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Menu Shoot at Gringo Jacks—Manchester, Vermont

I wanted to share a few mouth-watering shots from the Gringo Jack’s shoot. Jack and his crew pulled out all the stops, and I have to say if you have never tried Gringo Jack’s do yourself a favor and go!

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July 19th is National Daiquiri Day

Who knew July 19th was National Daiquiri Day? I didn’t until today, so unprepared to mix anything I thought I’d be lazy and post an article I shot the drinks for Santé Magazine, which first appeared in June 2009, written by Naren Young. The lead recipe and opening spread is a rather tasty strawberry daiquiri. It was one of my favorite articles back then, and was also when I first really got into shooting cocktails. And as for clean up—it did have its fringe benefits.

Click here for PDF of article

Strawberry Daiquiri
2 oz Barbancourt Reserve Speciale Rhum, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz strawberry syrup (see the PDF), lime twist garnish

 

Absolut Sangria

Today’s assignment:

Absolut Sangria
3 parts sparkling white wine
1 part Absolut Grapevine
1 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1/2 part Martell Cognac
1 can of peaches in light syrup
6 cinnamon sticks
6 green grapes halved
4 fresh strawberries halved
6 lemon wheels

Stir over ice in a pitcher…enjoy 😉

One last piece of pumpkin pie please…

Well at least to drink, and I wanted to get this shot of the Pumpkin Pie Martini recipe posted given the holidays and all the pumpkin pies around these days. This particular cocktail really does taste like you are drinking a piece of pumpkin pie, and the fresh ground nutmeg and clove garnish along with the fresh puree may be the best way to enjoy your desert and digestive all at once, although my baker friends may argue otherwise!

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

1 oz Oval Vodka

1 oz Frangelico

1 tbs. pumpkin puree

1 oz heavy cream

1 oz simple syrup

Ground nutmeg and ground cloves for garnish

Vigorously shake ingredients in an ice shaker until thoroughly blended and frothy; pour into a chilled martini glass and lightly dust with ground spices.

Independence Day

It’s been a while since I have posted, but not for a lack of shooting. I’m really looking forward to tonight’s shoot—a benefit for the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, NY under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Many more food shots to come and weddings too! But for now a cool drink on a hot day…

The Minute Man
1 ½ oz Oval Vodka
1 ½ oz fresh sweet & sour
¼ oz simple syrup
splash of ginger ale
lemon wheel, small American flag and a straw for garnish

Shake first three ingredients with ice in a shaker; strain into an iced highball glass, top with ginger ale, garnish with lemon wheel, a small American flag and a straw.