***I'm happy to share this series of fantastic cocktail recipes from some of the best bars in NYC with you thanks to Contemporary Cocktails. Mix these libations up at home and tell us if you like them. Put your own special twist on it to make the pairing your own. Cheers!
The CocktailRum Blitz Tim Cooper (Gold Bar, The Mondrian and The Surf Lodge) Serves 1 [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Rum Blitz by Tim Cooper. Photo Credit: Contemporary Cocktails"][/caption] About this drink: The orange and passionfruit flavors of this cocktail play perfect partners to rum, not to mention to the tropical flavors of the Tres Leches. Appleton Reserve is available in most higher-end liquor stores. Fun fact: The first rum distillery in the states was in Staten Island! Recommendation: If you can't find Grand Marnier in your area, you may use Cointreau. Liquor stores have to have one or the other, or else how could you make your weekend margaritas?
The Food Pairing[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Photo credit: smcgee on Flickr"][/caption]
Tres Leches Cake Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Serves 12[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] About this food pairing: This was the first dish I tested from the Midnight Brunch menu this past week. I tested it on about 20 people at my neighbor's potluck. ALL of them, every single one, LOVED it. This includes people who don't like sweets, people who don't enjoy dairy, people who don't like cake. Everyone who tasted it wished they could have a little more of it. In my version:
- I use about half of the sugar called for, since sweetened condensed mik is already achingly sweet. However, DO use the suggested measurement of sugar for the meringue (egg white) mixture, as it's tough to get it light and airy enough without the sugar.
- I didn't let my cake sit long in the milk syrup (just 2 hours) before frosting.
- I drank some rum while I watched the cakes soak.
- I put a little rum in the whipped cream.
- I topped it with perfectly ripe slices of mango.
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