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 - GETTING PUBLISHED! We know what we're up to, but do you? Our goal is to write a book containing general reviews and information about a variety of drinking establishments in the Adirondack Park. We intend to narrow our list to 46 of our favorites, which we will call our "high peaks". In addition, the book will include our favorite drink recipes with an Adirondack flavor. We will visit as many drinking establishments as possible in the Adirondack Park in 2011. As we do this, we will write some of our thoughts and reviews in this blog, and compose facts, photos, recipes and details for the book. We look forward to reader input on our blog, whether it be in checking on of the "reactions" at the bottom of each posting, or sending comments to let us know what you like or don't like or suggestions for future places to review. And, of course, we want you to tell your friends about us too (see main objective above)!