Showing posts with label drinks. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How to Make a Candy Apple Cocktail (with or without Spirits) for #Halloween by Cleo Coyle



Marc and I are celebrating Halloween with a fun, little cocktail that may not be scary, but it is wicked good! This Candy Apple drink has all the flavor and color of a good old candy apple. You can make it without alcohol or with spirits—an apt notion for Halloween.

However you mix it, we hope you'll drink with scary good joy!

~ Cleo



Cleo Coyle's 

Candy Apple Cocktail


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Our drink recipe gives you great versatility. You choose your favorite ingredients and method of preparation:

* Make it a virgin drink (without alcohol) or spike it as much or as little as you like.

* Mi
x it by the glass, the pitcher, or even in a punch bowl. 

The pomegranate juice, added to the natural apple juice, provides good-for-you antioxidants--and a bloody good color for Halloween. Finally, have fun with the garnishes...








We like the idea of crusting the rim of each glass with cinnamon-sugar, which not only lends delicious flavor to each drink, but style to your service. 

You can slice an apple (through its equator) and slip the slice onto to the glass rim, as you would a lemon or lime slice. Or...

Try our idea of decorating the serving table using maraschino cherries on long skewers to mimic the look of candy apples. 




Whatever you do, we hope you have fun with the recipe, and... 

May you have a spirited Halloween!


Cleo Coyle's 
Candy Apple Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 parts apple juice, no sugar added
   (or chilled sparkling apple cider)


1 part pomegranate juice 

(optional) vodka or gin or white rum, to taste

(optional) cinnamon schnapps (such as Goldschlager), to taste

Maraschino cherries

Cinnamon sugar (*see method below)

Ice cubes



Directions: 

For a Candy Appletini: Spread a generous amount of your cinnamon sugar onto a flat plate. Moisten the rim of your martini glass and place it rim-side down into the plate of cinnamon sugar. Gently turn the glass until the rim is coated with the mixture.

Into a cocktail shaker, Mason jar, or pitcher, pour the apple juice, pomegranate juice, and the optional alcohol. Add ice cubes, stir well, and pour into your glass (or glasses), straining back the ice.  

For a Virgin Cocktail: Prepare any glass as described above by crusting the rim with cinnamon sugar. Fill about half the glass with the chilled sparkling apple cider. Add the chilled pomegranate juice. Stir gently to mix the liquids. Garnish with an apple slice or maraschino cherry on a wooden skewer and enjoy!

Making punch for a party: Follow the ingredient ratios above and spike it as much or as little as you like. Do not add ice to the punch bowl or pitcher, which will only water down the flavor of the drink. Instead, fill ice trays with the 2:1 ratio mix of apple juice and pomegranate juice and add those frozen apple-pom cubes to your punch bowl or pitcher to keep the drink tasting great for a longer period of time.


*How to Make Cinnamon Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup of white granulated with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon. This is a basic ratio, but you can vary it, adding more or less cinnamon to your own taste.



Another great idea for a party is to make 
candy apples to serve or simply to decorate the table.


Click the buttons below for Cleo's recipes...




Candy Apples with Honey 
instead of corn syrup

Or...





Candy Apples for Grown-ups!

(how to spike candy apples)





Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mexican Coffee - Launch Day - #bookgiveaway


by Leslie Budewitz

Today is the launch of the first in Leslie's new series, the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries. To celebrate, she's pouring drinks---and offering a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment.  

In ASSAULT AND PEPPER (March 2015), Pepper’s girlfriends Laurel and Kristen take her out for a night on the town to drown her sorrows---and force her to share a bit of information she’d rather keep to herself. The three enjoy a killer dinner at Café Frida, one of the more delicious figments of my imagination, and later settle in to the Diego Lounge for music and aight cap. This recipe doubles as both coffee and dessert.

Mexican Coffee

For each drink:

½ ounce tequila
½ ounce Kahlúa
1 cup hot, strong brewed coffee
¼ to 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream
dash of cinnamon, optional

Make the coffee. Use clear glass serving cups if you can, for presentation.

Set out the ice cream. You want it partially melted.


Combine the tequila and Kahlúa in the serving cup. Pour in the coffee, add the ice cream, and add a dash of cinnamon. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

From the cover of ASSAULT AND PEPPER:

Pepper Reece, owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer—until a murderer ends up in the mix…

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars.

But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on her doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest Tory Finch, one of Pepper’s staffers, for murder.

Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!


ASSAULT AND PEPPER, March 3, 2015 (Berkley Prime Crime)

Leslie Budewitz is the only author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction—the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, for Death al Dente (Berkley Prime Crime), and the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

10 Lucky Foods for a Happy New Year and A Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail from Cleo Coyle

Behold the Pomegranate
Champagne Cocktail

Why pomegranate? Because pomegranate is one of the foods believed to bring good luck in the New Year. That's why my recipe for you today is a beautiful Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail, along with tips on how to open, de-seed, and enjoy this highly healthy fruit. But first...

Did you know that many cultures believe you can eat your way to a better tomorrow? Here is a fun list of 10 "Lucky Foods" to start 2015 right.



1) Grapes are eaten at midnight in many Spanish-speaking countries, one for each stroke of the clock. Sweet grapes represent good months, sour less fortunate ones. 

2) Lentils are served in Italy because their abundant seeds symbolize wealth, and when cooked they plump with water to represent swelling fortunes.





3) Collards, kale, and other greens are lucky because they resemble paper money. The more you eat, the more prosperous (and healthier) you’ll become.



Click 
here
for my recipe.



4) Pork is eaten in Europe and America because its fat implies richness, but in Cuba, Spain, Portugal, and Austria hogs are also a symbol of progress because they never move backward. Cookies, candies, and cakes shaped like pigs are considered lucky too.



5) Long noodles symbolize longevity in many Asian countries, and the longer the noodle the better. It’s customary to eat them on New Year’s Day, and the noodles must never be broken or shortened when cooked.



Click
here for
Lucy Burdette's recipe.


6) Black-eyed peas are served in the American South in a dish called Hoppin' John. There are some who believe in eating one pea for every day in the new year. 

7) Cornbread is another Southern tradition. It’s color mimics gold, and sometimes coins are cooked into the bread, bringing additional luck to the person who finds it (without chipping a tooth).

8) Fish is a New Year’s dish in Asia, and is served with the head and tail intact to ensure a lucky year from start to finish. Similarly, in Europe and Scandinavia eating herring ensures abundance because their silvery color resembles coins.

9) Cakes, breads, and fruits in the shape of a ring or circle are good luck, and cookies shaped like coins bring prosperity to those who eat them.

10) Pomegranates are good luck because their color mimics the human heart, their medicinal properties (think antioxidants) promote good health, and their many round arils are believed to bring prosperity.




In ancient and present day Greece, 
a pomegranate is hung above the door throughout the holiday season. When the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve, that pomegranate is smashed against the door. As it bursts open, the fruit's ruby-red arils are revealed. The more arils, the luckier the New Year will be.

To celebrate this old and rather messy tradition, I have a modern pomegranate cocktail that may or may not be lucky, but it will certainly help you ring in the new year with beautiful color and bubbly good cheer.





Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
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Cleo's Pomegranate
Prosecco Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon pomegranate arils (to ride
   the pretty bubbles)

1 ounce (one part) pomegranate juice
3 ounces (three parts) chilled Prosecco


Directions: Place the pomegranate arils at the bottom of each glass. Add the pomegranate juice, and then the cold, sparkling Prosecco. There are many bottled pomegranate juices available, or you can squeeze your juice fresh. Scroll down for more info on this process...

Virgin variation: For a non-alcoholic option, replace the champagne with sparkling water, sparkling apple cider, or bubbly ginger ale.




For tips on cutting and de-seeding a fresh pomegranate, watch a short video by clicking here.


How to juice - After de-seeding the pomegranate and removing any parts of visible white pith, buzz the seeds in a blender or food processor. This will release the pulp and juice from the arils around the seeds. Now you must strain the liquid well to remove the crunchy hulls. Although it's an extra bit of trouble to obtain fresh juice this way, the taste is outstanding compared to bottled, which is why, for an amazing Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail, fresh is best.






May you drink (and eat) 
with joy and have a...

Happy New Year!



~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries





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Delicious recipes are also featured in my 14th 
culinary mystery, Once Upon a Grind, including...

* Black Forest Brownies 
* Cappuccino Blondies 
* Shrimp Kiev 
* Dr Pepper Glazed Chicken
* Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies
* "Fryer Tuck's" Ale-Battered Onion Rings
* Poor Man's Caviar 
* Caramel-Dipped Meltaways

...and many more recipes, including
a guide to reading coffee grinds...


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