Tuesday Boozeday

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Because let's face it, Tuesdays stink.

I'm always on the hunt for a good under $20 bottle of wine suitable to bring for a dinner party. Enter Cesca Vicent.

This spicy little fire cracker from the Priorat region of Spain (which along with Rioja is one of the only 2 regions to be awarded the top quality status - D.O.C.a) is a fabulous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha with a touch of Merlot and Syrah. Truly fabulous!

With dark fruit, spicebox, earth and touches of oak it's a no brainer to compliment a good hearty winter meal. And ringing in at only $17 its a steal!

Looking for something a little stronger? I don't know about you, but every time we throw a party at our home about 2 hours before it begins I am frantically texting my bartender girlfriends asking for good cocktail recipes. While they are always good, I generally don't have the time (or desire) to sit around muddling 50 cocktails on order.
I mean, I have drinking of my own to do!

Here is a great recipe for a Gin Gin Mule (mix btw a Gin Gin and a Moscow Mule) which I recently tasted at
Prime Meats out in Carol Gardens, Brooklyn. Not only is it delicious but it can be made by the gallon well in advance (score!)


Simple Syrup
1 pint (16 oz) water
1 lb superfine sugar

Gin-Gin Mule
23 oz fresh lime juice (from 23 limes, which can be done in 15 minutes)
32 oz (1 quart) Simple Syrup
45 oz gin
32 oz Ginger Beer
6 bundles of mint, half for muddling, the other half for garnish


To make Simple Syrup:
Measure 1 part water to 1 part superfine sugar into a bottle that has a top. Close the lid and shake well. Let this settle, and then repeat 1 or 2 more times, until all the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear.

To make Gin-Gin Mule:
Measure the lime juice, Simple Syrup, and mint into a mixing glass. Muddle well to extract the mint's flavor. Add ginger beer, gin, and ice. Garnish with a mint sprig. You can also add candied ginger for a more festive effect. Serve with a straw.

See the full recipe here: Gin Gin Mule

Cheers to you my friend!


  1. Oh, yum. I will DEFINITELY be sampling both of these goodies!