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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.

Weekly Boozer: St. Vodka Soda

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on April 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This is inspired by a weird, delightful and peculiar liqueur: St. Germain which is made from elderflower.  If you have never had it I suggest you try it.  I bought a bottle, which is gorgeous by the way, and well a little goes a long way so we are still mixing it up!! As for the vodka we are using a gifted bottle:  Zodiac Vodka (Gemini) it’s made from potatoes.  Yes alcohol made from flowers and potatoes on a warm spring afternoon – that’s how we roll.   More formally this is just a twist on the vodka soda.

St. Vodka Soda

1 ounce vodka, chilled
1/2 ounce St. Germain
soda water
ice
twist of lemon

Fill glass with ice, add alcohol, squeeze of lemon, top with soda water, stir and garnish with twist of lemon.  Enjoy!  picture shown above is a double…

Simple. Refreshing. It’s like elderflower flavored water… with bubbles.  Only a whisper of sweetness, the vodka is flavorless – as it should be or so I am told and I can’t wait to try it with lime! Hope your staying cool on this hot Texas afternoon!