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Disaronno Riserva

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by fcasio

 

Disaronno Riserva at Brennan's of Houston

Disaronno Riserva

Amaretto Di Saronno, now known as Disaronno Originale, has been delighting cocktail connoisseurs for 490 years.   For the first time since the Italian liqueur was created in 1525, the company has introduced a new expression of Disaronno.

Riserva is a combination of the essence of Disaronno & blended Scotch whisky.  It has been aged in vintage Sicilian wine barrels & registers in at 80 Proof with a spicy sweetness & a light vanilla-almond flavor.

Just 10,000 bottles of Disaronno Riserva have been produced & Brennan’s of Houston has one.

Disaronno Riserva is a very rare treat to be savored.

Christmas Cordial Eggnog

Posted on: December 6th, 2015 by fcasio

Original post here>>>

Cheers your guests this holiday season with Brennan’s Christmas Cordial Eggnog

Brennan’s Christmas Cordial Eggnog

Brennan’s Christmas Cordial Eggnog

Ingredients:

4 Large egg yolks (small-medium yolks use 6)

0.5 Cup of brown sugar

2 Cups Half & Half

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract

0.5 Tsp cinnamon

Fresh grated nutmeg

1.5 oz. TX bourbon

0.25 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (pimento dram)

 

Method:

  1. Slowly heat half & half, heavy cream, brown sugar, cinnamon & vanilla until sugar has dissolved. DO NOT BOIL.
  2. Beat egg yolks in separate bowl until fluffy.
  3. Slowly add milk mixture to eggs while constantly stirring.
  4. Pour egg & milk mixture back into  saucepan & cook until it slightly thickens & coats the back of the spoon. DO NOT BOIL.
  5. Chill for several hours.
  6. Pour bourbon and Allspice Dram in a cocktail shaker with 6 oz. of the eggnog mixture & shake with 3-4 cubes of ice.
  7. Pour into coffee cup & dust with freshly grated nutmeg.

Snow Leopard Vodka

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by fcasio

By Richard Middleton

Snow Leopard vodka was founded by Stephen Sparrow with the aim to raise awareness of the snow leopard’s plight. 15% of it’s profits go to conservation projects of the Snow Leopard’s habitat in Mongolia, China, India and Kyrgyzstan.

Handcrafted and distilled six times in small batches in Poland from the finest spelt grains. Spelt grain imparts a nutty flavor to the end product and is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. The vodka is a favorite of Princes William, Prince Harry, Vivienne Westwood and Stella MacCartney. Try it on the rocks or in one of our featured cocktails at The Courtyard Bar.

 

Isle of Jura 1984 Single Malt Whisky

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by fcasio

By: Richard Middleton


Jura 1984 Bottle and Box     Jura 1984 Exterior Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Orwell, famed author of 1984 & Animal Farm fame, once said that getting to the Isle of Jura was “extremely urget-at-able.” During Orwell’s stay on Jura, he wrote 1984 introducing the world to the ominous specter of “Big Brother is watching.”

The expression is a 1984 vintage single malt whisky that been matured for 20 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. It is then finished in Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry Amoroso & Apostoles Oloroso Sherry butts.

It has notes of burnt toffee, mulled wine, coffee, banana cake & morello cherries.

Whyte & Mackay has bottled an extremely limited expression of 1,984 bottles of Jura 1984 vintage for global markets. Only 100 bottles have been allocated to the United States.

Brennan’s of Houston is delighted to offer is “extremely unget-able” single malt at The Courtyard Bar.

 

Event Recap: Bubbles in my Drink (recipes)

Posted on: June 20th, 2015 by fcasio

When the weather is hot, adding a some bubbles in your cocktail is a sure way to lighten up any drink. For our June Spirit Roundtable, Richard Middleton and Ronnie Stidvent showcased a few. Make some or all this summer and let us know how you like it. Enjoy!

Flight with a Bite:

1.5 oz Avion Reposado Tequila

3 oz. Agave Quinine Water

Wedge of Lime

Method: Build in an ice filled double rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge & black lava sea salt

 

Kumquat May!

2 oz. Snow Leopard Vodka

0.25 oz. Kumquat Gran Gala Syrup

2 oz. Ginger Ale

Method: Build in an ice filled shaker & serve up. Garnish with a Kumquat slice

 

The Classic Bellini

1 oz. Peach Nectar

1 oz. Peach Schnapps

4 oz. Brut Champagne

Method: Served in a flute. Garnish with a peach slice.

St. 75 Champagne Cocktail

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

As the new year approaches, we can’t help reflect back on when Ferrel Dugas visited us from Commander’s Palace and made a St. 75 for our Passport to Cocktails event. If you don’t want to do straight bubbles as you’re ringing in the new year, this Champagne Cocktail is a definite must!

St. 75

St. 75

 

The St. 75 is a playful twist on the Classic French 75.

RECIPE:

1 oz. Tanqueray

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. basil infused simple syrup

1 oz. St. Gremain

Champagne or Cava (your favorite)

Fresh basil leaves

METHOD:

Pour Tanqueray, lemon juice, simple syrup and St. Germain into a shaker. Shake and strain into a flute or coupe glass. Top off with Champagne and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Brennan’s Milk Punch featured on Food & Wine

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

Original Post on FoodandWine.com

9 Milk Punches to Try This Season

Milk Punch at Brennan's of Houston

Milk Punch at Brennan’s of Houston Courtesy of Brennan’s of Houston

Is Monday too early to start thinking about what we’ll be eating and drinking next weekend? We think not. We have the decadent Southern cocktail milk punch on our minds. Here, nine amazing milk punches around the country to sip next Sunday morning (and evening). And if you aren’t close to any of these spots, make milk punch at home using our recipes for classic rum and bourbon versions.

1. Midnight Milk Punch at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown, NJ.
At restaurateur Chris Cannon’s new multi-concept restaurant, bar and event space, head bartender Christopher James serves a blend of the 86 Co. Tequila Cabeza, agave, whole milk, Bitter Truth mole bitters and absinthe.

2. Cotechino Milk Punch at Lo Spiedo in Philadelphia.
Beverage director Steve Wildy bases his cocktail around autumn-spiced applejack at this wood fire-driven spot, along with vanilla, green tea and clarified milk.

3. Off-Menu Milk Punch at Brennan’s of Houston.
One of the restaurant’s most popular cocktails isn’t even on the menu; in-the-know drinkers request the classic cocktail, made with milk, brandy, sugar, vanilla extract and a dusting of freshly ground nutmeg.

4. Clouds over California at Providence in Los Angeles.
John Richard Thomas Jackson’s boozy, dairy-free interpretation of the breakfast beverage incorporates cinnamon-infused soymilk, persimmon, pear, apple syrup, white pepper, Velvet Falernum, Caña Brava white rum and Boyd & Blair potato vodka.

5. e.m.p. at Blenheim in New York City.
Jonathan Russell’s rum-based milk punch also includes sugarcane liqueur Batavia Arrack, black tea, citrus and fresh whey from farms in the Catskills.

6. Classic Milk Punch at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.
The sweet, frothy concoction at this iconic New Orleans landmark is blended with 2-percent milk, bourbon, egg whites, sugar, vanilla extract, ice and ground nutmeg.

7. The Navana at Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.
Bartender Martin Montera’s creamy cocktail, served hot or cold, features butterscotch schnapps, whole milk, Blue Curaçao liqueur and whipped cream.

8. The Golden Filigree at Celeste in Chicago.
Served on tap, this strong take on the classic is made with Rémy VSOP cognac, Plantation dark rum, Very Old Barton bourbon and milk whey.

9. English Milk Punch at Faith & Flower in Los Angeles.
More than 13 ingredients combine in “Chief of Booze” Michael Lay’s unusual milk punch, which contains no actual milk but retains a silky, creamy mouthfeel after the milk solids are strained out. He incorporates rums from Trinidad, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, along with bourbon, Batavia Arrack, absinthe, fresh lemon, pineapple, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, Japanese Sencha tea and clarified milk.

 

Courtyard Bar Summer Feature – Double Cross Vodka

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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Photo Courtesy of Forbes.com

Double Cross Vodka is produced in Stara Lubovna in the Tatra Mountains of Northeastern Slovakia by Master Distiller Jan Krak. It is a superior product made from local estate grown winter wheat & aquifer water 200′ deep. Distilled 7 times and filtered 7 times via a proprietary filtration system, Double Cross Vodka has won accolades from every source in the spirits review sector. A very special vodka!

95 ~ Superb “Vibrant, creamy and full.” Wine Enthusiast (11 pts higher than Grey Goose)

4 stars ~ Highly Recommended “Dry, delicate, silky” Spirit Journal

Two gold medals San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

 

DOUBLE CROSS AUX PEAR

2 Oz. Double Cross Vodka

1 Oz. Mathilde Poire Liqueur

.5 Oz. Domain de Canton

Served up ~ Garnished with a Chilean Baby Pear

 

Crawfish Reigns Supreme on Brennan’s 7-7-7 Happy Hour Menu

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by fcasio No Comments

Republished from Houston Press

Crawfish Reigns Supreme on Brennan’s 7-7-7 Happy Hour Menu

By Mai Pham Tue., Jun. 4 2013 at 6:00 AM

 

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Photos by Mai Pham
During happy hour, this $7 crawfish enchilada is fantastic

Brennan’s of Houston may not come up in conversation as a go-to place for happy hour, but it should. During happy hour, which takes place in their Courtyard Bar, Brennan’s offers a 7-7-7 menu that includes seven cocktails, seven wines, and seven appetizers, all for just $7.

And the great thing about it? Unlike other restaurants where happy hour only happens during odd hours and only on weekdays, Brennan’s 7-7-7 is offered daily from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. — plenty of time for you to relax, unwind, and get happy.

 

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The bar area is well appointed with attractive chairs

Three of my friends and I stopped in on a random Friday evening around 5 p.m., and were greeted enthusiastically when we arrived. Right inside the door, Brennan’s famous house-made butterscotch pralines were piled up on a plate to welcome us as well.

The bar area was lightly occupied at that time, so we got our pick of where to sit, choosing a four-top table by the window, where we started off with cocktails, including a Tom Collins, made of Segram’s gin, club soda, and fresh lemon and lime; a Deep Eddy Daly made of Deep Eddy Sweet Tea and lemonade; and a Smoky Mary, the Brennan’s version of bloody Mary made with smoked Poblano pepper infused Svedka vodka.

For food, we literally tried everything on the menu. I’m told the menu changes seasonally, but right now, all the happy hour offerings are crawfish themed, which means we had Crawfish Remoulade, BBQ Crawfish, Crawfish and Andouille Empanadas, Crawfish Boudin, Crawfish and Corn Fritters, Crawfish Enchilada, and Crawfish and Tasso Waffles.

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Yep, that’s a waffle underneath all that crawfish

When they came out, the tapas-sized portions were all delicious, though some stood out more than others. My favorite out of all of them was the Crawfish enchilada, which I ordered a second order of because I didn’t feel like one shared bite was enough.

The Crawfish and Corn Fritters were fun and lighthearted, crispy fried balls pierced with skewers and served a dark piri piri sauce. My friends quite enjoyed the rich Crawfish and Tasso Waffles, which were full of flavor due to the sweet sugarcane smoked tasso. The Crawfish Boudin was also a hit, and went surprisingly well with the kimchi and crackers that it came with.

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If you love boudin, you’ll love this crawfish and andoille version

We ordered a second round of drinks while feasting on the huge, well-priced spread, but saved room for dessert, which is one of those things you just have to save room for if you go to Brennan’s.

The chef decided to show us what their dessert was all about and brought out a sampling of some of their desserts: strawberry shortcake, pecan pie, two types of bread pudding, chocolate mousse cake, and key lime pie. My girlfriend’s eyes grew as big as saucers and she had to hold her hands underneath her legs while I took pictures. “Can I eat yet?” she asked impatiently before starting to do some heavy damage to the spread before us.

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The dessert spread. Worth. Every. Calorie!

That was before a smiling server wheeled a cart over to our table and started preparing bananas foster table-side. The smell and the sizzle of the dessert was almost my undoing as we watched him perform an elaborate, fire-enhanced culinary mini-show . Talk about decadent. And mouthwatering. And absolutely positively unbelievably amazing!

 

It’s National Mint Julep Day. Celebrate with your own.

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by fcasio No Comments

Brennan’s Mint Julep Recipe

Brennan's Mint Julep

Brennan’s Mint Julep

Ingredients:

2 Springs of fresh mint

0.5 oz Simple Syrup*

2 oz Bourbon (your favorite)

Method:

In the bottom of a julep cup or old fashion glass muddle one mint sprig with simple syrup. Fill cup with crushed ice, add bourbon & swirl with bar spoon till the glass is frosty. Top with more ice. Garnish with sprig of mint. Dust with powdered sugar.

*Stir together equal parts of granulated sugar and boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear. Chill before using. May be stored for several weeks if refrigerated.

Honey, raise that Julep cup in a toast to a good old Gulf Coast breeze & enjoy!