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!

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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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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hardcore candy bar

If you’re a lover of chocolate liqueur or Frangellico than this is the drink for you! If you’re not, than you’re going to want to just skip right on past this recipe! LOL! I really had no idea what to do with candy bar flavoured alcohol so I went right to the the UV website for this one. It has 4 kinds of alcohol in it and only calls for a splash of cola (as you can see I added a little more), so it definitely lives up to its name of being “hardcore”…try it if you dare!

hardcore candy bar

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Hardcore Candy Bar: UV Candy Bar, Vodka, Amaretto, Triple Sec, Cola

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz UV Candy Bar
  • 1 oz UV 103 Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • cola

Directions:

  1. Fill glass 1/2 full with ice
  2. Add all the alcohol
  3. Top with cola
  4. Stir and serve
  5. Enjoy!
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