Showing posts with label virgin drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label virgin drinks. Show all posts

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to Make a Super Simple Slushie Drink and Get Your Brain Freeze On! via Cleo Coyle





Behold the super-easy, super-chilled
slushie drink made without adding
ice or plugging in a blender.



Summer in the city has its charms, but if you’re talking New York in late July, humidity is not one of them! 

Down here at sea level, the high humidity can drive the "real feel" temperature up as much as ten degrees. Not a problem for an 80 degree (F.) day, but holy meltdown, Batman, when the mercury takes a ride to 90, stovetop cooking is not a high priority at Chez Coyle. Because our little townhouse kitchen is not air conditioned, Marc and I tend to do sandwiches, chilled salads, or outdoor grilling.

Summer is also a time when we get creative with drinks. In the past, I've blogged a few favorites, including my Virgin Mojito and Virgin Sangria...


To read my past post "Tale of the Virgin Mojito," click here.

Or visit my Virgin Sangria post by clicking here.


Today I’m sharing a fun, easy method of making a Virgin Slushie Drink with a simple plastic bottle of your favorite soda and a machine everyone has—a freezer...



This method is best explained in the fun, little video below. 


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I now use this method on
hot days to get my brain freeze on!

Here are a few tips and
the method written in steps...


The Super Simple
Slushie Drink



Ingredients:

3 Plastic Bottles (500 ml/16.9 fluid oz) of Regular Soda (or Diet Soda)

Your Freezer


Directions:

Step 1: Take your 3 room-temperature plastic bottles of your favorite soda and shake them up violently. You want to create as many air bubbles as you can throughout the liquid. 

Step 2: Immediately place these three bottles on their sides in your freezer. Close the door and watch the clock.

Step 3: You are going to give your bottles enough time for the liquid inside to become super-cooled but not so much that the liquid freezes solid. Because different freezers have different temperatures, the three bottles will serve as your timing experiment. Once you know which time works best for your freezer, make a note of it, and you can create a slushie anytime, using the results from this test. (Just be sure to use the same size bottle next time. A larger or smaller bottle will need a new timing test...)

Carbonated soda with sugar or corn syrup: 

Test bottle one at 3 hours and 15 minutes
Test bottle two at 3 hours and 30 minutes
Test bottle three at 4 hours

Carbonated diet soda: 

Test bottle one at 3 hours
Test bottle two at 3 hours 15 minutes
Test bottle three at 3 hours 30 minutes

Step 4: To test, remove the bottle from the freezer, unscrew the cap and allow the pressure to release. Then screw the cap back on and turn the bottle upside down and right side up again. The crystals will either form in the bottle or you will see them after you pour the soda into a chilled glass--watch for them to float to the top, and...




Drink with (icy) joy!


Poot (aka Mr. Many-Toes)


~ Cleo Coyle

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
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