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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"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