A Creepy Cocktail for Halloween: Fresh Beet Gin Fizz

We love beets! Beets taste of the soil in which they were grown and they are our icon, our mascot. Beets were also a major staple in the kitchen when the three of us starting cooking and working together – so we are and always will be fond of beets.

Our writing often focuses on seasonality and this beet-based cocktail is certainly one that will fit the bill for this immediate season – Halloween night.

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Crafting A Lemon Verbena Gimlet – A Recipe & Gallery

It’s hot as $@&#, right? This type of weather calls for a cocktail. OurLocaltopia has you covered! Continue reading “Crafting A Lemon Verbena Gimlet – A Recipe & Gallery”

Melon & Tequila Cocktail – Recipe and Gallery

 Tequila & Melon, together at last!

We have had quite the melon-filled August here at OurLocaltopia. And it ain’t over yet! Yes, of course we have a recipe for a melon cocktail. This delightful drink can be altered to suit your tastes, and has a beautiful color that shows well in a pre-chilled glass. Thirsty yet? Click through for our full recipe and photo galley guide… Continue reading “Melon & Tequila Cocktail – Recipe and Gallery”

In Praise of Gin and the Elderflower Greyhound – Recommendations & A Recipe

An OLT favorite.
An OLT favorite.

There are certain truths in life. The sky is blue; you are bound to pay your taxes, and after taxes (or life or work) things are better with a little nip from the bottle. At OurLocaltopia we believe in many things; one of which is an abiding respect of and praise for the nectar known as gin. While we have explored drinks with different gins (sloe gin, sweet gin, infused gin), there has been one constant gin from the very beginning: Hendricks. We adore this exceptional gin, which is floral, deep, and outright spectacular. It’s worth seeking out if you haven’t tried it, and it’s now readily available in most markets. This will work with any gin, just remember that the quality of your booze is important. At least for the first drink! In the early days of our blog we would gather at a table planning classes or events around this iconic dark bottle, with no accompaniments but soda and limes. While that still passes, now and then we like to ante-up a bit. So here is a recipe for a pretty little drink, as refreshing as it is colorful, and one that is enjoyed under a blue sky, after taxes, in the midst of life, after work, or – any time you please. Enjoy it as we have, with friends, coworkers, and great company.

Gin Greyhound with Elderflower Liqueur
Into an ice filled low-ball or high-ball glass (depending on how heavy you want your drink to be, choose the glass that fits your needs!), fill with the following ingredients…
3 measures dry gin
½ measure elderflower liqueur
Top with strained fresh grapefruit juice
Optional: add a splash of seltzer
Garnish with fresh citrus. Remember, garnishes are important! A good cocktail garnish is like a Christmas present that has been expertly wrapped with care and detail. It’s like receiving two presents in one. You’ve spent money on the gin and the elderflower liqueur… why stop there? Make it beautiful!
Drink and repeat until life gets better!

Good drinking!

~Jonathan Dye

Friday Night Sloe Gin Fizz

This refreshing libation will entice and surprise.
This refreshing libation will entice and surprise.

Sloe Gin, a sweet dark colored liqueur made from gin, sloes (dark berries) and sugar steeped for several weeks, is a revelation!  Find it at your local wine shop.  We forget that it has been around for ages, and choose to focus on the fact that it’s new to us!  Summery, pleasant, and sophisticated with the luscious foam from a small bit of egg white, this drink is one for the books…. Continue reading “Friday Night Sloe Gin Fizz”

Thursday Night Pomelo Sour


I mentioned a cocktail during our class on Tuesday that I have been making with some of pomelos and I thought that a recipe might be in order. I am but a budding bartender but I think that this cocktail is a really good one. I believe that it technically falls into “sour” family of drinks – spirit + citrus + sweetener + egg white – but we’re not going to use egg whites (pomelo juice foams up fine Continue reading “Thursday Night Pomelo Sour”