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

Gin & Tonic

By Saturday, June 8, 2013 0 , , Permalink 0

I had some *cough cough* gin left over from making Gin Martinis so I figured I could try a few other cocktails.

A good friend of mine Nicole loves her G&Ts and I never really drank them until I went on holidays with her and she made a HUGE G&T for me and I was very happy! lol
So a super easy cocktail recipe and perfect on a hot Summer’s day/eve/night.
It’s not Summer in Melbourne at the moment so I have turned the ducted heating up to 30 degrees Celsius to simulate a Summer’s night. Ok…I didn’t really because my Husband would freak out & the kids would turn absolutely feral. Although I do have an open fire going & sitting next to it kinda feels like Summer…ok…not really.
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Gin & Tonic
45ml Gin (I use Bombay Sapphire because I love it)
Tonic Water
Wedge of lime
Method
Add some ice to a high ball glass.
Add the gin & tonic water to taste over the ice
Squeeze the lime wedge into the glass and then add the lime wedge to the mix.
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Enjoy – responsibly because I heard a rumour that Gin can make you cry or it makes people sad and you don’t want to be sad, you want to be glad!
Cheers
Alex

Gin Martini

Yay! My first cocktail post.

 

It’s Friday!!

I don’t drink during the week and save myself for 1 or 2 drinks on a Friday evening with dinner.
Tonight I decided it’s only fitting that I should make my very first cocktail post be a Gin Martini.
I don’t drink them as often as I used to but I still really enjoy slowly sipping on a martini. In particular I really love a dirty martini with 3 olives. A friend of mine introduced me to the dirty martini many years ago. 3 olives are important because it’s kinda like having a meal with your drink. Ha ha!
So, I have listed the recipe I have used below and to make it dirty just add a teaspoon or two (to taste, I guess) of the brine that the olives are sitting in.
I prefer to have something to snack on (other than the olives!) while I drink so tonight I made cheats nachos with guacamole & sour cream.
I have ice & my martini ingredients inside my cocktail shaker.
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Gin Martini Recipe
45ml gin
15ml vermouth
5ml olive brine/olive juice (the stuff the olives were soaking in before you yanked them out of the jar!!!)
Method
Pop some ice in your martini glass if you haven’t chilled it in the fridge already, once you have made up your martini the ice gets the toss and your glass should be nice & cool.
Over ice (more ice) in a cocktail shaker pour all your ingredients. **DON’T SHAKE!** This will break up the ice and water down your martini. Just a gentle stir and then strain it into your ice less martini glass.
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Pop your olives onto a toothpick, toothpick with olives goes into the martini glass and enjoy…responsibly. You have to get up tomorrow and too many of these bad boys will mean a very sore head tomorrow.
See the 3 cheeky olives!!!
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Now for my cheats nachos. This is not a gourmet recipe, this is a slap it together quick meal with extremely stupidly high calorie count and is to be shared with friends or family.
Cheats Nachos
1 bag of your choice of corn chips – I used Doritos
1 jar of salsa – I used the Doritos brand
Jalapeños – The pickled version (you can find them near the olive section in the supermarket)
Cheeeeeese – I had pizza cheese in the fridge so I used that.
Method
Heat the oven, I give it a good 200 degrees Celsius to heat up and then when the nachos are ready to be put in the oven I drop it down to 180/160.
In a heat proof dish, add the corn chips, then add the jar of salsa using a spoon to distribute the salsa evenly.
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Add the Jalapeños (I cut them to smaller pieces) and then smother with cheese.
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Stick it in the oven for about 5-10mins – keep your eye on it because the corn chips will burn. If you have a grill option in your oven you may want to turn that on to brown/melt the cheese, but please don’t leave it unattended.
I added homemade guacamole to the nachos when they were out of the oven (mash together avocado+salt+pepper+lime juice+tabasco sauce+chopped coriander) and some sour cream.
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It’s hot so don’t start scoffing it yet, please let it cool down a little.
Cheers
Alex