Showing posts with label Mint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mint. Show all posts

Friday, May 4, 2012

{Friday Cocktail} 5.5.12 Double Cocktail Craziness

So tomorrow is a big day. Cinco de Mayo woohoo!!! oh yah. AND the Kentucky derby. I don't know about you, but when I think about both of these holidays two things come to mind. Margaritas and Mint Juleps. How could you pick just one? Since I'm still working working on eating well, I haven't been drinking. Okay, that's kind of a lie, I've been trying not to drink, and have for the most part been pretty successful. Still thinking about my may goals and having to be in a bathing suit in 10 days (eek) I'm going to really try to be good this weekend. It's going to be tough though. Good thing I'm the one throwing the party.

We are having a smallish Cinco de Mayo party so we'll have the traditional margarita mix, but I'm going to pick up a bottle or two of my girl Bethenny's Skinny Girl Margarita. 100 calories a serving? Sign me up.

Now I'm a southern gal, but we were never really in to the derby growing up. During college I went to a super fun Derby party, and ever since I love dressing up in a big floppy hat and sipping on some minty goodness. 

BW at last year's derby party
I'm going to attempt to make a skinny mint julep, but lets be honest, I still don't quite have the taste for bourbon, I need me some sugar.

Ingredients: 10 mint leaves, 1 Tbsp Simple Syrup, 3 oz bourbon, 1 cup crushed ice
  1. Muddle 10 mint leaves with 1 Tbsp simple syrup and a tiny splash of the bourbon.
  2. Let that mixture set for 3-5 minutes so the mint can release its flavor (take this opportunity to crush the ice)
  3. Strain the mint mixture and pour into your julep glass and swirl it around the glass. 
  4. Add the crushed ice to the top of the glass
  5. Add the remainder of the the bourbon
  6. Garnish with mint

Put on your finest hat (be it a big floppy one or a sombrero) and relax. I know that's what I'll be doing!

Friday, April 20, 2012

{Friday Cocktail} Cucumber Mint Gimlet

There are a few reasons I'm featuring this yummy cocktail on the blog this week. #1. I love Gin. It is my favorite liquor. I've read a few articles lately about how gin has come back in vogue in recent years. I would like to take this opportunity to take full responsibly for that. I am clearly quite the trendsetter. Ha ha. I kid. I am sure one influential factor is the rising popularity of my favorite show Mad Men. That brings me to #2. Betty Draper Francis loves her some gimlets, and who am I to knock the fabulous Mrs. Draper's drink of choice. #3. It's horse racing season. I'm not a huge mint julep fan, if it has enough sugar sure, but I'm still working on learning to love bourbon and other whiskeys. I feel that this is a gin lovers response to the mint julep. Plus who doesn't love a cucumber mint combo.
  • 2 oz Cucumber Gin 
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Mint Simple Syrup
  • Cucumber peels, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • crushed ice 

Cucumber Gin
  • Steep 2.5 cups of diced peeled cucumber in 4.5 cups of gin
  • Cover and chill at least 8 hours, up to four days
  • Strain and Store

Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • combine over medium heat until sugar dissolves
  • Add 1 cup mint leaves and remove from heat
  • Cover, steep for 30 minutes -1 hour, then strain and discard mint. 
  • Store up to 2 months
Enjoy! I know I'm looking forward to sipping on one of these this rainy spring weekend.

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