Holiday Beverages

Watermelon Cocktails

April 30, 2012

Watermelon Cocktails

 

These Watermelon Cocktails are refreshing and easy to make. Make sure to use good quality tequila and they will make any summer party a big hit.

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 Cup Water

¼ Cup Sugar

14 Cups Diced Seedless Watermelon

¼ Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

8 Sprigs Mint Leaves For Garnish

8 Lime Slices For Garnish

1 ¼ Cups Good Quality Tequila

Ice

 

Pour the water and sugar into a small saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a simmer for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and let cool.  In a blender or food processor puree the watermelon.  You want the watermelon to be nice and smooth.  Strain the watermelon over a large bowl and throw away any pulp.  You want to get as much watermelon juice as possible.  In a large pitcher combine the sugar water with the lime juice.  Add the watermelon juice and tequila.  Store in the refrigerator for 3 hours.  Pour the cocktails into tall glasses filled with ice.  Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices and serve.  Serves 8

 

Spiced Apple Cider

December 4, 2011

Spiced Apple Cider

INGREDIENTS

8 Cups Apple Cider or Apple Juice

1 Medium Sliced Apple

1 Vanilla Bean Split Lengthwise

¼ Cup Honey

¼ Cup Maple Syrup

3 Whole Allspice Berries

3 Whole Cloves

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Star Anise

Peel of 1 Orange

Peel of 1 Lemon

In a sachet bag or piece of cheesecloth, combine the allspice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, anise, lemon & orange peels. Tie the cheesecloth with kitchen twine. In a large cooking pot combine the apple cider, apple slices, vanilla bean, honey and maple syrup. Add the spice bag. Cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Make sure not to boil. Remove from the heat and throw away the spice bag. Serve immediately. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. Serves 6

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