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Lucky Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Drink

If you are looking for something to put a little jig in your step and are not the Irish Whiskey or Guinness drinking type, may I suggest this delicious and delightfully festive St. Patrick’s Day drink? It’s bright emerald color is perfect for all your Irish gatherings. It packs a wallop of gladness and is guaranteed to make you feel as though you’d found the end of the rainbow. I call it the Lucky Leprechaun.

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Gorgeous right? Here’s how to make it. Combine equal parts Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, Midori Melon Liquor and Blue Curacao Liquor with a splash of pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake to combine, then serve in an old-fashioned glass. Or, if you’d prefer, a highball glass filled with ice and garnished with a little wedge of pineapple/cherry and an umbrella. But on St. Patrick’s Day, you are going to probably be opting for the less high maintenance version. Just sayin. You can also make this a shot. Same ingredients. Pour into shot glasses and throw one back shouting “Kiss me I’m Irish!”. Cheers!

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Equal Parts:
Blue Curacao liqueur
Midori® melon liqueur
Malibu® coconut rum
Captain Morgan® spiced rum
splash (or two) pineapple juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a glass. Serve.

*Side note: With a splash of sweet n’ sour mix, in addition to the pineapple juice, this drink is known as “Liquid Marijuana”.

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Top 10 Drinks for Summer

It’s the last day of school in my area. Time for relaxing by the pool during the day, languid summer evenings, beach parties, bar-b-ques and camping trips. It occurred to me the other day that while I’ve shared many of my favorite drink recipes in the past few years, it might be nice to compile them all in one post. So here it is, just in time for summer frolicking. My great big Top 10 Drinks for Summer list!

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Better Than Childhood Fruit Punch

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!

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Kihei Killer

Not only is my friend Bethany an excellent cook, she also enjoys mixing cocktails. It’s one of her many endearing qualities. She threw together this little drink while we were visiting and it was delicious! We decided to name it the Kihei Killer. Enjoy!

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Kihei Killer
from Bethany’s Bar

2 ounces pina colada mix
2 ounces orange juice
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces Malibu Black
1 ounce pineapple juice
dash of grenadine

Mix well over ice and strain into glass.

Pirate’s Punch

There are similar versions of this drink around. Similar, but not nearly as good. You may have heard them called a Bahama Mama, Rum Runner or The Bucket. It’s famous in my family as “that thing Lizzy makes that’s sooooo good and totally full of alcohol”. Lizzy is my baby sister Elizabeth. She’s a bartender and she made up this drink. She loves pirates, mostly the Johnny Depp variety. Especially when he says “Elizabeth”. So, she named it Pirate’s Punch. It’ll make you walk and talk just like Depp’s “Jack Sparrow“. Ahem. Sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Long Island Iced Tea

I’ve never really understood the concept of not mixing your liquor. I hear it all the time. It goes something like this. “Oh, I can’t have a Cosmo because I’ve been drinking Mai Tais all night. I don’t want to mix my drinks.” Tangent…I just realized my cosmopolitan recipe isn’t posted on this blog. Horrors! Must fix that soon! Back to the Long Island. It slaps you upside the head and says “Just throw it all in there!”. This bar staple has five different kinds of alcohol. Talk about mixing drinks! Pretty much the only thing it DOESN’T have is tea!

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The Perfect Mai Tai

I went thru a lot of product testing to come up with this recipe. For hours I slaved, tasting batch after batch to ensure a perfect drink experience. The things I go thru for you. Really. I wanted something island-y that would harken me back to days spent curling my toes in warm soft sandy beaches.  I fell in love with Mai Tais at the same time I discovered fish tacos. Ahhhh, Maui – heaven. Mai Tais on the island are full of fruity deliciousness. However, I didn’t want it to be so fru-fru that you’d need to drink an entire pitcher to have a buzz. These are grand. Sure to provide a truly tropical feeling right in your own backyard. Try them. You’ll see. They are perfection.

The Perfect Mai Tai
makes 1 gallon

2 cups light rum
2 cup dark rum
1 cup Triple Sec
1 cup Amaretto
1 cup simple syrup
10 limes, juiced
4 cups orange juice
4 cups pineapple juice

Directions

In a large jar or drink cooler, combine the light rum, Triple Sec, Amaretto, simple syrup, lime juice, orange juice and pineapple juice. Do not use grenadine if you want the true Mai Tai! Serve in 8 to 12 ounce glasses with ice. Top each glass with a floater of dark rum for a pretty presentation, or add the dark rum and combine for use as a punch.

Sangria

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!

Sangria

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste.

The Daiquiri

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!

The Daiquiri
(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.

Eggnog Pound Cake

Happy Christmas Eve!! If you have time to read this today, I congratulate you for being totally prepared and on top of your game. You can join with me in pondering a most important holiday question. Who named eggnog? I mean, could you come up with a more unappealing sounding drink? Apparently so – according to my sources. When the drink came to America and we started adding rum to it, we could have named it egggrog – since “grog” was the term for rum at the time. Say it with me…grrrroooogggg. Ewww. Suddenly nog doesn’t sound so bad. Also, I’m very thankful that the drink evolved past adding wine or beer to it. Wine? With a creamy egg drink? Gross. Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. I’m in the love category. Love it as I do,  I still can’t drink that much of it because it’s just so incredibly rich. When I do pour myself a glass, I add Sprite to cut the thickness and give it a little fizzy kick. In years past I’ve thrown away most of my half-gallon because I just can’t drink it all before it’s gone bad. This year, I vowed to find some way to use it up and my search for a noggy recipe led me to this delightful pound cake. [Read more…]

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