Showing posts with label Cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocktails. Show all posts

Saturday, October 4, 2014

National Vodka Day: How To Make An Amazing Appletini

If you are a fan of Vodka and Apples, you are destined to not only appreciate the "Appletini", but love it, as a result. This amazing, yet fruity and flavorful, apple martini was innovated by Mark Roesler. Although the drink possesses a rarity of ingredients, it remains to be one of the most popular martinis in the world to date.

The Appletini (or Apple Martini) ingredients include: Vodka, Apple Liqueur (or any Apple cordial, such as Apple Pucker or Apple Schnapps), and Apple Juice. Sometimes the famous cordial liqueur Cointreau is added to give this martini it's acquired, yet original flavor. I have developed an amazing, yet delicious spin on the drink.

The Amazing Appletini
3 oz. Vodka (You can use an apple-based vodka such as Absolut's Orient Apple or Smirnoff's Green Apple)1 oz. Apple Schnapps (preferably DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker)
1 oz. Apple Juice (Apple Cider is optional)
1 splash of Grenadine
1 splash of Sprite


Combine the Vodka, Apple Schnapps, Apple Juice, Grenadine, and Sprite and serve in an martini cocktail glass.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to make Blueberry Lemonade, a simple recipe...




Blueberry Lemonade

2 cups of Lemon Juice (whether freshly squeezed or pre-squeezed)
3 cups of fresh spring water (cold, of course)
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of blueberries (I prefer to use fresh, however; you can use frozen, as long as they have been rinsed and drained)
Ice Cubes
1 oz. (or 1 tablespoon) of Blueberry Schnapps
1 lemon slice (optional)


First and foremost, If you intend to freshly squeeze a lemon to make lemon juice, I would advise that you do that first. Once completed, you want to add that to a glass or whatever container you intend to use. Then, as you continue, you want to add a cup of sugar to the lemon juice. Add the 3 cups of fresh water.

Next, once that is accomplished, you can now focus on making your blueberry syrup. You want to take 1 cup of blueberries (whether fresh or frozen) and add them to a blender. If you want your blueberry lemonade to be extra sweet (and there are some people who prefer this), you can purchase the blueberries that are pre-sweetened. Along with the blueberries, you want to add 1 cup of sugar, followed by the blueberry schnapps to the blend.

Once you have combined the ingredients, you can begin to blend them all together. The texture doesn't have to be liquid, but it is best to get it as liquid as possible. The final result should be relatively thin, but also have some mass. (If that makes any sense)

Next, you want to add the blueberry syrup to the lemonade. Because of it's mass, it should definitely mix naturally, but fall to the bottom of the glass and/or container you intend to use.

I like to use crushed ice. I am not a fan of regular cubes, but whatever you choose to do is fine. Whatever makes you happy. I am going to crush my ice and then add it to the lemonade glass.

Finally, it is time to serve. You want to serve your blueberry lemonade in a glass, with a lemon garnish.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cocktail Recipes: Sarah's Partini


Sarah's Partini 

1 oz. Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka
1 oz. Qream Strawberry Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream
4 oz. A&W Cream Soda.

Combine the Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka, Qream Strawberry Cream Liqueur, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Add the French Vanilla Ice Cream (you can substitute this for soy ice cream too if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, etc), followed by the A&W Cream Soda.

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sarah's Veganog, a recipe


Eggnog.
(Photo by
Sarah Afshar)
Eggnog is one of the most popular drinks during the holiday season. Although it is primarily made up of milk, sugar, eggs, and flavored with nutmeg, it garners it’s widespread appeal with rum liquor and the optional cinnamon garnish.

Just because you are a vegetarian (whether you are a pesca, lacto ovo, ovo, or a lacto) or a vegan, does not mean that you cannot enjoy this delicious holiday drink. In fact, with the help of Almond Milk as a dairy substitute, you can do just that.


Sarah’s Veganog

Almond Milk (preferably Silk’s Vanilla Almond Milk)
Sugar
Nutmeg
Spiced Rum (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)


I like to use Silk’s Vanilla Almond Milk, however; you can find any type of Almond Milk that is Vanilla flavored by numerous other brands. Please keep in mind that if you decide to use Almond Milk that is unsweetened, you will need to flavor it with an extract to give it the flavor you desire. Add the Almond Milk to your glass.

As you continue, you want to add the sugar. With Vanilla Almond Milk, you do not need much sugar because it is already sweetened. 1 teaspoon is fine per glass. If you do use unsweetened, you will need at least 3-5 teaspoons per glass, depending on the size of the glass. Add the sugar to your glass.

When it comes to making any type of eggnog, the key to bringing the drink together is adding nutmeg. I like to use at least 2 tablespoons per glass, however; you can use more/less depending on how much you enjoy it. Whether you use Vanilla or Unsweetened Almond Milk bears no influence on the amount of nutmeg you want to use. Add the nutmeg to your glass.

Some people truly believe in order to enjoy eggnog, you must also make it a good time too. If you are going to use any rum, making it spiced rum. Spiced rum is more golden in color and possesses a flavor that is more refined. Please remember that Rum is completely optional. If you do use rum, make sure you use about 1 tablespoon to your glass.

I like to use Soy whipped cream as a dairy whipped cream substitute. Whipped cream is completely optional and does not change how you enjoy Sarah’s Veganog. Add as much as you want.

Congratulations, you have just made Sarah’s Veganog. Feel free to share this recipe with your friends. You don’t have to be a vegetarian or even a vegan to enjoy Sarah’s Veganog, as this is a drink for everyone. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cocktail Recipes: The Bearded Clam Sensation

The Bearded Clam.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
If you are a fan of whiskey, amaretto liqueur, and cranberry juice, you are destined to love and appreciate the "Bearded Clam". The first time I ever made a "Bearded Clam" was a few years ago, when working in a club. The Bearded Clam is simply a drink that is made up of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey, Amaretto Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice.

The drink has received significant praise and reviews in the modern mixed drink and cocktail persuasion by critics. It remains to be one of my personal favorite drinks, essentially because I appreciate the Amaretto Liqueur, as well as, Cranberry Juice. Although the traditional Bearded Clam is made up of Crown Royal Whiskey, Amaretto Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice, I decided to create my own original, yet unique rendition of the drink.

 

The Bearded Clam Sensation

1 oz. Whiskey (Crown Royal)
1 oz. Amaretto Liqueur
1 oz. Almond Cream Liqueur (Crème de Noyaux)
1 splash of Cranberry Juice
1 splash of Grenadine


Combine the Whiskey and Amaretto Liqueur together, followed by the Almond Cream Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, and Grenadine and serve on the rocks in a chilled, high (or highball) glass with a maraschino cherry. You can also serve the Bearded Clam Sensation in a chilled cocktail glass.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top 10 Reasons to Love Lambrusco Wine

Lambrusco Wine.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Lambrusco wine is a wine that is prepared essentially from grapes. Created with the wine grape assortment Ancellotta, Lambrusco remains to be one of the most widespread, reasonably priced, imported wines in the United States. Although this vastly underrated wine possesses an acquired taste that reminds you of Sangria with a hint of fabulous bitters, Lambrusco wine remains to also possess several reasons why it is wine of choice. I have decided to narrow down the many reasons to love Lambrusco wine to only the top 10.



10. Weight Management. The grapes in Lambrusco wine possess a natural thyroid acceleration which increases adrenaline and gives you a reasonable amount of energy, as a result. Lambrusco wine is low in calories and when you enjoy a glass at the dinner table, you will notice that the consumption of calories is relatively low, as well as the carbohydrate content. If you are a diabetic, it is recommended that you drink a glass of red wine a day. Why not enjoy a glass of Lambrusco wine.



9. Treats Insomnia. Most of the time Insomnia is psychological and remains co-morbid with other pre-existing conditions. Sometimes cognitive therapies work, however; if you are looking for an effortless remedy that comparatively quick, yet swift, Lambrusco wine is the solution. Lambrusco wine is made of a wide-range, variety of ingredients that work together to promote stimulus which is linked to the origin of the Insomnia problem. Whether your insomnia is minor or acute, you will benefit from drinking Lambrusco wine, making it one of the top 10 reasons to love it.



8. Stimulates Memory. There is no cure for memory loss. You can try an array of strategic puzzles, but you will never find an resolution. Once those receptors become lost, there is no way to get them back. Memory loss can happen to anyone, especially those that are aging, as well as, those that suffer from certain disorders. The great news is, there are ways to invigorate memory and one of those ways is having a glass of Lambrusco wine a day. This underestimated wine also works as a prevention to memory loss too.



7. Prevents Hypertension (or High Blood Pressure). One of the top 10 reasons to love Lambrusco wine is the fact that it contains a relatively high Potassium content. With over 100 mg per glass, what a better way to recognize one of the most flavorful wines in the world suppresses this very important compound. Potassium is nature's cure for any sort of blood pressure issue. It also works as a natural prevention medium for issues such as hypertension, as well as, stroke. It is also nature's diuretic. Even though high amounts of potassium are found in foods such as bananas, avocados, beets, and even chocolate, among other things, potassium is also found in an array of grapes, including the variety that is used to make Lambrusco wine.



6. Cures Headaches. Lambrusco wine cures headaches, making it one of the top 10 reasons to value this exceptional wine. I am not referring to the infamous "Red Wine Headache" which involves an array of symptoms. Lambrusco wine is also recommended to those with impaired vision. A glass of Lambrusco wine is what is recommended and that is a reason to love it.



5. Heals Wounds. Whether the wounds are open or closed, the Vitamin E that is in Lambrusco wine works as a fabulous healer in every sense of the word. Vitamin E is a very effective natural substance that hinders and hampers the loss of fundamental particles, as well as, electrolytes. The grapes used to produce Lambrusco wine possess a high amount of Vitamin E. A glass of Lambrusco wine also helps in an array of skin issues such as psoriasis and other skin infections.



4. Cures An Array of Stomach Issues. The stomach is one of the most important organs in our body. When our stomachs' feel bad, we feel terrible, as a result. I have discovered that Lambrusco wine helps with the cure of variety of stomach issues. Although Grape Seed Oil is ostentatious rarity, it is a normality when it comes to Lambrusco wine. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. Grape Seed Oil works as powerful antioxidant that fights glumpy steroid fat created by the liver, as well as, small intestines. Grape Seed Oil possesses minor quantities of Vitamin E, as well. Having one glass of Lambrusco wine will help reduce Low-Density Lipoproteins, creating a naturally organic compound which works to fight off several varieties of infection. This prevents clogged arteries, as well.



3. Prevents Heart Disease. Some of the best health secrets are right in front of your eyes. One of the best antioxidants in the world is definitely Grape Seed Extract and it can be found in Lambrusco wine. Grape Seed Extract is a natural imitative from whole grape seeds that works as a vigorous antioxidant. Grape Seed Extract has systematically verified it's role in life. Not only is it used to treat wounds, it has been linked in the treatment of decay and inflammation. It is also used reduce the risk of disease and of course, cancer, attacking the appropriate cells. Lambrusco wine incorporates a lot of grape seed extract, making Grape Seed Extract one of the top 10 reasons to not only love this wine, but appreciating much more so, as a result.



2. Prevents Cancer. The beauty of life needs to be embraced and what a better way to prevent harmful things happening to you. One reason to love Lambrusco wine is Reservatrol. Reservatrol is a natural phenol which works as a natural pollutant to erase organisms, impurities, or anything that is receptive to infection. It is also an antioxidant which modifies the chemistry of the human body, creating only powerful natural protein. Because Lambrusco wine is made with Italian wine grapes, it possesses a rather modest Reservatrol content. It is scientifically proven that Reservatrol amplifies life expectancy and also inhibits cancer cells from making their way into the body. One glass of Lambrusco wine a day can help keep the bad stuff away.



-- and the number one reason to love Lambrusco wine is --


*drum roll*


1. Promotes Endorphins. The number one reason to love Lambrusco wine is because it promotes endorphins in the body. Endorphins are more than just physical, they are mental and emotional too. The key to life is being happy and what a better way to do that with Lambrusco wine. It is scientifically proven that the grapes found in Lambrusco wine, along with the actual process of making the wine, are linked to promoting aromatic amino acids. These amino acids are natural enzymes that work together to keep you emotionally balanced. The grapes also promote levels of neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Serotonin, and Tyramine which work as natural inhibitors to many levels of mental illness and affective disorders.

Top 10 Places to Find an Incredible Martini in New York City

Martini Cocktail.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Life is like a martini cocktail, you never know what you are going to get. This also applies to the big apple. Although the main martini consists of gin and vermouth adorned with an olive or lemon twist, in most recent years the drink has expanded it's principal origin to various flavors, as well as, type of martinis. Even though I am a fan of the original martini, I have grown a fond admiration for different types of martinis. One thing is certain, I have tried so many martinis and have narrowed down the many establishments to only the top 10 places to find an incredible martini in New York City.




10. Nuyorican Poets Cafe. I have always been culturally connected, as I am a huge people person. I can appreciate New York City for what it is, a huge cultural connection. Another thing I can appreciate is getting a wonderful martini in New York City and what better place to get it than the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Located in the heart of NYC on 236 E. 3 rd Street in between Avenue B and Avenue C, lies one of the best places to find an incredible martini, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. When you first walk in, you will notice the post modern trend that includes artists of all sorts that range from painters to poets. This place is exceptionally lively, as the social interaction here is deeply engaging. There is open mic here too, which makes the place possess an interesting concept that is relatively original. The martinis at this fine establishment are some of the best that the big apple has to offer. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7 pm until 11 pm, Friday from 7 pm until 1 am, Saturday from 3 pm until 1 am, and Sunday from 3 pm until 11 pm. For more information about the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, simply call: (212) 780-9386 today. It is very unusual to appreciate a place so much, however; I can honestly say that this cafe is just one of those places.






9. Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar. Being a lacto ovo vegetarian, it can be hard to find vegetarian friendly food. When a friend recommended that I try Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar, I was not reluctant to do so and once I ended up trying it, I discovered that they make some of the best martinis in New York City. Located on 99 East 19 th Street at Park Avenue South lies one of the hottest, liveliest eating places to find a great martini in New York City, Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar. It's not the most immaculate establishment, but in spite of that, it is a fresh, yet up to date bar. The last time I visited Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar I ordered a martini on the rocks and a veggie burger with French fries. Can we say delicious? It was amazing. Any martini you want, they have it and if they don't, they will make you something even better. Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar is open Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar is open everyday from 11:30 am until 3 am. For more information about Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar, simply call: (212) 260-2922 today. I love eating great food and enjoy a great cocktail, while I eat and there just isn't a better place to enjoy an incredible martini in NYC while eating my food than Duke's Bar.






8. Duo. I was walking on Park Avenue and had met a few people randomly. I sort of did a poll, where I asked each one "What place makes the best martini in New York City." Although I received an array of different places, a vast majority told me to visit Duo. Located on 72 Madison Avenue in the heart of New York City in between 27 th and 28 th Street lies Duo. If you are hunting for an astonishing martini, you cannot go wrong with Duo. Although there isn't much here for a vegetarian to eat, you can order one of their fabulous sides, which truly compliments the drink. Looking to enjoy an amazingly incredible martini? You cannot go wrong with Duo. Duo is open Monday from 11:30 am until 11 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am until 12 am, Saturday from 12 pm until 12 am, and Sunday from 12 pm until 11 pm. For more information about Duo, simply call: (212) 686-7272 right now. Whether a single or a duo, you will love the Martinis at Duo. In fact, you will love them so much, you just may order a duo at once. Hahaha!






7. Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle. One day, when I was walking on Madison Avenue, I found myself walking into Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle hotel. I was intrigued by the atmosphere, however; once I tried a martini, I just knew that I found this place for a reason. Located on 34 East 76 th Street at Madison Avenue lies one of the most prestigious, upscale restaurants in New York City, Bemelman's Bar. This amazingly elite entity is located on the upper East side of the city. This place is very upscale that you just may see Ted Turner or Bill Gates there. It's a place that attracts some of NY's finest. The ceiling is all 24 karat gold. The martinis here are incredible. Everything from the flavor to the essence. It may be a hotel bar, but it makes some of the best martini drinks I have ever tried in my life. Bemelman's Bar is open 7 days a week, everyday from 12 pm until 1 am. For more information about Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle, simply call: (212) 744-1600 today. Tasting an incredible martini only starts here.






6. Pravda. I have always found the Russian culture to be interestingly intriguing. I have never really tried Russian food and then one day a friend of mine said "Sarah, we are going to Pravda!" Located on 281 Lafayette Street in between Prince and Houston Street lies one of the best places to find only the best martinis in NYC, Pravda. I seriously love the martinis at this eatery. Also, what was impressive was the selections they had to offer. Plus, you can create your own. They have so many great liqueurs, as well as, liquors to choose from, you can create any kind of martini you want. Of course, when I ate here, I had the incredible "Vladimir Martini" which consists of fig vodka and Russian tea syrup. It has an acquired taste. The food here is primarily Russian and bar food. Pravda is open Monday from 5 pm until 1 am, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm until 2 am, Thursday from 5 pm until 2:30 am, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until 3:30 am, and Sunday from 6 pm until 1 am. For more information about Pravda, simply call: (212) 226-4944 right now.






5. Touch. One of my favorite things that I love to do in New York City is definitely try new things, especially amazing things that you find yourself trying so unexpectedly. I remember the first time I was in the mood for a great martini and having the chance to go to Touch with a group of friends. It was like a avant-garde rapture. If you are searching for a great place in the big apple to get an incredible martini, you cannot go wrong with Touch. Located on 240 W. 52 nd Street on North Broadway lies one of the hottest clubs in New York City, Touch. I remember being in the mood for a good martini and unpredictably frequenting Touch for the first time, only to leave knowing I had a great drink, which result into a great experience. If you are looking to enjoy an outstanding martini in New York City, Touch is the place you want to go. Touch is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 pm until 4 am. For more information about Touch, simply call: (212) 489-7656 today. I think the next time I visit Touch, I am going to try the original Martini again, but also get it with green olives and Swiss cheese.






4. Forlini's. If you have ever been to New York City, you will notice how cultured, yet catered the cuisine is. If you are in the mood for seafood, you will find it. If you are in the mood for Thai food, you will find it. If you are in the mood for Italian food, you will most definitely find it. If you are searching for an incredible martini, well, you will find it and guess where you will find it? Forlini's. Forlini's is located in the heart of NYC on 93 Baxter Street in between Walker and White Street. The martini's here are very close to perfect. Amazing to the A. Although, Forlini's is primarily Italian cuisine, I must admit that they make incredible Baked Stuffed Shells which taste unbelievably delectable with the incredible Martini. Forlini's is open 7 days a week, everyday from 12 pm until 2 am. For more information about Forlini's simply call, (212) 349-6779 right now. Would I eat here again? Yes. Would I recommend this place to a friend? Most definitely. Do I love their Martinis? Absolutely.






3. 49 Grove. "I'll have a martini please." One of the best things I love is going into an establishment and ordering a drink that exceeds your expectations. If you are looking for that sort of experience, you are going to love 49 Grove. In between Christopher Street and 7 th Avenue, on 49 Grove Street lies one of the most exciting nightclubs in the West Village of the big apple, 49 Grove. When you first enter this business, you will notice that it is dark with bright fluorescents haunting the ambiance. It is, in fact, a nightclub, so that is to be expected. If you are looking to enjoy an incredible martini, I definitely recommend trying one from here. The flavor is so unbelievably balanced, once you try a martini from 40 Grove, you may not be able to compare it to the other martinis you have had. The original martini is popular here because 49 Grove makes them remarkably. Plus, there is a big selection to choose from and if you are undecided you can be like me and create your own martini. 49 Grove is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 pm until 4 am. For more information about 49 Grove, simply call: (212) 727-1100 today. What better way to sit back and sip your incredible martini while enjoying the perks of fantastic entertainment. Does it get any better?




2. Simone Martini Bar. I remember walking past an art gallery and hearing women talking about the Simone Martini Bar. For some reason the idea intrigued me enough to visit the restaurant and when I did, I discovered they make some of the best Martinis in New York. Located on 134 1 st Avenue at St. Marks Place lies the Simone Martini Bar. The Martinis here are absolutely phenomenal in every aspect, on every wavelength. Plus, the bartender is very creative so no matter what type of martini you order, you will be incredibly satisfied, as a result. With everything from salads and sandwiches, you are destined to find great food to go with your martini. If you are a vegetarian like me, you will also find something to enjoy here too. Although the Simone Martini Bar is Italian inspired, it is not 100% Italian. The Simon Martini Bar is open Sunday and Monday from 11 am until 3 am and then Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am until 4 am. For more information about the Simon Martini Bar, simply call: (212) 982-6665 right now. I absolutely love this place and I guarantee that if you are searching for an incredible martini in the big apple, you will too.




-- and the number one best place in NYC to get a bank martini is --



*drum roll*




1. Caviar Russe. After trying hundreds of martinis in the big apple, I have discovered that Caviar Russe's are the best. Located in the heart of the big apple on 538 Madison Avenue in between 54 th and 55 th Street lies the number one, best place to find an incredible martini in New York City, Caviar Russe. When it comes to creating an incredible martini cocktail, there is so much that comes into play. Everything from the flavor to the use of quality ingredients to the presentation. Caviar Russe has managed to create the most impressive martinis yet and if you are looking to enjoy only the best martinis in New York City, you must visit Caviar Russe. What a better way to enjoy your incredible martini than to order something delicious from the menu. Although this a seafood and sushi oriented eatery, you can find an array of other things too. I am a vegetarian, so I love the Portabella Mushroom Wrap. Caviar Russe is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 10 pm and then on Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm. For more information about Caviar Russe, simply call: (212) 980-5908 today. Caviar Russe truly makes the best martinis that NYC has to offer.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cocktail Recipes: The Amazing Appletini

Appletini.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
If you are a fan of Vodka and Apples, you are destined to not only appreciate the "Appletini", but love it, as a result. This amazing, yet fruity and flavorful apple martini was innovated by Mark Roesler. Although the drink possesses a rarity of ingredients, it remains to be one of the most popular martinis in the world to date.

The Appletini (or Apple Martini) ingredients include: Vodka, Apple Liqueur (or any Apple cordial, such as Apple Pucker or Apple Schnapps), and Apple Juice. Sometimes the famous cordial liqueur Cointreau is added to give this martini it's acquired, yet original flavor. I have developed an amazing, yet delicious spin on the drink.

The Amazing Appletini

3 oz. Vodka (Apple-based, preferably Smirnoff Apple Twist)
1 oz. Apple Schnapps (preferably DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker)
1 oz. Apple Juice (Apple Cider is optional)
1 splash of Grenadine

1 splash of Sprite

Combine the Vodka, Apple Schnapps, Apple Juice, Grenadine, and Sprite and serve in an martini cocktail glass.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Can you tell that I love Gatorade?

Cocktail Recipes: Sarah's First Love

Sarah's First Love.
A cocktail created by
Sarah Afshar.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network)
If you are a fan of Champagne, Gin, or Cherry liqueur, you are destined to not only appreciate the First Love cocktail, but love it, as a result. Although, it's origin is vastly unidentified by wine & spirit theorists, it has been said to have been developed in the post modern 21 st century, by a unspecified, nameless bartender in the United States, however; that has never been proved to be accurate. Although the drink possesses a rarity of ingredients, it remains to be loved by champagne enthusiasts around the globe.



The traditional First Love ingredients include: Champagne, Gin, Cherry Heering Liqueur, with Sugar and Cherry Heering Liqueur.



I have produced a remarkable, yet bona fide gyration on the First Love drink.



Sarah's First Love

2 oz. Champagne

1 oz. Gin

1 oz. Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
1 tsp. Sugar
1 splash of Grenadine



Combine the Champagne, Gin, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, Sugar, and Grenadine and serve in flute glass. (Garnish is optional)

Cocktail Recipes: A Real Blueberry Sweetie

A Real Blueberry Sweetie.
A cocktail created by
Sarah Afshar.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network)
The Blueberry Sweetheart is ultimately one of the most popular drinks on the planet. Whenever I was bar tending, many individuals would ask me to make them the "Blueberry Sweetheart". This drink is extremely undemanding, as it does not require numerous ingredients, however; it can be improved with added ingredients. When other ingredients are added to the Blueberry Sweetheart, the name does tend to change, however; if you use Ginger Ale and you add something simple with the Ginger Ale, it tends to stay the same.


The traditional drink includes: Ginger Ale, Blueberry Liqueur, and Amaretto Liqueur. The ingredients are not in all equal parts, as you must add 8 oz. of Ginger Ale, oz. of Blueberry Liqueur, and oz. of Amaretto Liqueur.


I have developed an marvelous, yet novel way of making this undervalued cocktail.

A Real Blueberry Sweetie

8 oz. Ginger Ale
1 oz. Blueberry Liqueur
1 oz. Amaretto Liqueur
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 splash of Grenadine


Combine the Ginger Ale, Blueberry Liqueur, Amaretto Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, and Grenadine and serve in a chilled glass on the rocks with a regular or maraschino cherry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Top 10 places to find an amazing Mojito in New York City


The Mojito cocktail.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network.)
If you are looking for a great cocktail that possesses an acquired taste, I truly recommend the mojito. The mojito is traditionally made up of just five ingredients, which include white rum, sparkling water, lime juice, sugar cane juice, and authentic mint leaves. You can make your own sugar cane juice, however; adding sugar to the drink, with some water works just as good. The mojito is usually served in a Collins Glass, but there are instances where it is served in other glasses. The ingredients in this Cuban inspired cocktail are not in all equal parts, however; they work together to create the ultimate mixture that is not only delectable, but ultimately satisfying.

New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world today. If you are looking to enjoy a fabulously delicious mojito cocktail, the chances are, you are not going to find one instantaneously because the city is just huge. I have tried an array of mojitos in the big apple, so I have decided to narrow down the numerous establishments I have tried, to only the top 10 places to find a good Mojito in New York City.

10. Don Pedro’s. One of the best places to find a great Mojito in the big apple is definitely at Don Pedro’s. Located in the heart of Manhattan on 1865 2nd Avenue at 96th Street lies a Cuban inspired eatery, Don Pedro’s. The ambience of this place is lively, yet exciting. The mojito here is incredibly delicious, as it is not too sweet, but far from bitter. Whether you want to enjoy one of their specialty dishes or just a classic mojito, it is highly recommended to visit this great restaurant. Don Pedro’s is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 am until 11 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11 am until 1 am, and Sunday 11 am until 10 pm. For more information about Don Pedro’s simply call: (212) 996-3274 today.

9. Ideya. Located in the heart of NYC on 349 W. Broadway St. in between Broome and Grand Street lies one of the best eateries to find a wonderful mojito, Ideya. If you are looking to enjoy an amazing mojito, look no further, as Ideya is the ideal place to be. Although I love the Mojito, I am in love with the Chocolate Mojito. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in New York City and I give them credit for having fantastic food to go along with their fantastically outstanding mojitos. I think the next time I visit Ideya, I am going to try the Dark Mojito. Ideya is open everyday. Monday through Wednesday from 12:30 pm until 11 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12:30 pm until 12 am, Saturday from 11:30 am until 12 am, and Sunday from 11:30 am until 5 pm. For more information about Ideya, simply call: (212) 625-1441 right now.

8. Cubana Social. After trying so many places, I have decided that Cubana Social makes some of the greatest mojitos I have ever tasted in the big apple. Located in the heart of B-Town aka Brooklyn on 70 N. 6th Street in between Wythe and Kent Avenue lies a restaurant where you can enjoy a fabulous mojito, Cubana Social. The food is outstanding, however; the Mojitos here are even better. I love the traditional mojito, however; after contemplating and debating whether or not to order the Social Mojito, I caved and tried it and as a result, loved it. They use ginger infused syrup instead of sugar cane water. Cubana Social is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 2 am, Friday from 8 am until 4 am, Saturday from 9 am until 4 am, and Sunday 9 am from 2 am. Out of the many restaurants in New York City, this one is open the longest. For more information about Cubana Social, simply call: (718) 782-3334 today.

7. Club Macanudo. Some of life’s greatest gifts are the good things we can enjoy at the expense of ourselves and of other people. One of the best cocktails in the world is definitely the mojito and if you are looking to enjoy one of the best, I highly recommend Club Macanudo. Located in New York City on 26 E. 63rd St. in between Madison and Park Avenue lies one of the best places to get a great mojito in the big apple, Club Macanudo. Although the NYC Mojito is delicious, I truly love the Havana Mojito. I absolutely love Club Macanudo and recommend this Cuban inspired eatery to anyone looking to enjoy an amazing mojito, followed by an exciting time. This place is exclusive, so there is a minimum $20 purchase required. More than likely, you will see a celebrity or two here as well. I absolutely love this place. Club Macanudo is open Monday and Tuesday from 12 pm until 1 am, Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm until 1:30 am, and Sunday from 12 pm until 8 am. For more information about Club Macanudo, simply call: (212) 752-8100 right now.

6. Mojito. Although one may think the name will fool you, I guarantee once you dine at Mojito and try their mojitos, you will be hooked. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, on 82 Washington Avenue on Park Avenue lies one of the best places in New York City to find a great mojito, Mojito. The name speaks for itself. There are so many great mojitos here, as you don’t have to settle for the classic, you can try one of the flavored mojitos. I, personally, enjoy the classic Cuban drink and therefore; the last time I went to Mojito, I enjoyed the classic, rather than the flavored. I think that next time I go, I am going to try the Pomegranate Mojito or the Ginger Mojito. Mojito is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until midnight. For more information about Mojito, simply call: (718) 797-3100 today.

5. Candela Candela. Living in New York and visiting numerous times over the years, you tend to learn your way around the city. It’s so huge, so anyone can get lost. One thing is certain, finding a good mojito can be tough and as a result, time consuming. If you are looking to indulge in the ultimate mojito, look no further as Candela Candela is the place to be. Located on 92 2nd Avenue in between 5th and 6th Street lies one of the best Cuban and Italian inspired restaurants, Candela Candela. The Frig Mojito is sugar free, so if you are someone who is watching your sugar or you are diabetic, you can enjoy this cocktail without any regrets. This Cuban and Italian inspired eatery also allows you to upgrade on the rum of your choice. The next time I visit Candela Candela I am definitely going to try the Blueberry Mojito, as well as, the Guava Mojito. Candela Candela is open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm until 2 am and Friday through Sunday from 12 pm until 2 am. For more information about Candela Candela, simply call: (212) 529-2563 right now.

4. Guantanamera. After trying an array of mojitos, I found a restaurant that makes fantastic ones, Guantanamera. Guantanamera is located in New York City on 939 8th Avenue in between 55th and 56 St. This place is a classic Cuban restaurant. It is very exciting, yet entertaining and there is live music. The mojitos here are amazing and I truly recommend this Cuban eatery to anyone looking to enjoy a great Mojito. $5 Mojito Madness is on Tuesdays and lasts all night. How cool is that? Guantanamera is open Sunday through Thursday from 3:30 pm until 12 am, Friday and Saturday from 3:30 pm until 12 am, and Sunday from 11:30 am until 4 pm. For more information about Guantanamera, simply call: (212) 262-5354 today.

3. Café Habana. Most recently, I have been what is referred to as a mojito connoisseur, so knowing the best places to find a great mojito is definitely in my forte. Looking for an amazing mojito? Located in the heart of the big apple on 17 Prince Street, at Elizabeth Street lies an eating establishment where you will find one right now, Café Habana. The mojito here is ultimately delicious, making it one of the best places in New York City to find a great mojito. Café Havana is open 7 days a week from 9 am until midnight. For more information about Café Habana, simply call: (212) 625-2001 right now.

2. Cuba. Mojitos are a Cuban inspired cocktail and what better way to enjoy one, visiting a restaurant named Cuba. Located on 222 Thompson St. in New York City in between Bleeker and W. 3rd St. lies Cuba, one of New York’s biggest secrets. This restaurant is fabulous, however; what makes it so amazing is it’s mojitos. Whether you want to order the Mojito Classico or try something new like the Mojito 23, you are guaranteed to love this eatery. The food is also great, but the mojitos are truly the reason why I love Cuba. Cuba is open Sunday through Wednesday from 12 pm until 12 am and Thursday through Saturday from 12 pm until 12:30 am. For more information about Cuba, simply call: (212) 420-7878 today.

…and the number one place to get a Mojito in New York City is…

*drum roll*

1. Havana Alma de Cuba. New York City is filled with a population of over 8 million people, making it the largest city in the United States. What better place to find only the best mojito than at Havana Alma de Cuba. Located in the heart of Manhattan, on 94 Christopher Street, in between Bleeker and Bedford Street lies the best place to find a wonderful mojito, Havana Alma de Cuba. Whether you want to start with the Mojito Classico or try something different like the Mojito Coco or the Mojito Criollo, you are destined to love it! This Cuban inspired restaurant is relatively classy and possesses an ambience that is original. Searching for the best Mojito? Look no further, as you will only discover it here. Out of the many restaurants I have visited in New York City, this place makes the best mojitos I have tried yet. Havana Alma de Cuba is open everyday. Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 1 am, and of course, on Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm. For more information about Havana Alma de Cuba simply call: (212) 242-3800 right now.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cocktail Recipes: Batida De Exotic

One of the most fluent, yet colorful drinks of all cocktails is the Batida cocktail. Inspired by island fruits and Cachca liqueur, the Batida proves to take you places, where you have never been before. Although the drink is commonly created with Vodka instead of Cachca liqueur, due to it's supply and demand on an economic wavelength, Cachca liqueur has a more sweet, yet unique flavor that collaborates well with the ingredients. With drinks such as Batida Morango, Batida de Pina, Batida Abacaxi, Batida de Carnival, Batida de Brazil, Batida de Sun, Batida de Summersday, Batida de Banana, Batida de Maracuja, and more, this amazing cocktail proves to be practically universal.

One of the most popular cocktails within the Batida family is the Batida de Coco. The Batida de Coco is a rather fluent, yet simple drink influenced by the coconut fruit. The Batida de Coco possesses two individual parts of Cachca liqueur and coconut cream, followed by crushed ice. The drink is traditionally served chilled, in a regular high ball cocktail glass, however; people who have a huge appreciation for this heavily coconut inspired drink, drink it in a regular cocktail glass on the rocks with a pineapple slice or maraschino cherry.

Another great drink within the Batida relationship is the Batida Mango. The Batida Mango is a rather colorful, yet simple drink heavily inspired by the mango fruit. The Batida Mango possesses 3 individual parts of Cachca liqueur, fresh mango, and sugar, followed by crushed ice. The mango is chopped up until it's heavily blended into the liquid. The Batida Mango is served in a chilled white wine glass.

Although theorists believe this drink possess only two parts of a Cachca liqueur and fruit juice of your choice, I have decided to change it a little bit and create my own rendition of this fine drink, making many waves, followed by a huge splash.
Batida de Exotic

2 oz. Cachca Liqueur
1 oz. Cantalope Liqueur
1 oz. Honeydew Melon Liqueur
1 cup Banana
(chopped, mashed, and blended)1 cup Crushed Ice
1 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Sugar
(optional)

 Before combining the ingredients, you wanna prepare everything individually in equal parts, excluding the Cachca. You want to begin by adding your banana to the blender and blending it for about 10 seconds. The fruit should not be turn into liquid, but rather be liquidity.

In a separate shaker, combine the cantaloupe liqueur and honeydew liqueur. As you continue, add the banana, crushed iced, and milk. When you have finished combining these ingredients, add the Cachca, followed by the sugar.

In a practical sense, you can use a hand held shaker or blender to mix, as either/or, works great. When you are finished, serve in a chilled, high ball glass, on the rocks, with a pineapple slice or maraschino cherry.

Cocktail Recipes: Rabo-de-galo Sunrise

One of the most unique of all Brazilian cocktails is the Rabo-de-galo cocktail. On more of a cocktail shot level, the Rabo-de-galo is a drink with an edge, that is inspired by Cachca liqueur and red vermouth. The Rabo-de-galo cocktail proves to be ultimately divine, catering to the everyday bittersweet lover. Whether you love Cachca liqueur or vermouth, you are destined to not only enjoy this amazingly fluent drink, but appreciate it, much more so, on an entirely different level.

In ancient times, individuals who appreciated an array of flavors mixed with both sweet and bitter influences combined together to form an acquired taste, would appreciate this fine, ethnic cocktail. With the essence of a subtle goulash, on a drink wavelength, the result would be the Rabo-de-galo cocktail. The result, of course would be much stronger with a more rich flavor and acquired taste. Whether alone, on a warm evening with friends or at a dinner party, the Rabo-de-galo will propose the appropriate toast.

What makes the Rabo-de-galo so interesting is the fact that this amazing creative, yet simple cocktail possesses two individual parts of Cachca liqueur and red vermouth, followed by one part of Cynar. The Cynar is truly optional, however; theorists believe that this fine Italian cordial possesses an array of health benefits, making it ultimately worth adding to any Rabo-de-galo drink. Of course, this cordial also provides the bitterness that collaborates finely with the sweet part of the drink. Cynar is a cordial inspired by artichokes. The Rabo-de-galo cocktail is traditionally served in a large shot glass, however; some people believe it is consumed better when it is in a regular cocktail glass on the rocks with an olive.

Although theorists believe this drink possess only two parts of a Cachca liqueur and red vermouth, I have decided to create my own rendition and version of this unique and authentic drink.
Rabo-de-galo Sunrise

2 oz. Cachca Liqueur
2 oz. Red Vermouth
1 oz. Cynar Liqueur
1 oz. Campari Liqueur
In a practical sense, simply combine the Cachca liqueur, red vermouth, Cynar, and Campari liqueur together. There is absolutely no need to blend, as this drink is as simple as 1-2-3. Give it a little mix and serve in a chilled shot glass with an olive.

Cocktail Recipes: Banana Split Leite De Onca

One of the most versatile, yet satisfying drinks of all cocktails is the Leite de Onca cocktail. Inspired by milk and Cachca liqueur, the Leite de Onca proves to be much yummier, as it seems. This amazing cocktail is not only simple and practically universal, but one of my favorite cocktails to enjoy.

The Leite de Onca is a rather fluent, yet simple drink influenced by Brazilian culture. Although, it's history is fascinating, it bares no comparison to it's uniquely underrated taste. The Leite de Onca possesses three individual parts of Cachca liqueur, milk, cocoa liqueur, followed by condensed milk. The drink is, then, prepared using a standard mixer. Although many like to add the cocoa liqueur after the Cachca, milk, and condensed milk are blended together, it's really unnecessary. The drink is traditionally served chilled, in a standard mug glass, and then garnished with grounded cinnamon, however; people who have a huge appreciation for this heavily Cachca inspired drink, drink it in a regular cocktail glass on the rocks, garnished with chocolate.

What makes the Leite de Onca so great? I have decided to change the drink, also known as "Jaguar Milk" up a little bit and create my own rendition of this fine authentic drink, without changing the actual origin of this fine cocktail.
Banana Split Leite de Onca

2 oz. Cachca Liqueur
2 oz. Milk
1 oz. Cocoa Liqueur
1 oz. Strawberry Liqueur
1 oz. Banana Liqueur
1 oz. Pineapple Liqueur
2 oz. Condensed Milk
1 tsp of Chocolate Syrup
1 tsp of Grenadine
1 Scoop of Ice Cream

 Before combining the ingredients, you wanna prepare everything individually in equal parts, excluding the Cachca liqueur, milk, and condensed milk. This would include: the cocoa, strawberry, banana, pineapple, grenadine, followed by the chocolate syrup and ice cream. After you have combined the ingredients, simply add the Cachca liqueur, milk, and condensed milk.

In a practical sense, you should use a blender to blend this drink. Once you have finished, serve in a chilled, mug glass, on the rocks. Top the entire glass with whipped cream and serve with a maraschino cherry.

Cocktail Recipes: Bang A Gong, Get It On

One of the most fluent, yet eclectically interesting drinks of all cocktails is the Gong cocktail. Inspired by island fruits and Cachca rum, the Gong proves to be worth banging. In order to get it on, you must try a Gong. With drinks such as The Gong Show, Gong Ho, Gong On The Go, Mo Gong, and more, this radically unique cocktail proves to be rather simple to prepare.

One of the most popular cocktails within the Gong family is Ma Gong. The Ma Gong cocktail is a rather fluent, yet simple drink influenced by orange juice and egg yolks. The Ma Gong consists of two individual parts of orange juice and Advocaat schnapps, followed by three sub additions, which include: egg yolk, arrak, and brown sugar. The drink is traditionally served chilled, in a flute glass, however; people who have a huge appreciation for this radical citrus inspired drink, drink it in a champagne glass, on the rocks with an extra addition of brown sugar added to the base.

I don't recommend this drink to those that have a fond fear of raw foods or simply do not like the taste of egg yolk. Although, you cannot taste the egg yolk, part of the Gong's premise is made up of the egg yolk ingredient. I also don't recommend this drink to those that are not a fan of Advocaat schnapps, because although the ingredient is mild in this fluid drink, you can still taste it.

What makes this authentic cocktail so brilliant? I have decided to create my own version of this uniquely underrated cocktail. The name of this cocktail is inspired by the popular song Bang A Gong, Get It On by T-Rex and The Power Station.
Bang A Gong, Get It On

2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Advocaat Schnapps
1 oz. Lambrusco Wine
1 Egg Yolk
1 tbsp Arrak
1 tbsp Grenadine
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Milk
Before combining the ingredients, you wanna prepare everything individually in equal parts, excluding the the sub ingredients. You want to begin by separating the egg yolk from the white eggs. You can do this by cracking the egg over a sink, and grabbing onto the yolk and letting the white part fall into the sink.

Any cocktail within the Gong family are best prepared using an individual hand held shaker versus a mixer or blender. In a separate shaker, add the orange juice, Advocaat Schnapps, Lambrusco wine, egg yolk, arrak, Grenadine, brown sugar, and milk.

Once you have combined all of the ingredients, you can take your flute glass and dip the rim part into brown sugar. This is 100% optional, making it entirely up to you. After you have finished, serve the Gong inspired drink, The Greatest Gong, in a semi-chilled, champagne flute glass.

Cocktail Recipes: The Best Brass Monkey

If you are a fan of the "Screwdriver" (which consists of Vodka and orange juice) and love rum, you are destined to love and appreciate the "Brass Monkey". The first time I ever made a "Brass Monkey" was a few years ago, when working in a club. The Brass Monkey is simply a drink that is made up of two types of Rum (light and dark) and orange juice.

The drink has received significant praise and reviews in the modern mixed drink and cocktail persuasion by critics. It remains to be one of my favorite drinks, essentially because I appreciate Rum liquor and orange juice. Although the traditional Brass Monkey is made up of Rum (light), Rum (dark), and orange juice, I decided to create my own original, yet unique rendition of the drink.
The Best Brass Monkey

1 oz. Rum
(light, yet coconut based, preferably Malibu)1 oz. Rum (dark)1 oz. Captain Morgan Tattoo
1.2 oz. Vodka
5 oz. Orange Juice
1 splash of Grenadine
Combine the Rum together, followed by the Captain Morgan Tattoo, Vodka, Orange Juice, and Grenadine and serve on the rocks in a chilled, high (or highball glass) with a maraschino cherry.

Cocktail Recipes: Sarah's Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan is currently one of the most popular drinks on the planet today. As someone who has worked in a state liquor store and was bartending for quite a while, I have to tell you, this drink is definitely popular with a variety of demographics. Although the origin of it's general innovation is unknown, several theorists believe the drink was created by a bartender in the 80s era.

Although, it is certain that one can appreciate the Cosmopolitan for it's individual acquired taste and it's light, yet dramatic fluent flavor, the Cosmopolitan cocktail possesses a lot of quality ingredients that create it's essential appeal. The Cosmopolitan ingredients include: Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime Juice (or you can use Rose's Lime liqueur or cordial), and Cranberry Juice.

I decided to create the ultimate Cosmopolitan that one can appreciate for it's amazing flavor and general acquired essence.
Sarah's Cosmopolitan

1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lime Juice
(preferably Rose's Lime Juice)1.2 oz. Amaretto Liqueur (preferably Disaronno)1.2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
1.2 oz. Peach Schnapps
(Peach Liqueur is optional)1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine the Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Amaretto Liqueur, Raspberry Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Sweet & Sour Mix, and Cranberry Juice and serve in a chilled martini cocktail glass on the rocks with a lemon slice. (Maraschino cherry and Orange slice are optional)

Cocktail Recipes: Tom Collins Rules

Years ago, when I went to bartending school, I never learned how to prepare a "Tom Collins", however; as time proceeded and when I worked as a bartender during my college years, I learned naturally. The very first time I prepared a "Tom Collins" I was a bit skeptical, as the drink is really ultimately simple. In fact, it's much more simple than I had expected. It was the name that through me off. I had to ask "Who is Tom Collins?" and the customer just laughed at me.

The Tom Collins drink itself includes: Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar, and Club Soda. I decided to try something new, yet original without distracting the drink or taking the flavor away from it.
Tom Collins Rules

1 oz. Gin
(Lemon based)1 oz. Vermouth
1 oz. Club Soda
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 splash of Grenadine
2 tsp. of Sugar
1 tsp. Bitters
(optional)

Combine the Gin, Vermouth, Club Soda, Lemon Juice, and Grenadine. Add the sugar and serve in a chilled glass, on the rocks with a maraschino cherry, orange slice, or lemon slice.