Archive for the ‘drinks’ Category

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arnold cranpalmer

November 25, 2012

lemonade
cranberry juice (sweetened with simple syrup if unsweetened)
cold herbal or black tea
ice cubes
bourbon or your favorite booze

a little sourer and better looking than your average arnold palmer. this is awesome!

invented for today’s brunch

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the worker

November 18, 2012

5-6 fresh mint leaves, plus extra to garnish if you want

25ml/1fl oz bourbon

splash of cranberry juice or concentrate

splash of ginger ale

Place the bruised mint leaves into a glass and cover with ice. Pour over the bourbon and cranberry juice, then top up with the ginger ale.

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modified from “the boss”

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krupnik (vanilla spice vodka)

September 8, 2012

krupnik sounds a lot like some other infused vodkas i’ve made… but i’ve never used vanilla extract before. what a fantastic idea! i think this will be a new favorite. wiki says its russian and polish cousins are called medovukha and miód pitny.

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1 1/2 cups honey
2/3 cup water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
8 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
3 strips lemon peel (2 inch each)
1 bottle vodka (4/5 qt – 3 1/2 cups)

Combine honey with water, vanilla, spices and lemon peel in a large saucepan.
Bring to boiling.
Cover and simmer 5 mins.
Remove from heat.
Add vodka.
Serve hot or cooled.

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started 9/15
incredible. one of my favorites. do this immediately.

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Apfelwein

August 3, 2012

in case you were wondering what i’m doing today:
detoxing from last night by drinking tea and eating locally grown fruit, picking up the prize for the writing contest i won, and spending the money on a carboy, airlock, and gallons of juice.

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EdWort’s Award Winning Apfelwein Recipe (German Hard Cider) Apple Wine Recipe

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Placed 1st in the Cider & Apple Wine category at the BJCP sanctioned Alamo Cerveza fest (out of 11 entries) and took 2nd place for Best of Show for the main category of Meads & Ciders (out of 50 entries).

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5 Gallons 100% Apple Juice (no preservatives or additives)
2 pounds of dextrose (corn sugar)
1 five gram packet of Montrachet Wine Yeast

5 Gallon Carboy (I use a Better Bottle)
Carboy Cap or Stopper with Airlock
Funnel
Sanitizer

First sanitize the carboy, airlock, funnel, stopper or carboy cap.
Open one gallon bottle of apple juice and pour half of it into the carboy using the funnel.
Open one bag of Dextrose and carefully add it to the now half full bottle of apple juice. Shake well.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3, then go to step 5.
Pour in the mixture of Apple Juice and Dextrose from both bottles into the carboy.
Add all but 1 quart of remaining 3 gallons of apple juice to the carboy.
Open the packet of Montrachet Yeast and pour it into the neck of the funnel.
Use the remaining quart of juice to wash down any yeast that sticks. I am able to fit all but 3 ounces of apple juice into a 5 gallon Better Bottle. You may need to be patient to let the foam die down from all shaking and pouring.
Put your stopper or carboy cap on with an airlock and fill the airlock with cheap vodka. No bacteria will live in vodka and if you get suckback, you just boosted the abv.

There’s no need to worry about filling up a carboy so full when you use Montrachet wine yeast. There is no Kreuzen, just a thin layer of bubbles. I’m able to fit all but 4 oz. of my five gallons in the bottle. Ferment at room temperature.

It will become cloudy in a couple of days and remain so for a few weeks. In the 4th week, the yeast will begin to drop out and it will become clear. After at least 4 weeks, you can keg or bottle, but it is ok to leave it in the carboy for another month or so. Racking to a secondary is not necessary. It ferments out very dry (less than 0.999, see here)

Apfelwein really improves with age, so if you can please let it sit in a carboy for up to 3 months before bottling or kegging, then let it sit even longer.

Six months and it hits its stride. Eight months and it’ll blow your mind.

If you want to bottle and carbonate, ¾ cup of corn sugar will work fine. Use as you would carbonate a batch of beer.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND START ANOTHER BATCH 2 WEEKS AFTER YOU START THIS ONE.
YOU WILL THANK ME LATER!

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How does it taste?
It ferments quite dry. Some people have tried different yeasts in order to achieve a sweeter taste. It may take you a few glasses to get a feel for the flavor. It is very reminiscent of a sort of apfelwein produced locally in Germany. There really is no comparable product in the United States. It’s drier and less sweet than commercial hard ciders. It gets better with age and at 6+ months, the apple flavor really comes out.

How do you sweeten it?
Many folks back sweeten it with Wine Conditioner. Wine Conditioner is a blend of sucrose and sorbic acid. The addition of 2-4 oz. per gallon adds sweetness and prevents renewed fermentation. It can be purchased as any LHBS that caters to wine makers. Others will use Splenda or lactose (other non-fermentable sugars). Germans who prefer it sweet (or Suß as they say) will add a splash of Sprite or 7up to a glass. This is the easiest method as you don’t have to make a whole “sweet” batch that way.

What is the difference between Apfelwein and hard cider?
EdWort says, “Most ciders are a bit sweeter. Ciders and Apfelwein are about 6% abv, but I like the little boost I give it with 2 pounds of Dextrose. It adds no body or flavor and still tastes like Possmann’s Apfelwein, only it will kick your butt much quicker.”

Is this like Apfelmost / Apfel Korn?
No. Apfel Korn is a german liqeur made from wheat spirits. Apfelmost is spontaneously fermented with fresh-pressed apples or apple juice. It is probably similar, but the results may vary as a result of the spontaneous fermentation. Either way, Apfelmost is most certainly has a lower alcohol content since the initial gravity is not increased by the use of concentrate or corn sugar.

What’s the difference between apple juice and cider?
Cider is made by pressing apples. Juice is then filtered to remove all of the stuff that makes it cloudy.

Can I use apple cider instead?
Sure! You can use whatever you want. However, there is not enough information in this thread to give you any better details as to how it will turn out. I recommend starting a new thread or ask more experienced cider-makers.

What kind of Apple Juice should I use?
Ideally, you want to use 100% natural apple juice with no preservatives. The only acceptable preservative is ascorbic acid, which is a source of vitamin C and does not affect fermentation. Pasteurized juice is preferred, since it will have less bacteria.

How much will this recipe cost me?
5 gallons of Apfelwein can be made for between 20 and 25 dollars.

What else can you do with this recipe?
Makes a great Grog in the winter time. Take a quart in a sauce pan, add some rum, turbinado sugar, and float a cinnamon stick in it and simmer for a while. Serve hot in mugs. It’ll warm you right up.

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brew diary:

8/21

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cold-infused simple syrup

February 18, 2012

i just learned today that heating sugar and water to make simple syrup changes the chemical composition and, therefore, the “mouth-feel” and, apparently, awesomeness suffers.

though i am a huge fan of boiling fresh ginger with my simple syrup, it was suggested to simply combine equal parts sugar and water in a bottle and shake on and off for five minutes.

well, i don’t know how much i care about mouth-feel, but i do know that i hate cleaning the saucepan after cooking up simple syrup. i’ll try it this way next time!

(add cardamom and ginger for the best lemonade-simple-syrup you’ve ever had! i learned this from googling the winners of a “favorite drinks” facebook poll that was mostly in a transliterated language. still my favorite simple syrup!)

thanks, chow tips!

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diy juniper bitters

December 26, 2011

JUNIPER BITTERS!


i have infused vodkas before, but never with JUNIPER! this sounds AWESOME!!

2 tbs fresh juniper berries

2-4” rosemary branches

2-4” thyme branches

2 tsp black peppercorns

1 pint vodka

1/4c dried juniper berries

Combine all the ingredients, except dried juniper berries, in a pint glass jar with a lid. Store is a cool dark place for one month. After one month, strain the vodka, discard herbs, then add the dried juniper berries for a double extract. After two months, strain again and you’re ready for cocktails!

see her post and photos here

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1-21-12—
today i added 3/4 pint of vodka to a jar with many fresh and dried juniper berries, a teaspoonful of smoked black peppercorns, a giant pinch of dried rosemary, a sprig of dried basil from the garden, and a sprig of dried mint from the garden. i’ll be tasting this often – just to make sure it’s going ok…
1-22-12—
added a pinch of thyme.
1-21-12
my favorite infusion by far. even better than apple-strawberry-allspice vodka. left in for a few days, it’s an infusion. left in for a month, it’s bitters. a few drops will do. gin-like. wonderful!
4-12-12
forgot to mention that i temporarily gave up infusing vodka with things other than this, because this is so good.

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sicky-tea

December 4, 2011

i cannot count the number of times this has kicked the everloving s*%# out of a sickness-to-be. drink it at the first puffswell of lymph nodes. it’s also a great tonic pick-me-up for those winter blahs.

do not be fooled by the commonness of these ingredients; this is serious medicine. use more ginger than seems prudent; pack that teaball tight. it’ll help you feel better! you need a LOT of cayenne to break through a packed-solid sinus cavity, but you WILL breathe again.

feel better soon!

a few mugs of water
finely minced ginger
1/2 clove finely minced garlic (more if you’re seriously sick, less for a child or they won’t drink it)

boil this a minute and take off the burner.

add the juice of one fresh lime or lemon and steep five minutes with a lid
(don’t boil w lemon/lime; too bitter!)

remove ginger and garlic; add a fat spoonful of honey and a few dashes of cayenne or other hot pepper (required)

(if you’re feeling more chilly and funky than cripplingly ill, add a splash of bourbon, scotch, or brandy!)

the honey will soothe and coat the throat, as you already know. but did you know it will reduce inflammation as well as fight the infection itself – maybe even MRSA and other infections resistant to antibiotics? honey was even used on wounds as recently as world war I.

ginger has pain relieving qualities. it also increases sweating and helps flush toxins through & out of the skin.

hot peppers contain more vitamin c than lemons or oranges.

and, of course, the garlic is an antimicrobial and will flush the cold right out of you.

edit:
tim posted this fire cider – same idea, but infused into apple cider vinegar instead of water. sounds intense!

fall 2012 update:
tracy posted this idea:
keep a closed jar filled with honey, ginger, and lemon slices in the fridge and use the infused honey (diluted with boiling water) as sickytea!

if anyone tries these, please comment here and let us know how it is!