Kalimotxo Cocktail

Red table wine + cane sugar cola + a squeeze of lime juice = a refreshing, super easy cocktail.

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I was flipping through a couple of cookbooks earlier this month and came across this recipe again. It’s the Kalimotxo cocktail. The Internet tells me that the Kalimotxo is popular in the Basque region of Spain. So, there you go. There’s that.

AND! A Kalimotxo is composed of… wait for it… red wine and soda! I know that this combination may sound strange, but trust me!

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I’m telling you, this drink is like sangria, but perfect for lazy people. Two ingredients (three if you count the lime juice) poured in a glass over ice and you’re done.

Because the ingredient list is so short, you really want to make sure that you’re using the correct ingredients. For the wine, you don’t need to use anything fancy. A cheap to moderately priced red table wine (I used a Rioja) will suffice. But for the soda, make sure you grab something that is made with cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. Have you ever had the Coke that’s made in Mexico (affectionately called MexiCoke)? It tastes SO much better than the stuff that’s made in the U.S. I’d go for that. It’s pretty widely available in regular grocery stores.

Kalimotxo Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

This recipe comes from the cookbook Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days, by Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker).

You’ll need:

  • Red table wine (I used an inexpensive Rioja)
  • Cane sugar soda (I used MexiCoke)
  • lime wedges, for juice and garnish
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Over ice, fill a glass half full with wine. Top with soda and squeeze a lime wedge. Garnish with another lime wedge if desired. Sip and enjoy!

 

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The Palace Cafe Cocktail

This cocktail is fresh, herbaceous, and very refreshing.

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I declare this my official summertime cocktail.

This recipe makes good use of the Rosemary Infused Vodka and Homemade Sour Mix that I shared with you over the past couple of weeks.

They’re fizzy, sweet, and perfumed with herby rosemary flavor. They are also slightly dangerous in that they go down very easily.

The Palace Cafe Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

This cocktail is inspired by one that I enjoyed at The Palace Cafe in New Orleans. The food was delicious there, too.

You’ll need (makes 1 cocktail):

Add ice, vodka, Domaine de Canton, and sour mix to a cocktail shaker. Shake until very cold. Strain into a glass with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Sip!

The Palace Cafe Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

Homemade Sour Mix

Homemade Sour Mix is so easy to make, and is so much better than the neon green store bought stuff.

Homemade Sour Mix | A Nerd Cooks

Just like it says above: super easy to make and waay better than the store bought stuff. Stash it in the fridge and break it out whenever you feel like whipping up a cocktail.

You’ll need (makes ~3 cups):

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed

The first thing you’re going to do is make a simple syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.  Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled, pour the simple syrup into the container in which you’ll be storing the sour mix.

Add the lemon and lime juices to the simple syrup. Give everything a shake until well combined. Seal the container and store the sour mix in the fridge.

Stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing a cocktail next week that uses this sour mix AND the Rosemary Infused Vodka that I shared recently.

Homemade Sour Mix | A Nerd Cooks

Rosemary Infused Vodka

This infused vodka is full of herbaceous flavor, embarrassingly easy to make, and makes the perfect addition to cocktails. 

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Before (above) and after (below).

This infused vodka is so easy to make. It only requires a little forethought and patience (~5 days). It’s really fragrant and flavorful, and makes a great addition to cocktails.

Rosemary Infused Vodka | A Nerd Cooks

You’ll need:

  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3.5 cups plain vodka

Place the sprigs of rosemary into a jar (or other container that can be sealed). I used a quart Ball jar. Top with vodka. Seal the container and wait 5 days. You’ll see the vodka go from colorless to a clear gold/green.

And there you have it. You’ve just made Rosemary Infused Vodka! You can remove the rosemary from the container, or not. The flavor will continue to intensify the longer it’s left in the vodka. You can store the vodka right in the container in which it was infused and stash it wherever you keep your booze. I keep mine on top of our bar.

Stay tuned for a recipe for Homemade Sour Mix + a cocktail to make using it AND this vodka!

Rosemary Infused Vodka | A Nerd Cooks

Orange Creamsicle Crush

These cocktails are super refreshing and taste just like a creamsicle.

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The weather is warming up again, and that invariably puts me in the mood for a Crush. They’re refreshing, lightly sweet, and can be made in a variety of flavors. For example, I’ve shared Grapefruit Crushes with you before.

Thanks to the combination of fresh orange juice, triple sec, and whipped cream vodka, these Crushes taste just like an orange creamsicle.

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You’ll need (makes 1 cocktail):

  • 1.5 oz whipped cream vodka
  • .5 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz. orange juice (freshly squeezed, please!)
  • lemon-lime soda or citrus flavored sparkling water (Orange La Croix is my go-to)

Add the whipped cream vodka, triple sec, orange juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds or so, or until very cold. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with lemon lime soda or sparkling water. Garnish with an orange slice if you’re feeling fancy.

Looking for more warm weather cocktails? Check these out, too:

Orange Creamsicle Crush Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

Orange Creamsicle Crush Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

Pear Dark and Stormy

Products were provided to me free of charge by Drizly. As always, all opinions are my own.

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This drank is brought to you in partnership with the good folks over at Drizly.  We’ve talked about them before in a couple of posts: take a look at these Caramel Apple Moscow Mules and Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub Cocktails for more information and alcoholic deliciousness.

Pear Dark and Stormy | A Nerd Cooks

We’re taking a classic Dark and Stormy (dark rum + ginger beer + lime) and adding a fall twist with some subtly sweet pear juice.

We’ve really been tapping into some classic Fall flavors with our cocktails lately.  In addition to pear, we’ve used caramel and apple and pumpkin and cinnamon.  Do yourself a favor by taking advantage of the season and trying them out.

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You’ll need (makes 1 cocktail):

Fill a tall glass with ice.  Add the dark rum and top with pear juice, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice.  Give it a gentle stir and add the thin slices of lime.

Pear Dark and Stormy | A Nerd Cooks

Pear Dark and Stormy Cocktail | A Nerd Cooks

Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub Cocktail

Products were provided to me free of charge by Drizly. As always, all opinions are my own.

Pumpkin Bourbon Shrub | A Nerd CooksWe talked about Drizly in this post about Caramel Apple Moscow Mules.  Drizly is a company that makes buying booze super easy. Just head to their website, order online, and they’ll deliver it to you in about an hour!

In case you missed those mules, do yourself a favor and go check them out.  I’ll wait.

Pumpkin Bourbon Shrub | A Nerd CooksAlright now that you’re back, let’s talk about this Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub.

A shrub is basically fruit, sugar, and vinegar. Way back when, shrubs were used to preserve fruit after the harvest was over.  In this case, our fruit of choice is pumpkin (puree), and rather than preservation of produce, we’re using this shrub as a vessel for bourbon.Pumpkin Bourbon Shrub | A Nerd Cooks

The shrub itself is sweet and sour, and full of pumpkin spice flavor.  The ginger beer brings some effervescence and a little spice.  If you’re into sour flavors, like me, this cocktail is for you.  It’s not too sour, though, thanks to the maple syrup and bourbon.

Pumpkin Bourbon Shrub | A Nerd Cooks

The shrub recipe comes from Swooned Magazine.  The rest of the cocktail comes from my foodbrain.

You’ll need:

For the shrub – 

  • 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

Add all ingredients to a glass container (I used a mason jar), seal, and shake to combine. Put the jar into the fridge for 24 hours.  After 24 hours, shake to recombine and strain the solids through a sieve (it’s okay if some of the puree makes its way through). The shrub will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

For the cocktail (makes 1 cocktail) –

Add bourbon, pumpkin shrub, and maple syrup to a rocks glass.  Stir to combine (I like to use a smallcocktail whisk).  Add ice and top with ginger beer.

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