Berry Ginger Sangria

I know, I know, I haven’t been blogging. Now that the kid is back at school, I have more time to do the fun things. Such as, having an old fashion with a buddy of mine. We were discussing cocktails.  ( We had already discussed kids and spouses.) He told me the secret to his Sangria is Strawberry nectar.  Hmmm.   So I borrowed  his secret ingredient and ran with it.

This  glass is raised to you MH.

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1 bottle of Apothic Red

1 can of Jumex strawberry nectar

2 limes thinly sliced

1 plum thinly sliced

1 12 oz bag of frozen mixed berries

1/3 cup of orange vodka.

1 lt of spicy ginger soda.(non alcoholic)

Mix  first 6 ingredients in a 2 lt pitcher.  Let rest for 1-3 hours so  berries melt, dilute  and absorb some of the alcohol. Before serving pour in a little over half of the ginger soda. Stir.  Pour over a glass of ice and top off with a little more ginger soda.

 

 

 

Passionate Pineapple

It’s been a while.  Sorry,

I know you have still been drinking.

Wine, Beer, a  Whiskey Bubbler or two. That’s fine to survive  a dreary spring.

Nothing wrong with these basic drinks.  Are  you feeling  a little bored?  I am.  Since summer has finally arrived, I have swept away the basic blahs.  Now is the time  I can dream and create.

This drink debuted at a brunch I had.  Served a Ricotta, Leek and Olive tart, Salmon dip and a grilled chicken salad.  Perfect for this weather.  Hints of Hibiscus and Passion fruit in the tea pair well with the Pineapple Vodka. 10 of us went through 2 pitchers, at 11:30 am.

The Smirnoff Sourced vodka is less sweet than the old flavored vodkas. The flavor is a fresher pineapple taste. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to try the other flavors.

PASSIONATE PINEAPPLE

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2 Qts of warm water

1/3 cup of sugar.

2/3 cup Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple Vodka

2 Lt  of 7 up

You will need 2 2 qt pitchers for this recipe.

Fill 2 qt pitcher with warm water add the 3 tea bags and let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of   3 hours.

Remove tea bags. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved

In  Empty pitcher pour  1 Qt of tea , 1/3 cup of vodka and 1/3 of the bottle of 7up. Add ice.  Enough for 2 Pitchers.

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Serve over more ice. enjoy.. More Summer cocktails to come.

 

 

Cranberry Whiskey Crush

 

The Holidays are here. That means lots of holiday parties. Your holiday cocktail party needs a signature drink,  in addition to the wine and champagne.  The drink should be festive and somewhat out of the ordinary but easy enough to whip up as each guest arrives.

cranberry crush

I give you the Cranberry Whisky Sparkler.  Whiskey has never been on my preferred liquor lists. It seemed to heavy, too dark for my tastes. I have had quite a few requests for a cocktail using it this winter. So  I have jazzed it up with cinnamon, allspice and “cutie” orange peel. Mix this  with cranberry ginger ale and you have a delicious drink.

Makes 8 drinks.

 

 

 

 

2 cups of Jameson  Irish Whiskey

2 Cinnamon sticks

12 allspice berries

1 Cutie Orange Peel ( or an orange peel with very little pith)

2 Liter of Cranberry ginger ale

Garnish : Sliced orange slice, Fresh cranberries.

Ice

infused whiskey

Combine first 4 ingredients in a glass bowl with lid. Leave on counter for 4 or more days. The whiskey will turn a really toasty brown shade. When ready to serve remove the Peel and the cinnamon sticks. Pour into measuring cup or flask  for easy pouring.

Pour 2 shots of whiskey into short glass filled with ice. Top with cranberry ginger ale and sliced orange. you will have a few allspice berries still floating around. I think these add to the garnish.

Enjoy.!!!

 

 

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Apple glenfiddich cup

Fall is here. The  piles of leaves, the  mounds of apples, the molding pumpkins. The final push of yard work.  Raking the leaves, putting away the patio furniture, making deals on who will pick up the molded halloween pumpkins without the Hazmat suit. Ignoring the question “Why are you not helping? ” La la la.. All I hear is   Maple, cinnamon, apple. YUM..

This week is  a scotch based drink.  Not normally a scotch drinker but Hubby went to the liquor store without me.  I made him open up the bottle on a Saturday afternoon at noon and decided I would create, while he does fun stuff like cleaning out the garage and bagging leaves. He hasn’t noticed the pumpkins yet. After suffering inside for an hour and a half this is what I came up with.

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scotch hard apple cider

2 ounces of scotch

1 tsp organic maple syrup.

Hard apple cider

1/4 tsp of blood orange bitters.

Cinnamon stick

Orange peel, sliced apples

2 Allspice berries

Ice.

Pour 2 ounces of scotch put into short glass. Add one Tsp of maple syrup and stir until blended. Add ice and 4 oz of hard apple cider and bitters.  Garnish with cinnamon stick, allspice berries, sliced apples and a bit of orange peel.

 

Hubby enjoyed the creation after his afternoon of labor. The grumpy tween lost and had to toss the pumpkins..

Enjoy.

 

 

Halloween Sangria

Yes, I have been on sabbatical.  No mixology. Only drinking wine and beer.

Boring.

I didn’t feel I should write about how to open a bottle of wine.

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Or even  how to use the worlds greatest beer opener.

 

 

But Halloween is here.  The kid and her posse are begging for sustenance  from strangers.  Unsupervised.   Being proud of this development milestone I have made a special Halloween Sangria.  If you are still unlucky enough to have to accompany your small creature out, please enjoy this  drink in  roadie form.  Store in this.

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Recipe

1 Bottle of Apothic dark red blend

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp of crystallized ginger

1 julienned apple and pear

1 cup of apple cider

1 sliced orange

1/4 cup of blueberry  lemon simple syrup ( see Blueberry Margarita blog)

3 shots of vodka or brandy

1/2 liter of Fresca or 7up

Julienne  apple and pears place in bottom of pitcher. Add Cinnamon stick and ginger.

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Continue adding all items except the Fresca or 7up. let sit in refrigerator until time to serve then add the soda product and serve over ice..

Happy Halloween . Be safe!

 

 

Blueberry Margaritas

Needed to bring a cocktail to a pool day with the girls. No time to infuse. I made a blueberry simple syrup,  added some Tequila, limes and 7up.

Recipe for blueberry simple syrup.   Plan ahead, it takes an hour to make but you get enough for 3 pitchers.

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup water

2 pints of blueberries

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice.

2 tsp of lemon zest.

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Add everything but the lemon juice into a pot.   Give it a mash with a masher a few times to get it going. Cook for 10 mins on low.

 

It will begin to look like this.

Cooking berries

 

It is still watery at this stage.  Add the lemon juice now. Cook for another 10 minutes.  It should be at a light boil. Stir every now and then.

 

berries 20 mins cook

 

Use a wooden spoon to smoosh any whole berries.

 

 

thick enough to stay on spoon after a finger swipe

 

The sauce should be dark purple by now. Test the thickness by dipping a spoon into the sauce and your finger through it. Everything should stay stuck to the spoon except where your finger was.

Let cool. Then strain   through a mesh strainer to remove the skins. This takes me 15 minutes. I still have a crappy little strainer. Mash the skins against the metal to get all of the juice out.

strain off the skins

 

The skins have uses.   I stirred them into a glass of bubbly moscato Added a great flavor to the wine.

 

 

You can make this syrup and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. I freeze it in 1 cup containers. Then you are ready for a cocktail anytime.

Margarita Recipe.

1 cup blueberry simple syrup

1 cup tequila

Juice of 1 lime and 1 slice lime for garnish.

3 cans of 7up.

Get a pitcher fill 1/4 way up with chopped ice pour blueberry syrup. Add tequila and limes. Stir. Add 7 up.

No post on friday this week. I am heading across the pond on holiday to see what European cocktails I can discover. I will post photos on Facebook of future inspirations.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

Skinny Pina Colada

That Pineapple vodka you have in your fridge. What can you with it?

Martini?pineapple martini

Yes, you can drink it shaken with ice and a sprig of rosemary. Poured into your ice cold martini glass. Yummy, but  this is an evening cocktail.

I’d like to offer a daytime option.

 

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1 shot pineapple vodka

1/2 of a can of coconut flavored Lacroix water

1 Scoop of pineapple sherbert.

All of these items are best mixed when fully chilled.  Served over crushed ice.

 

Perhaps after a tough day at the pool you need to recharge your electrolytes.   Problem solved.

Aloha electrolyte The Aloha Electrolyte

1 shot of pineapple vodka

2 shots of coconut water

1/2 can of diet 7 up.

1 slice of pineapple that has been soaking in vodka for garnish.

Lots of ice.

Hope you have some beautiful pool days!!!  Keep enjoying summer.

Next week Blueberry Margaritas.

 

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