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My Jello Americans. Dragon Flowers. Candy Corn Jello Shots. What's orange and white, jiggly and tastes like a creamsicle?

Candy Corn Jello Shots

Yes! Candy corn jello shots! How did you guess? Without a doubt, my mini watermelon jello shots are the most popular post on my blog, so I knew for That's so Michelle's birthday week I definitely had to revisit them ... and why not make them seasonally appropriate too? Apartment Therapy The Kitchn. Margarita purists may need to sit down and take a few deep breaths before reading this post.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

We know, this is an unconventional recipe for margaritas. But we promise it's good — and, it turns out, the idea is not really that uncommon. Epicurious and Rachael Ray both have recipes for margaritas made with beer, and ours is very similar — a mixture of tequila, beer, and frozen limeade. Apartment Therapy The Kitchn. We didn't stop with rhubarb!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

There was plenty of basil and the liquor was flowing easily last night, so we came up with another cocktail — this time with pineapple and a hint of lime... Again, we tasted this cocktail using vodka and gin, but this time, gin won out. We're not sure exactly why — maybe some mixologists have a reason — but it just seemed to give the pineapple more body.

Grown-Up Lime Ricky. I made it to San Diego for BlogHer 2011!

Grown-Up Lime Ricky

I went over to the Knorr USA kitchen yesterday, and I’m really excited to get cooking on Saturday morning. If you’re also here for the conference, stop by the Knorr booth at 11 AM on Saturday for the live cook off. Marco Pierre White will be there, so I’m going to try not to let my nervousness throw me off too much! It’s actually 5:30 AM right now – between my excitement and the 3-hour time difference, I don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep this weekend! Drink Recipe: Asian Pear Sparkler. What really takes the drink to the next level is the infusion of rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg.

Drink Recipe: Asian Pear Sparkler

After the initial sweetness of the soda, traces of these herbs and spices linger on the tongue and throat – not so much as distinct seasonings but just a mellow warmth. I think it would make a lovely, non-alcoholic option for a cocktail party. Asian Pear Sparkler. The Pink Breeze. We have been having our share of warm spring air, pretty flowers & nascent green leaves against the blue blue sky (although it seems to have wandered off for the past week, & the nasty cold has butted it’s ugly head again).

The Pink Breeze

I have been enjoying the outdoors with my kids, the smell of the freshly mowed grass & humming “The spring is in the air/I’ll see lovers everywhere/I’m singing a song…..” to myself. I also have been thinking Pink. I thought of plain & simple The Pink Drink, & the playful The Pink Wink, & even the elusive Pink Dream. End of Summer Jelly Shots - Mimosa with Orange Flower Water.

Mimosa Jelly Shots, cut with an oval cookie cutter and skewered with edible flower petals The fourth submission for the End of Summer Cocktail survey is a no brainer.

End of Summer Jelly Shots - Mimosa with Orange Flower Water

It is so obvious in fact, that I can't believe this cocktail didn't make it into the upcoming Jelly Shot Test Kitchen Recipe book. (Good thing the recipe follows!) MOJITO POPSICLES « Blue Jean Gourmet. Rum and I haven’t always been friends.

MOJITO POPSICLES « Blue Jean Gourmet

After a collegiate night of bad choices featuring one too many glasses of Diet Coke & cheap rum, I swore off the stuff for years. But a few months ago at my favorite Houston bar, I took a tentative sip of a friend’s rum-based cocktail. And rum and I have been going steady ever since. Dark & stormys?

Skittles Vodka (with instructions) Refreshing Raspberry Mojito. Fresh mint is super abundant this time of year.

Refreshing Raspberry Mojito

The crop in my garden is already a bit out of control, and it’s only May! I use mint all summer long in iced tea, fruit salads, tabbouleh, and more. But, hands-down, the best use for fresh mint is for making an icy-cold Mojito on a hot summer evening. Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots. When thinking of Super Bowl foods strawberries don't usually make the cut.

Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

However... mix the strawberries with a little tequila and turn them into a margarita and you are getting closer! With our sunny Citrus Blush already mixed and in the pitcher we weren't really in need of another cocktail, but when I came across these cute little shots I couldn't resist putting them on my Super Bowl Extravaganza Table. Hollowed out strawberries work as a vehicle for a Jell-0 concoction of strawberry gelatin, tequila and a touch of Grand Marnier. Strawberry Basil Daiquiris. As summer leaves us, I thought it was only fitting to go out with one of the most summery cocktails I could possibly think of: the daiquiri. I made these last week when it was gloomy and rainy in New York City, so I figured that these Strawberry Basil Daiquiris would help cheer Kramer and me right up.

I switched things up from a typical daiquiri by adding, of course, the basil, but I also used one of my favorite liqours, St. Germain, in addition to rum, for a mellow sweetness that paired perfectly with the fresh strawberries. There’s nothing quite like sipping on a frozen daiquiri in the dead of summer – it cools you off and makes you care a little less about the sweltering heat. Apartment Therapy The Kitchn. Earlier in the week, we posted some ideas for using basil in cocktails, promising to try our own interpretations over the weekend. Well, we did some experimenting, and while our first inclination was to use strawberries, we found piles of rhubarb at the farmer's market — and came up instead with this lovely, pink concoction.

Click below for the recipe...Rhubarb definitely needs to be sweetened up from its natural state, especially for a summery cocktail, so we cooked it down with some sugar and made a purée. We cut some basil into ribbons, bruised it a bit with the back of a spoon, and stirred in the rhubarb, liquor, and club soda. In the name of, ahem, thorough research, we tasted two versions — one with gin, one with vodka — and determined that the complexity of rhubarb and the herbal flavor of the basil needed a less flavorful alcohol.

Unfettered F-U-N . . . Rainbow Jelly Shooter! Rainbow Jelly Shooter Its been a whirlwind at the test kitchen. The book is progressing (crossing fingers that it is going to press in early December!) , we have been working on a little something (three little somethings, actually) for Saveur.com, and about a million more actions items cropping up here and there, many of which have not received appropriate attention and are currently housed in a bin marked "anxiety provoking". One of the highlights of our week was a lovely chat with Erin over at Tablespoon.com, who mentioned that they were hosting a Double Rainbow Week, which sounded like such fun!

Pop Rocks Rimmed Cocktails. Add a little firecracker spark to your cocktails (or mocktails for the kids) this summer! How? It’s easy! POP ROCKS! I used to love this candy as a kid. They make a crackle sound when they hit your tongue and come in a variety of colors and flavors. For Every Holiday Party, the Right Drink - Multimedia Feature. Candy Corn Cordials Recipe : Food Network Kitchens.

The Portal Two (Portal 2 Cocktails) Ingredients:... The Portal Two (Portal 2 cocktails) Ingredients:Blue CuracaoVodkaLemonade CointreauRum Orangina Small tumblers Directions: “This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade.

Raspberry, coconut, and lime – oh my! Fancy Watermelon Lime Jello Shots. Caramel Apple Jello Shots [With Real Apples]