Friday Cocktails

First off, Happy Friday. Congrats on surviving the week.  Second, we need a new cocktail and man, have I got one for you. Third, I’m in L-O-V-E with this blog Spoon Fork Bacon. It’s pretty much perfect in every way. Now, on with the booze…

Kiwi Capiroska is like a Caipirinha. Both are Brazilian. Since the hubs is Brazilian we have to represent in my house. This is the perfect drink to send summer off with a big, wet kiss.

Cheers, lovlies.

Oh so beautiful photo from Spoon Fork Bacon

Kiwi Capiroska
Makes 6

Ingredients:
2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
12 mint leaves, divided
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 limes, juiced
2 cups high quality vodka
2 cups tonic water (or coconut flavored sparkling water)
ice cubes
garnish:

1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:
1. Line six glasses up and fill each with 1/3 cup of diced kiwis, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juiced.
2. Muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.
3. Fill each glass with ice and top off with 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup tonic water.
4. Stir, finish each with a kiwi garnish and serve.

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Happy Friday! Not that I’m trying to question the great and poweful Martha Stewart, but you could skip the vodka and go with Gin instead. May even be better! There I said it, it might be better. I should probably watch my back now.

Go. Drink!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
  • 2 cups vodka

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
  3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.

Photo and recipe from Martha Stewart Living. (Here)

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Soooooo gooooood! (Yes, it needed that many “o’s”)

To make: (easy to make in a jar, but you can also use a cocktail shaker)

Crushed ice

1 oz Hendricks Gin

juice from half a lime

three mint leaves

Sparkling lime aide

Directions: mix the first four ingredients in the jar and shake to combine. Pour the sparkling lime aide on top. Serves one.

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Rocklands Icy Peach Tea

Ingredients
2oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1oz Peach Schnapps
Splash of Sprite
Splash of cranberry juice

Prep
Mix everything together and enjoy in a mason jar over ice.  Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

From The District Domestic

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 1 1/2 cups small ice cubes
  • Fresh sugarcane, for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve.

Nutrition

From Marthastewart.com

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The Silver Berry
5 blueberries
Splash of St. Germain and Canton
1 1/2 oz. Silver Tree Vodka
Ginger beer
Ice

Muddle blueberries with a splash of St. Germain and Canton. Top with ice and fill with Silver Tree vodka. Strain over new ice into a red-wine glass and fill with ginger beer.

Happy Drinking!

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Happy no-more-working-till-Monday!

Punchy Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 cup guava juice
  • 1 cup passion fruit juice
  • 1 cup lychee juice
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed key lime (or regular lime) juice
  • 1/2 cup tangerine juice
  • Rum
  • Lime slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix guava, passion fruit, and lychee juices (we like Ceres brand) in a large pitcher. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of the fruit-juice mixture with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and strain, discarding basil.
  2. Pour infused juice back into pitcher, and stir in lime and tangerine juices. Add 1 cup rum. Ladle over ice and garnish with basil and lime.

recipe and photo from marthasterwart.com

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I’ll admit this looks a bit much, but Sunday is the first day of Spring and who doesn’t love a well placed Peep?

Photo and recipe from Feastoffun.com

Rim a martini glass with thick simple syrup and then dip into dyed green coconut flakes, then adorn with a little marshmallow peep.

For the cocktail:

* 1 1/2 ounces Cherry Vodka
* 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
* 3 ounces Half and Half or Milk
* Dash Grenadine

Shake with ice until chilled. Pour into decorated glasses and serve.

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Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows
  • Cucumber peels, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • CUCUMBER GIN
  • Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.
  • MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
  • Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

Directions

  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.

Happy Friday!!!

From Marthastewartweddings.com: Cucumber Mint Gimlet

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Friday Cocktails: The Blizzard

by J.S. on February 25, 2011

in Friday Cocktails

It’s cold and gross in LA and it’s my Birthday which means I should consume as many carbs as humanly possible, so all that being considered, this is the cocktail

Ingredients

Makes one cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey or rum
  • 1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
  • 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey’s
  • Hot coffee
  • Dollop of Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Directions

  1. In a glass coffee mug, stir together whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream; top with coffee. Garnish cocktail with whipped cream and serve immediately.

from  Martha Stewart Recipes

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