January 31, 2014
In Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz, I start my talking about this dessert-y drink by saying, “Ooh, Friar, what a long robe you have on–but why is it so ruffled?” I’m not sure there is anything else needed, really. Outside of suggesting you serve this after dinner, in the evening, with you and your sweetie.
1-1/2 ounces Praline Liqueur
1-1/2 ounces Sound Spirits Depth crème de cacao
1-1/2 ounces ounces heavy cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the praline liqueur, crème de cacao, and cream. Shake well.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the cinnamon stick.
A Variation: I’ve seen this made with Frangelico (the Italian hazelnut liqueur originally made by monks, and with the monk-like bottle), and called just Friar Tuck. It’s tasty, but adding the praline instead gives this drink a bit of a Southern flair that adds a lot to an evening. I’ve also seen a drink called the Friar Tuck made with vodka, coke, and blackberry cordial. Which seems so unholy I would suggest not even mentioning it.
August 2, 2013
The Alexander, if for some insane reason you don’t know it already, is the emperor of sweet cocktails, dessert drinks, and the year 1914. If you pretend you don’t like sweeter drinks, cause it makes you feel macho, or what-have-you, then A: I feel sorry for you, B: get off your high horse, C: try this anyway, cause you’ll love it. If you aren’t afraid to admit you like pie, as well as a dessert-y drink, then you will already love the Alexander, naturally. But dig this – it’s now even better, thanks to the fine folks at Sound Spirits here in Seattle. Because they recently came out with a new crème de cacao that knocks the socks off most commercially available varieties. It’s under their “Depth” line of liqueurs, and that moniker sums it up nicely: pure chocolate aroma, deep chocolate taste, some sweetness, but not too much. It’s also made with chocolate nibs that are added in the distilling process, and said nibs are from local Theo’s Chocolates. All great things! But even better is how great the classic Alexander tastes when made with Sound Spirits Depth Crème de Cacao and Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin. But don’t take my word for it. Try it why dontcha (using this recipe from Good Spirits).
1 ounce Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin
1 ounce Sound Spirits Depth Crème de Cacao
1 ounce cream
Strawberry slices for garnish
1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add the gin, cream de cacao, and cream. Shake well.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice, or two if you’re still waiting on dessert.