a peeled lychee in grenadine, and then place a blueberry in center of lychee.

The Weekender: Strawberry Shamrock

October 25, 2013 | 10:12 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Kelly's Strawberry ShamrockAw yeah, it’s Friday. We probably don’t have to mention this every week, but we’re pretty excited about the weekend. After five days of strenuous work, it’s about time we got to relax. You can do that with Kelly’s at South Bridge‘s signature cocktail, the Strawberry Shamrock. Shall we take a look?

Ingredients:

Mint

Grenadine

Ice

Margarita Sensations

Club soda

Strawberry garnish

Method:

Muddle mint with grenadine. Add ice and spirits with Margarita Sensations and shake. Return to glass, top up with ice and a splash club soda. Add strawberry section and mint sprig for garnish

The Weekender: Copper State Mule

October 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Copper State MuleWe’re not going to remind you. You’ve been looking forward to this day all week. That said, let’s get right into The Weekender. Courtesy of our friends at the Salty Sow, they don’t call Arizona the Copper State for no reason. This is the Copper State Mule.

Ingredients:

1 & ½ oz. Vodka

.25 oz. of Fresh Lime Juice

3 oz. Ginger Beer

Lime wedge garnish

Method:

In a shaker glass, combine ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake and pour contents with ice into a copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and add lime wedge garnish.

The Weekender: Pumpkin Cocktail

September 27, 2013 | 10:10 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

PumpkinCan you believe October is already here? We know we talk about the weather a lot but it’s kind of hard not to when you live in the Valley. Since is has finally started to cool down, we thought we would start bringing you fall inspired drinks. The Pumpkin Cocktail, courtesy of the folks at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, is exactly what you’re looking for.

Ingredients:

1 ounce maple whisky

2 ounces vanilla vodka

1 tsp. pumpkin spice

½ ounce simple syrup

Splash hazelnut liqueur

Graham cracker crumbs

Cinnamon stick

Method:

Spread a layer of graham cracker crumbs on a saucer. Press cocktail glass rim into the graham cracker crumbs. In a shaker, add ice, maple whisky, hazelnut liquor, vanilla vodka, simple syrup and pumpkin spice and shake. Double strain into the cocktail glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

The Weekender: Vanilla Old-Fashioned

September 20, 2013 | 10:01 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

fw2006_c_vanillaoldfashioneNothing makes you feel classier than drinking an old fashioned… Well, Old-Fashioned. It’s one of our favorite drinks and everyone seems to have a different take on it. This is a new recipe we stumbled upon that we wanted to share with you. This is the Vanilla Old-Fashioned, courtesy of Food and Wine.

Ingredients:

One 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, split

One 1-inch piece of orange zest

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 dashes of orange bitters

2 ounces bourbon

Ice

1 orange wheel

Method:

Muddle the vanilla bean and orange zest with the Simple Syrup and bitters in a rocks glass. Add the bourbon and ice. Stir and garnish with the orange.

The Weekender: The Savory Daisy

September 13, 2013 | 10:08 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

201101-r-savoy-daisyIt is Friday already, are you ready for the weekend? More importantly, are you ready for the Weekender? Since we know you’re gearing up to have a good time for the next couple of days, it is our pleasure to once again bring you a delicious cocktail. Today, the Savory Daisy comes to us from Food and Wine and the head bartender at The Savory hotel in London. This is the Savory Daisy.

Ingredients:

2 ounces ruby port

1/4 ounce Bacardi 8-year aged rum

1 ounce Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon muscovado sugar

1/2 tablespoon grenadine

1 orange twist

Method:

Add all of the ingredients minus the orange twist in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the twist.

The Weekender: Strawberry Lemonade

August 30, 2013 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001With all the cloud coverage and rain we’ve seen, it’s starting to feel less and less like summer. It’s a bitter sweet thing for Valley residents. In order to get that last taste of summer, check out ZuZu’s Strawberry Lemonade. Trust us, it’s more than just strawberries and lemons. It’s the perfect amount kick to help you enjoy this Labor Day weekend.

Ingredients:

1 oz. Cruzan light rum

1 oz. Daly’s strawberry puree

2 oz. fresh lemonade

Splash of club soda

Directions:

Combine rum, puree, and lemonade in a Boston shaker, shake well. Pour into Collins glass with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry on a pick.

The Weekender: Acai-Berry Lemonade

August 23, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Acai-Berry LemonadeWhat exactly is an acai berry? It’s the fruit of an acai palm tree, which in Portuguese means “fuit that cries water.” Interesting. What’s even more interesting is the Acai-Berry Lemonade. Since it’s the weekend and of course, as you know, it’s still summer. Lemonade is the go-to drink for all ages. This particular isn’t meant for all-ages. Well, not meant for those under 21. Courtesy of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, check out this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Veev Acai-Berry Spirit

4 Raspberries

4 Blueberries

One mint spring

3.5 oz. Lemonade

Method:

In a Mason jar add Veev, Raspberries, Blueberries and mint. Gentle muddle. Add Ice and Top with Lemonade. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to distribute flavor evenly. Garnish with mint.

 

 

The Weekender: Green Flash Beer Cocktail

August 16, 2013 | 10:18 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

TL green flash beer cocktailBeer and cocktails are a couple of ur favorite, especially when it’s the weekend. Have you ever thought about combining the two? It’s a crazy thought but we might be crazy enough to try it. The Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe is way ahead of us. This is the Green Flash Beer Cocktail.

Ingredients:

.75 oz Gin

3 oz. Green Flash IPA

2 basil leaves

3 muddled lemons wedges

Method:

Squeeze and drop 3 lemons into a pint glass with 2 torn basil leaves, simple syrup and Hendricks’s gin. Top off glass with ice and finish with Green Flash IPA.

The Weekender: Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop

August 9, 2013 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Basil Buddha Hand Lemon DropThat’s quite a mouthful but hopefully you’ll literally get a mouthful of this cocktail soon. The Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop is all about keeping it natural. Basil isn’t just for your food, it’s goes quite well with your drinks. Not to mention the extraordinary health benefits associated the herb. It can help heart health, skin, and your immune system. But we don’t think you ever needed an excuse to drink. The drink comes to us from the good folks at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse.

Ingredients:

Buddha Hand Vodka

Limoncello

Squeezed Lemon Wedges

Simple Syrup, and Basil

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice.

The Weekender: Peach Fuzz Fizz

July 26, 2013 | 10:15 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image009You know what day it is. Friday is all about getting ready for the weekend. So, while you’re sitting at work day-dreaming about this weekend, here’s a cocktail recipe, perfect for summer. Courtesy of our friends at Salut Kitchen Bar, the Peach Fuzz Fizz utilizes High West Peach Vodka, which is made with the ripest handpicked peaches. The cocktail is available for $12 or for $6 during happy hour.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz High West Peach Vodka

½ oz Orange Juice

¼ oz Tart Cherry Liquor

Top with Sprite

Method:

Combine High West Peach Vodka, Orange Juice, Tart Cherry Liquor then top with sprite. Stir and garnish with an orange wedge and Amarena cherry.

The Weekender: Prickly Pear Margarita

July 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Prickly PearThis is the kind of drink that we couldn’t imagine being from a steakhouse. It takes one to know one, we guess. Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse has this margarita, which is perfect for the heat. The Prickly Pear Margarita is a replenishing blend of tequila, agave nectar and fruity juices.

Ingredients:

Prickly Pear Margarita

2 ounces Reposado Tequila

1/2 ounce agave nectar

3/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce Prickly Pear Puree

Pink salt (for the rim of the glass)
Ice

Method:

Take a shaker and add ice, tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and prickly pear puree and shake. Salt the rim of a martini glass. Pour into the glass and garnish with a lemon.

The Weekender: Strawberry Cucumber Spritz

July 12, 2013 | 10:20 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001It’s Friday and we believe you know what that means. The Weekender is all about bringing you a refreshing and easy to make cocktail. Since it’s summer, we’ve been going the fruity-drink-by-the-beach route. Today’s cocktail comes from Benihana. The Strawberry Cucumber Spritz has everything you could want from a summer-time drink.

Ingredients:

Strawberry half – 5 each

Cucumber slice – 3 each

Vodka – 2 oz.

Triple sec – ½ oz.

Lemon juice – 2 oz.

Simple syrup – 1 oz.

Soda water

Method:

Muddle four strawberry halves in a mixing glass. Add 2 cucumber slices and remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled pint glass and fill to the top with soda water. Garnish with 1 strawberry half and one cucumber slice.

The Weekender: Cucumber Basil Collins

July 5, 2013 | 1:06 PM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

067We hope you had a fun and exciting Fourth of July yesterday. For those of you lucky enough to have a four day weekend, here is another cocktail to help you enjoy it. The Cucumber Basil Collins comes to us courtesy of the Salty Sow.

Ingredients:

2 oz of BlueCoat Gin

½ oz of Ginger Simple Syrup

2 Cucumber Moons (sliced)

2 Basil Leaves Sparkling Wine (as needed)

Method:

In a shaker glass, add ice, gin, cucumbers, basil, and ginger simple syrup. Shake and pour the contents into a 11 oz. rocks glass. Finally, top off with sparkling wine.

The Weekender: Maple Glazed Old Fashioned

June 28, 2013 | 10:48 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

038This edition of The Weekender is going to get a little classy. We’re talking Don Draper class. If you’re a fan of Mad Men, then you know that Don enjoys his old fashioned. Here’s a sweet twist on the classic cocktail, the Maple Glazed Old Fashioned, courtesy of the folks at Salty Sow.

Ingredients:

2 oz. of Makers Mark

Splash of Blood Orange Bitters

½ oz of maple syrup

1 Amarena Cherry

1 Orange Slice

¼ oz. of POM juice

Method:

In a shaker glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, maple syrup, POM juice, and orange bitters. Pour contents in 8 oz. rocks glass. Add one plain large ice cube. Pour Makers Mark over the cube. Stir to chill

The Weekender: The Lemon Shed

June 21, 2013 | 10:43 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

nonameYes. The weekend is here and that means it is time to party. Well, you need to get through work first. To get your weekend started, you can day-dream about this cocktail, the Lemon Shed, courtesy of New Zealand’s award-winning vodka, Broken Shed.

Ingredients:

2 oz Broken Shed Vodka

3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and a lightly coated sugar rim. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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