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

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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click here to view it on YouTube.

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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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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Make Virgin Sangrias and Virgin Mojitos from Cleo Coyle for a Happy #July4th!



Got overripe fruit?  Waste not! This virgin sangria is a nice way to make use of it. 


Why virgin? 
A white wine sangria is delicious, and one of my favorite drinks, but on a workday, I prefer that my fingers hit my laptop keyboard rather than my forehead, which means no firewater until the day is done. 

A virgin sangria is also a good solution for households with kids because the drink can be converted into an adult beverage at the time it's poured, which means one pitcher can conveniently serve drinkers and non-drinkers.

Want a Happy Hour Cooler? 

Spike it...


To turn this drink into an adult beverage, Marc and I recommend mixing the virgin sangria in a glass with a generous splash of port, sherry, brandy, grappa, cognac, or your favorite fortified wine. Fruit liqueurs (and amaretto) work well, too. 

The virgin sangria will dilute the alcohol, which is why a more concentrated choice works better for mixing this cooler than using a standard red, white or sparkling wine (although your mileage may vary). 

While we’ve never tried vodka, it should work well, as should rum. Unfortunately, as I’ve written in the past on this blog, white rum sends me to the dark side, so it’s a non-starter for me. That’s why I drink a virgin mojito.

To get my Virgin Mojito recipe (pictured above),
see my "Tale of the Virgin Mojito" post by clicking here.


For my Virgin Sangria recipe,
scroll on down...




Cleo Coyle's 
Virgin Sangria - Makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

- 1 (11.5 fluid ounce) can of frozen
   white grape juice concentrate

- 1 quart bottled or sparkling water
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 4 to 5 peaches or nectarines, chopped
- 2 cups chopped watermelon

MIX IT: Empty concentrate into your pitcher or container and stir in the water. When the concentrate is melted into a smooth liquid, add in the fruit. Stir well, cover, and chill for several hours or overnight. The fruit will fortify the white grape juice, making it refreshingly delicious. It will also blush the color from an unappetizing dark yellow to a pretty shade of deep pink. 





SERVE IT: Serve chilled in a frosty cold glass and garnish by a triangle of watermelon or small strawberry (see photo above for ideas).

SPIKE IT, IF YOU LIKE: This is a versatile drink for a household with children or one with drinkers and non-drinkers. To serve this drink as an adult beverage, simply mix half a glass of the virgin sangria with a generous splash of port, sherry, or your favorite fortified wine. Brandy, grappa, cognac, vodka, rum, and fruit liqueurs are other possible ways to spike this refreshing summer cooler. (A concentrated wine or hard alcohol will give you better results than standard wines or sparkling wines, which may taste too diluted by the virgin sangria.)





And to all of our readers in the USA...




Happy July 4th!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to Make a Virgin Sangria While Amusing Your Cat by Cleo Coyle




Got overripe fruit?  Waste not! This virgin sangria is a nice way to make use of it. 


Why virgin? 
A white wine sangria is delicious, and one of my favorite summer drinks, but on a warm day, I prefer that my fingers hit my laptop keyboard rather than my forehead, which means no firewater until the workday is done. A virgin sangria is also a good solution for households with kids because the drink can be converted into an adult beverage at the time it's poured, which means one pitcher can conveniently serve drinkers and non-drinkers.

Want a Happy Hour Cooler? 
Spike it...
To turn this drink into an adult beverage, Marc and I recommend mixing the virgin sangria in a glass with a generous splash of port, sherry, brandy, grappa, cognac, or your favorite fortified wine. Fruit liqueurs (and amaretto) work well, too. The virgin sangria will dilute the alcohol, which is why a more concentrated choice works better for mixing this cooler than using a standard red, white or sparkling wine (although your mileage may vary). While we’ve never tried vodka, it should work well, as should rum. Unfortunately, as I’ve written in the past on this blog, white rum sends me to the dark side, so it’s a non-starter for me. That’s why I drink a virgin mojito.

To get my Virgin Mojito recipe (pictured right), see my "Tale of the Virgin Mojito" post by clicking here.


For my Virgin Sangria recipe,
scroll down...




Cleo Coyle's 
Virgin Sangria - Makes 2 quarts


Ingredients:


- 1 (11.5 fluid ounce) can of frozen
   white grape juice concentrate

- 1 quart bottled or sparkling water
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 4 to 5 peaches or nectarines, chopped
- 2 cups chopped watermelon


MIX IT: Empty concentrate into your pitcher or container and stir in the water. When the concentrate is melted into a smooth liquid, add in the fruit. Stir well, cover, and chill for several hours or overnight. The fruit will fortify the white grape juice, making it refreshingly delicious. It will also blush the color from an unappetizing dark yellow to a pretty shade of deep pink. 





SERVE IT: Serve chilled in a frosty cold glass and garnish by a triangle of watermelon or small strawberry (see photo above for ideas).


SPIKE IT, IF YOU LIKE: This is a versatile drink for a household with children or one with drinkers and non-drinkers. To serve this drink as an adult beverage, simply mix half a glass of the virgin sangria with a generous splash of port, sherry, or your favorite fortified wine. Brandy, grappa, cognac, vodka, rum, and fruit liqueurs are other possible ways to spike this refreshing summer cooler. (A concentrated wine or hard alcohol will give you better results than standard wines or sparkling wines, which may taste too diluted by the virgin sangria.)


Amuse Your Cat... 




Yes, as I was taking photos for this post, our newest adopted New York Stray, Durango Quick (aka “Rango” or “Mr. Quick”), decided that a peach also makes a very good beach ball. And, of course, after playtime, he decided to take a taste of the delicious water droplets shimmering on the edge of my watermelon garnish. So…


Cheers to all you thirsty
cats out there!




Drink with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



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Friday, June 18, 2010

Tale of the Virgin Mojito by Cleo Coyle

I'm a cheap drunk, meaning very little coin at the bar will get me loopy.

I'm sure this isn't much of a revelation to anyone aware of my partiality for the most classically sobering of beverages (i.e. coffee, which I normally take via an IV drip beside my writing desk).

My husband is the same way when it comes to alcohol. We enjoy a nice, cold beer on the weekend; a glass of vino with dinner every now and again. For the most part, however, cocktails are a special occasion thing and not part of our daily routine.

That's mostly why I came late to the mojito. The drink, which is basically a Cuban mint julep, has been trendy for some time now, but I only got around to trying one about two years ago. Well, let me tell you...it was love at first sip!

I sampled the mojito a few more times, even began to make them at home. But, it seemed to me, a pattern was emerging. A short time after I drank my little Cuban friend, I started feeling annoyed, antsy, even argumentative. Was I imagining it? Hmmm....

I couldn't help thinking of one of our rescued stray cats. We took in Mr. Fellows when he was a very tiny kitten. He loves us. We love him. And he's about the most pleasant, even-tempered, genuinely happy feline in our house. BUT...get a little catnip into this puss and he starts to growl and proceeds to pick fights with every furball who passes his paws.

So I'm thinking maybe there's something to my pattern, too. I mean, beer and wine don't have a negative impact on my mood. So I tried my rum mojito one more time and decided I was not imagining it. Sad but true, too much white rum sends me to the Dark Side.

This is one reason my "Virgin Mojito" was born. The other reason is my realization that the refreshing experience of sweetened lime and mint over ice was the real attraction for me all along.

Do I miss the rum buzz? Not really. I mean, I could try switching the alcohol to bourbon, essentially making the drink a mint julep. Maybe next time I'm at a party or in a bar I'll give it a test. I'm not really that concerned. At heart, I'm a relentlessly sober sort of person anyway, more workaholic than alcoholic. Which isn't to say I wouldn't consider a trip to the Dark Side again...if tempted.

Until then, my quickie Virgin Mojito recipe will have to do. It's one I especially enjoy during New York's long, sticky summers.

Finally, I still can't help wondering if the rum thing is all in my mind. Do any of you have a type of alcohol that sends you to the Dark Side?



Cleo Coyle's
Virgin Mojito


Servings: 1

Ingredients:

10-20 fresh spearmint leaves
1 wedge of fresh lime
2 or 3 ice cubes
ginger ale
1 thin slice of fresh lime


Method: 

"Muddling" the mint is the only real technique to get right here. To "muddle" something for a cocktail means to crush it in the glass with a utensil. Bartenders have a device called a muddle, but the prongs of a fork will do the job just as well.


Step 1 - Place your mint leaves in the bottom of your glass and squeeze the juice from you lime wedge onto the mint. 

Step 2 - Use the prongs of a fork to muddle the dampened mint. (You are crushing the mint to release its essential oils.)

Step 3 - Drop the spent lime wedge into the glass and toss a few whole ice cubes on top of it all. (Note: A classic mojito uses crushed ice, but I like the whole cubes, which serve as a kind of strainer, keeping the mass of crushed spearmint leaves away from the rim of the glass so you can sip the drink without most of the leaves getting in your way.)

Step 4 - Fill the glass with ginger ale, place the slice of lime on the rim and...






Drink with Joy!


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.





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



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The Haunted Bookshop
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under the name Alice Kimberly
To learn more, click here.