It is finally here – Galentine’s Day! The day where gals get together to celebrate being awesome women over brunch – you know waffles, frittatas and cocktails. Cocktails like my Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail I made for you all today. This post is dedicated to all the awesome women in my life from family, to friends I have now and some I have lost ( may they all rest in peace) to my two young daughters. Each one means so much to me and I couldn’t pick just one to dedicate this post to.
It is also a totally made up holiday from a fictional character on a silly show – Parks and Rec. BUT I love the idea of having brunch with a bunch of gal pals, even if only virtually, to celebrate this awesome day. Last year was the inaugural blogger Galentine’s Day blog party and we have even more awesome bloggers joining in this year to make this one awesome virtual party!
Last year I made a cocktail for Galentine’s Day. I think any ladies only brunch should have fun girly cocktails. This year I went with something I actually came up with last summer but never blogged it. I guess I was waiting for the right moment to share it. I also kind of sort of forgot about this post coming up having been so busy the past few weeks and I had a few other ideas for recipes and I think I will make those soon because they sounded good too but with a bit of a time crunch I went with this sour cocktail because assembly and photographing was a lot quicker than say pancakes or eggs benedict.
I had these tart cherries I was using for popsicles for my kids and I decided to plop a few in my drink – muddle with the simple syrup then add the rest of the ingredients. I have played around with slight variations of this sour cocktail, really a sweet and sour cocktail, and this is the winner.
I like using tart dark cherries, frozen now since obviously not in season but fresh when they are or if you really want to treat yo self go with some fancy schmancy Luxardo maraschino cherries. I first heard about Luxardo cherries last year from the gals over at This Girl Walks Into A Bar. They had made these amazing whiskey sours with homemade sours and homemade luxardo cherries. They are way better tasting than those waxy red maraschino cherries you see in stores. The tutorial for the cherries is HERE.
Add the rest of the ingredients to a shaker and pour over the ice in the glass. These are my fave cocktail glasses. I have quite the growing collection of glasses because of my blog and these are always my go-to for blog posts as well as sipping on beverages at home.
I love the two tone color of this fun sour cocktail. You can leave as is, or in words of Bob Marley “Stir it up”
But just a little to still see the contrast in colors. I say this cocktail is as if a whiskey sour went on a tropical vacation with an amaretto sour and this what came of it. Its has a wicked punch to it with the bourbon ( use good stuff like Maker’s 46, Angel’s Envy, Knob Creek) and the amaretto, tartness from the cherries, sour from the lemon and the tropical notes from the vanilla simple syrup and pineapple juice. Tropical whiskey amaretto sour was to boring of a name so with the help of my friend Barb, a cocktail genius, we came up with the Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail. I originally wanted the Wicked Wahine – but someone else already has a cocktail with that name. I didn’t want to copy.
- Tart dark cherries, slightly thawed
- 2-3 tsp vanilla simple syrup*
- 5 ounces GOOD bourbon ( I use Maker’s 46 or Angel’s Envy)
- 2 ounces amaretto
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
- Additional cherries and fresh pineapple for garnish
- In two glasses place a few cherries at the bottom, muddle with the simple syrup, 1-2 teaspoons of syrup in each glass depending on how sweet you like the cocktail. Top with ice
- Add the rest of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake well, pour over ice in glasses, stir slightly to mix in some of the muddled cherry mixture. Top with more pineapple juice if desired. Serve.
And now for more Galentine’s Day awesomeness by all the amazing women that participated. All are awesome women, fantastic bloggers and so great to know these gals from all over the country via the food blog world! Check out what all they made:
Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Orange Yogurt Waffles from Savvy Eats
Chocolate Honey Bombs from The Live-In Kitchen
Brownie Batter Chocolate Tart from Melanie Makes
Coeur a la Creme with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Strawberries from Heather’s Dish
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Puffs from The Redhead Baker
Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Cheesecake from NeighborFood
Strawberry Covered Dark Chocolate Truffles from Girl Versus Dough
Cheesecake Milkshakes from Chocolate Moosey
Campari and Passion Fruit Sorbet from Food Lust People Love
Boston Cream Trifles from gotta get baked
Grilled Cheese & Chocolate Sandwich with Ganache Dipping Sauce from Climbing Grier Mountain
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Namely Marly
Red Wine Ice Cream Floats from Mind Over Batter
Wicked Waikiki Sour from Pineapple and Coconut
Anise-Scented Ice Cream with Candied Fennel Seeds from girlichef
Mini Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Whipped Cream from A Cookie Named Desire
Nutella Fudge with Raspberries from The Food Charlatan
My spoons says “Get Sauced”. I love those spoons. Happy Galentine’s Day!!