So They Say It's My Birthday . . . Birthday Cupcake Jelly Shot, anyone? Make a wish!!! Oh, wait . . . no candles. And, well, it IS my birthday . . . ahem . . .later this week. Our first cake concoction is patterned after the Birthday Cake Cocktail, topped with whipped cream and a bazillion (or three - flowers, rods and tiny cirles) types of sprinkles to make a tiny bite-sized cupcake of a jelly shot. And there you have it! XO Michelle Birthday Cupcake Jelly Shots Ingredients: 2/3 cup canned pineapple juice (fresh won’t gel!) Prepare the silicone mold. Pour the juices and cream into a saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Stir in the vodka. To serve, unmold the jelly shots. Makes 30 jelly shots.
Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots When thinking of Super Bowl foods strawberries don't usually make the cut. 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 season here in San Diego is a tad behind schedule and I had a bit of trouble finding those beautiful, plump and bright red berries, but we made do with the Farmer's Market offerings and found some that were good enough. The gelatin is mixed with water, 4 oz of tequila and 2 oz of Grand Marnier. Edited 2/10/11: Tamera, in the comment section below, suggests using all liquor in the gelatin mix, no water.
"Faux"jitos! I love mojitos. A bubbly concoction of rum, mint and lime, they're especially refreshing. The mojito (moe-hee-toe) is my favorite summer cocktail, and it pairs beautifully with my porch rocking chair and a nice summer breeze (did I just say that? However, there are a couple inherent problems with my favorite drink. Lucky for me, the only thing I've managed to grow successfully in my summer garden is spearmint. OK, so now to tackle the second problem. My solution? My "faux"jito comes in around 69 calories (just about what's in an ounce of rum, really). Lastly, I hope that you enjoy your summer, your family and your friends, but please drink responsibly. "Faux"jito serves 1 Mint leavesLime wedgesWhite rumDiet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite Zero, Diet Sierra Mist or Diet 7-Up)IceSugar (just for the rim of the glass!) Muddle a few (3 or 4) mint leaves with 1 ounce white rum and the juice from 1 lime wedge (1/8th of the lime).
Cherry Limeade the Radioactive Way Want that dazzling super glowy look? Try this radioactive cherry limeade. It’s the secret skin enhancer of the stars. Your new glow in the dark skin will cause car accidents from the glare, and all your friends will be envious. Call now, for only $19.95 plus $1,245,967 shipping and handling, you can turn your whole life around. Warning: Side effects may include hyperactivity, addiction, and radioactive iodine poisoning. Ingredients1 ½ cups granulated sugar1 ½ cups waterSmall pinch of salt1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lime juice1/3 cup maraschino cherries, not the juice2 TBS grenadine3 to 5 cups cold water (Depending on how strong you like your limeade)Maraschino cherries & lime slices for garnish In a sauce pan bring sugar, 1 ½ cups of water, and a pinch of salt to a boil. Place all the ingredients together in a half gallon pitcher and stir to combine. Don’t forget to read the very small fine print!
Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail Monday, May 17, 2010 Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail There’s no better feeling than good friends & good cocktails. As luck would have it, I’ve been blessed with many good friends, and many good cocktails. My dear friend Fro (nickname not related to a hairstyle by any means) works in the liquor business and is always giving us nice gifts. I had to change the name of the drink from what was in the magazine, because the original name had a particular brand of orange flavored vodka, and I didn’t use that brand or flavor. PrintSave Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail Adapted from Grey Goose L'Orange Raspberry Tea Cocktail, as seen in GQ April 2010 Ingredients:1 1/2 parts green apple vodka 1 1/2 parts raspberry iced tea 1 1/2 parts ginger ale lemon wedges *raspberries would also be a great addition to this drink, especially if they were frozen!
The Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade One of the first times I ever realized that – HEY! I can cook for myself! – was when I first learned to make lemonade. I magically found the refrigerated lemon juice at our house and followed the directions to make my own lemonade. Sorry for the detour. Anyway, there was a summer there where I made my own lemonade every single day, making sure to rub it in my sister’s face that I knew how to and she didn’t. The key to this being the ultimate lemonade is that you blend it up with the lemon rind in there. And any time of day for that matter. (makes 2 pint-glass servings with ice) 3/4 cup sugar2 large lemons, microwaved for 30 seconds2 cups water1 cup of frozen strawberries, microwaved for 1 minute (you could use fresh, but I think the frozen works better here) In a blender squeeze the lemons and add the rest of the lemon, rind and all. **Note: I like to microwave the lemons to release more of the juices, and microwaving the strawberries does the same sort of thing.
Homemade Kahlua I am not sure if it is the kids, everyday life or what, but I have come to really enjoy a cocktail or two every now and again. Combine that with my never ending desire to try something new in the kitchen and I just had to try making my own Kahlua. The main thing I found is that the longer I let this Kahlua rest, the better it tasted as it mellowed out. It is truly delicious and a wonderful hostess gift. Cheers! Kahlua Ingredients 1 quart water 2 1/2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons instant coffee 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups vodka Directions Boil water, coffee and sugar. Let cool and add vanilla and vodka. Enjoy with coffee, cream, in a cocktail... Life Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice Mint is, in all honesty, one of the best spring investments you can make. No, not Mint.com — that’s a given. Mint as in, the herb. For as little as $2.50 per pot at a farmer’s market, you’ll have years of bounty. The perennial is hardy: Frugal Foodie has had the same pot on her balcony going on five years now. Growing your own is a much better bet than buying fresh from the supermarket, where a tiny clam shell costs $2 and loses its pep within days. There are also numerous mint varieties beyond a basic mint, if you feel like getting adventurous. Frugal Foodie likes chocolate and ginger mints, and there are also pineapple, orange and apple, among others. Even if you’re not much of a chef, mint is a great investment for bar purposes alone. We asked cocktail aficionados for their best options. Strawberry Mint Champagne Cocktail Mint-infused syrup provides a little zing in this recipe from Michelle Maskaly of “The Adirondack Chick.” Want a mintier flavor? Minty Cucumber Gin & Tonic Berry Mint Crush
Mike’s Sunrise (Holly’s NYE Drink) I made a delicious drink today. I was going to post about it tomorrow, but I think everyone will be hung over and not want to hear about an alcoholic drink. I think that’s how I’m going to feel at least. Right now though, I feel good and I’m looking for a delicious New Year’s Eve Drink. This drink is probably one of the prettiest drinks I’ve ever made. When I was trying to think of a drink, I was trying to use up some Mike’s Hard that we had bought. Happy New Year’s everyone! Recipe: Printable Version Ingredients/Equipment: 1 cherry 1 martini glass sugar 1 skewer or bar straw 1/2 Mike’s Hard Lemonade 1 shot tequila splash of grenadine Prep Time: 5 minutes Instructions Wet the rim of a martini glass with water using your finger. Tagged as: alcohol, drink, drinks, food, food photography, grenadine, photography, recipe, tequila, vegan, vegetarian
Boozy Salted Caramel Mocha Happy Holidays! Now that Thanksgiving is past I’m already thinking about all of the entertaining we’ll be doing from now thru New Year’s Eve. Yes I get a little giddy about things like that. I’m a complete party nerd. There I said it. We like to keep things simple and easy whether we’re entertaining 2 close friends or a group of 20. This year I’m going the Silkology route. Want to try out Silkology on your own? Baci! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. Recipe adapted from Silkology. Boozy Salted Caramel Mocha What You Will Need: 1/2 cup Silk Chocolate soymilk 1 shot espresso Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons caramel flavored syrup, divided 1 shot Bailey's Irish Creme whipped cream 1/8 tsp sea salt for garnish What To Do: Combine Silk, espresso, pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon caramel syrup and Bailey's in a saucepan and heat just until warm.
Make-Ahead Frozen Margaritas - blended, frozen in mason jars, ready to serve It's hard to beat a margarita on a hot day. This recipe is a favorite that I've been making for many, many years. Like somewhere around 30 years. King-Man and I often enjoy these margaritas on a hot summer night or when we have friends over. I love to serve these when we have parties, but I don't want to be a slave to the blender all night. This recipe is so easy. Step-by-step photos for Make-Ahead Frozen Margaritas Step 1. view on Amazon: margarita salt UPDATE WITH NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: Since first posting this recipe, I have become concerned about the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the frozen limeade concentrate. view on Amazon: organic agave nectar syrup Don't like agave nectar? Step 2. NOTE: I like my margaritas strong and tart. Step 3. view on Amazon: my blender, easy lime juicer/squeezer Step 4. Fill your glass and enjoy! view on Amazon: margarita glasses Step 5. Leave them in the freezer until they're ready to serve. GET READY TO PARTY! VIRGIN MARGARITAS? The Best Mojitos
Minted Cucumber Cooler Posted by Cara on Wednesday Aug 28th, 2013 | Print Mad Men’s Betty Draper downed gimlets to hide her troubles. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe sipped gimlets as he complained about their slipping quality. When I went to name this latest Cocktail Hour cocktail a gimlet, I found out about the drink’s controversial past. The scurvy prevention. The corn syrup addition. My cooler’s not so far from the modern-day gimlet, though, which contains a lot of lime juice and a little sugar or simple syrup, and vodka or gin. But the original gimlet, invented by Sir. So there’s the controversy: does a gimlet have to contain homemade lime cordial à la Sir. Wanting to respect history, I discarded the name gimlet and the modern fresh lime juice variation, dismissed as too simple by all these characters. I’m telling cocktail stories and sharing fun vodka recipes in partnership with Stoli Vodka and their ORGNL.TV site (especially the awesome Taste vertical!). Savor Stoli Responsibly. **Recipe**
Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows Hi. I’m dying to tell you about this boozy hot cocoa, but I drank my way down a few mugs and am currently trying to crawl my way out. Like everything else this week, it wasn’t my idea… a bunch of you [like Allison] looked at me [virtually] as if I was insane for not putting the marshmallow vodka in hot chocolate. I’m so glad I have smart invisible internet friends! No more words. Except… GET IT. Print Save Grown Up Hot Chocolate Yield: serves about 6 Total Time: 15 minutes (without marshmallows) Ingredients: 3 cups whole milk 1 1/2 cups cream or half and half 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark) 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt 4-6 ounces of marshmallow (or vanilla, cake, whipped cream) vodka Directions: In a large bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Remove from heat and whisk in vodka, or add to each glass right before serving. That up there?
Let's Make: Soda Syrups! Soda syrup! Have you ever worked at a restaurant where you had to change out the bags of syrup for the soda fountain? And you got it all over yourself the first two times because you didn't know how to open them? And then the third time you thought you did it right but it leaked all over the place? Me too! As revenge, let's learn how to make that at home. Soda syrup's main purpose in life is to be mixed with seltzer water. Today we're going to make a cola. Cola might seem mysterious to you (who the hell knows what that flavor really is?) I'll probably give a larger run-down later on in life about the Story Of Cola but for now we'll just treat it as the product we're aiming for. When you get down to it, soda syrup is just a syrup (water + sugar) that has some extra flavors in it. Ingredients Directions Put it into a pot, simmer it for 10 minutes, then let it cool down for about 45 minutes. Store it in the fridge, and when you're ready for soda, just mix it with some seltzer!