Peppermint Twist

On the eleventh day of Christmas my bartender made for me, a Peppermint Twist so yummy…

I got this recipe from my sister; I’m not exactly sure where she got it. This turned out to be exceptionally good. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peppermint.

Peppermint Twist
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Makes 1 large or small 2 cocktails

3 oz crème de cacao (dark)
2 oz cream
2 oz peppermint schnapps
Crushed peppermint candies

Put peppermint candies in Ziploc bag and crush into small pieces; put on plate.
Line glass rims with crème de cacao, press into crushed peppermint candies. Shake ingredients with ice; strain into glass(es).

Note: the original recipe calls for the drink to be served in two vignette Port wine glasses. Our bartender suggests either pouring the entire drink into a highball glass or into two rocks glasses or 2 martini glasses.

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas

I have been waiting to post about this for weeks. But, since it relates to Christmas (and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet), I forced myself to wait until November to share this with all of you. That way, if you want to participate, you have a month to come up with some drinks.

I came up with the idea of doing a 12 cocktails of Christmas, where each day, Dec 1-12, I’d feature a new holiday cocktail. I’ve been brainstorming different flavor combonations and drinks, along with the help of my sister-in-law (an NYC bartender). So many people do 12 treats or desserts of Christmas that I thought it would be fun and different to feature cocktails instead.

I’m extending an open invitation to any blogger who wants to join in. You drinks can be virgin, spiked, old posts, new posts; there really are no rules except it has to be a beverage. You can join me in posting every day or once, twice, as many times as you want, I’m pretty easy going.

If you’re interested, leave a comment or email me (surlykitchen@gmail_dot_com). That way I can remind you as the time comes closer to December 1st. I’m setting up a code for the picture above, which will serve as a button in your blog’s side bar, if you want to add it.

I’m actually really excited about this because it involves no cooking! I’m still adjusting to my new doses of medications, and have no energy and no desire to cook. But I promise as soon as I feel better I will post all kinds of deliciousness.

Spicy Hot Bloody Mary

While on vacation in August, for some reason, someone in Mr.Surly’s family got a craving for a Bloody Mary. No one really knew how to make a bloody mary, so Mr.Surly’s sister, an aspiring NYC bartender, took charge of the task. The result was delicious; so good, in fact, that once home Mr.Surly requested a bloody mary one Saturday afternoon. I had to text Surly-SIL (sister-in-law) for the recipe. She gave me the ingredient list but I had to play around with the ratio’s to get it to Mr.Surly’s liking (it took a couple of attempts).

Warning about these; they are hot and spicy. If that isn’t your thing, just use regular V8 and maybe omit the creole seasonings.

Spicy Hot Bloody Mary
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Serving: 1 glass

ice cubes
1 shot (2 oz) vodka
1 tsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
1 tsp Claussen pickle juice (from kosher dills)
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
Spicy Hot V8 juice (I used the Spicy Hot low sodium V8)
celery, for garnish

spices, to taste:
Creole seasoning (Tony Chacere’s)
sea salt
black pepper
tabasco sauce
garlic powder

Fill your glass half full of ice cubes. Then add the vodka, lemon juice, pickle juice, and worchestershire sauce. Pour in V8 juice until glass is 3/4 full.

Sprinkle with seasonings, adjusting any (or all) ingredients to taste. Then kick back, relax, and enjoy.

Shooting Star

Ugh, it’s been awhile since I tried a new recipe; in fact, I haven’t really been cooking much at all lately. Once again, I’m having trouble digesting solid food, so my diet recently has consisted of mostly liquids—weight gainer shakes, smoothies, soups, etc. I keep trying to add small amounts of solid food, but so far these attempts have been unsuccessful. This drink has been my lunch almost every day for the past couple weeks. It’s based off a beverage served at one of my favorite restaurants from when I lived in Ohio, North Star Café.

Sometimes I miss living in Ohio. I had a quaint little apartment downtown, in the Short North, with gorgeous exposed brick walls and a garden soaking tub in the bathroom. The neighborhood was awesome, too; I could walk to amazing restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, etc. I lived 2 blocks away from the original North Star Café in the Short North (it became so popular now they have opened at other locations in the area). Anytime I had a guest visitng from out of town I took them to North Star for a meal. I miss their food: wonderful flatbread pizzas, the Buddha bowl, cloud nine pancakes, and the veggie burger. Mmmmm, I’m still trying to recreate that burger. I’ve almost got it, I just need to tweak it a bit more before I post it.

Anyway, this post isn’t about that delicious burger, it’s about my favorite drink there, the Shooting Star. The summer before I moved south, Mr. Surly and I would go to North Star almost every weekend for brunch. I’d order the Cloud Nine pancakes and a Shooting Star. He’d usually get the Big Burrito and coffee. We’d eat, do the daily crossword, and people watch. This is my attempt at recreating the Shooting Star drink. At North Star they put all the ingredients in a juicer. I don’t have a juicer, instead I bought some carrot juice at Trader Joe’s (which is delicious on its own). Mixing that with orange juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger I was able to make my home version of the Shooting Star. It may not be as good as the original, but it’s pretty close.

Shooting Star
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serves: 1

¾ c carrot juice
1 ¼ c orange juice
1 ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
Juice from ½ lemon

Combine all ingredients in large cup. Using an immersion blender, blend a few seconds times to combine. Or put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse a few times to combine. Pour into serving glass and enjoy.

Source: inspired by North Star Café