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Cucumber Margarita

The first time I saw this recipe was in a copy of Coastal Living. I came across it again and decided it definitely needed to be revisited. It sounded delicious the first time and even more now! Cucumber and margarita definitely sound odd. When I look for a new cocktail to try odd sometimes turns out to be incredible! It’s healthy, it has a vegetable in it! The recipe states 12 slices of cucumber. It doesn’t state if it should be peeled or not or how thick the slices should be. The photo does show the garnish of cucumber with skin and it does have green specs in it, so I would guess you don’t have to peel it, unless you want to. I would use the English style cucumbers as they have a less waxy film on them. If anyone tries one, let me know! Leave a comment! I love to hear what everyone has to say! Fall can start on Monday, enjoy a last bit of summer this weekend!

INGREDIENTS:

12  slices fresh cucumber

½ cup fresh lime juice

4  ounces  (½ cup) Cointreau

6  ounces  (¾ cup) tequila reposado

6  cups  ice

¼ cup  Grand Marnier

Lime slices

DIRECTIONS:

Combine cucumber and next 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.

Pour into glasses. Top each serving with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier, and garnish with lime or cucumber.

Makes 4 servings

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Hurricane Cocktails

Yes I am doing a Hurricane cocktail today. In honor of all the crazy storms out there right now, especially “My Name Is Earl”. As of right now Earl is down to a Category 1 storm with winds only at 85mph. ONLY! Coming from NY we never really knew what hurricanes where for the most part. Sure I remember Gloria. But by the time it got to NY it was nothing like the ones I experienced living here in Florida. I was here 4 years before our first one in 2004. Hurricane Frances. Then 3 weeks later Hurricane Jeanne. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was another one we got to know up close and personal. Let me just say I am glad I experienced it but don’t need to repeat again, ever. We got hit dead on for these, not just a brushing past us. It was not fun. So now when they talk about these storms and some people just don’t realize how severe they can be. Just ask Louisiana or any other Gulf state. So for all of you up north in the path, even though it’s a Cat.1 please take it seriously and prepare. You never know! If I had a dollar for all the times our weather people said, “Oh this has never happened before! Or This is highly unusual for a storm!” I would be rich. Honestly, you don’t know! So be safe everyone and have a cocktail. Stock up on ice and water! You don’t realize how much you need them both until you can’t get them!

So enjoy the cocktails. This recipe makes enough for 8! It is courtesy of  Rachael Ray. It will NOT be that bright red color that you usually have from a bar hurricane. That is pretty much all sugar and fruit punch. Yuck!! This will be a pretty orange/yellow color.

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup simple syrup

2 cups golden rum

2 cups passion fruit juice

2 cups orange juice (no pulp is better)

2 cups pineapple juice

½ cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Mariner

juice of 4 limes (about ½ cup)

Myers Rum

ice cubes

Bitters, such as Angostura (You can leave this out if you want)

8 fresh pineapple wedges for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1. Fill a large pitcher or large punch bowl with ice cubes. Add the rum, passionfruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, pineapple juice and simple syrup and stir until chilled.

2. Strain the cocktail into glasses, top with a dash of bitters and garnish with a pineapple wedge. Put a little Myers Rum on top as a floater! Enjoy!

Lemon Grotto

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! I found this cocktail in the February 2010 issue of Coastal Living. (love that magazine!) We’ve made it a few times for us and friends. Needless to say it packs quite a punch. It looks so unassuming and innocent! The power in this cocktail is of course Limoncello, which if you remember has a whopping 26% alcohol in it. So along with the other ingredients it is over the top incredible! It does take some prep time so make sure you leave enough time to prepare it for yourselves or guests. You can serve this in tall glasses or champagne flutes or martini glasses. Whichever you have around. So before summer is gone, make a batch and sip and relax! We actually made these last on Valentine’s Day! Brought a batch over to our friends house and sipped them by the fire. Yes, in Florida! Lori and Mike have a beautiful house in Jensen Beach which has a great fireplace so we hung with them for a few hours and enjoyed the day. The drinks should have a slight frothy top if served immediately after blending. But since we had made these ‘to go’, they lost the head. (I hear you all laughing!) The 2nd picture is from the magazine.

INGREDIENTS:

6 ounces (¾ cup) limoncello

2 ounces (¼ cup) orange liqueur (Grand Mariner)

8 large strawberries, sliced

Prosecco or other sparkling wine

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine the limoncello and orange liqueur in a small bowl. Stir in the strawberries and soak at least one hour. (We did this overnight!)

2. After the berries have soaked, purée the mixture in a blender. Strain if desired. (We tried both ways. Strained is a little better, no seeds etc)

3. Pour into 4  glasses. Top with Prosecco or sparkling wine. Serve immediately!

Makes 4 drinks!

See what happens when you drink a couple in front of a cozy fire!

French Margarita

Well we had an Italian margarita and now there is a French margarita. We tried these last weekend and they were quite tasty! Anyone who makes them please leave a comment on the blog letting me know how you liked them! And of course we were enjoying them so much I forgot to take a picture! If you want to see what it looks like go to www.food2.com/recipes/french-margarita and check it out. The picture shown is from that site.  They use raspberries and blackberries for garnish. We didn’t, because we did not have any. Guess we’ll have to make them again so I can take my own pictures this time! The ingredients call for sweet and sour mix. We used our regular margarita mix. Enjoy!

Photo for illustrative purposes only

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. tequila (any kind, we use Milagro Silver)

1 oz. Grand Mariner

½ oz. each lime juice, orange juice, sweet and sour mix (Margarita mix)

1 oz. Chambord

Garnish: Skewer (toothpick) of raspberries and blackberries


DIRECTIONS:

Pour everything but the Chambord into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to mix.

Fill margarita glass with ice and pour mixture into glass. Top with Chambord. Garnish with a skewer of blackberries and raspberries.

Makes 1 drink

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