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June 13, 2015

Smoky Whiskey Mule

Patty here again with another "Thirsty Thirteenth". Whoop whoop! Since Father’s day is approaching, I decided to make a drink dedicated to and inspired by my Dad. This year is extra special for him because his birthday is just a couple days before Father’s day and he is turning the big 7-0. My Dad switched over from a beer drinker to Jack Daniel’s many years ago. He was trying all sorts of crazy things because he didn’t like the Jack and Coke route at all. For a while he was drinking Jack and Gatorade. All different flavors of Gatorade. Everyone thought he was crazy. Some of them were really gross but others not too bad. One day someone told him that the upper and a downer combination might not be so good for him since he wasn’t exactly a spring chicken. So, he switched to Jack and water. The great…
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Patty here again with your monthly Thirsty Thirteenth. I’ve noticed a trend in my cocktails lately. They all seem to be this yellowish color with citrus fruits. I guess it’s obvious I’m excited about warm weather finally being here. Well, this time I was thinking about something else hot besides the weather. Let’s make a spicy drink. There is nothing better than a spicy margarita, especially with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner. Let’s spice it up with the awesome habanero. Oh yeah. This one is pretty easy too. We’ll just blend the habanero up with some nice fresh spring mangos. This drink can go a few ways. If you want it extra spicy, let the habanero sit in the mango puree for a few days. The flavors will meld more and it will get hotter each day. I suggest overnight. I ended up having mine sit for about…
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A refreshing cocktail recipe featuring the flavors of crisp cucumber, fragrant cilantro, tart lemon and fiery serrano pepper, made a little sweet with sugar and rallied with cilantro vodka. Cocktail time, my friends! Patty here with your next Thirsty Thirteenth. Spring is such a refreshing time of year. When everything starts blooming and people are spending more time outside, it makes me think differently about what type of cocktail I’d like to drink. I'm thinking FRESH, and seriously, what is fresher in flavor than cucumber? For this recipe, I've paired it with cilantro and serrano pepper for a bit of bite. First, you will need to blend the cucumber to juice it and then strain it so you're left with pure juice with no pulp. If you have a good juicer it will be even easier. Muddle the serrano and cilantro with cilantro vodka to get a really fresh flavor. Next,…
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A succulent blackberry-elderflower cocktail made with fresh blackberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice, agave, elderflower liqueur and vodka. Hi everyone, it’s Patty here again with your Thirsty Thirteenth. This time of year makes everyone happy as the weather is starting to warm up. We are all thinking about Spring and the wonderful things that come with it like flowers popping up in the garden and all the fresh fruit that will be in season. That all inspired this drink recipe and for one thing, I’ve been just dying to play with Eldeflower Liqueur. I’ve had it a number of times in restaurants and find it adds a pleasing flavor to vodka cocktails. It pairs really well with Gin, Vodka and Champagne. I’m very much a Vodka girl so I went that route, but you could easily play with this. It would be a great brunch cocktail for Easter. Blackberries are a…
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Thank you Born Sweet Zing™ Stevia Sweetener and Collective Bias, Inc. for sponsoring this post. Try Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener for a taste of sweet excitement! All opinions are my own. #SweetExcitement #CollectiveBias Refreshing! This mock Moscow Mule drink recipe will have you saying “aaaah” with freshly squeezed citrus, just a bit of sweet, lovely spice, and bubbly ginger beer. Where we live, it is FINALLY backyard sitting time. We’re in the Chicago area, northern Illinois, and the weather isn’t so great most of the year, but when it IS great, we do our best to take full advantage of it. Not long after we moved into our new home, Patty and I had a patio built with stamped concrete and landscaped around it. We are so happy with the yard. It overlooks an expansive pond that is home to all sorts of wildlife, from frogs and muskrats to…
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Make your own Bloody Mary Mix with this homemade Mexican-style recipe, which incorporates fresh roasted tomatoes, roasted jalapeno peppers, Mexican oregano, plenty of spicy seasonings and so much more. Packed with flavor. Happy Thirsty Thirteenth from Patty. I’ve been dying to make some Bloody Mary mix from scratch for a long time. I waited all summer long for our heirloom tomatoes to ripen so I could make some amazing tasting, homemade tomato juice and cook the spicy flavors right into it. I knew the heirlooms would bring such a fresh taste. However, being in zone 5, many of the heirlooms didn’t ripen until REALLY late in the season. And then life got busy so we roasted the tomatoes and popped them in the freezer to use somehow later. If you want to make this fully from scratch in the winter, just buy tomatoes at the store. Otherwise you can use…
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Yo, Patty here. An idea sprouted last night between Mike and I about what would be the ultimate Halloween post, “Madness Style”. Since I’m the mixologist, of course it would be a drink. We have done the “finger food” parties for Halloween where you make everything look like a creepy finger, we’ve done plenty of themed parties and most included a special drink. Not sure this recipe would be good for the masses, but it’s actually quite tasty and I’ve found it’s astounding how many guys are willing to taste all the superhot delights that Mike offers. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to share this with any of those crazy guys yet, but hopefully we will on Halloween. Buwahaha. Since we have these superhot peppers that look just like devil’s tongues, that was completely the inspiration. I went into our stash and started smelling different bottles to think of…
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It's Thirsty Thirteenth! Time for a new cocktail! October brings us several wonderful things that we only get to enjoy for a short time a year. Fall leaves make the chilling of the temps more pleasant, and pumpkins everywhere get you in the mood for Halloween and all the exciting flavors of fall. Ahh! Pumpkin. I simply had to make a pumpkin drink filled with fall spices and chili pepper heat. This drink is surprisingly tasty. It might sound like a weird combination but if you love the taste of fall and some spiciness, you will love this. There are a number of different flavors going on that meld very nicely. You can easily make a big batch of the habanero pumpkin simple syrup and then mix up the drinks quickly for a party, or if you are inviting the parents of the neighborhood trick-or-treaters in for a cocktail. If…
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Get the tastes of the tropics with this cocktail recipe that incorporates a quick infusion of fresh cayenne pepper to vodka and rum, then finishes with fresh pineapple juice. Hi, All! Patty here for Thirsty Thirteenth. Have you got the Winter blues? How about if we escape to the tropics together with a tropical pineapple drink. Since it is COLD outside, we’ll heat things up with some spicy red Carolina Cayenne chili peppers, or finger peppers. If you can’t find these peppers, any cayenne will do, as long as they bring a little bit of heat. I chose the cayenne because I feel it pairs well with pineapple, but also because it is pretty darned hot, so it is quick and easy to infuse the vodka with that heat. You don’t need to let the peppers steep long in the alcohol. Just a quick shake and there you go! Mike’s…
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Hi, drink lovers! This is Patty and I’m bringing you my very first Thirsty Thirteenth. I’m the mixologist in the house and we decided a Thirsty Thirteenth is a good tradition for me to start, so you can expect a new drink recipe every single month. Plus, the 13th of the month holds a special place in my heart. I was born on a 13th. I don’t understand the superstitions around the number 13. Why do hotels pretend to NOT have a 13th floor? I say, embrace it. 13 is my lucky number. It's not a scary number. This is the first of two "Friday the 13ths" in a row. So, I say let’s celebrate… with a cocktail! This drink was inspired by two of my neighbors. About six months ago, one of them texted me from Epcot Center when she was on vacation with her family. Then, last week,…
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