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Mojito

Mojito

mojitoJuice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp. granulated sugar
2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint
1 1/2 ounces white rum
Crushed ice
Soda water

Mix the lime juice with the sugar in a highball glass until the sugar dissolves. Drop in the mint and add the rum and ice. Stir. Fill the glass with soda water. Finish with another sprig of mint.

Frosty Lemon Martini

Frosty Lemon Martini

frosty1 T. sugar

Lemon wedge

1 C. crushed ice

6 T. chilled lemon-flavored vodka

2 T. chilled lemon-flavored liqueur

4 tsp. lemon juice

2 thin strips (3 in. long) lemon peel

 

Pour sugar onto a small, rimmed plate. Rub rims of two martini glasses with lemon wedge to moisten, then dip rims into sugar to coat. Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until mixture is very cold, about 10 seconds. Strain into glasses. Garnish each with a twist of lemon peel.

Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush

Bourbon-Slush

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside

Frenchy

Frenchy

drink1 1/2 oz Pear Vodka

3 oz Pineapple Juice

1 oz Cranberry Juice

In a chilled rocks glass filled with ice, add your vodka and pineapple juice. Top with a splash of cranberry juice.

Mojito

Mojito

A cool mint mojito, garnished with lime and mint leaves
A cool mint mojito, garnished with lime and mint leaves

6 1/2 limes
2/3 C sugar, or to taste
1/2 C coarsely chopped peppermint
2 C white rum
4 C club soda
8 sugarcane swizzle sticks for garnish, optional

Cut the limes into quarters and add them to a pitcher along with the sugar. Mash the limes and sugar together using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon until the juices from the limes have been released and the sugar has mostly dissolved into the lime juice. Add the mint to the pitcher and mash it together with the lime-sugar mixture. Pour the rum and the club soda into the pitcher and stir together. Put two pieces of the quartered limes in each tall glass and add ice cubes. Pour the mojito over the ice and garnish with a sugarcane swizzle stick, if desired, and serve immediately.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Cuba-LibreJuice of 1/2 lime
4 or 5 ice cubes
2 ounces lime-flavored rum
1/2 C. cola beverage
1 lime wedge

Pour the lime juice into a chilled Collins glass. Add the ice cubes. Pour in the rum, then fill with the cola. Stir for 20-30 seconds and garnish with the lime wedge.

Mai Tai Punch

Mai Tai Punch

3/4 cup frozen  ORANGE JUICE Concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup frozen A GRAPEFRUIT JUICE Concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup light rum
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1 1-liter bottle carbonated water, chilled
Crushed ice
Florida Orange or Grapefruit Wedges (optional)

In a 2-quart pitcher combine thawed orange and grapefruit juice concentrates, rum, and orange liqueur. Gently stir in carbonated water. Serve at once over crushed ice. If desired, garnish with orange or grapefruit wedges. Makes 8 (about 7-ounce) servings.

 

Cranberry Mimosas

Cranberry Mimosas

can3 C. cranberry juice, chilled

1 C. orange juice, chilled

1 bottle (750 ml.) sparkling wine, chilled

 

In a large pitcher (at least 2 1/2 qt.), combine cranberry juice, orange juice, and sparkling wine. Serve immediately, in champagne flutes.

 

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Whole Citrus Margaritas

Whole Citrus Margaritas

Margarita2 navel oranges

1 lemon

1 lime

6 T. Cointreau orange liquor

4 T. Triple Sec

12 T. good quality tequila (preferably 100% agave-reposado)

4 T. superfine sugar

8 C. ice cubes

 

Cut the citrus into three-quarter inch pieces. Push the whole fruit through a juicing machine. The resulting juice will be a mixture of the juice and oils in the peel. Strain the juice into a medium-size mixing bowl. Mix in the Cointreau, Triple Sec, tequila and superfine sugar. This mixture can be made up  to one day in advance of serving and should be kept in the refrigerator until service. Put half of the ice cubes into a large blender then pour the mixture over the ice. Pulse the ice a few times then blend at high speed until it is mixed with the juice. Add the remaining ice cubes then continue to blend until the margarita mixture is smooth and can be poured, about two minutes. Pour into frozen glasses. Salted rim optional!

 

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Green Apple Ginger Martini | A Real Food Seasonal Apple Cocktail

Green Apple Ginger Martini | A Real Food Seasonal Apple Cocktail

martiniA seasonal cocktail with spiciness, bright acidity and the subtle sweetness of real fresh fruit; light and refreshing and entirely sippable as we head into the fall and winter seasons.

 

For Two Green Apple Ginger Martini Cocktails:

4 oz/120ml ginger infused vodka (recipe below)

4 oz/120ml fresh green apple lime juice (recipe below)

1 Tablespoon/15ml maple or honey simple syrup (made by mixing equal parts of maple syrup or honey with filtered water until fully dissolved)

Crushed ice

 

For the Ginger Infused Vodka:

1/2 cup/4oz//120ml quality vodka

1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

 

For the Green Apple and Lime Juice:

1 large tart green apple, cored and cut into slices (ex. granny smith)

¼ cup/60ml filtered water

The juice of 1 large or 2 small limes

Apple slices for garnish (optional)

 

Make the Ginger Infused Vodka:   Place the vodka in a re-sealable jar along with the grated ginger and seal. Shake gently and set aside for two or more hours until infused. (The longer you let the vodka sit with the ginger the stronger the flavor will be.) Strain pressing on solids to extract all the liquid and set aside.  Place cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill.

 

Make the Green Apple and Lime Juice:   Add the apple slices to a high speed blender along with the water and lime juice and blend on high until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer pressing on the pulp to get all of the juice and set aside. (If you have a juicer run the apple through and then add the freshly squeezed lime juice to it and omit the water.)

 

Make the Green Apple Ginger Martini:  Add the apple and lime juice, the vodka and the maple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker turns frosty.

Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish with the reserved apple slices if desired.

 

Notes

*I prefer to use a non-grain based vodka like Ciroc (made from grapes) or Chopin Black Label (made from potatoes).

 

Kahlua Frosty

Kahlua Frosty

1 C. Kahlua

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1 C. light cream

1/8 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 C. crushed ice

 

Combine first four ingredients in electric blender.  Add crushed ice. Blend on high speed until frothy.  Pour into chilled Champagne glasses

 

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The Ultimate Margarita

The Ultimate Margarita

8 oz fresh lime juice, strained

8 oz triple sec

12 oz tequila

splash of orange juice (ca. 1-2 oz, to your taste)

 

Prepare margarita glasses by moistening the edgewith a lime sliver, then dipping in coarse salt. Combine  in a quart container, shake vigorously, add a few ice cubes and shake again. Serve over lots of ice in the salt-rimmed glasses. Drop in a sliver of fresh lime.

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

3 C. tomato juice

3 T. freshly grated horseradish, plus more for garnish

4 oz. vodka

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 T. soy sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more for garnish

1 dash Tabasco Sauce, optional

Celery, for garnish

Lemon wedges, for garnish

 

Combine tomato juice, horseradish, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, pepper, and Tabasco in a pitcher. Stir well to combine. Pour into glasses full of ice; garnish with grated horseradish, pepper, celery, and lemon wedges. Serve.

 

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai

1 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1 1/2 oz. Pineapple juice

1 1/2 oz. Orange Juice

1 dash of Grenadine

 

Shake with cracked ice: strain into old-fashioned glass; top with a 1/2 ounce dark rum.

 

Bloody Aztec

Bloody Aztec

1 1/2 oz tequila

1 1/2 oz creme de cacao

3/4 oz. red food coloring

Rocks glass

Cocktail shaker

Ice

 

Pour tequila and creme de cacao into a cocktail shaker.

Add ice to cocktail shaker and mix.

Pour red food coloring into the bottom of the rocks glass.

Pour the contents in the cocktail shaker into the the rocks glass. Do not stir.

 

Bloody Bull

Bloody Bull

1 oz. vodka

1/2 glass tomato juice

1/2 glass beef bouillon

1 slice lime

1 lemon wedge

 

Coat the rim with seasoned salt. Pour vodka, tomato juice, and beef bouillon over ice in a highball glass and stir. Add the slice of lime and the wedge of lemon and an olive and serve.

 

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Verbena Martini

Verbena Martini

1 C. dry white wine

1 C. water

2 T. sugar

1 T. honey

Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Zest and juice of 1/2 lime

12 leaves lemon verbena

2 1/2 ounces citrus rum or citrus vodka

Verbena leaves, for garnish

 

In a large pot, add wine, water, sugar, honey and the lemon and lime zest and juice and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add verbena leaves and steep at least 12 hours. This makes enough verbena syrup for 25 drinks. For 1 verbena martini, mix 1 ounce of the verbena syrup with the citrus rum or citrus vodka. Shake and strain into martini glass. Use extra verbena leaves for garnish.

 

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

 

2 parts sweet and sour

Splash of cranberry juice

1 oz simple syrup

1 oz lime juice

2 large lemon slices squeezed and discard

1/2 oz triple sec

 

Blend and serve in a sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

May Wine

May Wine

May Wine

1 bottle of chilled german white wine

a small handful (about 8 sprigs) of fresh sweet woodruff

8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced

 

Put the sweet woodruff and strawberries in a carafe, pour in the wine, cover and allow to steep for anywhere from 2 hours to overnight…the longer it sits, the more the sweet, fresh flavor develops. Serve chilled.

Cranberry Mimosas

Cranberry Mimosas

3 cups cranberry juice, chilled

1 cup orange juice, chilled

1 bottle (750 ml.) sparkling wine, chilled

 

In a large pitcher (at least 2 1/2 qt.), combine cranberry juice, orange juice, and sparkling wine. Serve immediately, in champagne flutes.

Bourbon-Spiked Peach Tea

Bourbon-Spiked Peach Tea

Bourbon-Spiked Peach Tea

 

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches, divided (about 2 medium peaches)

1 cup bourbon

4 cups freshly brewed iced tea, unsweetened

 

In a saucepan over high heat combine the water, lemon juice, sugar, and 1 cup of peaches. Allow the mixture to come to a boil for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Once the peach syrup has cooled, pour it into a 2-quart pitcher. Add the bourbon, the remaining 1 cup peaches, and the iced tea. Stir to combine and serve over ice.

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

For the Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 C. water

1 C. sugar

1 C. blueberries (fresh or frozen)

4 sprigs lavender

For the Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer:

1 C. blueberries (frozen or fresh)

2 C. vodka

4 ounces lime juice (fresh)

Club soda

Garnish: fresh sprigs lavender

 

Combine the water, sugar, and blueberries in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the lavender sprigs. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and pour into a jar, as you pour, use a masher to squeeze all the remaining juice from the berries. In a glass pitcher combine vodka, 3/4 C. of the blueberry lavender simple syrup, lime juice and club soda.  Add ice and a healthy handful of frozen or fresh blueberries. When you’re ready to pour you can garnish with some more blueberries and a sprig of lavender. Tips: You can even make the simple syrup ahead of time for your next event and mix the drinks for you and your guests with ease come party time. Or, keep the ready-made simple syrup on hand for any day of the week–you never know when you’ll need a refreshing pick-me-up.

Summertime Litchi Iced Tea

Summertime Litchi Iced Tea

4 quarts water

10 litchi tea bags

1/2 C. ginger juice

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice

1/4 C. fresh lime juice

1/2 C. sugar

2 C. cranberry-flavored vodka

Lemon and lime slices, for garnish

 

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot, and remove from the heat. Add the tea bags, ginger, lemon, and lime juices and sugar. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, remove the tea bags and cool the tea. Stir to be sure that the sugar is dissolved, and place in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  Just before serving, add the vodka to the tea and serve in tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon and or lime slices.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

1 1/2 lb. (about 60) cooked peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen

1/2 C. tomato juice

1/4 C. vodka, if desired

1/2 tsp. red pepper sauce

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. celery salt

2 T. chopped fresh parsley

1 C. cocktail sauce

1/4 C. finely chopped green olives

 

Arrange shrimp in single layer in rectangular glass or plastic dish, 11x7x1 1/2 inches.    Heat tomato juice, vodka and pepper sauce to boiling in 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in sugar; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in celery salt and parsley; pour over shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.    Mix cocktail sauce and olives; pour into small serving bowl. Remove shrimp from marinade with slotted spoon; arrange on serving platter. Serve shrimp with sauce and toothpicks.   Don’t marinate the shrimp more than 3 hours; a longer time in the tomato juice will toughen the shrimp.

Lemon Drop Martini Cubes

Lemon Drop Martini Cubes

LEMON DROP MARTINI CUBES

3 3-oz. pkg. lemon-flavor gelatin

2 ¾ cups boiling water

1 cup vodka

6 Tbsp, lemon juice

Nonstick cooking spray

Sugar and/or lemon slices

In a large bowl stir together lemon gelatin and boiling water until completely dissolved. Add vodka and lemon juice. Coat a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Pour gelatin mixture into dish. Chill 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-inch squares. Serve in sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses with lemon slices.

number of servings 6

per Serving 260 cal., o g fat, o mg chol., 244 mg sodium, 42 g carb., o g fiber, 41 g sugars, 4gpro.

Limoncello

Limoncello

Limoncello

10 large lemons

4 C. (946 ml) 100 proof grain vodka

4 C. (946 ml) water

3 3⁄4 C. granulated sugar

 

Peel the lemons, making sure not to get any of the white pith (reserve the remainder of the lemons

for another use). In a large airtight container, combine the vodka and lemon peel, cover, and let the

flavors infuse for 5 days. In a 3-quart pan, add the water and the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Add the simple syrup to the infused alcohol and then set aside for 2 more days. Strain the mixture

through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean glass bottle and discard the lemon zest. Serve chilled.

Sea Breeze Mimosa

Sea Breeze Mimosa

1/4 cup cranberry juice

1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice

Champagne or sparkling wine, enough to fill champagne flute

 

Pour cranberry juice and grapefruit juice into a champagne flute or a thin glass. Fill the remaining flute or glass with champagne or sparkling wine. Serve immediately and keep the juices and bubbly chilled for refills.

Midnight Martini

Midnight Martini

1 C. brewed espresso, chilled

3/4 C. vodka

1/2 C. Paula’s Texas Orange (or another orange liqueur)

1/2 C. Kahlua

1 C. ice

Sliced blood oranges

 

Place ice in a cocktail pitcher and pour espresso, vodka, orange liqueur, and Kahlua over it; stir to combine and continue stirring for several seconds to chill the mixture; pour into four martini glasses while straining out the ice, and garnish each with a slice of blood orange.

Tequila Scallops

Tequila Scallops

8 large scallops
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 lime halved
Tequila
Olive oil

In a bowl mix the chilies, juice of half the lime, a little oil and a few shots of tequila. Put the scallops in and coat thoroughly. Allow to marinade for 1/2 an hour, then thread the white pieces onto 2 skewers. Bar-b-que until done, careful not to overcook, else they will turn rubbery.

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

2 L. 7-UP

1 Magnum Champagne

1 qt. Lime Sherbet

Fruit Slices such as oranges, pineapple etc.

 

Soften the lime sherbet. It should be almost soupy, but not quite. Place one half of the quart in a large punch bowl. Pour the champagne and the 7-UP at the same time, over the sherbet until the bowl is full. Stir until mixed, but not vigorously. Add some of the fruit slices for color. This tastes very creamy and refreshing. You can make it non alcoholic by using ginger ale and 7-UP.

 

Blutini Royale

Blutini Royale

2 ounces Raspberry Stoli

2 ounces Vanilla Stoli

1/2 ounce Chambord or Raspberry wine

1/2 ounce Blueberry Puree

 

Shake well, garnish with blueberries.

 

Fruit Fuzz

Fruit Fuzz

1 – 6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
6 ounces of dark rum
Fresh fruit: 1 large peach, OR 4 apricots, OR 1 basket strawberries,  OR 2 nectarines, OR anything else that tastes good.
Ice

Place the lemonade concentrate in the blender jar. Fill the empty can with rum and pour it into the blender. Add the fresh fruit. Blend until mixed.  Add ice to top of blender and blend at high speed until mixed. Serve at once in chilled glasses.

 

Beer Boiled Shrimp

Beer Boiled Shrimp

2 C. (16oz) Budweiser
2 small onions, sliced
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
3 peppercorns
2 celery ribs
2 tsp. salt
1/2 lemon, quartered
2 lb shrimp, cleaned and deveined

Pour beer in large pot; add onion, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns, celery and salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer 10 minutes. Add lemon and shrimp; simmer 12 minutes. Remove from heat, chill well.

Cocktail Nixon

Cocktail Nixon

40untitled ml Malibu
30 ml blue curacao
Sprite
Sugar
Lemon slice

Take a lemon and rub it along the outside rim of the glass. Put a small saucer with a sugar on a table. Turn the glass over and dip the outside rim of the glass into the sugar. Mix the ingredients without sprite and pour into a cocktail glass. After that add sprite in the cocktail glass, too. Make a spiral from the lemon and decorate your cocktail.

Jalapeñorita

Jalapeñorita

1341/2 lime
Coarse salt
1 1/4 ounces gold tequila
3/4 ounce Grand Marnier®
1/2 to 1 tsp. Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce

Rub rim of a goblet with cut side of lime, then dip rim into saucer of salt. Fill glass with ice. Squeeze juice from lime. Pour lime juice, tequila, Grand Marnier, and TABASCO® Green Sauce into an ice-filled cocktail shaker or pitcher and shake or stir vigorously. Strain into ice-filled glass and garnish with a slice of lime. Variation: Use Margarita or sweet and sour mix to make drink as directed on label. Shake in 1/2 to 1 tsp. TABASCO® Green Sauce per drink and stir.

Raspberry Smash Cocktail

Raspberry Smash Cocktail

image551/2 C. raspberries
3 T. Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)
2 tsp. sugar
1 half bottle (375ml) demi-sec Champagne or other semidry sparkling wine, chilled

Gently stir together raspberries, Chambord, and sugar in small bowl, then macerate, covered and chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 2. Spoon 2 T. raspberries with some juice into each of 2 glasses and slowly top off with champagne.

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

blue-hawaii

3oz light rum
2oz blue Curacao
1/2 C. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 C. well stirred canned cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez
3 C. ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple wedge