Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Purple Rain cocktail! Recipe courtesy of LD Products Coupon SCOTT15

Celebrating Prince's life this week? Try a Purple Rain cocktail! Recipe thanks to our sponsor LD Products coupon SCOTT15 !

It's a sad thing that Prince has died. He lived a great big good life, and seems to have been a quiet philanthropist in his later years. This cocktail celebrates his heyday in the music spotlight, though!


Purple Rain Cocktail

• 45ml smirnoff no. 21 vodka
• 20ml sour raspberry liqueur
• 20ml blue curacao
• 5ml sweet n' sour
• 180ml cranberry juice cocktail
• 4 -5 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

• Pre-chill vodka in freezer. (Recommended: Pre-chill all ingredients instead of using too much ice; which can dilute the drink).
• Pre-chill large/9 ounce wine glass in freezer.
• Add about 4-6 ice cubes into the wine glass.
• Add vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue curacao, lime cordial, and cranberry cocktail.

• Stir or shake gently and serve.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Strawberry Basil Margaritas recipe courtesy of LD Products Coupon SCOTT15

This weekend we're having a party and I want a nice summery drink on hand to celebrate the lovely weather. Our sponsor LD Products coupon SCOTT15 helps me share it with you!

At first glance I wasn't sure if I wanted basil in my drink. I love basil, but in a drink?  But then I realized I have mint sometimes, and even cucumber now and again, so I decided to live on the edge. And I'm glad I did! This is a great, fresh cocktail and so easy to serve!

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

Makes 1 pitcher, or about 8 servings
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
10 strawberries (or 12 if you're using smaller ones from the farmer's market or your backyard.)
8 basil leaves
2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila (or a bit less, if you don't want your drinks to be quite as strong).
Hull the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.
When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color. Now all you have to do is serve them and wait for the compliments to pour in.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

LD Products Coupon SCOTT15 saves you big in April and brings you the pizza cocktail!

I love the new drinks blog! Thanks to our LD Products coupon SCOTT15 for the bandwidth to bring this crazy new pizza cocktail to you!

You heard me — a cocktail that tastes like pizza. I'm skeptical, just like the next gal, but this one looks and sounds delish.  Made with tomato water, basil-infused vodka, ghost-pepper infused vodka, porcini powder, muddled basil and topped with a Parmesan and mozzarella foam.  Cheese foam people!

Pizza Cocktail

1 ounce tomato water

1 ounce basil-infused vodka

1 ounce ghost-pepper infused vodka
1/4 teaspoon porcini powder
muddled basil
two teaspoons parmesan and mozzarella foam

Preparation: mix the first four ingredients together well in an iced cocktail shaker. Muddle basil leaves in glass. Strain drink into glass, top with cheese foam. Enjoy!


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

LD Products Coupon SCOTT15 saves you big in April!

In Seattle for work and had a great cocktail last night! Thanks to our LD Products coupon SCOTT15 I'll tell you all about it!

Seattle is beautiful this week. Springtime and sunny. I was actually hoping for rain though! In any case, I went out to find a fun bar and a great drink last night and succeeded on both counts!  At the Hideout, they make a great drink called the Swan Cocktail.

Swan Cocktail

3 drops lime juice.

2 drops Angostura bitters.

1/2 jigger French vermouth.

1/2 jigger dry gin. Stir.

Preparation: This one's pretty easy. You up the amounts if you want a bigger drink, stir them all together, and enjoy.



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Friday, April 1, 2016

April Fool's cocktail sponsored in March by LD Products Coupon SCOTT15!

It's April Fool's day, so I'm talking about the Apple Fool's Martini thanks to our LD Products coupon SCOTT15 that saves you 10% your print supplies.

The thing about the Apple Fool's Martini is that it looks just like an appleini. I mean just like it. And you therefore think it will be sweet when you taste it, but it's not. It's sharp and a little spicy. It's so fun.

APPLE FOOL’S MARTINI

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 5 Basil leaves
  • 1 oz Ruby red grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz Lime juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Garnish: Thin apple slice or maraschino cherry
  • Glass: Martini

PREPARATION:

In a shaker muddle the simple syrup and basil leaves. Add the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a thin apple slice or a maraschino cherry.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Hot Applejack Toddy recipe sponsored in March by LD Products Coupon SCOTT15!

I'm not feeling great this week so I'm making hot applejack toddies. Big ups to our LD Products coupon SCOTT15 that saves you 10% your print supplies.

Have you had Applejack? It's delicious. It was popular in Colonial America, but has been enjoying a comeback with the craft cocktail craze sweeping the nation! Laird's is the one you want, and might be the only one you can buy yourself, I'm not sure.

Applejack is essentially apple brandy, and that means it totally smells and tastes like apples even once it's all liquored up into brandy. Delicious way to keep that doctor away, if it counts as still healthy. (I think it should.)

Applejack was a well known "cyder spirit" throughout growing America. In the 1820’s, American evangelist John Chapman, better known as "Johnny Appleseed", preached to congregations along the Ohio River Valley, and distributed apple seeds to his followers. 

He also instructed them in the production of Applejack- hence the continued popularity of Applejack in this region

  • • 1 lemon slice
  • • 2ounces Applejack (4 tablespoons)
  • • 1⁄4 ounce pure maple syrup (1/2 tablespoon)
  • • 1cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  •  1⁄4 ounce fresh lemon juice (1/2 tablespoon)

Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into glass and garnish with lemon slice.

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  1. Press the clove into the lemon slice.
  2. Place the Applejack, lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon stick in a heatproof mug.
  3. Top with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir. Float the lemon slice on top.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The perfect Frisco Sour, thanks to LD Products Coupon SCOTT15 in March 2016!

Thanks to our LD Products coupon SCOTT15 that saves you 10% your print supplies, I'm going to teach you to make a great whisky drink in honor of Paddy's Day!

The thing about whisky drinks is the flavors have to be strong enough to stand up to the spice and solid taste of the whisky. I love Connemara whisky, but I probably wouldn't mix it into a drink because it's so good on it's own.

This one is delish, easy to make, and will help build up your liquor cabinet just a touch with a great spice liquor called Benedictine.

Benedictine is called that because it's made by monks. I think. Let me look it up, hang on. Ah, yes! Originally used to revive tired Benedictine monks beginning in 1510, the term D.O.M. found on the label stands for Deo Optimo Maximo which translates to "to God, most good, most great" reminds us of the liqueur's origins.
  • 2 ounces blended whisky
  • 1/2 ounce Benedictine 
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • lemon slice for garnish

Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into glass and garnish with lemon slice.

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It's a lovely spicy brown color, and has a warmth from the whisky and the Benedictine that will keep you toasty on a cold night. 

Probably more of a winter drink.


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