THE APPLE FLOWER COCKTAIL
The Apple Flower is light and fresh with the perfect amount of floral sweetness. Recently, I’ve been reworking my cocktail cart for Spring, storing away certain items and adding new seasonal flavors. Jeremy and I have been working on a short list of signature cocktails that we can serve to guests for dinners and brunches. This cocktail would work for brunch, which is always a perk!
Fresh juice (I used 3 small green apples and two limes)
In a medium sized glass, combine 2 ounces of Bénédictine Liqueur and one drop of rose water. Be very careful when adding the rose water because adding too much will make your drink taste like a bottle of perfume. The easiest way to get just one (teeny tiny) drop is to just dip an unused straw into the rose water and then use that straw in your drink, stirring it a little. Add ice and top the glass off with fresh green apple and lime juice. Garnish with a lime or an edible flower.I hope you enjoy this refreshing cocktails! If you don’t drink you should still try fresh apple and lime juice with just one drop of rosewater. It’s so good and tastes exactly like Spring!
VODKA & RUM SOAKED GUMMY BEARS!
I’ve always wanted to try vodka soaked gummy bears ever since seeing them on Pinterest. To be honest, I was a little scared that it was too good to be true. Would the gummies get all sticky or giant and weird? Plus all of the instructions on Pinterest are different. Reading through the search you’ll see people recommending they soak for an hour, a day, and a week. That’s crazy different, right? Well, we tried it and here’s what we learned…
The method we chose to try was soaking the gummy bears (and worms) for about 24 hours. We tried three different types of alcohol- apple vodka, coconut rum and watermelon vodka. We poured the alcohol over the gummy candy until it was completely immersed. Then we covered it in plastic wrap and popped it in the fridge for 24 hours. The next day the gummies had soaked up most the alcohol, there was only a little bit to strain out. If we had left them in for 48 hours they probably would have soaked it all in.
The bears tasted amazing. They weren’t sticky or gross at all, but we did use a spoon to put them on our plates. Our favorite flavors were the apple vodka and coconut rum. I noticed that the gummy worms weren’t as soft. I have seen that you can try this method with nearly any liquor and any gummy candy, so the possibilities are pretty cool!
Have you ever tried alcohol soaked gummy candy? What do you think, delicious or weird? They were a HUGE hit at Emma’s bachelorette party!
FIRST KISS PUNCH
Lately I have been on a punch kick! It’s so much fun to make a big batch of a yummy cocktail for small gatherings. It’s fun to create a custom punch recipe for each occasion, and it saves so much time mixing cocktails as guests can help themselves. This punch is called First Kiss, in honor of Valentine’s Day!First Kiss Punch, serves 6
2 cups honey whiskey
1 cup light rum
1 cup St-Germain
1 cup raspberry pucker
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup grapefruit juice
3 liters gingerale
4 tablespoons grenadine syrup
8 splashes cherry and blood orange bitters
Combine all the ingredients in a large container (our container holds 1.5 gallons). Top off with ice immediately before the party.Heart shaped ice cubes can be fun! To make these I froze grenadine, blood orange bitters and raspberry gingerale.Garnish with cherries and enjoy!
TRY THIS: ROSEMARY LATTE
I was inspired by my sister’s latte syrups. So, like any good little sister, I decided to make some too. 🙂 I happened to have some left over rosemary in my refrigerator and so I decided to try a rosemary latte. I had never had one before but I love the smell and taste of rosemary. I have been obsessed with making homemade lattes after getting an espresso maker for Christmas.
First I made a rosemary and honey syrup.
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Bring the water and honey to a boil while stirring to dissolve the honey. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the rosemary sprigs. Let this cook down for 10-12 minutes until the mixture has thicken some. Remove from heat and allow to cool before use.I still have a ways to go with my latte making skills. But I must say that a rosemary latte is my new favorite! I love how the syrup turned out the perfect amount of sweet and savory without being too overpowering. I store my syrup in the refrigerator and will probably use most of it up within two weeks. Oh, and do you see how there is a rosemary sprig in the bottle? I just added that for aesthetics. It’s not really necessary, so if you create this at home feel free to leave it out if you wish
BLOOD ORANGE BLOODY MARY
My husband is a HUGE Bloody Mary fan. He made me a convert too. Last year when we were traveling we tried as many Bloody Marys as we could fit in. It was so fun, and I was pretty impressed with the variation that exists from one restaurant or bar to the next. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with unique twists on classic cocktails. With that said, I present to you… the Blood Orange Bloody Mary!Blood oranges are one of the most beautiful fruits! They are in season in the winter, and I look forward to them every year. Now, I know what you’re thinking… fruity flavor + bloody mary = kinda weird. I was thinking the same thing… until I tried it. The citrus in this drink is subtle. It enhances but does not overpower the classic flavors.Supplies Needed: Tomato Juice, Vodka, 1 Blood Orange, 1/2 a Lime, Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Sea Salt, Ice Cubes and Celery.Directions: Use lime juice to add sea salt to the rim of your glass. In each glass, combine four parts tomato juice, juice of one blood orange (save one slice for the garnish), one shot vodka (make it a double if you dare….), juice of 1/2 lime, 1 teaspoon tabasco, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a long spoon. Add a blood orange slice and a piece of celery for garnish. Enjoy!
*Adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe.
Let me know if you try the recipe! Are you a blood orange fan?