Pear Crisp Cocktail

April 6, 2014 CocktailsRecipes  No comments

Mrs. Nom made pear crisp this evening, so we set out to find a dessert cocktail that would be a nice match to the sweet treat.   We came up with the pear crisp cocktail, with paired nicely with the pear crisp.  Sweet enough to pair up with the dessert, but with a hint of herbal freshness from the Chartreuse to cut the sweetness.

The Pear Crisp Cocktail:

2 oz Absolut Pear Vodka
1.5 oz Whipped Cream Vodka
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz pear syrup
2 tsp Green Chartreuse
4 oz club soda.

Pour the Vodkas, simple syrup, lemon juice, pear syrup and chartreuse into an ice filled shaker.   Shake and strain into a glass.   Top with the club soda and garnish with a pear slice

Pear Syrup:

1 large pear
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
pinch of salt

Cut the pear into chunks and place into a small pot with water, sugar and salt.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the pears are tender.  Blend to fully infuse the pears

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Whiskey Blackberry Collins

April 4, 2014 Cocktails  No comments

Blackberries have been on sale the last few weeks, so we have been enjoying the small hint of spring.   Mrs. Nom found this cocktail via and suggested we give it a shot. Based on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, this cocktail uses bourbon in place of gin to pair whiskey with blackberry, but adds of lemon to bring a bright citrus burst to the cocktail.  Similar to the Blackberry Bourbon Fizz we made last week, this drink is less sweet, but still showcases the blackberries.

The Whiskey Blackberry Collins:

4 blackberries
1.5 oz Whiskey or Bourbon
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
2 oz club soda

Muddle 3 of the blackberries in the bottom of a shaker than fill with ice.  Pour whiskey, lemon juice and syrup into the shaker and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass over ice.  Top with the club soda and garnish with a blackberry.





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Stokes Grill and Bar

March 31, 2014 OmahaReviews  No comments

We had a night out with friends, and they suggested we eat at Stokes. Stokes is a local Omaha restaurant with 2 locations, one in the Old Market, and one out near Boys Town, featuring Southwestern style wood grilled cuisine. Started in 1997 by two friends, Stokes is now part of the Restaurants, Inc group, which also owns The Twisted Fork, Old Country Buffet, Pepperjax Grill (just not in Omaha), Smashburger and HuHot.  We ate at their newest location, Stokes West. Inside, the atmosphere is “western” with dark wood, leather and bright splashes of southwestern colors, overall feeling warm and inviting. Most of the seating areas are large tall booths that create a nice intimate space.  We were able to make reservations on Open Table, which was good idea, as they were on a wait the whole time we were there.

We arrived earlier than our friends, so decided to grab a drink from the bar. The large bar had a cool chalkboard that featured the drink specials, featured spirits and a list of

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Breakfast for Dinner Cocktail

March 28, 2014 CocktailsRecipes  No comments

Breakfast for dinner is a common occurrence in our house as both our boys love breakfast foods.  Its only fitting to come up with a cocktail that combines the best of breakfast and happy hour into a nice cocktail that I call the Breakfast for Dinner, combining whiskey, coffee and eggs into one smooth cocktail. Creamy and rich, this cocktail has notes of a latte while not hiding the whiskey.  I used two great local products, Cut Spike Whiskey, a smooth single malt whiskey distilled in Nebraska and Beansmith's Alleycat Esspresso, which has a rich dark roast and great aroma.

Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner:

1.5 oz Whiskey
1 oz Port
.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz black coffee
1 egg

Brew some strong black coffee and let it cool.  Fill a shaker with ice cubes and pour the whiskey, port, vermouth, syrup and coffee into the shaker.  Crack an egg and pour into the shaker.   Shake vigorously for one minute to get a good froth. 

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Blackberry Bourbon Fizz

March 24, 2014 CocktailsRecipes  One comment

With spring and summer coming soon, I have been looking for some cocktails that would be good candidates for a warm summer evening. I found a great deal on some blackberries this weekend and with blackberries a summer fruit, I set out to make a nice drink  that would be light and refreshing.  A classic combination is whiskey and blackberry, so with a nice bottle of Cut Spike calling my name, I came up with this nice drink. While I was making this cocktail, my boys were bugging me to make a kid's cocktail, so I included that at the bottom of this page.

Blackberry Bourbon Fizz

The Blackberry Bourbon Fizz:

1.5 oz Bourbon or Whiskey
1 oz Blackberry Juice
1 oz Honey simple syrup
Club soda

Pour the whiskey, blackberry juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice.  Strain into a rocks glass with ice.  Top with club soda.   Garnish with a mint sprig or a blackberry.

Blackberry Juice:

Press the blackberries and sugar

8 oz fresh

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The Blizzard Cocktail

March 21, 2014 CocktailsRecipes  No comments

Cool evenings are a perfect reason to enjoy a a warm cocktail.  This one is based on the recipe by Charles Corpion of the Four Seasons.  The Blizzard Cocktail is based on the classic coffee and Bailey's Irish Cream, but adding some hazelnut and whiskey to add a bit of a deep flavor and a nice kick to make a nice nightcap.

The Blizzard:

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
2 oz half and half
1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey's
Hot hazelnut roast coffee
Whipped cream
Cinnamon to garnish

Pour the whiskey, half and half and irish cream into a mug.  Stir.  Add hot coffee.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon on top to garnish.

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St Patrick’s Day Cocktails

March 17, 2014 CocktailsRecipes  No comments

As I mentioned in our post about Irish Stout and Whiskey Cupcakes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's day, so there are lots of folks who will be pounding cheap green beer, or maybe if they are lucky, drinking a Guinness.  However, many self respecting Irish lads and lasses will be celebrating in the traditional manner and toasting the day with a bottle of Irish whiskey.  If you aren't quite into drinking the whiskey straight, here are two Irish themed cocktails, the An Bodharn and an Irish Cider.  Both drinks feature one of the oldest Irish whiskeys, Bushmills, which has been distilled since 1608, when they were awarded a license to distil by King James I.

The An Bodharn

The An Bodharn (a bodharn is a traditional Irish drum popular in Celtic music) is creamy cocktail that will give you a taste of the Emerald Isle with out all of the bite of the Bushmills.   This drink features a raw egg, which is an old school way to give serious body and texture to a

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats – Chocolate Irish Stout and Whiskey Cupcakes

March 16, 2014 Recipes  One comment

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's day, and with actual Irish in my heritage, I always make sure I celebrate the wearing o' the Green! Mrs. Nom has been in a baking mood recently and came up with a special batch of celebratory cupcakes to celebrate in a the traditional Irish fashion with a bit of good old Irish spirits. These cupcakes use two of the oldest Irish spirits, Guinness and Bushmill's Whiskey and to just top it off a frosting made with the other famous Irish spirit, Baileys.  Based on the popular Irish Car Bomb cocktail, these cupcakes are deep dark chocolate, with an intense richness from the Guinness while staying exceptionally soft and moist. Dark chocolate and whiskey are quite complimentary, and when you pair the two in a ganache, the combination is bold and bitter, a nice counter to the richness of the cupcakes.  When topped with the very boozy Bailey's Irish Cream frosting, each bit hits a different part of the tongue, sweet, bitter and salty.

Irish Car

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Pi Day Pies – Blueberry Hand Pies

March 15, 2014 Meals @ HomeRecipes  No comments

What better way to celebrate Pi Day (3.14) than to make some pies?  With a few warm days starting to melt the long chill of winter, and some nice blueberries in the fridge, a nice fruit pie sounded like a great way to taste a bit of the warmth of summer.  Making small hand pies was a great way to let our two boys enjoy a great fruity dessert!

Blueberry Hand Pies

Pastry Crust:

2 ½ cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp Kosher salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces

Pulse flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add butter until texture is like coarse meal. Add ¼- ½ cup ice cold water until clumpy. Wrap, chill until firm, about 2 hours. Let stand at room temperature before rolling out.

Blueberry Filling:

2 cups fresh, washed blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
Egg Wash

Mix blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon

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Fish Fry Season- What is Your Favorite?

March 11, 2014 News  No comments

As it is now the Lenten season, we here in Omaha can look forward to the many fish fries that take place every Friday night around town! They are a great way for a lot of churches as well to have fundraisers, and we get some great and interesting food and fellowship!  Do you have a favorite dish?

Here is a link to all those here in Omaha! Which is your favorite?!  Let us know in your comments below so we can go check it out!

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