The Steadfast

I love spring in New York because the sunshine compels me to get out of the house – when it’s gray out, it’s easy to just fall into your couch watching Downton Abbey…which I managed to find time to do this weekend, too. I finally finished the second season and the holiday special, but I’m so sad that I have to wait until the fall for season three! The end of season two was absolutely perfect and well worth the wait, though – I’m sure that many of you feel the same. All that aside, Kramer and I didn’t just have television marathons all weekend (contrary to popular belief). On Friday night, we went to a friend’s stand-up show followed by improv, Crif Dogs, and drinks. We were able to sleep in a bit on Saturday morning before heading out to Smorgasburg with a friend, where we kind of went a little crazy because we’d missed it so much all winter. We had banh mi style and pork belly hotdogs from Asia Dog, brisket from Brooklyn Cured, lychee bubble tea from Thirstea, and one of the best falafel sandwiches I have ever had from Saucy by Nature; it was honestly my favorite thing that we had that day. On our way out, we couldn’t resist picking up a hazelnut s’more from S’More Bakery for later. We wanted to see if The Brooklyn Kitchen had any interested mushrooms to go with the dinner we were making later, so we decided to take a walk down there from the Williamsburg waterfront, then stopped at The Richardson for a mid-afternoon cocktail before heading home. That night, we were able to go out to see Cabin in the Woods, which I absolutely loved. It was not at all what I expected, so even if you don’t like horror movies, you should go and see it because it might just change your mind – it ended up being one of the funniest movies so far this year, plus Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins were phenomenal in it.

One of the things we did on Sunday afternoon was have an early dinner of roasted chicken and vegetables, after which we watched Jackie Brown and enjoyed this cocktail. I got the recipe for it from a cook book that I was recently sent to try out: The Food You Want to Eat by Ted Allen. I have long been a fan of Allen’s, so I was excited to be able to check out his book. It was actually published in 2005, but the recipes are classics. Ted continues to share his expertise with us in this Robert Mondavi Private Selection YouTube series, where he takes the pressure out of pairing food and drink together – it’s easier than it looks, trust me! This drink consists of bourbon, maraschino liqueur, and most importantly, Peychaud’s bitters, which I had never purchased before but am glad that I did. The bitters is slightly sweeter than the usual Angostura variety, and it is a beautiful red color, which, as Ted explains, really livens up the drink. There are more cocktail recipes in the book, as well as entertaining ideas and suggestions for menus for almost any occasion on the Robert Mondavi Private Selection page through the Tuesdays with Ted series. With that, I am pleased to be able to give away a copy of this book to one of you. Simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite springtime drink, be it a refreshing homemade soda or a strong martini! The giveaway will be open until the end of the week, and I look forward to trying out the suggestions that I hear from you this spring.

Kramer enjoying a Saturday afternoon beer after our feast at Smorgasburg.

The Steadfast
Your ingredients.

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Peel your orange and twist the pieces of peel until they stay curled.

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I also like to take a bit of orange peel and rub it around the inside of the glass, for aroma.

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Shake together the ingredients and pour over ice.

The Steadfast
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 4 or 5 dashes of Peychaud's bitters
  • orange twist, for garnish
  • cherry, for garnish
  1. Use a peeler to peel a thin strip of orange peel and twist it around your finger, then hold it there for a moment so that it stays twisted. Place an ice cube in your double old fashioned glass.
  2. Shake the bourbon, maraschino liqueur, and bitters with a few cubes of ice with a cocktail shaker, then pour over ice and garnish with your orange twist and/or a cherry.


29 Responses

  1. Jeff Rechten says:

    This spring, I’ve been making some great vodka drinks. To create a rich, complez flavor, use two to three juices. Here’s a sample recipe on the rocks:

    2 part vodka
    1 part papaya juice
    1 part mango juice
    1 part peach schnapps
    .5-1 part cranberry juice

    I usually start with 2 shots of vodka to make a pretty strong drink, but 1.5 may better suit your glass size and drinking style.

    Subsitute cranberry juice for cran raspberry, cran grape, or whatever cran you have. Subsitute mango/papaya for peach or guava juice.


  2. Jen says:

    Ooooh, that looks nice. My favorite spring cocktail is a St Germain Cocktail.

    2 parts Champagne or other sparkling
    1.5 parts St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
    2 parts club soda

    Stir together in tall glass with some ice. Garnish with lemon peel.

    I also do just the club soda with St Germain. Very refreshing, but both are very floral so they’re perfect for Spring.

  3. Tracy says:

    Hey Sydney –

    Spring is usually gin time for me – Pimms, to be specific. Here’s a recipe I’ve made and enjoyed immensely:
    Serves 10.

    3 1/2 oz. sweet sherry or port
    7 oz. sweet vermouth
    10 oz. gin — Hendricks! I would use BK Gin if I had some 😉
    3 1/2 oz. Cointreau
    2 1/2 quarts sparkling lemonade (see below)
    10 mint sprigs
    1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
    Handful of strawberries, quartered
    1/2 orange, thinly sliced
    1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
    Ice cubes
    Tools: punchbowl or large pitcher, ladle
    Glass: highball

    Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. When ready to serve, ladle into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fruit and cucumber slices from the punch bowl.

    For the Lemonade
    2 cups simple syrup (1:1)
    Juice and zest of 10-12 lemons
    8 cups chilled, sparkling mineral water

    Combine all ingredients and stir.

  4. Anna says:

    My favorite warm weather drink is actually a Weight Watcher’s recipe:

    Brewed mint tea (cooled)
    1 can frozen limeade (+half can of water)

    Mix and garnish with mint leaves in the glass if desired.

    It’s extremely refreshing and delicious!

  5. My favorite spring cocktail…..A Blood Orange Mimosa at 8am on the last day of school. Well the last teacher day, the kids last day was the day before lest anyone gets uppity. No students around:) It is served in the back room of the nurse’s office. We toast each other to a year well spent loving and nurturing middle school students. If you’ve ever spent 10 months educating middle school students you understand the need to have a little something sparkly to celebrate the end of the school term.

  6. Sarah says:

    I know it’s usually classified as a summer cocktail, but I think mojitos are perfect for both seasons. I find the mint and lime so refreshing after a freezing New England winter. Best of all, I like adding seasonal fruit to shake things up. I’m never bored and the cocktail is never quite the same.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely try it in the future!

  7. Pat says:

    Definitely the Porch Swing! Nothing else goes down as light and smooth, especially if you drink it while sitting on your porch watching the world go by!

  8. Lindsey says:

    This picture is gorgeous, and that looks like the perfect gentleman’s cocktail. :-) Can’t believe I didn’t run into you on Saturday at Smorgasbourg! I too couldn’t help but indulge in a S’more, It’d be really easy to go broke eating there…

  9. Emily D. says:

    My favorite spring drink (let’s be real, my favorite drink all the time, but it’s especially good in warm weather) is gin and ginger ale.

  10. Deanna B says:

    I don’t know. Lately I’ve been loving the Sidecar or the Blood and Sand. I don’t know that either really qualifies as a spring drink, but its April and I’m drinking them so to me it counts.

  11. Pam Bevins says:

    ! ! sangria, sangria, sangria ! ! spring break drink of champions !!

  12. Babs says:

    I think Sangria brings to mind Spring and getting set to either grill or just have a lazy dinner on the patio.

  13. Allie says:

    I am a all about mojitos in the spring time! There is a great Puerto Rican restaurant within walking distance from my house that does amazing $3 mojitos on Monday! Mmmm mint!

  14. Anthony says:

    When the warm weather hits, a great evening drink is the old-fashioned Gin Rickey. Like limeade with a kick:

    Put 3 ice cubes in a Collins glass.
    Squeeze in 1/2 lime and drop in the rind.
    Add 1.5 oz gin. (I prefer Bombay Sapphire)
    Top off with chilled club soda.

    …and relax. :)

  15. Carleigh says:

    Sangria! it’s my favorite warm weather drink, nothing better than sitting on a patio drinking sangria

  16. Sophie says:

    There’s a great cocktail from a local bar near my apartment in DC. It’s called I Wanna Get a Vespa and it’s Aperol, blood orange juice,a splash of vodka, and prosecco. So refreshing and great with appetizers!

  17. Mmm, this sounds delicious. I’m looking for some new cocktails to make this summer – thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Mary Prevost says:

    Oh that does look tasty, tho typically I stir up some southern iced tea or a pitcher of homemade lemonade – both bring back such summer memories (and create more :)…and oh so refreshing too!

  19. Lauren says:

    A Moscow Mule is a refreshing drink for a warm night in Phoenix.

  20. sweeks1980 says:

    It isn’t alcoholic, but I love fruit tea (or tea punch). Even though it can be aggressively sweet, it is so addictive.

  21. Claire says:

    I love strawberry infused vodka! Take a pint of strawberries and soak them in vodka for a few days. Strain the berries out, and your left with deep red vodka that tastes great with a little soda and fresh fruit!

  22. Tiffani says:

    I am partial to a raspberry lemonade. Regular ol’ lemonade with raspberry vodka. Yum!

  23. Tina says:

    Hi Sydney,

    My all-time favorite drink is Sex on the Beach. I haven’t made it at home before, but I found the recipe online, so I’ll have to try making it myself sometime –

    •2/3 oz. Schnapps, peach
    •1 1/3 oz. Vodka
    •1 1/3 oz. Cranberry Juice
    •1 1/3 oz. Orange Juice

    Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

  24. Anie says:

    It’s fairly boring, but really, just a cold glass of prosecco. Nice and light and simple. :)

  25. heather says:

    In North Carolina, late Spring means blueberries. With those fresh blueberries my husband and I like to make some fresh juice, pour over some seltzer, add a few smashed sugary mint leaves and toss a couple of berries on top!

  26. Gabrielle says:

    I had a really awesome mango mojito the other night; I love love flavored mojitos! They’re so refreshing!! :)

  27. Yasmine says:

    I love ginger mint light and refreshing!

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  29. Josh says:

    So…I threw a dinner party last night and I wanted a signature cocktail to go with a menu of ginger/garlic/white wine mussels on a bed of wild mushroom (shitake,bellas, and oyster mushroom) thyme, white wine risotto…here’s what came to mind when I thought of Spring…
    -Muddle Strawberries and Basil
    -1/2 ounce of ginger infused simple syrup
    -1 ounce lemon juice
    -2 ounces gin
    -shake, lightly, serve in the tightest glass of rocks posible
    -garnish with lightly bruised basil, strawberry, and ginger slice

    oh and cheers!
    (thanks for the beautiful blog)

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