Tuesday, August 27, 2013

From Garden to Glass: The Deserted Island

Cantaloupe + coconut milk = great cocktails AND great popsicles
When I was growing up, my dad grew all of our family's vegetables. In the summer, we snacked as we picked, before we even washed the dirt off:  Sweet carrots. Spicy radishes. Snappy green beans. Bright red cherry tomatoes that we tossed up in the air and caught in our mouths and somehow managed not to choke to death. My mother would load a wagon with club-sized zucchini and send my brother and I door-to-door to attempt to give them away. When my dad would walk into the house with an armful of fresh-picked produce, he'd always announce to no one in particular, "Bounty of the garden!"

So much to eat, so little time. By mid-September all the bounty will be petering away and all we'll have left is apples and concord grapes and beets. Until then, we're turning as much as possible into cocktails at Felicia's. We haven't come up with anything for the zucchini yet, but here's a few other locavore cocktails that made it onto our menu this week:

Twilight Mary: green coriander-infused vodka, tomato juice, and lavender lemonade with a salt rim.

Plum Manhattan: plum-infused brandy, violet liqueur, cognac, and a dash of Angostura bitters. 
Peach Sour: bourbon, fresh peach syrup, and a splash of housemade sour.

And one with a recipe:

The Deserted Island (almost known as 'Sex in a Hammock,' but the bartenders shot that idea down)

3 ounces pureed cantaloupe (rind removed)
1.5 ounces coconut milk
1.5 ounces rum
pinch salt

Fill a double rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients. Toss in to shaker and back again to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge.

It appears the right one is significantly bigger than the left. Not an uncommon occurrence. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Survive Cornell Graduation Weekend

Cocktails, brunch, cupcakes, and more cocktails
Cornell Graduation weekend is often a good reason to leave Ithaca for a few days. But assuming you’re still here, we’ve got a couple of suggestions for surviving the influx of humans and slow-moving cars:

1.  Have a drink. Obviously. Better yet, have two.
2. Don’t bother to get in your car, and for goodness sake stay far away from Wegmans and anything that resembles a hill or a bell tower. Also avoid all restaurants that offer Filet Mignon, a Finger Lakes Cheese Board, or Pommes Frites.
3.  Come to Felicia’s to eat as well as drink. You see, most graduating seniors are smart enough to NOT bring their parents here and say, “Hey Mom and Dad, you know how you just spent $95,000 on my education? This is where I spent my last year, my favorite place in the world, my home away from home, the place I DRINK ALL THE TIME. (On the other hand, the smartest ones might actually bring their parents to Felicia’s for a Fig Manhattan or Lavender Lemonade to show off their refined, grownup taste in cocktails, a strategy we highly recommend to impress imbibing parents.)
We do not expect to be crowded this weekend (except during Friday happy hour when we are hosting Miami’s finest surf band, The Gold Dust Lounge!!). Grab a flatbread pizza, or on Friday, a Drunken Hot Dog. And on Sunday, when all those Cornellians are up on the hill snoozing their way through commencement, you can enjoy Brunch at Felicia’s either inside or in the alley. We offer table service, excellent coffee, breakfast cocktails, and the most creative Brunch food menu in Ithaca.  
Here’s the link to our Brunch menu: http://www.atomicloungeithaca.com/brunchmenu.pdf  
Note: Our Sunday hours are now 11am-midnight, so you can enjoy your cocktails early and all day, but alcohol cannot be served until 12 noon.
Also currently at the Lounge: Mojitos made with mint from our garden - ditto the Lemon (Balm) Coco(nut) Martinis - and for another week or so, the much coveted Rhubarb Martini.
 We bake cupcakes daily! Our rotating cupcake menu can be found here: http://www.feliciaspeakeasy.blogspot.com/2013/04/cupcakes-at-felicias-in-ithaca-ny.html

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cupcakes at Felicia's Hive 45 in Trumansburg

We bake vegan cupcakes at Felicia's Hive 45 in Trumansburg using all-natural ingredients and no artificial food coloring. Email hivefortyfive@gmail.com to place a special order to fill your party needs, wedding dreams, and personal cravings. Ask us about gluten-free options and wedding cakes. Visit our website at www.hivefortyfive.com for more flavors, photos, and our dinner and brunch menus!

Prices start at 27.50 per dozen
"+" sign means additional cost

Salted Caramel
Mexican Chocolate with Mexican Chocolate Buttercream

Mojito: Lime Cupcake with Mint Rum Buttercream
Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Ninjarita: Ginger-Lime Cupcake with Orange-Tequila Buttercream
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcake with Red Wine Buttercream+
Lavender Cupcake with Lemon Buttercream
Espresso Cupcake with Espresso Frangelico Buttercream
Earl Grey Cupcake with Lemon Zest Buttercream
Mimosa: Orange Zest Cupcake with Orange Champagne Buttercream+
German Chocolate Cupcake with Toasted Coconut Pecan Buttercream+
Apple Pie Cupcake with Ginger Buttercream
Cookies and Cream Cupcake with Cookie Crumble Vanilla Buttercream+
Lemon Zest Cupcake with Elderflower Buttercream

NOT vegan - $33 per dozen):
French Toast Cupcake with Maple-Bacon Buttercream
S’mores (Vanilla Chocolate Chunk) Cupcake with Toasted Marshmallow Topping

This list is not exclusive! We are happy to be creative for you and incorporate seasonal berries and tree fruits. Please alert us to dietary concerns or allergies. Cupcakes are made in a kitchen that processes nuts and wheat. Gluten-free cupcakes can be special ordered for $36-$39 per dozen. We require 1 to 3 days notice for special orders, depending on our baking schedule that week. Delivery is available in Ithaca for an additional charge. One tier and two-tiered and three-tiered vegan wedding cakes can also be special ordered.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Felicia's Fancy-Free Brunch in Ithaca

As much as we love our cocktails, we love creativity. We thrive on what's new and what's next, be it pre-prohibition cocktails, boozy cupcakes, or the next farmers market-inspired drink. And now, what's new and next is our Fancy-Free Brunch. That's right, we are serving up Brunch at Felicia's Atomic Lounge in Ithaca on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Frittata of the Day
Brunch-and-cocktails are as married as gin-and-tonic or scotch-and-soda, so you can bet we'll have a doozy of a cocktail list, including such classics as Mimosas (three ways), Bloody Marys (two ways), Buttered Bourbon, and Pisco Sours. Breakfast in a glass.

Pisco Sour
But most important on a Sunday morning (besides a strong cup of coffee) is the food.  We're calling it a 'Fancy-Free Brunch' because we're embracing simplicity, and preparing and eating foods that are as close to the original food source as they can be. We're serving six dishes that will please carnivores, omnivores, locavores, vegans, those who need gluten-free options, and people who require sweets. For our full Brunch menu, click here.

Photo by Margaret Bruns
We went straight to the farms: The meat and eggs are from Autumn's Harvest Farm in Romulus, most of the cheese is from New York State, and the greens are from Tree Gate Farm and Finger Lakes Fresh. We make everything from scratch. We focus on fresh. We fill it with love.

Gerry's Sticky Buns
Did I mention the Sticky Buns and cupcakes??
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcake with Red Wine Buttercream (vegan)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cocktail Cupcakes

Orange-Vanilla cupcake with Spicy Beet Goat Cheese frosting

I've become obsessed with cupcakes. For no good reason, unless baking for the pure art of it and for personal culinary advancement is a good reason. Wait, am I judging myself?

We own a bar. We serve drinks. Alcohol. Booze. A bit of food here and there, but mostly fancy-pants cocktails, and now cupcakes. I added booze to some of the cupcakes to help them fit in, but it was entirely unnecessary. We sold 125 in the first week.

Ginger-Lime Margarita cupcake with Orange-Tequila Buttercream frosting

I'm learning it's all about the frosting. Most people don't care that I refuse to use unnatural, over-processed ingredients like red food coloring or soy, or that the cupcakes are 100% vegan except when I whip local goat chèvre into the topping. Even the bartenders have become singularly focused, hiding in the kitchen like Gollum, eating the extra frosting by the spoonful and whispering "my Precious..."

Chocolate Liqueur cupcake with Peanut Butter frosting

I've created a monster. An irresistible, drink-your-dessert, cocktail-in-a-cupcake frosting-slathered monster. Welcome to a new definition of the House of Sin.

Chocolate Kahlua cupcake with Chocolate Coconut Ganache

Read about other inverted and perverted twists on cocktails in this month's Mixology Monday hosted at the Putney Farm blog.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: Eggnog Latte Martini

Today we start a holiday countdown at Felicia's with the first of the 12 Cocktails of Christmas, which coincides not coincidentally with the 12 shopping days 'til Christmas. You're going to need a nip if you plan to brave the mall with all the other idiots. Good luck finding a parking space. @$%&! Aren't you glad you had that drink first?

To start us off this year: Why drink plain old boring eggnog when you can turn it into a latte and a martini at the same time?

Eggnog Latte Martini

3/4 ounce Stoli vanilla
3/4 ounce Kahlua
4 ounces eggnog
dash of nutmeg

Shake all ingredients into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg. Ho ho ho holiday cocktail!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

You can eat cranberry sauce, or you can drink cranberry sauce.

Every holiday should involve a good brunch that includes some version of a mimosa. Since our tummies are reserved for turkey on Thanksgiving day, my brunch occurs the morning after (and/or the day after that, and/or the day after that).
Not only does the recipe below meet one’s daily mimosa requirement, it also provides a creative way to consume some Thanksgiving leftovers. I’ve only tried it with homemade cranberry sauce (which in our house is chunky, and typically includes fresh grated ginger and a dash of Grand Marnier or orange zest), but I’d be curious to know if canned jellied cranberry sauce also dissolves in sparkling wine.
Now if someone can only find a way to get leftover turkey into a cocktail….
Leftover Cranberry Sauce Mimosa
5 ounces sparkling wine or champagne
1 teaspoon cranberry sauce
orange wheel
Place cranberry sauce in a champagne flute. Sloooowly add sparking wine (or it will bubble over!) while stirring.  Garnish with an orange wheel.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Doorbuster Cocktail on Black Friday

I'll need one of these if I shop like a locavore; six if I have to go to Walmart.

Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. Fortunately, I’m eating at someone else’s house so I don’t have to prepare to do anything other than eat and drink. The gift-giving season that follows, however, leaves me feeling like I should have started shopping months ago. I need a drink, a massage, and chocolate, STAT! And a wreath! And a muffin.

Leah and I lost our minds this year and decided to open Felicia’s at 10AM on BLACK FRIDAY, November 23, with morning cocktails, breakfast sandwiches, housemade cranberry nut muffins, chair massages by Rasa Spa, chocolate tasting/sales with Preliminaires Chocolat, handmade soap and hemlock/sage wreaths made by Tree Gate Farm, and raw honey and jam from Red Tail Farm. Last year, I bought Preliminaires Chocolat for every woman on my gift list; I think the pastry chef might indeed be God if one exists. This year, everyone is getting yummy scented handmade soaps (the men, too, which they can use should they choose to bathe in the coming year). We’ll also have Felicia hoodies, martini glasses, pint glasses, T-shirts, and gift certificates for sale. 

Call me lazy, but if I can buy it all in one place then my loved ones are much more likely to find something other than brown pine needles under their Xmas trees. 

And where else can you drink mimosas, holiday spiked coffee, Cranhattans, and eggnog martinis while conveniently completing your holiday shopping?

Here's my favorite drink to have before I hit the stores: The Doorbuster.


1 ounce tequila
1/2 orange wheel sprinkled with cinnamon

Drink shot. Bite cinnamon-sprinkled orange wheel. Shop 'til you drop.