July 6, 2015 Cocktails
One of our daily activities as food bloggers is to look for new and fun ingredients that might make for some good blog posts. Recently we were checking out different whiskeys when we ran across Uncle Bob's Root Beer Flavored Whiskey. The combination of whiskey and root beer sounded like a great combination, and when we contacted Uncle Bob's Whiskey, they offered to send us a bottle to let us review and share our experience with our readers. We were admittedly excited, as root beer and whiskey are two of our favorite flavors, so getting a chance to combine the two sounded like a can't miss proposition. When we received our bottle we both had to sneak a sip right away and when we got the classic smell and taste of root beer, we really got excited about the possibilities!
Uncle Bob's is a flavored whiskey distilled and bottled in Mira Loma, California by Founders 49 Distilling and Whiskey House. Made by blending barrel aged whiskey with natural root beer flavors, Uncle Bob'sRead More
Every 4th of July we get together with family and friends and celebrate Independence Day. This year we were looking for an easy drink that we could make ahead of time so we could take our boys to the parade before heading home to party around our pool. Of course having friends who are followers of this blog means that we have to make something that not only tastes good, but looks good. We were playing around with different colored ice cubes for another recipe when we had the idea that we could make some layered ice cubes that would look like the colors on the flag. Add in a bit of coconut water infused vodka and some ginger ale and this drink has a nice sweet and tropical flavor that will be perfect for a warm 4th of July!
We started out by filling some ice cube trays about 1/3rd of the way up with red cherry Kool-aid and placing them in the freezer for about 2 hours. We used large square ice cube trays so that we would get large cubes, but you can use small cube trays if youRead More
June 29, 2015 Cocktails
We tend to try to make cocktails featuring ingredients that are in season. While cruising the aisles of the grocery store looking for inspiration, we found a nice batch of fresh strawberries which are typically fantastic in summer and inspired images of strawberry desserts and drinks. Combining creamy coconut milk, sweet strawberries and whipped cream vodka, this drink is perfect for sipping on the deck for a girls night out or as a sweet night cap. Easy to make, the base strawberry syrup is also wonderful for breakfast or as a topping for ice cream!
Tropical Strawberry Chiller
1.75 oz strawberry syrup (see directions below!)
1.5 oz coconut milk
1.5 oz whipped cream vodka
2 dashes bitters
Pour the strawberry syrup, coconut milk, vodka and bitters into a shaker. Add ice and shake for 15-20 seconds. Add crushed or shaved ice into a high ball glass. Strain into the glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or slices of freshRead More
With the weather getting warmer, the season for the classic way to beat the heat, the shrub. Shrubs are a combination of sugar, fruit and vinegar that historically has been a way to preserve fruit and as a drink to help cool down. Last summer we tried our first shrub, a Honey Blackberry Shrub, which made us really appreciate the combination of sweet fruit and tart vinegar. The cooling effect of the vinegar in the shrub made it perfect for sipping on a nice warm night by our pool. Our first experience was such a success we ended up making the the blackberry shrub a number of times for our friends and family.
We recently posted a picture of a bunch of red beets that we got from the farmer's market asking what our readers thought we should do with them. One of our readers, Pierre of Thistle and Vine Bitters, suggested that we make a beet shrub. We both love pickled beets, so the thought of making a shrub out of our beets sounded like a fun project to try. We did a littleRead More
How can you go wrong with adult popsicles? We had a 1/3 bottle of Chianti that needed to be imbibed, but I just didn't feel like drinking it (I know, crazy, right?!) so I thought, why not freeze it and make something that I can enjoy when it is hot out instead of a glass of room temp red wine? We have an abundance of basil in our garden, and as basil pairs perfectly with the spiciness of the Chianti, I made a blueberry/basil simple syrup to go with the wine. Besides, I needed some blueberries make it healthy, right?
Chianti, Blueberry and Basil Icepops (Chiantisicles!)
Red Wine, less than 1/2 a bottle (any kind you like, but dry reds such as Chianti, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon would work best in this)
Blueberries (about 4-5 in each popsicle mold)
Basil Blueberry simple syrup (recipe below)
Place blueberries in popsicle containers. Combine liquids and pour into the popsicle molds. Make as many as you want! Freeze for 8-10 hours until firm.Read More
June 21, 2015 News
We love to cook breakfast, and eggs are a major part of starting our day, so when we were recently given the opportunity to review Cornucopia brand silicone egg rings, we figured this would be a tool that would be a big help to us. We love making various fried egg sandwiches, and being food bloggers who take pictures of our food, anything that can help our eggs come out looking fantastic will be a big help to us. Available on Amazon - Egg Rings, they were shipped to us in a pack of 4 for $9.99. We decided to try a few different kinds of foods in them to see how they would work.
In the examples pictured, we tried out over easy eggs and crumpets. We were slightly disappointed in how they performed with the eggs, as bit of the egg white seemed to escape a bit from the ring. We found that we could manage the little bit of leakage by making sure we got the ring on the flat sections of the pan and giving them a bit of a press down to get them to seal on bottom. On the positiveRead More
June 18, 2015 Cocktails
This drink was inspired by a cocktail we had on a trip out to California last summer where we had this fantastic drink made with fresh blackberries and pisco. We had stopped for lunch at a spot in San Fransisco where this drink was the bartender's creation which he called the Market Smash. San Fransisco has a long history with Pisco, with sailors and traders bringing bottles along with them from Peru and Chile as far back as the 1830s. Famous pisco drinks like the Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch have roots in San Fransisco, so it is no surprise that we found another good pisco drink in San Fran! We both liked this drink enough that it inspired us to buy a bottle of Pisco to try to recreate our San Fransisco adventure!
1.5 oz pisco
1.25 oz St. Germain
.25 oz lemon
3-4 leaves of fresh mint
Place the blackberries in a shaker and muddle until completely broken down. Add in ice, mint leaves and the liquor. Add crushed iceRead More
June 14, 2015 Cocktails
- With Father's Day coming up next weekend, we decided to come up with a cocktail that would be sure to please Dad. We recently have been on a bit of a whiskey kick, and with us receiving a bottle of Templeton Rye from the folks at Templeton to promote, by developing a recipe, we thought a rye based cocktail would be just the thing to top off Father's Day. Templeton Rye is a reproduction of the famous recipe the Prohibition Era bootleggers in Templeton, Iowa shipped to Chicago and Al Capone, where it became known as the "Good Stuff." It soon filled the speakeasies from Chicago to New York and even as far west as San Fransisco where it is rumored that some bottles found their way into Capone's jail cell on Alcatraz. In 2006, the Kerkhoff family released the legal version of the "Good Stuff" that soon became a highly sought after bottle. Distilled in Indiana but bottled and mixed in Templeton, Iowa by the descendants of the old bootleggers, Templeton Rye is a smooth drinking rye whiskeyRead More
June 12, 2015 Cocktails
This drink is is a twist on one of the most popular classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned, by adding grilled peaches and a spicy kick from Crazy Gringa's Datil Pepper Hot Sauce. The grilled peach gives a fresh summery sweetness that combines with the mellow caramel and vanilla flavors that come from the Templeton Rye we chose as the base spirit. The spice from the Datil Pepper Hot Sauce has a nice slow burn that builds at the end of each sip. This is a great drink for fans of bold flavors and Old Fashioned cocktails and the addition of the spicy pepper makes this drink a very manly drink that might be perfect for Father's Day!
Fired Peach Old Fashioned
2 oz Templeton Rye Whiskey
1/2 grilled or bruleed small peach
2 brandied cherry (our recipe here!)
1/4th teaspoon Crazy Gringa Datil Pepper Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce that might be local to you!)
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Lightly brush the slices of the peach with a bit of oil and grillRead More
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