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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: Sapporo Light

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on August 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This weekend was simple, busy, and filled with no fuss food and drink. Sometimes that is nice; other times it’s necessary! We picked this up last week at the corner beer store. I have no idea if it is new or just new to us. I love Sapporo (regular), a Japanese beer, and often buy it when I want a light brew. It is crisp and refreshing, easy-drinking beer.  Since we have been cutting calories lately this seemed like a natural choice. Of course light is never the real thing. Let’s face it Diet Dr. Pepper tastes nothing like Dr. Pepper and Corona Light well who knows what happened there. This too is its own beverage.

Beer pours a pale golden straw with about a finger of white head. It is very light-bodied, smooth and has a slight tanginess to it with just a touch of sweetness; however, the flavor is not very strong and thus it would essentially go with anything without overpowering the flavor. This is a salad beer. Yes, salad beer – you can drink this with a salad. Hey, it happens. But, I guess overall the best word I can think of to describe it is meek. It doesn’t have an after-taste and has a pleasant carbonation; but regular Sapporo is mucho mucho better!

We will drink this beer, not pour it down the drain – I don’t know what that means really lol. I will probably never buy it again though. So I guess it is drinkable, but not noteworthy. Just a cold, slightly frothy beer that passed an evening on the porch one Saturday. Hope your weekend was grand! 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: Shiner Ruby Redbird

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Ruby Redbird is Shiner’s newest seasonal beer designed for summer.  It is brewed with grapefruit and ginger.

The ginger is what really got me excited about this brew. Well and unlike most I LOVE grapefruit. Unfortunately I found the ginger to be subtle and really not noticeable until the finish. Which is still delightful, just not as prominent as I had hoped.  The contrast is perfect though – I will definitely be cooking something up with grapefruit and ginger in the near future. I also look forward to cooking chicken on the grill with the beer itself. Back to it: you can smell the citrus and grapefruit aroma off the bat! Very refreshing, crisp and slightly tart – as good grapefruit should be. Only the slightest hint of bitterness. Little to no head on the pour; which dissipated quickly. Beautiful red-orange amber color!! Overall I would buy this beer again, but it is not something I would want to drink a plethora of in one evening.  I will be interested to see if any non-grapefruit eaters will find anything for them in this brew. I would be surprised, as the grapefruit really sings through on multiple levels; but, beer has a way of bringing people, things and new experiences together.

Oh and I am smitten with the name! Ruby Redbird. So rockabilly and almost vintage. Definitely a bright and sassy name for this new summer brew. Enjoy!

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: Kirin Ichiban

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on January 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

MMMMmmmm Beer – it’s nice to just have a brew after so many holiday libations.  Nice simple tasty beer!  And not a very good picture – sorry people I was really more concerned about drinking the stuff than telling you about it.  Guess that is just the kind of day I have had 🙂

Kirin Ichiban is a Japanese beer, in fact, it translate to Number 1! 🙂 This is a smooth light beer, really pretty plain… with no bitterness.  While Kirin Ichiban is not my first pick for Japanese beers it is generally carried in most grocery and beer stores and goes great with all types of food!

Weekly Boozer: Butter Rum Coffee

In Uncategorized, Weekly Boozer on December 25, 2010 at 5:38 am

Because the weather outside is frightful (well cold… but the song says otherwise), because it’s Christmas Eve and I have spent the last several hours juggling family affairs, because I love coffee, and finally because amaretto makes everything better.

Butter Rum Coffee Recipe:

a cup of good quality coffee (by cup I mean fill your mug not exactly 1 cup 😉 )
1 small pat of butter
1 ounce of amaretto (used Disaronno), room temperature
1 ounce of dark rum (used Appleton Estate), room temperature
Whipped cream (flavored with a dash of almond extract)

Directions:

Drop pat of butter into a glass mug (or mug of your choosing); Pour hot coffee over the butter.  Add the rum and the amaretto; Stir.  Top with the freshly whipped and flavored cream; Enjoy!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night 🙂