Archive of ‘Cocktails’ category

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Crostini + Pairing

I enjoy pairing food with wine and have to admit that experimenting with pairing food with something other than wine is new to me (but I think I’m hooked!). I was recently asked to try the new Stella Artois Apple Cidre and pair it with something delicious.

This is a European-style cider made from fresh, hand-picked red apples with accents of peach, apricot, and orange. It tastes light, crisp, and refreshing. I thought it would pair nicely with an appetizer that is also light yet had a little crunch.

Strawberry Appetizer

Strawberries fresh from the farmers’ market were my inspiration for this appetizer. Topping a toasted baguette with goat cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette glaze — these were the perfect accompaniment to a nice cold Stella Cidre. Score 1 for food pairing!

Strawberry Appetizer

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Crostini {with balsamic glaze)

Ingredients:

2 cups sliced strawberries

4 ounces goat cheese

1/2 french baguette (cut into 1/2″ pieces)

Balsamic vinaigrette glaze

To Make:

Slice baguette and top with goat cheese. Place sliced strawberry on top and then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

Variation: You can toast the baguette slices first if you prefer. Simply brush on ised with olive oil, place on cookie sheet, and back for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Assemble as instructed.

I hope you’ll try pairing something with this new Stella. I would compare it to pairing food with white wine — so that should get your wheels spinning with ideas! Cheers to the new Stella Cidre. Oh and … it’s Cidre, not cider. :)

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Stella Artois via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Stella Artois.

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4 Cucumber Drinks to Keep You Cool

Summer may be officially winding down, but our 105 degree days still have us sweating out these long days here in southern, CA. This year I’ve been mildly obsessed with all-things cucumber (which is a perfect crisp and refreshing summertime ingredient), especially drinks! Here’s a quick roundup of  4 cucumber drinks that will keep you cool this (end of) summer.

1. Cucumber and Mint Cooler  ::  2. Cucumber Margaritas   ::  3. Rosemary and Cucumber Lemonade :: 4. Cucumber Gin Cooler

What flavors have you been craving this summer?

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Summer Shandy :: Perfect Summer Beer

Last week I shared my new favorite potluck dish (warm potato salad) that I had discovered while tuning into The Chew on ABC. This week I’m sharing the perfect accompaniment to your next BBQ meal. Dish up the potato salad, get your meat off of the grill and pour one of these beer cocktails!

After seeing Mario Batali’s Summer Shandy served up on a recent episode (see clip below), I knew I had to give this a try.

To start, I opened two bottles of beer.

Beer Cocktails

Then, pour the beer into two glasses leaving some room at the top. Next, pour in a chug or two of italian orange soda (you don’t want sweet orange soda). Finish by pouring a couple drops of Aperol into the glass. Watch the clip below for more info on this.

summer shandy

 

What I love about this recipe is you can create a really great summer shandy anytime the mood strikes.

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All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 

Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

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Gin Cocktails :: Who Knew?

Last week was a week of poolside lounging and much needed down-time. I was eager to soak up the sun with the family and also super excited to test out 3 new poolside cocktail recipes that I’ve had my eye on. One cocktail really appealed to me because I have never had gin before. Gin cocktails? Okay, I knew I should try this because I have been eating a ton of cucumbers lately. It was  a sign, right?

I picked up gin and the St. Germain ( I also have never had this but the guy at the liquor store said it has been flying off the shelves lately. Another good sign in my book).

Here she is …

Gin Cocktail

The verdict? Gin is goooood. Who knew? This drink was super refreshing and crisp which made for the perfect summer sipping in 100 degree heat. Ahhhh summertime.

Cucumber Cooler (found on Fruetcake)

1½ parts Gin
¾ part St. Germain
¾ part fresh lime juice
¼ part simple syrup
soda water or club soda
5 mint leaves

Directions:

1. Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
2. Add Gin, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup, and then shake well
3. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water

Garnish with cucumber slices (I also liked to pop them in the glass and let them soak up all the gin-goodness)

Next gin cocktails on my list?  This blackberry gin fizz!

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3 Poolside Cocktails

It’s the first day of summer! You know what that means? That’s right… dusting off those fun summer cocktail recipes friends! Tomorrow the troops and I are headed for a much anticipated week in Palm Springs (we’ll be staying in this poolside home, yay!) and in preparation I had to figure out just what we’d be sipping on poolside (can’t you tell I plan the important things first?).

I’m heading out to the market to pick up the fixings for these 3 poolside cocktails. What do you think? Don’t they look refreshing?

I hope your first day of summer is a great one!

3 Poolside Cocktails

3 poolside Cocktails to try this summer (or this weekend if you’re adventurous like me!). 

Cucumber Cooler :: Blueberry Mojito :: Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

Hostess Tip: When looking for several new cocktails to try, look for those that have similar ingredients so you can stock up and avoid buying too many 1x use ingredients. For example, these three drinks have mint, club soda and rum in common. 

To see which is my favorite, be sure to follow along my cocktail-making journey this weekend on Instagram.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Cheers to Summer Thyme

It’s HOT and feels like summer and when the temp rises nothing else makes sense then pouring a cool and refreshing drink. The other day after work I mixed this baby up for a little cool down. My garden was my inspiration, I LOVE creating drinks from what I am growing (that means I’ll always have the ingredients on hand)! This is virgin, but you could also add a splash of vodka or gin to make things fun. I’m calling it the Summer Thyme.

sumemr cocktails

Summer Thyme

For each drink you will need:

-2 Strawberries

-Sprig of Thyme

-Lemon wedge

-Club soda

To make: Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of your glass. Add ice and club soda. Squeeze lemon wedge into glass and garnish with Thyme.

Simple and refreshing. Cheers!

Still thirsty? Check out these other summer cocktails.

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