Cocktails

Key Lime Pie Martini

Doesn’t that look just scrumptious? Well, it is! And it’s cool and refreshing and yes, it’s dessert! A wonderful Key Lime Pie Martini. I’ve always wanted to make one and finally did. I love key lime ANYTHING! And when having a key lime pie isn’t feasible, this is the next best thing!

Try one this weekend.

Live it up and drink it down!

Key Lime Pie Martini
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • ½ ounce Ke Ke Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur (or Rose's Lime Juice)
  • 2 tablespoons Cream of Coconut (I used Coco Real Cream of Coconut)
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Half and Half
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
Instructions
  1. Rim a glass with lime juice, then with graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Fill a martini shaker with ice and put the remaining ingredients in it. Shake thoroughly. Strain into prepared martini glass. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and lime zest.

 

Prickly Pear Margarita

My first introduction to this tasty cocktail was at a local Mexican restaurant. Myself and a few friends gathered to put a conclusion to a 5-month+ effort looking for a lost Greyhound. Who, unfortunately, we never found. It surely wasn’t for the lack of trying.

We were out there every weekend pounding the pavement, talking to locals in area businesses, going door to door talking to people in neighborhoods, passing out flyers, tromping through the woods looking, oh, and we can’t forget the poison ivy we got, the time one resident called the law on us (yes and luckily they sent a K-9 officer who was so totally “with” us and what we were doing), the time another homeowner threatened to shoot us, the time another homeowner came to her door with a machete in her hand (and it was in the air ready to strike, I might add), and there were countless other incidences I’m sure I have processed and put into the back nether-regions of my brain hoping to never recall again.

But we learned a lot about tracking a Greyhound and we learned a lot about ourselves. Plus we made some good friends and fortified friendships with existing friends. And, I learned of this wonderful cocktail. So, in the end, all our efforts weren’t totally in vain, wouldn’t you agree?

Try this one today, it’s really, really good!! And pray you never have to search for a lost Greyhound – ever!

Live it up and drink it down!

Prickly Pear Margaritas
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 large Prickly Pears
  • 1½ cups Water
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 3 ounces Tequila Blanco
  • ½-ounce Triple Sec
  • 1½ ounces fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces Prickly Pear Syrup
  • crystal sugar, for garnishing the glass
  • lime juice for garnishing the glass
Instructions
  1. To make the prickly pear syrup, first slice through the prickly pear skin and remove the fruit. Roughly chop.
  2. Place the fruit in a small saucepan with water and sugar over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fruit is softened and broken down. This is why I used more water than a regular simple syrup recipe. I didn’t want it to get too thick while simmering to soften the fruit.
  3. Place a sieve over a bowl and pour the prickly pear mixture into the sieve. Use the back of a spoon to push the softened fruit through the sieve, leaving behind the large seeds. This recipe yields about 2 cups of prickly pear syrup.
  4. Now, to make the margarita! Combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and pear syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate.
  5. Dip rim of glass in lime juice and then into the sugar crystals to coat the rim. Fill glass halfway with ice. Then pour margarita into glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.
Notes
If you are unable to find prickly pears at your local farmers market or grocery, check the liquor store for a really good prickly pear syrup that is already made for you! Obviously homemade and fresh is better but sometimes that isn't an option!

 

Blushing Whiskey Sour

You asked for it, here it is! This is the most delicious and refreshing cocktail incorporating Irish Whiskey and lemon simple syrup. Oh, and blackberries which give it a little flavor and that beautiful pink color. I tend to gravitate to pink cocktails since pink is my favorite color.

Those who know me, know I used to bartend which means nothing except that I love finding (and testing, of course), new drink recipes.

This one, my friends, is definitely a keeper. Get your lemon simple syrup made, get your blackberries (and they are already beautiful) and get that bottle of Bushmills Irish Whiskey. You’ll thank me later!

Live it up and drink it down!

Blushing Whiskey Sour
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
Ingredients
Lemon Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1½ cups Fresh Lemon Juice
Whiskey Sour
  • Blackberries
  • 2 ounces Lemon Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • Crushed Ice
Instructions
To make simple syrup:
  1. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add in lemon juice and stir well.
  4. Transfer to sterilized bottles. Refrigerate - keeps indefinitely.
To make cocktail:
  1. Add 2 ounces lemon simple syrup, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and three blackberries to a shaker and shake vigorously until blackberries start to break up to give that gorgeous bush color.
  2. Strain into glass packed with fresh crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with additional blackberries.

 

The Irish are Coming!

Not really but it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and I have a few Irish inspired recipes for you starting with this one today. I’ve seen this recipe on the Internet with a variety of ingredients and even varying measurements but my dear Aunt Anne (who has since passed away) shared it with me many moons ago.

My family and I would go visit my Aunt, Grandma, Great Aunts and Uncles, and cousins during the Christmas holidays up at Allanton (Florida) where they used to live. They’d serve some of Granny’s homemade Scuppernog wine and Aunt Anne’s homemade Irish Cream. And we were only teenagers at the time! You see, it all starts at home! Ha ha! I have to say both concoctions were quite delicious.

I just looked up Allanton and it appears it has grown quite a bit since those days. I’m pleased to see a Davis Point Road in the area which leads to Davis Point. The Davis’ are relatives on my Grandmother Hayzelle’s side of the family. Lewis Cass Davis (my Great Great Grandfather) homesteaded in the area opening a general store, a small sawmill and he was the postmaster. At one time, the Davis’ were one of a handful of families living in the area. And I see a Poston Road and Poston Drive near Cook’s Bayou! The Poston’s were from my Grandpa’s side of the family. Great Grandfather James Emanuel Poston, Sr., served as the area’s only medical doctor way back in the day. Yes, I’ve been working on our family genealogy since the 90’s. It’s very interesting – I only wish I had more time to devote to that passion of mine.

Anyway, I haven’t been to the Allanton area since years before Aunt Anne passed away, I have to say. I definitely need to take a drive out that way the next time I’m in Panama City.

Ah, but those were wonderful times with great memories. I make this recipe every so often. It’s really rich and oh so good!  And I thank my Aunt Anne for sharing it with me so many years ago.

Live it up and drink it down!

Irish Cream
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Ingredients
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1⅔ cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Set on high speed for 30 seconds. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. The liqueur will keep for at least two months if kept cool. Be sure to shake the bottle well before serving.

 

Sweet and Sour

Sour Mix

In my quest to keep everything fresh, I also make my own simple syrups for cocktails.  I have a stash of syrups in the fridge including one infused with rosemary, one with mint, and one with thyme.

It’s so easy, you can infuse any simple syrup with any flavor – orange, lemon, strawberry, basil, cardamom, lavender, rose, ginger – the list is endless. Just use your imagination. These flavored syrups can be used in fruit drinks or teas or anything else, it doesn’t have to be for cocktails only!

And, yes, I make my own Sour Mix. You have to squeeze a lot of lemons and limes to make it happen but it’s so worth it.  To help make that job much easier, I lemonjuiceruse this handy kitchen gadget, the Citrus Juicer.  You can use it for lemons, limes, and small oranges.  It’s a must have for any kitchen!

And, yes, for those wondering, I have quite a gadget drawer in my kitchen but my philosophy is you can never have too many! You just never know when you’ll need one! My nickname is “Gadget Girl” and, well, if the shoe fits, wear it, I say!

So, here is the recipe for the Sour Mix.  It is so much better than the store bought stuff which again, has so many ingredients in it that can’t be pronounced.  Who wants to ingest that I ask you?  Not me!

Fresh is always better!

Sour Mix
 
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Serves: many
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Instructions
  1. Make simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil, about 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. While the syrup is cooling, strain freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice into a resealable bottle, discarding the pulp. Pour in the cooled simple syrup. Shake and use immediately.
  3. Refrigerate remaining syrup.

 

The Cooler

Kiwi Colada

Nope, I’m not talking about the William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, et al movie but this delicious, refreshing, and very cooling cocktail. I saw it on Pinterest one day and, of course, just had to make it!

I happened to have all the ingredients except the Bacardi Pina Colada mix and the Kiwis so made a quick trip to the store to stock up. Well worth it! It is quite tasty and is definitely a keeper.

It’s perfect for such a hot day as this in July!  Just perfect!

Live it up and drink it down!

Kiwi Colada
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 can BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Kiwis
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • 4 Cups of Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine Bacardi Mixers Pina Colada, Bacardi Rum, and Lime Juice in a blender.
  2. Peel and slice 1½ kiwis and add to blender.
  3. Blend on high for about 10 seconds or until smooth.
  4. Pour into a double old fashioned glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.

 

It’s Refreshing

Long Island Tea

Who doesn’t love iced tea? So, then you must love a Long Island Tea!  This is the best cocktail and the cure for your summer time thirst (just kidding on that last part). Just be careful as it is loaded with liquor. And they do go down quite easily!

I remember a day when I would hang at the Spinnaker and would order these by the buckets. Yes, back when they had bucket drinks. They may still have them, I don’t know but it was always fun to get a bucket and head down to the beach and share with your friends or share one during a Ladies Night. Yes, Ladies Night – ah, the memories (and yes, I can still remember the fun times we had).

If you have a well stocked bar, you’ll likely have all the ingredients. And if you don’t, it’s worth stocking your bar for!  Be sure and drink these at home as you will be quite tipsy from just one!

Live it up and drink it down!

Long Island Tea
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ ounce Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • ½ ounce Rum
  • ½ ounce Gin
  • ½ ounce White tequila
  • ½ ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce Sweet and sour
  • 1 ounce Cola
  • Lemon slice for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix over ice.
  2. Cover and shake.
  3. Pour into a Collins or hurricane glass, top with a splash of cola for color.
  4. Garnish with lemon slice.

 

A Classic

At some point in my life, I acquired a taste for martini’s.  Not just any martini but a most delicious and delightful martini.  There are differences if you’ve never had one.  Always ask for a “delicious and delightful martini” when ordering at the bar!  And at the end of a long work week, a martini is just what I would prescribe.

Back some years ago I found this coffee table book in a store in Virginia Highlands.  I had to get it and I’m so glad I did. What a great read full of historical facts about the martini The Martini Bookfrom it’s inception until today.  It’s quite interesting and I highly recommend it!  I still pick it up and thumb through it sometimes.  In my eyes,you can never learn enough about the drink that is often called, “the first and only real cocktail”.

The recipe below is for what I call a Classic Martini.  For those folks who are martini connoisseurs, including myself, it is a known fact that a true martini is made with Gin.  I just happen to prefer Vodka so if you do like Gin, then rest assured your martinis will be true Classic Martinis.

Or you can try James Bond’s martini, called the “Vesper” and combine both Vodka and Gin.  That recipe is 3 ounces Gin, 1 ounce Vodka,1/2 ounces blond Lillet and a large thinly sliced lemon peel.  Pour the liquid ingredients into an ice filled shaker, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add the lemon peel and keep your eyes peeled for enemy agents!

Remember, shaken not stirred!!

Live it up and drink it down!

A Classic
 
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • ½ ounces Martini and Rossi Vermouth
  • Olives or Lemon Twist
Instructions
  1. Combine Tito's Homemade Vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass.
  2. Garnish with olives or lemon twist.

 

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