Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

 

Mmm homemade cranberry sauce, I refuse to eat the canned stuff and why when it is so simple to make your own. Since you are making your own, why not make it a drunken cranberry, your turkey deserves a drink too.

Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

1 bag fresh cranberries, washed and drained

1/2 c spiced rum

1 c sugar

1/2 c orange juice

1/2 t orange zest

1/4 t ground ginger

1/4 t salt

Heres the easy part, add all ingredients to a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready.

 

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Halloween Cocktail: The Dark and Spooky

This Halloween cocktail is a play on the traditional dark and stormy. It’s made a little more gruesome with a black sugar rim and gummy insects or worms. Make it a mocktail for kids and non drinkers by omitting the rum and adding some fruit juice.

The Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Black sugar (found in the cake decorating aisle at the grocery during Halloween season)

lime wedges

ice

2 oz spiced rum (Captain Morgan, Sailor Jerry’s etc…)

6- 8 0z ginger ale or ginger beer

assorted gummy insects and worms (found in candy aisle at Halloween)

Take a highball glass and run a lime wedge around the top of the glass, dip into black sugar poured on a small plate or saucer.

Add ice, rum and ginger ale or beer. stir then add gummy creatures and serve.

 

 

 

Rum Day and Bratwurst Day, Sort of a Weird Combination…

It’s hard to keep up with all of these holidays. Before I started blogging I was obviously leading a sheltered life. I had no idea all of these celebratory days existed. My waistline and liver were probably better off though. Well not to be left out, today, August 16th is Rum Day and Bratwurst day, I may not recommend having these both in one sitting but hey it’s a holiday, go for it! Click on the links for the recipes.

May I interest you in a fresh Watermelon Daiquiri ?

Or a Bratwurst with Warm Bacon, Pickle and Onion Relish ?

Thinking Pink, Watermelon Daiquiris and trying to get my girly girl back.

I am not a girly girl, I don’t really enjoy shopping, I would rather be hiking. I am not one for girls night out with fruity drinks, I would rather go to the pub or brewery and have an IPA.  There are exceptions though, I love shoes, all kinds, heels make me feel pretty. I love a cute skirt and a glass of champagne, I like coconut lip gloss and straw hats on the beach. I feel like there is an even balance, or better put there was. Since I had my knee surgery in December, there have been no cute shoes, only sneakers and flats, I can barely wear flip-flops 5 months later. No pedicures, I couldn’t even get in the chair. My only accessory has been an ugly black knee brace, so who wants to show that off in a skirt? I walk like Frankenstein, its hard to feel feminine when all my grace has gone. My girly side is lost.

So we had some leftover watermelon in the fridge. Normally, I would make a salad or a salsa, but not today, today I am thinking pink. A pink drink to entice the girl in me to come out and play, even better a pink daiquiri in a fun glass. Maybe this will help, I mean heels can’t be that far down the road, and does anyone make a pink knee brace, if not they should.

Watermelon Daiquiris

2/3 c rum

1/8-1/4 c  simple syrup

juice of 1/2 a lime, plus other half for garnish

3 c seedless water melon

2 1/2 c ice

blueberries for garnish

Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, water melon and ice to a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve in girly glasses top with a lime wedge and fresh blueberries.

Gifts that keep on giving: Booze Baskets

Finding a perfect gift for someone is difficult, getting the right size or color or worrying if the receiver already has one etc… I recently got a new neighbor and was wondering what to get her. I knew what colors she likes and we were already friends so I kind of knew her tastes but still had no idea. Then I remembered that she said her new house would have a signature cocktail…mojitos. Well what could be better than all the ingredients for her new house drink. I always save my Christmas gift baskets, you know the ones that different business send out with stale nuts and cheap chocolate, the basket is probably the best part. I found one in my closet that would fit all of the needed supplies. For the Mojito basket I put white rum, club soda, a muddler, limes and a mint plant. I also made a batch of simple syrup and filled a glass jar with it.

Simple Syrup is easy to make and a great addition to mojitos, iced coffee and iced tea. I actually made a double batch so I could keep some for myself.

Add equal parts sugar and water to a pan, bring to a boil and remove from heat, let cool and store in the refrigerator.

To keep all the contents from falling out, I used some clear shrink-wrap, which is now available at my dollar store and tied a bow on the top. Voila, gift giving made easy. This basket could easily be done with a different drink theme. Margaritas, cosmos, martinis. Now I can’t wait to join my new neighbor for happy hour by the pool once she gets settled.