July 23, 2011
These are notes for the H2O Cocktails seminar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
I think this concept was pioneered by Kathy Casey, one of the seminar hosts.
So, what are these H2O cocktails? Basically they're vodka drinks made with flavored water (not juice, no chunks) and no sugar. They come out to about 80 calories, all from the vodka. The waters used are infused with fresh ingredients, not commercial flavored waters.
They retain the craftsmanship of a fresh muddled cocktail, and recommended being mixed with flavorful vodkas.
Ultimately, I'm impressed with the concept. The drinks taste refreshing; they could be spa cocktails. They don't have the booziness and texture of a Manhattan, for example, but are more along the lines of a mojito.
To make a water infusion, either soak well-chopped fruit/toasted spices/other ingredients overnight in cold water, or consider doing a flash infusion with an isi nitrous canister.
Congrats on the award!!!!
So, for the water you soak well chopped fruit in cold water overnight, do you then strain the mixture through something like a fine mesh so you have just the liquid and not the "pulp" from the fruit?
Posted by: Brian | July 24, 2011 at 09:21 AM
Yes strain it- I think a little pulp is okay but you're tying to get the solids out.
Posted by: Camper English | July 24, 2011 at 09:31 AM
HI Camper - congratulations on your win at TOTC! And for your kind words about my seminar with Tony and Thomas. Yes, I came up with the H2O cocktail idea and will be posting the powerpoint on my website. www.kathycasey.com if anyone wants the recipes. YOu can infuse the waters low and slow overnight (no muddling - and cut fruits into small pieces so there is lots of surface room for capturing flavor) or you can do a quick infusion method with an iSi whipper canister and 2 charges of N2O. I also have a couple of episodes up on my show on SmallScreennetwork.com
Thanks again for the shout out :-) I enjoy your blog. Best, Kathy Casey
Posted by: Kathy Casey | July 25, 2011 at 02:26 PM