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Cocoa Horchata Martini

Have you tried RumChata yet? Where has this stuff been all my life? I first heard about it last year when a bartender asked my friends and I if we wanted to try a certain cinnamon whiskey with some RumChata.  We all had the same questionably curious looks on our faces since we had absolutely no clue what she was talking about or what she had even said.  RumChaWhat? Well, I’ve had it enough times since that night to know that this belongs in my liquor cabinet and close to my heart.  And this Cocoa Horchata Martini is an easy, delicious way for you to try it if you’ve never had it before.

RumChata, a liqueur made of horchata (rice, cinnamon and sugar) and rum, is mixed with crème de cacao and chocolate milk to make for the perfectly creamy, cinnamon, chocolatey after dinner drink. RumChata alone is a yummy after dinner drink but when mixed with chocolate, it also becomes dessert.  This martini bestills my RumChata-dreaming, chocolate milk-loving heart.

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                        In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine, then spread onto a shallow dish. Fill another shallow dish with 1/4 inch of water.

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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add RumChata, creme de cacao and chocolate milk. Cover and shake until chilled.

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Dip 2 martini glass rims in water and edge each glass in cocoa-sugar. Divide martini into prepared glasses.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Chocolate almond milk

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Family Circle magazine

Witches’ Brew

When I first started this blog, I made a cocktail each week and posted it every Friday.  After all, when you’ve had a long week at work, what a better way to unwind than to sit down with a new tasty beverage? I love trying new drinks but as a result of making a cocktail each week, I ended up with an overstocked liquor cabinet and needed to slow things down.  Well, as the weather gets a little cooler, it’s got me in the mood for trying more new drinks.  With Halloween being this week, there is no better time than now to try this Witches’ Brew.

White beer (like Blue Moon) is jazzed up with pomegranate liquor and pomegranate juice.  That’s it.  Being a lover of white beer, I was curious to try this concoction but at the same time freaked out.  Why ruin a perfectly good beer? But it doesn’t ruin it. Instead, the pomegranate adds a little something-something and mellows out the beer’s flavor which makes this taste more like a cocktail than a beer. Pomegranate has a hearty flavor which you may or may not like.  I personally love the flavor of pomegranate so I think this works well with a white beer that already has citrus tones to it. Now, I have no idea why this is called Witches’ Brew as there really isn’t anything particularly Fall or Halloween-y about it.  But who cares? While I’m cuddled up on the couch shivering from watching Halloween for the millionth time, I’ll be glad I have this to calm my nerves a bit.

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The ingredients:

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Stir together beer, liqueur and juice in a pitcher.

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Serve in a glass over ice.

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Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Family Circle magazine

Tropical White Sangria

If I could look up sweltering summer day in the dictionary, it might have shown a picture of this past weekend.  I think my air conditioner ran non-stop for three days because it just couldn’t hit a cool temperature.  Anyway, when faced with a sweltering summer day, why not have a fruity sangria to cool off, right?  I love a good sangria and I also love how they can be adapted to whatever season you are in.  With so many bright and fresh fruit in abundance right now, what a great way to get your fruit intake while also taking the edge off.  Personally, I prefer a good white sangria over a red sangria but maybe I only say that because white sangria is just so perfect on a bright sunny day in July.  (I may change my mind come next January.)  This Tropical White Sangria lived up to every expectation I had and was perfect over the past few ridiculously hot days.

A crisp Sauvignon Blanc is mixed with a little bit of orange liqueur and tons of fresh summer fruit like oranges, kiwis, grapes, mango and strawberries.  I substituted nectarines for the oranges just because the nectarines looked so good when I was buying my fruit (and after all, it’s the same color family so why not, right?).  In my opinion, use any fresh fruit that appeals to you because really, you can’t go wrong.  The orange liqueur slightly mellows out this sangria which is even better on the second day making this so easy to go down.

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 The ingredients:

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 In a 1/2-gal. pitcher, combine all fruit except the strawberries.

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 Stir in the wine and liqueur. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.

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 Just before serving, stir in the strawberries.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Nectarines

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source: EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine

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