Jun 29 2011

peachy keen (peach + bourbon cocktail)

Peachy Keen Cocktail (bourbon and peach-honey liqueur)

Ok, so I already shared the Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher, which is the first drink that I made with my sister and brother-in-law from DIY Cocktails, and now I’m jumping to the third and last drink (I’m saving the second drink for my next post because once you try it, you may just forget about all other drinks for a while).

Peachy Keen Cocktail

The thing that excited me the most about this recipe is that you actually make a liqueur – a peach-honey liqueur, and you don’t need to think ahead 5 days to do it. Not only does DIY Cocktails tell you how to make the peach-honey liqueur, it explains how to make any fruit liqueur, giving instructions for both the regular method and the “last-minute” method (the peach-honey liqueur is the latter). Just think of all the fruit liqueur possibilities!

 

Peachy Keen Cocktail and Bourbon

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Jun 27 2011

watermelon-cucumber refresher

So, as I mentioned last time, I received a copy of DIY Cocktails to review. The book is full of beautiful drinks and flipping through the pages, the list of things I wanted to try grew exponentially. We loved the piña coladas, but why stop there when there are so many other things to try? The problem is that Joseph isn’t much of mixed drink drinker, in part because he has a hard time not chugging anything in front of him. The man just drinks (and eats) everything so fast you’d think it was his last drink (or meal) on earth and it’s kind of a problem when there’s hard liquor involved.

But when I booked my tickets to Athens, OH to visit my sister and brother-in-law, I knew I was going to the right people to test out this book with. Those two know how to enjoy a good drink! And let me tell you, they were eager to try some drinks out, you know, for the good of the blog and all.

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Jun 23 2011

piña colada

piña colada

Yikes, I could sure use one of these right now. Work has been nuts, I’ve been out of town for the last several days, and I recently found out I have to have knee surgery again (I already had knee surgery on my other knee almost 4 months ago) and it’s scheduled for next Friday! So that’s why I’m only just now getting around to telling you about the aftermath of the piña colada cake.

‘Cause when you get pineapple juice, pineapple, and cream of coconut but don’t use it all, and you’ve already pulled the rum out of the liquor cabinet (or pantry shelf in my case because who am I kidding, we don’t have a liquor cabinet), well, you might as well do something else with them right? It seems pretty obvious, but for some reason it didn’t really hit me until I was peering into the can of cream of coconut that was left over and wondering what to do with it.

I recently received a copy of DIY Cocktails to review and had shamefully not used it yet. I grabbed the book, pulled out the blender, and got to work. Sort of. I actually had to run to the store because we didn’t have nearly enough ice. But I didn’t want to buy a whole bag of ice, and had this epiphany of using frozen pineapples! So we ended up with extra pineapple and extra cream of coconut (I didn’t see the harm in adding what was left in the can since I was just going to throw out whatever I didn’t use) and it was the absolute perfect way to end the weekend! Continue reading

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Jun 15 2011

pomegranate-champagne punch

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

My absolute favorite of the four things I made for the bridal shower was this punch. For starters, I just love sparkling wine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Champagne with a capital “C” from Champagne, or champagne with a little “c” from New Mexico, or if it’s Cava, Prosecco, red, white, rosé, whatever, I love it. Ok, that’s not to say that there are sparking wines that aren’t good, but for the most part I just love them. Maybe it’s because I was raised in a family that is completely addicted to seltzer water (seriously, we easily went through a 12 pack case of liters in a week) so I’m just a big fan of anything fizzy. Or maybe it’s because the little bubbles bursting on your tongue make the flavors that much more vibrant and exciting.

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

I found this punch recipe through a friend on Pinterest and I knew that I just had to make it. Sparkling wine and pomegranate juice? Heaven. Luckily for her, I knew this would be the perfect drink for the stock-the-bar shower we were throwing for her and my other friend getting married (who happens to make the most amazing drinks). Incidentally, this friend on Pinterest is the same one who I found the lemon crinkle cookies through, also on Pinterest. I’m afraid that she may be getting the idea that I’ll make her anything that she pins on Pinterest…. so to clarify, Jamie, I will not be making that Tiffany Lamp inspired cake that you pinned. Just for the record. Continue reading

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