Summer is almost gone but there is still time for POPSICLES, especially ones with tequila. These are yummy and refreshing and great for a cookout. I made these for book club, our book was Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen. A fun Summer read whose main character eats a lot of popsicles, so I decided to go with that but jazz it up with a little booze. Be careful when adding tequila or any other alcohol to your popsicles, if you add too much they will not freeze.
Strawberry Margarita Popsicles
6 c Simply Limeade ( found in the produce/juice section of your grocery store)
1-2 T agave syrup ( you could use sugar)
1 t lime zest
1 T chopped cilantro ( optional)
1/4 t salt
1/2 c tequila
add all ingredients, except strawberries to a pitcher and stir to incorporate. pour into popsicle molds or small paper or plastic cups. Place in freezer.
Check after about 1 hr and every 1/2 hour after that. When the mixture is frozen to a slushy state. take out and add 2 sliced strawberries to each pop. Push them down with a popsicle stick or butter knife to desired position.(If you add them at the beginning they will float to the top and won’t be as pretty) Then place a popsicle stick in each pop and place back into the freezer for a couple of more hours.
Here is an easy drink for the holidays and one of my families favorites. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time in between.
Cranberry Ginger Royale ( for each glass)
2 T cranberry juice
1t ginger liquor ( I used Stirrings)
Champagne ( or any sparkling white wine)
Fresh cranberries or a sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish if desired .
Add cranberry juice and ginger liquor to a champagne flute and top off with Champagne. Garnish as desired.
Yes, I have been a slacker lately, I have lots of new and delicious recipes but I just haven’t gotten around to posting them, it is on my to do list this week though. Since November seems like it is flying by and I wanted to post some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes before the big Turkey Day.
Spiced Pear Sangria
Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Jalapenos
Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cheese
Chipotle Maple Acorn Squash
Spicy Pumpkin Hummus
I can’t drink Craft Beer all the time, IPAs are sometimes too heavy in the dog days of Summer. This is my new favorite cocktail, light, refreshing and delicious.
Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz
1/4 Hot house cucumber
1 jigger Gin ( about 1 1/2 oz)
1 c ice
1 t chopped mint
8 oz club soda
Muddle mint and about 2 T cucumber in the bottom of a glass, add juice from 1/2 a lime ( about 1T) add gin and club soda, stir. Garnish with cucumber and a lime slice.
This is a light and refreshing sangria that is perfect for summer and the festive colors make it the go to drink for the 4th of July. Want to make a pitcher for the kids, substitute the wine with white grape juice.
1 1.5 liter bottle of Pinot Grigio
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 c basil
1 c white grape juice
1 c strawberries washed and cut into quarters
1 cup blueberries
1/2 liter club soda
Place Strawberries and blueberries in a large pitcher, cover with 1 cup of wine and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour- overnight.
In a small sauce pan add sugar, water and 4 large basil leaves. bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves and then turn off heat and let cool. This is a basil simple syrup. It is great for many mixed drinks. I like it with Gin and tonics.
Add 1/2 basil simple syrup (straining the leaves out) the rest of the wine, grape juice, and club soda to the pitcher with the fruit. Taste and add more simple syrup if needed ( This will depend on your tastes and the sweetness of your wine) Add some more fresh basil leaves. Serve over ice. Garnish with more basil and fruit if desired.
Yay! It’s Friday, the longest day of the year and the first Official Day of Summer. You should celebrate! Try this twist on one of my favorite cocktails, The Beerita. Using fresh pineapple makes this drink even better than the classic.
Fresh Pineapple Beerita
2 cups fresh pineapple cored, peeled and chopped
1/3 c tequila
1 c Corona or Corona Light Beer
1 T Lime juice
1 cup ice
Throw this all in a blender and puree until smooth then drink up.
Here is a yummy sangria guaranteed to bring sunshine on a cloudy day or be the belle of the ball at your next pool party.
1 bottle pinot noir or any light red wine
1 shot ginger liquor
1 shot spiced rum
1 cup orange juice
1 T chopped fresh mint
1 t orange zest
1 orange sliced
1 lemon sliced
Mix wine, ginger liquor, spiced rum, mint, zest and orange and lemon slices in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice and add wine mixture until 3/4 full, add ginger ale to fill glass, garnish with mint and fruit if desired.
Adding the ginger ale and ice to the glasses instead of the pitcher keeps the sangria from going flat and getting too watery.
Cinco De Mayo is this weekend and I will be in London but here are some recipes for you to enjoy while I am gone.
Spicy Tequila Pulled Pork
Chicken Frito Pie
Chicken Frito Pie
Cactus Pear Margarita
Homemade Salsa and Guacamole
and here are some ideas for decor
A quick dessert or after school treat, these are rich and delicious (and healthy too).
1 small-med cantaloupe cut into chunks, seeds and rind removed
1/2 c milk
1 cup ice
Put milk and cantaloupe into a blender and puree until cantaloupe is broken up, add ice and puree until smooth. Serve with fresh berries if desired.
If you have a larger cantaloupe add 1/4 cup more milk and ice.
Hot Chocolate Bar
Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult, it just has to be festive and fun. A couple of years ago I had a Christmas Brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar and a Hot Chocolate bar for the kids, (and adults too, just add some Baileys’).
For the Hot Chocolate bar, have hot water in a carafe, packets or a container of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate chips, whipped cream, festive sprinkles, and candy canes for stirring. Let the guests make there own favorite concoction, this was a big hit with the preteens.
For the Bloody Mary Christmas Bar, make pitchers of Basic Bloody Mary’s 3parts tomato juice, to 1 part vodka (have regular tomato juice on hand for those who don’t drink alcohol) Then set up the bar with ice, Worcestershire, celery salt, hot sauce, old bay seasoning, picked vegetables, lemon and lime wedges, celery, cooked shrimp, olives and any other topping or garnish you desire. Again let the guest play bartender, set out some pastries, breakfast casseroles and a salad and the party is complete.
Bloody Mary Christmas Bar