April 27, 2015 News
As regular readers of our blog might have noticed, we occasionally enjoy partaking in various spirits and entertaining our friends. One of the inevitable side effects of entertaining with folks who have been enjoying the spirits is the occasional broken glass. We recently had the opportunity to check out a set of unbreakable wine glasses from Bacchus Break, a maker of silicone wine glasses that they claim are unbreakable and a perfect solution for the age old problem of drunk people dropping things. Created by a group of moms from New Hampshire, Bacchus Break released their first product, a 16 oz shatterproof silicone wine glass in February 2015.
We received in a set of two glasses shipped to us from Amazon. Packed in a cardboard box with easy to open packaging (always a plus, especially if you have had to open any kids' toys recently!) the packaging sets the expectations for the unbreakable nature of the glasses by proclaiming a hassle free lifetime warranty. One of theRead More
April 22, 2015 Cocktails
Since the days have been getting warmer this spring, and we had a plethora of fruit, we decided to make some sangria. Sangria is a typical drink from Spain, consisting of wine, fruit, a sweetener and sometimes some brandy or a liqueur. The beauty of sangria is that you can add any fruit to it, any wine to it, and make it your own. Use whatever you have around the house, and let it steep together for a few hours or up to a couple days, and you can have yourself a tasty beverage! We decided to use a white wine this go around, although red has typically been the base for traditional sangria. Perfect for a brunch or group of friends, sangria blanca should be on your "to drink" list this spring!
Cut fruit to desired cubes or slices, and place in a pitcher.
We used: pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges and blackberries.
Top with a bottle of white wine. We added some orange liqueur as well, about 1/2 cup. If you prefer, you can add 7-up, Sprite or club soda instead of theRead More
April 21, 2015 Cocktails
We love the combination of bourbon and blackberries, and when a surplus of blackberries from a brunch found their way into our possession, it was only a matter of time before they ended up in a drink. The Rambler is pleasantly tart and refreshing, the blackberries and lemon juice giving a tart bite. Fresh squeezed orange juice adds a bit of sweetness that helped compliment the oak and vanilla notes of the bourbon.
2 oz Bourbon
1.25 oz orange juice
.5 oz lemon
.25 oz simple
2 dashes orange bitters
Muddle the blackberries, simple syrup and bitters in the bottom of shaker. Add in the orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon and fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with shaved or crushed ice. Garnish with orange or a sprig of mint if in season.Read More
April 18, 2015 Cocktails
The Old Fashioned has been one of the most popular cocktails in the recent craft cocktail craze, partially due to its popularity from Mad Men and America's thirst for whiskey. Technically one of the "original" cocktails, the Old Fashioned is appropriately named, dating back to the 1880's, where it was commonly consumed in the heart of whiskey country, Louisville, Kentucky. This recipe adds a bit of a spicy citrus bite to the original recipe. Adding anything to an Old Fashioned is blasphemy in the eyes of some snobby cocktail folks, but who cares, its darn delicious!
The Ginger Clementine Old Fashioned
1 clementine, peeled and segmented
2 brandied cherries (see our excellent recipe here!)
2 thin slices fresh peeled ginger
2 dashes bitters
2 oz Rye (or bourbon)
Muddle the clementine, one cherry, ginger and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass. Stir in Bourbon. Strain into glass with ice. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger and the otherRead More
One of the hottest and longest lasting trends in dining is the craft beer and burger gastropub, and when Blatt Beer and Table opened up in 2011 as one of the first restaurants in North Downtown Omaha near TD Ameritrade Park it became a popular destination for sports fans and concert goers. Fresh gourmet burgers and big beers in a modern pub with a big roof top patio and it was easy to see why Blatt became a major hit. We had tried Blatt a couple of times after baseball games, and found their burgers and limited game menus to be excellent and the beer and drink specials to be good. It was no surprise to find that Flagship Restaurant Group who also owns Blue Sushi, Roja and Plank, were opening second location in the Shoppes of Legacy out in west Omaha.
With the new branch in our neck of the woods, we decided to stop in and give the new location a try. Blatt's roots as a pub is very apparent when you enter, as the focal point of the dining area is the large U shaped bar. We wentRead More
April 11, 2015 Cocktails
This drink takes the refreshing classic cocktail, the Gimlet, and adds fresh raspberries to bring a hint of fruity sweetness that makes it taste a bit like a raspberry limeade. The gimlet was popular in the warm colonies of the British Empire as a way to try prevent scurvy, and traditionally consisted of gin and sweetened lime juice (hence the traditional "Limey" nickname for Brits). The sweetened lime juice was used in lieu of the fresh lime juice and sugar syrup as fresh limes were hard to come by in the wide flung corners of the empire. Using fresh lime juice brings a brighter tart note to this version of the Gimlet and makes for a very refreshing drink for a warm summer day.
1.75 oz Gin
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Muddle the raspberries and simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Pour in the gin and lime juice and then fill the shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled glass. Enjoy!Read More
One of the best things about spring is the first crop of strawberries that hits the stores, when the berries are plump and juicy and super sweet. One of our favorite combinations is combining balsamic vinegar with strawberries into a sweet and sour syrup that can be used on ice cream, shortcake or on waffles. We recently made a batch to go on a bunch of waffles we made for dinner (because sometimes you just want brinner!) and we had a bunch of the syrup left over. We were looking for a night cap, so we decided to experiment with the extra syrup and came up with this cocktail. Strawberries and bourbon typically pair well, but we wanted something with a bit more bite so we used Bulleit Rye as our base spirit which ended up being really nice in this drink.
Balsamic Strawberry Smash
2 oz Rye
2 oz strawberry balsamic syrup (Recipe below)
1/2 lemon slice (or 1/4 oz lemon juice)
1 or 2 sliced strawberries
Muddle strawberries, lemon and strawberryRead More
We came up with a little traditional Irish cuisine for St. Patrick's Day because we wanted an alternative to corned beef and cabbage. We adapted one of our favorite stews, a beef and stout stew, to make hand pies, which were perfect finger foods for a fun dinner with the kids or taking along for a nice lunch. Using the famous Irish stout Guinness, the beer imparts a rich malty flavor to the filling making this a delicious savory pie.
Irish Hand Pies
1 lb ground hamburger
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup diced carrot
Use whatever vegetables you have one hand if you prefer in addition to the ones above
2 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp dried garlic or 1 bulb fresh garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 (12 oz) bottle Guinness
Brown hamburger, drain off fat. Add onion, celery and carrot, along with spices. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly until veggies have started to soften. Pour in bottle of GuinnessRead More
April 2, 2015 Cocktails
One of Mr. Nom's favorite childhood treats was the orange dreamsicle, that wonderful icy treat that combined orange popsicle with creamy vanilla ice cream that made for a perfect if somewhat sticky summer treat. This cocktail takes that wonderful treat and puts an adult spin on it, plus the drink is significantly less sticky! If you skip the vodka, it makes a drink similar to an Orange Julius, so this could be a nice "kid's cocktail as well! This drink was a great dessert or perfect to beat the heat on a warm summer night.
Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail
2 oz vodka (would be great with orange or vanilla vodka, as well!)
4 oz orange juice (we juiced clementines for ours)
1 oz simple syrup
2 drops vanilla extract
1 oz cream or half and half
club soda or sparkling water
In a Collins glass, fill half with ice. Add vodka, orange juice, simple syrup, vanilla extract and half and half. Stir until mixed well, top with club soda. Enjoy!Read More
April 1, 2015 Cocktails
You might have noticed that we are obsessed with gin. Had anyone told us this 4 years ago before we really became focused on cocktails we would have laughed at you. These days we find ourselves finding new gin based cocktails that we can share with our readers. This cocktail is a classic gin based cocktail from England, The Pimm's Cup. Pimm's No. 1 Cup is one of those old traditional European style liqueurs that use a secret blend of herbs and spices to make a digestive aid, but now is used as a mixer or base for cocktails. Sold in England since 1851, Pimm's has a rich mix of spice and citrus flavors, reminiscent of a really rich iced tea. Usually served British Style with carbonated lemonade, we went with the classic recipe recommended by Pimm's. This drink might be one of our go to drinks by the pool as it is a great sipping drink!
Pimm's No. 1 Cup
1.5 oz Pimm's No 1 Cup
4 oz lemonade
top with ginger ale or lemon lime soda (about 2 ounces)