Monday, July 6, 2009

Get Your (Jungle) Juice On at Blogger Prom!

Your blogger prom committee has been working tirelessly at lining up all sorts of cool raffle prizes, goodie bag swag, an amazing venue, sumptuous nibbles and, of course, a buzz-worthy array of lascivious libations. In addition to the wonderful spirit and wine companies providing the liquid fuel for this celebration of So-Cal’s blogosphere, we have two specialty cocktails for you to enjoy. My cocktail blog, The Liquid Muse, is the backbone to my beverage consulting & mixology services. So, what better for this committee member to contribute to Blogger Prom Signature Cocktails!

The Prom Punch Jungle Juice is, of course, designed especially for this event. Springboarding off the Jungle Juice of high school days (which was likely some variation on Everclear & Hawaiian Punch) this grown-up version is easy to make, tastes delicious and can be whipped up in big batches (should you decide to make it for your parties). Best of all, this recipe features natural juices and a quality spirit: Pinky Vodka. Touted “the most beautiful vodka in the world,” Pinky is kissed with rose and strawberry notes, making it extremely mixable and delightful chilled, straight up. The sugar rim and lollipop on this “tini” style Jungle Juice are whimsical garnishes because – hellooooo – Blogger Prom is all about the fun!

The Flor de Maria is a slightly more serious drink for the discerning cocktail-lover. Its teeny bit more labor intensive and a recipe I’m rather proud to have created for the celebration of LA’s female mixologists at the Gran Centenario Roseangel tequila party at Malo, a few months ago. In addition to the hibiscus-infused Roseangel, this drink includes a homemade ‘hibiscus cabernet syrup,’ which I created especially for this drink. This cocktail takes the tequila lover beyond the margarita and into the world of creative mixology.

I know I speak on behalf of the whole Blogger Prom committee when I say that we look forward to clinking glasses with you all!

Prom Punch Jungle Juice
© 2009 Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse

2 ounces Pinky vodka
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce pomegranate juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 lollypop (garnish)
Colored rimming sugar (garnish)

Rim a martini glass with colored sugar, set aside. Shake all ingredients with ice. Gently strain into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a lollypop across the top of the glass.

Flor de Maria
© 2009 Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse

1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
1/2 ounce hibiscus cabernet syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila
Spritz orange flower water
1 - 2" piece lemon twirl

Muddle orange zest in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Add maraschino liqueur, syrup, lemon juice and tequila. Shake, with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Spritz with orange flower water. Garnish with a sliver of lemon zest.


  1. Sounds delish! Will there be a cocktail using the featured gin as well?

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  3. Sorry-meant to say:

    @Alf - There will be a cash bar but no sponsored bourbon so you can drink whatever you'd like!

    @kevinEats - No featured cocktail using gin this night, but Martin Miller's can be mixed (or not) with anything you desire.

  4. Yes - we have a crazy amount of liquor, wine & beer at this event. So, beyond the two signature cocktails, you can find almost anything you'd like...

    Just be sure to get a taxi if you overindulge in the libations.

    (Our blogger prom committee lawyer wanted me to include that, yo!)