Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creamsicles for the Adult in you

I've discovered a benefit....when you're mixing alcohol and such to match a mental flavor....well, let's just say, things get a little fun! 
Believe it or not, I purchased some orange liqueur for a bread recipe. While I was at the store, Cocktail Puppy popped into my mind and I realized I had yet to post a cocktail recipe of sorts. Well, one thing lead to another and I found myself purchasing, tequila, orange juice, heavy whipping cream and creme soda. 

I brought it all  home, and started mixing. Then I thought...hmm, someone MUST have tried this before, right? I mean...Dreamsicles, Creamsicles....these are very popular childhood desserts. And yes...there are recipes for an alcohol beverage to resemble the ever so popular popsicles. But they weren't quite the same.'s my version of an adult Creamsicle. It's orange, creamy, vanilla-ish...and it will kick your such a good way.

(this will make enough for about 4 - 6 cocktails...or more. Depends on how small your glass is)

12 oz orange concentrate (no pulp, defrosted)
12 oz orange liqueur (I used Patron Citronge)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz tequila
12 oz cream soda
More Cream Soda to top off the glass

Combine the orange concentrate, orange liqueur, whipping cream and tequila...mix well. Add the 12 oz of cream soda and stir. Serve your guests or just yourself and top off the glass with a bit (1 or 2 oz) more of the cream soda.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Natalie MacLean's Top Ten Wines for Holiday Gift-Giving

Want to know the perfect holiday wines for the people in your life?

Natalie MacLean offers her advice on how to pair the perfect bottle with each person on your list.

From Natalie MacLean's Wine Blog:
Here are the specific wines that I recommend for the tough-to-buy-for people on your holiday gift list. Click on the links for the full review, including tasting notes, score, food matches, bottle shots and complementary recipes.

1. Hairdresser: Fuss-free Rose

2. Psychiatrist: Balanced Pinot

3. The Boss: Boss Bordeaux

4. Personal Trainer: Light Riesling

5. Financial Planner: Long-Term Port

6. Travel Agent: Plug in your region here to find a local wine

7. Teacher: Learned Sherry

8. Mail Deliverer: Dependable Shiraz

9. Mechanic: Auto Wine

10. Online Date: Play-it-Safe Merlot

Monday, November 22, 2010

In the mood for throwing back a few Snowballs!?

While the snow may not be flying here in Northern Indiana yet, that doesn't mean I can't throw back a few Snowballs!  I remembered seeing the Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson make these on an episode of Nigella Express.  She said they tasted like a grown-up ice cream soda.  Ummmm....yes, please!  Although the original recipe calls for Advocaat, I wasn't able to find any, so I just subbed in some eggnog and rum.  It worked!  It tasted just like an ice cream soda...all creamy and delicious and definitely a bit of "Christmas in a glass"!  Let's hang out, Nigella.

Ice Cubes
1 part Advocaat  I used a storebought eggnog spiked with a good deal of RUM
3 parts chilled lemonade  I used an effervescent one...very  nice
squeeze of lime juice to taste

Fill a highball glass with ice.  Add the advocaat or eggnog and rum and top off with the lemonade.  Spritz in the lime juice to taste.

Whaddaya say?  Want to come over and throw back a few Snowballs?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Not Just Another Rum and Coke

It's true, we are tired at the end of the day, and although we might have spent a good part of it making a fan-freaking-tabulous meal, everything made from scratch - no, not just from scratch but home grown and lovingly crafted... when it's time for a drink we go for the tried and true and... easy. Open a bottle of wine, a beer, or even go as far as a rum and coke.

Fine. I get it. I do it too. A lot. I look at the pretty bottles on my bar and then grab a beer.

Those bottles, they don't even complain. They just keep showing their pretty faces, making my bar look very.. bar-ish, and wait til next time.

But I'm not just mixing for myself here - today I am mixing for a friend in need. A friend who wants to try new things but keeps going back to her rum and cokes. So - why not tart up the rum and coke? Not with anything as exhausting as slicing a lime, but by using coconut rum and hey, maybe a splash of Crème de Banane. True, you do have to twist a second top, but think of the muscles you will build.

So, for my friend, awesome chica that she is, I made a California Monkey. Try it at home!

California Monkey
from 10,000 Drinks by Paul Knorr
(2 down and 9,998 to go)

1½ parts Coconut-Flavoured Rum
½ part Crème de Banane


Fill a Collins glass with ice and build drink, stir.

I garnished them with suns as I figure it is always sunny in California. Unlike Canada in late November, which is dark by 4:30pm. Sigh. Another drink?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peach Slider - It's What's for Dessert

Had an amazing dinner? Good wine? Fairly stuffed but still want dessert?

May I suggest something of the liquid variety? This Peach Slider is like liquid ice cream. Cool, creamy and delicious with a kick of naughty. There, doesn't that sound good? I thought so.

Peach Slider
from 10,000 Drinks by Paul Knorr (which I found on clearance for $5.99!! One down and 9,999 to go.)

1 part Peach Schnapps
½ part Amaretto
½ part Vanilla Liqueur
1 part Cream

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a candy stick, if you wish.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hot Apple Cider Strudel

Sweet apple and spicy cinnamon will warm you to the bones in this Hot Apple Cider Strudel. A mix of apple cider and vodka, together with a dash of cinnamon, are heated until warm to the touch. The rim of the glass is dipped in powdered sugar and a slice of apple, coated in caramel sauce, adorns the top. A very tasty way to celebrate autumn.

Hot Apple Cider Strudel

Adapted from
* 1 oz. vodka
* 4 to 5 oz. apple cider
* ground cinnamon
* powdered sugar
* 1 apple
* caramel apple dipping sauce
* ice
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and apple cider. Add one dash of ground cinnamon.
Strain into a microwave-safe container. Microwave until hot, but not boiling (about 30-60 seconds).Rim a coffee mug or other hot beverage glass with powdered sugar. Transfer warm beverage to rimmed glass. Garnish with a second dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel apple dipping sauce.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hibiscus Tea with Citrus and Vodka

(FoodTV, Giada De Laurentiis)

A fabulous twist on hard iced tea!

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups (2 ounces) dried hibiscus flowers or dried rose petals*
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup vodka chilled
  • 1 cup ice
*Can be found at specialty Latin markets

In a medium saucepan combine the water, hibiscus flowers, and sugar over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool for 25 minutes. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka.
Place the ice in a tall pitcher. Strain the hibiscus tea into the pitcher and discard the flowers. Refrigerate until ready to use.

NOTES: I thought the beverage was a bit too sweet, but Husband liked it just fine (he is from Georgia, so I forgive him). Would be the best served after the meal, not as an aperitif.

Submitted to Cocktail Puppy by Lana of Bibberche, check out her original post here(And read why she doesn't drink Pepsi!)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Now that I Have Made Hot Pepper Infused Vodka, What Can I Make With It?

A little while we made homemade hot pepper infused vodka. Cool, eh? Looks really good in the jar on the shelf. But some of you may be wondering what to do with it, now that you have such a cool hot concoction on hand. We scanned the good old internet and found a few spicy recipes. Start your weekend off right, turn up the heat!

Where you read brand-name infused vodkas, try subbing in your own home-made infused ones! Feel free to take a pic and send it in if you try one of these at home. 

Dirty Bloody Martini recipe

2 oz Inferno® Pepper Pot vodka
1 oz dry vermouth
2 oz clamato juice
1 tbsp olive juice
2 olives
2 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a shaker, except olives, and shake until shaker is frosted. Pour into cocktail glass, add olives and serve.

Heaven and Hell recipe

1 oz Skyy® vodka
1 oz Inferno® Pepper Pot vodka

Shake ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Strain into a shot glass, and serve.

Fahrenheit 5000 recipe
1/2 oz Firewater® cinnamon schnapps
1/2 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 dash Tabasco® sauce

Cover bottom of shot glass with tabasco sauce and then fill with half firewater and half absolut peppar.

Nestle recipe
3 cl Absolut® Peppar vodka
3 cl Midori® melon liqueur

Combine in a shot glass and serve.

Zhivago's Revenge recipe
1/2 oz cinnamon schnapps
1/2 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
3 drops Tabasco® sauce

Carefully layer into a shot glass in the above order.

Absolut Redhead recipe
1 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 dash grenadine syrup
juice of 1/2 limes

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

Cooch Behar recipe
2 oz pepper vodka
4 oz cold tomato juice

Pour into an old-fashioned glass three-quarters filled with broken ice, and serve.

Dirty Bloody Martini recipe
2 oz Inferno® Pepper Pot vodka
1 oz dry vermouth
2 oz clamato juice
1 tbsp olive juice
2 olives
2 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a shaker, except olives, and shake until shaker is frosted. Pour into cocktail glass, add olives and serve.

Fucking Hot recipe
1 1/2 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 1/2 oz DeKuyper® Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps

Pour both ingredients into an old-fashioned glass, stir briefly and serve.

Hell's Mary recipe
2 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 tbsp horseradish
6 oz Spicy Hot V8 Juice
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper corns
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Tabasco® sauce

Add all ingredients (except vodka) to a blender. Blend and add Absolut Peppar vodka. Blend again to stir in vodka. Pour into a whiskey sour glass half-filled with ice. Add a stick of celery, and serve.

Hot and Dirty Martini recipe
3 oz pepper vodka
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tsp olive juice

Pour the pepper vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive stuffed with a pickled jalapeno pepper, and serve.

Hot Spicy Banana recipe
1 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 oz DeKuyper® Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps
1 oz 99 Bananas® banana schnapps
1 splash 90 proof peppermint schnapps

In a chilled old fashioned glass mix the first three ingredients, then place a single ice cube in the drink and splash the peppermint schnapps on the ice cube. Serve.

La Vida Loca recipe
3 - 4 oz Absolut® pepper vodka
3 - 4 oz pineapple juice
1 - 2 tsp chili peppers

Cut the chili into small pieces. Put one or two teaspoons of chopped chili in the glass. Fill the glass with ice (not all the way up, gotta save some space for the vodka). Mix the ice and chili well. Pour vodka and pineapple juice in the glass, mix again. Serve with a straw.

Moscow Chill recipe
1 1/2 oz Stoli® Pertsovka vodka
4 oz Dr. Pepper® soda

Pour the Stoli pepper vodka (Pertsovka) into a champagne saucer filled with shaved ice. Fill with Dr. Pepper soda, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.

Neva Cocktail recipe
1 1/2 oz Stoli® Pertsovka vodka
1/2 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz orange juice

Pour the Stoli pepper vodka (Pertsovka), tomato juice and orange juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass with a small amount of crushed ice, and serve.

Pepper Manhattan recipe
1 1/2 oz Stoli® Pertsovka vodka
1/2 oz sweet vermouth

Pour the Stoli pepper vodka (Pertsovka) and sweet vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.

Peppermint Martini recipe
3 oz pepper vodka
1 oz white creme de menthe

Pour both ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve.

Peppertini recipe
1 1/2 oz Stoli® Pertsovka vodka
1/2 oz dry vermouth

Pour the Stoli pepper vodka (Pertsovka) and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and pour into an old-fashioned glass over several ice cubes. Garnish with an olive, and serve.

Ricky Martini recipe
1 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka
1 oz Absolut® Mandrin vodka
1 splash Cointreau® orange liqueur
1 splash cranberry juice
1 dash Rose's® lime juice

Shake with ice until frothy. Pour into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a jalepeno stuffed olive.
Salt and Pepper Martini recipe
1/8 oz vermouth
2 oz Absolut® Peppar vodka

Combine vermouth and absolut peppar in a mixing glass over ice. Stir, strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass, and serve.

From the website

Wow, is it getting hot in here or is it just me? 
I need a drink!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Lana's Cosmo Therapy

Sometimes you have a no-good-very-bad-day.

Sometimes you have lots of them.

Sure, you could pay for expensive therapy, but Lana has a better idea. Mental health through the judicious use of vodka. Take two and call her in the morning.

  • 2 oz good quality vodka of your choice (Stolichnaya would be my drug of choice)
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz Triple Sec orange liqueur (Cointreau if you want to make it top shelf)
  • 0.5 oz lime juice (Freshly squeezed… meaning the juice was still in the lime when you poured the vodka)
Place 7-8 ice cubes in a shaker. Add all the ingredients and shake vigorously for several seconds. Pour through the strainer into a martini glass, kick back and let the healing begin.

To see the rest of her story, click here