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Christmas Cordial Eggnog

Posted on: December 6th, 2015 by fcasio

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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.

 

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

By Richard Middleton

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

In 1880 Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle created Cordon Rouge by blending Cognac with exotic distilled essence of oranges from the Caribbean. We know that creation today as Grand Marnier. To celebrate that birth, the house of Grand Marnier has created Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880.

Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880 is distinctive blend of aged, premium XO Cognac made exclusively from Grande Champagne, the most esteemed growing area in the Cognac region.  With more Cognac in the nose, it is significantly less sweet than the Cuvée du Centenaire, while still incorporating wild tropical orange notes. It evokes the essence of the Belle Époque era & provides a sumptuous ending to a perfect evening. Brennan’s of Houston presents this delightful liqueur in a warm snifter with a cup of our famous rich dark coffee for your enjoyment.

 

Fords Gin

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

By Richard Middleton

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

 

Fords Gin is made at Thames Distillers in London, in two 500-liter pot stills. The botanicals, water, & neutral grain alcohol are placed in the still to soak for about 15 hours which draws out the flavors of the botanicals. The stills are then heated, cooking the botanicals into the neutral grain spirit, vaporizing, condensing, & marrying everything together. Fords Gin is shipped to Ukiah, California in bulk where water is added to bring the product to 90 proof. This process reduces Fords carbon footprint. Additionally, the water in Ukiah comes from a well Mendocino County that is flawlessly pure.

Fords Gin is made with nine botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, cassia, angelica, orris and jasmine). Each botanical plays a specific role in making the palate balanced and the flavor work in cocktails. These are exotic spices that come from all over the globe and each one of them has its own story of agriculture & history, eventually finding themselves all together in one recipe.

 

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Aromatic & herbal with floral & citrus background. NOT your typical London Dry Gin.

Taste: Oily body, juniper, coriander, lemon bitter orange, grapefruit, angelica, cassia, & orris root.

Finish: Crisp & dry with wonderful botanicals lingering.

A no nonsense quality product that places its focus on taste.

About Fords Gin:

Highest Recommendation

“Crystalline and flawlessly pure…entry is pleasingly viscous and silky…easily one of the best gins reviewed over the last two years.” – Spirits Journal, December 2012

“A Gin to be used as a workhorse for the cocktailian bartender.” – Simon Ford, The 86 Co.

Glenmorangie Companta

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

By Richard Middleton

Glenmorangie Campanta (photo credit OaksLiquors.com)

Glenmorangie Campanta (photo credit OaksLiquors.com)

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller for Glenmorangie, has created another single malt classic for us to treasure. From his travels across the great vineyards of France, the good doctor has conceived Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for ‘friendship’). It is a refined balance between bold spice & rich, smooth sweetness. Companta is an expression careful assembled with spirits extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart & those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Glenmorangie has given us another phenomenal non-chill-filtered single malt produced from these unusual woodings. Come by our Courtyard Bar & enjoy two fingers of another classic!

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Companta exudes rich, ‘autumnal’ scents of red berries & damp forest floors, with a hint of fragrant woodsmoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak.

Taste: Upon tasting, a spicy palate redolent of cherries & stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange & rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate with brown sugar.

Finish: Companta lingers on with a rich, mouth-coating finish.

SLAINTE!

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

 

Glenmorangie Spirit Tasting Recap

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 by fcasio No Comments

This past Wednesday, we partnered with Glenmorangie for an amazing event. Event goers enjoyed

Glenmorangie 10
Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or
Glenmorangie Artein
Glenmorangie 18
Glenmorangie Signet

and were treated to a special guest, Andrew Nagelbach, Regional Marketing Manager as host.

Glenmorangie Line Up

Glenmorangie Line Up