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Posts Tagged ‘Fleur Adores’

You can still have fun when you're sick...

San Francisco: Two weeks ago, sunshine, and blue skies and then, Instant Antarctica! What happened? SF is supposed to be chilly, foggy and rainy, but not bitterly cold! This is East Coast level cold: hat, mittens, snow pants, and shovel the driveway. Lucky for us, we have our resident Brit, Fleur who can keep us healthy and happy with her Hot Toddy.

The Healthy: This drink has medicinal properties if you are sick.

The Happy: This drink has booze properties if you are sick and bored and want to have fun while watching zombie movies. If you aren’t sick, you can feel morally superior about ingesting antioxidants while you are tying one on… stay warm!

Baby it’s cold outside, and it’s Friday so I fancy myself a nice stiff drink that’s going to warm away those winter blues. While I’m grateful it’s not nearly as cold here in San Francisco as it is in my homeland of the UK where they are suffering another severely brutal winter (even talking to my family back home makes me shiver), we have been experiencing some unusually cold weather here recently, and a Friday night ice-cold martini is just not going to the trick. So I’m turning to my infamous Hot Toddy.

Alongside the general feeling of warmth and relaxation that comes with a good Hot Toddy, the medicinal benefits are so great they also deserve a little recognition, especially with all those nasty cold viruses lurking at this time of year.

A good Hot Toddy is made with whiskey, lemon, hot water, and honey or sugar if desired. But I’m going a bit further with mine and adding some fresh ginger, to give it a little spice and gain some a little extra boost to my health.

Whiskey gives a calming, relaxing effect; lemon is packed with Vitamin C to boost the immune system and sweet, soothing honey has excellent antibacterial properties. Honey is also known to help transmit the goodness of the final valuable ingredient, ginger. Ginger is known for its expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory and stimulating properties.

…Putting all of these ingredients together and drinking them hot is exceptionally good for you as the steam helps to clear the airwaves.

It’s not a work of art: a glass full of floating pieces of lemon and ginger, but having a snotty nose and hacking cough ain’t exactly glamorous either is it?

Fleur’s Hot Toddy
A good sized pour of Irish or Scotch Whiskey
Juice of half a lemon
One tablespoon of honey
Five slices of fresh ginger root
Stir together with hot water in a mug.

And here’s to your health, cheers!

 

Le Normandie c'est magnifique!

Fleur is at it again, making sure that our Thanksgiving holidays are cozy, boozy and French? Oui, oui! She’s come up with yet another luscious libation sure to have you kick that Manhattan or Whiskey Sour to the curb. Now, we have nothing against old school American classics, but when turkey day rolls around, you may find yourself thankful for this substantial and tasty new twist on tradition, by our own spirited girl, Fleur: Le Normandie! Infused with Calvados, a little bit of sour mix, and apple, it’s so tart and fresh you want to smack it! This little number was born at none other than our favorite French bistro, Le P’tit Laurent in fog city. Bon Soir!

Of all the things I’ve loved this week – a cozy dinner at Bar Tartine on Valencia Street, a late-night scrumptious Warm Brownie Sundae at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, the new holiday lattes at Starbucks, hearing the start of those old holiday classics on KOIT (although in about a week I may, like every year, find myself over-indulged in that), and Gerard Butlers unbelievable abs in the action movie “300”; one thing I found myself asking “Please Sir, can I have some more?” was for a spectacular cocktail named Le Normandie. I don’t just love this because it contains alcohol, although that does help of course. But it’s perfect for the time of year and tastes just delightful; smooth and flavorful; it warmed my insides like brandy on a Christmas pudding.

Yes I’m going with the French theme again (it is my namesake after all), and I was fortunate enough to have Laurent Legendre, owner of “Le P’tit Laurent” in Glen Park and creator of this undeniably delicious concoction make it for me himself. I must admit I was slightly dubious when he told me the ingredients – Calvados (apple brandy), sweet and sour mix and triple sec. I’ve never been a big fan of sugary mixes; I think you can often re-create them yourself with fresh juice, but with the tiny amount he uses in Le Normandie, you can’t even tell it’s there. Calvados has a very strong apple brandy flavor, and with the lemon in the mix it could taste quite tart. But the triple sec sets it off perfectly, giving it an even balance. Warm apple tart, brandy sauce or apple sours and lemon sherbet come to mind.

If you want the real thing I would say go to the maestro himself, or by all means recreate at home. But go steady if you’re making it for your whole family over Thanksgiving; Le Normandie is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink, but Calvados is pretty strong. You don’t want to be responsible for Granny passing out before the Turkey comes round…

Le Normandie

Two parts Calvados (you can purchase this at BevMo)

One part Triple Sec or Cointreu

One Part Sweet and Sour Mix, or the juice from one lemon

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass. Serve with a slice of fresh green apple

Happy (hic!) Holidays!

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