Top Five Fancy Fall Cocktails for 2016

Whether it’s scotch, bourbon, spiced rum or flavored vodka, we’re making a list and checking it twice when it comes to our top five fancy cocktails of the season. With staple ingredients like apples, rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg – we are so excited to share this list of our favorite fancy fall cocktails for 2016. Here we go…!

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5. Having a fall dinner party and need a festive punch? Try this delicious recipe and call it whatever you want! Pour one bottle of sweet vermouth and one bottle of Campari in a punch bowl. Fill with ice. Cut up some seasonal fruits like apples and oranges. Garnish the entire punch bowl with shaved cinnamon, enjoy!

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4. Halloween is upon us and adult beverages are a must! How about trying the Midori Witches Brew Punch? 4 parts Midori, 4 parts Whip Cream Vodka, 16 ounces of pineapple juice and a splash of Sprite. How about getting fancy with some dry ice, spooky!

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3. Love Apple Cider in the fall? We do to and there’s so many boozy recipes you can do with it. Try mixing up some apple brandy with your traditional cider, some rosemary infused simple syrup and lemon juice. A perfect pre dinner beverage!

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2. Planning to cozy up by the fire tonight? Don’t forget his and her aperitifs. Our favorite one is 2 ounces of blended scotch and .25 ounces of Amaretto. Mix together over ice until chilled. Pour into cocktail glass with an ice sphere, sip until the fire goes out.

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1. Last but not least, it wouldn’t be fall without a mulled wine and we have an amazing and easy recipe that’ll be great for Thanksgiving and beyond. Grab that bottle of fruity red wine that’s been sitting around and put it in a medium sauce pan. Add 2 ounces of brandy, some star anise, 1/2 cup of sugar and some lemon or orange peel. Cook over low heat to merge ingredients but don’t boil. Let stand for 7 minutes, garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve to party guests.

Happy Fall Drinking!

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Spice Things Up with Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka

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October is here and the fall rituals begin: afternoon hikes through golden leaves, carving pumpkins and using those fall spices like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg for just about everything. It’s time to bake those yummy fall treats and sit by the fire with good friends and good drinks!

This week, we’re infusing vodka with seasonal ingredients of apples and cinnamon. Vodka is a very versatile liquor which allows a plethora of infusions. The process of making Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka is super easy, fun and when it’s done, can be sipped on it’s own or mixed up in several delicious cocktail recipes.

 

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka:
4 cinnamon sticks
6 red apples (cut up and peeled)
750 ml of Vodka (we recommend inexpensive vodka)
3 gallon glass jar

Preparation: Put cinnamon sticks and apples in jar. Pour vodka over the ingredients, seal up jar. Put the jar in a pantry and let sit for at least 72 hours. Taste test to your liking.

Apple Pie Martini:
Once your infused vodka is ready,  pour 3 ounces into a shaker along with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, green apple tea and fresh ice. Shake it up, pour into a martini glass and top with whip cream.

Fall is for fun!

 

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Autumn Red Wine Pot Roast

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If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a right time to switch back over to red wine for the year, take a hint from the weather. We may have a few straggling hot days in the fall, but chilly nights are on their way. Gold and orange leaves are falling and we say, now is the time to get out that crock pot and those bottles of red you’ve been waiting to get back to! Twist Cocktails has a ton of recipes to share that taste great with red wine as an ingredient as well as a compliment to your favorite fall foods.

There’s nothing better than walking into a home that has the smell of delicious meal that’s been cooking all day. Today we’re sharing one of our favorites, Autumn Red Wine Pot Roast. When you taste this one, you’ll wish the night could last forever…

Autumn Red Wine Pot Roast: 
1 cup beef broth
1 4-pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (for browning)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
2 large carrots cut into 1/2 inch peices
1 large potato cut up
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram plus a few sprigs for garnish
1 cup dry red wine (optional)

Cooking: Season the beef with salt, pepper and garlic. Brown in a large skillet over high heat about 4-5 minutes on each side. Place the roast in your crock pot along with broth, veggies, garlic, marjoram and wine. Cook for 8-10 hours.  Don’t forget to compliment your meal with your favorite glass of red. We like 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend. 

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Four Fabulous Fall Cocktails!

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Autumn is quickly approaching and with that comes fall fruits, spicy ingredients and tons and tons of recipes for your favorite season. When we think of fall food and drink, we think of apples, cinnamon, crock pot meals and warm desserts. It’s the beginning of holiday gatherings and lots of eating and drinking. Twist Cocktails has you covered this season with drink recipes, party ideas and checklists for fall weddings and corporate events.

We’re starting the first week of fall with four fabulous fall cocktail ideas – easy, fun and super delicious!

Cinnamon & Apple Crisp:
1 can La Croix Pomme Baya, apple cider, cinnamon sticks and 1 shot of Fireball Whiskey.
Pour liquids over ice in a pint glass, garnish with cinnamon sticks. Great for a fall evening cocktail hour!

Fall Fruit Harvest:
1 1/2 oz Stolichnaya Gala Applik Vodka
1 1/2 oz Fresh pear juice
3/4 oz Vanilla syrup
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
5 dashes Angostura bitters
1 oz Hard Apple Cider

Pour all ingredients except cider into a shaker, pour over fresh ice, top with cider and garnish with apple slices and nutmeg.

Sailor Cherry: 1 can Cherry Coke, 1 1/2 oz of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, top with a cherry. Super easy and yummy!

Walk in the Leaves:
2 lime wheels
1/2 oz grade b maple syrup
1 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz Bourbon (we like Cascade Alchemy)
Club soda

Fill a glass with ice and lime wheels, put in syrup, lime juice and bourbon. Stir & top with club soda. Perfect for snuggling by the fire.

Happy Fall Drinking!

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It’s Taco & Tequila Tuesday!

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And you know what that means – today we’re mixing up some of our best drinks and recipes with tequila, a versatile liquor that gives everything it touches a twist of deliciousness! With the summer winding down, it’s time for one more outdoor grill fiesta, so grab the below ingredients and let’s get started…

Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos:
Chicken breasts with fat trimmed off
1 cup Tequila (we like Hornitos)
1/4 cup of olive oil
Bag of Limes
Salt, Pepper & Garlic
Cilantro
Corn Tortillas
Guacamole
Hot Sauce

Preparation/Cooking:  Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic on your chicken breast, put in a plastic bag then pour in tequila, olive oil and fresh lime juice. Shake it up and let sit in fridge overnight. When you’re ready to cook them, get your grill going super hot then throw those babies on! While chicken is on the grill, squeeze fresh lime juice from the limes right onto the breasts and make them sizzle. This makes them very flavorful. Breasts need to cook 4-5 minutes on each side. Enjoy with corn tortillas, cilantro, guacamole and hot sauce.

And because you can’t have tacos without tequila, we have a quick and easy recipe for margaritas on the patio.

Party Time Lime Margaritas:
1 1/2 ounces of Gold Tequila
1/2 ounce of Triple Sec
Fresh lime juice
Sugar
Ice

Preparation: Put tequila and triple sec into a glass and add fresh lime juice (one whole lime to one drink). Add two tablespoons of sugar and stir. Pour over ice in a fresh glass and relish in the moments of these last summer days…

Ole!

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Outdoor Weddings in Cooler Weather

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So you’re having an outdoor wedding in September or early October in Central Oregon? Well then you know the temperature can be anywhere from the low 80’s to the high 60’s on any given day with temperatures even lower at nightfall. With that in mind, there are several things to remember for your end of summer – going into fall outdoor wedding.

Here are a few…

1. If you’ve planned for your wedding ceremony to be outside and the weather takes a dramatic turn, have a plan B. If it’s impossible to have the ceremony inside, be sure to rent safe, portable patio heaters that will keep your guests warm. These items rent out fast when the weather cools down so reserve as soon as possible.

2. Check the forecast seven days in advance. If it looks like it’s going to rain, look into renting a tent. A large tent will cover your catering, bar, dance floor and and guest tables. It can be a bit spendy, but it’s better safe than sorry!

3. Make sure to have something hot to drink for your guests like hot coffee and hot chocolate. These beverages should be available as soon as guests arrive as to keep everyone warm – especially elders and kids.

4. If there’s no option to moving the festivities to an indoor location and it’s safe and legal for fire pits, build a few around your reception area. Arrange some hay bails and chairs with plenty of warm blankets for your guests to cozy up with.

5. Dance! Dance! Dance! Dancing keeps everyone warm. If your reception is outside and you have heating elements to keep everyone at a good temperature – get that dance floor going as soon as possible! There’s nothing like a crowd dancing to keep everyone happy and warm.

Happy Wedding!

 

 

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Beer Braised Food Makes Everything Better!

At Twist we believe that the only thing better than having a beer after a long day is having a beer with delicious food. And this doesn’t just mean having a cold one with last night’s leftovers. We’re talkin’ adding beer TO your food a.k.a beer braising.

We like to think we’re not alone in saying we enjoy beer-braised ANYTHING. Any meal you are creating can be made infinitely better by incorporating your favorite brew (craft or domestic, we won’t judge!).

And contrary to popular belief, meat is not the only thing that can be braised in our favorite libation. If, like us, you long for meals that are both delicious AND healthy – Look no further than these amazing beer and lime brais51253830_roasted-beer-lime-cauliflower-tacos_1x1ed cauliflower tacos! Finally, the best of both worlds!

ROASTED BEER AND LIME CAULIFLOWER TACOS WITH CILANTRO COLESLAW

INGREDIENTS

  1. For the slaw:
    • 1/2 head of green cabbage (about 1/2 pound)
    • 1 small carrot
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  2. For the tacos:
    • 1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound)
    • 3/4 cup beer
    • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 11/2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
    • 11/2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
    • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 11/2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
    • 6 corn tortillas
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • Tomato salsa, for serving

PREPARATION

  1. Make the slaw:
    1. Cut the cabbage into the thinnest strips you can and make sure those pieces are no longer than 2 inches. Chop the carrot into thin matchsticks of the same length. In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, vinegar, oil, and salt. Add the dressing right before you are going to eat and toss well. Fold in the cilantro just before serving.
  2. Make the tacos:
    1. Crank your oven to 400°F. Chop the cauliflower into small florets no bigger than a quarter. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the beer, broth, lime juice, tamari, hot sauce, and garlic. Add the cauliflower and simmer for about 90 seconds. Drain.
    2. In a large bowl. toss the spices, salt, and olive oil together. Add the cauliflower and onion and stir ’til fully coated. Dump it on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until browned, stirring halfway, about 20 minutes.
    3. To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas in the oven or microwave for a hot minute and then pile them high with the cauliflower filling, slices of avocado, some of the slaw, and top with plenty of salsa.
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The Back to School Bloody Mary

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It’s that time of year again, after a long hot summer, the little ones are heading back to school and it’s time to take a deep breath. You did it! Now time for a celebratory cocktail! Today, we’re mixing up the Back to School Bloody Mary, a classic concoction that goes best with a delicious brunch and good friends. So, what are you waiting for? Call up those other moms who need a sippy celebration and start the school year right!

Back to School Bloody Mary (makes one cocktail): 
Celery salt
1  lemon wedge
1  lime wedge
2 oz Crater Lake Vodka
4 oz tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 tsp horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch paprika

Garnishes: Stalks of celery, asparagus, bacon, olives, pickles, cucumbers, onion rings, the sky is your limit!

Preparation: Pour a generous amount of celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill a chilled glass with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with fresh ice. Shake gently and strain into the glass. Garnish with your choice of ingredients. Think about kids going back to school, drink, repeat.

Enjoy!

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Stirred or Shaken…The Art of Martini Making

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Whether you like it stirred or shaken, a classic martini is at it’s best when made correctly. Most bars have the liquors and the skills to make a good cocktail, but when it comes to the martini, there is a true art of martini making. While variations like the cosmo and appletini are certainly delicious, today we’re giving you the tools and the rules to make a classic, stiff James Bond style martini. Shaken not stirred…

To make a good, classic martini, you’ll need the below items:
Plenty of ice
Chilled martini glasses – put glasses in freezer for at least an hour if not more
Metal or glass shaker (pitchers are used for stirring)
Vermouth – refrigerate for at least an hour
Gin or Vodka – Bond preferred Gin, but vodka is more popular today
Simple garnishes – olives, cocktail onions or lemon peels

Martini Making in 10 steps: 
1. Get the vermouth out of the fridge and fill up the cap – it’s really all you need.
2. Put a lot of ice into your shaker (8 cubes or so) and pour in the vermouth. Make sure the shaker and the ice is coated with the vermouth, pour out excess vermouth.
3. Pour in 3 ounces of gin or vodka.
4. Shake it up, gently.
5. Let your liquids sit for a moment and get into the mood. You’re about to drink something amazing. Put on a classic movie, The Seven Year Itch, perhaps. Marilyn Monroe drinks a mean martini or two in that one.
6. Shake your liquids again for a few moments.
7. Pick your garnishes – will it a be a three olive martini, lemon peel around the rim? Cocktail onions?
8. While your liquors and ice are blending and your ice is diluting, get your snacks ready. We suggest a fancy cheese plate or mixed nuts. Salty is best, sweet will change the flavor.
9. Give your liquids a shake one more time for good measure.
10. Strain the deliciousness into two ice cold martini glasses, put your garnishes in. Drink. Savor. Repeat. If you like a dirty martini, pour in some olive juice.

Happy Drinking!

 

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Happy National Rum Day!

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Yo ho! Tuesday, August 16th is National Rum Day and today we’re celebrating by counting down all things rum. There are rum recipes for every season, but the best cocktails are the summer ones! Think pina colada, mojito or planters punch and it instantly transports you to a tropical beach, sipping away under a palm tree. Rum isn’t just for drinks, there are several desserts that call for rum, both light and dark.

Twist Cocktails Top Ten Rum Facts:
10. Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses or straight from sugarcane juice and is distilled in oak barrels.

9. The first distillation of rum took place on the sugarcane plantations by slaves of the Caribbean in the 17th century.

8. Pirates and rum go hand & hand as 17th buccaneers used the liquor for trade and other debaucheries.

7. Some rums can get up to 160 proof! Yikes!

6. Tiki culture in America is closely associated with rum cocktails such as the Zombie, Mai Tai and Blue Hawaiian.

5. The Bacardi Rum Company was founded in 1862 and has become a gigantic distributor of other liquors such as Grey Goose Vodka.

4. Most countries require rum to age for 1 year. Some countries age it for 15.

3. Light rums, which mostly come from Puerto Rico are for cocktails, dark rums are typically for sipping.

2. Rum is not only produced in Caribbean and Latin American countries. Several countries in Europe and Asia also produce their own versions.

1. The most popular rum drink? You guessed it – a classic rum and coke! Add a lime and it’s a summery Cuba Libre.

Cuba Libre:
1 2/3 ounces of your favorite rum (we like Bull Run Pacific Rum from Portland)
Coca Cola
Splash of fresh lime juice
Ice

Pour over fresh ice and drink like a pirate!

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