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Almonds

Almond is an edible seed of the 'Almond Tree'. It is used in cocktails for flavoring and texture add. Very popular in mulled wine such as: Glögi

Amaretti Biscuit

Cookie made with ground almonds and Amaretto Liqueur.

Apricot Marmalade

A very popular jam made with apricots. You can find it at any market or you can try making it at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apricots (dried firmly-packed)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

 

Instructions:

Wash fruit, soak 8 hours in the 4 c of water. Place over heat in water in which it has been soaked; simmer until very soft; rub through coarse sieve, return pulp to heat; when it reaches boiling point, add sugar and simmer gently for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring almost constantly as it scorches very easily. Add cinnamon while cooking. And pour into an sterilized container.

Artichoke Heart

Edible flower bud native to the Mediterranean. Artichoke hearts are easy to find in conserve for garnishing special cocktails.

Avocado

Fruit cultivated in tropical climates, it's a delicious and very versatile fruit. It's used in cocktails as part of the blending or garnishing.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, when combined with moisture and an acidic ingredient, the resulting reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide. This expands under hot temperatures causing baked goods to rise. 

 

Barley

A cereal grain used as base malt for beer and some distilled spirits.

Beef Stock

Stock made of marrow bones, meat chunks, herbs and vegetables simmered for a quite long period of time.

Bell Pepper

Also known as sweet pepper, is a large green, yellow, orange or red variety of capsicum. It has a mild or sweet flavor.

 

Bulgur

Bulgur is a mix of cracked wheat, commonly used in Middle Eastern food. 

Butter

Dairy product made from shaking up whole milk or cream into an emulsion that remains solid while refrigerated.

Candy Beans

Known as Jelly Beans, they are a type of candy made of sugar that comes in many different flavors, their name comes after the shape of a red kidney bean and generally have a hard candy shell and gummy interior. 

Candy Sprinkles

Also known as "jimmies", they are tiny candy shapes with different colors and flavors. 

Carrot

Root vegetable.

Celery Stalk

Celery is a common plant used for cooking and raw eating as an appetizer. The stalks of celery are popularly used as garnish center in most of tomato juice containing cocktails. Use it with a little bit of leaves on top for a classy touch. 

Chestnut

Raw or roasted chestnuts are edible nuts, that can also be eaten candied, or crushed as component of a recipe.

Chocochips Cookies

Cookies made with flour, sugars, butter or margarine, baking powder, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips.

 

Chocolate

Chocolate is the result of a proccess that originates from the seed of the tropical cacao tree. Very common ingredient in many kinds of confections such as pastry, baking, cooking, ice cream, and cocktails as ingredient or decorative item.

Types of Chocolate:

* Unsweetened chocolate: also known as bitter or baking chocolate.

* Dark Chocolate: chocolate without milk, it is also called plain chocolate, it is used to decorate cocktails when melted.

* Milk Chocolate: chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk added.

* Semisweet Chocolate: dark chocolate with high sugar content used for cooking.

* Bittersweet Chocolate: unsweetened chocolate with some sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla and sometimes lecithin.

* Coverture Chocolate: chocolate rich in cocoa butter, very popular in pastry.

* White Chocolate: a confection based on cocoa butter without cocoa solids.

Cocoa (Cacao) Powder:

Unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder that comes in natural and Dutch process cocoa, which is frequently used for chocolate drinks and cocktails garnishing sprinkled.

Chocolate Bonbons:

It's a sweet, sugar-coated, and chocolate covered confection, made with a cream filled center, often with fruits or nuts. E.g. Ferrero Rocher®

Chocolate Chips:

Drops of dark or white chocolate.

Chocolate Coffee Beans:

Dark chocolate shaped as coffee beans.

Chocolate Fudge Topping:

Dark chocolate paste.

Chocolate Shavings:

Use a peeler to shave chocolate curls.

Chocolate Sprinkles

Chocolate Sticks

Circus Peanut Candy

Circus peanuts are old time candies, invented way back in the 1800's, made of orange marshmallows in the shape of a peanut.

 

Coffee

Coffee the worldwide famous drink of every day, it comes from a seed of the coffee tree, which is ground to make coffee.

In the cocktails world, coffee will be used as ingredient and decorative purposes:

Black Coffee: a hot beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans.

Coffee Powder: instant coffee powder is a powdered coffee made by heat and dry freshly brewed coffee.

Condensed Milk

Condensed milk is milk reduced by evaporation, with sugar added.

Concentrate Juice

Concentrate juice is a form of fruit juice, which has all its water removed. It comes as a granulated, very strong-flavored substance that can be re-constituted at the time of usage by the addition of the solvent (water, or any liquid). Available at any food store in many flavors and colors. Such as: Kool-Aid Cherry Mix, Tang Mix, etc.

 

Cookie

Delicious sweet bite, is used for garnishing some cocktails, and to adding some additional texture. E.g. Oreo®

Corn Flour

Known also as corn meal, it's a powder made of corn and it's used in Mexican cuisine.

Cream Cheese

Sweet, soft, mild-tasting, white cheese. Available at any food store. E.g. Philadelphia®

Cucumber

Cucumbers, fresh or pickled are used in some cocktails as ingredient or/and garnish.

Egg

Egg is a very important ingredient in cocktails such as: Flips, Fizz, and Sours. It's crucial at the time of shaking or blending a cocktail with any part of the egg, whether it's yolk or white, or whole, that you use fresh, pasteurized eggs to avoid the risk of salmonella or any other nasty bacteria that could cause diseases we do not want. Some people prefer to use  the powdered egg white or yolks as a frothy agent, which is safe, and available at the liquor stores. In any case if you use fresh, do not forget to crack it open first, no cocktail asks for an egg with shell included.

Emu Egg

Egg of the largest bird native to Australia, the Emu.

Endive

A leaf vegetable that can be cooked or used raw. In cocktails it's used as garnish.

 

Evaporated Milk

Evaporated milk is a canned milk product made by removing about 60% of the water contained in fresh milk. 

Flour

Powder obtained by grinding grain, typically wheat.

 

Food Coloring

 

Food coloring is used to tint foods or drinks and most commonly colors are blue, green, red and yellow. It is generally liquid and comes in bottles available at any supermarket.

Fortune Cookie

A cookie served after Chinese meals in USA and Canada. It's made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with an inspirational note wrapped inside.

 

Gingersnaps

Sugar-coated cookie with a chewy texture and spicy flavor from brown sugar, molasses, and ground spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

 

Gold Leaf Flakes

They are edible gold leaf flakes produced mostly of 23 karats (and higher). These flakes are used to garnish great cocktails such as the ones containing Champagne, in order to accentuate its elegance and fine blending between ingredients.

Gum Ball

Ball made of bubblegum, comes in different colors, and flavors.

Hazelnut

Hazelnut is the nut of the hazel, edible and particularly used in cocktails as garnish or as flavoring of some liqueurs, and syrups.

 

Ice Cream

Ice cream is the most popular frozen dessert  in the world. It is made from milk, cream, and other ingredients that add flavor, texture, and color such as: fruits, sweeteners, artificial flavorings and colorings, and of course a wide variety of natural ingredients. It is also found around the world as: sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, helado.

Common Flavors used in some Cocktails: Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Capuccino, Mint, Orange, etc.

Jello

Jello is a fruit- flavored gelatin dessert made from the gelatin powder mixed with hot and cold water.

 

Ladyfinger

Light, crispy, and sweet biscuits shaped like a large finger.

Maraschino Cherry

Maraschino cherry is a very popular ingredient in many cocktails, it's made by preserved, sweetened cherries. These cherries are soaked then in a suspension of sugar syrup and food coloring, which gives them their characteristic color: red. However there are also other colored cherries such as the green and gold.

 

Marshmallow

It's a confection made of sugar, water, gelatin, and flavorings blended into a spongy consistency piece. Available at any food store in different colors, sizes, and flavors.

 

Mascarpone Cheese

It's an Italian type of cow's milk cheese made from double or triple cream, tartaric acid, and sometimes buttermilk and lemon juice. It's milky-white in color and easy to spread. Popular for being the main ingredient of tiramisu, the most traditional Italian dessert.

 

 

Mouth Wash

Very unusual ingredient for a cocktail recipe, but sometimes you have to play with items that in the end will give that touch of exclusiveness to your drink. Listerine is the brand of the mouth wash used for the recipe. Available at any supermarket.

Nutella

The brand of a chocolate paste with hazelnuts and almonds. It was originated in Italy by the famous company Ferrero.

Oatmeal

It's the ground oat groats, which is a cereal very rich in protein. Oatmeal is used in porridges and beverages.

Olive Oil

It's an oil obtained from the olives. Available at any food store. E.g. Bertolli.

Onion

That's right! Onions are also used in cocktails mostly for garnishing purposes and a pinch of flavor. Pear pickled onions are the most used for their little appearance and sweetness.

Orange Marmalade

Orange marmalade is used to sweeten and flavor cocktails. 

Homemade Recipe

Ingredients:

6-8 small oranges
1 lemon (juice)
1.4 litres water
1.1kg granulated sugar

Instructions:

1. Slice the oranges in half. Using a metal spoon, scoop out the flesh over a bowl to collect any juice, leaving the pith behind. Reserve the shells.

3. Put the flesh, juice and pips in a food processor and blend until smooth.

4. Push the purée through a sieve into a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan.

5. Now scoop out as much of the pith from the shells as possible. Slice the rind into very thin matchstick strips and add these to the sieved flesh in the pan.

6. Pour in the lemon juice and water.

7. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the rind is very soft and the mixture has reduced by half.

8. Over a low heat, add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved. Boil for about 10 minutes, skimming off any froth on the surface.

9. After 10 minutes, spoon a little of the marmalade onto a cold plate and place in the fridge. If it sets to a jelly the marmalade is cooked. If necessary, cook for a further 5-10 minutes and test again.

10. Allow the marmalade to cool slightly, then pour into the sterilized jars.

Orange or Lemon Sorbet

Orange or Lemon Sorbets are a sort of ice cream but without cream. Here it is a homemade recipe for you to try or to figure out what it is about.

Ingredients:

250g 98oz) granulated sugar
600ml (1 pint) water
300ml (½ pints) unsweetened orange juice (or lemon juice)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind (or lemon rind)
Serves 4


Instructions:


Place sugar and water in a pan over moderate heat and stir until dissolved. Bring to boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature, and then stir in the fruit juices and rind. Pour into a shallow freezer proof tray. Freeze to a snowy, granular texture stirring every 30 minutes. Spoon into 4 tall glasses and serve immediately. (If the ice freezes solid, transfer to the fridge to soften until it can be mashed with a fork.)
This recipe also works well with lemon instead of orange.

Oyster

Oysters belong to the group of shellfish and the edible ones can be eaten half shelled raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, broiled (grilled) or used in a variety of drinks.

Panela

Panela is an unrefined rough and dark sweetener obtained from sugarcane juice, it is typical of Central and South America and it comes in a shape of a brick which can be chopped or shaved and used in different kinds of food preparations.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a paste made from ground roasted peanuts used as sandwich spread and flavoring basis for some cocktails.

Pecan Nuts

Roasted and raw, pecan nuts are popular as a snack or for dessert preparation.

Pine

As a gentle touch in garnishing some cocktails, people like to use pine twigs or needles to decorate their creations. They also contributes to the drink with aroma and nice looks.

Pistachio

Pistachio is the name for a nutlike fruit of the tree with the same name, this fruit is an edible, green or yellow kernel that is consumed roasted with salt or as ingredient for many desserts.

 

 

Potato Starch

Potato starch is obtained by crushing potatoes until the starch grains are released and then they are washed out and dried to a powder. It's used to thickening agent.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are the seeds obtained from the pumpkins, they are roasted and look flat, green, with a subtly sweet and nutty taste.

 

Raisins

Raisins are dried grapes. There are different types depending on the variety of grape used. A variety of colors is available: black, red, yellow, purple, and green.

Rice

Rice is a cereal grain, very important food for most of the world. It's used in the world of the drinks for making liqueurs and spirits such as the famous Japanese Sake. 

Salami

Salami is a highly seasoned sausage, originally from Italy and eaten cold in slices.

 

Smoked Salmon

Cured, and smoked salmon thin fillets.

Toast

Sliced bread browned on both sides by an toaster machine or on pan over fire.

 

Twizzler Candy

Twizzlers are popular twisted, fruit-flavored candy, also known as Licorice Candy.

 

Violet Jam

Jam made with edible violet blossoms, water, and sugar.

Walnut

Walnut is the large edible seed of the walnut tree, it has two halves contained within a hard shell that is enclosed in a fruit. Italian liqueurs such as Nocino and Nocello are flavored with walnuts. In cocktails is used for garnishing nutty-drinks.

 

Watercress

It's an aquatic plant that grows in running water and its leaves are edible.

 

Watermelon Seeds

Not only good for spitting them out, watermelon seeds are also edible if they are roasted. Purchase available online or at ethnic grocery stores. 

Yeast

The Baker's type of yeast, is a leavening agent in baking bread. It converts the fermentable sugars into carbon dioxide and ethanol. The active dry yeast and instant yeast are more common and they're used for the elaboration of some alcoholic beverages such as the traditional Sima in Finland.

Zucchini

It's a small summer squash, it could be green or yellow-colored and it's edible raw when very fresh, and tender or cooked when ripe.