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Have Your Pumpkin Pie & Drink It, Too!

Beverages, Recipes - Jennifer - November 18, 2011

My son turned 11 earlier this month, and we had the family over for a little pizza party.  We had made pumpkin cookies earlier in the week and still had a half can of pumpkin puree in the fridge, so we tried out this little libation:

PUMPKIN PIE PUNCH

1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
1 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 gallon apple cider
2 liters cold ginger ale

Whisk together pumpkin & spices, adding the cider and continuing to whisk until ingredients are smooth and sugar is completely dissolved.  Chill until ready to serve.  When ready, transfer to punch bowl and stir in ginger ale.  Serve over ice.

The above recipe is the kids’ version.  When serving adults, we added in an extra-special, grown-up ingredient:  a healthy splash of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum!  Oh man, was it good!

We’ve already decided that next time we will further customize our Pumpkin Pie Punch by hunting down some cinnamon ice cream for floats.

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My New Summer Drink: Keep Out of Reach of Children!

Beverages - Jennifer - May 2, 2011

Every year, I co-chair a big fundraiser for my children’s school. It’s a Ladies’ Night Out event with shopping, spa services, games, raffles and food. And what Ladies’ Night Out would be complete without girly drinks? You know, the pink, foufy kind that no self-respecting male would be caught dead drinking? Well this year, I think we outdid ourselves: Bubblegum Martinis. You can’t get much pinker or girlier than a Bubblegum Martini!

I found the recipe here, at A Cozy Kitchen. We liked the way the gum looked in its marinating jars so much that we decided to sell them that way. The secret is in flavoring the vodka with the bubblegum. We soaked the gum overnight, 2 pieces in 2 ounces of vodka in mini-mason jars. When a patron of our martini-bar ordered one, we added four ounces of chilled lemonade (pink, of course) and then handed over a jar and a sugar-rimmed glass. Our Bubblegum Martinis received rave reviews and were actually quite tasty (I did try one). One caveat, though, and it’s a major one: I do not recommend chewing that gum! Oh, and don’t forget to keep out of the reach of passing children . . .

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No Need to Feel Left Out If You’re Not Irish Year-Round

Beverages, Cookbooks - Jennifer - March 7, 2011

I know St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until next week, but I’ve been helping put together a big party for this weekend, so I’m in the spirit already.  Or should I say I’m in the “spirits” already, having participated in a marathon jello-shot-making afternoon (we made over 700 shots in 8 varieties)!  So I dug out my old Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem cassette tapes (recorded off of the LPs of my childhood), dusted off the old boom box, and started surfing the Kobo site for further inspiration.  There I found The Best Irish Drinks by Ray Foley, publisher of Bartender magazine.  Who would know the best Irish drinks better than an Irish bartender?

Typically, I’m a beer girl, and my favorite variety is stout, the darker the better.  But with over 300 Irish cocktail recipes at my fingertips, I’m ready to branch out.  The book features entire chapters devoted to Irish whiskey, Irish creams, beers, cocktails, and Irish coffees.  And once you’ve mastered the libations, there’s a chapter on toasts and wisdoms to round out your education.  I like this one: 

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!

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