20171016

HOMEMADE IRISH CREAM LIQUEUR RECIPE

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Irish Cream Liqueur is a standard bar staple because it's used in so many cocktail recipes. It's one of the liqueurs you should always keep stocked at home because of it's versatility. It's one of those liqueurs that you can just splash into a cup of coffee for a little warm up or simply chill and sip.

When most people think Irish Cream Liqueur they think Bailey's but there are many other brands out there as well, including St. Brendan's and Carolans.  Of course, you can also make your own and below is my favorite recipe.

Homemade
IRISH CREAM LIQUEUR RECIPE


INGREDIENTS:

1-2/3 Cup of Irish Whiskey
1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 – 14 Oz. Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tsp. Instant Coffee Granules
2 Tbsp. Good Quality Chocolate Syrup
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract

TOOLS:
Tools: Blender, measuring cups and spoons, decorative bottles for finished liquor, Personalized Labels.

SIMPLE DIRECTIONS
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for about a minute.  Pour into your decorative bottles, seal, label and let infuse in the refrigerator for up to a month.

When you’re ready to use remember to shake before you pour.  This should keep in your fridge for several months – if it lasts that long.
 
 
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20171014

DESSERT COCKTAILS

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DESSERT COCKTAILS
Why bake when you can shake?

I have a huge sweet tooth plus I'm lazy and don't like to bake much so I have a ton - seriously, a ton - of Dessert Cocktails. Many are directly inspired by famous or popular dessert recipes.  I've been creating original cocktail recipes since 2005 and when you combine that much time with my kind of sweet tooth you end up with a pretty hefty list.
 
To make it easier I've combined many of them in standard DESSERT CATEGORIES:
 
CAKE COCKTAILS
CANDY COCKTAILS
CARAMEL COCKTAILS
CHEESECAKE COCKTAILS
CHOCOLATE COCKTAILS
COOKIE COCKTAILS
CUPCAKE COCKTAILS
ICE CREAM COCKTAILS
PIE COCKTAILS
TRUFFLE COCKTAILS
SUNDAE COCKTAILS
 
If the recipe is not in one of my dessert cocktail categories, or happens to be a favorite of mine, you'll find it listed alphabetically BY DESSERT below:
 
ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY BOOZE
BANANAS FOSTER BOOZY SHAKE
BLACK FOREST CAKE COCKTAIL
BOYSENBERRY RUM FLIP 
BRANDY ALEXANDER 
BOURBON ALEXANDER
BROWN COW BEER FLOAT
BROWNIE MARTINI 
CAPPUCCINO MARTINI
CHERRIES JUBILEE MARTINI
CHERRY CLAFOUTIS MARTINI
CHOCOLATE FONDUE COCKTAIL 
CHOCOLATE PORTER BEER FLOATS
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY MARTINI
COCONUT DAIQUIRI
CREME BRULEE COCKTAIL 
CREPES SUZETTE COCKTAIL
DECADENT DUTCH COCKTAIL FLOAT
DERBY PIE COCKTAIL
DRUNK ELF ON A SHELF
DRUNK RUSSIANS
DRUNKEN BABY DOLE PINEAPPLE WHIPS 
DRUNKEN OREO TRUFFLE COCKTAIL
GOLDEN CADILLAC
GRASSHOPPER 
PEACH MELBA BEER FLOAT
PEACH MELBA MARTINI
PEACHES & CREAM MARTINI 
PEARS HELENE MARTINI
 PECAN PIE MARTINI
PINEAPPLE DRUNK SIDE DOWN SMASH
PINK SQUIRREL 
RASPBERRY TRIFLE MARTINI
SALTED CARAMEL APPLE COCKTAIL
SAMOA COOKIE BOOZY SHAKE
S'MORES COCKTAIL 
STICKY BUN MARTINI
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI
STRAWBERRY SUNDAY MARTINI
STRAWBERRIES & CREAM MARTINI
TIRAMISU MARTINI
 
Many of my EDIBLE COCKTAILS are dessert inspired as well.
National Dessert Day is October 14th.
 
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20170927

The CHOCOLATE FONDUE COCKTAIL

 
Four kinds of chocolate in this cocktail.

Seriously, need I say more?

The
CHOCOLATE FONDUE
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
1/2 Oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1/2 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Oz. Chocolate Milk
2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
Pinch of Sea Salt

Garnish: Chocolate Syrup, Mini Marshmallows, Fruit pieces

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

DIRECTIONS
Chill your glass in the freezer for ten minutes then remove and swirl some chocolate syrup inside the bowl of your chilled glass then replace in the freezer.
Add one cup of ice to a cocktail shaker then pour in the chocolate vodka, dark creme de cacao, the Godiva liqueur, chocolate milk, chocolate bitters and salt then shake until well chilled. 
Strain into your chilled glass then garnish with some fruit pieces and a few mini marshmallows on a cocktail pick to dip into your “fondue” cocktail.

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20170921

CHOCOLATE ROB ROY, A Twist on a Classic Scotch Cocktail


I was in the mood for some Scotch and some chocolate and I thought why not just make a Chocolate Rob Roy? It didn't take much to turn a classic Rob Roy into a chocolate Rob Roy, just change out some chocolate bitters for the Angostura bitters.

Yes, I gave myself some little gold stars as a garnish because I earned them today.


I added a little piece of some Godiva Blood Orange Dark Chocolate to enjoy with it and it ended my day with perfection.


The
CHOCOLATE
ROB ROY

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Johnnie Walker Black
1-1/4 Oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
4 Dashes Frape and Sons Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Orange Twist, Edible Gold Stars

Tools: Mixing Glass, Hawthorne Strainer

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of orange peel over the drink then add as garnish.

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20170915

WHISKEY BERRY SMASH COCKTAIL


I had whiskey, I had raspberries, I had lemons, I had honey.

I got 'em smashed.

Me too.

The
WHISKEY BERRY SMASH
Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Seagram's 7
1/3 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1 Tbsp Honey Ridge Farms Honey Créme Raspberry
2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish: Lemon wedge

Tools: Muddler

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Muddle the honey, lemon juice and raspberries in a mixing glass.
Add Ice, pour in the Seagram's.
Stir, garnish, serve.

Cheers, M'dears.

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20170912

KENTUCKY ASIAN BERRY BOURBON PORK BACK RIBS


You know those berries and fruits you just infused some booze with? Well, the leftover fruit is not always just trash, it's a wonderful way to amp up your next entree!

A while back I had made a few bottles of Homemade Berry Liqueurs and, after straining the beautiful vodka infused liquids, I had almost 2 cups of boozy berries left over. It's not in my nature to throw things away if I can figure out another use for them so I tossed them in the freezer. I will often make a puree later or use them in a sauce, however this time I decided to toss them in with my pork ribs and go for a sweet, Asian style recipe.


Whenever pork ribs are on sale I always buy several packages. I like ribs and they're easy to toss in a crock pot for a great no fuss meal at the end of a long working day. Most of the time I just use BBQ sauce and some simple aromatics but that gets boring after a while and I need to change up the flavors occasionally. When I remembered those frozen booze berries they got a new home, in my crock pot with a few additional ingredients and a little creativity.


Hell yes, I added more booze! I thought they could use a little kick and some extra sweetness so I added some maple bourbon. Don't worry, it cooks off, so you can still have a cocktail before dinner.


KENTUCKY ASIAN BERRY BOURBON PORK BACK RIBS
(Because I could)

INGREDIENTS
1 Rack Pork Back Ribs
-1/2 Cups Booze & Sugar Marinated Blackberries
Juice and Zest from1 Large Orange
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4  Cup Molasses
3 Tbsp. Honey Ridge Blackberry Creme Honey
3 Tbsp. Blackberry Jam
1/2 Cup Jim Beam Maple Bourbon
4 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Small Yellow Onion
1/2 Tsp. Chinese Five Spice
1/4 Tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch Slurry**

Special Tools: Zester, Crock Pot

DIRECTIONS
Throw everything except the cornstarch slurry in the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 7-3/4 hours.

** Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water to form a thickening slurry. Add this to the crock pot and turn up to high for the last 15 minutes of cooking. Not only does this thicken your liquid into a sauce, but it puts on beautiful shiny glaze on your pork.

Serve with cilantro infused Basmati rice. Spoon some of the thickened sauce over each portion of ribs and rice.

If you're wondering about the small amount of vodka from the berries mixing with a bourbon, don't worry. There wasn't enough vodka left in those berries to mess with my bourbon, not the way I strained the liqueurs.

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20170908

Star Trek's ROMULAN ALE done right - with ALE!


In the Star Trek universe Romulan Ale (aka Kali-fal) is the king of cocktails and is referred to throughout all iterations of the franchise. According to the Romulan Tutorial Missions it is said to be produced on the Romulan colony Virinat and is brewed from honey-like secretions of khellid insects whose exoskeletons give the Romulan Ale it's distinctive blue color. Another source claims it's distilled from a harsh grain called kheh. It is blue, it is seriously overproof, it is illegal throughout the Federation and it is also said to cause instant drunkenness and a warp corp breach sized hangover.

Despite it's illegality it is a favorite tipple of Captain James Tiberious Kirk, often gifted him on special occasions, usually by Scott and McCoy.

Kirk: "Romulan ale? Why Bones, you know this is illegal."
McCoy: "I only use it for medicinal purposes."

Its said the Romulans themselves drink it solely to prove they can. The Romulan's cousins, the Vulcans, leave it alone. Even the Klingons respected Romulus Ale.

Worf, after Troi and Riker's wedding: 
"Romulan ale should be illegal"
Geordi La Forge: "It is."

For some reason, I left it off both my Star Trek 1 and Star Trek 2 cocktail recipe posts. I must have been exposed to some alien neurotoxin. I correct that grievous error right now.

There are numerous recipes for Romulan Ale out in the universe, not one of which uses any form of ale, beer OR malt liquor. This is just Tribble level nonsense, how can you call it ale if there's no ALE or BEER or MALT LIQUOR? There is blue ale here on Earth, Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft by Abashiri Beer being one of them, but it's made from seaweed and not nearly high enough proof to sub for Romulan Ale. So, since Romulan Ale is not available - still - on Earth or anywhere in the Federation of Planets, you're going to have to make your own and below is the recipe.
Think of it as a high powered, alien version of a Shandy.

Fair warning: If you're still living in the 21st century and have no access to medical care, or Synthahol, you might just want to just skip the Everclear.

ROMULAN ALE

INGREDIENTS
1 Quaker City Malt Lemon Shrub
1/2 Oz. Everclear 151*
3/4 Oz. Blue Curacao
Large Chunk of Dry Ice

Garnish: What garnish? Romulans don't need no stinkin' garnish!

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Some kind of beer glass that won't melt on contact with corrosive liquids.

DIRECTIONS
Shake the Blue Curacao and Everclear with ice then strain into the glass.
Top off with the Q.C. Lemon Shrub.
Drop in a large chunk of dry ice to make it bubble, but be careful to warn people that dry ice is nearly as dangerous as this Romulan Ale recipe.
Serve.
Hide the car keys. Nobody's going to be driving anywhere for a while.

* Everclear also has a 191 proof version, which would probably get you closer to true Romulan Ale deadliness, but who are we kidding here?

The official Star Trek Day is September 8th, celebrating the first television broadcast of the original Star Trek series. First Contact Day is April 5th which commemorates first contact with an alien species within the Star Trek universe.

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