We're retro in a modern way, and are always looking to put a new spin on classic cocktails. Now that late summer is here, we want to take every remaining chance to indulge in what flavor remains.
In other words, get down to your local farmer's market, or into your garden, and make some happy combinations of herb-infused delights, like this time-honored traditional summer love.
It's Valentine's week and love is in the air. We here have been celebrating all of the relationships in our lives; spouses, parents, loyal pets and best friends. We all know February 14th is Valentine's Day. But did you know February 13th is also a very special holiday? 'Galentine's Day', first introduced during NBC's Parks and Recreation, is a holiday that was created to celebrate friendship and the very special relationships you have with your girlfriends (ladies celebrating ladies). So, how will you celebrate this Valentine's Week? How about brunch with your best girlfriends? Or send out some handmade valentines? We know one thing is for sure – we will be celebrating love with wine.
Preparing a romantic dinner for two? Add a touch of elegance with the new Rabbit Stainless Steel Wine Pourers with Stoppers ; perfectly pours each glass with no drips or spills. And the Stainless Steel body looks great while serving.
The big game is coming up quickly; do you know how you will spend your Super Bowl Sunday? If you are like us, it will include great friends and endless snacking. But who wants to spend all day in the kitchen? This year, make something your friends will love without the hassle. You actually want to watch the game, right? I am a huge fan of a simple, classic, one-pot recipe. Less mess, less clean up. We have a great recipe that combines two of our favorite things in this world: cheese and wine. Try it out – your friends will thank you:
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total time: 25 min
½ pound imported Swiss cheese, shredded
½ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cherry brandy
½ teaspoon dry mustard
And anything you'd like for dipping! My favorites are Granny Smith apples, crusty bread (think Sourdough or a French baguette), and roasted artichoke hearts.
1. In a small bowl, coat the cheese with cornstarch. Set aside. Rub the inside of the ceramic fondue pot with the garlic, and then discard.
2. Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese gradually (so the cheese can melt, encouraging a smooth fondue). Once smooth, stir in the cherry brand, mustard, and nutmeg.
3. Serve with your favorite dipping foods.
And as an added bonus, you have the remaining white wine to enjoy during the game! If you have another beverage in mind however, save your wine for another time. Our new Rabbit Stainless Steel Wine Preserver will remove air from your wine bottle, preserving the taste for next time. But we wouldn't blame you for enjoying it right away :)
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As the year comes to a close, we begin to look forward to the new year. What better way to toast to 2015 and ring in the new year than with a Classic Champagne Cocktail? And really, who doesn't love to pop bottles on New Years Eve? Whether hosting your own New Year's party or getting ready for a night out with friends, you will be sure to impress with this bubbly favorite:
Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 Sugar Cube
3-6 Dashes of Angostura bitters
4-6 Ounces of Brut Champagne
Lemon Twist (garnish)
Soak the sugar cube with bitters. Place the Champagne in a flute. Slowly pour the Champagne into the glass until it is within an inch of the rim. Add lemon twist as a garnish.
Pro Tip: 'Dodge the cork' should not be one of your next party games. Let's be honest, uncorking Champagne can be difficult. Stubborn corks, spills, and the always nerve-wracking 'flying' cork are some real problems when opening a bottle of Champagne. Stop the struggle with the Rabbit Velvet Champagne Set – not only will you and all of your friends be able to open Champagne like a pro with the Rabbit Champagne Pliers, you will look good doing it too. Added bonus: if you do by chance have leftover Champagne after the festivities have ended – don't throw it away! Keep it fresh and bubbly using the Rabbit Champagne Sealer (included in the set).
The holiday season is officially upon is. And tis the season for family, friends and memories to be made. Whether you are enjoying a cozy night in or entertaining for your next holiday party, we have a few festive holiday cocktails that will be sure to impress.
The Classic Hot Toddy
1 ½ oz brown liquor (whiskey, brandy or rum)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish (optional)
Too cold to go out? Turn on your favorite holiday movie and relax with this classic winter drink. To make measuring simple, use the new Rabbit Adjustable Jigger to measure out liquids for perfect precision. Combine the liquor of your choice, honey, lemon juice and hot water into a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
4 in piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups vodka or gin
2 cups cranberry juice
Splash club soda
To make the ginger syrup, place all syrup ingredients (4 inch piece of ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water) in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup (about 20 minutes). Strain and allow to cool fully.
Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and the ginger syrup. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full and top off with club soda. Garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Pro Tip: Want to keep your cocktail cool without watering it down? Keep the pitcher in the fridge (without ice) and when you are ready to serve, place a new Rabbit Jumbo Chilling Stone at the bottom of the glass. Then simply fill, serve and enjoy!
Hot Spiced Sangria
2 bottles red wine
2 bottles white wine
1 cup brandy
1 sliced orange
2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup simple syrup
This has to be the easiest cocktail recipe, especially if you are making drinks for a large get together. Simply combine all of the ingredients listed above into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then keep warm on low until ready to serve. If you do not have a slow cooker, keep the drink warm on a stovetop in a saucepan over low heat. Pro Tip: That's a lot of wine – to save time on opening bottles, use the new Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew. No buttons, no fuss. Simply place on top of the bottle and the corkscrew automatically removes and ejects the cork for you! This recipe just got a whole lot easier.
Turns out that 49 out of 50 states have gotten snow so far this year which got me to thinking about cocktails that involve snow.
There is something called the "Snow Melt" that combines 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Amaretto and hot chocolate, which can be made in the Rabbit Fliptop Stainless Cocktail Shaker. Alas, although I checked several web sites for recipes, there is no actual snow used in the "Snow Melt".
For those of you who don't know, Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place this Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks.
What does that mean for Metrokaners?
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and "the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year."
Interesting fact: The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held (for example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season, while this coming Super Bowl (# XLVIII) will be played on February 2, 2014, following the 2013.
At this point, Super Bowl Sunday is now considered by some a de facto American national holiday (the game played in 2011 became the most-watched American television program in history, drawing an average audience of 111 million viewers and taking over the spot held by the previous year's Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the number 1 spot held for twenty-eight years by the final episode of M*A*S*H.)
It is also is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving. Beer seems to be the beverage of choice, but don't let that stop you from elevating your chicken wings with a nice Merlot (http://www.hellovino.com/wine/pairing/chickenwings...) recc'd by hellovino.com as the best wine to go with wings) which you can open like a real man (even if you're a woman) using the original, award winning Rabbit Corkscrew ($50), which works on all bottle sizes and pulls a cork in 3 seconds flat.
Top the bottle with a Rabbit Aerating Pourer ($30.00) and you don't even have to look (but you'll want to!) when you pour.
Red not your thing? Try a Spumante, which you can keep chilled in the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe ($50).
Don't care about the game? No problem, you can just kick back, have a cocktail (Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer) and enjoy the commercials and half-time entertainment like the rest of us!
The Golden Globes were announced this past Sunday, and the nominations for the Oscars were announced this morning. So what does that mean to you, dear reader?
It means that come March 2nd , you can be cozy in front of your television with a glass of wine in hand, opened by a VIP Rabbit ($120), the ultimate, top-of-the-line model of the Rabbit Corkscrew (why not celebrate like The Wolf of Wall Street?).
If you're having friends over for an Oscar party, consider ordering some Rabbit Wine Charms. They come six in a box, in an assortment of vibrant colors with stainless Rabbit ears to make it easier for guests to personalize and keep track of their own glass.
Of course if you're going for cocktails (a la the revelers in American Hustle), check out the Rabbit Fliptop Stainless Cocktail Shaker. At only $25 bucks ($29 for the 24 ounce size), you can celebrate like the (not nominated) Gatsby!
Next up: Valentine's Day!
Whether you plan to celebrate Old Year's or Saint Sylvester's Day, or just plain New Year's Eve, December 31st has long been a day to party.
In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where people dance, eat, drink and watch fireworks to mark the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new one. And what a better way to pop the cork on that bottle of champagne than with Metrokane (try our Velvet Champagne Pliers)? Prefer a cocktail or two? We've got you covered there too with our Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer.
So whether you're among the first to welcome the New Year (Kiribati and Samoa) or the last (that would be in Hawaii), we at Metrokane wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
Having stocking stuffer issues? Looking for a great hostess/wine-lover gift for under $10 bucks? Or something that will impress? Look no further than Metrokane's selection of great holiday gifts!
It all begins with the Rabbit Bottleneck Gift Collection, a great way to include a Rabbit--from Bottle Stoppers ($4.00), Flipper Pourer/Stoppers ($8.00), Bottle Toppers ($5.00) or a Zippity Waiter's Corkscrew ($10.00) to bump up a bottle of wine or champagne (the little devils are ingeniously packaged to loop around the bottle top.
Next on the stocking stuffer list is the new Rabbit Wine Preserving Stoppers, small but effective vacuum pumps (in chic black and holiday red!) that also serve as an attractive stopper ($10.00).
If you have more money in your budget, check out the battery-powered Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver (+ two stoppers!), a faster, easier and more effective way to preserve red wine ($39.99). A vacuum (strong enough to give you a hand hickey!) preserves the wine's flavor in 10 to 15 seconds and preserves the bouquet for a week or more.
If design is your thing, you'll want to check out Rabbit's Space Saving Wine Rack (included MOMA's collection) which fits into a fridge, providing cool storage for white wine. Crafted of high-tensile-strength steel and structural plastic, it's the perfect solution to convenient wine storage. And for only $20 bucks, you'll be able to snag one for yourself.
For bigger spenders there's the New Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50) combines a premium Electric Corkscrew with a polished chrome Foil Cutter and the Rabbit Wine Preserving Stopper. They are all displayed and stored in a sensational Lucite presentation case. Opening and preserving wine has never been so dazzling!
And for those who were very good this year, the VIP Rabbit ($120) is the ultimate, top-of-the-line model of the Rabbit Corkscrew. It comes in a presentation case of genuine leather (red for the holidays!) and polished chrome with an engraveable plaque. The VIP Rabbit itself is the sterling model—die-cast metal body finished with polished chrome. The grip pads are matching leather. Polished chrome foil cutter and spiral included. It's the consummate gift.