Category Archives: Drinks

Bourbon Cherry Cocktail

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this enough, but my friend Lori makes some amazing things (mustards, spreads, sauces, etc) at her company Taste Elevated. One of my *favorite* products of hers is the Booze Thyme Cherries. They are fantastic with all kinds of cheeses, meats, etc. And when they’re gone, there is this amazing boozy cherry liquid left over! So, what to do? Make a cocktail with it, of course!

Lori told me that a new bar in the St. Anthony hotel in downtown San Antonio had started to make a cocktail with the juice from the Booze Thyme Cherries, and she and her husband tried it. They liked it so much that they got the recipe, and she shared it with me! We love it so much that we sometimes eat most of the cherries so we have the juice left over, just to make this cocktail! Enjoy!

Bourbon Cherry Cocktail
Recipe from the bar in the St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
1 fl oz liquid from Booze Thyme Cherries – Taste Elevated
2 fl oz bourbon
0.5 fl oz lemon juice
2 cherries (from the Booze Thyme Cherries)

Directions:
Shake liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker, pour over ice.

Drop in a couple of cherries and enjoy!

Nutritional info:
Calories: 200.4
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 150.2 mg
Potassium: 49.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 16.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
Sugars: 15.1 g
Protein: 0.2 g

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Ruby Paloma cocktail

Now that it’s almost summer, it’s time for some fun summer cocktails!  A friend gave me the Deep Eddy Grapefruit vodka, so I decided to find out what kind of cocktail to make with it.  I decided to first check the website, and it actually had quite a few recipes on it.  We tried this one, and we will definitely be making this again!  Enjoy!

Ruby Paloma
From Deep Eddy Vodka website
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
2 fl oz Vodka, flavored, Deep Eddy Grapefruit
1 fl oz Tequila
2 fl oz Sprite
2 fl oz club soda

Directions:
Mix ingredients, stir, pour over ice.

Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 225.3
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 23.3 mg
Potassium: 1.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Sugars: 6.3 g
Protein: 0.0 g

Cucumber Margaritas

As the temperatures rise, it’s nice to have a refreshing summer cocktail. Our garden has been bursting with cucumbers this summer, so we needed ideas for fun things to do with cucumber! John found this recipe for cucumber margaritas, and they are great. Enjoy!

From Food & Wine – online recipes May 2013
Serves 1

Ingredients:
2 1/2 ounces Cucumber-Infused Tequila
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 cucumber slice, for garnish

Cucumber-infused Tequila:
2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced crosswise
One 1-liter bottle blanco tequila

Directions:
Make Cucumber-infused Tequila (at least 24 hours before):
In a large pitcher or mason jar, combine the sliced cucumbers and the tequila. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain the tequila into a clean pitcher or jar; discard the cucumbers.

MAKE AHEAD
The cucumber-infused tequila can be stored at room temperature or chilled for up to 3 months.

For margarita:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Cucumber-Infused
Tequila, lime juice and simple syrup and shake until well chilled.

Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice and garnish with the cucumber slice.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 237.7
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Saturated: Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated: Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated: Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.6 mg
Potassium: 37.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 20.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
Sugars: 17.5 g
Protein: 0.1 g

Key Lime Margarita

There’s just something about summertime that makes margaritas the perfect cocktail! We’ve made this several times – it’s best with Key lime juice, but regular fresh lime juice will do in a pinch. Just don’t use the bottled stuff – it really doesn’t taste the same! Enjoy!

Key Lime Margaritas
Adapted from Coastal Living, May 2010
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh Key lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) agave nectar or simple syrup
2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) premium orange liqueur

Directions:
Combine Key lime juice and remaining ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously, and pour into prepared glass.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 310.9
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.2 mg
Potassium: 73.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 40.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Sugars: 36.7 g
Protein: 0.3 g

Moscow Mule

This has become one of our favorite go-to cocktails recently. I first had this drink at the Esquire Tavern, and I loved it! I thought I would never make it at home, since we didn’t have the fun copper mugs. Well, that changed when my friend gave me a set of the copper mugs for Christmas. Now, we’re happily making homemade Moscow Mules!

This is our modified recipe – we started with the instructions that came on the mugs, then did a few little tweaks to make it our own. Hope you enjoy these!

Moscow mule

Moscow Mule
Adapted from several sources
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
3 oz vodka
1 bottle ginger beer (200ml) (we used Fever Tree Ginger Beer)
juice of 1/2 lime
lime wedge, for garnish

Directions:
Place crushed ice in a copper cup. Top with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir to combine. Garnish with lime wedge.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 285.4
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 3.2 mg
Total Carbs: 21.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 0.1 g

Cranberry Margarita

This was the other cocktail we served at our Christmas cocktail & appetizer party – the cranberry margarita. It was a tasty and festive way to enjoy a margarita!

It was a little cumbersome to make – especially since it’s a bit of a pain to strain the pureed mixture – but totally worth it!

Cranberry margarita

Cranberry Margarita
From Leite’s Culinaria
Serves 10

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 4 oranges
One 16-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
Crushed ice
12 ounces tequila [Note: Use a good one!]
5 ounces Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
Orange twist, for garnish

Directions:
1. In a saucepan over low heat, warm the sugar and the orange juice, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.

2. Meanwhile, rinse the cranberries in a colander.

3. Add the cranberries to the pan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Set the cranberry mixture aside and let cool.

4. Once cool, pour the mixture into a blender and purée it. Strain the mixture into a pitcher, discarding any solids. (You can cover and stash it in the fridge until ready to use. It will gel as it cools, so you’ll need to stir it just prior to using.)

5. For each margarita, put some crushed ice, 1 to 1 1/2 ounces tequila, 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier, and 2 ounces cranberry purée in a shaker. Shake well. (Alternatively, mix the puree with tequila and grand mariner and serve in a pitcher).

6. To serve, pour the margarita into a margarita or martini glass. Add an orange twist for garnish.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 239.3
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.2 mg
Total Carbs: 29.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 0.4 g

Holiday Peppermint Martini

We made these as one of the cocktails for our recent Christmas party, and they were a hit! We decided to go small and use our mini martini glasses, since John pointed out that these drinks are basically all booze!

These were tasty, and I can see this being added to coffee or hot chocolate for a festive warm beverage, too! Happy holidays! 🙂
Holiday Peppermint Martini

Holiday Peppermint Martini
From What to Drink website
Serves 2 (small martinis)

Ingredients:
5 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. white crème de menthe
1/2 oz. peppermint schnapps

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane, if desired.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 295.4
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.7 mg
Total Carbs: 17.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 0.0 g

Watermelon Margaritas

It’s summer, and it’s watermelon season! John and I can only eat so much watermelon, so we decided to make drinks with it! We made this drink over the weekend, since we were having friends over. They’re not really wine drinkers, so we thought this would be the perfect cocktail. They LOVED it, so we had to make a second batch!

watermelon margarita - done2

Watermelon Margaritas
Adapted from Cooking Light, July 2010
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Triple Sec or Cointreau (orange-flavored liqueur)

Lime wedges, for garnish

Directions:
1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 4 margarita glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.
watermelon margarita - prep

2. Combine watermelon and next 3 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Divide margarita mixture into the 4 glasses. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge.
watermelon margarita - blender

**Note** For frozen margaritas, add ice to blender, then blend and pour into glasses.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 141.2
Total Fat: 0.6 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 2.9 mg
Total Carbs: 14.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 0.9 g

Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri

We love watermelon at this time of year, so for Friday night cocktails, John decided to make a watermelon cocktail. We saw this one in a magazine, and thought, “Hey, we can do that!” So, we gave it a try, and it was tasty! We will definitely be making these for a while (until the watermelons are gone for the season!).

Watermelon daiquiri

Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri
From Better Homes & Gardens, June 2013
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
6 – 8 1-inch cubes watermelon
4 – 6 basil leaves
1/4 cup aged or light rum (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 ounce)
1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup (3/4 ounce)
Frozen watermelon spear or wedge

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker combine watermelon and basil; muddle until watermelon is broken up and juiced. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 40 seconds. Double-strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a frozen watermelon spear or wedge.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 216
Fat: 0g
Carb: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 0g

Canadian Cocktail with Quinoa Whiskey

Our Friday night cocktail last week is one of our new favorites… Here’s a bit of the backstory…

During a trip to our hometown in Bowling Green, KY this spring, John and I stumbled upon a distillery… Right there in our hometown, just a block off the town square. Apparently it had been there for 5 or 6 years… who knew?  Well, we just had to take a tour and do a tasting while we were there, of course!

So, during our tour & tasting at the Corsair distillery(http://www.corsairartisan.com/about/distillery/), we made some fantastic discoveries. First, I discovered that I actually like gin… I’d always thought I hated it, but their gin was actually tasty! Then, we discovered their Quinoa Whiskey (http://www.corsairartisan.com/quinoa_whiskey.html). It’s more of a novelty than anything else, but it was tasty! So, we took it for a ride home to TX, and this is the first recipe we made with it. Our verdict? Definitely a winner! We will be making this a lot, for sure – until the quinoa whiskey runs out!

Canadian cocktail with quinoa whiskey

Here’s what we did:

Canadian Cocktail with Quinoa Whiskey
Adapted from “Ultimate Bar Book”
Serves 1

Ingredients:
2 oz quinoa whiskey (or sub Canadian blended whiskey)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 tsp simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions:
Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass or a chilled cocktail glass.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 211.3
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.0 mg
Potassium: 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 7.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Sugars: 7.8 g
Protein: 0.0 g