Northeast Iced Coffee

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I have been dying to use coffee iced cubes in a drink for awhile now, having bought a cat-shaped mold at Ocean State Job Lot and cube spheres at Target.  Two purchases I do not regret.  I finally added Kahlua to my liquor cabinet and the magic began.

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For the iced coffee cubes, I used Cold Brew I purchased from D Squared Java in Exeter, NH.   I also now had a chance to use the tiny funnel I could not resist.  Make these in advance, duh!

For this alcoholic iced coffee, you will need:

1.5 oz Rum (Kraken)

1 oz Kahlua

6 oz Milk

1 coffee sphere or several coffee iced cubes

Combine rum, kahlua and milk in a glass. Stir.  Add the iced coffee sphere or cubes.

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Top with cinnamon to make it extra awesome!! Enjoy!

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Tropical Storm

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A stormy drink for a stormy summer night.  This is a dark & stormy with a fruity kick.

You will need:

1.5 oz of rum (Kraken)

0.5 oz of triple sec (Jaqcuin’s)

2 oz of orange juice (Trop50)

2 oz of gingerale (always Canada Dry)

Combine all of the above together in a large glass.   Enjoy! Simple as that.  Unfortunately, dark rum doesn’t provide the most visually-appealing drinks, but it tastes great!  Also, I would suggest using orange juice without pulp if you want a better looking drink.

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Piña Colada (Classic)

Finally feels like summer and the Fourth is upon us.  So what better way to celebrate than with a classic piña colada?  Even though outside may be severe thunderstorms, it still feels great to sit in front of the fan and drink a nice frozen beverage.

You will need:

5 oz Rum (I used a dark rum that I had, Kraken)

4 oz Pineapple Juice

4 oz Coconut Milk

Fill the blender 3/4 of the way up with ice.  Add the ingredients and blend until smooth.  Poor into 2 glasses (or 3 depending on the size you’d like to serve) and garnish with a fresh slice of pineapple, a cherry, and an umbrella if you have them!

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Our little critter, Bruce Springroll (aka Hammy) loved the pineapple and umbrella as well!

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Peachy Keen Marg

peach margAlas, another marg.  I cannot say no to a delicious marg.  I have searched for peach juice throughout several grocery stores.  The search was always on my mind when I passed the juice section; I always had to check just to see if it would finally appear on the shelves.  I was a fool – I never thought to check the Goya section until I stumbled directly into the juice.

You will need:

1.5 oz Tequila (José Cuervo Silver)

1 oz Triple Sec (Jacquin’s)

3 oz Peach Juice (Goya)

2 oz Limeade

Add ingredients to a shaker.  Pour and serve over ice.  A sugar rim would complete this marg if you like it sweet.  I suggest making a large recipe of this in a pitcher and serving it at your next get-together.

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Irish Celebration Month

photo(2)Who says you can only celebrate the deliciousness of St. Patty’s recipes for one day?  Since I had been in New York for the holiday, I missed my opportunity to make Irish Car Bomb cupcakes.  I had some friends coming over for a buffalo chicken potluck and found it to be an excuse to make these cupcakes (despite it being a weird combination and after St. Patty’s).   *Shoutout to Tori who made some awesome buff-chick dip and has a blog Winos Who Cook.

I love Brown Eyed Baker and she has the best recipe for these.   Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson-chocolate ganache, and Bailey’s icing.  Nothing is better.

irishcarbomb1I also set up a margarita bar so my friends could try out some of their own margarita recipes.

mexican lepThen things got weird with some of the other shot recipes.   The best one ended up looking hideous, so I have no picture.  The “Irish Flag” was supposed to be a cool looking layered shot of créme de menthe, Irish creme, and Grand Marnier.  Green, tan, orange- hence, the Irish Flag.  However, since I am cheap, I purchased the bargain valued créme de menthe and orange liquor, so the colors were not there.  But, it was easy to take down and left your month feeling minty clean.

Don’t feel restricted to celebrating Irish recipes on just St. Patty’s!

Fruit Spectacular

I came back from a weekend visiting my friends in New York to find my liquor cabinet emptier than I remembered.  Not ready to leave the house to face the icy wind chill, I decided to pull together the juices I had been hoarding in the fridge to make a fruity mix.

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This beverage is made in equal parts, so feel free to tone it down to a smaller size if you’d like.  I, however, wanted to stick with a nice large beverage to relax with.

You will need:

3 oz Lemonade

3 oz Limeade

3 oz Kiwi Juice

3 oz vodka (New Amsterdam)

splash of grenadine

Add the juices and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake, pour, and splash a little grenadine in.  Enjoy!

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Pineapple Sunrise

ImageStill in the mode of spring, despite waking up to a layer of snow outside, I decided to keep with the fruity pineapple theme.  That and I had a lot of pineapple and grenadine to use.  So I decided to take a spin on a tequila sunrise.

You will need:

1 .5 oz Tequila (José Cuervo Silver)

1 oz Triple Sec (Jacquin’s)

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz grenadine

Combine tequila, triple sec, and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour in a glass with ice and garnish with a slice of pineapple.

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Tropical Grenade

I decided to venture out and make my own grenadine.  It was shockingly so simple that I cannot believe I have ever spent money buying grenadine before.   I got the recipe from good old Alton Brown; you can find it on the Food Network’s website. All you need is pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon.

grenadine1Place 4 cups of pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a pot on medium heat.  Cook until all the sugar has dissolved and turn the heat down to medium-low.  Alton says to leave the mix on the stove for 50 minutes, but mine took more like 65.  Wait until the consistency is syrup-like and the mixture has reduced to 1 1/2 cups.  Cool and ta-dah, you have just made some delicious grenadine!

grenadine3I poured the grenadine in an old Woodford Reserve bottle that I had been using as a flower vase.  With the cork top, it was the perfect container to store the syrup in!

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This weekend, it has been 45 degrees out.  People are walking around in t-shirts and it feels like spring has finally sprung!  So I needed a perfect summer cocktail that I could sip on the porch and pretend that winter is over.

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You will need:

1 oz Wild Turkey American Honey

1 oz Absolut Wild Tea

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz Grenadine (to taste)

Combine the American Honey, the Wild Tea and the pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Give a little shake and pour into a glass of ice.  Garnish with a pineapple slice.  And sit back on your porch and pretend it is summer!

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Chammarg

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Again, this drink is made for two.  It is not for the lonely, but if you are alone, this might help you bear it.  This is a raspberry margarita that is not too sweet.  Use more fresh squeezed lime juice versus limeade as it appeals to your taste buds.  If you are using only lime juice, you’ll want to throw in a bit of simple syrup.  Also, be sure to rub a lime slice around the rim of your glass before salting.

You will need:

2 oz Chambord

4 oz Tequila (José Cuervo Silver)

6 oz Limeade

Fresh-squeezed lime (add to taste)

Combine ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker.  Serve with ice. Garnish with a lime.

You can also make this frozen if that’s how you roll.

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Sunsets in Manchvegas

cabinetWell, payday has come and I cannot say no to the dirt cheap prices at the NH state liquor store.  So, I ended up successfully filling up my liquor cabinet.

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This drink combines some of my favorite liquors- Wild Turkey American Honey and Absolut Wild Tea.  While they are great on their own, combining them in this concoction brings the flavors to another level.

You will need:

1 oz Absolut Wild Tea

1 oz Wild Turkey American Honey

1 oz vodka (New Amsterdam)

4 oz Cran-Raspberry Juice

2 oz Goya ginger beer*

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice.

sunsets in manch*Since I tend to spend all my money at the liquor store, I don’t like to spend a lot on mixers.  Hence why Goya is my best friend.  However, beware – Goya ginger beer is very strong, so don’t use too much or you’ll get a kick to your tastebuds.  If you are using another ginger beer, I suggest adding more than the above recipe calls for.

Elderfleezy Marg

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This recipe is made for two people – or one if you are thirsty.  You can make this frozen, but I prefer my margaritas on the rocks.  Since I could not commit to a full priced bottle of Saint Germaine, I ended up buying a couple nips.

You will need:

2 oz Saint Germaine

4 oz tequila (José Cuervo Silver)

6 oz Limeade

fresh-squeezed lime juice (to taste)

Combine Saint Germaine, tequila, limeade and lime juice in a shaker with ice.  Shake and pour into a salt-rimed margarita glass. Garnish with lime.

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Berry Blueballs

After the tour at Moonlight Meadery, mead has been at the top of my mind. Luckily, the local grocery store around here sells several flavors.  I highly recommend Moonlight Meadery’s Desire mead. The flavors are: honey, black currant, black cherry, blueberry specialty wine.

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1.5 oz Desire Mead – Moonlight Meadery

4 oz Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne

Frozen Blueberries

In a champagne flute or wine glass, pour the mead in followed by the champagne.  Toss in a few frozen blueberries.  Now sit down, relax and sip!

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*yes, that is a homemade vanilla-coffee bean candle in the background.  Smells amazing!

Canada Wet

A couple weeks ago, I took a trip to Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, NH.  The meadery was tucked away among a few warehouse buildings.  The front of house had walls lined with hundreds of bottles of meads, and the back space was a large warehouse filled with boxes of mead, large containers of honey, barrels and fermenting tanks.  We were lucky and got a heartwarming and personal tour from the owner Michael.  Although he has had been making mead for over a decade, it was inspiring to see his passion- he even teared up mentioning his friend Kurt whose recipe is used in Kurt’s Apple Pie. After the tasting of about ten meads, I bought two: Coffee in Bed and Last Apple.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love my Canada Dry gingerale and whiskey.  So I tried a few recipes to combine everything I love- Canada Dry, whiskey, and mead. It turned out delicious. ImageYou will need:

1 oz Last Apple Mead – Moonlight Meadery

1.5 oz Seagrams 7 Whiskey

4 oz Canada Dry gingerale

In a cocktail shaker, add ice and then combine the Last Apple and whiskey.  Shake and pour into a glass.  Top with Canada Dry and give a little stir.  Enjoy!

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"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day." -Dean Martin