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.

Easy Chicken Crock Pot Recipes:

Now that the world has been starting to re-open, do you have a busy day? Do you find yourself needing a little help when it comes to dinner time? If you answer yes to either of these questions, then stick around for a while, I have the perfect solution for you. Easy chicken crock pot recipes. Some of these recipes will require some preparation time, but don’t worry, you can do all the prep work the night before. Then in the morning all you need to do is throw everything into the crock pot before you head out to work. The best part of this is, once you get back home, dinner is done and ready to be served. The beauty of crock pot recipes is the work is being done while you are at work, or somewhere else out of the house.

Chicken And White Bean Cassoulet:Crock Pot Dinner:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 a pound of gigante or white Lima beans

2) 6 chicken drumsticks

3) Kosher salt

4) Freshly ground black pepper

5) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

6) 2 medium leeks, washed and chopped

7) 4 carrots, cut into rounds

8) 4 cups of chicken stock

9) 2 cups of water

10) 2 bay leaves

11) 2 tablespoons of flat leaf parsley

To Make:

Step One:

Soak the beans in a large bowl overnight with water covering the beans by three inches.

Step Two:

Season the chicken with one teaspoon of salt and 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper. In a 5-6 quart crock pot, heat the oil over high heat until hot. Place the chicken in the crock pot and sear the chicken, turning until browned on all sides. About six to eight minutes total.

Step Three:

Stir leeks and carrots into the crock pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are softened, about four minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, water and bay leaves, as well as the reserved beans, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Simmer on low, covered, until the meat beans are very tender, about five hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve, sprinkled with the parsley. Do all the prep work the night before while the beans are soaking, then throw it all in the crock pot before you leave in the morning, When you get home, you have a hearty and healthy dinner for the family.

Serve with a glass of white wine and enjoy

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatori With Linguine And Caper Berries:

Boy oh boy, that is a mouthful to say, and an even better mouthful to eat. This one will require a little work when you get back home.Perfect Pasta Dinner:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 teaspoon of unsalted butter

2) 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil ( plus some more for drizzling )

3) Six skinless chicken thighs bone- in fat trimmed

4) Kosher salt

5) Freshly ground black pepper

6) 1/2 a cup of white wine

7) 1 1/2 yellow onion finely diced

8) 6 large garlic cloves, finely minced

9) 1/4 cup of sweet paprika

10) 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes

11) 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth

12) 14 ounces of crushed tomatoes ( 1 can )

13) 12 caper berries in vinager, stems removed and halved lengthwise

14)1 pond of linguine pasta

15) Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

16) Coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley ( for the garnish )

To Make:

Step One:

In a large skillet, heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook until seared and golden brown, about four minutes per side. Add the white wine to the chicken and deglaze the pan. Transfer the chicken and juices to the slow cooker.

Step Two:

Return the skillet to the stove and set over medium heat. Pour in a half a tablespoon of olive oil and add the onions, garlic, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook until the onions have lightly browned, about four minutes. Add in the spiced onion mixture to the slow cooker. Pour in the chicken broth, and crushed tomatoes, stir to combine. Cover and cook for three hours on high, until the chicken is tender.

Step Three:

Transfer the chicken to a work surface and, using two forks shred the chicken and discard the bones. Stir the shredded chicken into the sauce, add the caper berries, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step Four:

To serve, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Pro tip, add the salt to water after it comes to a boil, this will prevent the bottom of the pot from staining. Cook the pasta until al dente. ( firm to the tooth ) Drain water from the pot, reserving 1/2 a cup of the pasta water. Transfer the pasta to a large skillet set over medium heat and add the chicken cacciatori and pasta water to the noodles. Toss until the linguine is thoroughly coated. Transfer to serving bowls, sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with chopped parsley. Remember you should still have some of the White wine to serve with this. Get two bottles to be on the safe side.

Slow Cooker Sweet Paprika Chicken Tacos:Tasty Chicken Tacos:

I do not know a single person who does not like a good taco. And now you can have a healthy version.

Ingredients:

1) 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

2) 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

3) 6 skinless bone- in chicken thighs, fat trimmed

4) Kosher salt

5) Freshly ground black pepper

6) 1/2 a cup of white wine

7) 1 finely diced sweet yellow onion

8) 6 finely minced large garlic cloves

9) 1/3 cup of sweet paprika

10) 1/2 a teaspoon of chili powder

11) 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth

12) 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

13) 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime- juice

14) 3/4 of a cup of coarsely chopped cilantro leaves packed

15) 12 warm 6 inch flour tortillas

16) Shredded red cabbage for serving

17) Sour cream for serving

18) Sliced avocado for serving

19) Cotija cheese for serving

To Make:

Step One:

In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium- high heat. Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook until richly seared and golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Pour in the white wine and deglaze the pan. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker.

Step Two:

Return the skillet to the stove and set over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, paprika, and chili powder, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the spiced onion mixture to the slow cooker. Pour in the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Cover and cook for two hours on high, or for four hours on low heat, until the chicken is tender.

Step Three:

Remove chicken from the sauce and transfer to a work surface. Using two forks, shred the meat and discard the bones. Stir the shredded chicken back into the sauce and add the lime juice, and the chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step Four:

Using a slotted spoon, spoon the pulled chicken onto the warm tortillas and top with shredded cabbage, sour cream, avocado and cotija cheese, or whatever it is that you like to put on your tacos. Serve right away and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie:Dutch Oven Pot Pie:

Ingredients:

1) 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

2) 2 medium-sized chopped onions

3) 1 chopped celery stalk

4) Kosher salt

5) Freshly ground black pepper

6) 1 tablespoon of all- purpose flour

7) 8 cups of chicken stock

8) 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes.

9) 3/4 pound of pot pie noodles, or wide egg noodles

10) 2 fresh thyme sprigs

To Make:

Heat the slow cooker on high until hot. Stir in the butter until melted, then stir in the onions, celery, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6- 8 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, chicken, noodles, and the thyme, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until chicken is very tender and the noodles are falling apart, about 6-8 hours. Season the pot pie with salt and pepper to taste. Then serve, and enjoy

Make Ahead Of Time:

You want to make things easier for yourself, am I right? Well, this is easy chicken crock pot recipes that you can make ahead of time, the night before. Then all you have to do is add everything to the crock pot in the morning and plug it in, and let the appliance do its job. Then you get home from work or from running all those errands, dinner is done and ready to serve a hungry family, or just for yourself.

Make sure that you have an extra bottle of white wine to wash down all the chicken. 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.

Turning Water Into Wine Craft:

We have all heard the story of Jesus turning water into wine. Some people say that story is a farse, not true. Do you believe it to be true? The making of wine is a long process, good wine takes even more time. While I was growing up, my family and I attended church on Sundays, and, yes, I went to conformation class as well as Sunday school. The story about Jesus turning water into wine was one that was told to us. I for one believe that took place, as far as miracles go, that is a pretty good one in my book. Now, we don’t have Jesus here on earth, so we need to make our own wine from water. This all starts with a simple seed, and what do seeds need to germinate? That’s right, water. So, it not so hard to believe that we can turn water into wine after all. Remember, that all alcohol is still on sale now until the 22nd. use code LUCKY7 at checkout.

Wine For All Occasions:Pizza And Wine:

Having a glass wine should not be reserved for special occasions, or fancy meals. You can drink wine with any meal that you are having. Planning on having a pizza night? Stop off and grab a bottle of red wine.

Red wine is not just for beef dishes, it pairs really well with pizza and pastas as well. And, remember, red wine is better for your heart health. Some doctors say that a glass of red wine a day is good for your arteries. You will thank me for this later. Here is my favorite red wine to serve my friends and family, Woodbridge Merlot by Robert Mondavi. Grab a bottle or two today, it’s not expensive at all, around $10.00 a bottle.

Wine For Easter:

Wine at the dinner table has been a long-standing tradition in my home. Especially for easter dinner, and this tradition goes as far back to days when Jesus was here with us. At the last supper, he broke bread, and said eat,this is of my body, drink, this is of my blood, as long as you do this I will always be in your hearts.

Churches all around still do this tradition every Sunday during the services. Now, if you believe in the father, the son, and the holy ghost, drinking wine keeps us closer to the son who sits at the right hand of the father. Just one way I can help you to justify drinking a glass of wine in the middle of the day, you can always say it’s for religious reasons. This way no one will judge you. Besides, the only one to judge you is the all mighty creator God.

What wine should you have for easter dinner? That depends on what you are going to be serving, if you are like most people, a ham is probably on the menu. Keep in mind that ham is not a white meat, no matter what they say pork is not the other white meat. Ham and other pork products are a red meat, therefor, you should serve a red wine with this. Jesus died for our sins, drink some red wine of his blood to keep him in your hearts.The Crucifiction Of Jesus:

White Wines:

Now, we are all done with the lessons in religion. Let’s talk about white wine. Typically, white wines are on the sweeter side. They also have more carbohydrates in them. Being on the sweeter side is what makes them more atractive to a lot of people, myself included. I do like to have a glass of white wine from time to time.

White wines pair real well with white meats, like chicken, as well as fish. White meats tend to be the dry side, so, with this the sweetness of the white wine brings out the nuances of the white meats. Plus, it makes the white meats more palatable. Meaning, easier to eat. The sweetness make it easier to tolerate the dry meats and fish.

Yes, I have a favorite white wine, and I will absolutely share it with you. I will even give you a link, so you can try it for yourself. How does that sound? Maybe I can help to make life a little bit easy for you. Help to take some stress out of your day. This is one white wine that both, my wife and I like, our son that lives with us also likes this one. Risata Moscato d’Asti We will most likely be taking a bottle or two of this with us for our weekend get away in Lake George, this weekend. Wait till you try it, it will quickly become a favorite of yours as well. So don’t wait pick up a bottle or two today.Perfectly Sweet:

Drink What You Like:

That’s right, drink whatever it is that you enjoy drinking. It does’nt matter if it’s white wine or if it’s red wine. As long as you have Jesus in your hearts, everything will be fine. The two wines that I have listed here for you, are both a reasonable price.

I am not trying to break the bank here, just trying to help you by giving you what I like to drink. Of course, if you don’t like what I have, you can always shop for something that you have in mind. The links will get you there, you do not have to purchase those products. These two wines are simply the wines that my family and I enjoy drinking.

Perhaps you do not like to drink alcohol, that is perfectly fine. There are plenty of non- alcoholic beverages on the market today. Welches sparkling grape juice is a good one. I have bought that to serve to kids, so they thought they were getting the same as the adults. Here is another good non-alcoholic wine to try. Fre Alcohol- Removed Chardonnay

Have A Happy Easter:

I want each and every one of you to have a blessed and happy easter, no matter how you decide to celebrate. I hope that you teach your children the true meaning of easter. At least when they are old enough to understand. For now let them enjoy being young and believing in the easter bunny, that brings candy to them. Hopefully you enjoyed turning water into wine craft with me today.

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 my friends.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home This Year: And save $7.00

I know, we were all looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s day in the bars with all of our friends. Well, we are still in the grips of a global pandemic, and large gatherings could prove to be very deadly. I for one do not want to be responsible for anyone gets sick, or worse yet, dyeing, do you ? This is why I say celebrate St. Patrick’s day at home this year. We can still have a great time with a few friends in the comfort of our own homes. So, with that being said, I have found you seven cocktails that are sure to be a hit with anyone that comes to your house to have a few drinks in order to celebrate the day that we are all Irish. Plus, as a bonus you can save $7.00 on any order of $30.00 or more. And you can have your entire order delivered right to your front door. Now you do not have to get in the car and drive to the liquor store, we come to you.

Single Barrel Old Fashioned:Old Fasioned #7

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel

2) 3/4 of an ounce of simple syrup

3) 2 dashes of Bitters

4) Orange slice

To Make; Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass and muddle. Add ice, and stir. Garnish with a slice of an orange.

Spirits Used:

1) Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey

2) Angostura aromatic bitters

Single Barrel Rye Boulevardier:Old #7 Does It Again:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Campari

2) 1 ounce of Sweet Vermouth

3) 1 ounce of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye

4) 1 orange peel

To Make; Fill a rocks glass with some ice. Add the Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Add the orange peel for a garnish.

Spirits Used:

1) Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye

2) Campari

3) Martini and Rossi Rosso Sweet Vermouth

The Suburban:

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey

2) 1/2 ounce of dark rum

3) 1/2 ounce of port

4) 1 dash of orange bitters

5) 1 dash of Angostura Bitters

To Make; Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into an old- fashioned, or a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel, and serve and enjoy.

Spirits Used:

1) Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey

2) Goslings Black Seal Rum

3) Angostura aromatic Bitters

Touchdown Boilermaker:Boilermaker Like A King:

I know, football season is over, but who does’nt love a good boil maker? This one will have you drinking like a king. Add some green food coloring to celebrate St. Patrick’s day at home this year.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Crown Royal Deluxe

2) 6 ounces of your favorite beer

To Make; Pour Crown Royal into a shot glass. Pour your favorite beer into a pint glass. You can do this two ways. 1st. You can the shot and sip the beer. 2nd.You can do this the traditional way, and drop the shot in the glass of beer, then drink the beer in its entirety. The way it was originally intended to be drank.

Spirit Used:

Crown Royal Fine Deluxe Blended Canadian Whiskey

The Last Word:Last Word:

Ingredients:

1) 3/4 of an ounce of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2) 3/4 of an ounce of Tanqueray London Dry Gin

3) 3/4 of an ounce of Green Chartreuse

4) 3/4 of an ounce of fresh lime juice

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/content/edit/764045#5) Maraschino Cherry

To Make; In an ice filled cocktail shaker, add in the Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, the Tanqueray London Dry Gin, and the Green Chartreuse. Shake well, about 10- 20 seconds should work just fine. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. ( champagne coup ) Garnish with a maraschino cherry, serve and enjoy.

Spirits Used:

1) Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2) Chartreuse Green Liqueur

3) Tanqueray London Dry Gin

White Lady:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Cointreau

2) 2 ounces of Tanqueray London Dry Gin

3) 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice

4) Egg white ( optional )

To Make; Combine all ingredients into an ice filled mixing glass. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a champagne coup. Garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy the taste of days gone bye.

Spirits Used:

1) Cointreau

2) Tanqueray London Dry Gin

Green Beer:

For the last cocktail recipe that I have for you, let’s keep it real simple.

Ingredients:

1) 12 ounces of your favorite beer

2) Green food coloring

To Make; Pour your beer into any 12 ounce glass or a mug. Add a couple of drops of green food coloring to the beer. The amount of drops will determine how green you want your beer to be. This is exactly how the bars make green beer for you. The beer companies are not making green beer just for one day of the year.

Since we are still in the grips of a global pandemic, it makes perfect sense for you to celebrate St. Patrick’s day at home this year. Yes I know, some stares are starting to open up, and relax restrictions. Do you want to be the one to cause a spike in the virus for your state? Do yourself a favor, and stay home and drink. Think about it, you won’t need a designated driver, or have to call and pay for a taxi or Uber. I am just trying to look out for you. We are all good friends here. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk or buzzed. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Whatever you decide to do, please be careful. We do not need to lose anymore friends.

Remember that this is a live sale, you can get $7.00 off of any order of $30.00 or more, al you need to do is code LUCKY7 when you checkout. It is that simple. I love bringing these sales to you, I wish that I could have a sale every week, and not just for new customers. But, the affiliate program will not allow me to do so, sorry.

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

A Few Ways To Enjoy Guinness Besides Drinking It:

With St. Patrick’s day right around the corner many of us will be enjoying a pint or two of Guinness Stout Beer, myself excluded. For today’s article I thought that it might be a little fun to share a few ways to enjoy Guinness besides drinking it. So, I have found a few ways to include this world-famous stout in a couple of recipes, including a nice sweet desert for you. Don’t worry, I still have a cocktail recipe for you to enjoy after one of these meals. And, it is a very fitting one for the up- coming holiday. It is also a very easy drink to make, no complications included. I hope that enjoy these recipes that I have found for you. You are the reason that I do this, I just want to help you save some time and some money as well.

Rib Eye With Brussels Sprouts And Cream Stout Sauce:Rib Eye Steak:

This intense sauce is thickened with bread and enriched with dark stout. Pairs well with any steak, particularly a thick cut like this rib eye. Also, you have a hearty mix of sauteed onions and brussels sprouts to go along with this meal.

Ingredients:

Stout Sauce:

1) 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2) 1 cup of Spanish onion thinly sliced

3) 1/2 cup of dark stout ( Guinness is a good choice )

4) 1/2 cup of heavy cream

5) 1 slice of sourdough bread ( cut 2- inch thick, crusts removed and bread diced)

6) Kosher salt

7) Fresh ground black pepper

8) Guinness Stout Beer

Vegetables:

1) 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

2) 1/2 pound of Brussels sprouts halved

3) 8 cipollini onions, peeled and halved lengthwise

4) 4 spring onions quartered lengthwise

5) Kosher salt

6) Fresh ground black pepper

Rib Eye:

1) 1 boneless rib eye steak ( 2 pounds about 2 inches thick )

2) Vegetable oil for brushing

3) Kosher salt

4) Fresh ground black pepper

To Make The Sauce:

Step One:

In a medium saucepan, heat oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about seven minutes. Add the Guinness stout, cream, bread, and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bread is very soft, about ten minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Season the sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper and keep warm over very low heat.

The Vegetables:

Step Two:

In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the Brussels sprouts and cipollinis, and cook over medium heat, stirring, just until they start to brown, about five minutes. Add in the spring onions and one cup of water and cook, stirring until the vegetables are crisp- tender and the water is absorbed, about five minutes. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and keep warm.

Grill The Rib Eye:

Step Three:

Light a grill, any type will do just fine. Brush the steak with oil and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until charred outside and medium- rare within, five minutes per side, this is if the steak has been pre- thawed, longer if still frozen. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for five minutes. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with the vegetables and stout sauce.

Guinness Glazed Halibut:Glazed Halibut With Carrots:

Guinness has a great molasses flavor that intensifies when you cook it down. It will add some richness to the fish without adding any fat to this recipe.

Ingredients:

1) Two 12 ounce bottles of Guinness Stout

2) 1/3 cup of honey

3) 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

4) Half teaspoon of hot sauce

5) Salt

6) Four 6- ounce skinless halibut fillets

7) Four large carrots, cut into 2-by 1/2 inch sticks

8) Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing

9) Freshly ground black pepper

To Make:

Step One:

In a skillet, bring the stout and honey to a boil. Simmer over medium heat, Skimming, until reduced to half a cup, about 25 minutes. Pour into a heat- proof bowl, and stir in the lemon juice, hot sauce, and half a teaspoon of salt. Let cool to room temperature.

Step Two:

In a shallow baking dish, pour half of the stout glaze over the halibut fillets and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning the fillets a few times. Reserve the remaining glaze.

Step Three:

Preheat the broiler. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the carrots and boil until just tender, about four minutes, and drain. Pour the reserved stout glaze into the saucepan and boil over high heat until thickened and reduced to 1/3 cup, about two minutes. Add the carrots and simmer until well glazed, about one minute.

Step Four:

Remove the halibut from the marinade and arrange the fillets on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the halibut with olive oil and season with fresh ground black pepper. Broil about four inches from the heat until richly browned and just cooked through, about four minutes. Transfer the halibut fillets to plates and serve with the Guinness glazed carrots.

Chocolate- Stout Tiramisu:Guinness Stout Tiramisu:

Now that I have given you a couple of meal recipes, it is only fitting that I give at least one desert recipe. I hope you like all the ways to enjoy Guinness Stout beside drinking it, including this classic with a twist.

Ingredients:

Cake:

1) 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

2) 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3) 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

4) 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

5) 1/2 teaspoon of salt

6) 1 1/2 cups of dark cane syrup

7) 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

8) 1 large egg

9) 3/4 cups of hot water

10) 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

Reduction:

1) 1 cup of chocolate stout or some other stout

2) 1/2 cup of triple-sec or orange liqueur

3) 1/4 cup of honey

Filling:

1) 4 large egg yolks

2) 1/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar

3) 2 cups of mascarpone ( about one pound )

4) unsweetened cocoa powder

To Make:

Step One:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9- inch spring form pan. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the syrup, oil, and egg. In a glass cup, stir the hot water with the baking soda. In three alternating additions, whisk the syrup mixture and soda water into the dry ingredients.

Step Two:

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, until a cake tester in the center of the cake comes out clean. Use a tooth-pick or butter knife to check the cake. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool. Unmold the cake from the pan.

Step Three:

In a saucepan combine the stout, triple-sec, and honey. Boil until it reduces to 3/4 of a cup, eight minutes. Pour into a shallow dish and let cool.

Step Four:

In a bowl, using a hand mixer beat the egg yolks and sugar until they are fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone.

Step Five:

Cut off and save one-third of the cake for eating. Slice the rest of the cake 1/3 inch thick. Cut the slices into 3-inch pieces, saving the scraps. Dip the slices into the reduction and use to fill in the gaps. Spread 1/4 cup of the filling over the cake in each ramekin. Repeat the layering of dipped cake and filling. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Step Six:

Before serving let the tiramisu stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Sift cocoa powder over each ramekin and serve.

Jameson Ginger And Lime:After Dinner Drink:

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Jameson Irish Whiskey

2) 6 ounces of ginger ale

3) 1 lime wedge

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice. Pour the Jameson Irish Whiskey over the ice. Top off with the ginger ale, stir gently to combine. Take a large wedge of lime, give it a squeeze over the cocktail and drop into the glass. Enjoy.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day:

I hope that you all have a safe and happy St. Pat’s day.

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 holiday.

Beef It’s Whats For Dinner: Plus my suggestion for pairing.

Normally I give you cocktail recipes, this time I am giving you some recipes for dinner and give you my suggestion for what to drink with these recipes. Beef it’s what’s for dinner. I would really like for you to leave me a comment on how well or how you do not like these recipes. I know that I am trying something different this time around, and I would really like your feedback on this article. Let me know if you want more food recipes, or should I stick to giving you cocktail recipes? You would be doing me a huge favor by letting me know. Don’t worry, you will still be able to get alcohol from this site. After all that is the main purpose for this site. I am just trying something new for this article. Please let me know what you think.

Cuban Beef Casserole With Corn Scallion Biscuit Topping:

Ingredients:Cuban Beef Caserole:

1) 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2) 1 onion finely chopped

3) 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch dice

4) 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch dice

5) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

6) 4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

7) 4 tomatoes-halved crosswise, seeded and diced

8) 2 teaspoons of ground cumin

9) 2 teaspoons of dried oregano

10) 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon

11) Pinch of ground cloves

12) 1/2 a cup of pitted pimento- stuffed green olives, halved

13) 1/2 a cup of golden raisins

Topping:

1) 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

2) 3/4 cup of finely ground cornmeal

3) 2 teaspoons of baking powder

4) 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

5) 2 tablespoons of kosher salt

6) 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

7) 3/4 cup of whole milk, plus more for brushing

8) 1 cup of thinly sliced scallions ( about 6 scallions )

To Make:

Step One; In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, and the red, and green pepper, cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about eight minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and most of the liquid is evaporated, about eight minutes. That’s a total of sixteen minutes to complete step one.

Step Two; Add the tomatoes, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves and cook over moderate heat until the tomatoes just start to soften, about five minutes. Stir in the olives, raisins, and 1/2 cup of water, and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the mixture into a 9-by-13 inch casserole dish.

Step Three; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, wisk the flour with the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Using a pastry blender, or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea- sized pieces remaining. Stir in the 3/4 cup of milk and scallions just until a raggy dough forms.

Step Four; Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until comes together. Using your hands, press the dough into a 1/2 inch- thick circles and stamp out three even rounds. Gather the scraps together and press the dough together, and stamp out three more rounds. Arrange the biscuits on top of the meat mixture and brush the top of the biscuits with milk. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the biscuits are risen.

Macaroni And Beef Casserole:Macaroni And Beef:

Ingredients:

1) 1 pound of elbow macaroni

2) 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for tossing

3) 1 finely chopped onion

4) 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch dice

5) 2 pounds of ground beef

6) 2 teaspoons of ground cumin

7) 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

8) One 15- ounce can of crushed tomatoes

9) 1/2 a cup of chicken stock or low sodium broth

10) 1/2 cup of heavy cream

11) 1/4 cup of chopped parsley

12) 6 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( 2 cups )

13) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

14) 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs

15) 3 scallions thinly sliced

To Make:

Step One; Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot of boiling and salted water, cook the macaroni until al Dante. ( Firm to the tooth ) Drain well and transfer the macaroni to a bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil and toss well.

Step Two; Meanwhile in a large, deep skillet, heat the three tablespoons of olive oil. Add the bell pepper and onion, and cook over moderately high heat, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cumin and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and any liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the flour and Cook until no floury taste remains. Stir in the tomatoes and stock, and simmer until thickened, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes.

Step Three; Remove from the heat and stir in the macaroni, cream, parsley and one cup of the cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Step Four; Transfer the mixture into a large ceramic baking dish about 2 inches deep. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese and the panko bread crumbs on top. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling, and the cheese is melted. Let stand for five minutes. Scatter the scallions on top and serve. Your family is going to love this one. They will be asking for it every week.

Natchitoches- Style Meat Pies:

Ingredients:

1) 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

2) 1/2 pound of lean ground beef

3) 1/2 pound of ground pork

4) 1/4 pound of chicken livers, trimmed and finely chopped

5) 1 onion finely chopped

6) 1 small green pepper finely chopped

7) 4 large garlic cloves, minced

8) 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

9) 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cloves

10) 1/2 a teaspoon of chopped thyme

11) Salt and freshly ground black pepper

12) 1/4 cup of low- sodium chicken broth

13) 16 empanada wrappers, thawed. Yes you can buy these already made to save some time. Look for the Goya brand in your grocers freezer section.

14) Vegetable oil for frying

15) Ranch dressing mixed with chopped cilantro for serving

To Make;

Step One; In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the beef, pork, and chicken livers and cook over moderate heat, stirring until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, cayenne, cloves and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Tilt the pan and pour off the fat. Add the broth and scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Scrape the filling into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, until chilled.

Step Two; Arrange the 8 empanada wrappers on a work surface. Lightly brush the edges of the wrappers with water, and spoon half of the meat filling into the centers. Fold in half, pressing out any air, and seal, crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer the pies to a wax paper- lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

Step Three; Line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a rack on top. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 375 degrees. Fry the meat pies in batches, turning once, until golden brown, about five minutes. Drain on the rack and serve with the ranch dressing. This is a good one to keep on hand in the freezer, makes a great after-school snack.

All Time Favorite Hamburger:Best Burger:

Ingredients:

1) 3/4 pound of ground chuck, about 80 percent lean

2) 3/4 pound of ground sirloin, about 90 percent lean

3) Vegetable oil

4) Salt and freshly ground black pepper

5) 4 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split and toasted

6) Grilled Chile relish

To Make; Light a grill. In a bowl, mix the ground meats and gently form into four- 4 inch patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Make a 1/2 inch indentation in the center of each patty, then lightly rub with the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Hamburger loves salt and pepper. Grill the burgers over high heat turning once, about 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to the toasted buns, top with relish and serve. To make it a complete meal, serve with a side of french fries, or a potato salad. Beef it’s what’s for dinner, plus my suggestion for a pairing.

Woodbridge Cabernet Merlot by Robert Mondavi This is the perfect red wine to pair with any of these beef dinners, I hope you enjoy.

Have Fun:

I hope that you enjoy and have some fun with these recipes. Remember, please let me know if this direction is a good way to go. Or if I should stick with cocktail recipes.

Remember to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive, the life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: Your friend John D. Have a blessed day.

Gear Up For St. Patricks Day, What To Drink:

As you all know, the end of February is here, that can mean only one thing. March is next in line, with the month of March comes that one holiday that we all just can’t wait for. The day when everybody gets to be Irish, St. Patricks day. So, I ask you, do you plan celebrating St. Patricks day this year? If so, how do you plan on doing so? are you going to stay home and cook corned beef, and cabbage, and potatoes? Perhaps you are planning on hitting the bars this year, I propose that we take extra precautions and stay home to drink this year. And, why would’nt you when you can get everything you need to get the luck of the Irish in you delivered right to your door? Why not try some of these great recipes that I have for you in today’s article?

Pickleback Shots:Pickle brine drink:

Here is something fairly new to the market of shots. I say new even though it has been around since 2006. Created by Reggie Cunningham, a bartender at the Bushwick country club in Brooklyn New York. When a customer requested a drink of pickle brine, Reggie suggested a shot of whiskey first, then followed by the shot of pickle brine. This unusual combination has since become a favorite in bars across the nation. Is this something that you would give a try?

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Irish Whiskey

2) 1 1/2 ounces of pickle brine juice

To Make; Pour a shot of Irish whiskey, and a chilled shot of pickle brine juice. ( The original was made with McClures spicy pickle brine ) Take the shot of Irish whiskey first, then chase it down with the pickle brine. And, there you have a pickleback shot. A few of these, and you have the luck of the Irish in you for sure.

Spirits Used:

Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey

Shamrock Shake Smash:

An adult version of an ice cream float, made with that favorite shake that we wait all year for. The McDonalds Shamrock Shake. Paired with, a stout beer made by Guinness. This just may be your pot of gold, no rainbow required. Although, you may see a rainbow after a few of these drinks.

Ingredients:

1) 1 Bottle or can of Guinness Beer

2) 2-3 scoops of McDonalds Shamrock shake

To Make; You can make your own Shamrock Shake if you are feeling crafty, all you need is some vanilla ice cream, a little bit of milk, whole or 2 percent will work just fine for this recipe, you will also need some mint extract, and 4-6 drops of green food coloring. May as well get some use out of it after coloring some Easter eggs with the kids. Make them a milkshake as well, just don’t give them the beer with their shake.

If you are using the McDonalds Shamrock Shake, Place in the freezer to harden up for about 30 minutes. In a pint glass, or a mason jar, my favorite way of making this, pour in the Guinness Beer about 3/4 the way to the top of the glass, this is to prevent the ice cream from making a big mess. Take your Shamrock Shake out of the freezer, and use an ice cream scoop, or a large spoon to scoop two scoops into your beer. And enjoy. Remember to leave the beer out for the children.

Spirits Used:

Guinness Draught Adult Shake:

Dublin Drop:

No longer politically correct to call this one an Irish car bomb, a reference to a dark past of Ireland s rich history, this bomber style shot is still very popular state-side, especially on St. Patricks day. It is recommended that you drink this cocktail quickly, before your left with a curdled glass of beer, whiskey and Irish Cream.

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of Irish Cream Liqueur

2) 1/2 an ounce of Jameson Irish Whiskey

3) 1 can or bottle of Guinness Beer

To Make; Add Irish Cream Liqueur, and Jameson Irish Whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish Cream on the bottom. Pour Guinness into a pint glass 3/4 the way up, and let it settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and drink quickly. Don’t be too aggressive with the tilt, you don’t want the shot glass hitting your teeth.

Spirits Used:

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Baileys Irish Cream Original

Guinness Drought

The New Irish Breakfast:

This unusual cocktail will remind you of fresh baked banana bread. And is great on the rocks ( over ice ) or as an unexpected addition to any classic whiskey cocktail. We have decided to keep thing simple, by adding a few ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice. Hence, the reason why I call this a breakfast cocktail. Perfect for a Saturday or Sunday brunch, as well.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of banana- infused Jameson Irish Whiskey

2) 1-2 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice

To Make; Combine the Irish whiskey with the orange juice in a cocktail shaker with some ice, shake until the liquid is good and cold. Strain over a large format ice cube in an old- fashioned glass. Garnish with a pinch of black sugar sprinkles.

To infuse the whiskey with banana flavor- slice two ripe bananas and put into a clean jar, with an airtight lid. Pour half of a 750ml. Bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey into the jar and close tightly. Let it sit on the counter in a dark spot and turn gently once a day. After 4-5 days, strain the banana slices out, using a fine mesh strainer and pour the whiskey through a coffee filter back into the jar. Refrigerate for up to one month.

Spirits Used:

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Orange Juice

Morning Wake Up Call


Irish Flag Shot:

Everything you want in a festive drink. This one just may leave you wanting more. It may look difficult to make at home, when in fact it is quite easy to pull off.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Green Creme de Menth

2) 1 ounce of Baileys Irish Cream Original

3) 1 ounce of Orange Liqueur

To Make; Pour the Creme de Menth into a shot glass. Slowly float the Baileys Irish Cream over the Creme de Menth by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon. Using the bar spoon again, float the orange liqueur over the Baileys Irish Cream. A perfect salute to all of those Irish heroes.

Spirits Used:

Baileys Irish Cream Original

Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur

DeKuyper Creme de Menth Green Liqueur

Jameson Whisket Sour:

This is an old classic, you can’t go wrong with. One that knocks it out of the park every time it is served. Try it at home for yourself, and see if I’m steering you wrong.

Ingredients:

1) 60 ml. of Jameson Irish Whiskey

2) 4 dashes of freshly squeezed lime juice

3) 1 bar spoon of granulated sugar

4) 1 splash of sparkling water

To Make; Dissolve the sugar with lemon juice and sparkling water in a mixing glass. Add whiskey and fill with ice, stir well. Strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a cherry.

Spirits Used:

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Please 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.

Classic Cocktails Made With Moonshine: Hand crafted, just for you.

In today’s article, I am giving you some classic cocktails that are made with moonshine. You can not get these fine hand crafted spirits at your local liquor store. The only place that you will be able to get your hands on any of these hand crafted spirits, will be here for as long as this article is still up. Also, keep in mind that the company that distributes these fine hand crafted spirits, does not ship to every state.

The only states that they ship too, are, Illinois, North Dakota, Nebraska, and New Hampshire. I know, it’s a big bummer, hopefully in the near future they will expand the states that they will ship to. Otherwise, they are missing out on a lot of good revenue. I try all the time to get them to expand their shipping territory, but, I get no response. I often use this company because I love the spirits that they are able to get their hands on.

Southern Sunrise:Hand Crafted Moonshine:

This sweet classic will quench your thirst for sure.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Strawberry Moonshine

2) 6 ounces of Lemonade

3) Fresh Strawberries

To Make; Add Moonshine and Lemonade to a glass, and stir. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, and sit back and reminisce about the days that were a little bit simpler. You know, the days we got to sit on the front porch telling stories to our grandchildren. As well as sharing with our neighbors.

Spirits Used:

Twin Stills Srawberry Moonshine

Raspberry Moonshine Smash:

If you like raspberry, you are going to love this cocktail. If you are not a fan of raspberry, you will be after sipping on this one.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Raspberry Moonshine

2) 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice

3) Club Soda

4) Fresh raspberries

To Make; Add some ice to a rocks glass ( short glass ) Pour in the lime juice and the moonshine over the ice. Top off with the club soda, stir gently. And enjoy.

Spirits Used:

TwinStills Raspberry MoonshineRaspberry Moonshine

Moonshine Mojito:

A classic cocktail brought to life using this well crafted moonshine, made just for you.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Blueberry Moonshine

2) 6 ounces of soda water

3) Mint leaves

To Make; Muddle some mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass. ( tall glass ) Add some ice to the glass, then add the Blueberry Moonshine, and soda water. Stir gently, so the soda water does not fizz up too much. The only thing left to do is enjoy this hand made cocktail with a friend or two.

Spirit Used:

Twin Stills Blueberry Moonshine

Mixed Berry Moonshine Margarita:

A classic margarita cocktail made with moonshine instead of Tequila.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Mixed Berry Moonshine

2) 1 ounce of Orange Liqueur

3) 1 ounce of simple syrup

4) 1 ounce of Lime Juice

To Make; Add some ice to a margarita glass. Add in all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with some mixed berries, strawberries, black berries, and raspberries. The last step for this cocktail made with moonshine, is to sit back and enjoy.

Spirits Used:

Twin Stills Mixed Berry Moonshine

Swoon Simple Syrup

Spicy Watermelon Moonrita:Spicey Margarita:

I hope you like it a little spicy, we are kicking things up a notch with this frozen cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 2 shots of Hook & Ladder Watermelon Moonshine

2) 2 shots of Organic Sweet & Sour Mix

3) 1 shot of Lime Juice

4) 1 shot of Natural Organic Simple Syrup

5) 2 cups of watermelon chuncked

6) 2 cups of ice cubes

7) Diced jalapenos to taste

To Make; First rim a Margarita glass with taijin, if you don’t have this, a rim of salt will work just as well. Wet the rim of the glass with some juice from the jalapenos, then roll the glass in salt. Second, add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until you reach your desired consistency of ice. Garnish with a couple of watermelon chunks on an umbrella. Perfect after a hard day. Enjoy.

Spirits Used:

1) Salted Watermelon Moonshine

2) Natural Organic Simple Syrup

3) Real Organic Sour Mix

4) Margarita Glasses- Set of 4 just in case you need a set

Strawberry Lemonade Mojito:

Ingredients:

1) 1 3/4 ounces of Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine

2) 2 Mint sprigs

3) Club soda to taste

4) 1 Lemon

5) 1 Lime

6) Lemonade to taste

7) 2 Strawberries

To Make; Muddle one strawberry, and one mint sprig in the bottom of a mason jar. Fill with some ice cubes, or crushed ice, whatever you prefer and add the moonshine. Fill your glass 3/4 of the way with lemonade and top off with the club soda. Squeeze in the fresh lime juice from half of a fresh lime, then stir. Garnish with a lime wheel, and a lemon wheel, as well as a sprig of mint, and a strawberry on top. Enjoy this cocktail with friends at your next gathering. Better yet, have a gathering today to enjoy this classic cocktail.

Spirits Used:

Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine

Crystal Whiskey Tumblers- set of 2

Moonshine Sparkler:Black Berry Sparkler:

This is a great cocktail for those of you who enjoy a sparkling wine, once in a while.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Palmetto Blackberry Moonshine

2) Champagne

To Make; Add the black berry moonshine to a champagne flute, then top off with the champagne. Garnish with a single black berry to float on the top of the cocktail ( optional ) and enjoy.

Spirit Used:

Palmetto Blackberry Moonshine

Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope that you have found something here to enjoy today. Please feel free to let me know if there is something in particular that you are looking for. And, I will do my best to find it for you. I hope you try some of these classic cocktails made with moonshine.

Please remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Plus, having a DWI or a DUI on your record can be devastating. Not to mention, if you kill someone, how that will affect you for the rest of your life. Have a blessed day my friends.

Sincerely: John D.