Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Martini Club: Round Pond Cocktails


Welcome to this edition of The Martini Club! Today I am sharing some delicious cocktail recipes from Round Pond Estate in Napa, California. I had an amazing experience at this estate when I was visiting Julia. We had an olive oil tasting....just the two of us! First we had a tour of their facility, which is a small, family run operation. Then we were treated to an olive oil tasting. They set up lovely glasses of their different olive oils--an Italian Varietal, a Spanish Varietal, a Blood Orange olive oil, and a Lemon Meyer olive oil. They are all unique and wonderful, and were served with wine, fresh bread, cheese and produce from the Valley. This was a divine treat, and suffice it to say I came home with a large stash of their products. 


In addition to the olive oils and wine, they also produce two types of citrus syrups--a Blood Orange Syrup and a Meyer Lemon Syrup. These syrups had very intense, fresh, bright flavors, and as soon as I tasted them, I knew they would be fabulous in a cocktail. So of course I emailed Round Pond and asked them to send me some recipes. And they did! 


Here are four tasty cocktails using these syrups....enjoy!





Round Pond Estate Citrus Syrups
Cocktail List

Meyer Lemonade
2 – parts – Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 – parts – San Pellegrino
1 – part – Round Pond Meyer Lemon Syrup
6 – Lemon Verbena Leaves
( muddle the six leaves at the bottom of a pint glass – add ice – all of the liquid ingredients )
( then transfer the entire contents into an empty pint glass, and back again )
( garnish with a Meyer lemon wheel )

Blood Orange Manhattan
3 – parts – Makers Mark Bourbon
1 – part – Punt a Mes Sweet Vermouth
1 – part – Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup
2 – dashes – Pechaud Bitters
( fill a martini shaker with all liquid ingredients and ice then shake gently for ten seconds )
( pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a blood orange twist and a brandied cherry )



Meyer Lemon Sidecar
3 – parts – Remy Martin VSOP
1 – part – Round Pond Meyer Lemon Syrup
1 – part – Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice
( fill a martini shaker with all liquid ingredients and ice then shake gently for ten seconds )
( pour into a chilled martini glass with Demarara sugar on half the rim )
( garnish with a Meyer lemon twist )

Blood Orange Negroni
3 – parts – Charbay Blood Orange Vodka
1 – part – Campari
1 – part – Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup
2 – dashes – Angostura Bitters
( fill a martini shaker with all liquid ingredients and ice then shake gently for ten seconds )
( pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a blood orange twist ) 



Yum! Who's ready for Happy Hour? Huge thanks to Round Pond for providing these luscious recipes.

Happy Sloshy Sunday,
Penelope

6 comments:

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

That was sooooo much fun! Might be my favorite tasting of all time. I loved slurping the olive oil! I have to take hubby up there. Let's do it again, Missy!

Penelope said...

That place was fab....I can't wait to visit again. This time I'll bring Carl, too! :^)

Fiction Vixen said...

Oh verra nice!! Love this lushy post! :)

Tom Stronach said...

Penelope Darling,

make sure you bring the cocktail mixer with you when you travel...... it will come in handy when we get stranded on our desert island

Penelope said...

Hey FV....I like it lushy.

Penelope said...

Tom--- we must have the frozen margarita maker for the island, too. Sure hope we have electrical outlets on that island!