How to make grown up milkshakes

By Saturday, March 22, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

How cute are these little milk bottles!

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I remember a very very long time ago we used to have 1 litre versions of these bottles and I was given the special job of putting the empty milk bottles outside our front door along with some money to pay for the next lot of milk. Then when the ‘milko’ would arrive I would collect the new bottles of milk that had coloured foil lids on them. I loathed the cream on that would settle at the top. If that landed on my cereal all hell would break loose!

So cruising around the shops before Christmas (yeah…I know a bit slack on the posts esp as this is from BEFORE Christmas!) and saw these little bottles. I was in one of those el cheapo stores that sell everything. From memory the bottles were $2.50 each. So I bought four of them with the intention of using them for serving cocktails in.

Obviously having had these type of bottles in my youth with wholesome fresh full cream milk in them I decided it was only natural to totally corrupt the purity of that memory and put milk based cocktails into the bottles for serving.

So I made adult only versions of chocolate & strawberry milkshakes and they were delicious. Making batches of these and serving them at a party would be great. After the party you could use these cute bottles as vases all grouped together.

chocolate milk cocktail

Harbour Tunnel recipe – taken from Legend Cocktails book

Serves 2
60mls Kahlua
60mls Crème de Cacao
60mls Baileys
240mls Milk
Ice
Milo – sprinkled on top

In a blender, combine the Kahlua, Crème de Cacao, Baileys, Milk, Cream & Ice. Give it a good whizz and pour into your glass or cute milk bottle and sprinkle the milo on top!

Milo for those outside of Australia (not sure if they sell it overseas) is a chocolate & malt flavoured powder that you mix with milk). If you can’t use Milo you could use Nesquick.

Strawberry milk cocktail

Angel – taken from Family Circle Fantastic Cocktails
Serves 2
60mls Baileys
40mls Cointreau
40mls Strawberry Liqueur
60mls Pineapple juice
30ml Cream
8 Strawberries
Ice

In a blender, combine the Baileys, Cointreau, Strawberry liqueur, pineapple juice, cream (From memory when I made this cocktail I didn’t have cream so used milk and the drink still tasted nice!.) strawberries and ice. Blend them well until the strawberries are pureed and pour into your glass and serve. You could garnish it with some strawberries.

I also picked up these cute striped straws which are sold everywhere now. Of course these drinks are for grown-ups only so please don’t be tempted to treat your kids to a fancy chocolate or strawberry milkshake.

Cheers

Alex

How to make a Long Island Iced Tea

By Friday, January 31, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 0

Yay!

My first post for 2014, I know it’s a bit late but I have been busy doing NOTHING!!!

We have just finished school holidays in Australia. The kids are back at school and my oldest child has just started his very first year of school and I am so freakin excited for him. I thought I might cry but nah!!!

So, I have a few cocktail posts leftover from last year and I have to get through those before I can start adding newer stuff. I got super lazy & sick towards the end of last year and we have had some pretty hot weather in Melbourne (hmm sit in front of a computer or go out and enjoy life? hmmm I choose outside thanks!!) AND we also went away for a few days to an amazing part of my stunning country up on the border of Victoria & New South Wales, right on the mighty Murray River!

Ok so the infamous Long Island Ice Tea. Made right this drink CAN be amazing. I have had heaps of dodgy LIITs and a few that totally got me drunk – I mean…really really drunk (like…took me days to feel human again type of drunk – hey I was in my mid 20’s!!).

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I had all the ingredients in my possession so thought why not. I never have cola in the house, we don’t drink it and if I buy a bottle it’s usually because I am hosting a party and want it on hand incase a guest asks for it. Sooo I had a bottle leftover from a party had to get rid of it so decided to whip up a Long Island Iced Tea.

My version was ok. It wasn’t mind blowing but I think that might be because I am not a huge fan of cola. I also made a few other cocktails at the same time so I was probably comparing the LIIT to the other drinks I made.

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Long Island Iced Tea – Serves 2

Ice
30ml Light Rum
30ml Vodka
30ml Gin (mmm Bombay Sapphire, how I love thee!!!)
30ml Cointreau
30ml Tequila
Dash of lemon juice
Cola

In a tall glass add ice, rum, vodka, gin, cointreau, tequila. Top with the lemon juice & cola. Garnish it with a slice of lemon and wake up tomorrow morning with a shocking hangover!

Cheers
Alex

How to make a Fruit Tingle Cocktail

By Friday, November 15, 2013 1 , , Permalink 0

Fruit Tingles Cocktail

I used to love Fruit Tingle lollies when I was a kid. Back in the old days your parents needed to fill up with petrol and shock horror…WOULD LEAVE THE KIDS IN THE CAR and you would take your seatbelt off and yell out the window….”CAN YOU PLEASE GET US A PACK OF FRUIT TINGLES PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE?”.

A pack of Fruit Tingles for those who can’t remember or have no idea what I am going on about.

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That behaviour was enough to scare any bad guys from stealing us or the car and if we were lucky we would get a pack of Fruit Tingles to share.

About 4 years ago on a very hot Summers day I flicked open one of my cocktail books and did the ‘hmmmm’ and did a mental checklist of what I had and tried to pair it with ingredients listed for each cocktail and there it was. Fruit Tingle, amazingly I actually had a tin of Golden Circle Pineapple juice stashed at the back of my pantry that my Mother In Law had given to me when she was downsizing.

This is the cocktail book I sourced my Fruit Tingle recipe from.

Family Circle Cocktail Book

So I mixed all my ingredients and was secretly thinking ‘man this shit better work because it’s a lot of stuffing around and I hate wasting alcohol on stupid drinks’ and as I whizzed it all in the blender still convinced that this was going to be horrible I checked the consistency, poured it into my fancy cocktail glass, stuck my straw in had a sip and actually did the “OHHH MAH GAWD THIS TASTES EXACTLY THE WAY I REMEMBER FRUIT TINGLES TASTED”.

Fruit Tingle cocktail

I quickly poured my Husband a glass and he agreed. Now, this is a sweet cocktail. It’s a party cocktail and it has the potential to make you very drunk because it is very easy to drink. Please go easy and please have some finger food on hand to snack on.

Fruit Tingle

Serves 1 – double ingredients to serve 2

Ice
30ml Midori
30ml Cointreau
30ml Blue Curaçao
90ml Pineapple Juice
Dash lemon juice
Dash grenadine (you can buy this from the bottle shop / liquor store)

In a blender, add about 4-5 ice cubes per person (depends on the size of your cubes you can adjust as required), Midori, Cointreau, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, lemon juice and grenadine. Blend all ingredients until all combined and the ice isn’t big and chunky. Strain into a glass – I used my Pina Colada glass and garnish with a pretty paper umbrella or nothing – it’s up to you.

If you ate Fruit Tingles as a kid then you have to try this cocktail at least once – just for that grown up flash back to your youth!

Cheers

Alex

How to make an Anabolic Steroid Shot

By Tuesday, October 29, 2013 0 , , Permalink 0

Ahh it’s a cocktail shot so if you found this post and you think you can DIY your own drugs..DON’T. Just eat shitloads of lean protein, workout & lift weights like a demon and every once in a while let your hair down and make one of these cheeky drinks.

Finally…another cocktail post. I have been a bit distracted lately & haven’t given much time to mixing cocktails but I am back into it again. I made a list of all the bottles of alcohol & mixers that I have and then went through all my cocktail books trying to piece together what drinks I could make based on what I already have in my stash.

The list was huge and I could expand it even more if I picked up a bottle of Baileys – soooo many drinks can be made with Baileys so that is next on my ‘to buy’ list.

In the meantime I made this cheeky shooter. Anabolic Steroid. This does take a little patience but the effect is amazing – probably something you do before people arrive because if you have had a few drinks and you’re feeling those few drinks you will probably struggle to get those layers happening…maybe.

Anabolic Steroid Cocktail

I don’t measure, I kinda just guess as I pour but you want to try and get equal amounts of Blue Curaçao,  Midori & Cointreau. You want to layer it in that order AND do it slowly. The best way I have found is to hold a spoon against the side of the shot glass and allow the alcohol to gentle pour onto the back of the spoon into the glass.The Blue Curaçao goes in first so you don’t need to do the ‘back of the spoon’ trick. Fill it about one third of the way up the glass. Next get your Midori, if it helps, rather than pour from the bottle you can pour some Midori into the Midori lid and then pour that onto the back of the spoon really really really slowly. It might look like it’s mixing but if you look from the side you can see there is a difference between the blue & green.

So again, another third of the glass is filled and then finally you want to do the same with the Cointreau. Slowly filling the shot glass until you get to the top.

These are fantastic to make for guests on arrival to your cocktail party or bbq or whatever! I have so many layer shot glass recipes but I NEED Baileys!! It features in so many drinks. Next time!!

Then throw that shot back. I quite like it although I wouldn’t be having one after another – waaaay to much effort for something that goes down so fast!

Cheers
Alex

 

 

Japanese Slipper

By Sunday, July 21, 2013 2 , , Permalink 0

I missed my chance to make a cocktail on Friday night so ummed and ahhhed as to what exactly I should make on Saturday night.

I have Midori & I have Cointreau and I was certain that I had Triple Sec but no. Doesn’t matter I usually use Triple Sec as a substitute for Cointreau so it works both ways.

Japanese slippers are delicious – when made properly. I have made some really shitty Japanese Slippers and tonight’s is probably top of that list. Why…well I didn’t read the ingredients list properly and went and added an extra ingredient. Sure if I was making an Illusion my additional ingredient would have been fine but I was being all precious and wanted to use my maraschino cherries as a garnish so stayed with the Japanese Slipper.

Sigh. So below is the CORRECT recipe for a Japanese Slipper. What I did was add Vodka – 60mls of vodka and it completely stuffed my cocktail up. I can drink it but it’s got that antifreeze aftertaste. lol.

Why I can’t get this cocktail right is beyond me. Next week is my Husbands birthday. We are going to a restaurant that makes the best Japanese Slippers and coincidentally it’s a Japanese restaurant. I always have 2 of them when I visit and I think I should leave it up to the experts to make this drink for me.

If you want to get drunk super quick, make my version. If you want to enjoy a Japanese Slipper, follow the recipe below.

Recipe is taken from the Midori website.

Japanese Slipper

Japanese Slipper

Serves 2

60ml Midori
60ml Triple Sec (I used Cointreau)
60ml Lemon juic
2 Maraschino cherries for garnish

Method

Combine the Midori, Triple Sec and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour into martini glasses and serve.

Enjoy (or if you ever have the misfortune of me making one of these for you – I’m sorry!! Lol).

Japanese Slipper

Cheers

Alex

 

Friday night cocktails (+ a Thursday night cocktail or two)

Should I start with last nights cocktail or Thursday nights cocktail.

Thursdays first!

I had a visit from my Brother who resides in Perth. He hit Melbourne town on a very cold and rainy night so naturally we headed out to catch up with him and have a bite to eat. We had a few dining options but decided to go to Cookie on Swanston Street and we weren’t disappointed.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of our meals because it was so dark and well…I didn’t want to look like a dick with bad iphone lighting trying to take pics of my food!

I did however look like a dick with bad iPhone lighting taking pics of my drinks!

My first drink – crap picture, crap lighting but tasted delicious was the Singapore Sling. Wow! This was just amazing, I could easily have had 5 of these, yes I would have been under the table but meh yummy cocktail.

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I almost ordered a second but our waitress convinced me to try a Clover Club Cocktail. This was good but nothing compared to the Singapore Sling. The Clover Club Cocktail has egg white in it to make it frothy and it wasn’t overly sweet but had a nice hit of citrus flavour to it. Both of these cocktails I will attempt to make – one day!

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Ooh look at the pretty pattern on top of my cocktail!!

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I also wanted to add that having a quick read through the cocktail menu I came across this monster of a cocktail $30 for a ‘Dry-hopped Chocolate Zombie’. How full on is that last line of the description ‘Only one will be served per customer per evening’. I will try this one eventually.

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Friday nights cocktail. Well, because of our lousy weather I really wasn’t in much of a mood to go to buy supplies so I just checked out my cocktail recipe book and what I have on the shelf and taa daa Strawberry Margarita! I much prefer to use real strawberries & lime juice (come Summer time I will make my real version) but decided to follow the recipe I have & yeah…this baby isn’t really rockin’ my boat.

Ok, it’s nice and it packs a punch and two or 3 of these bad boys and you will be very light headed but it’s just doesn’t have that…thing. I don’t know, hard to explain but I much prefer fresh strawberries than strawberry liqueur.

Strawberry Margarita

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Strawberry Margarita

Salt
Crushed Ice (I just used ice cubes and blended the whole lot together)
30ml Tequila
30ml Strawberry liqueur
15ml Cointreau
30ml Lime cordial (I use Bickfords Lime Cordial)
30ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed!)

Method
Frost the rim of the martini glass with salt (just run a cut lemon around the edge of the glass then dip that into salt, I put salt onto a saucer and then sit the martini glass upside down onto the salt and gently move it around so the salt sticks to the lemon juice).

Mix the ice, tequila, strawberry liqueur, Cointreau, lime cordial and lemon juice in a blender and mix together.

Pour into a martini glass and garnish with pretty things like a slice of lemon.

 

I get my cocktail recipes from this cheesy cocktail book. I bought it in the mid-late 1990s and it has come in handy quite a few times. I must see if there is a updated version of this cocktail book. In the meantime this is my recipe source and I will quote it when I use it.

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Cheers

Alex