This week brings many excuses to tip back a drink or two. Fat Tuesday is a great day for all things decadent, no matter your fasting preference, and what better way to celebrate the last day of Mardi Gras than with the official cocktail of New Orleans: The Sazerac. While Bourbon may do for a mint julep, it just won’t do for this drink. The spice note of rye whisky is the key to a successful Sazerac.
2oz. rye whisky
1 dash of bitters (Peychaud’s is classic)
½ teaspoon of simple syrup
A wash of Absinthe or similar
Note: The 100 ml. bottles of Absente liqueur are quite handy if you don’t have a need for a standard size bottle.
Coat a chilled old-fashioned glass with Absinthe. Pour a small amount, swirl around the glass and then discard the rest. Add a dash of bitters to the glass. Add rye and simple syrup to the glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon peel.
The Cheese Shop Doughnuts have been getting a humble amount of press time lately, and what says Fat Tuesday better than a warm Chocolate doughnut, or Orange with Chai Spice, especially even Bacon & Maple Glazed? There is a finite number made per day, so it’s best to pick them up early.
Valentine’s Day (already this Thursday!) brings another day where it’s helpful to have a few drink ideas on hand. It’s a very popular evening to head out of the house for dinner, that is unless you’re eating in so how about saving dessert until you get home? This would be a great night to have a simple and beautiful sparkling wine cocktail.
A bit of Prosecco with a hibiscus flower effervescing in the glass? That’s practically more romantic than real flowers. Surdyk’s can show you how.
How about chocolate? The Cheese Shop can help with those. Check out the gorgeously packaged and equally delicious Recchiuti truffles. When it comes to pairing with wine, chocolate isn’t exactly the friendliest (red wine doesn’t always work!) Instead, try a dessert wine in a 375 ml. bottle, perfectly sized for two. Sherry is, perhaps improbably, in vogue right now and the timing is right for chocolate lovers as Don PX sherry is a favorite to pair alongside.
It has that just-right amount of indulgence with its rich gold color and mouthful of raisins, fig, and caramel notes. You could even pour it on top of some vanilla ice cream. What a nice excuse to keep the lovin’ feeling flowing, or invite that special someone back to the house for a tipple.
—Lindsey Coleman @surdyksliquor