‘adult beverage’ Category

  1. flapper’s delight

    March 31, 2017 by Angie

    This is the second cocktail recipe I’ve made from the book, How to Drink French Fluently by Drew Lazor and Camille Ralph Vidal, that I got from NetGalley. I can’t just read the cookbooks, I have to make the recipes – for delicious, boozy research purposes.


    I changed it up a little because I forgot to buy limes, I do not like gin, and I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar in the simple syrup. The slightly altered recipe follows.

    Ingredients

    8-10 mint leaves
    3/4 oz simple syrup
    1 1/2 oz vodka (or gin, if you’re 100 years old)
    1/2 oz St-Germain
    3/4 oz lime or lemon juice
    Club soda, to fill
    Ice cubes

    Instructions

      1. If you don’t already have some, you can, and I would argue you should, make your own simple syrup. Boil a cup of water and add a cup of sugar unless you think that sounds like diabetes, then up your water to sugar ratio.
      2. Get a rocks glass. Put half of the mint leaves in there then pour in the simple syrup. Crush it up with a spoon so that the mint releases its mintiness into your drink.
      3. Add the vodka, St-Germain, and juice. Stir.
      4. Add the ice cubes. Pour in club soda until your glass is full.
      5. Garnish with a mint sprig.
      6. That drink looks good on you!

    flapper's delight with vodka


  2. St-Germain cocktail

    March 15, 2017 by Angie

    OMG, you guys. It’s been a minute.

    Life has been crazy nuts. But this week is SPRING BREAK. Therefore, so many drink recipes.

    I received and read a great, new cocktail recipe book from NetGalley, How to Drink French Fluently by Drew Lazor and Camille Ralph Vidal. There are four recipes I’m dying to try and can afford/find the ingredients to make. I made two tonight. The first is the St-Germain Cocktail.

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 oz St-Germain

    4 oz cava (prosecco, champagne, whatever you got just make it brut)

    2 oz club soda

    Instructions

    Easiest recipe ever. Get a champagne flute. Pour the ingredients in. Stir. Boom, you have a delicious champagne cocktail.

    SPRING BREAK 2K17!


  3. elderflower champagne cocktail

    December 31, 2016 by Angie

    Happy New Year! Bye bye, 2016!

    Robbie, Sookie, and I are ringing in the new year at home where we can bark at the fireworks. I fell in love with St. Germain and champagne cocktails on our vacation to California in 2014. Today I got a bottle of St. Germain and whipped up a single serving of this elderflower champagne cocktail from the Kitchn.

    elderflower champagne cocktail

    Here is the single serving recipe, in case your significant other won’t drink champagne cocktails either đŸ™‚

    1. In a wine glass, add ice cubes.
    2. Add 100 mL of champagne, prosecco, cava, whatever you got. I used a new to me prosecco called Bolla.
    3. Add just shy of an ounce of elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain.
    4. Add 1.5 ounces of club soda.
    5. Stir to mix.
    6. Throw in small slices of strawberry. Garnish with a strawberry if you’re feeling festive.

    Happy New Year!


  4. strawberry mojito

    August 23, 2016 by Angie

    Life gave me mint so I made mojitos. Robbie got me an AeroGarden for my birthday. We finally set it up in June and in a few weeks I had so much mint growing in my kitchen! I love fancy drinks with muddled fruit in them, particularly strawberries, so I made a strawberry mojito in addition to a standard one.

    strawberry mojito

    Strawberry Mojito

    Ingredients

    white rum (I used Bacardi Superior.)
    fresh mint leaves
    strawberries
    fresh lime juice
    simple syrup (Make your own! There’s a recipe below.)
    club soda
    ice cubes

    Instructions

    I don’t own a shaker, strainer, or muddling gear. This is how I made a mojito in my kitchen without real barware.

    1. Make the simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar in a small pot. Stir and cook until the sugar is no longer visible. Set aside to cool. Once it’s cooled down a bit, put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    2. Wash and chop a handful of strawberries.
    3. Wash mint sprigs. You’ll want some individual mint leaves for muddling and one giant, intact sprig for garnishing.
    4. Muddle the strawberries and the individual mint leaves together. I did this in a rocks glass with a spoon.
    5. Fill a glass about 3/4 with ice cubes. Add a generous shot of rum, a half shot of simple syrup, a half shot of club soda, and the juice of half of a lime. Stir.
    6. Add in the muddled strawberries and mint. Stir to combine.
    7. Garnish with the big mint sprig (and a lime wedge).

     

    traditional mojito

    Standard Mojito

    For the standard mojito, I did everything the same except for leaving out the strawberries. Pretty straight forward!

    I kept the simple syrup in a travel coffee mug with a tight lid for about two weeks in the refrigerator. I was able to make a lot of Old Fashioneds for Robbie and our guests using that. I definitely recommend taking the time to make simple syrup if you’re going to be making several mojitos or other drinks that call for it.


  5. no sugar added sangria

    May 21, 2016 by Angie

    I wanted to drink sangria so I made some. I perused a lot of recipes first. All of them called for sugar, artificial sweetener, soda with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetener, or simple syrup. I think that’s overkill. It’s wine with fruit and fruit juice in it. Isn’t that sweet enough? So here it is: my no sugar added sangria. I didn’t miss the sugar at all.

    cold and tasty sangria

    A glass of cold sangria

    Ingredients:

    750 mL Cabernet Sauvignon
    1/2 cup brandy
    1/3 cup orange liqueur
    1 cup club soda
    juice of 1 lime
    1 navel orange, halved and sliced
    1 green apple, cut into wedges
    1 red apple, cut into wedges
    1/2 lemon, cut into rounds
    Ice

    sangria ingredients

    Directions:

    Combine the wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and club soda in a large pitcher. Squeeze in the juice of one lime. Squeeze in the juice of half of the orange. Stir well. Add the other half of the orange slices, the green and red apple wedges, and lemon rounds. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Pour over ice and enjoy!


  6. fancy hot toddy

    November 10, 2015 by Angie

    I fell in love with hot toddies during our trip to Denver in Fall 2012.

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    Ingredients
    a mug of brewed tea (English Breakfast tea is a solid choice)
    1.5 shots of rye whiskey
    a teaspoon of honey
    5 whole cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    the juice of about a quarter of a lemon and a lemon slice for garnish

    hot toddy components

    Directions
    1. Brew a mug of tea by nuking some water and steeping a tea bag in it for 5 minutes.
    2. In another mug, mix the rye whiskey and honey. Add the cloves and cinnamon stick.
    3. Pour the tea into the mug with the whiskey and stir.
    4. Squeeze in some lemon juice. You can garnish with a lemon slice if you’re feeling fancy.


  7. apple margarita

    October 18, 2015 by Angie

    I saw this recipe in an ad from Publix Liquors. It seemed like a delicious fall take on a favorite drink. Robbie made it for me and it is delicious.

    apple margarita

    Ingredients

    2 shots of apple cider (the non-alcoholic kind)
    1.5 shots of silver tequila
    3/4 of a shot of orange liqueur
    1/2 oz. lime juice (Robbie used the juice from half a lime.)
    apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

    Directions

    1. Fill your glass with ice.
    2. Pour all of the liquid ingredients into the glass and stir. If you own a shaker, that would probably be better, but we don’t and it worked out fine.
    3. Garnish and enjoy!


  8. French 75 popsicles

    September 1, 2014 by Angie

    I came across this BuzzFeed article about boozy ice pops and it got me thinking. We bought this set of six groovy ice pop molds made by Tovolo. I got right to work on a French 75 popsicle with vodka because I don’t care for gin.

    all 5 French 75 popsicles

    Yields 5 adult popsicles.

    Ingredients

    16 oz champagne
    5 oz vodka
    2 oz lemon juice
    1 tbsp agave nectar
    maraschino cherry juice

    French 75 ice pop

    Instructions

    Pour everything into a pitcher and stir. (I used a bowl with a spout thing on the rim.) Set the ice pop forms in the tray. Fill five forms to the top. Place the stick/lids on. Freeze…until frozen.

    Sookie is intrigued.

    Verdict: They taste great but, WOW they pack a punch. My ice pop was melting very quickly so I felt I had to eat it very quickly. There are more boozy popsicle creations in my future, however. I’m already thinking about recipes for mimosa popsicles and vodka gimlet popsicles. I think ice pops with a lower alcohol content will stay frozen longer and work out better. I will report back!


  9. strawberry basil margarita

    June 6, 2014 by Angie

    I have a basil plant on the windowsill in my sewing room that I have managed not to kill for three weeks now. I know this good fortune won’t last much longer so I’ve been putting fresh basil in a lot of things. I have noticed that fresh basil is a trend in cocktails but was kinda skeptical. I decided strawberry and basil doesn’t sound too far out. I made this strawberry basil margarita loosely based on this recipe from Betty Crocker.com. I gotta say: strawberry and basil go really well together.

    strawberry basil margarita

    Ingredients

    about 10 strawberries, hulled
    3 medium sized basil leaves
    2 oz tequila
    2 tbsp orange liqueur
    1/2 cup crushed ice
    another strawberry and basil leaf for garnishing

    Instructions

    1. I only have an immersion blender so I cut the strawberries into smaller pieces and put them in the immersion blender container with the tequila and orange liqueur. Blend until smooth.

    2. Add the basil leaves. I pulled them apart into smaller pieces first then blended them into the strawberry mixture.

    3. Add the crushed ice. If you have a real blender, you can use ice cubes and blend them in.  Immersion blenders aren’t great at chopping ice so I used small pieces from my refrigerator door ice shooting apparatus. I blended the ice into the drink a little but I think it would have been better to just add the crushed ice without blending so the drink can be sipped slowly without getting watery.

    4. Pour into a glass and garnish with a strawberry on the rim and a basil leaf.

    use up that basil!

    I thought this was delicious and, with almost three shots in it, you only need one. If you have a real blender it would make sense to make a bigger batch, which would mean adjusting the quantities, of course. Something closer to the Betty Crocker recipe would be a good start because it makes two servings. I really don’t see the need for added sugar though since the strawberries have such a nice sweetness already.


  10. low sugar mimosa

    June 5, 2014 by Angie

    I so dearly love a good mimosa. I usually only let myself have them on vacation or a special occasion because of all the sugar in the orange juice. Alas, I have found a way to enjoy them more frequently! Trop 50 orange juice has half the sugar of regular orange juice. I think it tastes the same and they make a no pulp one. It’s like they knew about me.

    Cheapish Champagne & Reduced Sugar OJ

    The ingredients: the champagne doesn’t have to be expensive to taste delicious.

    Robbie pops champagne!

    Robbie popping bottles in da kitchen.

    The preparation is so simple I’m insulting you by writing it here. I don’t have time for a tiny champagne flute so I use a wine glass. I pour a healthy serving of champagne in there then a tiny bit of Trop 50 orange juice, maybe a tablespoon. It’s all it takes to flavor things up nicely. I don’t even stir. What a great lazy weekend drink.

    low sugar mimosa

    A low sugar mimosa.