My New Drink: Hendricks Cucumber


In addition to the traditional juniper infusion, Hendricks uses Bulgarian rose and cucumber to add flavor.

My new drink.

Hendrick’s Gin
Cucumber slices
Splash of 7

I prefer it on the rocks, but  this drink can also be enjoyed in a martini.

xoxo

Kristie

Infused Vodka Recipes


I’m a connoisseur for the finer things in life, including premium alcohol. Don’t ever show up to my house with a bottle of generic alcohol, or cheap wine.  Bust out the good stuff.  I have a bottle of 18 year McCallan scotch to match retailing at $200 a bottle.

The flavor “blood orange” piqued my interest.  I had been buying a lot of Vodka’s lately and this was one I found at a specialty wine store on Kaahumanu.  Charbay also makes a line of high end vodkas in green tea, raspberry, pomegranate, lemon and grapefruit.

“BIG O”

Ingredients

Ice
1 ounce blood orange vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
2 ounces blood orange juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
Large dash of orange bitters
Large dash of Angostura bitters

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well.
  2. Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass.

Makes 1 drink.

Spiced and Spiked Blood Orange Cocktail

  • For the Clove and Cinnamon Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce blood orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1/2 ounce clove and cinnamon syrup
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Blood orange slice to garnish

PROCEDURES

  1. For the Clove and Cinnamon Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir sugar until dissolved. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain cloves and cinnamon sticks from the syrup and refrigerate (syrup keeps in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks).
  2. For the Cocktail: Combine vodka, blood orange juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain liquid into a cocktail glass and garnish with a blood orange slice. Serve immediately.

Blood Orange Martini

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or flavored orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces blood orange juice
  • blood orange slices

Blood Orange and Lychee Vodka Sorbet

Recipe Ingredients
570ml / 1pint blood red orange juice (about 15 oranges)
110g / 4 oz granulated sugar
200g / 7oz lychee
25ml / 1fl oz vodka
1 egg white

Mise-en-Place:
Juice the oranges and zest 2-3 for added flavour
Weigh the ingredients

Cooking Method:
Place the orange juice, zest and sugar in a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool (place in a container with wide surface area to aid swift cooling OR place in a small bowl then place the smaller bowl in a larger bowl with ice and water to act as an ice bath.)
When cool (or at least lukewarm) blend the lychee, vodka and orange mix until smooth

Using an Ice Cream maker:
Place the mix in the maker
Lightly whisk the egg white to the ‘ribbon stage’
Add the whisked white to mix
Leave to freeze in mixer

By Hand:
Turn the mix into a container
Freeze for 1 hour
Lightly whisk the egg white to the ‘ribbon stage’
Stir the whisked white into the partially frozen mix
Leave to freeze for another 1 hour
Churn the nearly frozen sorbet with a heavy whisk to prevent the formation of ice crystals
Leave to freeze

Effen Cucumber Vanilla Vodka.  Another great premium infused vodka with delicate flavor!  This bottle was gone on my birthday.  The Vanilla mixed with the cucumber makes it more versatile to other mixers and herbs including basil and mint.  Effen means “Smooth” in dutch.  A trendy new vodka. My fav!

 

Effen Cucumber Bloody Mary

  • 2 parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 Basil Leaves, torn
  • 4 parts Tomato Juice
  • ¾ parts Bloody Mary Seasoning

Garnish with a slice of cucumber and lemon

 

Effen Cucumber Tonic

  • 2oz. of Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 4oz. of tonic water

Garnish with a slice of lime

 

Effen Cucumber Watermelon Soda

  • 2oz. of Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 1oz. of simple syrup
  • Fresh watermelon
  • Fresh basil
  • Finish with soda water

Muddle the watermelon and basil, then shake with the simple syrup and Cucumber Vodka. Pour into a highball finish with soda water.

 

Effen Cucumber Elegant

A chilled cocktail with a strong mint taste. Elegant, indeed, and simple too.

INGREDIENTS

– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 8 Mint Leaves
– 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup

HOW TO MAKE

Combine ingredients in 3 piece shaker and shake vigorously to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail/martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel or mint sprig.


Effen Cucumber Martini

A refreshing take on the classic martini designed by mixologist Dushan Zaric.

INGREDIENTS

– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 ¼ Parts dry white vermouth
– ¼ Parts Absinthe
– 1 Thin Cucumber Wheel

 

Effen Cucumber Basil Temptress

Mixologist David Nepove designed this fresh mixture of mint, lime and cucumber.

INGREDIENTS

– 1 ½ Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 Part Lime Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup
– 3 Leaves of Basil
– 1 ½ Parts Club Soda

 

Effen Cucumber Coconut Palm

Another David Nepove mix, this fresh cocktail mixes coconut water and kiwi.

INGREDIENTS

– 1 ½ Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 ½ Parts Coconut Water
– 1 Small Kiwi or Half of a Large Kiwi, Peeled
– ¾ Parts Lemon Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup

 

Effen Cucumber Blonde Bloody Mary

Tabasco heat meets blonde beer in this delicious David Nepove contribution.

INGREDIENTS

– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 4 Grape Tomatoes
– 1 Dash Celery Salt
– 1 Dash Pepper
– 2 Dashes Worcestershire
– 1 Dash Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce
– ½ Parts Lime Juice
– 2 Parts Blonde Beer

Yazi Ginger vodka, named after the Chinese dragon, etched on the bottle, a symbol of strength and confidence, is another great premium vodka I came across and is a nice edition to my bar. 😉 Yazi contains four different species of ginger, an ancient aphrodisiac, along with lemon, orange, cayenne and red pepper, giving it a distinctive (and seductive) taste and is made using only the purest, glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood (Oregon’s highest peak).

 

Yazi Ginger Peartini

1 oz Yazi Ginger Vodka

1+1/2 oz Absolut Pears vodka
1/2 oz Harlequin Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh pear puree
Fresh nutmeg

Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodkas, orange liqueur, juices, simple syrup and pear puree. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain (or double strain if you prefer a smoother cocktail) into a 10 oz chilled martini glass and garnish with a pear slice and a light dusting of fresh nutmeg.

Tip

You can substitute triple sec for the Harlequin, but I prefer Harlequin because of the richness of the cognac.

 

Warm Embrace

1 part Yazi Ginger Vodka
½ part coffee liqueur
1 part half & half

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice, serve on the rocks and garnish with a cherry.

 

Pua ‘Olena

By Bob Melton, Chuck’s Steakhouse

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

1 oz. Yazi Ginger Vodka
3/4 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
1/2 oz. Sohi Lychee Liqueur
1 oz. Lilikoi Juice
1 oz. Guava Juice
1/2 oz. Kiwi Fruit Juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake to chill and strain into chilled martini glass.

I prefer Mazama vodka over brands like Absolut Peppar.  They make the most amazing bloody mary’s in the world!  My secret ingredient to the best bloody mary’s on the sandbar?  Mazama Infused Pepper VODKA.

Pepper-Vodka-Soaked Cherry Tomatoes with Seasoned Sea Salt

yield: Makes 2 cups

Store-bought seasoned salt can also be used in the following recipe.Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less but requires additional unattended time.

ingredients

  • 1 pint vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pepper-flavored vodka
  • 3 tablespoons coarse or fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper

preparation

Poke 5 or 6 holes with a wooden pick or skewer in each tomato and put in a shallow bowl. Pour vodka over tomatoes and let stand, covered, tossing occasionally, 1 to 2 hours, or until soaked to desired taste.

In a small bowl stir together salt and pepper.

Serve tomatoes with seasoned salt for dipping.

Spicy Lobster Sauce with Vodka

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pepper vodka
  • 2 dried chili peppers, crushed
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh chili peppers to serve, diced
  • 16 ounces lobster meat, cut into chunks

Cooking Directions

  1. Add crushed chili pepper to a bowl and pour in vodka.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and saute bacon 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
  4. Add basil and parsley and cook 1 more minute, stirring.
  5. Add vodka with chili peppers and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add tomato sauce and paste. Mix well.
  7. Add lobster meat and cook another 10 minutes.
  8. Add heavy cream and mix well. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes.
  9. Top with diced chili peppers and serve over your favorite pasta! We like jalapenos, serranos or habaneros for this recipe.

Penne ala Vodka Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound penne
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

Cook penne according to directions on package. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add vodka and cook until the flames dissipate. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat so that cream simmers. Stir until mixture has reduced in volume by half. Add tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta. Stir until coated and heated through. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Absolut Wild Tea Vodka was a very popular bottle at my party and was almost immediately gone.  I only got a taste on the tip of my tongue but the flavor is delicate and slightly sweet.  Great spirit!

ABSOLUT® FUZZY MARTINI

In a shaker, mix 1-1/2 parts ABSOLUT® WILD TEA, 1/2 part peach liqueur, 1 part peach nectar or puree, juice of half a lemon, splash of simple syrup and mint leaves. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

ABSOLUT® WILDFLOWER

Muddle 1/2 part ginger in a mixing glass with 1/2 part lemon juice and 1 part elderflower juice or liqueur. Add 1-1/2 parts ABSOLUT® WILD TEA. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Blanche de Bruxelles


Hitting up Yard House AGAIN with my best girl, Stacy Stovall, who recommended a white ale, “Blanche de Bruxelles.”  A great, light, Belgian beer.

Witbier is a very old type of beer, a speciality of the farm-breweries of old Brabant. The master brewers used their very best crops to make this beer. Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the large percentage (40 %) of wheat that goes into its composition.

The natural spice aromas of coriander and bitter orange peels are added during the brewing process. The brewing method, which includes infusion, is very slow. The beer, which is not filtered, is bottled and refermented with yeast and brewing sugar. You need only take a sip of this delicious drink to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavour with its hint of orange. It is really not like any other beer.

Always served chilled, between 3°C and 6°C.

Its alcoholic content is 4,5%.

Bruxelles pours light yellow, almost straw, with solid but not excessive carbonation. Leaves a thick head greater than an inch and a half wide, with moderate lacing as it recedes. Beer is cloudy in appearance, as a witbier should look. Heavy coriander and light orange smell, with a touch of unidentified spices. Together it all gives it a nice but not overpowering nose.  Incredibly smooth, not overly citrusy. It has a mild yeast and wheat profile.  I wish that I had tried one with a lemon.

My new drink… the Rusty Nail


Carrie Bradshaw had the Cosmo, Bond had the Martini shaken, Obama likes Corona (Light) and lime.  I am going to popularize the “Rusty Nail.” 

It contains:

 2 oz. of scotch

1 oz. of Drambui, a sweet honey and herbs liquer

 on the rocks. 

If you want to be a real Scotch connoisseur, you can get a  $900 bottle of Macallan Scotch Single Malt 30 Yr 750ML.  I prefer Johnny Walker (blue).  The boys drink Buchanan. 

Any bartender will tell you that they haven’t picked up Drambui in years, or most clubs won’t even carry it.  You can also substitute Drambui for “Barenjager,” a German version.  Anyhow… all of my girlfriend’s who have tried it immediately fall in love with it. And the ice melting in a rocks glass makes the last few drops till the end delicious.  Most bartenders will tell you it’s an old man’s drink.  But as a drinker, constantly finding my “drink,” I think I have finally found it.

Ode to Local Kine Junk Food


I”m surrounded by junk food!  It’s so hard not to buy it all!

Ginger Senbei

Ling Hi Miu Seed, Pickled Mango, Crystalized Ginger.

Strawberry Azkuki Daifuku Mochi

My favorite Senbei! The perct amount of salty and sweet in every bite.

Bubble Drinks.  I use to go to the Ranch Market in Salt Lake.

Sugared Portuguese Doughtnuts, Malasadas, sometimes filled with haupia (coconut pudding)

Azuki bean, mochi shave ice.  The best is at Rainbow Garden @ Aiea Shopping Center!They also have fresh toppings like my favorite chocolate tapioca, homemade pudding, and fresh taro!  They have  a variety of snacks such as lemon peel, ling hi mui, and fresh manapuas as well.

Lemon Crunch Cake from Aiea Bowl!  The best cake ever!

Manapua’s.  I like the char sui (bbq pork) and chicken curry filled.

As you can see Pocky comes in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and almond.  They even come in “giant” sized.  I remember I even tried sesame, green tea, and apricot flavor.  I am sure they have a huge variety of flavors in Japan.  These are little kids favorites as they’re soft to chew on.

The healing powers of MORINGA “the Miracle Tree”


I first was introduced to Moringa during a stressful time when I was about 7 months pregnant.  I was extremely sick and throwing up and could barely keep any food down.  Not even a fruit popsicle.  Tired of staying at my boyfriend’s house, I went to my parents house.  My Mom said she had just gotten a new drink called Zija.

I had been sick for months.  At first it tasted kind of funny, like a slightly sweet light guava juice with wheat grass in it.  It had a small bite at the tip of the tongue, but that goes away after you get use to it. It tastes better chilled and comes in a tiny can made from a different type of material other than aluminum because that preserves it’s shelf life and doesn’t give off the harmful poisons most of us aren’t knowledgeable  about that aluminum cans do.

I immediately had energy, and ate a huge dinner.  I drank Zija for the rest of my pregnancy and felt great and energetic and had few problems.  Inspired by my personal experiences I decided to become a marketer for Zija.  As it is a MLM company, some people can shy away from that.  But MLM companies can be highly successful if you can set up your downline correctly.  My dad spent $10,000 on big shipments of Zija and brought them out to sell personally.  He bought it under someone under me, so I got commission as well, as the company has a 10 level pay out system.  I drank Zija for years, but unfortunately as the bad economy hit, so did my income, and a $100 a month for 30 cans was just too much. The thing that was interesting about Zija is that there was a formula (I believe it was called Z-atin) they had in it that made your body utilize all the nutrients and absorb more of all that healthy goodness than your body normal would.  This was an all natural drink.  No preservatives, no colors, no artificial flavors.

The main ingredient is a common tree called Moringa.  In Hawaii the Filipino’s all have it growing in their yard.  They call it Calamungi.  In Africa, it is called Malawi.  Madonna’s charitable organization, “Raising Malawi”  in the city of Lilongwe is about growing plants because of their great nutritional and healing values.  It started with Madonna planting a Moringa tree.

The benefits of Moringa are many.

  • 7 types of Vitamins
  • 6 types of Minerals
  • 18 types of Amino acids
  • 46 types Anti-oxidants
  • High concentration of natural Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Natural Anti-toxins, Anti- tumors, Anti-bacterial and Anti fungal.

Moringa Oleifera main medicinal uses:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Cleans the body from toxins and heavy metals
  • Extermination of parasites in the intestines
  • Supporting treatment during radiation and chemotherapy
  • Supporting treatment during lack of appetite in children and adults
  • Helping with Osteoporosis treatment
  • Supporting with Diabetes treatment
  • Intestine infections
  • Gum infections
  • Prostate infection
  • Various skin diseases
  • Breathing disease
  • Head aches and Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Hair Loss

A bottle of Moringa capsules could cost as much as $40! But I might just buy them so I don’t have to deal with mess of powder.

An inexpensive alternative?  My mom now grows her own Moringa trees and dries the leaves and makes it into a powder.  It is easy to care for, is drought resistant, can be grown in poor conditions, and dirt with low ph levels and doesn’t require much care.  Moringa is a wild growing, hardy tree.  Although it is hard to mix with water, as all the pieces of leaves float and don’t mix well, it still is highly effective when I am sick.

Discovery Channel Documentary of Moringa

Giving birth to Kai was easy, even though she was almost 8 lbs.  She’s a big girl, and is the biggest child in her classroom.  Perhaps she is so healthy and big because of my use of Zija when I was pregnant.  When she was little I continued to give her Zija.   She was healthy and didn’t have her first flu until she was over 1 year old.  It’s also a great alternative to boost your work out.  All those nasty supplements on the market can be harmful for your body.  Who am I to talk?  I have been living on Lipo6 for months now.

Nature’s AIDs therapy

Out of all the Moringa forms I have tried, I believe the Zija drink is the most effective.  Maybe because of the Z-Atin formula created to boost the effects.  But possibly, it is a placebo in my head.

xoxo

Kristie Manning