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Friday
Mar232012

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream

Spring Break has officially begun in our school district, so I am going to need to get creative with my 5-year-old for the next week. We have found that no school for consecutive days makes him grumpy. We call it Caged Lion Syndrome. So we will hopefully be getting out of the house and doing some fun family summer-ish activities. The gorgeous weather is expected to continue, which is crazy! I keep expecting the blizzards to start rolling in!

Bailey's Irish Cream is definitely not a drink I think to consume when the weather is nice, but honestly, can you ever go wrong with vanilla ice cream and Bailey's as a bedtime snack? It is my absolute favorite night-time treat despite what season it is. A good friend of ours fed us his homemade recipe years ago, and we fell head over heels for the creamy drink. I personally enjoy this version more than I do the Bailey's available at the liquor store. It is ridiculously yummy and creamy, and did I mention it goes well with ice cream? 

In a blender, combine:

1 3/4 cups liquor of choice (we use rum, but you can also try whiskey, brandy, bourbon, scotch or rye)

One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 eggs

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

2 teaspoons instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled and serve with or without ice. OR OVER ICE CREAM.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, although it never lasts even close to a month in my refrigerator.

If this week is Spring Break for you, too, enjoy it! I hope the weather is lovely where you live!

Printable recipe: Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream

Tuesday
Mar062012

Orange-pomegranate martini

I just got back from spending a few days in Denver with a friend. We spent our time walking around downtown, enjoying art and the mountains and eating A TON of delicious food. The food became the unintentional highlight and general theme of our trip. We did not have even one meal that we thought to be mediocre. I wish I had taken even one food picture, but I am sad to say that I did not. I was far too busy stuffing my face. 

Our hotel hosted free wine and beer for one hour every evening, so we didn't branch out much with the drinks. We did have one memorable non-wine drink, however. We had some time to kill before dinner on our first night in town, so we stopped at a swanky lil' bar and had a delicious cocktail that coincidentally tasted a lot like the martini featured in this blog post. The expensive version was not as tasty, though, because my version involves very freshly squeezed juice. Have I told you yet that my husband is a bit of a juicing fanatic? He goes through phases where he will literally run everything he sees through our juicer. I'm always happy to enter our kitchen to be greeted by endless glasses of various fresh juices.

 

This recipe makes 2 servings.

Pour the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:

Juice from 2 oranges

Juice from 1/2 of a lime

2 oz. pomegranate liqueur

4 oz. vodka

A handful of crushed ice

Put the lid on the shaker and shake gently. Strain the contents into 2 martini glasses. Top each with a splash of lemon-lime soda, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

Printable recipe: Orange-pomegranate martini

Thursday
Feb242011

Spicy bloody mary

I think the thing I love most about the Bloody Mary is that it provides a good excuse to eat cheese and pickles and celery and olives and delicious chunks of meat. What other drink comes standard with snacks and beer? My husband and I, in our pre-child days, frequented Green Mill for the sole purpose of drinking their Bloody Marys. They are served with a ridiculous amount of snacks loaded into them. Plus, along with every BM purchase comes a tote filled with ingredients/condiments that can be added. We loved to load up our drinks with anything that contained spice and then we would feast and slurp away.

Now that we have two little ones, we don't go to Green Mill to drink BMs anymore. In fact, we really don't drink BMs much at all. But since discovering the magic of bacon and pepper infused vodka, I could not pass up the opportunity to create the ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary!

Now, there is one prerequisite for making this drink. You must have a love for peppery spiciness. Oh, and you need to enjoy consuming Bloody Marys.

If the above applies to you, then make this! It will not disappoint!

Make a batch of bacon & pepper infused vodka (this process takes 1-2 days).

Fill a celery-salt-rimmed glass with ice and add 1.5 shots of your infused vodka. Pour bloody mary mix over the top (use a mix that isn't heavily spiced or flavored..the flavors in the infused vodka take care of everything) and leave about 3/4 of an inch at the top of the glass.

Add 2 tablepoons of pickle juice and about 6 or so dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a stir stick.

Garnish to your desiring. Here are a few suggestions: celery, chunks of salami, olives of any variety, chunks of different types of cheese, celery, pickles, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, bacon, banana peppers. And last but not least, add a beer chaser, if that's your thing.

Yum! Enjoy!

Click here for a printable recipe!