Sunday, January 15, 2017

Orange Bellini with Stirrings Cocktail Mixers

Tis the season for blogger challenges. And the season for me to be a lush apparently. I was invited to participate in the Stirrings Stir It Up Holiday Blogger Challenge. One of my favorite things to do monthly with my friends is brunch...with you guess it, mimosas. Sooo what better way to feature one of the Stirrings mixers, then with a bubbly cocktail of sorts. I decided to use the Simple Peach Bellini Mix and combine it with my favorite, the mimosa ... therefore creating the Orange Bellini!
If you are feeling frisky, you can add a little pizzazz to the drink by using a Stirrings Cocktail Rimmer - I prefer the Lemon Drop Martini rimmer. 

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Ingredients - serves 1
1/2 oz Stirrings Peach Bellini Mix
1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz of Sparkling Wine/Prosecco

Directions 
1. Pour Stirrings Peach Bellini Miz and Orange Juice in a glass (preferably a champagne flute). 
2. Top off with sparkling wine (approximately 2 oz.)

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cranberry Ginger Gin Fizz

One of the things I love the most about winter is all of the produce. Butternut squash, cranberries, pears, brussel sprouts, oranges, oh and did I mention cranberries? Luckily, Cape Code Select Premium Cranberries freezes their cranberries at their peak so you can get them year round! I was given the opportunity to sample some and create a few recipes for them. 

While I made a bunch of things out of JUST one bag, the recipe I am choosing to share is one I am extremely proud of. I channeled my inner bartender and made this killer simple syrup with cranberries. Combined with gin and tonic, this is a killer combo. 

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Cranberry Ginger Gin Fizz
serves 6 (or two people, 3 times)

Ingredients
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries
1 inch of ginger, cut into 3 pieces
6 oz. good quality gin
9 oz. tonic water

Directions for simple syrup
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a pot, cook over medium heat 5 minutes. 
2. The berries will start to break down, help the process along by using a fork/spoon to crush the berries
3. Cook for a total of approx 10 minutes. 
4. Strain mixture and put syrup in n ofridge for 10 minutes. 

Directions for assembling
1. In a glass, put in 4 ice cubes. 
2. Add in 1/2 shot (.75 oz) of the simple syrup, one shot of gin, 1 1/2 shots of gin. 
3. Stir. Drink. Enjoy.