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Weekly Boozer: Hard Lemonade

In Weekly Boozer on September 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Summer and lemonade just go together. Like sprinklers and children, like your couch and the TV, or flowers and bees… these things were just meant to be together. So since the summer heat is still bearing down, what could be better than fresh squeezed lemonade? Adult fresh squeezed lemonade! Hard lemonade, like the kind “Mike” makes. Only way better because it doesn’t have that weird bottled preservative flavor. Sinfully tart and delicious, fresh and aromatic, and delicious. Homemade Hard Lemonade and patios just go together.

Homemade Hard Lemonade

2 cups water
1 cup sugar 
several large strips of lemon zest
 
2 ounces of vodka
2 ounces of whiskey (*if you are not a whiskey fan – double vodka!)
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5-6 large lemons) 
1 lemon sliced into rings, for serving
ice, for serving
 

Directions: In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, and strips of zest to a simmer. Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove strips of zest and discard. It has done its zestly duties.  In a large pitcher, combine the lemon infused simple syrup, vodka, whiskey, lemon juice, and stir.  Fill serving glasses with ice and lemon slices, add the lemony goodness, drink, and enjoy summer.

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Weekly Boozer: Cuban Bul

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on August 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

It’s no bull. It’s a BOOL. This is a beer spritzer which is popular in Cuba. It’s refreshing, cool and an easy sipper for the summer! I’m a sucker for anything with lime in it and this is a real treat. Enjoy.

CUBAN BUL

1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 (12 ounce) bottle of pilsner beer, chilled
1 (12 ounce) bottle of ginger ale, chilled
4 lime slices, optional
plenty of ice!!
 
*if you like a sweeter spritzer add a Tbsp or two of Agave or simple syrup.
 

Directions: Combine the first 3 ingredients in a pitcher, we used Beck’s for the beer (*sweeten if you like); serve over ice with lime garnish. Sip your day away! This makes about 4 glasses – so feel free to double or triple the recipe!!

Weekly Boozer: Cherry Rosé Sangria

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on August 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Oh baby it’s hot outside… seriously. It’s hot. Dang hot. Which means really we have mostly been drinking water. Hey, I’m keeping it real! lol. But, sometimes on a summer afternoon nothing is better than a glass of chilled Rosé wine or a crisp and refreshing glass of Sangria. So I figured, why not have both?

Cherry Rosé Sangria

1 bottle of Rosé wine
1 can lemon-lime soda, diet if you like
1/4 cup sugar, more if you like it sweeter
1/2 cup Elderflower Liquor
1/2 cup Triple-Sec Liquor 
1 large orange
1 cup strawberries
2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
(any other fruit you like… peaches, raspberries, etc.)
 

Directions: Wash all the fruit well; slice orange, strawberries and prepare cherries. Place all the fruits in a large pitcher or bowl with sugar; lightly mull. Add Elderflower and Triple-Sec to fruit and let soak for at least one hour, stirring occasionally, or soak for longer if you desire… it only gets better with time!

Once fruit is ready, add bottle of Rosé wine and lemon-lime soda (ginger ale would also be nice!) to the mix and stir. Chill for another 1 to 3 hours (we kept some overnight – twice as nice the second day!!  Mix well before serving. I like to run the sangria through a filter and put the remaining fruit in a separate dish – so people can dish their drink up to their own desire; with or without ice. Plus it makes the sangria crystal clear. Garnish with fresh fruit if desired. Die of cold Rosé refreshment. The End. EO

  

Weekly Boozer: Bourbon Slushes

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on May 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

When I think of certain people they remind me of certain drinks. Maybe it is their personality. Or because of a fond memory shared with them. Possibly it is their favorite libation or the only one they are willing to consume. Sometimes it is because they wrote the recipe or it is a family tradition. This is Amy’s drink – Bourbon Slushes. I think of her anytime I hear about or drink this cocktail and vice versa. Don’t under-estimate this drink, a picture could never do it justice!!

Bourbon Slushes

3 cups bourbon, cheap (I hesitated, but took her advice… after all it is “her” drink!)
3 cups sugar
6 tsps instant tea, unsweetened 
1 container orange juice concentrate, plus 4 of water
1 container lemonade concentrate, plus 4 of water
 
lemon-lime soda, chilled (diet if you prefer)

Directions: In a very large bowl combine: bourbon (we used Evan Williams), sugar and tea granules. Mix well until most of the sugar and tea has dissolved (you don’t want clumps of instant tea or sugar – bleck!); Stir in concentrates and water and pour into containers to freeze. I used a large bowl with a lid, but if you want slushes faster you could use ice-cube trays or smaller Tupperware. Freeze (takes about 6-8 hours). Remove desired amount from freezer and stir with a fork to create slush; fill glasses 2/3 to 3/4 full and then top with lemon-lime soda. Drink up 😀

These are sweet, sour, tangy and very cool. Perfect for the summer, a BBQ or any type of party because it makes quite a bit. P.S. I think the cheap sour mash bourbon really gives it a key part of the flavor. Amy says they almost always use cheap because you are freezing it. All I know is I love bourbon slushes – they remind me of my dear friend.

Weekly Boozer: Strawberry Mojitos

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on April 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails.  They are so bright and refreshing, especially on a hot spring day.  The addition of fruit adds a wonderful taste of spring and the summer to come.  Hope you enjoy.

Strawberry Mojitos

  • 1-2 Tbsps of simple syrup
  • about 2 fresh strawberries
  • about 3-4 fresh spearmint sprigs (12-15+ leaves)
  • soda water
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 1.5 ounces of light rum

Directions: In a cocktail glass,  squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add a few wedges (if desired), then muddle the simple syrup, strawberries,and mint leaves together with a muddler or blunt object. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well. *you can strain at this point if you don’t like the mint & strawberry bits in your drink. add the rum and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top off with soda water.

This could be done with any variety of fruits (mangoes, raspberries, etc.).  The strawberries add their own flavor profile and sweetness to the drink so I use less simple syrup than I would for a regular mojito. Cheers! 🙂

 

 

Weekly Boozer: Jim Beam & Ginger Ale

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on March 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I realized when I chose this that it will be the second Ginger Ale based cocktail in a short time.  But, it is H-O-T  hot down here in Central Texas and this is a very cooling and refreshing drink.  In fact, we were first introduced to this upon moving to the Hill Country and it quickly became one of my husband’s favorites.  He loves Jim Beam – me not the most avid fan, but there is something about the sweet sparkle of the ginger ale cut by that Kentucky Bourbon twang that quite simply works.

 

You can of course make this libation, the recipe is on the Jim Beam website. Alas to me it is just not the same as the stuff from the can.  Which by the way is good straight from the can, but on a hot spring day such as this a little ice never hurt anything.  Hope the rest of your weekend is cool and refreshing ♥

Weekly Boozer: Irish Fail

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on March 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

I really REALLY wanted to do a green cocktail.  It was my bright idea… since St. Patrick’s Day is next week and well not everyone is a fan of the green beer.  Personally I love beer, but fun green cocktail… how could you go wrong?  Well I started with what is green? Well Green Creme de Menthe (CDM) was the first thing that came to mind.  I should have dug deeper. Creme de Menthe is just apparently not my thing. I should have done melon… or used green dye.  In fact, take last week’s post and add green dye – ta da amazing!

I tried three cocktail recipes: 1) with one jigger gin, 1 jigger heavy cream (two things I love) and then one pony CDM; 2) Irish Pride: 3 ounces Amaretto, 2 ounces Lemon Juice (two things I love) and then 3 ounces of CDM; and since neither of those was consumable I went simple with 3) 1 part CDM to 3 parts Club Soda or otherwise known as a Cold Shower.  There are no words for #1…. it was just wrong.  #2 was well like super-powered mouthwash… my life will never be the same. Also pretty sure I’d rather drink actual mouthwash.  #3 sounded good! Refreshing and light.  Good plan too, take out the complexity and get a good cocktail – HORRID.  So I have decided either there is no good CDM cocktail, or I don’t know what I am doing wrong, or (and this is the most logical) I just don’t like this stuff.  They were all pretty… does that count? Yeah I didn’t think so either.

Mind that I don’t have any experience with this liqueur and I am blindly pulling recipes that sound palatable from the web.  So if you do like or love this stuff and you know a great way to use it, please PLEASE fill me in because while I bought a small bottle, I still have an abundance of this stuff and I hate to be wasteful.

Anyways things don’t always go as planned, recipes fail, drink green beer it’s full of vitamins*… keeping it real in the Emerald Owl Kitchen.

 

*Okay well maybe no vitamins, but at least it tastes good! P.S. my Dad says keep it real for the holiday and just drink good Irish Whiskey…

Weekly Boozer/Cupboard Keeper: Gin & Tonic

In Cupboard Keepers, Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on March 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Gin is by far not the most popular of libations on the market.  If you are not a fan, by all means disregard the recipe, but not the tonic water.  I personally love gin – especially the smell (no I didn’t eat glue as a child, why do you ask?).  A good Gin & Tonic is one of my favorite cocktails.  Not only is it delicious, but it only has three ingredients and is incredibly simple to make.

Gin is liquor prominently flavored by juniper berries; however, depending on the brand or type of gin you purchase it could be accented by lemon, orange, anise, cinnamon, lime, coriander, or any other variation of spices.  Choosing a gin which you like is essential – after all there are only three ingredients at work here and that makes them all very important.  I am currently drinking Bombay Sapphire, but also enjoy Tanqueray (which is called a “T & T”) and Hendrick’s Gin.

Ingredient #2 brings me to the Cupboard Keeper side of things:

Tonic Water.  It is a carbonated soft drink in which quinine and sugar is dissolved, and is consumed for its distinctively bitter taste.  My favorite is Q Tonic, since we moved I can not purchase it locally, and so stock up when I see it.  This is my second choice (Fever Tree – which has lots of awesome products!!!)  and I am sure there are other great tonics out there… but having a good quality tonic can take this cocktail from being mediocre to fabulous – as well as other beverages which call for the ingredient.  That is why for me it is a cupboard keeper! Especially for the liquor cabinet… if you have it on hand you can serve up a classy cocktail for guests in no time!

 

Gin & Tonic:

Depending on your preferences this drink can be made in ratio of 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, or 2:3
2 ounces Gin
4 ounces Tonic
about 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (lime wedge to garnish if desired)
and ice

Directions: Place the ice cubes in a glass with the ice coming near the top. Squeeze in fresh lime juice, followed by gin and top with tonic water. Stir well; Garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Sure it’s not the fanciest cocktail you’ll ever make, but it is: quick, easy, and delicious.  So why complicate things? Here’s hoping there is Gin & Tonic in your future – or at least some good quality tonic water 😉

Weekly Boozer: Kahlúa Ginger Ale

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on February 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Ginger Ale adds a sweet and refreshing twist to this popular coffee flavored liqueur.  Imagine if you will coffee flavored soda with an adult kick! Very tasty!  I always think cream, coffee, etc. when using Kahlúa, so this was an attempt to branch out and I am glad I did!!

Kahlúa Ginger Ale

recipe from Kahlúa website

Ingredients

2 parts KAHLÚA
4 parts Ginger ale

Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice, add Kahlúa and ginger ale, then stir. Enjoy!

So simple… how could it be wrong? 🙂

Weekly Boozer: Blood Orange Margarita

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on February 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

With ♥ Valentine’s Day ♥ fast approaching I decided to go seasonal with the Weekly Boozer, while staying true to Texas!!  This beautiful ruby pink margarita is the perfect cocktail for your Valentine, whether it be your hubby or best-mate.  Or like me, I am enjoying it myself… not sharing – what? it is not V-day yet! 😀

♥ Blood Orange Margarita ♥

♥ salt and lime slice, garnish
♥ Ice
♥ 1/3 cup blood orange juice, about 1 orange
♥ 1 ounce white tequila
♥ 1/2 ounce agave nectar, light
♥ 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

 

Directions and Tools: Cocktail shaker, glass, small plate.  Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate. Wet the outer rim of your glass with a slice of lime, then dip the rim into the salt to lightly coat.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Pour contents into the prepared glass and garnish with the lime slice (or orange…); Serve.

Margaritas made with fresh juice are truly the best!  Since I used mainly blood orange juice, I substituted out Cointreau, a common ingredient, for Agave Nectar which helps sweeten this tangy fruit without taking over the flavor! I hope you enjoy and have a lovely ♥ Valentines ♥!