Frosé and Other Summer Cocktails on Better Connecticut

By Brian Mitchell, Max Restaurant Group Beverage Director

This morning I appeared on the taping of Better Connecticut, on Channel WFSB 3 in Hartford. They had a special request to get a demo of the immediately popular Fosé Cocktail, which has popped up everywhere this summer.  They also asked for a couple other summer drink options to check out as well.

The Frosé can kind of be made in two different ways – 1 as a simply wine blended with ice, or a bit closer to a cocktail construction where we add flavors such as strawberry and lemon and keep a sense of wine and fruit in the drink.  With the first option, while simple, it tends to water down the “wine” aspect of the drink as the ice melts, therefore you get less impact of flavor.  With the second method it takes a little planning ahead but the results are definitely tasty.

For the first method, you simply add your bottle of rosé wine the equal amounts of ice in a blender and blend until the ice is crushed and incorporated. Add to the glass and garnish as desired. Quick, easy and cold.

For the Frosé where we are making more of a cocktail style, here is what you do…

Strawberry Summer Frosé
Ingredients:
1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir, Malbec or Merlot rosé)
Strawberry syrup – ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries
• 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation
1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle – need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag, ice tray or open top pan so the expanding ice will not burst the glass)
This will take about 6 hours, but will not be completely frozen as alcohol has a very low freezing point

Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

Put frozen rosé into a blender.
Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth.
Transfer back to the freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 30 minutes.
To serve, blend again until Frosé is slushy.
Serve in coupe glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Other Summer Drinks:

Local Lemonade (Blueberry Version)
Ingredients:
10 fresh blueberries
1oz Vodka
1oz Whiskey
¾ oz Agave Syrup (1:1)
6oz Fresh Lemonade
Glass – 16oz Tumbler
Garnish – lemon wheel

Preparation
Add blueberries to glass and gently muddle
Add vodka, whiskey and agave, fill with ice, top with lemonade and garnish

Watermelon Crush (Snow Cone)
Ingredients:

Watermelon Juice – Depending on how much you want to make, juice some watermelon, but save the solids to infuse into the vodka for a few days.
Watermelon infused vodka
Basil Syrup and Lemon Juice

For single drinks – the ratio is about 3oz infused vodka, 3oz watermelon juice, 1oz lemon juice and 1/2oz basil syrup to flavor
This can be served in a mason jar over ice, garnish with a wedge of watermelon

For batches and the snow cones – juice the watermelon to make the base, then use the watermelon pulp to infuse the vodka for extra flavor, mix all and serve over crushed ice in a snow cone cup. A Straw helps.

 

Max Chef to Farm Camp Courant

 

On Thursday June 15, 2017 Max’s Restaurant Group began it’s 10th Chef to Farm  season hitting the road to Camp Courant located in Farmington, CT. Max’s Chef to Farm event theme was an adult twist on childhood campfire classics with the signature cocktail of the night featured as Grown Up Bug Juice, a green refreshing drink to start off the night. 

Reception featured: Tuna Fish made with ahi poke, Pigs in a Blanket made with fig, bacon and gorgonzola, Grilled Cheese & Tomato soup with gazpacho shooters, a Green Bean Casserole made with haricot vert and mushroom soubise, Ants on a Log made with crostini, whipped chicken liver and caraway, Eat your Veggies with pizza courtesy of Savoy Road Show and Cheese Burger Sliders.

1st Course featured Fish Sticks with a twist to include: local bombster scallop ceviche with plantain sticks.

2nd Course featured Green Eggs & Ham with twist with a poached farm fresh egg, asparagus, English peas and prosciutto.

3rd Course featured Frank and Beans with a twist that included mereguez sausage, gigante beans and wilted local greens.

4th Course featured an adult version of PB&J made with a braised pork belly and j’cama slaw.

5th Course featured a take on the classic chicken fingers with chicken milanese and warm fingerling potato salad.

6th Course featured Savoy Road Show S’mores complemented with spiked milkshakes.

A portion of the ticket costs was donated towards Camp Courant.

(Published and Produced by Marketing & Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Hartford Flavor Company Dinner

 

On Thursday June 1, 2017 Max’s Oyster Bar & The Savoy Roadshow hosted the Road Trip and Pop-Up Cocktail Pairing Dinner. While the original venue for the event was planned to be at the Hartford Flavor Company, the event was moved to Max’s Oyster Bar at West Hartford Center.

The reception of the dinner started with Seasonal Passed Hors d’Oeuvres with plays on familiar summer tastes paired with a strawberry and cranberry syrup with prosecco.

 

The first course consisted of a Crab & Cucumber Salad made with Maine Peeky Toe Crab, Marinated Cucumbers, Radish, Fresh Peas, Baby Greens, Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette paired with cool cucumber cocktail.

 

The second course consisted of a Pizza Bianco made with Ricotta, Goat Cheese, Fontina, Parmesan, Asaparagus, Prosciutto paired with a Rose Hip To Be Sour Drink.

The third course consisted of a Chai Spiced Roasted Chicken made with Curry Scented Couscous, Roasted Artichokes and Tzatziki Sauce.

The fourth course consisted of a Miso-Birch Glazed Pork Belly with Kimchi Ramen and Miso Broth with a Birch Old Fashioned Cocktail.

The fifth course consisted of a Lavender Spiced New Zealand Lamb with a Spring Vegetable Panzanella Salad, Ramp Pesto paired with a Lavender Boulavardier cocktail.

 

The final and sixth course ended with a Cranberry Milk Shake made with Strawberries, Cranberry Shortcake and Whipped cream accompanied by a piece of strawberry shortcake.

 (Published and Produced by Marketing & Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Trumbull Kitchen Patron Tequila Dinner

On Friday May 26 Trumbull Kitchen hosted its 2nd Patron Tequila Dinner in Downtown Hartford. The event featured a five course meal with a reception starting with chips and Charred tomato, tomatillo, habanero-mushroom.

The event’s first course consisted of Ostra en el Mitad Cascara; Blue Point oysters on the half shell with green adobo-smoky chipotle salsa.

The event’s second course featured Ensalada Capriana with Back yard drop and Zebrino tomatoes, napal-poblamo Rajasthan red sorrel and pumpkin seeds.

The event’s third course featured Wood Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Red chile marinade, guajilo mango salsa, warm rice salad and potato hay.

The event’s fourth course featured Carne Asada with Ancho grilled rib eye, black beans, house made crema and guacamole.

The event’s final course consisted of a Abuelita Chocolate Pecan Tart with XO whipped cream.

(Published and created by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max’s Oyster Bar Hartford Flavor Dinner

Looking to start your weekend early ?

Join Max’s Oyster Bar on Thursday Evening on June 1, 2017 for a Road Trip and Pop-Up Cocktail Pairing Dinner at the Hartford Flavor Company with a reception starting at 6:30 pm.

Dinner will include a selection of several dishes that include: a selection of summer seasonal Hors d’Oeuvres, a Crab & Cucumber Salad, Pizza Bianco, a Chai Spiced Roasted Chicken, a Miso-birched Brazed Pork Belly, a Lavender Spiced New Zealand Lamb and ending with a Cranberry Milkshake.

The event will be lead by Chef Hunter Morton and Mixologist Derek Vitale alongside the Savoy Roadshow inspired from the flavors of Wild Moon Spirits and seasonal ingredients from local farms within Hartford County.

Ticket prices are $110 per person.

(Not including tax & gratuity)

Location of event: Hartford Flavor Company, 30 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106

For more information & reservations: http://mobtakeover.brownpapertickets.com/

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

We are Not Saying You Will Live Longer by Drinking Amaro,                              but you will definitely have a good time while you are here if you do…

Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

A COCKTAIL DINNER FOR THOSE A LITTLE MORE ADVENTUROUS

The word amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian.
And that’s just what we are celebrating, to varying degrees. Made by infusing a neutral spirit or wine with a blend of botanicals, Amaro is always aged in either a barrel or a bottle. Each expression uses a very specific recipe of ingredients like herbs, flowers, bark, and citrus peels to create its own unique character, which varies greatly based on where it’s produced. Tempered by adding sugar, some Amari are sweeter than others, but all have an underlying herbal bitterness, creating the intense and refreshing flavor that has made it such a popular drink in Europe, and now is highlighted as a key cocktail ingredient by the modern bartender.

While many countries have their own versions of the liqueur, Italy produces some of the best. This menu is designed to highlight the best of both worlds, with Amari cocktails by Anthony DeVito and a pairing menu to match by Chef Michael Touranjoe. Join us as we dive deep into the dark end with beautifully crafted cocktails and the menu to match.

March 14, 2017

Reception 6:15, Seating at 6:30

Reception

1.
Seaside Rendezvous
Hamachi
Canteloupe, Fennel Frawns, Yuzu Foam
Marinade with Tamarind, Ginger and Lime

2.
Chartreuse Mousse
Minted Pea Soup
Basil Crystals, Vanilla Crème Fraiche, Nutmeg

3.
Honey Don’t
Rosemary Shrimp Brochette
Salted Honey, Gingered White Balsamic Gastrique, Arugula

4.
Campari Fireball (Shot)
Blood Orange Sorbetto
Chartreuse Granita

5.
Boulevardier Variant
Short Rib Risotto
Chocolate, Bada Bing Cherry

6.
Senza Nome
Foie Gras
Smoked Strawberry Jam, Brioche, Ancho Demi Glaze, Chicory

Dessert
Maple Fernet
Sweet Raspberry Crêpe
Walnut, Bitter Sweet Chocolate, Fernet Branca Syrup

$85 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for Reservations
860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

Derby Day at The Cooper

Derby Horse

This Saturday, May 7, is Derby Day at

THE COOPER, in Palm Beach Gardens
 
Join us for the most exciting two minutes in sports!

Featuring Derby-inspired Cocktails

Mint Julep
“The Preakness”
“Belmont Stakes Long Island”


…and Food…

Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly
sweet corn puree | corn nuts

Crispy Cornmeal Fried Green Tomatoes
rogue smokey blue cheese | pickled watermelon radish

Kentucky “Hot Brown” Slider
dark meat turkey burger | roasted tomato | pimento mornay sauce
mini challah bun


RESERVE ONLINE

The Cooper Restaurant
4610 PGA Boulevard – Suite 100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Celebrate Cinco with Cazadores Tequila at Oyster Bar

Cazadores 2016

Max’s Oyster Bar Is Pleased To Present:

A Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Featuring Tequila Cazadores

Special Guest Speaker
Nadine Gengras, Tequila Maven

Thursday | May 5 | 6:30pm

Please join us for a special “Cinco Celebration”
with a menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton
and cocktails created by Mixologist Derek Vitale.

Tequila Cazadores. From the Highland region of Jalisco, Mexico,
where earthly elements align to produce the most perfect agave.
The climate yields sweet, strong and delicious plants.
Matured to perfection for at least seven years.

To learn more about Tequila Cazadores, please visit their website.

EL MENU

CUANDO TE SIENTAS
(“When You Sit”)
Bohemia | Original Lager
Snapper Ceviche
watermelon granita, cucumber gel, pineapple, chiluba caviar, corn tortilla

UNO
Cazadores Tequila Silver
Chili Paloma Side By Side with Mini-Shooter
Margarita’s Shrimp Tamale
roasted tomato sauce

DOS
Cazadores Tequila Reposado
El Diablo Side By Side with Mini-Shooter
Taco el Pollo
confit chicken, grilled mexican onions, chele’s death salsa

TRES
Cazadores Tequila Anejo
Oaxaca Old Fashioned Side by Side with Mini-Shooter
Chile Relleno
broad brook beef, poblano pepper,
oaxaca queso fresco, tequila-lime crema

EL POSTRE
(“Dessert”)
Cazadores Tequila Extra Anejo
Sipper
Tequila Tres Leches Cake
coconut, pineapple

~menu subject to change~

Dinner Followed By Live Music

$72.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.236.6299

 

Max Downtown Supports Journey Home

Max Downtown is very pleased to announce a month-long benefit to help Journey Home, one of Hartford’s leading advocacy groups working to end homelessness in Ct.  Journey Home is a team of innovative problem solvers who are passionate about ending homelessness in our community. Founded in 2007 as the agency responsible for implementing Hartford’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Journey Home has grown to become a strategic leader and valued partner for homeless service providers throughout the region.

journey-home-logo-FINAL (1) whiteJourney Home’s mission is to accelerate progress towards ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. Partnering with the region’s social service providers, Journey Home focuses on solving the problem of chronic homelessness with housing, employment, and support services, rather than managing it with emergency shelter. As a catalyst for systemic change, Journey Home develops and implements innovative ways to improve the housing and service system in order to offer those experiencing homelessness paths toward independent, fulfilling, and productive lives.

IMG_20160104_100302005Max Downtown is supporting the efforts of Journey Home during the month of January 2016, by featuring a special cocktail all month long, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Journey Home.  The Wild Moon Beam Cocktail, created by Max Downtown’s Bar Manager Michael Boiano, features Jim Beam Bourbon along with Hartford’s very own Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur by the Hartford Flavor Company.

For each drink purchased through the month of January, Max Downtown will donate $1 to Journey Home.  Max Downtown will also be helping to host the Journey Home 2016 Gala at City Place in Hartford on January 29th.  For more information on that event, please click here.

WILD MOON BEAM
Glass: Rocks
.75oz Jim Beam Bourbon
.75oz Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur
.75oz Averna Amaro
.75oz Lemon Juice
Combine in a tin with ice, integration shake
Garnish: 5 x cranberries (dried) soaked in Bourbon

The Cooper Presents a Scotch and Cigar Dinner 7/23

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The Cooper Restaurant
is pleased to present a
Scotch and Cigar Dinner featuring
The Balvenie Distillery | Davidoff Cigars

Thursday, July 23
6:00pm reception | 6:30 seating

Special guest speakers for the evening will be
Carlos Escalona from Davidoff Cigars

Davidoff_cigarsDavid Laird, The Balvenie Ambassador

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Menu by Chef Adam Brown

Reception
Craft Cocktail Featuring Monkey Shoulder Blended Whisky
Chorizo & Manchego Stuffed Dates (passed)

First course
The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
Smoked Faroe Island Salmon Tartar
Smoked eggplant purée/pickled eggplant/quail egg/crispy sunchokes

Second Course
The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel
Roasted Lamb Loin
Duck fat braised Brussels sprouts, “butter scotch” gastrique, tobacco onions

Entree
side by side with
The Balvenie 12yr Double Wood and The Balvenie 17yr Double Wood
Coffee Rubbed Prime New York Strip Steak
Braised short rib& smoked bacon ragout, sherry- wild mushroom Demi, watercress “pesto”

Dessert
The Balvenie 21yr Port Wood
Ancho-Cinnamon Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chartreuse whipped cream

cigars provided will be | Davidoff Classic 2000 and Davidoff Winston Churchill

$92 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Please call The Cooper for reservations
561.622.0032

The Cooper Restaurant is located at
4610 PGA Boulevard | Palm Beach Gardens

seating for this event is very limited