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Watermelon Margaritas July 5, 2010

Filed under: alcohol,Cookout/Potluck,Poem,Spring/Summer — hmills96 @ 9:46 am
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Wow. Just Wow guys. I am overwhelmed. Yesterday’s post was the most viewed post I have ever had! 66 views! Before that, the most views I had were something like 42 in one day. I usually average around 25.

Now, Pioneer Woman would faint if she only had that many in one day. She gets thousands. But for me and my little blog, 66 views is awesome!!! I’m so happy that you guys are enjoying my blog and that more and more people are coming to see what’s going on over here. I enjoy this so much, more than I ever thought I would. In October, when I started, I thought it would be short-lived. Just an experiment. I’m so bad at keeping these kinds of things going. I’ll start a project and keep it up for a week or two, maybe a month. But after awhile I’ll get busy and forget about it. Not this.

As long as I’m able, I will cook. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE sharing that with you all. I especially love getting feedback from everyone, so please comment! I read all your comments and try to reply as much as I can! I would also love recipe suggestions. If you have a dish you want to see on here, tell me, I’ll test it out for you and put it up here for you to try yourself!

I hope you keep enjoying the blog (and because I’m greedy like that, spreading the word to all your friends!). I tweeted yesterday, it’s been fun to see which of my friends like to cook. Some have surprised me! Keep it up, I love hearing about your experiences!

Ok, now on to the recipe. Oooooooooooooo these margaritas. Can I say yum??? What says summer better than watermelon? Nothing. It’s so cool and refreshing. That’s just what these drinks were like. There is no ice in them. For me, they were better the second day, after the liquid froze solid and I could scrape it up with a spoon. It was much more margaritay that way. I would recommend making these the day before your party in a big bowl (not a pitcher), then scraping them out individually as needed, keeping the bowl in the freezer so it stays hard.

Oh and if you don’t have an immersion blender (or boat motor, as Emeril calls it), just pop the cubes into a blender or food processor, no big deal. Just do it a little at a time so you don’t overwhelm your appliance.

1/2 the melon made enough for me to have 6-7 regular sized margaritas. I still have some in the freezer. Unless you’re having an ENORMOUS party, I wouldn’t use the whole melon.

Watermelon Margaritas
Adapted from The Kitchn

1/2 large watermelon
Juice of 4 limes
1- 1 1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup sugar
lime salt (recipe below)

Cut melon into cubes, place in large bowl. Using an immersion blender, puree the watermelon and add the remaining ingredients. Place in a freezer until solid.

Rub lime around rims of serving glasses. Press rims into lime salt. Scrape watermelon mix into glasses.

Lime Salt
From The Kitchn

1/4 cup Kosher salt
1 tsp lime zest

Mix together by rubbing between thumb and forefinger. You could also use a mortar and pestle if you have one.

One more thing, I owe you a poem. If you remember this post, I explained that some of my recipes are printed on the back of poems, since I use scrap paper in my printer. This was one of those. I promised to share those poems with you as they came up. The theme of this poem was completely accidental, but absolutely perfect!

Drink to Me, Only With Thine Eyes

Drink to me, only, with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine;

Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I’ll not look for wine.

the thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine:

but might I of Jove’s nectar sup
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee, late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,

As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.

But thou there on did’st only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me:

Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.

–Ben Johnson

Roberts, Edgar V., ed. Literature:  An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2001. 690


Minty Mocha Cocktail May 14, 2010

Filed under: alcohol — hmills96 @ 8:10 pm
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I’ve been craving coffee all day, but it’s been sweltering hot for the last two days. Having a steaming cup of joe just did not sound appealing. So tonight I thought I’d shake up something cool and refreshing, a bit of an adult dessert to cap off the evening.

A warning–this does come out a very ill green color. Not very appetizing looking but VERY delicious!

Minty Mocha Cocktail

Original Recipe

1.5 oz Kahlua
1.5 oz Coffee Liquor
1 oz Creme de Menthe
2-3 oz cream or milk

Shake in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice in a rocks glass or in a chilled cocktail glass. If serving in a cocktail glass, you could line it with streams of chocolate syrup, or rim it with crushed chocolate bar.


Pineapple Rum April 24, 2010

Filed under: alcohol — hmills96 @ 9:06 am

Monday, my little sister turned 21! I went up to Purdue to celebrate with her–what an amazing night! I met a lot of great people, and K. had a fantastic birthday.

One of the girls introduced us to this drink–it’s kind of a duh. Not very complicated, it’s only two ingredients! But so, so delicious and refreshing, especially when you’re in a hot, crowded college bar. It’s super easy to make at home, for one person, and it can also be made in large batches for a party!

Pineapple Rum

1 cup pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz Malibu Rum

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain over ice and enjoy!


Bourbon Slush March 16, 2010

Filed under: alcohol,holiday — hmills96 @ 6:46 pm

I’ve never really celebrated St. Patty’s Day. I mean, aside from desperately trying to remember to wear green so I didn’t get pinched at school–but what awkward nerd doesn’t go through that stage? Just me? K.

But the green beer, the soda bread, all that–no, not really. Tomorrow night, J. and I are going out to a local beer bar, where a friend of mine’s dad is playing Irish music. The Fickle Peach takes their beer pretty seriously, I don’t know if there will be any green beer available, and even if there is, I can’t drink it. It will be wine for me! Either way, I’m pretty excited to actually get out and do something special!

To celebrate even further, I thought I’d share this recipe with ya’ll. It calls for bourbon, but you could certainly use Jameson! And add green food coloring for the holiday! 

Mine didn’t get slushy, for two reasons, I think:  1)  I only gave it about 4 hours to freeze. It probably needs to be made the night before. 2) I used Wild Turkey 101 which has a higher liquor content than most, so maybe I needed to add more water. Instead, I poured it over ice in my blender, which ended up doubling the recipe (like I minded that!). This will dilute the strength of the liquor (though not the flavor at all), so if you are doing this to get tipsy, you might add a little more.

This is the next day, after it had frozen completely. Looks pretty!

Bourbon Slush

From Food Alla Puttenesca

12 oz lemonade concentrate
6 oz orange juice concentrate
2 1/2 cups brewed tea, cooled
1 cup sugar
2 cups bourbon
6 cups water

Pour all ingredients into large pitcher or punch bowl. Freeze until slushy. Enjoy responsibly!


Bonus Post! January 17, 2010

Filed under: alcohol,My Recipes — hmills96 @ 12:06 am

I don’t usually do 2 posts in one day. Heck, I hardly ever post it seems lately! You guys must be pretty dang lucky today!

But, I had an 8 hour work from home Saturday shift today, and J’s working late tonight, which means it’s cocktail time baby!
I’ve posted a similar drink here before, as you can probably tell, I am a BIG fan of Dr. McGillicuddy’s!
I had a hankering for a White Russian. However, J and I aren’t big vodka drinkers so we don’t usually have it around the house. What I did have was Kahlua, cream, and Dr. M. From those ingredients, the Frosty Russian was birthed!
Frosty Russian
By Me!
1 shot Dr. M (best if kept in freezer)
1 shot Kahlua
1.5 shots cream
Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a martini glass (or in my case, a margarita glass cuz that’s all I’ve got).

quick drink recipe November 21, 2009

Filed under: alcohol,My Recipes,Quick and Easy — hmills96 @ 11:54 pm

Ok. here’s the deal. when I post a drink recipe, you can probably guess I’ve been drinking it. therefore, this post will be short, to the point. and I can’t guarantee there won’t be typos.

2 Shots Dr. McGillicuddy’s Peppermint Schnapps, kept in the freezer at least overnight (mine is stored in there)
1 shot Starbucks Coffee Liquer
Stir ingredients together in a martini glass (or in my case, a margarita glass because it’s that or a wine glass).
Sorry about the short post but I’ve been working the busiest Saturday we’ve had in, well, I really don’t know because I don’t work during the day on Saturdays anymore. But basically this introvert has been on the phone all day. And this drink is REALLY good. Yum! Go enjoy!