Eat Boutique Giveaway! Cocktail Heaven

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in *Some Kitchen Stuff*, Drinks | 40 Comments







“So, okay, what’s this?”

“That? That’s, um…” she picked up the jar and squinted, not because the label was hard to read but because all the noshing had made her vision blurry. “Peanut Cocoa Butter.” 

“Oh man. That’s amazing.” Her husband handed her a spoon and they dug in. And it was amazing. 

But then Tara blinked and, for the first time in about an hour, really looked around her. She and her husband were sitting cross-legged on the floor, surrounded by crinkly wrappers, open jars and lids, dirty spoons and fallen crisps everywhere. “Oh. Oh no.”

“Huh?” Jim blinked too. His eyes were glazed over and there were crumbs all over his chin. “What?”

“Jim!” Tara looked at the gift basket on the floor. “We ate everything! ALL THE THINGS.”

“Mmmm.” He reached for the jar of peanut cocoa butter again but she smacked his hand. “What?! Oh.” Realization dawned. He nudged the now-empty basket on the floor and wiped the crumbs off his chin. “Oh. Well. I guess we’ll just have to buy your boss something else, huh?”







So many things happening in this post right now!

First, a recipe. It’s officially holiday cocktail party time! And everyone knows that the best winter cocktails come with a dose of warmth- either from piping hot tea and brandy or, in this case, coffee and bourbon. And whipped cream. Clearly.

As an aside, when I first saw this recipe and got to the amaro ingredient, I had to look it up. And when I looked it up, I laughed because amaro is the same as Fernet. And that will make my mom laugh because the only person I know who orders Fernet is my Aunt Anna and according to my mother, only someone with a constitution like my Aunt Anna (with her bone-crushing hugs, her penchant for walking barefoot and collecting rocks and feeding grown men, like my father, until they cry) would order it as a stand-alone drink. Apparently, my Aunt Anna is more hipster and legit than most people I know.







Caffè Di Alpi

Source: foodandwine.com | Makes 1 drink | Print Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 Teaspoon of honey
3 Ounces of hot brewed coffee (you know what would go great with/in place of hot brewed coffee? Coffee Syrup. Hmmm. Where could we find that, I wonder?)
1 and 1/2 ounces of bourbon
1 Large dollop of Alps Whipped Cream (see below)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

1. Put the honey in a warmed mug.

2. Add the hot coffee and the bourbon and stir.

3. Top with Alps Whipped Cream and garnish with the grated nutmeg.

Alps Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS

3/4 Ounce of amaro (more info)
4 Ounces of heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, beat the heavy cream until thickened.

2. Add amaro and beat until firm.







And now… win free, awesome stuff in our Eat Boutique Giveaway!

Our love for Eat Boutique is well-documented, I think. And if it’s not, it should be. I can’t remember who first directed us to Maggie and her fantastic business but one look at the Breakfast Gift Box and I was good and hooked.  “Seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes for food fans.” Filled with “the best small batch foods by boutique food makers.” Did you swoon? Are you swooning?

What if I told you New Englanders that the Eat Boutique Holiday Market is coming on December 9th? And Joy the Baker will be there? And Aran Goyoaga? And I need to stop listing everyone or I may cry a little. I’m very emotional today apparently.

Will you swoon if we give you one of these delightful gift boxes? Because we’re going to do just that. What better way to kick off the gift season than… with gifts!

SKS Winter Giveaway

Grand Prize:

One (1) Cocktails Gift Box from Eat Boutique:

It’s always cocktail hour when you send this gift box, and it’s always made from scratch. A single bottle of Scrappy’s Bitters is at the ready for any mixed drink. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger, Preserved Lemon or Apple Syrup (our choice) will brighten every cocktail or soda concoction. Dave’s Coffee Syrup is perfect for White Russians (and all sorts of baked goods). Quince & Apple Grenadine is ready for your Shirley Temple. Rim each drink with Didi Davis Foods Citrus Sugar Collection and nibble on Treat Bake Shop Pecans. We even included Haute Papier letter-pressed coasters and a little whisk to make serving and mixing easy.

It’s a perfect addition to your holiday cocktail bar and a stellar gift for the drink-lovers in your life (is there such a thing as regifting if you first won it on a blog?) so enter today!

Dates: November 28 to December 5, 2012 (contest ends 12am EST on the 5th)

How to Enter: Just write a comment on this post and give us a character name we could use in one of our future stories (we could always use more fun character names and when we use it, we’ll let you know!)  One comment per person please.

Selecting a Winner:  Winner will be selected on Thursday, December 6 using random.org, a random generator. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t respond to the winning notification email, another winner will be chosen.

Boring/Horrible Disclaimers: You must be 18+ to enter. We will only be shipping within the continental United States.  SKS reserves the right to disallow comment submissions for the following reasons:

  • Any rude or obscene comments will not be approved. (But I will laugh at them silently before deleting them.)
  • All spam comments will not be approved. (Again, some of these make me laugh. But they will not be approved.)
      No purchase is necessary to enter. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. I’m not even sure what you would purchase to win, honestly. Wait, was someone going to send me money to increase their chances? Maybe I should rethink this disclaimer…

40 Comments

  1. mere
    November 28, 2012

    LOVE boozy winter cocktails. They make the cold weather and endless countdowns to days off ALMOST worth it.

    And my name is Jean Holiday. An old family friend who always reminded me of the holiday season.

    Reply
  2. Liz Pettengill
    November 28, 2012

    This sounds delicious and I plan on making it this weekend. My character name suggestion, Shelley Daughtrey. You’re welcome. :)

    Reply
  3. Betty Post
    November 28, 2012

    Um, yes please! I’ll take two :) I think the name of Frannie Flowerbottom has endless possibilities!

    Reply
    • Amy
      November 28, 2012

      I can’t imagine why you think I would be interested in festive dessert like beverages with a kick (wink:wink) but I guess now that I am here I will provide you with a name. In case you are in need of a preppy ivy league character…how about Waldron Wyatt Worthington.

      Reply
  4. OCMomma
    November 28, 2012

    How about Hope ;) You could write about a new mommy who could certainly use a drink these days! wink wink.

    Reply
  5. Hillarie O
    November 28, 2012

    Yay cocktails!! My character name is Hilma Swanson. She’s a hard-drinking Swede.

    Reply
  6. Justine Navarro
    November 28, 2012

    Mmm cocktails! My husband loves bourbon and good coffee, so this is a great recipe for him! Our stock of cocktail supplies is pretty sad, so winning this box would give it wonderful boost! A name (of a person I actually MET one time) I think you should use is Egidijus. Because it’s just too funny.

    Reply
  7. Heather
    November 28, 2012

    Mildred. Who doesn’t love an old-timey, school marm-like name?

    Reply
  8. Claire
    November 28, 2012

    Call me crazy, but I’ve always loved the name Beulah. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  9. natalie
    November 28, 2012

    I’ve always been a fan of Baxter. Baxter Barrington if you need a last name as well :)

    Reply
  10. Claire
    November 28, 2012

    Awesome giveaway! How about the name Tillie Maynard?

    Reply
  11. Christina
    November 29, 2012

    A box for cocktail creativity! I’m very excited by this giveaway and I love all the name suggestions. Mine is Mimi – a very precocious child.

    Reply
  12. Jessica
    November 29, 2012

    W00t! I feel more gourmet already.

    My suggestion comes from an Italian fellow my cousin dated in high school whose name was a source of amusement to us all in the family for many years to come: Gennaro Bollzano. You can even use it as an expression, as in, “Ah well – Gennaro Bollzano!”

    Reply
  13. Lynna
    November 29, 2012

    Oh gosh, everything in that box looks great!

    Character name: Artie Halls.

    Reply
  14. Liz Ruiz
    November 29, 2012

    I love your little stories, they always make my work day seem a little bit more bearable!

    Since I was a little girl, I always loved the name Autumn. A name for a sweet girl with just a little bit of wild and crazy in her. And of course she would have wonderfully frizzy dirty blondish redish hair.

    Reply
  15. Jess
    November 29, 2012

    Awesomeeeee!!!! I want. I love. I like the name “Damien”. :-)

    Reply
  16. Nan
    November 29, 2012

    Wow! This looks lovely. How about the name Olivia or Olive for short?

    Reply
  17. EVelyn R
    November 29, 2012

    Thanks for the great give-a-way!!! Foy Smathers

    Reply
  18. Jessie
    November 29, 2012

    Thanks, Judi. That looks/sounds/probably tastes delicious. I feel a winter mixing session coming on. My character name is…Dick Steed (not to imply a porn star, necessarily). Use it as you’d like :)

    Reply
  19. Taylor
    November 29, 2012

    I’ve seen that coffee syrup around and been wanting to try it for a while! Exciting!
    My character name wouls have to be Magenta Jones.

    Reply
  20. Sara C
    November 29, 2012

    I so want to try that coffee syrup!!! How about Angelica?

    Reply
  21. Justine
    November 29, 2012

    Eden Demure. I’m sure she’d be found drinking cocktails before 5pm.

    Reply
  22. Jessica Martinez
    November 29, 2012

    Periwinkle (Peri) Butterworth and her husband (boyfriend) Johan. You can call them PB&J, lol. This is probably one of the funniest giveaway’s I have ever entered :)

    Reply
  23. Mei
    November 30, 2012

    This is bummer, I don’t live in the
    US :c good luck to the winner tho!
    I think ‘DenDen’ is a cute name c:

    xx

    Reply
  24. Lauren
    November 30, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this! I just recently discovered that coffee can be enjoyable, and this recipe will make it even more so!
    My character name is Chloe McCarthy.

    Reply
  25. Gabriella
    November 30, 2012

    I just discovered your website! It’s amazing! And my mouth is watering just reading some of these entries.
    And I certainly cannot wait to make this drink for my friends for Christmas!
    I personally find the name Clementine to be a lovely name.

    Here’s Hoping.
    And Happy Holidays

    Reply
  26. Meredith
    December 1, 2012

    I love coffee! Thanks for such an awesome winter giveaway – love to make up fun cocktails for parties.
    I’ve always loved the name Liliana, since I like the cursive L!

    Reply
  27. Kristin
    December 2, 2012

    Violet Banner….sounds like a good character name!

    Reply
  28. Flynn
    December 3, 2012

    This looks awesome. My character name: Li O’Flannery – Is Li short for Liam, is it a Chinese name, who knows?

    Reply
  29. jfer
    December 4, 2012

    Oooh I love warm booze drinks in the winter! I like traditional names for stories. Steve’s always a good one, but that might just be because there are a lot of Steves in my world.

    Reply
  30. D R Smith
    December 4, 2012

    Cheers! Character name: Binni

    Reply
  31. Jack Muldowney
    December 5, 2012

    Winter booze’n! – Character: Tommy Longfellow, obviously.

    Reply
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