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Perfect Homemade Lemonade

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Perfect Homemade Lemonade

Serves 4-6

Easy and delicious homemade lemonade. Of course wonderful by itself, but it really gets going when you add bourbon or vodka or whatever in it - you decide.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
  • zest of 1 lemon, strained remove pips
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 cup water then add sugar, cook and stir 2 minutes to dissolve to make basic sryup
  2. Add zest to syrup, let it cool or if in a hurry, warm is ok too
  3. Add syrup to lemon juice, add cold water, stir well
  4. Serve chilled with lots ice
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Moscow Mule

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Moscow Mule

Makes 1

A great cocktail – just don’t be tempted to substitute ginger ‘ale’ for the ginger ‘beer’, because it won’t be the same. BTW, ginger beer does not contain alcohol.

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 1 half lime, cut into 2 wedges
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces cold ginger beer

Directions

  1. Fill a copper mug (or tall glass) with ice, add vodka, squeeze in both lime wedges - and drop in one of the wedges
  2. Fill with the ginger beer
  3. Serve

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Mini Sriracha Bloody Mary

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Mini Sriracha Bloody Mary

Serves 1

This will complete any breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 small can tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2-3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 vodka shot
  • 1/4 piece lime, juice salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to tall glass, stir well and enjoy.

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French Martini

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French Martini

Makes 1

Chambord is raspberry liquer and a great addition to your bar - or cupboard, too - as it's great even just on ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 1 lemon twist

Directions

  1. Put ice in cocktail shaker
  2. Add all ingredients and shake well
  3. Pour into glass, add lemon twist and drink

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Champagne Cocktail

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Champagne Cocktail

Makes 1

A classic that's perfect for New Year's - and way simple. Bitters are just a vegetable extract that's used in making a bunch of cocktails - you can find it at the supermarket. You know sparkling wine is essentilly the same as champagne - you just can 't call it champagne unless it comes from the champagn region of France.

Ingredients

  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions

  1. Shake 2 dashes bitters on sugar cube and drop in champagne glass
  2. Fill with champagne

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Pink Rum Hammer

Makes 1, but a good 1

I'm not sure the combination of rum and ruby red grapefruit juice sounds all that good, but this is one of my favorite cocktails. And on a hot summer day, it's the official drink of the Red Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce Ruby Red Grapefruit juice
  • splash raspberry liquer, like Aqua Perfecta

Directions

  1. Fill a short glass with ice
  2. Add rum and grapefruit juice
  3. Add the splash of raspberry
  4. Squeeze and drop lime on top and serve

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Tequila Sunrise

Makes 1

This is definitely an old school cocktail. It reminds me of this one night we were all over at....oh never mind.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • About 1/2 an ounce of Grenadine

Directions

  1. Put ice in a glass and add tequila then oj
  2. Drizzle the Grenadine over the ice and watch the sunrise - get it?

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Sangrita

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Sangrita

Makes about 20 ounces

Drink this along side your really good tequila. Its awesome....try it!

Ingredients

  • 10 oz tomato juice
  • 10 oz orange juice
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup onion (preferably white), diced extra fine
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Refrigerate
  3. Serve in a small glass along side an equal amount of good tequila

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Potato Vodka Cocktail

Makes One

Think vodka Mojito with mint, sort of.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz potato vodka (like Chopin)
  • 1 oz Ginger Beer (similar to ginger ale but stronger and non-alcoholic)
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into small pieces

Directions

  1. Put the mint and lime pieces into the bottom of a short glass and muddle (squish down with until the mint and limes are kind of mashed a bit
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in the vodka and ginger beer
  3. Stir and enjoy

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Sake Martini

Makes 1

This is one of my favorites.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce sake
  • 1 splash Grand Marnier, or any orange liquer
  • Ice
  • 1 small wedge of fresh orange

Directions

  1. Add some ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, sake and Grand Marnier
  2. Shake well
  3. Add fresh ice to a glass and pour in martini
  4. Squeeze the orange wedge into the drink and drop in
  5. Enjoy

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Dirty Gin Martini with Blue Cheese Olives

Makes 1

The olive juice and the blue cheese olives make this.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Splash of vermouth
  • Splash of the olive juice from the jar
  • 2 blue cheese stuffed olives - you buy them already stuffed or simply cram crumbled blue cheese into a couple olives
  • Bamboo skewers

Directions

  1. Put ice into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add in the gin, vermouth and olive juice
  3. Skewer the olives on the bamboo skewer
  4. Shake the cocktail well to chill
  5. Pour and strain into a martini glass, add olives and enjoy

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