Thunder and Lightning Cocktail

Thunder and Lightning CocktailWith all the meteorological excitement last night, we have decided to give this classic a try — The Thunder and Lightning Cocktail. It’s easy to make and lives up to its namesake.

The National Weather Service reported this morning that 1,200 cloud-to-ground strikes and 5,800 in-cloud strikes hit the Bay Area Monday night. Check out this article on SF Gate, Bay Area Sees 1,200 Lightning Strikes in Rare September Thunderstorms for some amazing photos.

The Thunder and Lightning Cocktail
Yields one drink

Ingredients
2 to 3 ounces brandy
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon sugar syrup
Pinch cayenne pepper
3 or 4 ice cubes

Directions
Combine all five ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve

Tomato Water Bloody Mary

Tomato Water Bloody MaryThe Tomato Water Bloody Mary is a serious upgrade from the classic recipe. It makes perfect use of the highlight of summer produce: fresh tomatoes. The tomato water is light in color—but surprisingly flavorful. The freshness is rounded out with citrus, lemon grass, onions and chile pepper.

You do need to start the tomato water a day ahead, but it is not a fussy recipe. The process is reminiscent of making farmer’s cheese. And the results are more than worth the extra planning. It stands alone as a delicious drink, and can be used in sauces, soups and salad dressings.

Tomato Water Bloody Mary
Adapted from a Food 52 Genius Recipes
Yields 4 cocktails Read more…

Summer Rum Punch

Summer Rum PunchIf you are planning to entertain, our Summer Rum Punch is perfect for a party. This drink is pretty, tart and tangy with a lovely flavor. And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

Summer Rum Punch
Yields 16 1-cup servings Read more…

The French Connection

The French Connection CocktailBastille Day is the common name for the French National Day, la Fête nationale. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 during the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France including Europe’s oldest and largest military parade held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Here, we tend to celebrate French culture rather than military victories. And, at Piedmont Grocery we are lifting our classes with this classic, The French Connection.

Happy Bastille Day!

The French Connection Cocktail
The simple two-ingredient French Connection is one of the best ways to enjoy a young cognac. Read more…