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Have you noticed a trend with cocktails of late? They’ve suddenly taken on a whole new mystique with mashing and blending and whisking and stirring and muddling.

And recently I learned that fancy cocktails don’t have to be complicated or difficult. Good news all the way around, but until the other day I had absolutely NO CLUE how to make much of anything in the way of a cocktail. And then I spent some time over at Red Dog Wine & Spirits, my liquor store here in Franklin…great selection of just about anything you could ever want or need…super friendly service (a very big plus for me)…and they now carry a great assortment of gourmet treats. You can literally throw a cocktail party together in one stop at Red Dog!


A peek inside Red Dog Wine & Spirits.



It’s Tennessee y’all. There’s no shortage of whiskey!


Truthfully…I’m not a big cocktail-type person, but I think there’s something fun and festive about offering your guests a specialty cocktail dressed up in a pretty glass when they come to your home for the holidays – which in this case, are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And with the second recipe…you can offer a non-alcoholic version.

These two cocktails are original recipes created by mixologist Mark Morris a.k.a. “Spaz.” (Don’t ask because I don’t know, but he told me that this is how everyone in Franklin knows him!) I only know this…he whipped these two drinks together in no time at all…which means you can too! He’s been here way longer than I have…and he GENEROUSLY shared this link in case you want to ask him any questions. How awesome is that?

It’s like having your own personal mixologist in your kitchen! So if you have questions…click here and ask away!

We made two cocktails. The first is “The Great Pumpkin Martini”…a twist on the traditional Chocolate Martini. (Recipes follow.)


This is so delicious!



The ingredients are not expensive and go a long way…so not only is this cocktail delicious but it’s also not going to break the bank.


The second one Spaz is calling a “Ginger Collins”…a little twist on “Tom.” This is the one you can make as non-alcoholic with a couple of changes. Basically you omit the bourbon and add extra soda and a a lemon twist. It’s light and refreshing.


If you can’t find this Italian lemon soda, you can use a Sparkling French Lemonade…readily available.


Ginger Collins

2014-11-03 14:35:30

Serves 1

A holiday take on the classic Tom Collins

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Prep Time

3 min

Prep Time

3 min

219 calories

29 g

0 g

1 g

3 g

1 g

207 g

9 g

4 g

0 g

0 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size

207g

Servings

1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 219

Calories from Fat 11

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 1g

2%

Saturated Fat 1g

3%

Trans Fat 0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 9mg

0%

Total Carbohydrates 29g

10%

Dietary Fiber 7g

28%

Sugars 4g

Protein 3g

Vitamin A

1%

Vitamin C

127%

Calcium

6%

Iron

28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 oz. Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon

  2. 1/4 - 1/2 oz. Spicy Ginger Shrub Vinegar Barrel - see notes below.

  3. 3 oz. Lurisia Gazzo Sparkling Lemon Beverage or Sparkling French Lemonade

  4. Lemon Twist or Candied Ginger

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a martini shaker

  2. Add ingredients except for lemon twist and candied ginger to the shaker.

  3. Shake well and pour into a martini glass

  4. Thread lemon and ginger through a toothpick and add to the martini.

Notes

  1. All ingredients are available at Red Dog Wine and Spirits in Franklin, Tennesse.

  2. You can substitute Sparkling French Lemonade if you can't find the Lurisia.

  3. Visit the Shrub & Co. website for a store near you. https://shrubandco.com

  4. If you wanted to get really fancy you can muddle some fresh ginger, mint and sugar cane before mixing the cocktail. This would also be great for a non-alcoholic version.

By Mark Morris

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calories

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fat

1g

protein

3g

carbs

29g

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Discovering Franklin http://old.discoveringfranklin.com/ I hope you enjoy these two festive cocktails. The idea with each is to help add creativity and ambiance to your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Put on your party dress…fancy high heels and have some fun but be sure to drink responsibly.

The Great Pumpkin Martini

2014-11-03 14:27:01

Serves 1

Delicious pumpkin martini using flavors of the season - Pumpkin Spice Kahlua and Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur.

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Prep Time

3 min

Prep Time

3 min

144 calories

10 g

4 g

1 g

1 g

0 g

57 g

49 g

7 g

0 g

1 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size

57g

Servings

1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 144

Calories from Fat 13

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 1g

2%

Saturated Fat 0g

1%

Trans Fat 0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Cholesterol 4mg

1%

Sodium 49mg

2%

Total Carbohydrates 10g

3%

Dietary Fiber 0g

1%

Sugars 7g

Protein 1g

Vitamin A

10%

Vitamin C

0%

Calcium

1%

Iron

1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 oz. 360 Madagascar Vanilla Vodka

  2. 1/2 oz. Fulton's Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

  3. 1/2 oz. Pumpkin Spice Kahlua

  4. Sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a martini shaker.

  2. Pour all ingredients except for the nutmeg or cinnamon into the shaker.

  3. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass.

  4. Add a small sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon and swirl with a spoon.

Notes

  1. If you live in Franklin, TN all ingredients are available at Red Dog Wine & Spirits. Otherwise, please visit these websites to find out where you can purchase in your area.

  2. http://fultonsharvest.com

  3. http://www.kahlua.com/us/Flavors/kahlua-pumpkin-spice/#/us/Flavors/kahlua-pumpkin-spice/

By Mark Morris

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144

fat

1g

protein

1g

carbs

10g

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