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The Redneck Mimosa

by Jason Lightner October 31st, 2014| Cocktails
breakfast-498480_1280Last week we talked about Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur and its role in helping us craft a fantastic and offbeat Bloody Mary. We're going to deviate from the savory this week, but remain squarely in the brunch seat. You see, brunch is a big staple here in the City of Brotherly Love. Nearly every popular bar has a weekend brunch special, featuring all manner of incredible food and drink. In discussing my Sunday plans with a few friends we got onto the topic of traditional brunch cocktails. The Bloody Mary, the Mimosa, Sangria, the Bellini... All of these classics
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An Eclectic Bloody Mary, “Mama’s Ruby Shoes”

by Jason Lightner October 24th, 2014| Cocktails
bacon-2815It was on clearance and I simply had to get it.

That's a line that might be familiar with some of our readers. That feeling when you see a discounted price and, no matter what your better judgement is telling you, you simply need to make that purchase.

This is the situation I found myself in with Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur. On the clearance rack at my local Fine Wine and Good Spirits for a measly $8.00, I snatched it up quicker than you can say "science experiments." It's an interesting liqueur, very sweet and perhaps right at home
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Root Beer Float Cocktail — Minus the Ice Cream

by Michele October 17th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
BundabergRootbeerHow can you have a root beer float without the ice cream, you might be asking yourself.  It is pretty simple.  In fact, there's a chewing gum that's root beer float flavored.  Having tried it, I can vouch that it tastes pretty similar to the soda and ice cream treat.  So, why not make a cocktail that tastes like a float?

Of course, you also may be wondering how I came to make a root beer float cocktail in October when the weather has turned chilly. This isn't exactly the time of year when one envisions ice cream-topped treats.  However,
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Wine Smoothie? Wine Slushie? Just Call It Yummy

by Michele October 10th, 2014| Cocktails, Frozen Drinks
wine smoothieWe had a heat wave the last weekend in September. Well, not really a heat wave, but the temperature was in the mid 80s on Saturday and Sunday with mostly sunny skies. That feels pretty warm in New Hampshire at the end of September.  So, after a day spent reading in the sun, working on an outdoor DIY project, and taking a vigorous four-mile walk, a cool drink was in store.

After rehydrating with a couple glasses of water, I began to consider what could be a  refreshing beverage.  I knew there were a few bottles of hard cider in
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Orange and Vanilla Frozen Treat Cocktail

by Michele October 3rd, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
orange licor 43 cocktailWe have a bottle of Licor 43 in our bar that taunts me.  When I am feeling creative and want to make something besides a spiced rum and diet Coke or gin and tonic, I look at the various liqueurs we have.  One of those is Licor 43.  I think about its vanilla and spicy flavoring and wonder, What can I do with you?  Then I usually turn to a simple peach margarita or a fruity martini and leave the Licor 43, sad and unused in its compartment.

This past weekend I decided that I would find a way to
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Blueberry Cosmo — A Nice Spin on a Classic

by Michele September 26th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis
file0002124046793I know, cosmos are so late 90s.  However, every once in a while, they are a fun drink to revisit.  They looks pretty in their martini glasses, they are light and (hopefully) refreshing.  Since I've had my share of the classic cosmo, I like to explore other flavor possibilities.  When I visit a restaurant or bar, I like to peruse their cocktail menu for different options.  Usually I don't order the cosmo, but I keep the different versions in mind to try at home.

I find that I enjoy most blueberry cocktails, which shouldn't be surprising as I have enjoyed
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Hint of Wine Spritzer — Light and Refreshing

by Michele September 19th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
DSC00472Go to almost any bar or restaurant in the summer months and you will find sangria on the menu.  It must be a popular item, as I noticed this year that most establishments offered both a white and a red version.  I like many versions of sangria -- made with white or red wine, garnished with berries or citrus fruits, served by the glass or carafe.  It has become a favorite make at home drink also, both made in batches and individually.

The other weekend we had a quiet Saturday night at home.  We had planned on going out, but
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Almond Joy — It Doesn’t Have to Be a Candy Bar

by Michele September 12th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis, Mixed Drinks
DSCN4958Dessert cocktails really don't much more for me.  Oh sure, there was a time in my life when a chocolate or espresso martini was an exciting drink.  In fact, I have to admit that sometimes they weren't dessert drinks, they were pre-dinner drinks.  Now, something like that almost never fits anywhere into my drinking repertoire.  Except when I can make it myself to control the sweetness and consistency.

Yes, I am a picky drinker.

I do have sugar cravings, and sometimes it doesn't mean that I want a cookie or piece of candy, just a bit of sweetness to end the
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Blackberry Cider- Dressing up a Bottled Beverage

by Michele September 5th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
blackberry ciderI don't like beer; I never have. I find its taste to be off-putting and not enjoyable in the least. However, having discovered hard cider a couple years ago, I find most to be quite tasty.  (The most does not include ciders that are more beer-like.)  The discovery of hard cider has been quite useful.  When in a bar with a bartender who doesn't seem to know his way around the bar, an order of hard cider (tap or bottle) is much safer than any mixed drink.

It is true that hard cider is just fine on its own.  At
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Backyard Blackberry Spritz- A Fun Use for Those Berries

by Michele August 29th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
blackberry spritzerWe have blackberry bushes in our backyard.  Over the last year or so, we have spent several weekend mornings cleaning out their area.  We removed scrub bush, weeds, and ferns, and our blackberry bushes not only grew bigger but they also produced more berries.  Instead of having enough for the kids to pick and eat before the bowls ever returned to the kitchen, our bushes now produce a couple pints a week at the high point of the season.

So, what is one to do with all of these blackberries? In our house, simply leaving the blackberry bowl on the
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Swamp Water- Try This Murky Beverage If You Dare!

by Michele August 22nd, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
swamp_waterOver four years ago I referenced Swamp Water in an article for a different cocktail recipe.  Yet at no time since then have I shared this recipe.  While I've been served Swamp Water a few times over the past few years, I never have made a batch.  See, this recipe is always made by my good friends, OT and Vicki.  Taught to them back in the day at U Wisconsin, La Crosse, it has stood the test of time as a great cocktail to serve to a crowd.

There are several interesting things about this beverage.

  • First, it is
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Simple Peach Cooler- No Muddling Required

by Michele August 15th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
peach coolerLast week I wrote about the peach cocktail that I made with some overripe peaches.  It was a truly delectable drink.  Although it didn't require much time, it did require you to muddle some peaches.  This can be problematic if you don't own a muddler. It also can be problematic if you just want to pour and shake (or stir) a few ingredients.

While it wasn't my goal to create a more simplistic peach cocktail, this one practically fell into my lap.  Whenever my husband and I go to the liquor store, I always dig through the nip bin.  Quite
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