Don’t kill the messenger, friends, but the holiday season will be here in the blink of an eye (I know, I know…). A pretty bottle of Nalewka Babuni makes a wonderful gift! Translated approximately as “Grandma’s Liqueur,” Nalewka (pronounced “Na-LEF-ka”) Babuni is Continue reading
It’s hot outside! Cool down with a milkshake… but keep this one away from the kiddos. 😉
Ingredients (Makes 2 servings)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
4 ice cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup rum cream
1/4 cup dark rum
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into festive glasses. Garnish with whipped cream if desired!
I have a sister who has a talent for mixing drinks. When she shakes something up in her kitchen, it looks and tastes like a beverage you’d pay a high price for in a fancy bar. I’ve asked her for her bloody mary recipe so many times that she has threatened to charge me next time… I think she means it. This summer, rather than driving my sister crazy, I’ve decided to channel my inner mixologist and have some fun! With fresh herbs and ripe fruits readily available, even I (a bartending rookie) ought to be able to make something tasty, right? These Strawberry Mint Mojitos are delightful – let me know what you think!
1/2 cup fresh, very ripe strawberries
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (spearmint or pineapple mint)
1/3 cup light rum
1/3 cup frozen limeade concentrate
Step 1) Pulse strawberries, mint, rum, and limeade concentrate in a small food processor or blender until well blended.
Step 2) Pour over ice into two tall glasses. Top with seltzer water and stir quickly.
Step 3) Garnish with a strawberry, a mint leaf, and an umbrella (of course!). Serve immediately.
What’s with the food industry’s obsession with fake watermelon? You know what I’m talking about… lipstick-colored watermelon sherbets and sorbets, cloyingly sweet and perfumed watermelon bubblegum, and powdered drink mixes containing a dozen different ingredients not found in nature. These products seem to grow in popularity during the summer months, when REAL watermelon is available! It just doesn’t make any sense.
Try this instead: buy an actual, real watermelon. Cut it in half, scoop out the delicious fruit, and puree it in a blender (this should be done in small batches). Then, freeze the puree in ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can pop out the cubes, freeze them in a bag, and use them all summer in delicious beverages! I’ll even confess to freezing extra watermelon for “emergency” summer drinks in the dead of winter. True story.
To make today’s Watermelon Lime Cooler, simply puree 1/2 of a lime (with or without the peel, it’s up to you), 6 cubes of frozen watermelon puree, and 1/4 cup of cold water. That’s IT – for about 10 seconds of effort, you get a refreshing glass of real summer flavor, complete with fiber, vitamin C, and beneficial lycopene. Need something a little sweeter? Add a teaspoon of marmalade before you blend the ingredients together. Enjoy!