We thought we would do some cooking with cocktails, cordials and liqueurs.
These are all light and easy ideas that can transfer to many recipes, we like to pair them with some local products and have some fun.
Whiskey Cake – Here is a standard recipe and we used Rochester’s own Black Button Distilling Bourbon.
Also, we crumbled some bacon from our friends at Swan Market with some caramel. Sweet and Salty deliciousness.
Oranges Grand Marnier – This is great hot or cold and we used it on some wonderful Hedonists Chocolates vanilla bean ice cream. It can also can be used for main dishes like pork chops or loin. Simple steps are 1 tablespoon each of water, honey, cinnamon. Wait for small bubbles to form, add ½ cup Grand Marnier (stand back it will flame!) wait for the flame to burn out. Serve warm or cold. It does get better as it sits in the refrigerator.
Pama – This is a great versatile pomegranate liqueur that we used two ways. The first is a simple whipped cream using Pittsford Farms Dairy cream. Any standard recipe for whipped cream will do and as it whips pour in a little Pama to taste. We made a simple berry crepe and topped the whipped cream with pecans and pomegranate seeds.
Lastly we made a Pama and Soda – Very simple seltzer with a shot of Pama and we put some pomegranate seeds in for crunch and a snap of sweetness. Super refreshing and easy.
Thank you for joining us. We are excited the weather seems to be turning. Get out there and check out the local food growers, makers and purveyors.
Next month let’s get the grill going!
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