As a huge horror movie fan, I’m particularly partial to Stanley Kubrick’s classic, A Clockwork Orange. Though I hope to never encounter Alex DeLarge and his band of droogs, I’ve always found the scenes in the Korova Milk Bar fascinating. After trying Milk Plus for the first time with a recipe I found online, it has officially become one of my favorite cocktails. Someday, I intend to have a Clockwork Orange-themed Halloween party featuring this Milk Plus recipe.
In a cocktail shaker add the vanilla extract, orange blossom water, and brown sugar. Gently breakdown the sugar to mix with the liquids. Then add bourbon, milk, and ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the top is foamy. Serve into 16oz cup for one or 8 oz glass for two. It can also be served in champagne, scotch glasses, or over ice. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top and enjoy.
Whole milk gives the drink a thicker taste and smoother texture. However, if dietary preferences dictate, other milks may be used just add an extra tablespoon of milk to get closer to the desired results.
I tried it with Bushmills and Johnny Walker (red, gold reserve, and black). But, I had the best taste and experience with Jim Beam.
All ingredients can be easily found at the grocery store except Orange Blossom Water. It’s an herb used mostly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Most speciality herb and spice stores should have it. Since it has such a unique flavor and taste, finding a substitute is difficult. If you’re really pressed, orange extract is the best alternative and can be found in any grocery store.
Disclaimer: There is no direct correlation between this Milk Plus cocktail and the ultra violence depicted in A Clockwork Orange.
Whether you’re single or taken, there’s no better time of the year than Valentine’s Day to drink a sexy vodka cocktail. Though a cocktail’s flavor can stand alone, like love, you experience a cocktail with all five senses. The perfect cocktail filled with bold aromas and flavors, starts with the perfect vodka. Flavored vodkas good enough to drink straight are ideal for cocktails. After discovering Van Gogh Vodka‘s collection of vivid vodka flavors and colors, I don’t think I can drink anything else. As the first to introduce flavors such as chocolate, coffee, pomegranate, and acai-blueberry, Van Gogh Vodka is a pioneer in the flavored vodka category. Imported from Holland and crafted by second generation Master Distiller, Tim Vos, Van Gogh Vodka is perfect for the home bartender who wants to create delicious drinks without the fuss. Their portfolio of 22 vodka flavors (Pomegranate being my favorite), even includes PB&J for a touch of nostalgia.
Just in time for February 14th, Jonathan Pogash of The Cocktail Guru created a series of Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails crafted around Van Gogh’s vibrant flavored vodkas. I’ve tried all of them. So I can tell you from personal experience that they’re delicious and perfect to enjoy either during a night on the town with your girlfriends or on an intimate dinner with your lover. Here are his fab recipes:
My Honey Valentine
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water stirred until the honey dissolves)
Directions: Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into martini glass or over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Cool Peach Bellini
1 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1-1/2 oz. Peach Puree
3 oz. Prosecco
Directions: In a mixing glass stir the vodka and puree well. Add the Prosecco with ice and gently fold the ingredients (without stirring too much, as this will remove bubbles). Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top off with extra Prosecco and garnish with a fresh peach when in season.
Spice It Up
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate Vodka
3/4 oz. milk
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
Directions: Shake well with ice and strain into martini glass.
Garnish: pinch of chili powder sugar (equal parts cayenne pepper and sugar)
I love a good cocktail just as much as any blue blooded New Yorker. In the city that never sleeps and never drives, we take the after work cocktail to another level making Manhattan just as much a drink as it is an island. At the age of 26, I’m slowly becoming a more sophisticated drinker which is why I recommend reading The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail by Cristal Carrington, Cocktail Columnist for Examiner.com and Washington D.C. Socialite.
The book serves as a guide to personal branding that profiles the 5 different types of female drinkers (The Party Animal, The Conservative, The Maverick, The Light-Weight, and The Connoisseur) explaining the messages they are unconsciously sending when socializing at bars, restaurants, and parties based on their drink choices while a tequila drinker can be seen as a party girl, a champagne drinker such as myself can be viewed as an elitist. For the young and ambitious professional looking to make a positive impression at upcoming holiday parties, The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail is a must-read. Aside from great advice on personal branding and finding your signature drink, Carrington also provides excellent drink recipes that I can’t wait to try.
Keep reading for my exclusive cocktail Q&A with Cristal Carrington:
What should you drink when you have top shelf taste on a waist-high budget?
My best advice for ladies or gents on a budget when at the bar is:
Step #1: Order a shot of chilled vodka or gin (order the drink in a snifter, so you can still look classy, however, don’t throw it back, savor it).
Step #2: Follow up with a glass of Pinot Grigio or Riesling with a splash of Chambord. The trick is to look great while drinking, not necessarily to get drunk in public.
Belvedere or Grey Goose?
Definitely Grey Goose, but I also recommend the always delicious and timeless brand Stolichnaya.
You certainly seem to have a dream job as the Cocktail Columnist for Examiner.com. How did you land such a great gig?
In graduate school at Georgetown, I came up on an opening for writers with Examiner. I originally wanted to be a food writer, but the position was already filled. I had to think about what I liked as much as food and the answer was cocktails, so I applied with a lengthy article application and landed the gig. I thought, now I have a license to drink all the best cocktail creations and couldn’t be happier with the choice.
Since I prefer the finer things in life, my go-to drink is champagne. But, if you were to make an Aspiring Socialite cocktail, what would be the recipe?
A great Aspiring Socialite cocktail would have to be a creation that a bartender made for me on a whim called The Thing: (feel free to call it A Socialite Thing or Glamorous Thing or whatever)…but it contains:
Cherry Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Ginger Ale
I like it because it was easy to make, tastes great, is unisex, and certainly not hard on the Aspiring Socialite’s pockets.
To make the perfect cocktail, what is the ideal amount of times liquor should be distilled?
I like any liquor distilled over 3 times and if we are speaking of aged liquors anything over 10 years is acceptable. I think at that point the liquor can be consumed neat or mixed. Also, don’t be afraid to ask what the rail liquor is at the bar. Often times, it is a quality brand; it’s just not Ciroc or Patron. Last note on this is to remember that the higher quality the brand, the less likely you are going to want to dilute it with additives such as juices and liqueurs. This rule includes Champagne.
Can people fall into more than one drinking category?
Absolutely! I personally fall into the Maverick/Connoisseur category. However, I tend to lean more to the side of the Maverick. The categories listed in The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail were simply ways to identify stronger drinking habits/patterns. There is nothing wrong with any of them as I do offer ways for all the personality types to strengthen and refine their behaviors, even the Connoisseur who seems to do no wrong in their own eyes
In an effort to relax and rejuvenate, I’ve been getting back into yoga. Having never been talented at sports, I’ve grown to really enjoy yoga as a personal uncompetitive experience. Though I love a good Hot Vinyasa class (traditional Hot Yoga is too hot), I’ve found that I just may not be as spiritual as I once believed myself to be.
In my last yoga class, the instructor announced that they were holding an upcoming yoga retreat in the Catskills. It would involve hiking, yoga, and other spiritual activities. My first thought was, “That’s perfect! Where do I sign up?” When I went to the instructor after my end of class meditation to get more information, she said that she forgot to mention that it was a silent retreat. As in you can’t talk at all for the entire weekend. As much as I love meditation, I don’t think I could comfortably be alone with my thoughts for that long. I really need more of a resort style yoga retreat where you wake up at noon, take a yoga class, drink a cocktail, and spend the rest of the afternoon tanning on the beach (with sunscreen of course).
I once had these awesome (healthy-ish) cocktails at Fashion Week that I’ve renamed The Yoga Cocktail. Consisting of a delightful mixture of Vitamin Water Zero and Organic Vodka, you should try one of these low-cal concoctions ASAP.
*Be sure to hydrate first before engaging in any activities after yoga.
New York can be a scary place. In the few years I’ve lived here, I’ve had enough experiences with general and criminal insanity to give me quite a socialite scare. But, for some reason I keep coming back for more. I should really start writing a book just of New York stories. Over the weekend, I made a spontaneous Saturday afternoon visit with Cocktail Chic to Times Scare, a haunted attraction off of Times Square where it’s Halloween 365 days a year. The bars inside look like the sets of two distinct horror movies. For the right clothing line, this could be the perfect venue for a fashion shoot.
Living directly off Times Square in Hell’s Kitchen, I’ve walked by this place hundreds of times, but always shrugged it off as a tourist attraction not worthy of my now native New Yorker attention. However, being a huge fan of horror movies and spontaneity, Ashley and I decided to go in and have a drink on a whim. At first glance of the delightfully creepy decor, we realized that Times Scare was the place to be for a bloody-looking cocktail on a Saturday afternoon. We’ll be back for another killer cocktail long before the zombie apocalypse.
The Kill Room – Party at your own risk!
Killer candelabras in The Kill Room
Inside The Parlour of the Paranormal
Creepy mirror with a reflection of the Parlour of the Paranormal bar