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Summer Cocktails- The Porcupine

We interrupt your week with a very special treat! Can you guess it? YES! Bringing you an extra summer cocktail and on a Thursday. We are feeling crazy over here guys! Summer is insisting that it’s not over this week, so we had to obey and bring you another summer cocktail. This one has a glimpse of fall in it, perfect for this week which as been a little cold in the mornings and super hot in the afternoon.  I first made this cocktail for my son’s 2nd birthday party, and guests were all about it! This cocktail you can make prior and serve it in a pitcher for any event. (hint, perfect for football Sunday brunch) The porcupine is a crowd pleaser with its hints of rosemary and pineapple, bubbles from the Prosecco, and the taste of hops in the background. A perfect cocktail for the beginning of fall. You still have your summer tropical notes from the pineapple, and then you have the taste of fall with rosemary and beer. Yummy! Yes beer and Prosecco in the same drink… I told ya we were getting crazy over here. This is a drink your man will like too!

Photos by Meg Perotti 

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The Porcupine
Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
spears of pineapple for serving
2 – 3 inch Rosemary Sprigs, plus more for garnish
4- 12-ounce bottles of chilled Sierra Nevada (or your choice of a good quality pale ale)
1 bottle of sparkling dry Prosecco, chilled

Directions

In a small saucepan combine pineapple juice and 2 sprigs rosemary. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup. Strain juice into a bowl; discard solids. Cover and chill for 1 to 48 hours. In an extra-large bowl combine the strained juice, beer, and wine. Serve in wine glasses garnished with pineapple wedges and additional rosemary sprigs.

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We like to add an extra splash of prosecco at the end!

Drink up!

xx

Abby

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By on September 8, 2016 in COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, SUMMER COCKTAILS

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Summer Cocktails – Kiwi Daiquiri

Can you believe the Summer is coming to an end?!  It’s Labor Day weekend and most people look at this as the grand finale… Say it ain’t so!!!!  We hope you guys have enjoyed your Summer and all of our yummy cocktail posts, this is the last one for now… Until 2017!  Next week we start a new Friday series we think you’re gonna love… More recipes but a bit more on trend with the season.  But for now, let’s check out this super tasty Kiwi Daiquiri cocktail recipe and give you some inspiration for all the fun you’re gonna have this weekend!  Without further ado…

beijosCOCKTAILkiwiV1 Ingredients

2 oz Rum

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

1 1/2 oz Kiwi Puree

1/4 oz Lime Juice

Fresh Kiwis sliced for garnish

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Shake all with ice and strain into your glass!  Easy peasy!  And super yummy!!

Photos by Megan Welker

Recipe found on Craft & Cocktails

Happy end of Summer!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on September 2, 2016 in COCKTAILS, RECIPES, SUMMER COCKTAILS

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Summer Cocktails – Peach Champagne Cocktail

Couple more cocktails coming your way as we are coming to the end of Summer…(sad face).  Don’t worry though, we got you covered with more lined up for Fall and Winter! Today we are going a little dainty, and girly with the Peach Champagne Cocktail. Something great for an impromptu get together with the girls, or a shower.  It’s definitely a hit because who doesn’t like Peach and Champagne?  Put it in a pretty coupe glass and your fancy!! Oh and it’s also the easiest thing to make on the planet!!

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Here’s how to do it…

Ingredients:

Alize Peach

Frozen Peaches

Powdered Sugar

Champagne

Grenadine

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Combine Alize Peach, frozen peaches, and powdered sugar in a blender to mix.  The frozen peaches will give it a little slush consistency, but not too slushy, it will come out perfectly cool for your hot summer day. Blend these ingredients until smooth, adding some champagne if extra liquid is needed.  Stir in remaining Champagne.

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Fill each glass half way with the peach mixture, then add a tbsp of grenadine to each glass.  Top it off with the remaining peach mixture. Garnish and serve!  It looks so pretty with these little camomile flowers in them.

There you have it…Enjoy!! And take advantage of these last couple weeks of Summer….EEk that went by super fast!!

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Xx Leah

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By on August 26, 2016 in CELEBRATIONS, COCKTAILS, LIFESTYLE, SUMMER COCKTAILS

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Summer Cocktails – The Cactus Lady


Calling all cactus pear lovers! Please stop what you are doing, and immediately consume this cocktail. The cactus lady, she is tropical, is a hot pink beauty, and is the hit of the party in her rose gold pineapple tumbler. Don’t let this pretty cocktail fool you; it means business.

Cactus pears are in season right now, and we love using them in our cocktails. See the Prickly Pear Margarita we also made this summer. We are taking it up a step and adding a bit of a kick with some ginger. This changes the whole flavor around.

See how to make the palm frond cocktail here

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Photos by Yasmin Sarai

Now, you can go ahead and buy the prickly pear simple syrup, but cmon the real deal is just better. So get up and make the syrup, here is how we made it.

Cactus Pear Simple Syrup

Ingredients
2 1/2 pounds prickly pears aka cactus pears
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
One bunch fresh mint
One cinnamon stick
One vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Directions
With the tip of a sharp knife, scrape off the thorns of the prickly pears. Cut off the ends of the fruit and then make a lengthwise slit through the skin and peel off and discard the skin. Repeat with the remaining fruit. Cut the fruit into large pieces, transfer to a food processor and process until pureed. Strain through a fine sieve. There should be approximately 2 cups of liquid.

In a saucepan, combine the prickly pear puree, water, sugar, mint, and the cinnamon stick. Be sure to scrape the seeds from the vanilla, and then put both the seeds and the pod into the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Taste to make sure that the flavors are balanced. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.

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Serving: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

Three tablespoons mezcal
*this will give you a nice smoky flavor
Two tablespoons ginger liqueur
1-2 tablespoons of the cactus pear simple syrup
* Adjust to your tasting, I like my cocktails a bit sweeter, so I added two tablespoons
One tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
Ice
margarita salt *optional
Lime slices for garnish

Directions

1st fill a small plate with some of the simple syrup, you will use this to rim your cup with salt. Dip in simple syrup and then your margarita salt. Fill your glass to the top with crushed ice. In a shaker, combine simple syrup, mezcal, and fresh lime juice. Shake! Pour mixture into the salted rimmed cup. Add lime slices and enjoy! For that extra Beijos touch, add some flowers for presentation.

Lets us know how your hang out with the cactus lady is! She is one of our favs!

xx
Abby

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By on August 19, 2016 in COCKTAILS, RECIPES, SUMMER COCKTAILS

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Summer Cocktails – Vinho Verde Sangria

When you’re a Portuguese girl, you’re all about vinho verde in the summer!!  For this week’s cocktail I thought I would share how amazing it is with all of you!!  My family and I love popping a bottle of vinho verde, the literal translation is “green wine”, think of it as a yummy, light and fresh sparkling white wine.  Perfect for these hot summer months!!  It’s amazing on it’s own but for our summer cocktail series I made a delicious vinho verde sangria that I think you are going to love, not only is it pretty to look at but very tasty!  Also, excuse the Thursday interruption with our usual Friday cocktail posts but tomorrow we have a special feature we are excited to share!!  In the meantime, let’s get right to it!!

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Now let’s start with where to get vinho verde…  You can get a bottle at most grocery stores but I usually get mine at World Market, Bev Mo or Trader Joe’s because they tend to always be on hand at those locations.  A few of my family’s favorite bottles are Gazella or Aveleda just as a tip!

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Ingredients

Vinho Verde

Cucumber

Melon (I used cantaloupe for color)

Green Grapes

Lime

Mint

Basil

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You can use all of the ingredients fresh!  I balled the melon, cut the grapes in half and thinly sliced the cucumber and lime.  You will also pull the leaves off the stem for the mint and basil.  Simply poor a bottle of vinho verde in a pitcher, add all of the ingredients to taste and let sit in your refrigerator for at minimum an hour or so.  You could even prepare the night before and have the next day, the longer the ingredients soak, the more flavor!  It’s as simple as that and very pretty to look at!!  When serving you may want to add some fresh herbs on top for garnish…

beijosCOCKTAILvvs3 If you’re throwing a get together the next few weeks you should definitely give this easy recipe a try, it’s a crowd pleaser!

Cheers!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 11, 2016 in COCKTAILS, RECIPES, SUMMER COCKTAILS

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