Crazy Custom Caps for Kevin

Happy Monday!  If you’re anything like me (this is Kevin), you already feel exhausted when you wake up.  One more reason to drink that extra cup of coffee when you’re heading to the office.

Today, I wanted to talk a little about one of our hobbies: Homebrewing.  We make our own beer and it’s quite easy.  Let’s save that for another time though.  This weekend, we ordered our 2014 customized bottle caps.  Here’s where you can use these:

1. Homebrewing (probably the biggest client)

2. Weddings

3. Playing Caps Drinking Game (wikipedia)

In the past, you used to have to make a large order to do this.  Now, you can order 1, 2, 100, or 10,000 using Bottlemark.

BottleMark Logo

 

You upload your own design.  A picture, a template, anything you can create in Paint or PowerPoint or PhotoShop and voila, in 2 weeks you have a finished product at your doorstep.

Now, introducing the Little House Brew Haus 2014 Bottle Caps:

Blonde Ale Bottle Cap

Blonde Ale Bottle Cap

Kolsch Ale Bottle Cap.  This is similiar to the flag of the Cologne region of Germany.

Kolsch Ale Bottle Cap. This is similiar to the flag of the Cologne region of Germany.

Red, Wit, and Blue Ale Bottle Cap

Red, Wit, and Blue Ale Bottle Cap

Belgian Strong Ale Bottle Cap

Belgian Strong Ale Bottle Cap

Do you have other things you custom order? Imagine you are in a sinking rowboat surrounded by sharks. How would you survive?  What would happen if you shot a gun in space?

Cocktail of the Week: The Pink Lady

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink – sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own – and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.

This week’s cocktail is a throwback to the glamor days of the 1930s and 40s.  The Pink Lady was a go-to drink of Hollywood’s golden age starlets.  It’s creamy, sweet, and deliciously bubble gum pink… the perfect drink for a girl’s night in or gender reveal!

Cocktail of the Week - The Pink Lady

The Pink Lady

2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Heavy Cream (we used 1% milk to lighten ours up a bit)
0.5 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. egg white (use pasteurized eggs to be safe, you can find them at any grocery)

Dip the rim of a champagne glass into grenadine, then sugar to rim it.

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain into the champagne glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Cocktail of the Week - The Pink Lady 2I know a egg white sounds crazy in a cocktail, but it was actually very common in cocktails from this era. Using pasteurized eggs eliminates any chances of baddies getting into your drink, and when shaken, the egg adds a velvety texture you can’t get with the cream alone. Give it a try!

You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here on our new recipe page!

What are you drinking this weekend?

 

Cocktail of the Week: The Vendetta

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly.

Tonight we’re hosting a little get together to watch V for Vendetta with a couple of friends (Remember, Remember, the fifth eighth of November), so we decided to find a cocktail to commemorate the movie.

The Vendetta 2

The Vendetta

Recipe from The Daily Meal

1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ½ ounces brandy
¼ ounce Pernod
¾ ounce bitters
6 basil leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
Ice

Add the vodka, brandy, pernod, bitters, and basil leaves into a shaker loaded with ice. Shake until condensation forms around the shaker. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a basil sprig.

You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here on our new recipe page!

Cocktail of the Week: The Classic Mojito

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly.

This week we’re making my all-time favorite summer cocktail, the classic Mojito. This refreshing rum cocktail was a favorite of Earnest Hemingway (weren’t most cocktails?) and is our go-to late summer afternoon drink. Its minty, citrusy flavors are an AC in a glass.

Summer’s just getting started, so why don’t you give one of these classic mojitos a try?

mojito 2

The Mojito

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (as always, use real lime- not that bottled stuff)
2 oz. white rum
1 oz. club soda
2 teaspoons sugar
8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 cup ice
lime slice for garnish

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker add the sugar, mint, and lime juice. Using a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) and gently crush the mint leaves into the sugar. You just want to bruise the mint, not shred it. Add the rum and stir well.
Pour the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with the club soda and garnish. Enjoy!
You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Cocktail of the Week: The South Side

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly.

This week we’re making another classic 20’s gin cocktail (can you tell they’re my favorite?) called the South Side. It was supposedly created at the famous 21 Club in New York and is a refreshing, summery cocktail perfect for sipping on warm Saturday afternoons.

South Side

The South Side

2 oz. gin
1 oz. simple syrup
splash of club soda
1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (don’t use the bottled stuff, go with real lime!)
2 springs of fresh mint

Combine the gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and mint into a shaker. Add ice to fill the shaker half way and shake to bruise the mint. Strain into a glass, add a splash of club soda, and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Has warm weather finally hit where you are?  What is your favorite summer sipper?

Cocktail of the Week: Classic Dirty Martini

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink – sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own – and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.

This week we’re making perhaps the most popular classic cocktail of all time: the  Martini. The first martini was created sometime in the 19th century (there’s a lot of debate about exactly when and where), but it was Prohibition and bathtub gin that led to the drink’s current fame.

Classic Dirty Gin Martini

While the classic martini can be made with either gin or vodka, I prefer the spiciness of a good gin. That’s really the key to a good martini – really good spirits. If you’re going to have a martini, break out the good stuff. You won’t be sorry.

Finally, I have to dispel a myth. Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken (sorry, Mr. Bond). Shaking a martini will leave its spirits bruised (and thus less flavorful) and cause the drink to be cloudy. On the other hand, stirring your martini will preserve the delicate flavors of your gin (or vodka) and leave you with a crystal clear drink (that is, unless you’re like me and like yours dirty)!

The Classic Dirty Martini

2 oz. Vodka or Gin
1 tsp. Dry Vermouth
4 tsp. olive brine (optional)
an olive to garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir with a long bar spoon until the outside of the shaker starts to frost. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an olive. Enjoy!

By the way, if you were to leave out the olive brine and substitute a cocktail onion for the olive garnish, you would have yourself a classic Gibson, another popular Prohibition era cocktail!

You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here, here, here, here, and here.

How do you like your martini? Dry? Dirty? With a twist of lemon?

Cocktail of the Week: Bourbon Sidecar

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.

This week, as we’re morning yet another of our favorite characters on Downton Abbey we thought we’d make a cocktail that would celebrate that era. So today we’re making a twist on one of the most popular cocktails of the 1920’s, the Bourbon Sidecar.

The traditional Sidecar cocktail is made with brandy, but ours uses a Texas bourbon as it’s main ingredient. We hope you enjoy it (more than the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey)!

Bourbon Sidecar

Bourbon Sidecar

2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice (don’t use the bottled stuff, go with real lemon!)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. Enjoy!

You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here, here, here, and here.

Did you watch Downton Abbey’s season finale this Sunday? Who are they going to kill off next? How are we supposed to wait until NEXT JANUARY to find out?!

Cocktail of the Week: Christmas in a Glass

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing. We don’t make them every week, but when we do they’re usually awesome.

This week we’re bringing you a new Christmas cocktail that Kevin came up with.  With the juniper in gin and the minty sweetness of peppermint schnapps lending their holiday flavors, we’re calling it Christmas in a Glass.

Christmas In a Glass Cocktail Recipe

Christmas in a Glass

1.5 oz Dr. McGillicuddy’s or peppermint schnapps
1.5 oz vodka
1 oz gin
0.5 oz grenadine syrup

Ingredientes

Stir all alcohol with ice, then strain into a glass. Drizzle the grenadine down the side of the glass to create a layered effect. Enjoy (responsibly)!

What would you call this cocktail?  Check out our previous Cocktails of the Week, The Brandy Apple, The Debutante, and our Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan.

Cocktail of the Week: Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.

This week, we’re making a Christmas-y drink: a Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan, adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe. It’s a spin on the classic ladies-night-out staple. Instead of using cranberry cocktail juice, we freeze 100% cranberry juice on a sheet pan, then scrape it to make large, loose, frozen flakes (that’s the granita) and use that as the cranberry in the cocktail. It’s slushy, tart, and waaaaay better than the pale pink things you’ll get at happy hour.

Give it a try! Even the guys can’t resist this one… just ask Kevin.

Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan Cosmo

Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan

1 oz. Vodka
0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (don’t use the bottled stuff, go with real limes!)
2.5 0z. cranberry granita

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of lime. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite cocktail? Have you ever made a granita? Check out our previous Cocktails of the Week, The Brandy Apple and The Debutante.

 

Cocktail of the Week: The Debutante

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a gimlet or old fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.

This week, we made a classic gin cocktail, The Debutante, a spin on my all-time favorite cocktail, The Gimlet. It’s really simple and looks gorgeous. Plus, you probably have everything you need to make it already on hand.

Did I mention it’s to die for?

The Debutante

2 oz. Gin
0.75 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite cocktail? Have you ever had a great gin cocktail? Check out our previous Cocktail of the Week, the Brandy Apple, here.