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Aug 16

Cocktails and … Your Teeth?

I usually don’t post press releases word for word, but this one, fittingly, made me smile. It’s all about cocktails and your teeth.
Oh, and if you hang in there, it’s got some cocktail recipes at the end. – Editor 

‘Drink to your health’ takes on new meaning as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry teams with professional mixologists on Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles, www.aacd.com/smilebar an online collection of curative cocktail recipes that may benefit smiles and offer a unique twist to entertaining.

Cocktails infused with medicinal ingredients can improve immunity and offer a tasty tonic for your teeth, according to recent studies.* The recipes feature cocktails and non-alcoholic drink recipes using fruits, vegetables, grains, and other ‘super-food’ ingredients. Original recipes include The Cha Jing, featuring natural ingredients such as green tea, honey and celery (N/A version available) as well as Heed the Horn, a unique cocktail which includes carrot syrup, Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit infused with fresh dill and a touch of caraway seeds and juniper berry as well as Green Chartreuse, an herbal liqueur made by the Carthusian monks. The online recipe collection at www.aacd.com/smilebar also features a list of healthful smile ingredients and their specific benefits.

The recipes were developed by mixologists Ira Koplowitz and Nicholas Kosevich, owners of Bittercube, a maker of handcrafted artisanal bitters using only ‘raw’ ingredients. Introduced in the early 1800s, bitters are an amalgamation of roots, barks, flowers, and herbs extracted through high proof spirits and softened with sugar, citrus, and water. “There are numerous accounts throughout history of monks, physicians and alchemists who were interested in distilled alcohol as a cure for ailments, so it makes sense that these great-tasting recipes could also have healthy benefits,” said Koplowitz.

AACD member Dr. Ken Banks, a West Virginia cosmetic dentist who operates his own healthy beverage company, also contributed two original recipes to the collection. The benefit of drinking tea is well documented. Its high flavonoid content also helps fight diseases like cancer and reduces risk for heart disease. “Selecting healthy, natural superfoods with specific functions improves the ability of our body to create that beautiful smile we all desire,” said Dr. Banks.

A 2010 University of Texas study showed that consuming one to two alcoholic drinks a day could increase longevity and infusing them with curative ingredients could improve immunity and may alleviate many ailments, like stress and high blood pressure. See all the healthy smile drink recipes at www.aacd.com/smilebar.

Here’s a recipe from the collection:

The Cha Jing (The “Tea Classic”)

2 ounces high quality London Dry gin
.5 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
.75 ounce green tea honey syrup (recipe follows)
1 dropper Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters
2 celery sticks, cut into 1-inch sections
1.5 ounces sparkling water

Garnish: Celery stick with leaves attached and a lemon peel twist

Muddle celery in mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients except for sparkling water. Add ice, shake lightly, double strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with 1.5 oz. sparkling water.

 

Green Tea Honey Syrup

1 cup honey
½ cup sugar
½ cup hot water
2 bags green tea

Steep 2 bags of green tea in ¾ cup boiling hot water for five minutes. Use ½ cup of the brewed tea and whisk in the granulated sugar followed by the honey until dissolved.

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May 29

Hawaiian Sunrise

by Michelle

Hawaiian Sunrise

I was having brunch on Saturday and the mimosa menu included the Hawaiian Sunrise. After finding out the ingredients, I ordered it. I absolutely loved it. Next time you have brunch, mix it up a little from the traditional mimosa and order a Hawaiian Sunrise instead.

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Sparkling Wine
  • A splash of Grenadine

Enjoy!

 

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May 24

Mad Men Cocktail Catch-Up: Episode 6: Elderflower

by Michelle

There wasn’t much happening drink-wise in Episode 5. That was fine. There was a lot of heavy history happening in that episode – I’ll forgive them a lack of cocktails. That brings us to episode 6, where Roger starts picking up clients in airport lounges.

The orders start with Roger drinking (ewww) water with an onion and ordering a Jim Beam, double, for his friend. I was all set to tell you all about the history of Jim Beam, but then something interesting happened. Bert ordered a spirits of elderflower. Let’s talk about that.

Elderflower liqueur is one of my favorites. I love to ask a craft bartender to create a drink for me – whatever they want – using elderflower. I’ve also used it in sugar cookies and it’s quite tasty. The brand you’ll see on the shelf most often these days is St-Germain. If you’re familiar with Paris, you’re probably already recognizing the name of the famous street, St Germain, where Hemingway wrote and Picasso painted. The St-Germain web site describes its signature liqueur as follows:

“It has been said that Paris is a mélange curieux, a curious mixture of flavors, styles and influences. So it is with St-Germain.” 

Technically, the liqueur is made from elderberries, but you’ll taste everything from flowers to peaches to grapefruits in the liqueur. Honestly,  I enjoy drinking it on its own. It’s also quite wonderful mixed with champagne or sparkling wine. Here’s the classic St Germain cocktail, straight from their web site.

St Germain Classic Cocktail

I was so tickled by their “variation” that I grabbed the thing as an image instead of retyping. Have a laugh … and have a cocktail.

 

 

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May 23

Mad Men Cocktail Catchup! Episode 4: Old Spanish

by Michelle

Oh yes. This week Ted (Peggy’s boss) ordered a non-existent cocktail.

What?

peggy

from AMC TV

Yep – non-existent. In fact, this cocktail was invented on 30 Rock and sounds, well, awful. Technically, it’s a mix of  red wine, tonic water, and olives. Ewww. That said, I still went looking to see what was out there of if anyone had tried it. Happily, I discovered that Kindred Cocktails has actually tried to make this drinkable:

In the last season of 30 Rock, Cooter Burger introduces Jack Donaghy to the Old Spanish, a cocktail of his own invention composed of red wine, tonic water, and olives. Later, Mad Men paid tribute by having unctuous ad man Ted Chaough order an Old Spanish and receive a drink matching that description. We’ve decided to imagine what that drink might have looked like if it were a true old style Spanish aperitivo rather than a clumsy disaster; a craft Old Spanish, if you like. Thus: sherry for wine and brine, Cynar for bitter, Cava for bubbles, cassis to round it all off.

The Old Spanish as reimagined by Kindred Cocktail:

1 1/2 oz Sherry
3/4 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Cassis
1 splash Cava (sparkling Spanish wine)
2 olives used on the rim, as garnish
1 twist lemon peel, expressed and discarded

Stir with ice, strain, coupe.
Splash Cava. Twist, and garnish with olives on the rim.
Up the sherry to 2oz for a less bitter cocktail. For a stiffer drink, add .5 oz Spanish brandy.

 

 

 

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May 22

Mad Men Cocktail Catch-up! Episode 3: Old Fashioned

by Michelle

It’s not the first time over the last 6 seasons that Don has ordered an Old Fashioned. I am happy, however, that he still does. For a while there, the show was overrun with Seagram’s alcohol and Johnnie Walker. It just got hard to write about things. However, this was just a nice, simple Old Fashioned.

 

from AMC TV

from AMC TV

In 1935, my grandpa was a bartender. I currently have a couple of his bartending books, published in the 20s and 30s. I know Old Fashioneds have changed a bit since cocktails have become such an art, but I still like to page through the old books. This recipe (use the bourbon of your choice) really gets to the simplicity of the cocktail.

From “Old Mr. Boston DeLuxe Official Bartenders Guide,” 1935:

1/2 lump of sugar
2 dashes bitters
1 jigger water
Muddle well, then add a jigger of Old Mr. Boston Rye or Bourbon Whiskey and a large cube of ice.
Stir very well and decorate with a slice of Orange, a twist of Lemon Peel, and a cherry.
Serve in an Old Fashioned Cocktail glass.

 

 

 

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