Since I have talked about Halloween and parties this week, I had to give you a beverage recipe for your party right? Adding a little wiggle to your party will make you everyone’s favorite host or hostess! As you can guess this recipe comes from my friends at Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine!
1 ounce of ginger beer, plus 2 ounces
1.5 ounces Wiggly Bridge distillery barrel aged rum
1 egg white
TO RIM THE GLASS
Dash of ground cloves
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Add one ounce of the ginger beer and all of the other ingredients together in a shaker with ice (not using the other 2 ounces of ginger beer yet). Shake like crazy, blending ingredients well. Mix a small about of cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon) with about a Tablespoon of brown sugar, rim your chilled glass. Add the remaining 2 ounces of ginger beer in your glass and strain the shaker into the glass on top of the ginger beer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and ground cloves.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right? I have added a new category to the blog called
5 o’clock Friday. I will not post every Friday, but once in a while there will be a post. Today’s post comes from my friends at Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine. If you read yesterday’s post you already know how much I love that York, Maine gem! And remember if you don’t want to make this drink at home, go visit my friends at Wiggly Bridge and have their creative bartenders make you one!
2 oz. Wiggly Bridge Distillery Vodka
2.5 oz. Apple Cider
0.5 oz. Thyme Simple Syrup
Syrup – Add 4 sprigs of fresh thyme to 1/2 cup of hot water to steep. Add 1 cup of sugar, stir to dissolve sugar. Mix noted amount in your glass and garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme and an apple slice if desired!
I recently had the chance to meet with the very impressive folks from Wiggly Bridge Distillery, a family owned and operated business in York, Maine. You’re probably wondering what a food blogger is doing in a distillery? I think I have friends in all the right places! My friend Tim pointed me in the right direction! Tim works there Tuesday night’s and gets to share the amazing experience with friends, family and locals! There is a lot happening in York, Maine and I can’t wait to tell you about it! Wiggly Bridge started as a joke over the family dinner table. After David Woods (father) gave it some thought, he and his son, also named David Woods, went to the Caribbean on the island of Montserrat. Both of them started the trial and error process of making the best distilled liquor on the market! They soon realized their product was excellent and started the process of bringing their products to York, Maine. On July 3, 2012 they started their copper stills and in May of 2014 they had their first product.
Let’s talk about their award winning products. I had the chance to meet with David Woods (father) and Amanda Woods, who is son David’s wife. She is also an intricate part of the family business as she does the marketing for Wiggly Bridge. David and Amanda were kind enough to tell me all about how they started and where they are going, along with giving me a quick lesson on each of their liqueurs, starting with their White Whiskey. The White Whiskey is 100 proof and spends a very short amount of time inside the distilling barrel. One of their favorite drinks made with this is their “Bridge Bloody”, their version of a Bloody Mary. Next was the Small Barrel Bourbon. This was very smooth and is 86 proof. The bourbon is aged for 22-26 months and the color comes from the inside of the charred barrels. A great beverage to use this bourbon is in the Orange Marmalade Manhattan.
Let’s talk Vodka, this is a great tasting vodka that is distilled from french wheat. The vodka also goes through the still. Although I don’t typically drink these drinks on their own, I can say this was very smooth and certainly can stand on its own.
Typically, if Jim and I are out and want a drink, we both tend to get something made with rum, so this part was my favorite part of the tasting! Their White Rum is made with 100% Caribbean molasses. It does have a slight butterscotch smell, but it certainly did not taste like it, and was very good! I also had the chance to taste their base for the rum punch they serve. It was the best I have ever had and look forward to making it at home!
The Small Barrel Aged Rum is also very tasty! This too is made from 100% Caribbean molasses. The difference with this rum is that it is has rested in their freshly dumped bourbon barrels for 6 months. Last, but certainly not least, is the Small Batch Dry Gin. I would have said this would be my least favorite but to my surprise, it was very good! The gin is made from a sour mash family recipe, with notes of jasmine and citrus that really come through . Their Rum was rated #4 from USA Today!
After tasting these spirits I can see why they have won so many awards and named in the top four in the United States! This family has already made a name for themselves in the craft distillery business. Something the label on the bottle does not tell you about, is their drive to make products the best you will find and to continue to evolve, grow and challenge themselves to continue to be the very best!
Now that you know about the products, I still have a lot to tell you about this York, Maine gem! They are going to have a lot to offer. Cribbage tournaments and bartending classes are planned to start in mid-November, with on line videos through winter! You don’t think that’s all this dynamic family has planned, do you? No way! They are going to change the way York, Maine eats by opening a steakhouse right in the distillery. It’s not going to be just any steakhouse, this will be a seven to nine course dinner priced at $110.00 – $130.00 per person. Much of the dinner will include table side service. This will be a reservation required dinner that you will need to pick your side dishes in advance, to help reduce food waste. They are hoping to open the steakhouse next winter (2017) or early spring. I know I want to be first in line for dinner. Seeing what they have done with the distillery, I can only imagine the amazing food that will come out of the steakhouse!
Check out their website for distillery tour information along with their location, recipes and upcoming events! You will be hearing a lot more about Wiggly Bridge, but in the meantime you can find their products in some local liquor stores or in the NH State Liquor Store. Also, the Hannaford stores in Maine, and of course right at the distillery on US, Route 1 in York Maine. https://www.wigglybridgedistillery.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/WigglyBridgeDistillery/
Visit their site to book at tour or have a tasting with their experienced staff!
When I was in Key West doing some shopping I found this great spice store and one of the things it had was flavored sugars. I LOVED this idea! The possibilities are endless with how to use it! Banana flavored sugar in banana bread or muffins, apple cinnamon in pies, breads, muffins, pastries and how about strawberry flavored sugar to rim your margarita glass when you make strawberry margaritas !! Tons of great flavor combinations and uses for them. Feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors!
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup freeze dried apple cinnamon fruit chips
BANANA FLAVORED SUGAR
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup freeze dried banana fruit chips
STRAWBERRY FLAVORED SUGAR
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberry chips
Place the fruit chips in a food processor or spice blender and blend until it’s like a powder. My together with the sugar, blending well. Store in an airtight container.
Do this for each of your flavors being sure to clean your processor or blender in between flavors.
If you are like our son Robby, you can’t wait for March to roll around for those Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds! Robby absolutely loves them and will make a special trip across town for them. So for him to have them all the time and to save a little bit of money, here is the copy cat version! I might also mention Robby found this recipe and sent it to me to be sure he could get them ASAP! This recipe makes enough for two shakes!
1 pint of vanilla ice cream (2 cups, I used Ben & Jerry’s)
1 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
Whipped cream, optional
Green sprinkles, optional
Maraschino cherries, optional
Place the ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and food coloring in a blender. Blend until mixed through. If you want a thinner consistency add just a little more milk until desired consistency. Pour into two tall glasses and top with whipped topping, cherry and sprinkles if desired. Serve immediately.