The Nutty Attache’

Oh the delights of Diplomatico Rum.  There are several flavors and so far I have been digging these three:

From left they are Mantuano, Planos and Exclusiva.  These are a little slice heaven in a bottle and are imported from Venezuela.  Aside from its beautiful people, Venezuela has delivered a most beautiful Rum.  There are a few other varieties and once I save up my coins, I will give the Mac-daddy versions a try.  (I accept monetary gifts if you are so inclined. )

For the Nutty Attache’ I have chosen to use Planos.  It’s smooth and clear and combines nicely with the other ingredients.  I have chosen to combine the Planos with Midori and Orgeat.   The sweet yumminess of the Melon Liqueur combines so smoothly with the creamy nuttiness of the Orgeat and they balance each out with precision.

And this recipe is so easy and quick:

It’s quick and easy and vibrantly beautiful.  Give it a try and post a comment if you enjoyed!

Peace & Love,

DAN

BUMBU

I know for those of us who imbibe, we might have had that ONE thing that we enjoyed a wee bit too much.  I love Gin, but the number of peeps that say “Oh Heavens to Betsy NO, I don’t do gin…”  Or scotch or tequila or or or.  Me, I had never been a fan of rum.  But perhaps that’s because I had never experienced  GOOD Rum.  That has changed!  Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the goodies that I have come to know.  F\But for now…

When I moved to Eastern TN, I was turned on to the best spirits house in town: Parkway Discount Liquors.  They have a great variety of spirits.  On my first visit, one of the employees insisted that I give Bumbu a try.  I informed Terry that rum wasn’t my go-to.  She said you will try it. You will like it.  Since it’s booze, so I said “OK”.  (And truly I was a little afraid to say no to her.  LOL). She told me that she had hers chilling in the fridge and just the weekend before she had enjoyed it straight with frozen strawberries.  Even though I was originally skeptical, I now know that Terry “done schooled me.”  This Bumbu is simply heavenly.  And now I maintain a bottle in my fridge.

So for the tasting notes.…. yeah, about that…. I can only tell you if I like it.  If you click the link for tasting notes you will see what others say.  I already know I say YES!

If you even remotely like rum, I encourage you to seek out Bumbu.  It’s a product of Barbados.   If this is the goodness of Barbados, I need to schedule a trip there.  Enjoy Bumbu and feel the tropics wash over you with a peace of Island Life!   BTW, the Food & Rum Festival is the 18-21 of October.  Let’s Go!

Cheers and Enjoy and Peace and Love!

DAN

BUMBU

There are four glasses.  Who wants to join me?  I’d love it!

Berry Patch

My good friend George challenged me to make a Blueberry drink.  So I took up that challenge.  I decided I wanted to make an after-dinner drink, a dessert type drink.

I tried to make a drink with fresh blueberries as a base.  I love blueberries; however, they’re really not that sweet.  I tried several different ways, but none suited me.  But my frustration only spurred me on.

I then set out in a different direction.  I decided to try a Blueberry flavored Liqueur.  I went in search of one. At my “happy place” in Knoxville – McScrooges, I found Vergnano’s Mirtillo Liqueur.  Honestly I thought Mirtillo was such a cute name.  It means Blueberry in Italian.  “Old Dog Learns New Trick” moment.   Once I brought it home, I had to have a little taste.  I wanted to know if I’d like it on its on, and would I think it would mix well.  And the answer to both questions is Yes!

On its own, the Mirtillo isn’t very sweet.  I has a wondrous hint of blueberry.  And it’s smooth.  Very smooth.  So it makes for a great sipping drink all on its own.

  It’s #OhMyYum

Now I felt I was on the right track.  As with my Lucky Black Cherry, I love to use Chambord.  (See my earlier yummy recipe.). Chambord is such a yummy Black Raspberry liqueur.  And it makes such a great addition to drinks and also as a stand-alone bit of yumminess.

Now that I was sold on two major ingredients, I needed a base.  I have a few go-to’s to that I love.  For an after dinner drink, I find Vodka works best.  Recently I have discovered Effen Vodka.  Not only does Effen make great vodka, they make really great flavored vodkas.  I chose the Black Cherry version for this recipe.  (The Blood Orange will be featured soon.  Stay tuned!). But for now, the Black Cherry is the star of the show.

And here is my recipe for Berry Patch:

Pour the first three ingredients over a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously.  Pour into a punch cup and fill the with the desired amount of Half & Half.  Garnish with a Black Cherry, a Raspberry and a Blueberry.

Enjoy responsibly.  And often!  I drank mine while I enjoyed a bowl of berries.

#ThirstyThursdays

Peace & Love!!

PS:  I love “fancy skewers and glasses”.  And Crate And Barrel makes some really cute, cool and affordable barware.  Elevate your drink each chance you get!

Lucky Black Cherry

So today being #NationalTequilaDay prompted me to create a little tasty libation in honor of Tequila.  I like “good” tequila and in my opinion Herradura is among the finest.  I’ve had lots of good (and sadly some really bad) tequila but Herradura is always my go-to.  Today’s recipe uses .

Recipe

  • 2 parts Herradura Reposado Tequila
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 part Chambord
  • 2 parts Black Cherry Juice (most grocery stores carry on juice aisle)

Add all ingredients to a shaker and give it a stir.  Add ice and shake within a inch  of it’s life.  Strain into a Nick & Nora glass.  (My favorite glass). I chose not to garnish, but if you have Fabrri Amarena or Luxardo Cherries on hand, OhMyYum.

This recipe is not sweet.  It’s actually quite bright in taste.  The fresh lime juice surges to the forefront, but that is quickly followed by the silky smoothness of the tequila and dark cherry juice.  This new creation of mine will be in heavy rotation at parties or on an afternoon where I simply want a fresh drink that’s light and smooth.  #EnjoyResponsibly.

Here is the “Lucky Black Cherry”

Kiss O’Cherry

I love to create new recipes for food and for drinks.  Mostly I create things that I want to eat or drink.  I try to impress me first and then share.  This is one of those times.

Growing up Cherry was probably my least favorite flavor.  I was definitely the last favor chosen of the Lifesavers flavors. 

Now I would probably buy the Wild Cherry roll.  Coconut is and always will be my favorite, but Cherry is gaining ground quickly.

With Cherry in mind, I set out to create a Cherry Martini that is both simple and delicious.  And not overly sweet.  And I think I have succeeded wonderfully.

Ingredients:

For a redder martini add an easy splash of Dark Cherry juice.

Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice.  Shake vigorously for a couple of minutes and pour into martini glass.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.    Enjoy!

Cherry Martini

The painted Oyster shell is by my talented friend Cynthia Dunn at Art 105 in Kinston, NC.