Let's see how "live" works out this week.
We're on a bar hiatus for February break. Pam's checking out the moonshine action in Tennessee I think. I hope she brings some back!
We discovered the delicious decadence of the deciduous maple while traveling through Vermont from Massachusetts. Thinking the White Russian needed a decidedly Adirondack flavor, I googled "maple liqueur" on my iPhone. There's an independent distiller of the amber treat in Vermont. Hand-crafted in small batches and aged in oak barrels, it's positively delectable and tastes delicately like the grade A REAL maple syrup from which it's created. We couldn't wait to get creative with this gem! (In the meantime, hubby and I like it for sippin' on the rocks on a Friday night.) You can only get Sapling in a few states, so we have a "runner" who lives in Vermont and makes deliveries to us here in New York. For more info, go to http://www.saplingliqueur.com/
We're ready for our first concoction:
Springtime in the Adirondacks is synonymous with Whitewater Derby, held in North Creek the first weekend in May. As the waters of the Hudson River begin to flow, so does the sap in the maple trees, a fitting theme for a drink and a good excuse to use the Sapling maple liqueur.
2 oz. maple liqueur
1 oz. vanilla vodka
2-4 oz. light cream or milk
Pam's "wintrifying" the Adirondack Pub & Brewery's Adirondack Sunrise, going for something a little more manly. We're not sure what to call it yet and have yet to taste it...
Now we're messing around with Triple Sec.
1 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. honey
1 1/2 oz. water
Shake with ice. Strain over ice.
This has a distinctive but not overpowering honey sweetness that complements the citrus flavors of the triple sec and lemon. Yummy!
We have some more ideas and Pam & I may tag team blog next week while she's in Tennessee, each creating our own recipes. We have a long list of Adirondack-themed drinks waiting to be born.
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!