Posts Tagged ‘ summer ’

What’s New: Stocking the Bar

Summer heat brings with it the need for cool and tasty refreshment. What better way to do that than with refreshing lemonade? Oh wait, I know! Add booze to make said refreshing and tasty beverage.

With this in mind, I set out to make some nice additions to my bar cabinet for the summer. I’m not a particularly big drinker, I may have one beverage a week, tops, but still enjoy having the option to get creative, and mix what I want. To the liquor store!!!

I decided to buy some nice ingredients that are usually key in some of my favorite mixed drinks: midori, blue curacao, triple sec, grenadine, some sour mix, and a new premixed drink that I found. First lets talk about the lemonade: of the electric variety.

Electric lemonade is a sweet and tart cocktail perfect for the summer heat. It’s pretty potent, kind of reminiscent of a sour patch kid, but delicious all the same. To make one, you’ll need the following:

(For reference, 1.5 oz = 1 shot)

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka (used Smirnoff citrus)
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao (modified to 3/4 oz. = 1/2 shot)
  • 2 oz. sour mix (modified to 2 1/4 oz.  = 1 1/2 shots)
  • 7 – up (used diet because I’m me)

See, really easy to make. Add some ice, a lemon wedge, and cherry and now you’ve got a cocktail worthy of the Bahamas. In the future, I think I’ll pick Sprite Zero over the 7-up because for some reason, I just think that 7-up is nasty. Just tastes weird to me. Still, this is a tasty drink that you can really enjoy. Just a warning, it’s really easy to knock back quickly, so don’t hurt yourself folks.

So this post is kind of a double-header because of the premixed drink I also purchased at the liqour store. Father’s day weekend lead to me trying a drink mixed by my mother’s boyfriend using Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. He had mixed it with lemonade to make an awesome hard Arnold Palmer. With that, I was excited to see a premixed sweet tea using the stuff in the store, and decided to grab it.

Now, this premixed stuff was pretty good, but I think I’ll buy the sweet tea vodka straight next time, and mix my own. As with most premixed drinks, I found the mix to be a bit off in the direction of a bit too strong. Don’t get me wrong, it was a tasty, hard Arnold Palmer, but that first sip left a face. After a while, and some melting of the ice, it got better. I think that I might cut the rest with a little lemonade to blend it a bit better. That, and I can get it to last a bit longer through the 4th of July weekend that way.

So, here is another unique summer mixing drink for you to think about. Much better than your standard fruity vodka flavors, this sweet tea vodka, has a very unique taste, leaving you knowing that it’s tea.

Here;s to a responsible, and tasty summer!

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A Better Bacon Tortellini Salad

Oh father’s day. Another weekend in the summer months prime for cookouts, and family get-togethers. This past weekend saw me at a cookout/pool party thrown by my mother, and her boyfriend. As such, I was requested to bring a salad. With those instructions, I was off searching the internet for a good candidate.

After some digging, and crawling around on allrecipes.com, I settled on a Tortellini and Broccoli Salad.

Not one to settle for the standard, I took their recipe, and made it my own. Here’s the ingredients I used, and then followed their directions for putting the salad together.

Ingredients

  • 2 16oz. bags frozen tortellini
  • 2 crowns fresh broccoli
  • 1 bunch green onion
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb. maple bacon
  • 1 large bottle of Hidden Valley Bacon Ranch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Their recipe is almost identical accept for some ingredient amounts, and the use of coleslaw dressing instead of Ranch. I figured that you can never have enough bacon, and I really wanted my salad to pack a wallop. Well, the salad was a hit, and I was told that I’d have to make it again. Good enough for me I suppose. Try out the recipe at allrecipes.com, or give my variation a shack for a tasty summer barbecue salad.

Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com.

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