Showing posts with label Irish Whiskey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Irish Whiskey. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why you MUST try this WHISKEY ROOT BEER FLOAT by author Cleo Coyle


An ice cream float with whiskey? YES! The Whiskey Root Beer Float is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. It's astonishingly delicious, and my husband and I highly recommend it for your happy hour joy. And...

While you might not think of serving a kid's ice cream float to adults at a summer cookout, or to dinner-party guests as an "impressive" dessert, Marc and I are about to give you good reasons to consider it...



A note from Cleo...

Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

A restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, charges $11 for this float. With this recipe, you can make it at home for far less--and (even better) share it with friends and family. If they're skeptical (or you are), know this...

This is not your typical ice cream float that many adults would find a little too cloying. While this recipe still gives you a lovely, old-fashioned sweet dessert drink, the bubbly root beer and cold vanilla ice cream are given much more dimension by the warm, burning brightness of the whiskey. 

There are layers of beautiful flavor here, making it much more than an overly-sweet kid's treat. It's a superb culinary experience, one you shouldn't miss!

Jameson Irish Whiskey was our choice because of its sharp, almost lemony brightness, which turns a ho-hum ice cream float into a mind-blowing HOLY COW IS THIS GOOD experience. If you try it, we hope you like it as much as we did. May you drink with joy!

~ Cleo


Whiskey Root Beer Float

Serves 1

Ingredients:


Well-chilled root beer
1 shot Jameson Irish whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)
1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream


Directions:  Pour a small amount of root beer into a pre-chilled, short tumbler. Add your shot of whiskey. Drop in one scoop of ice cream. After the foam settles, slowly fill the glass with root beer and drink with joy!









Drink with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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a bestselling hardcover!


Coffee. It can get a girl killed.

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A Mystery Guild Selection
A Baker & Taylor "Trends" Pick
Three "Best of Year" Reviewer Lists


Dead to the Last Drop 
is a culinary mystery with 
more than 25 delicious recipes!

See the free illustrated 
Recipe Guide by clicking here.



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works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
15 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Spicy Carrots

I love traveling. Or more specifically, I love being somewhere else—in this case, Ireland. Not the getting there (where’s that transporter when you need it?). 

Even when you’re there and having a wonderful time, after a while it gets very tempting to forget about cooking (much less going out and wandering the dark lanes trying to find a town with a restaurant) and settle for a dinner of bread and cheese (assuming it’s one of those countries that produces both good bread and good cheese, which Ireland does).


So what say you make one dish fresh? This is another one based on that lovely pub cookbook, intended as a side dish. There are always carrots, everywhere, right? They seem to keep forever. Well, here’s a way to dress them up, when you’re scraping the bottom of the vegetable keeper.

Note: Of course I have to use West Cork Irish Whiskey. The West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen is fairly new, but the three relatively young guys who run it are doing a great job. I should know, because I checked out the place and sampled a few of their products (which are now available in the U.S.). Research, of course—I do write about an Irish pub, where whiskey is served. 

And then I included the guys as characters in A Turn for the Bad.




Glazed Carrots with Whiskey and Ginger
Ingredients:


1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup peanut oil
3 Tblsp salted butter
4 large carrots (about 1 pound), sliced into half-inch thick circles (if you want to get fancy you can slice them at an angle)
1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced into matchsticks
2 Tblsp Irish whiskey
½ cup chicken stock

Instructions:

Mix together the sugar, pepper and salt and set aside.


Heat the oil and half the butter in a large skillet. Add the sliced carrots in a single layer and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, then turn the slices (carefully, because you want to sort of caramelize both sides) and lower the heat if they seem to be cooking too fast. When the carrots are slightly browned on both sides (maybe even starting to blacken at the edges) remove them from the pan onto a plate.


Clean out the skillet with paper towels (do not wash!). Add the ginger and cook over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, until golden (but not burnt!). Add the ginger to the carrots on the plate.


Add the remaining butter, the whiskey, and the stock to the pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes or until the liquid thickens and becomes syrupy. 


Return the carrots and ginger to the skillet and swirl for 1 minute. Serve immediately.


There you go: quick, easy and colorful. And tasty!



If you want to find out what my friend the whiskey-maker does to help save the day, check out A Turn for the Bad (County Cork Mysteries #4, from February 2016).


Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and lots of other places (I hope!).

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Irish Whiskey Steak for St. Patrick’s Day with a Fun #Giveaway from Cleo Coyle



On March 17th, everyone is a little bit Irish. Here in New York, the wearing of the green starts early as we line Fifth Avenue to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—the world’s oldest and largest with more than two million spectators...




Members of New York’s Bravest (firefighters) and its Finest (police department) march in tribute to the many Irish immigrants who've worked in our city fighting fires and crime for generations...



Which is why today’s recipe is adapted from one my husband and I published in the recipe section of our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery Roast Mortem, a story set around the time of St. Patrick’s Day—and for good reason. The mystery pays tribute to New York's firefighters, the same ones who now march in that annual parade carrying 343 flags, in memory of the 343 souls their department lost in the service of saving others in New York on September 11, 2001.


In honor of that brave Irish spirit, we give you a recipe with spirit. A wonderful dish for St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


GIVEAWAY!

Scroll to the end of this post to
enter our fun St. Patrick's Day
giveaway!



Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
Learn about their books 
by clicking here and here.


Irish Whiskey Steak

Inspired by the ingredients of Irish coffee, my husband and I married whiskey and java in this recipe for an outrageously delicious marinade. 

The coffee accents the earthiness of the beef, which stands in contrast to the spirited brightness of the whiskey. The combination creates the kind of complexity that gives beautiful flavor, a finish so good you won’t need steak sauce, just a thick slice of bread to sop up every bit of those sizzling steak juices on your plate...



To download a free PDF
of this recipe that you can print,
save, or share, click here.

Cleo Coyle's
Irish Whiskey Steak


Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Irish whiskey (we like Jameson)

1/4 cup freshly brewed (and cooled) coffee or espresso

4 tablespoons sesame oil

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 T-bone, rib-eye, or shell steaks (2–3 pounds total)

Directions: 

(1) Whisk together the whiskey, coffee, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and pour into a shallow dish or pan that is large enough to hold 2 steaks flat (single layer, no overlap­ping).



(2) Cover the dish, pan, or container with plastic wrap, and marinate the meat for 1 hour in the refrigerator, then flip and marinate for a second hour. During the last 20 minutes, remove the steak from the refrigerator and allow the meat to reach room temperature.




(3) Sauté the steaks over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast-iron skillet or on a stovetop grill pan (that's what you see in my photos). Cook 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 7–8 minutes per side for medium-well. You can also broil or grill them on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill. 



NOTE: If your steak is on the thick side, see "Cleo's Quick Kitchen Hack" below for a restaurant technique on finishing it...

CLEO'S QUICK KITCHEN HACK

The Steak Roll...


When your steak is on the thick side, be sure to "roll" it on its sides (as shown above) at the end of the cooking process to get a nice browning on those fatty white edges.

AND FINALLY

(4) Be sure you allow the steak to rest at least ten minutes before slicing so the juices are able to re-collect. If sliced too soon, those important juices may run out and your steak will taste dry instead of moist and juicy—the best way to eat with joy!






Happy St. Patrick's Day!


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


Friend me on Facebook here. * Follow me on Twitter here
Learn about my books here

* * *

Our newest mystery is 
now a bestselling hardcover!




Coffee. It can get a girl killed.





DEAD TO THE LAST DROP

A "Most Wanted" Mystery Guild Selection
A Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick
Three "Best of Year" Lists


Dead to the Last Drop 
is also a culinary mystery with 
more than 25 delicious recipes!

See the free illustrated 
Recipe Guide by clicking here.

*  *  *



The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling works of
amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark 
Greenwich Village
coffeehouse, and each of the 
15 titles includes
the added bonus of recipes. 



GET A FREE TITLE CHECKLIST
OF BOOKS IN ORDER
(with mini plot summaries)

* * * 

Marc and I also write
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Get a free title checklist of
books in order, along with
mini plot summaries, 



Or learn more about the books and meet 
Jack Shepard, our PI ghost by clicking here.



* * * * 



CLEO'S 
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
GIVEAWAY!


TO ENTER, leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address (or another way to contact you, for example, you can let me know if  you are my friend on Facebook and I can get in touch that way, and feel free to Friend me if you aren't!)...

Prize #1 - Irish Blessing Mug

While we can't give you a bottle of Irish whiskey, we can give you this beautiful bone china "Irish Blessing" coffee mug designed in Galway with Celtic symbols and the words of the old Irish blessing...

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand..."





Roast Mortem:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
with firehouse recipes!
Click to learn more.
And...

Prizes #2 and #3

We’re also giving away a set of our autographed glossy recipe cards as well as an autographed copy of Roast Mortem, our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery, which pays tribute to New York’s firefighters, generations of whom have been proud descendants of Irish immigrants.

The story follows our amateur sleuth Clare, a middle-aged single mother and coffeehouse manager, who barely gets out of a burning cafe alive. The fire turns out to be arson, set by someone who appears to be targeting the city's cafes.

Looking for clues to the culprit, Clare ends up befriending members of a local firehouse. And when some of these men begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare can see there’s more to this case than simple arson and fears more than New York’s Bravest will end up burned...


Click to see some
of the book's recipes.


In the course of this mystery, Clare not only exchanges clues with the firefighters, she swaps some great recipes. 

The result is a culinary mystery with delicious spins on firehouse favorites. May you read (and eat) with joy! 

~ Cleo











 "No one combines a cozy atmosphere
with a realistic crime novel any better
than Cleo Coyle. . . . a winner."

~ Lesa Holstine,
award-winning contributing
reviewer to Library Journal and
Mystery Readers Journal