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Pickle Brine in Cocktails? Taste Test #1

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This is what I imagine cocktail creation looks like.

Especially when it comes to a new, unique ingredient that seems hard to incorporate.

Pickle brine.

Yup. And now it’s being canned for the general public to drink.

To many this may seem odd and quaint. Even if you love pickles you may raise an eyebrow at brine marketed as a beverage. As for me, I already know the power of drinking vinegar in the form of shrubs (sugar + fruit + vinegar) by itself or in a cocktail, so drinking brine by itself does not seem far off.

It helps to have a friend who is in the canning business, because when this local pickle company approached my friend to can their brine, I got excited because that means I get to try it before it’s on the market.

For the first time ever, I feel hip as s***!

But can this tasty, savory and salty drink find its way into a cocktail recipe? That’s what I’m really curious about today.

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Easy to Make Hollow Ice Spheres

I re-blogged a post earlier today because I thought what this guy or gal did with a hollowed out ice sphere was really cool.

Then I thought…I have that sphere ice mold at home (it’s actually a Death Star mold), I can do this too!

And I did!

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Homemade Bitters

This summer’s project is homemade bitters.

The best way I’ve seen bitters described goes something like this: You can have all of these great ingredients and amazing flavor combinations in a cocktail, but the addition of bitters makes you come back for me.

I’m not sure where I read that, but I enjoy the sentiment and agree; bitters in a cocktail add a depth to the drinking experience that is enticing.

I made four bitters:

  • House bitters
  • Coffee-Pecan
  • Charred Cedar
  • Apple

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Everything is taken from this great book by Brad Thomas Parsons called Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas. Check it out.

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Two Fall Themed Cocktails (with Bourbon and Rye)

There are many fall-themed cocktails out there, and with Thanksgiving coming up, now is a good time to practice with them.

Here are two fall-themed cocktails that I am making for a Friendsgiving today (UPDATE: they were a success. I think the group was evenly split with which one they liked better). I tested them last night and they are fantastic, and I can only imagine how good they will be today since I let both alcohols infuse overnight with delicious fall flavors.

You will not believe what ingredients I used!!!*

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*(You probably CAN believe it: they are rosemary in bourbon and cinnamon, all spice, cloves and star anise in rye).

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