Do you remember Hi C fruit punch? Getting bright red smile lines from the corners of your lips up to your cheeks? Do they even sell that stuff anymore? Probably not with all the sweeteners and dyes I’m sure it was made from. Apparently such things are horrific and we were lucky to survive childhood consuming all those body damaging products. Reward yourself for making it to adulthood unscathed with a drink sure to stir up all kinds of nostalgic taste memories, and provide you with a little kick! Fruit punch taste with the addition of alcohol. Oh yeah!
The title of this drink truly irritates me. I hate it when normal words are spelled incorrectly on purpose to make them “interesting”. For me, it only serves to make a word totally annoying. As if the English language isn’t odd enough, I have to explain to my kids why some marketing “genius” decided to mess things all up even more. Dumb. See? Right there. A silent “b” at the end of a word. What’s that all about? Who decided to keep that as part of English? Whoever it was, congrats. Because that alone is plenty to make our language full of intrigue. Wait, and the silent “w”. Those are just wrong.
I love throwing Halloween parties. Mostly because I get to make delicious food and give it disgusting names. Here’s a round-up of all the deliciousness I made this year and the nastiness I called it. Most of these items are easy to make (and can be done ahead of time) so you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen while your guests are having a goulishly good time! My hot hubby and I dressed up as Johnny and June Cash this year. We had a blast!
I really enjoy making drinks with my own spin on them. I also love anything I can make in a giant batch and bring to a party. I have a to-go container with a lid that I bring along with me to add a little cheer wherever I’m going. It holds almost a gallon of happy. This is one of my favorite beverages to liven up a get-together. And, since it’s clear, I don’t have to concern myself that someone might spill and ruin carpet or upholstery. Aren’t I a considerate guest?
If you’ve been looking for a drink that will make you feel like a superhero, this is it. A drink to make you think you can leap tall buildings in a single bound (or at least lawn furniture). You’ll be partying at speeds faster than a speeding bullet and do push ups to show you’re more powerful than a locomotive.
Sangria is about the only way you can get me to drink red wine. I’m just not into it. Add enough fruit and sugar and then I’m all over it. This recipe is bursting with fruity goodness along with a healthy dose of rum. Enough rum to cover up the red wine taste. Perfect for lazy summer
days spent doing nothing while the kids play evenings with your spouse after the kids are in bed. Right. That’s the only time I drink it. I have made this with regular white rum as well as spiced rum. Both are delicious. Enjoy!
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 1 1/2 cups rum
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- Have the fruit, rum, wine, and orange juice well chilled. Slice the lemon, lime and orange into thin rounds and place in a large glass pitcher. Pour in the rum and sugar. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours (or overnight) to develop the flavors.
- When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste.
Happy Friday! Start the weekend off right with a daiquiri. No blender needed for this perfect cocktail. Created in 1898 by an American engineer working at the Daiquiri copper mines near Santiago de Cuba, this drink will knock you silly and make you ask for another immediately after you come to. Plenty of rum, and not much else! Enjoy!
(makes 1 cocktail)
3 parts Bacardi
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part simple syrup (equal parts water & sugar combined until sugar is dissolved)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled and strain into a chilled glass.
In one of my more boneheaded moves EVER, I gave up alcohol for Lent this year. I’m not Catholic, but I like the tradition of sacrificing something I enjoy for 40 days in an effort to refocus my attention on the things that really matter. I didn’t think thru that I’d be giving up a beer on St. Patrick’s Day, girls night out cocktails and martinis with my hubby after a particularly trying day. I guess that means it was a successful experience since I really felt the pain of the loss. Actually, this blog is the product of Lent. A couple years ago I decided to give up Facebook for Lent. After about 3 days, I was so deprived for online community that I started Bakerlady. I kind of missed the spirit of sacrifice that year. I stuck to the “wagon” much better with alcohol. Today was the end of my deprivation and I celebrated by making one of my all time favorite drinks. Of course I have to share my joy (hic-up!) with all of you! Continue reading
My most loved cocktail in the world is a lemon drop. I order them whenever I’m out having a drink, but I’ve yet to find a restaurant that makes a really good one. They are still my favorite, but they’re always either too sweet or just too blah, not enough kick (which, I’m sure comes from not enough vodka). Anyway. I decided to create my own perfect drop. The other night I “tested” my recipe with my husband and came up with what I think is just sublime. You can use store-bought citrus vodka, but I think those have a bad aftertaste…I infuse my vodka with lemon by placing a few slices in a bowl and pouring the vodka over it…let sit for about an hour or overnight in a covered container. Continue reading