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
  • Time: 5mins
  • 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!

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
  • Time: 5mins
  • 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!

 

classic cocktails: tom collins

After last week’s gin tasting we had quite a bit of extra gin to find a use for. The guys of course imbibed in many gin and tonics, but I’ve been dying to dabble with the classic cocktails so I mixed up some Tom Collins. The results were mixed: 2 thumbs up and 2 thumbs down (and everyone agreed they were afraid to hold on to my grandmother’s vintage glasses), but shockingly I was one of the thumbs up! I actually enjoyed it!! I have never been a gin drinker and you’d think after the gin tasting I’d be afraid to even try a gin based cocktail, but I did, and I liked it! Maybe the baptism by fire of our neat-gin tasting has converted me from a gin hater to a gin lover tolerator??

tom colllins

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: moderate
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classic cocktails: tom collins

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz gin
  • 1-2 oz lemon juice (to taste)
  • 2 tsp simple syrup (combine equal parts water and sugar; bring to boil until sugar melts, remove from heat and cool)
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Maraschino cherry, lemon or orange slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker and shake until cold.
  2. Fill Collins glass with ice. Strain into the ice filled glasses.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon/orange wheels and a maraschino cherry.
  4. Serve with tall straws.
  5. 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
  • Time: 2hr 15mins
  • 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!