Fiery Old-Fashions

Fiery Old-Fashions

firely-old-fashionFor Thanksgiving this year, I thought I would incorporate this tasty little number.   Never one to follow the trends – I’m opting away from the creamed pumpkin and apple cider based drinks.  I say bring on the Whisky! This lovely twist on an old Fashion is light and refreshing with a delightful burst of cinnamon at the end.  The first one makes the next two seem like a great idea – so just make sure you help Grandma to the dining room table when the turkey is served!

  • 1 shot Fireball Whisky
  • 1 shot bourbon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 4 dashes of bitters (we used orange bitters)

Shake and strain into an old fashion glass and garnish with orange peel.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

mintjulepAs many of you know, one of the most iconic American events is happening this weekend. That’s right, the 142 annual Kentucky Derby. This magnificent event deemed “the best two minutes in sports” has run without interruption since 1875. Steeped in wonderful traditions, this event oozes charm and sophistication. Even though most of us will never attend one of these events in person– there’s no reason we can’t play along as we watch the race from home. So don your favorite hat and fix yourself a delightful Mint Julep.
Mint Julep Recipe
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 cups water
• Sprigs of fresh mint
• Crushed ice
• Bourbon Whisky
• Silver Julep Cups
Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Bourbon Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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Blueberry Lime Mojito

Blueberry Lime Mojito

BlueberryLimeMojitoI spotted this tasty little cocktail on Pinterest – one look at that vibrant blue color and I was sold! We all enjoy Green Shakes for breakfast – this summer how about Blue Shakes for lunch?

Recipe yields two drinks – but I always double it because in my world of “go big or go home,” pitchers are always the way to go!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 oz clear rum
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 6 oz club soda
  • Ice

Directions

  1. In a food processor on blender, puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar. Add the lime juice, rum, and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
  3. Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries, and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

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Winter Cocktail

Winter Cocktail

WinterCocktailHere’s a delicious new recipe from Food and Wine Magazine to help you shake off the cold winter. The double hot chocolate was the attention grabber, and the addition of bourbon is just genius. Give this a try after shoveling out this weekend…it might just be your new winter favorite!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of Evan Williams bourbon whiskey
  • Marshmallows, for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the bittersweet chocolate with the milk chocolate. Add the boiling water and let stand for one minute. Whisk the chocolate mixture until it is smooth.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the milk and heavy cream just to a simmer. Add the chocolate mixture and whisk over moderate heat until hot. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the whiskey. Pour the hot chocolate into demitasse cups or small mugs, garnish with marshmallows, and serve.

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Watermelon Tequila Cocktails

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WatermelonCocktailsThis scrumptious cocktail is courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine (one of my favorite sources for new yummy drinks). It’s a little more work than I like to do for a summer sipper – but it just reeled me in with watermelon and tequila!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 2 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/3 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  • Ice

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries, and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  3. Pour into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

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