classic cocktails: sidecar

Week two of my classic cocktail experimenting (which Hubby has now cleverly dubbed Legends of the Fall) went significantly better. This week I continued with another whiskey based cocktail to get some more use out of the bottle of Crown Royal I bought last week. Typically a Sidecar would call for cognac or bourbon whiskey, but I used the rye whiskey we already had (which is a household favourite anyway) and it was truly delicious! I loved it and Hubby has claimed it as his new go-to drink. It’s a great sipping cocktail and the lemon juice and triple sec provide the perfect combination of sour and sweet to cut the intensity of the whiskey. This cocktail is totally “boss”!

classic cocktails: sidecar

classic cocktails: sidecar

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: sidecar It’s a great sipping cocktail which can be served in a rocks glass or cocktail/martini glass.  The lemon juice and triple sec provide the perfect combination of sour and sweet to cut the intensity of the whiskey. This cocktail is totally “boss”!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Crown Royal
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon slice for garnish
  • ice

Directions:

  1.  Pour all ingredients, excluding the lemon slice, into a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake well and strain into either 2 cocktail glasses, or 1 rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon slice and enjoy!

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single serving sangria in a snap

single serving sangria in a snapSingle-serving-sangria-in-a-snap…there I go with the alliteration again!

Maybe you just feel like having just one glass of sangria (are you feeling ok?), suddenly had a sangria craving, or if you’re like me it’s more likely that you didn’t plan a head and don’t feel like waiting 4 hours for the flavours to infuse…it was the last weekend of summer and I forgot to plan a sangria!! How could this happen?? I don’t think I/we missed a Sangria Sunday all summer long!

Either way the easiest way to get a good sangria fast (and even in single serving portions!) is a couple citrus fruits, a shot of orange liqueur, and some wine (duh). The trick to getting great flavour out of this recipe is juicing the end slices of each fruit that you use into your glass.

single serving sangria in a snap

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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single serving sangria in a snapIngredients:

  • glass of wine of your choosing
  • 2 citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
  • 1/4 oz Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • optional: club soda or lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. Slice 2 citrus fruits of your choosing (whatever is in the fruit bowl!)
  2. Squeeze the juice out of one end bit of each fruit into your wine glass then add 1-2 slices of each fruit into your glass
  3. Add 1/4 oz of Triple Sec or whichever orange liqueur you have on hand
  4. Top with your favourite wine and stir
  5. Add ice, and if you’re looking for something a little less potent top with club soda or lemon-lime soda
  6. Enjoy!

boozy strawberry lemonade

Is it just me or does summer feel like it’s coming to an end already? It’s a beautiful day here today, but that fall crispness is already in the air when the wind blows. I’m ready for it though, I love fall…just as long as winter doesn’t rush in too quickly behind it.

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

boozy strawberry lemonade

  • Servings: individual
  • Difficulty: easy
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boozy strawberry lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. (heaping) Country Time Strawberry Lemonade Mix (powdered)
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. strawberry schnapps
  • lemon
  • water and ice

Directions:

  1. Cut the lemon in half and reserve one half for your second drink, or a friends drink :) Take the remaining half lemon and slice off one lemon wheel for garnish. Juice the remaining half of your lemon into a tall glass.
  2. In the same glass add 1 heaping tbsp. of Country Time Strawberry Lemonade Mix, 1 oz. vodka and 1 oz. strawberry schnapps. Stir until as much of the powder as possible is dissolved.
  3. Fill glass 1/2 way with ice and top with water. Stir until powder is completely dissolved.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel and enjoy!

 

mason jar sangria

Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jar
We’re up at the cottage and I got a text from the girls today saying “bring sangria to the beach. ASAP!” I was like I’m already on it! But wait, how am I going to get a pitcher of sangria down a flight and a half of stairs, down the hill to the dock, on a speed boat, a short walk through the water, and onto the beach with out spilling? MASON JARS! (Which btw I love and are a favourite jumbo sized drinking vessel up here at the lake.) And they worked perfectly! Each jar held exactly a half batch of sangria so of course I made two.

Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jar

mason jar sangria

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jarEach standard size mason jar can hold 4 cups of sangria goodness, so for most sangria recipes you would halve the ingredients, or make 2 jars! The recipe below is already halved to fit into a single jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle of white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the lemon-lime soda into a mason jar (squeeze the juice out of the lemon ends!)
  2. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda, stir and replace lid
  3. Refrigerate 2 hours
  4. Take it to go and serve dockside!
  5. Enjoy!

sparkling grapefruit sangria

Another tasty sangria featuring champagne/sparkling wine/prosecco…are you sensing a trend here at all? This recipe uses a full bottle each of wine and champagne as well as some grapefruit juice so it makes a big batch and would be great for a larger group. This sangria is super crisp and refreshing, it definitely hit the spot after a long day of tackling my mess of a garden. On a side note, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about gardening this year it’s don’t skimp out on landscaping cloth under the mulch. My weeds are reproducing like gremlins!

sparkling grapefruit sangria

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Riesling wine
  • 2 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • Fresh cut grapefruit and oranges

Directions:

  1. In a pitcher mix wine, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and fruit. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. To serve fill a champagne glass half way with sangria mixture and then top with champagne and fruit.
  3. Enjoy!
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blue & dew

Blue & Dew a.k.a. Rev‘s subtle little sister. It’s got the kick of caffeine from the Mountain Dew, but not quite the double punch of the Rev which also contains guarana to get you going. When you’re making this cocktail be sure to put the full amount of UV Blue or you don’t get the right flavour. And let’s not forget to mention the awesome colour…I wonder if it glows under a blacklight?

blue & dew

  • Servings: single
  • Difficulty: easy
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Blue & Dew - UV Blue and Mountain Dew

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz UV Blue
  • 1 can Mountain Dew

Directions:

  1. Add 3 oz of UV Blue (no less!) to a highball glass and top with mountain do
  2. Stir and Enjoy!!

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prosecco sangria

Eek! I better get this recipe out before Sangria Sunday is over! This Summer of Sangria/Sangria Sundays thing is quickly becoming my favourite tradition. And I have to say I’m pretty happy with my photography work this week :)

prosecco sangria

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Prosecco Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • 1 cup of sparkling grape juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 8 mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Place mint leaves in a pitcher and press leaves slightly to release flavour
  2. Add sliced strawberries, sparkling grape juice, and orange liqueur
  3. Place in the fridge for one hour
  4. Serve by filling a white wine glass halfway with ice then fill half way with sangria mixture being sure to get mint leaves and strawberries in each glass and top with prosecco. Stir gently.
  5. Enjoy!
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