May

27

2010

Here’s to Good Booze

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Pineapple Sage Cocktail

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A great cocktail can be the ticket to spruce up any meal gathering. We love creating a signature drink to serve along with the food for our guests. Recently we’ve been introduced to a variety of fun ingredients that can be used to jazz up our favorite drinks. Fresh herbs and vegetables, homemade simple syrups, ginger, jalapeno slices, even bacon can be great additions to any home bar—yes, we’ve seen bacon. Sometimes it’s also about the tools you have to make it happen. Like an awesome cocktail shaker set as part of your home bars. It definitely helps you mix things up!

This past April, we met a few friends for happy hour during a trip to New York (we can’t say too much now but stay posted for more information to follow in the coming weeks!). One of the cocktails featured melon liqueur, fresh cucumber and pineapple. This was something to rave about for sure! It was also time to try it back on home turf. For this version, there was a bit of pineapple sage to enhance things. Oh, and raspberry vodka, which was already chilling in the freezer.

We mentioned a cocktail set because it’s time for a giveaway, and if you win, we hope you grab something for your home bar. Imagine your closest friends gathered round with martini glasses pointed towards you as you shake shake shake up a little something fierce for their tastes! We can just hear the ice cubes clinking now. The good folks over at CSN Stores want to give one lucky person a $60 gift certificate to use however they wish on any of their sites. We’ll make this a super easy giveaway. There are two ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment about your favorite cocktail or mocktail. Don’t forget to include your email address!
2. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway including our handle (@theduodishes) and leave another comment here. Again, don’t forget to leave an email address with your comment.

This contest will run until June 3rd at 12 am PST. We’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter! Until then, drinks on us! Once you stock up your home bar, of course drinks will be on you.

Pineapple Sage CocktailServes 2
1 ounce raspberry vodka
2 ounces Midori
4 ounces pineapple juice
4 fresh cucumber slices, plus more for garnish
1 spring of fresh sage, plus more for garnish (Pineapple sage is the star here.)

1. Mash cucumber slices and sage leafs together at the bottom of a cocktail shaker until well blended. Add a handful of ice.

2. Add all the liquids, cover and shake several times.

3. Serve in a martini glass with garnish of cucumber and sage.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. Well yum! And pretty too.

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  2. My favorite cocktail is the Long Island Iced Tea. PF Changs makes the best ones! I can only down one! noellsky (at)gmail (dot) com

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  3. I tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/singerinkitchen/status/14841518255

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  4. By the way, I think this recipe sounds and looks delicious!!!

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  5. Pear Basil Vodka Swizzle….to die for! But, this one looks really great as well.

    Thanks!

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  6. Can;t tell if my response went through: My favorite cocktail is the Long Island Ice Tea. I can only have one but they are SOOOO good!

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  7. Lemon Drop- Yum!

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  8. What a cool drink idea combining melon, pineapple and cucumbers!

    I do love some of hte creative drinks out there these days. My favorite Asian place does wonderful lychee martinis and green tea martinis.

    When all is said and done, I love the classic margarita. If it’s done well, it’s not too sweet and just puts you in a party mood.

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  9. cool giveaway, guys! let’s see here… i would have to say my favorite cocktail right now is the watermelon-champagne that i recently did for mother’s day (which is on the blog). i love the flavor of watermelon, and combined with some bubbly, i’m a happy camper!

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  10. Good booze indeed! Herby cocktails are my fave. Remember my rosemary simple syrup mojito!? 😀 Now I gotta give sage a try.

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  11. Mmmmm, pineapple and sage? That must smell and taste amazing. My favorite is lemon Caipiroska with pomegranate juice. Loved your artichoke too. 😀

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  12. Fabulous cocktail, Duo! Love the color of it and that sage/pineapple/raspberry combo sounds amazing!

    This totally counts for the challenge … you’ll be in the round-up next Thursday. Thanks so much!!!

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  13. love using veggies and herbs in cocktail…reminds us of the celery delight! 🙂

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  14. oops, I forgot to answer – currently, my favorite cocktail is a “Blood and Sand” — oj, scotch, vermouth and Cherry Heering. So yummy!

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  15. Fresh herbs and vegetables, homemade simple syrups, ginger, jalapeno slices, and bacon?! New York is a play ground for such exotic drinks. I still like a good mojito.

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  16. Long Island Iced Tea!

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  17. I’m mostly a wino, but I love a good tart/fruity cocktail that isn’t too sweet…like rosemary lemonade fizz.

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  18. Love the idea of creating a special original cocktail for an event. Sage in a drink? Not my first thought, but intriguing and will definitely give it a try!

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  19. YUM! This looks awesome! You had me with raspberry vodka!

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  20. Looks delish, Duo! I am presently drinking a spiked arnold palmer with Jeremiah Weed sweet tea vodka and simply lemonade… my fave summer cocktail! I wanna wiiiiiin!

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  21. Frangelico Alexander

    1 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
    1 oz Creme de cacao
    1 oz Cream

    Pour contents into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a dusting of nutmeg.

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  22. It’s true, nothing makes or breaks a night like a cocktail. And this one looks fantastic. I would have never thought to mix pineapple and sage together but now I’m transfixed!

    I have to say I’m a Bloody Mary kind of girl! Awesome giveaway!

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  23. A dark and stormy….spicy, gingery goodness that warms the soul!

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  24. I always like a properly made cosmo (not too sweet!). They taste so different everywhere I order them. It is always awesome to get the perfect drink. So far, the best was at Gibson’s in Chicago!

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  25. I don’t do all the time, but I do love the concept of having a special drink to go along with the food. This one sounds delicious and unique. Never had sage in a drink before!

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  26. I like a good gin and tonic.

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  27. I like pina coladas. Yum!

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  28. dark rum, tonic and lime….

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

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  29. pisco sour–the chilean version. i drank a lot of them in the six months i was there.

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  30. I pimped you out on twitter, too. Now to go make my own cocktail…

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  31. I tweeted your giveaway this morning! http://twitter.com/singerinkitchen/status/14904606651

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  32. This looks great! Sage is growing like crazy in my herb garden. I should definitely try this 🙂

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  33. What an awesome cocktail! And a terrific giveaway!

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  34. Mmmm. Your pineapple sage cocktail sounds good. Really like midori.
    I’d like to hear about the drink with bacon! =)

    Mocktail…how about a “pomme pomme”!

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  35. Ok – Retweeted. Pick me! Pick me!

    Have a great holiday weekend! Cheers!!

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  36. Wow that cocktail looks like it’s got my name written all over it 🙂 My current favourite, of course, is my recent cucumber / mint/ ginger / yoghurt / gin & tonic creation. Ask me next week and it’ll probably be something different!

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  37. Sounds de-lish! Love the new blog design btw! :o)!

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  38. What a neat photo. Congrats on Top 9!
    We are growing pineapple sage here!
    LL

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  39. I love Key Lime Pie Martinis

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  40. ohh, that would have been verry nice right now. sounds super delicious a sunny day like this!

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  41. My favorite cocktail is a lemon drop martini! Hard to beat 🙂

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  43. go see ur twitter feed.

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  44. I enjoyed a couple of Lychee Martinis at an Asian restaurant and haven’t been able to forget them 😉

    I always neglect to think of how cocktails relate to what I am cooking, but my sister takes care of that department in a jiffy … only problem is she likes making drinks super strong and then we have guests wobbling to the dinner table!!

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  45. I’m a rum and coke kind of girl but I do enjoy the occassional Singapore Sling

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  46. Love the current herby-cocktail trend. Also love the new look of the blog!

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  47. My favorite cocktail is a white russian. My email is etrets@gmail.com

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  48. Hey Duo…I have to say by far my favorite go-to cocktail is super easy! It’s malibu rum, (any flavor)and pineapple juice with a splash of cranberry or pomogranite juice. It’s tasty regardless of the proporations. As for garnish, I use whatever fresh frruit I have on hand, or none, if such is the case!

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  49. Mojito!

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  50. Okay – this is hard =(
    I have to say – I love refreshing margaritas and mojitos.

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  51. I make a mean lychee martini using vodka, lychee syrup, lychee fruit, and Soho lychee liqueur
    highlowfooddrink(AT)gmail(dot)com

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  52. The “pear perfection” at XIV is epic!!! I don’t know what is in that thing but it’s cocktail perfection.

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  53. aaaand I tweeted 🙂

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  54. I love margaritas! Wish our good Mexican restaurants had liquor licenses and could sell them with their delicious food! But this is Kansas, so I have to settle for On The Border for a margarita when I eat Mexican. Their sangria swirled margarita is pretty tasty!

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  55. Follow you on Twitter and Tweeted – http://twitter.com/susitravl/status/15292897340

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  56. Champagne and Papaya juice! It’s sweeter than a traditional Mimosa

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  57. I love strawberry daquiris!

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  58. I love a Dirty Martini.

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  59. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/ccboobooy/status/15296615077

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  60. Wild Punch from BWW!!

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  61. This cocktail looks delish! I also love a fresh mojito.

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  62. i have a nice pineapple sage bush in the garden. great idea, thanks! my favorite drink is vodka+limoncello+cranberry+orange and a squeeze of lime juice. i’ll try this asap.

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  63. What a beautiful drink…and it looks to be as yummy as it is pretty! Congrats on winning the Diva’s challenge this month! Can’t wait to see what you will choose for next month’s challenge…

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  64. Good booze indeed. Love the fruity flavors.

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  65. I am currently obsesses with Hendrick’s gin and cucumber. It’s so good. I love this cocktail, too – I’ll ALWAYS drink to good booze.

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  66. My favorite is the mojito! Love love them and can’t believe I only had my first one last October. 🙂

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  67. […] If you plan to host your own party, don’t forget that one easy and sophisticated way to celebrate is with a signature house drink. We enjoy playing with different flavors and experimenting with new combinations. One of the best concoctions involved raspberry vodka, Midori, pineapple juice and sage. It’s fruity, sweet and earthy all in one gulp. It could be just the thing you need at your next cocktail party. For the full recipe for Pineapple Sage Cocktail, check out The Duo Dishes. […]

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