Chicken Licken Redux: Chill Cocktails

8 Apr

Holiday panic to ready a dinner or brunch table can set nerves atwitter in even the most composed Junior League hostess.  So, as an homage to all home cooks who go hysterical as they make best efforts to put ‘tasty’ on the table, I’ve come up with the perfect set of cocktails.

As a food writer, culinary cocktails are among my favorite things to write about.  Herbs, spice, aromatics, and uniquely flavored spirits, can turn the concept of “lush” into “Dee-Lush” snappy!

Ginger vodka is a favorite, and lends a surprisingly cool, low-grade buzz.  St. Germain liqueur is another – with elderflower essence that screams spring.

Hey, maybe the sky really is falling, but with these cocktails will you really care?  I know I wouldn’t….

The mixologist, in the flesh







The Sky is Falling

2 parts Ginger Vodka, 2 parts Mango Rum, 1 part (or splash to taste) of  Blood orange  juice (or regular)

Place all in martini shaker, and pour (straining ice) into glass  with superfine sugar on rim.

Runt of the Litter

1-1/2 parts Vodka, 1 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur, 1/4 part Meyer or regular lemon juice, tonic water mixed with 1/4 part Limoncello

Mix vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Strain into glass rimmed in super-fine sugar, and top float with the tonic-and-lemon liqueur mix to taste.



6 Responses to “Chicken Licken Redux: Chill Cocktails”

  1. llgrannis April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    You can get ingredients in Missoula. Try Grizzly Liquor – they have the elderflower liqueur and the ginger vodka. Both are amazing!

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    • llgrannis May 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Yes Sesli, I developed the concept myself. However, I had help with SEO and other elements behind-the-scenes. And thanks for the compliments

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  4. llgrannis April 16, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Connie, I’m glad you enjoyed the content. I am trying to make my stories the equivalent to what you might read in a newspaper food section or magazine feature story. I appreciate the feedback and keep coming back! ;)

  5. llgrannis May 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm #


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