Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Star Suckers

All That’s Fit to Suck Down on the Red Carpet

I offer a hearty “well-done” to two of LA’s most prominent Mixologists, Marcos Tello and Damian Windsor who created some gossip worthy cocktails to accompany this Sunday’s 59th Annual Emmy Awards:

Fade to Black
We haven’t stopped believing that Tony and his family made it out of the diner.

2 parts Jim Beam Black® Bourbon
¾ parts sour cherry purée
¾ parts fresh lemon juice
¾ parts egg white
2 Dashes of Peychaud’s® Bitters
Top up with Cherry Club Soda

Shake the first five ingredients vigorously and strain into an ice-filled hi-ball glass. Top up with Cherry Club Soda and stir.
Sour cherry purée: 1 can of sour cherry preserves, 4 oz. Peter Heering® Cherry Heering, and 2 oz. water, blended well.

Down the Hatch
This drink is enjoyed by Losties, Others and Tailies alike.
1 ½ parts Hornitos™ Reposado tequila
¾ parts lime juice
½ part simple syrup
1 part pineapple juice
1 tsp sweet ginger puree

¼ part egg white

Dry shake vigorously, ice and shake again. Strain onto fresh ice in a highball. Granish with a lime wedge and cherries on a toothpick.

The Dwight Delight
Celebrate your Dundie Award with a toast of the Dwight Delight. It goes well with bacon.
1 1/2 parts Makers Mark® Bourbon
1 part Starbucks™ Coffee Liqueur
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 part orange juice

Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass, garnish with an orange twist.

The McSteamy
The debate continues...the dreamy or the steamy...whatever.
2 parts Courvoisier® Exclusif Cognac
1/2 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part DeKuyper® Orange Curacao
1/2 part DeKuyper® Blackberry Brandy
4 blackberries

Muddle the blackberries in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

The Manhattan Mode
Break out your poncho while sipping our favorite assistant.
1 1/2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
≤ parts fresh lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
1 part fresh orange juice
2 dashes peach bitters

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, garnish with a peach slice

Ari Margarita
“Join the entourage”
2 parts Hornitos™ Reposado Tequila
1 heaping barspoon agave nectar
1 part fresh lime juice
2 oz. cucumber foam*

In a mixing glass dissolve the agave nectar into lime juice by stirring with a bar spoon. Add the Hornitos™ Tequila and shake and strain into a half salt-rimmed cocktail glass. Top with cucumber foam.
Cucumber foam: 4 oz. each: cucumber juice, sugar syrup, egg white and water. Add all to a .5 liter dessert whipper and charge with a cream bulb, shake vigorously and chill.

The Cheerleader
Toast the cheerleader, save the world
1 1/2 parts Canadian Club® Whisky
≤ parts Belle de Brillet® Liqueur
≤ parts fresh lemon juice
1/2 part honey syrup
3 Dashes of Peychaud’s® Bitters

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add a pear slice on rim of glass.

*Images courtesy of Darko Zagar

Prefer a little wine with your Award Shows?
Beaulieu Vineyards is being served for the 4th consecutive year at the Governors Ball at the Shrine Auditorium, immediately following the show. The 2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay and the 2003 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at the table and will be paired with Master Chef Joachim Splichal's impressive menu. Also, in keeping with the green eco-friendly theme of this year's Primetime Emmy campaign, following the celebrations, all 2400 empty BV bottles will be recycled.

Finally, while you’re enjoying all these drinks, don’t forget to thank the Academy for one more reason to party…

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