Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hurricane Recipe


Today I'm sharing the recipe for a Hurricane.  This potent cocktail, created by Pat O'Brien in New Orleans, is more associated with Mardi Gras than Thanksgiving, but given its strength, it might come in handy when dealing with family gatherings.  I got the classic recipe from Beach Bum Berry Remixed - it's a great recipe book for tropical cocktails.


Ingredients:

  • 4 oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 2 oz passionfruit syrup
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.


Pour into a hurricane glass (or a tiki mug) and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'll be putting up some of our Thanksgiving recipes later this week (and next).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and today I'm sharing my recipe for this tasty favorite.


Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 12-ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Yield: Approximately 36 cookies.

Beat butter, Crisco, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in the chocolate morsels and nuts.


Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 375ºF for 10 minutes.


Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks until they cool completely.


Enjoy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Key Lime Pie


A week ago, it was my mom's birthday.  Along with crab cakes eggs benedict and crawfish étouffée, I made her Key Lime Pie.  It was so tasty!  I got the recipe for the graham cracker crust from Betty Crocker's Cookbook and I followed the instructions on the back of the Nellie and Joe's lime juice bottle to make the filling.


Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust
    • 12 full graham cracker sheets, crumbled
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Pie Filling
    • 2 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 1 cup Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime juice
  • Whipped Cream
    • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tbsp. sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Makes 1 10-inch pie.



To make the graham cracker crust, mix the crumbs, sugar, and butter.


Press the mixture firmly and evenly against the bottom and sides of the pie pan. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes.


To make the pie filling, combine the milk, egg yolks, and lime juice.


Blend until smooth.


Pour the filling into the pie shell.


Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes.  Allow the pie to stand for 10 minutes before refrigerating.  Chill the pie until cold.


When you're ready to serve the pie, make the whipped cream by beating the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (about 1 minute).


Top the pie with whipped cream and serve!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Poltergeist Potion Cocktail


Today I'm sharing Halloween cocktail I created called Poltergeist Potion. I've had a lot of fun making these and hope y'all have fun drinking them!

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz orange vodka
  • 1 oz passionfruit rum
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1 cup crushed ice 


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.


Serve in a tiki mug or your glass of choice and enjoy this hauntingly good drink!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Zombie Cocktail Recipe


I'm continuing with the Halloween cocktails - today's recipe is for the Zombie.  There are different recipes for Zombies - all of them involve rum and a mix of fruit juices.  This is the Trader's Vic's recipe from Trader Vic's Tiki Party!.


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz silver rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz blue curaçao
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 cup crushed ice 


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.


Serve in a tiki mug or your glass of choice - I picked a skull mug for this one!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bruja's Brew Cocktail


Today I've got another Halloween-inspired cocktail I created - the tequila-based Bruja's Brew.  And while the ingredients don't include eye of newt or toe of frog, the drink has a complex taste - at once peppery, herbal and tart.

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz blood orange juice (can substitute regular orange juice)
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz creme de cassis
  • 1/4 oz chartreuse
  • 1 cup crushed ice


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.


Serve in a tiki mug or glass of your choice, and enjoy this potion!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vicious Vamp Cocktail


Since it's almost Halloween, I felt like making some spooky cocktails.  These would be perfect to serve at a Halloween party (or to enjoy any time!) Today I'm sharing the recipe for one I created called the Vicious Vamp. It's a pinky-peach cocktail with a splash of red - it looks like a vampire just finished with a victim!

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz grapefruit vodka
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Combine the grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, orgeat, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.  Add the grenadine as a float.


Serve in a tiki mug or glass of your choice, and suck it down!