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Watermelon blueberry gin cubes

Ice.
 I can’t imagine my world without it. It’s difficult to believe that there was a time when folks didn’t drop frozen chunks of water into their beverages.  Before 1806 people didn’t know they needed ice.  Frederic Tudor, made his fortune selling ice.  He spent years promoting its various uses to restaurants, hospitals, and individuals.
 Read the whole article http://mentalfloss.com/article/22407/surprisingly-cool-history-ice
There is no need to sell ice to me. I ask for extra ice at restaurants. I have a favorite ice cube shape. (pellet) I have even put ice in my white wine.  (Snobby Gasp heard here).   Ice cubes have become everyday items taken for granted items.
What about a  flavored gin cube?    
 

Watermelon in 3 liqours

 

 

 

One of these little bowls held watermelon  marinating in gin. Things I learned since then. Great photo, but a complete flavor failure. Watermelon does not infuse.   I can’t waste anything   so into the blender with extra watermelon and a few blueberries.  I pureed and strained it.  It tasted good. Couldn’t  use it just then, I already had a watermelon drink  for the week.  I poured it into an ice cube tray and placed that in the freezer.

Here is the  official recipe.

1/3 cup of Gin

5 watermelon pieces

15 blueberries

2 days into the fridge in a glass bowl or jar.

4 cups of watermelon pieces.

Place all of it into blender. Blend it all up. Strain.

Straining watermelon puree

 

 

 

 

Pour liquid into ice cube trays.  Put in freezer.  Wait until frozen.

Why not make it pretty?

 

Recipe to use these comes  out on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stormy Weather the drink.

Someone left a box of blueberry tea at my house.

blueberry tea

Who?? I have my guesses but I have been trying to pawn a cup or two off to anyone who  comes to  visit my home. There are still 10 tea bags. If you live close by I will gladly give you one. Heck the first 10 people to comment I will send you your very own tea bag. Todays blog is a peek behind the curtain, letting you see the madness behind the method.

Everytime I open the cabinet  I see these teabags. A normal person would just throw them away. Not me, I was determined  to find a way to use them.  I made myself a cup. It’s good but I am not feeling warm tea. I stick it in the fridge and walk away.  Look in the fridge later to find a snack for the kid.  I see the tea is still sitting there waiting. I pour a shot of tea out into a glass and think Oranges. So I add a shot of blue curacao to it.  Hmm. Better. But not done.  It needed a little spice. Ginger would be too powerful.  My herbs in the pots are too little to start cutting.  hmm. What to add? What to add?

GIN!!!! I am not a huge fan of gin. I find the juniper can be very overwhelming but I think let’s give it a try.   Balanced taste but  oofta pretty strong. I need a mixer.  I open the fridge and I have a orange bottle of flavored water.  I pour some in , give it a taste. HUH!!!  It’s peach flavored. not what I expected but actually pretty good. I have a peach in my fridge. I will steal a slice and feed the kid the rest.

Now I have to test it. I call my neighbor over  make one for her.  I have her try it as a martini and as a tall.  Leave the picture perfect martini in the fridge for hubby. They both have very different palates and not huge gin fans so  they are my guinea pigs. Thumbs up!!  We have a drink.

Now the Recipe.   It seems so simple once you write it down without all the backstory.

Stormy Weather.

Stormy weather Martini

Stormy weather Martini

1 Blueberry  flavored Tea bag.

1 Cup of boiling water.

1 shot of blue curacao.

1 shot of gin

2 shots of peach  flavored sparkling water.

Blueberries and a slice of peach.

Add 1 cup of boiling water and  blueberry tea bag. Let steep 2 mins.   let sit in fridge or freezer until cold. Add  1 shot of tea 1 shot of Gin. Slowly pour 1 shot of blue curacao into glass. It will sink to the bottom. Pour in 2 shots of  cold peach flavored water.   Garnish with fruit.

 

If you want to make this a tall drink and not a martini, Add  seltzer water  or Orange Le croix and lots of crushed ice.

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I would pair this with  goat cheese on cucumbers or a stilton and crackers.   I’ll try for appetizer photos next week.

Enjoy.