Lemon Crush Cocktail

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I had one of the best dinners of well, ever a few weeks ago while in Northern Wisconsin.  The location was gorgeous, the food simply outstanding and the cocktails were out of this world.  One of my favorite cocktails was one I had the first time we went (yes, went more than once, a sign of an amazing meal!), called the Lemon Crush.  Just about every cocktail on the menu was a cocktail creation from the liquor gods themselves.

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While some of the ingredients are a little out of the ordinary (um who is keeping elderflower liquor around everyday?), this cocktail was totally doable to recreate.  At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this lemon spiked elixir.  After a few tries with different flavors of sorbet and various spirits, I had it! Taking a sip of the recreation took me right back to vacation time.

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The flavor is sweet+tart+boozy, the perfect cocktail trifecta.  While this would be perfect as a happy hour or dessert drink, it would also pair perfectly with a salad or light pasta dish.  If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, feel free to stir up the cocktail in a glass, just be sure that the sorbet melts a bit before adding the sparkling wine. No matter what you drink it with, it’s a perfect compliment to the approach of the end of summer.

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Sweet Cucumber Wine Spritzer

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Guys, it’s finally Friday! I hope you have fruity drinks and fun plans or doing a lot or nothing, depending on your style.  Let me tell you that I have fallen head over mason jar with the category of boozy booze known as spritzers.  Bubbly and usually on the sweet side, they appeal to both my sangria tendencies and my love of fruity liquors.  The cucumber infused vodka is a bonus for this drink, but can easily be replaced with regular vodka or any fruity liquor of your choice (schnapps,  etc.).  But really, infuse that booze, my friend. It looks totally fancy and is seriously so easy but makes you look like a fancy pants.

The cucumbers look kind of like weird alien fingers after they lose all of the color after infusing, but trust me, the elixir it leaves behind is totally spot on.  (Find the infusing recipe here from Shutterbean. )

If cucumbers aren’t on your short list, throw some strawberries, pineapple, or any other absorbent fruit in there.  Double warning, this is double boozy, so be careful if you are chugging.  (Why are you chugging anyhow?)  I’m planning on making a big pitcher of this spritzer, throwing in a few cool cucumber slices, and calling it a successful afternoon when a couple of girlfriends visit in a couple of weeks. Enjoy the weekend, spritz it!

 

Sweet Cucumber Wine Spritzer

Ingredients

  • Serves 2
  • 3 ounces cucumber vodka
  • 1/2 cup sweet red wine or rose
  • 1/3 cup seltzer or tonic water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Divide all ingredients with the exception of the tonic water evenly between 2 glasses,over ice or shaking for 30 seconds in a cocktail shaker topping off with the tonic water. Garnish with fresh fruit.
  2. To make a bigger batch, double or triple recipe, chill before serving.
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Homemade Amaretto + My Favorite Cocktail Recipe

How’s your Thanksgiving hangover?  Mine mostly consists of wishing eat-all-you-want holidays and Christmas decorating lasted MUCH longer.

But, the time is upon us..Christmas shopping!  You may groan or rejoice, but my belief is that if you gift someone with food or booze, they will silently thank you for secretly helping them through the holidays in the form of icing or a new cocktail recipe to go with that homemade liquor.

When said gift is easy as pie (that’s coming later this week) to make and absolutely non-hard liquor tasting, I think it’s a win for everyone involved.  This can seriously be thrown together 15 minutes before you have to be at that Christmas or housewarming party, throw it in a pretty bottle with some ribbon and voila!  My favorite bottles to gift in come from Sur La Table or antique decanters.

I have always loved amaretto, but this takes it to another level.  Not having to go out and buy a very expensive bottle of amaretto liquor and being able to make a delicious cocktail anytime is a almond-y score!

Homemade Amaretto

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes (hard part!).

Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in sealed bottle and give as gift or drink up!

adapted from Shutterbean

Amaretto Cocktail

  • 2 ounces amaretto
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • dash of bitters (these are local and my favorite!)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 3 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, shake for 10 seconds. Pour into glass and serve.
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