Classic Cocktails

Throwback Thursday!

In honor of it being Throwback Thursday, we’re talking about classic cocktails today! My all-time favorite drink is a sidecar. It’s reminiscent of Prohibition era days, which I’m particularly fond of. I think I was born in the wrong decade.

In fact, when my husband, parents and I bought an older building in our town, there were stories of it being a speakeasy during the Prohibition. And y’all know how much I love stories. J

So, to make my favorite classic cocktail, the Sidecar, you would use a martini glass. Then, mix together:

  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • ¾ oz. lemon (I sometimes do just ½ an ounce)
  • ¾ oz. triple sec.

Shake well with ice. Strain into martini glass. Super simple and clean.

My husband, on the other hand, is a whiskey guy. Apparently yesterday was National Bourbon Day (I had no idea). His classic cocktail is an Old Fashioned. To make you need:

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Water or Club Soda
  • Fruit garnish (usually a slice of orange and a cherry)

Muddle the sugar and bitters together with a sprinkling of water or club soda until the sugar is dissolved. Fill lowball glass with ice. Add the bourbon. Garnish with choice of fruit.

What I love is that we typically have these liquors on hand, and most don’t require anything super difficult.

Another classic cocktail is a simple mimosa. This is the perfect brunch drink, but it’s also just nice and refreshing in the summer. Simply add your desired amount of champagne or prosecco (the latter is not super classic….but it’s still delicious) to a champagne coupe or flute. Then, top with orange juice. For an added *extra*, add two drops of orange bitters.

I think it’s nice to have a signature drink for entertaining, and I hope these have given you a few ideas!

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Entertaining Made Easy

THANK YOU to everyone who sent an email recently asking about easy entertaining recipes. I’m going to try to encompass the three different occasions mentioned. Also, if you ever have a topic request or a question you would like answered, please feel free to email etiquettebyemily@gmail.com. I do my very best to answer each one!

So, for starters, if you are taking a side to a potluck dinner, these garlic-cheese biscuits are amazing. Amazing. They couldn’t be any easier, but I will admit it – I cheat and use biscuit mix (Bisquick).

Mix 2 c. of bisquick with 2/3 c. of milk and 3/4 c. of cheddar cheese until just combined. I mix by hand so as to not make the dough hard. Then, I drop 8 huge spoonfuls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Mix 1 stick of melted butter with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Brush on top (don’t be shy) of the warm biscuits as soon as they come out of the oven. Again, amazing. These are excellent warm, but they’re still just as good at room temp. They’re very transportable, and they’re the perfect gift for someone who is new to the neighborhood.

Now, Banana Muffins. Yay! If you are hosting a brunch, these are it.

Mix 3 overly ripe bananas with 1/4 c. of honey. Add in 1/2 c. of greek yogurt, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon (yes, it sounds like a lot) of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. After all of that is very well mixed, add in 1 1/2 c. of unbleached flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix until just wet. Then, toss in 1/2 c. of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Mine usually take about 23 minutes. It makes one dozen. *Note* Make sure to line your muffin tin. These are very low fat, and that causes them to stick more than normal.

Finally, the easiest side in the world. Roasted asparagus. I simply cut or break the woody ends off of the asparagus, lined them out on a cookie sheet, toss on a little olive oil and salt. That’s it. Roast at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. My kids eat them up every time.Thank you for reading!

 

It’s a Family Tradition

Sorry. The title is actually just because my husband is a fan of country music. 😉 But today we are, in fact, talking about family traditions and how important they are. In my opinion, traditions are also basic standards your family expects and show your priorities. If you have monthly family get-togethers, you prioritize family time. If you have holiday traditions, you value holidays. And so on.

Growing up, my paternal grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Wilder, lived in Irving, fairly close to the DFW airport. Although they moved to their new house when I was around 11 (I’m about to be 31), I still consider this house their home. At night in particular, when everything was quiet, you could hear the airplanes soar over the city. It’s no coincidence that, as an employee for American Airlines, my grandpa loves airplanes. However, he liked them most in mini version – model planes, in fact. He had a shop that he would spend many hours in building airplanes, flying remote controlled planes, etc. It was a topic he was always excited (and still is) to speak on. He has, in fact, been quoted and showcased in several model airplane magazines.

While planes weren’t my forte, they most definitely were for my brother. Today, at the ripe ol’ age of 26, he’s a pilot. I truly believe the interest created by my grandfather cultivated his love for flying high.

On the flip side, my grandma, though very classy and classic, would always let me push the limits a little. I remember one time in particular, she made me peanut butter toast (I remember it being the first time I had tried it) and let me stay up late (it was past 9pm when we started the movie) to watch 101 Dalmatians. It was absolutely wonderful, and it’s a memory I always think back to when I let my own daughter stay up past bedtime for one-on-one time. Although I was one of 17 (?? Not really sure how many at that time) grandchildren, I felt so special that she had made the night all about me.

This bond I made with my paternal grandparents has lasted through the years. At my grandparents’ 50th anniversary, my grandma passed down various items she had at her wedding to the granddaughters. I inherited a handkerchief she carried. It was carried by me at my wedding. When Garrett and I got engaged, she passed down her original wedding ring set, as my grandpa had gotten her a new one for their 50th. For years she had gotten small rashes on her ring finger that she thought was from soap. In addition to her beautiful ring, I also inherited her allergy to white gold. Go figure. 🙂 Regardless, I will absolutely cherish this ring for as long as I live and will one day pass it down to Katherine.Family is a value that has been passed down from both sides. As such, family time is something I truly treasure. I hope you are able to make time for your loved ones and make memories you’ll have forever.