How ’bout a Harvey Milk Punch?

I’m not necessarily a last-minute kind of guy.  This past weekend I decided to stray away from that mold and hold a spontaneous Oscars party at our apartment in Brooklyn.  It was small.  Small to us really means small.  Anything bigger on such short notice would have been disasterous. 

Food was a given.  I cooked a variety of appetizer dishes: refried bean, cheddar and spinach quesadillas; cucumber-mint yogurt; cheeses and crackers, mushroom and parmesan crostinis…Didn’t know I could cook, did ‘ya?

Cocktails were even more of a given.  Here was the selection: Harvey Milk Punches and Slumdog Millionaire Margaritas.  I thought I was pretty witty for coming up with those.  Don’t you think?  Don’t you worry, I’ve included the recipes below. 

On a side note – I did just learn that this past Sunday was National Margarita Day, and we didn’t even know it.  I mean, how can I call myself a bar professional without knowing when National Margarita day was?  I mean, really!

Harvey Milk Punch (variation on a Brandy Milk  Punch)

1 1/2 oz. Hennessy VSOP Cognac

3/4 oz. Chambord Liqueur

1/2 oz. Condensed Milk

Directions:  Shake all ingredients very well in a shaker with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: Pinch of ground cinnamon on top.


Slumdog Millionaire Margarita (variation on the Millionaire’s Margarita)

1 1/2 oz. Tezon Anejo Tequila

1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary

3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

Directions:  Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass or straight up into a cocktail glass.

Garnish: chili pepper and turbinado sugar rim*

*to make the rim, combine equal parts chili pepper and demerara sugar, then rub the outside rim of your glass with the ‘meat’ of a lime wedge, and dip the outside rim into the dry mixture.



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