Itailian Dishes To Die For: And are easy to make at home.

Have you ever gone out to dinner and had a dish that you absolutely loved? Have you ever wanted to make that same dish yourself at home? Now, there is no reason why you can’t make it yourself while in the comfort of home sweet home. You no longer have to fear the kitchen, even if you have never made a meal. With these step by step directions, you can make Italian dishes to die for. And are easy to make at home. Put away all of your fears about cooking, and follow these recipes to create some fantastic meals and appetizers that anyone at your table will have a big smile on their faces. Plus you can be proud to say that I made that. You will no longer have to hide the take out packages in the trash bucket.

White Bean And Prosciutto Bruschetta:Fancy Appetizer:

Strips of prosciutto top each toast and are topped in turn with a creamy mound of creamy white beans and sparkling of crisp red onion. If you like, serve these with the bruschetta duet to make a tantalizing trio.

Ingredients:

1) 2 cups of drained and rinsed canned cannelloni beans ( 1 19 ounce can )

2) 1 1/4 teaspoons of wine vinegar

3) 1 tablespoon of olive oil

4) 3/4 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme

5) 1/2 a teaspoon of salt

6) 1/8 teaspoon of fresh ground Black pepper

7) 2 1/2 teaspoons of fresh chopped parsley

8) 2 ounces of thin sliced prosciutto, fat removed, cut into thin strips

9) Bruschetta

10) 2 tablespoons of minced red onion

To Make; Put the beans in a medium glass, or stainless steel bowl. Using a fork, mash the beans to a coarse puree. Stir in the vinegar, oil, thyme, salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of parsley. Put some of the prosciutto on each of the bruschetta and top with the bean mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of parsley and the red onion over the beans. This is one appetizer that is sure to please any guest at your next dinner party.

I have the perfect pairing for this recipe. White Wine Woodbridge Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi

Pizza With Garlic Cream And Nettles:Healthy Pie:

Nettles grow wild all year in northern California, and chefs Tyler Rodde and Curtis De Fede use them as many ways as they can. Because raw nettles can make you itch, it is best to handle them with gloves or tongs. Once cooked, the nettles lose their sting and have a deep, earthy flavor that’s delicious with garlic cream.

Ingredients:

1) 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

2) 1 or 2 bulbs of green garlic, depending on the size, see, size does matter. Or 3 scallions, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced.

3) 1 tablespoon of dry White Wine

4) 1/4 cup of heavy cream

5) Semolina for dusting

6) Two eight ounce balls of pizza dough

7) 6 ounces of buffalo mozzarella, sliced

8) Salt

9) Fresh ground Black Pepper

10) 4 ounces of nettles

11) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

12) Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano for serving

To Make; Place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat to five hundred degrees for thirty minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the butter with one tablespoon of water and bring to a simmer. Add the green garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about five minutes. Add the White Wine and cook for two minutes. Add the heavy cream and simmer over low heat until reduced by half, about five minutes.

On a semolina dusted work surface, stretch out one of the pieces of dough to a twelve-inch round. Transfer to a semolina dusted pizza peel. Spread half of the garlic cream on the dough, leaving a one-inch border all around. Top with half of the buffalo mozzarella and season with salt, and pepper. In a medium bowl, use tongs or wear gloves to toss the nettles with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mound half of the nettles on the pizza. Turn on the broiler.

Slide the pizza on to the stone on the bottom rack of the oven and broil for about five minutes, until golden brown and bubbling. Transfer the pizza to cutting board and garnish with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. Repeat steps to make the second pizza.

The same wine that you used in the recipe is also a great wine to serve with this meal Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi

Grilled Eggplant And Tomatoes With Parmesan- Basil Crumbs:Vegitarian Delight:

This perfect grilled vegetarian dish uses bread crumbs to add an extra layer of flavor to a classic Italian dish to die for. Tossed with fresh basil and lots of Parmigiano Riggiano to create a great topping for this grilled veggie meal.

Ingredients:

1) 2 cups of fresh coarse bread crumbs

2) Extra virgin olive oil

3) 1 cup chopped basil

4) 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Riggiano cheese

5) 3 pounds of eggplant, sliced lengthwise 1/2 an inch thick

6) Salt and freshly ground black pepper

7) 10 tomatoes, sliced 1 inch thick

To Make, Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread the bread crumbs on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil, toss well. Bake for eight minutes until the bread crumbs are crisp and golden brown. Transfer the bread crumbs to a medium bowl and toss with the basil and cheese.

Light a grill. Brush the eggplant with olive oil and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and tender, about two minutes per side. Transfer the eggplant to a platter, fanning them out. Brush the tomatoes with oil and season with salt, and pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and hot, about one minute per side.

Arrange the tomato slices over the eggplant and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top and serve right away. Does this fill the craving for all you vegetarians?

Italian Sausage Burgers With Garlicky Spinach:Itailian Burgers:

Ingredients:

1) 10 ounces of baby spinach

2) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

3) 2 garlic cloves

4) 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste ( optional )

5) Salt

6) 4 slices of provolone cheese

7) 1/4 cup of sun dried tomato paste

8) 4 round ciabatta rolls, split and toasted

To Make; In a large skillet, bring 1/4 inch of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about one minute. Drain and press as much water as possible. Wipe out the skillet.

In the same skillet, heat two tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook on high heat, stirring until fragrant, about one minute. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper stir until coated, about ten seconds.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Using slightly moistened hands, form the sausage meat into four 4- inch patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Brush the burgers with oil and over moderate heat until browned and crusty on the bottom, about five minutes. Carefully flip the burgers. Top with cheese and grill until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, about five minutes longer. Spread the pesto on the rolls. Top with burgers and spinach and serve.

My choice for a pairing with this meal is Woodbridge Merlot by Robert Mondavi

Make It Your Own:

As with any recipe you are always encouraged to take a recipe and make it your own. Tweak the ingredients, play around and find a way that you can’t live without. Then you can call these Italian dishes to die for your own recipes. And, no one will ever know the difference. I sure as heck are not going to tell anyone that they are not.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

Low Calorie Cocktails For Mother’s Day: Or for any day.

Today I want to talk about someone very special to each one of us. Can you guess who that is? That’s right MOM, in just a few short weeks mother’s day will be here, and I know that you will be taking mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or perhaps all three. This year we are doing something a little different, my son and I are going to my sister in laws for a back-yard barbecue. Now I plan on bringing the alcohol to picnic. So the plan is to serve low calorie cocktails for mother’s day, maybe you could join in on this plan of mine. Stay home and make some of these cocktails for your mother, and grill some burgers and hot-dogs. Invite all of your siblings and maybe a neighbor or two. Just remember to keep the gathering small. If, you use this code MOTHEREARTH you can save ten dollars today through Sunday April 24th. Use the code when you check out.

Ketal Botanical Grapefruit And Soda:Low Calorie Vodka:

For a deliciously fresh taste experience, and a drink that has 40% fewer calories than a glass of white wine, try Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose with soda.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose

2) 3 ounces of club soda

3) Slice of grapefruit

To Make;Fill a wine glass of your choosing with some ice. Mix in Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose and soda. All that is left to do is add a slice of grapefruit to garnish, and sit back and enjoy guilt free. Garnish is optional. For an extra pop of grapefruit, use a sparkling beverage that is grapefruit flavored.

Carrotini:Carrot Martini:

Want to try a funky alternative to the brunch bloody? Give this vegetable juice and infused vodka cocktail a taste. The bright orange color and refreshing vodka flavors make for a drink that’s a definite departure from your typical Sunday brunch order.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of spa infused Vodka

2) 2 ounces of Carrot Ginger Orange Juice

3) 1 carrot

4) 1 cucumber

To Make; Place all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake until everything is good and cold, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with carrot and cucumber peels on a pick. Are you going to give this different cocktail a try?

Skinny Margarita:Low Calorie Margarita:

Enjoy your margarita guilt free. This skinny margarita is less then 200 calories, and includes all the fresh flavors you would find in a classic margarita.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Blanco Tequila

2) 2 ounces of fresh lime juice

3) 1/4 of an ounce of Agave Necter

4) A splash of club soda ( optional )

To Make; Combine all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake until good and cold. Condensation will form on the outside of the shaker, then the mixture is good and cold. Pour the mixture and ice into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Strongbow Artisinal Blend Mojito:Easy Mojito:

The semi- sweet taste of Strongbow Artisinal Blend and basil leaves balance the traditional sweetness of mojitos for the perfect party cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 8 Mint leaves plus a few extra for the garnish

2) 5 Basil leaves

3) 1 teaspoon of sugar

4) 1 tablespoon of lime juice

5) 2 ounces of white rum

6) 3 ounces of Strongbow Artisinal Blend and some to top off

7) Lime sugar to rim the glass

To Make; Dip the top of the glass in the lime- sugar mixture. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint, basil, sugar, and lime juice. Add some ice and the White Rum, Sake well. Strain into an ice filled, rimmed glass and top off with the Strongbow Artisinal Blend. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy in good company.

Cranberry Mint Sparkler:Cranberry Spritzer:

Looking for a light refreshing cocktail that mom, or anyone else will love? Try this amped up version of a classic vodka soda. Swapping plain club soda for a cranberry spiked seltzer adds a boozy kick of flavor that pairs well with the fresh cranberry and mint ice cubes. Fizzy, tart and a perfectly balanced way to mix up cocktail routine any time of the year.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Vodka

2) 6 ounces of Cranberry Spiked Seltzer

3) 1/2 a cup of fresh Cranberries

4) 1 bushel of mint leaves

To Make; Place one cranberry mint ice cube in the bottom of a rocks glass. Pour in the Vodka and top off with the spiked seltzer. Mix gently, and enjoy.

Cranberry Mint Ice Cubes; Evenly distribute fresh cranberries and mint leaves throughout a silicone ice cube tray mold. Place filled mold into your freezer and allow to set up for up to six hours. Once frozen completely cubes can be stored in a zip lock freezer bag for up to six months.

Cleanse- A- Rita:Clean Margarita:

This easy take on a margarita combines one of the most popular juice cleanse recipes with Tequila for a drink just under 120 calories. See we can drink, and watch our weight at the same time. The spicy cayenne pepper and tart lemon compliments tequila’s bite for a balanced beverage you can enjoy almost guilt free.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Tequila

2) 2 ounces of fresh Lemon Juice

3) 1 ounce of water

4) 1 teaspoon of Agave Syrup

5) Cayenne Pepper

6) Salt

7) Lemons

To Make; In a cocktail shaker, combine Tequila, lemon juice, water, agave syrup, and a small pinch of cayenne pepper with some ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Pour into a rocks glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge dusted with salt and cayenne pepper. Enjoy

Lemonade Spritzer:Spiked Lemonade:

A light low calorie cocktail, this lemonade spritzer has less than 120 calories. Ideal for daytime drinking, this recipe is quick and easy to make up a large batch for entertaining.

Ingredients:

1) 4 ounces of White Wine

2) 2 ounces of club soda

3) 1 ounce of lemonade

To Make; Fill a wine glass 1/4 of the way up with ice cubes. Add white wine, soda, and lemonade. Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge. It is alright to use a store bought pre- made lemonade mix, or a powder mix. We won’t judge you for it.

Paloma:Better Than A Margarita:

The bitter flavor of grapefruit mixed with the bold flavor of tequila equal a surprisingly easy- drinking cocktail. In Mexico, the paloma is actually preferred over margaritas! A traditional Paloma is made with grapefruit soda, bur I like this version that calls for grapefruit juice. You will not be let down, I promise you that my friends.

Ingredients:

1)2 ounces of Tequila Blanco

2) 4 ounces of Grapefruit Juice

3) Pinch of salt

4) 1/2 ounce of lime juice

5) Club Soda ( optional )

To Make; Add all ingredients to an ice filled Collins glass ( tall Glass ) and stir to combine. Top off with some club soda ( optional )

That is all the low calorie cocktails for mothers day that I have for you. What do you think, will you try some and serve a drink or two to mom next month? Remember to use code MOTHEREARTH to save $ 10.00

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day friends.

Spring Into Spring With Fruity Cocktails: Use fresh fruits.

It may not seem like it just yet, but spring has arrived. The flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting buds on them and the air is starting to warm up. Now is the time to plan on some gatherings, especially after the past year that we have had. How refreshing would it be to have a couple of friends over for a small get together? My guess would be absolutely amazing. I myself can not wait for a backyard barbecue, grilling some burgers, and hot dogs, let’s not forget the mac salad, and of course the cocktails the will be served. This spring, I think we will spring into spring with fruity cocktails. And will be using fresh fruit once it is available. There is nothing better than using fresh fruit of the season, it makes your spring cocktails more springy.

Pomegranate Blitz:Spring Blitz:

This spring time cocktail is a real crowd pleaser. Serve this one at your next gathering, and your guests will be returning next weekend. Make sure you have enough on hand.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 cups of Crown Royal Deluxe

2) 1 1/2 cups of Pomegranate Juice

3) 3 tablespoons of Lime Juice

4) 2- 750 ml bottles of Prosecco, or Sparkling White Wine

5) 1 1/4 cups of Pomegranate Syrup

6) Pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and fresh mint leaves for the garnish

To Make; Using a pitcher, or punch bowl, mix Crown Royal Deluxe, Pomegranate Juice, pomegranate syrup, and lime juice. Add in a handful of pomegranate seeds, a couple slices of lime, and some mint leaves. Fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in the punch halfway over the ice, leave some room at the top. Top off with the prosecco, and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and mint leaves. Garnish is optional, unless you want to be fancy.

To make the pomegranate syrup, add equal parts of water, sugar, and pomegranate juice to a saucepan, and bring to a boil. And let mixture cool before use. Bartender tip, make a head of time and store in a squeeze bottle.

Finlandia Raspberry Lemonade:Spiked Lemonade:

The sweet fruity flavor of Finlandia Raspberry flavored Vodka is perfect for this delicious spring or summer drink.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Finlandia Raspberry Vodka

2) 2 ounces of cranberry Juice

3) 2 ounces of Lemonade, fresh is best, but you can get away with a powder mix to save some time.

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice. Add all ingredients to the glass. Stir lightly. Garnish with the wedge of a lemon and enjoy. Garnish is optional.

Mist And Orange:Orange Soda With A Kick:

It is time to give orange soda an adult upgrade. Add Canadian Mist for an adult treat that you will more of.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Canadian Mist

2) 5 ounces of Orange Soda

3) 1 maraschino cherry

4) 1 lime cut into wedges

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, add in the Canadian Mist. Top off with the orange soda, and garnish with a lime wedge, or a maraschino cherry. Garnish is completely optional. I do suggest the lime wedge, this way you can squeeze some of the juice from the wedge into your cocktail to brighten it up some.

Blackberry Smash:

Fun With Berries:

Nothing says spring like fresh blackberries. So why not add some to flavor this bourbon drink? You will love the complex layers of flavor along with ease of making this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Early Times Bottled- in- Bond Bourbon

2) 1 1/2 ounce of chilled Earl Gray Tea

3) 1/2 an ounce of Blackberry Simple Syrup

4) 1 Blackberry

5) 1 sprig of rosemary

To Make; Add Early Times Bottled- in – Bond Bourbon, chilled Earl Gray Tea, blackberry syrup, and some ice to a mixing glass. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Strain mixture into a coupe glass, or a fun mug as pictured to the right. Garnish with a blackberry and a rosemary sprig. Personally, I omit the rosemary, never cared for its flavor. You can light the rosemary on fire, then douse it out in the cocktail to add a smokey layer of flavor to the drink.

For the blackberry syrup, muddle some blackberries, and add to equal parts of water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. Keep refrigerated for long term storage.

 

Bubbly Mind Eraser:Another Kalua Cocktail:

This bubbly and fruity twist to the classic Mind Eraser, makes it perfect for pairing at any spring, or summer occasion.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Kahlua

2) 1 ounce of Absolute Vodka

3) 1 ounce of club soda

4) 1 ounce of Champagne or Sparkling White Wine

5) A splash of pineapple juice

6) A strawberry for the garnish

To Make; Add some ice to a highball glass, First add the Kahlua, then the vodka. Add the club soda, champagne or sparkling wine. Top off with a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a strawberry, and throw in a straw to help the alcohol go straight to your head. To achieve the layered look, pour each liquor over the back of a tablespoon slowly, as well as the soda and juice. Enjoy.

Grape- Fruit- Mule:

You will love the twist on a favorite. The Rita’s takes the mule to a whole new level. #HAVEARITA

An Easy Mule:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of fresh lime juice

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Grape – Fruit – Rita

3) 1 ounce of Triple Sec

4) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer

5) 2 ounces of Vodka

6) Plenty of Ice

To Make; Fill a mule mug traditionally a copper mug with some ice. Add in all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and enjoy.

 

Hoppy Ever After:

Beer Cocktail:

You might think that a hoppy brew and a fruity cocktail have nothing in common, but as the old saying goes, opposites attract. This better together cocktail, flavors combine to create a unique beer cocktail, that will make even the most skeptical hops lover swoon.

Ingredients:

1) 1 can of IPA ( Indian Pale Ale )

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Skyy Vodka

3) 2 ounces of peach nectar

4) 1 ounce of orange juice

5) A splash of club soda

To Make; Slowly pour equal parts of beer and the Peach Belle into a large stemless wine glass full of ice. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

The Peach Belle: Combine Vodka, peach nectar, and orange juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine well, strain mixture over fresh ice, and top off with the club soda. Enjoy.

Island Mimosa:

Breakfast Cocktails:

Tropical drink season is upon us, Though I’d argue that there’s never a bad time for a tropical cocktail. After, all it’s one of the Rita’s. Try the island mimosa with a Pine- Apple- Rita. You can thank me later. #HAVEARITA

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Prosecco

2) 2 ounces of Pine- Apple- Rita

3) 1 ounce of Malibu Rum

4) Splash of Grenadine

5) Frozen pineapple chunks

To Make; Add frozen pineapple chunks to a mug or a glass to act as your ice cubes. Pour in the remaining ingredients, and give it a stir. Kick back and enjoy one or two, maybe more.

 

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

To Wine Or Not To Wine: That is the question.

Good day everyone, I hope that you all are having a fantastic day, I know that I am. Now, to wine or not to wine, that is the question, the answer is simple my friends, yes. Why would’nt you want to unwind with a nice glass of wine, at the end of a long day? Did you know that one of the best ways to cool off during the warm weather is to chill with some white wine? For this article, I thought that I would share a few recipes to help you cool off once the weather starts to warm up. How does this sound to you? No need to worry, these recipes will not break the bank. It is my hope that everyone will end the day by kicking back with a nice cold glass of red or white wine.

Before I forget, you can save some money this weekend by using the code SUNNYDAYZ when you check out. Save $7.00 on any order of $30.00 or more today through Sunday.

White Wine Spritzer:Chilled Wine Cocktail:

The perfect cocktail to chill out with at the end of a long day.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of Diet 7 Up

2) 3 ounces of White Wine

3) Lemon Slices

To Make;Add some ice to a wine glass. Then pour the white wine in, and top off with the lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice, or peel. Your choice, garnish is completely optional as well.

You know, on a lot of other sites, the writers tend to get very technical, not here, I give it to you straight from the hip. Hopefully you appreciate the honesty, as well as the easy reading.

Berry Moscato Lemonade:Spiked Lemonade:

There is a lot to love about this cocktail, that I hardly know where to start. Okay, how about with the fresh Blueberries and Blackberries? Or maybe it’s the sweetness of the Moscato. Either way, you truly have to try this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 3 cups of The Naked Grape Moscato

2) 1/2 a cup of New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka

3) 6 cups of Lemonade

4) 6 ounces of Blueberries

5) 6 ounces of Blackberries

6) 2 Lemons thinly sliced

7) Lots of ice

To Make; In a large pitcher, place the blueberries, blackberries, and lemon slices in. Muddle the ingredients a bit to bring out their natural flavors. Add in the moscato, red berry vodka, and lemonade mix. Stir to combine, and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. When you are ready, pour over ice in a Collins or highball glass, and enjoy. As you can imagine this cocktail is perfect for a gathering of friends and family. And, that is something we all need now, do you agree?

Cheerleader Champagne Cocktail:Pom Pom Fun:

A sparkling cocktail that mixes berry goodness with your favorite bubbly. What completes this sweet sipper, is the fun and easy pom pom topper on the end of a Popsicle stick.

Ingredients:

1) Brut Sparkling Wine

2) 1/4 ounce of Creme de Cassis Liqueur

3) 1 Raspberry Frozen Popsicle

To Make; Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Put the Popsicle in the glass. Top off with the chilled Sparkling Wine, and serve immediately. This one is perfect for sipping pool side or for any occasion.

Citrus Mint Pinot Grigio:Refreshing Spring Cocktail:

It’s funny, this Pinot Grigio is already known for its fresh crisp flavor, but we can’t seem to stop from adding more flavor for you. This citrus mint cocktail will magnify everything you already love about this classic white wine.

Ingredients:

1) 1 Liter of The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio

2) 1 Lemon thinly sliced

3) 1 Lime thinly sliced

4) 1 Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves

To Make; Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let chill for 2- 4 hours, or overnight if you can wait that long. But who can wait for a refreshing cocktail? Serve when well chilled, or serve over ice, if you don’t feel like waiting. Doesn’t this drink just look like spring time in a glass? Perfect for a warm night, or a cool evening by the fire pit.

Fennel Fizz Cocktail:Fennel Cocktail:

This fizzy wine concoction is the perfect cocktail after a long day. And gives you a chance to try an under used ingredient, fennel.

Ingredients:

1) 1 bottle of Kim Crawford Chardonnay, well chilled

2) 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Fennel Seeds

3) 1 cup of sugar

4) 1/2 a fennel cut into 6 wedges

5) Club Soda

6) Fennel or Dill Fronds to garnish

To Make; In a small saucepan bring sugar, water and fennel seeds to a boil to make a fennel simple syrup. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes or overnight, strain to remove the fennel seeds. Divide the wine between five glasses filled with ice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the fennel syrup to each glass and stir. Garnish with the fennel wedges and fronds. Add a splash of club soda for the fizz and serve. Your friends will thank you a thousand time over.

Great White Wine Slush:

Tropical Cocktail:

Seeing a Great White? Scary. Sipping on a Great White? Definitely delicious. We have mixed up this frosty drink that is easy to make, and unlike it’s namesake, is a delightful addition to any beach.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of White Wine

2) 2 ounces of Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple

3) 2 ounces of Frozen Lemonade

4) 1 ounce of Club Soda

5) Pineapple wedges for the garnish

6) 1 Scoop of crushed ice

To Make; Pour the White Wine, Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple, and the frozen lemonade into a blender with the crushed ice. Blend the mixture until smooth, but still slightly slushy. Pour into a wine or martini glass. Top off with the club soda, garnish with a pineapple wedge, and serve. Enjoy on the beach, by the pool side, or anywhere you feel like having a frozen cocktail. And who doesn’t like frozen cocktails? Especially on a warm day. It’s the perfect way to cool off, sure beats a Popsicle.

I hope that I have answered the question to wine or not to wine. This is something that I will be doing this summer, or maybe even tonight at these prices, we can’t go wrong.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed weekend friends.

Can This Be The End Of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey?

I don’t know if you follow the news about every little thing that goes on in the world. But, have you heard that some parts of the United Kingdom have pulled Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey from the shelves of stores? Now you may be asking yourself why, and we will be getting to that a little bit latter on in the article. So, stick around for a little while and we be talking about more on this subject. This may be causing some concern here in the United States as well. Forcing the food and drug administration to take a closer look at why the UK has decided to pull this favorite whiskey of a lot of people from the shelves. I for one am hoping that the whiskey does not end up getting pulled from the stores here in the US. I just recently discovered how good this whiskey is in cola as a mixed drink. Can this be the end of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey? I sure hope not.

Why Is It Going Away?Last Call:

I am not saying that this popular whiskey is going to disappear from liquor stores here in the United States. With a few parts of the United Kingdom removing the product from its stores, may cause the FDA to take a closer look at why the UK did remove it from sales.

So, why exactly did the UK remove this much liked whiskey from being sold? well, they found that the product contained an ingredient that is commonly found in antifreeze. Ethelyn Glycol. I know, that sounds bad, but, this ingredient is in a lot of things other than coolant for our cars.

In small quantities, it is not harmful when ingested. The amount of the ingredient that is in Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is so minuscule that you have no reason to be afraid of drinking it. I myself just had a drink with it on this past Thursday, and I feel 100% fine. Granted that I am not having a bunch of drinks of this liquor, Like I said small amounts will not harm you.

Don’t Be Afraid:Fear:

I bet, that if you take a look at some more popular products on the market, you will fin some funky ingredients in them as well. We are talking about items that you use on a day to day basis. Go ahead, I dare you to take a look at some every day products in your home that you use on a daily basis. Look at the ingredients that are in the deodorant that you use every morning. Some of them contain aluminum.

Did I shock you with that one? Are you going to stop using deodorant now, and go around stinking all day? I certainly am not going to stop using it. and why should I? For the same reason that I am not going to stop drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. As long as they keep it on the shelf, I will continue to buy, ans consume the product.

Before I forget to mention it, if you use any of the links in this post, and purchase this fantastic whiskey before they decide to get rid of it, you can save 17% off the regular price. Just my way of trying to help you save some money, What do you think of that my friends? I am more than happy to help you save money.

Live Your Life:Life To It's Fullest

Sorry, but you can go through life worrying about what might kill you. You can walk out your front door this morning and be shot down. Or perhaps, god forbid you end up in a car accident on the way to work or on the way home from work. Maybe you slip in the shower and hit your head on the water spicket. No, I am not wishing ill will on you, all I am saying is that anything can happen at any time.

If we spend our lives thinking of what could happen to us, we never end up leaving the house. Who wants to live like that? I certainly do not, do you? Life gave me a second chance a few years back.

When I was at the young age of 37 I ended up having a heart attack, the widow maker is what the doctors said. Today I am 53 years young. So, I know a thing about wanting to live, and this was not my first brush with death. The first time was on the USS Midway, I got blown by the exhaust of an F18 fighter jet. If it were’nt for an aircraft maintenance person that was on the fantail of the ship who reached out and grabbed me by my float-coat, I would have been shark food. Thank God he was there at that time.

Stop worrying:despair:

 

you can go through life wondering what will kill you, because we have no idea when our time here on earth is going to end. This is why I say live life to it’s fullest. Stop worrying about every little thing that can go wrong. Go get out there and have some fun. Take a trip, go see some friends or family members.

The country is starting to open up a little bit here and there. We have a vaccine now, did you get your yet? I myself, my wife as well as my son who lives with us went and got our shots this past Thursday. The sooner everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner we can all get back to a more normal life.

I do not know what a normal life is going to look like after two years of being quarintened, but they say that the country is on the brink of an economic recovery, with more jobs being available, and less travel restrictions to follow. I don’t know about you, but all of this sounds pretty darn good to me. How does it sound to you? Can you wait for things to get back to normal?

Be Safe:Safety First:

It has been an uphill battle for just about everyone in the world lately, even though we have vaccines now, now is not the time to start going downhill. Do you want end up right back at square one, like we were last year? Yes go out and get a vaccine, but, please remember to continue to wear a mask when you are in public.

No matter how safe you think a place is, there is always the possibility that someone has not gotten their vaccine shot, and can pass the virus on to you. The vaccine does not make you ten feet tall and bullet proof. That’s what the whiskey is for. Can this be the end of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey? I do not have the answer to that question at this moment. I will let you know the moment that I find out.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

The Classic Martini With A Twist:

Who does’nt love a good Martini? I mean this classic cocktail used to be a household staple. You would come home from work, head over to the liquor counter and whip up one for yourself, as well as one for your spouse. Or perhaps your spouse would meet you at the front door with one in their hand for you. Those were the good old days. Ask your grandparents about it some day, provided that they are still with us. Nowadays, the cocktail has evolved into spectacular drinks that we once again crave. The classic martini with a twist will be theme of today’s recipes. I hope that you find something that will intrigue you, and make you want to visit this classic cocktail once again. The next time that you are out to lunch with a client or just a friend or coworker, go ahead and ask the bartender for a martini. Stay home and save money by making these yourself. Plus if you use the code SPRINGTIME7 at checkout, you can save 7 dollars on any order of 30 dollars or more.

Lemon Drop Martini:Lemon Drop Goodness:

This is the adult version of one of our favorite childhood candies. Tart yet sweet, the Lemon Drop is typically drank as a shot or straight up in a martini glass. Add a sugar rim to your glass for an added kick of sweetness.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of vodka

2) 1/2 an ounce of cointreau

3) 1/2 an ounce of fresh Lemon Juice

4) Sugar to rim the glass ( optional )

To Make; Pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake for 10- 15 seconds or until cold. Srain the liquid into two shot gasses, or a martini glass. And enjoy.

The 50/50 Martini:Perfect Martini:

The cocktail we know as the martini, has a muddy origin story. It’s name has changed over the years, as have its contents. But by the early 20th century, what we now refer to as the martini was codified as a mix of London Dry Gin and dry vermouth, garnished with a lemon twist or an olive or two. Since then, it has permeated the American culture and become an unrivaled symbol of sophistication.In its famous conical glass, the martini is a visual currency the world over, on millions of menus and neon signs. In many ways the martini is THE cocktail.

Our take on the perfect martini consists of half Botanist Gin and half dry vermouth. This is the lighter variation, making it the perfect cocktail for spring and summer weather.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Botanist Gin

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Dry Vermouth

3) A dash of Orange Bitters

4) Lemon peels or olives for the garnish ( Not Optional )

To Make; Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, and stir until outside of the glass becomes frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or a couple of olives.

French Martini:Flavorful Martini:

Originally created for Chambord’s worldwide promotion, the key ingredient to this cocktail is the Chambord Liqueur. The unique feature for this drink is that it was created specifically for a liqueur, which means substituting it would leave a bland taste.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Vodka

2) 1/4 of an ounce of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

3) 1/4 of an ounce of Pineapple Juice

4) 1 Twist of a Lemon peel to garnish

To Make; Pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 5 – 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.

Olivette:Light Martini:

In this lighter version of the classic Gin Martini, St.Germain provide the perfect balance of flavors: the botanicles of the Gin, the wine notes of the vermouth, and the fruity notes of the St.- Germain.

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

2) 1 ounce of Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

3) 1 ounce of Oxley Dry Gin

To Make; Add ingredients into a chilled mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well to combine and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a green olive or two. Enjoy.

The Churchill Martini:A True Classic:

A quirky and complicated man, Winston Churchill was known for his love of livations. when, asked how he would like his Gin Martini prepared he replied ” I would like to observe the vermouth from across the while I drink my martini”. Served chilled and neat, this cocktail contains nothing more than gin and ice in proximity to a bottle of vermouth. Wacky and unique just like its name sake.

Ingredients:

1) 2 1/2 ounces of Plymouth Gin

2) 1 scoop of ice

3) 1 green olive to garnish

To Make; Add gin to a mixing glass full of ice cubes and stir until well chilled. While stirring, glance occasionally at a bottle of vermouth from across the room. Srain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single green olive. Enjoy

Martinique:Variation Of The French Martini:

A variation of the French Martini, this recipe replaces the pineapple juice for the more exotic Caribbean flavor of mango. Chambord is one of our favorite cocktail additions– when we restock our bar, we always make sure a bottle of this is on the list.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Chambord

2) 1 ounce of Vodka

3) 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice

4) 1/2 an ounce of mango juice

To Make; Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes, and shake until frosty cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then enjoy. No garnish needed.

Apple Cider Honey Jack Martini:Apple Jack For Adults:

This cider honey martini is fall in a glass, but works just as well for the spring and summer months. The perfect balance of sweet and tart. Thanks to yummy ingredients like apple cider, fresh lemon juice, Honey Jack, and a pinch of cinnamon. Doesn’t this sound sophisticated?

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey

2) 1 ounce of unfiltered apple cider

3) 1/2 an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice

4) Fresh ground cinnamon to taste*

5) Sliced apples for the garnish ( optional )

To Make: Combine Honey Jack, lemon, and cider in a cocktail shaker with some ice and a pinch of cinnamon, shake until well chilled. Rim the martini glass with a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar. Strain the liquid into the martini glass, then garnish with the apple slices if you choose to do so. Enjoy any time of the year.

Try these classic martini with a twist and please let me know if they made you feel a little more sophisticated or not.

Please remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive, the life you save mat very well be your own. Sincerely John D. Have a blessed weekend my friends.

Fireball Cocktails In Honor Of A Lost Loved One: My he rest in peace.

Today, I am writing this article with a heavy heart. Someone near and dear to me, lost his battle with the virus that has plagued us for the past year. His name is chad, and he was my brother in law. Chad loved his family and life to the fullest, he will be greatly missed. Chad was the one that you could go to if you had any kind of electrical problem. Did’nt matter what it was, he would drop whatever he was doing at the moment and run to help you out. He was also a pretty good mechanic as well. If you needed help with a car repair, you could bring the car to his house, and he would be more then happy to help you figure out the problem, and help to resolve the problem as well. So Fireball cocktails in honor of lost loved one, is for him.

FireBall Mule:Mule With A Kick:

This mule has one heck of a kick, and why should’nt it? Everything has a little kick when it’s made with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer

3) A splash of pineapple juice

4) A splash of fresh lime juice

To Make; In an ice filled mixing glass, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Using a Hawthorn strainer, strain the mixture into a copper mule mug filled with fresh ice cubes. Sit back and enjoy with some good company.

FireBall And Cranberry:Sweet Heat:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 2 ounces of cranberry juice

To Make; In a highball glass filled with ice cubes, add in both ingredients, and stir to combine. You can serve it this way, or as a chilled shot. The choice is yours.

Hot Boilermaker:

Cold Beer And A Hot Shot:

This one is just like a boil maker. Cold beer, Cider, or a local brew with a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, how can you go wrong?

Ingredients:

1) 1 2 ounce shot glass of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 1 12 ounce bottle of very cold Coor’s Light Beer

To Make; Take your shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, then chase it down with your favorite beer to help put out the fire. Enjoy

Hard Seltzer On Fire:Heat Up That Seltzer:

This is a great way to kick up that not so hard seltzer that everyone likes to drink these days.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 1 can or a pint of Hard Seltzer

To Make; You can make this one right in the can of seltzer, First you need to drink about two ounces of the Hard Seltzer. Then top off the can with two ounces of the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. Or you can drink a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, then drink the Hard Seltzer, it is entirely up to you.

Fireball And Cola:

This is another two ingredient way to enjoy this marvelous whiskey.

Ingredients:

Fire And Ice:

1) 1 ounce of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 8-12 ounces of Coca-Cola

To Make, This is a no brainer. Add some ice to a highball glass, add in the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, then top off the glass with some cola of your choice. Any brand of cola will get the job done. This will quickly become one of your favorite drinks to sip any night of the week, not just on Friday’s.

Angry Balls:

You will anything, but angry once you try mixing Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey with Angry Orchord Hard Cider.

Ingredients:Another Boilermaker:

1) 1, 2 ounce shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 1 pint of Angry Orchord Hard Cider

To Make; Combine the shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, with the pint of Angry Orchord Crisp Apple Cider, and enjoy.

Fireball And Lemonade:

We tried to make a hybrid Fire Lemon first. But, you can only imagine how that turned out. It was not pretty.

Fire Lemonade:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 8 ounces of lemonade. Fresh squeezed, or a powder mixed, will work just fine.

To Make; Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, stir to combine. Then pour over ice in a highball glass, or a pint glass. The perfect way to end the week. Consider serving this at your next brunch gathering as well.

Fireball And 7:

Crisp Heat:

This one is my favorite way to enjoy Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, set some citrus soda on fire baby.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

2) 8 ounces of Lemon Lime Soda

To Make; Add some ice to a highball glass. Add the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, then top off with the lemon lime soda. Gently stir to combine ingredients, and enjoy.

You can also add the Fireball whiskey to a glass of ginger ale, you won’t break my heart if you do. Like I said earlier, I am writing this article with a heavy heart. However by doing so, it is helping me to deal with the loss of a close family member. Tonight, I will raise a glass of this last cocktail recipe, and toast my friend. Yes, he may have been my brother in law, but, he was also a good friend. When someone tells you that this virus is fake, refer them to this article. Because, this has hit my family. Fireball cocktails in honor of a lost loved one, is my tribute to a man that brought a lot of joy to everyone in our family. He will be greatly missed. This will definitely take some time to get over.

No matter how I am feeling during this time, I have to stay strong for my wife and our children, as well his wife and child. It is now my job to be the anchor for the family. Although, at some time this week, I will break down and probably shed a few tears into one of my drinks. I sincerely hope that this god awful virus does not hit you or anyone that dear to you. Please do everything that you can, so that you or a family member does not get this.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: Your friend John D. Have a blessed day.

Beer Cocktails For The Ages:

Recently there has been a new trend in cocktails, beer has been a favorite drink for a lot of people, so, naturally we gravitate to making cocktails with our beer. Today, I have nine recipes that all use beer, and I think that you are going to enjoy at least one or two. The last two are especially a favorite of mine. I don’t want to give it away, but number nine is a tic toc trend. We will let you think about that one for a minute or two. Some of these recipes are a new take on some old classics. We all need to be a little bit adventurous with our cocktails, and step out of our comfort zones. Hopefully beer cocktails for the ages will be just what you need, after the past year, where the world got turned upside down. All of this is made better by a sale of eight dollars off of any thirty dollars or more. Use code HUNNYBUNNY at checkout.

Peroni Negroni:New Take On A Classic:

Try this unique take on a traditional Negroni.

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of bitter Italian Apertitif

2) 1/2 ounce of Hendricks Gin

3) 1/2 ounce of Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth

4) 6 ounces of Peroni Beer

To Make; Add all ingredients into a pint glass filled with ice, and give it a light stir to combine. Garnish with an orange twist. Simple yet elegant. Enjoy.

Bullet Boilermaker:

It’s time to go old school on a favorite beer and whiskey drink.

Ingredients:

An Old Favorite:

1) 1 1/3 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon

2) 12 ounces of Guinness Blonde American Lager

To Make; Pour Bulleit Bourbon into a shot glass. Pour the Guinness beer into a pint glass. Serve as compliments to each other. You can do this in two ways. First is the traditional way, drop the shot of Bourbon into the glass of beer, and chug away, just be careful to keep the shot glass from hitting you in the teeth. The second way is to simply do a shot of the Bourbon and chase it with a drink of the beer.

 

Mezcal Michelada:#Brunch Cocktail:

Looking for a way to take your brunch game to the next level? Give the Mezcal Michelada a try. This spicy, smokey, and tangy beer cocktail is the compliment to any breakfast. Beer, lime, hot sauce, and mezcal. What more do you need?

Ingredients:

1) 8 ounces of Corona Beer

2) 2 ounces of fresh lime juice

3) 1 ounce of Mexican hot sauce

4) 1 1/2 ounces of Mezcal

5) A pinch of kosher salt

To Make; Fill a pint glass with ice, Pour in the lime juice, Mezcal, and hot sauce. Fill to the top with the Corona Beer. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a pinch of kosher salt and a lime wheel. Ps. For some extra heat, rim the glass with a mixture of equal parts kosher salt and chili powder.

Cerveza Preparda:Prepared Beer:

Cerveza preparda ( meaning prepared beer ) is a term used in Mexico when referring to a beer mixed, or prepared to include ingredients like hot sauce or tomato juice. For this version, we chose to use clamato juice because of the distinct briny flavor it brings. This combination of beer and clamato juice may seem odd at first, but the distinctly tangy and refreshing drink will hook you from the first sip.

Ingredients:

1) 6 ounces of Corona Beer

2) 2 ounces of Clamato Juice

3) 1 ounce of fresh lime juice

4) 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice

5) Hot sauce to taste

6) Spice mixture to rim glass

To Make the spice mixture; Combine 1 tablespoon of coarse ground salt, 1/2 a tablespoon of coarse ground black peppercorns, and 1/2 a teaspoon of chili powder. Blend together and store in an airtight container for up to a year.

To Make Drink; Pour spice mixture on a plate wide enough for the rim of a glass. Wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and roll the edge into the spice mixture until evenly coated. Fill glass with ice and pour in the clamato juice, and the juice from both the lime and lemon juice. Fill the remainder of the glass full with the Corona Beer. Add hot sauce and additional lemon juice to taste. Garnish with a lemon wedge, serve and enjoy. I apologize, but I am not able to provide links for the ingredients to make this drink.

Michelada:Perfect For Street Tacos

A Mexican -style beer cocktail with a little kick and a dash of lime. A perfect sipping drink for street tacos or a Sunday brunch.

Ingredients:

1) 1 12 ounce bottle of Corona Beer

2) 2 dashes of Tabasco Sauce or other hot sauce

3) 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

4) Freshly ground black pepper

5) Celery Salt

To Make;Rim an empty pint glass with equal parts of black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and celery salt. In the same chilled pint glass, combine all ingredients except the beer, including the hot sauce to your liking. Add beer slowly and stir. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, or spicy chocolate.

Black And Tan:

Half And Half:

The black and tan is a classic beer cocktail where a pale ale and stout beers are layered in a pint glass to show the light and dark combination this drinks name suggests.

Ingredients:

1) 6 ounces of Bass English Pale Ale

2) 6 ounces of Guinness Stout

To Make; Pour 6 ounces of the pale ale into a pint glass. Over the back side of a large spoon gently pour 6 ounces of the Guinness Stout into the glass. This is how you get that perfect layered look.

Shark Bite:Summer In A Glass:

This take on a classic snake bite beer cocktail combines two summer favorites. A light beachy beer and a dry sparkling cider. Typically, half-and-half, you can play with the ratios until you get the flavor profile that suits you best. Remember to use ice-cold ingredients straight from the cooler. Fins up my friends.

Ingredients:

1) 8 ounces of Land Shark Lager

2) 8 ounces of Dry Sparkling Cider

To Make; Pour both ingredients into a pint glass. And sit back and enjoy the day.

 

Flaming Dr. Pepper:

The flaming Dr, Pepper shot tastes just like the soda, but combines the extra thrill of fire brought to you by the 151 proof rum floated on top of this shot. It’s quite strong due to the rum, so we don’t suggest tipping back more then one of these a night. Remember to blow out the flame before drinking the shot, you don’t want to set yourself on fire do you?

Ingredients:

Hot Shot:

1) 3/4 of an ounce of Amaretto

2) 1/4 of an ounce of Bacardi 151 Rum

3) Light Beer

To Make; Fill a shot glass with Amaretto Liqueur and top off with 1/4 ounce of 151 proof rum. Put the shot glass in an empty pint glass, then fill around the shot glass up to the rim with light beer. Light the rum with a lighter or a match. Blow out the flame and shoot back the cocktail.

A List Cocktails: Start with the letter A.

A list cocktails, start with the letter A. we start with the letter a, the first letter in the alphabet, the cocktails that I have for you today, are quite interesting. There are a lot of recipes that start with the letter a, I happen to have eight of them for you to try. Don’t worry, I have plenty more A list cocktails to share with you, so be patient, and I will get them out to you. What do you like to drink, when it comes to cocktails? I would love to hear from you, That way I can search for recipes that would be of great interest to you. So, how about it, will you let me know what you like? Hearing from you is the best way for me to help you find the perfect cocktails, that are just right for you.

Absolut Juice Strawberry Spritz:Spring In A Glass:

Spring is finally here, now is the time for picnics in the park under a shade tree. the perfect time for an adult fresh, fruity spritz.

Ingredients:

1) 1750 Ml. bottle of Absolut Juice Strawberry

2) 3 cups of Ros`e Sparkling Wine

3) 3 cups of soda water

4) 1 carton of sliced strawberries

5) Ice cubes

To Make; In a large pitcher, add Absolut Juice, soda water, and the sparkling wine. Gently stir to combine. Pour into ice filled glasses and add in sliced strawberries for a touch of class. Enjoy with someone special.

Absolut Pears Mule:American Mule:

Mellow out your mule with the sweetness of pears. The Absolut pears mule. Sit back sip, and repeat.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Absolut Pear

2) 3 ounces of Ginger Beer

3) A splash of fresh lime juice

To Make; In a mule mug ( a copper mug ) filled with ice, add in the Absolut Pear, Ginger Beer, and fresh lime juice. Give it a stir to combine all ingredients. Garnish with a fresh pear slice or two. This one is perfect for sitting by a campfire with friends. And we all need that after the year we have had. Don’t you think so?

Alabama Slammer:Refreshing Highball Drink:

This fruity yet nutty highball cocktail is said to have been created at the university of Alabama. The Alabama Slammer gets its name from the fact that the cocktail can be served on the rocks or slammed as a shooter. I prefer it on the rocks, I’m more of a sipper than a shooter these days.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Southern Comfort Liqueuer

2) 1 ounce of Sloe Gin

3) 1 ounce of Amaretto

4) 2 ounces of Orange Juice

To Make; Add all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, and shake until the mixture is cold. Use a hawthorn strainer to strain mixture into a highball glass, filled with fresh ice. Then garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry. There is no need for a garnish if you are going to use the mixture for shooters. And as always the garnish is optional. Do you prefer a garnish when you are home, or not?

All American Lemonade:Boozy Lemonade:

Lemonade for adults, This easy to make drink is perfect for summer sipping. Make a whole for a backyard so`ree or a roof top gathering.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2) 3 ounces of lemonade

To Make; Add some ice to a Collins glass or a mason jar, and pour in Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Fill the rest of the glass with lemonade and stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy one or two and relax for a change. After all, you deserve it, don’t you?

American Mule:

An American take on a classic cocktail, the American mule is a simple drink with a little bite.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Classic Cocktail:

2) 3 ounces of Ginger Beer

3) 1/2 ounce of Fresh Lime Juice

To Make; Fill a chilled mug with ice. Add fresh lime juice and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Add Ginger Beer and stir lightly. Garnish with a lime wedge if you so choose to.

American Sour:

This liquor is great on its own- even better in a mixed cocktail. American Honey is as versatile and approachable as the good company that you surround yourself with,

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Wild Turkey American Honey

2) 1 1/2 ounces of sour mix

3) Club Soda

4) A slice of orange

To Make; In rocks glass filled with ice, add American Honey and sour mix. Top off with the club soda and garnish with a slice of orange. So easy to make, your friends will not believe you made this. Enjoy the cocktail as well as the good company.

Drinking Buddies:

Americano:

This classic cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari’s bar, Caff`e Campari, in the 1860s. The Americano is refreshing with a light and bitter taste.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Campari

2) 1 ounce of sweet vermouth

3) Splash of club soda

4) Orange peel

To Make; Pour Campari, and Sweet Vermouth over ice in rocks or a highball glass, the choice is yours. Add a splash of club soda, stir to combine the ingredients. Garnish with an orange peel.

Americano Classic:

American Harvest:

You will want to make this cocktail in a pitcher, in advance of company arriving.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 cups of American Anthem Vodka

2) 1/2 a cup of lemon juice

3) 1/2 cup of honey

4) 1/2 a cup of cinnamon syrup

5) 1 apple

6) 20 cranberries

To Make; Reserve some apple slices and cranberries for the garnish. Place apple slices and cranberries in a pitcher, and muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients with some ice. Stir until chilled and srain with a Hawthorn strainer into coup glasses. Garnish with the apple slices and cranberries that you reserved. A perfect cocktail far any get together at any time of the year.

Any Occassion Cocktail:

For the cinnamon syrup:

Boil one cup of water with one cup of sugar, and add in cinnamon spice to taste.

 

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive, the life you save may very well be your own. Have a blessed day my friends. Sincerely: John D.

 

 

 

Rye Whiskey The Future Of Cocktails:

In the past there has only been a handful of alcohols for us to use to make our favorite cocktails with. In the more recent years there has been a new trend in the cocktail world. Even though these whiskeys have been around for many years, many of us, myself included, have ignored them. Now with the new trend in high gear, I say that rye whiskey is the future of cocktails. Do you want to jump on this band wagon with me? For years I have been a bourbon lover, and I am ready to try something new. It has taken me thirty years to get to this point, however, I hear that drinking bourbon is very close to drinking rye whiskey. So I guess that it is not that far of a leap, I am all about baby steps when it comes to trying something new.

Sparkling Boulevardier:Rye Whiskey Cocktail:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Dry Sparkling Wine

2) 1 ounce of Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey

3) 1 ounce of Campari

4) 1 ounce of Sweet Vermouth

To Make; Add rye whiskey, campari, and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled. Strain into a champagne coup, then top off with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig to add a touch of class.

Rojo Whiskey Sour:Whiskey Sour:

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey

2) 2 1/2 ounces of Sour Mix

3) 1/2 ounce of Red Wine

To Make; Mix the whiskey and the sour mix in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice, then top off with a floater of the red wine. Serve as is, no garnish needed for this special cocktail. For this one I gave you a choice of rye whiskey, or bourbon, break free and try the rye,

Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned:

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

2) 1/2 ounce of maple syrup

3) 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

4) Orange rind for the garnish

To Make; In a focks glass combine 3 dashes of bitters and maple syrup. Add in the whiskey with a large format ice cube and give it a stir. Garnish with a twisted orange rind and serve. Enjoy.Bourbon Old Fashioned:

Rojo Rye Do:

Balance is key in every relationship, and just as important in a good cocktail. The smooth rich flavors of a summery red sangria balances out the tang of a whiskey sour in this better- together combonation. The perfect harmony of flavor in this cocktail is a match made in mixology heaven.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Rye Whiskey

2) 2 1/2 ounces of Sour Mix

3) 1 cup of Malbec ( Red Wine )

4) 1/2 ounce of Brandy

5) 1/2 ounce of Orange Liqueur

6) 2 ounces of Pink Grapefruit Juice

7) 2 ounces of Pineapple Juice

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, and begin to pour in the whiskey sour. Leave at least an inch of room at the top of the glass. Next slowly pour the red sangria to layer on top of the whiskey sour. Do not stir or mix, simply garnish with luxardo or dried cherries.

For the whiskey sour; Combine whiskey and sour mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for up to a minute or until frothy. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with some cherries.

For the sangria; Combine wine, fruit juice, orange liqueur, and brandy in an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake well to combine. Strain into a wine glass full of ice and garnish with fresh fruit slices.Layered Cocktail:

Rye And Ginger:

This one is so simple that my eight year old grandaughter could make one.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Rye Whiskey

2) Schwepps Ginger Ale

To Make; Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add the rye whiskey and top off with the Schwepps Ginger Ale. You can garnish with a lemon wheel, but it’s not neccesary. Enjoy

 

Rye Ball:

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye

2) 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice

3) 1/2 ounce of simple syrup

4) 2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters

5) Soda water or lemon lime soda

6) Lemon wheel for a garnish ( optional )

To Make; Fill a cocktail shaker with ice half the way. Add all the ingredients except the soda and shake vigorously for 15- 20 seconds. Fill the highball glass with fresh ice cubes, and strain the liquid into the glass. Top off with the mixture with your soda water or soda of your choosing. Add the lemon wheel to garnish and enjoy.Jack Rye And Soda:

I hope that you enjoy one or two of these Rye whiskey the future of cocktails, I know that I am going to. There are at least a few of these recipes that have my interest.

Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Have a blessed weekend my friends. John D.

Before I leave you, I want to let you know that there is a sale going on this weekend. Save $8.00 on any order of $30.00 or more.