Cocktails & Libations

Powell and Mahoney Cocktail Mixer Review

Sponsored post:  Powell and Mahoney gifted me a bottle of the Cosmo mixer  and their Ginger Mixer for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine.

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It could be that the classic Gin & Tonic was my grandfather’s drink or maybe it’s the English in me, but I am a gin girl. I prefer gin over whiskey, and vodka. While I enjoy a good G&T in the summer months, my go to drink lately has been the Madras. It’s a classic drink that reminds me of Bermuda, and summer days spent in Ocean Point ME.

So I was thrilled when Powell & Mahoney asked me to review their Cosmo and Ginger mixers. It’s a great alternative to cranberry juice and  is used in the madras and the ever famous Cosmo, a la Carrie Bradshaw.

Priced at around $6.99, it’s a bit more expensive than cranberry juice. The good thing is unlike cranberry juice that could easily be gone when you want to make a drink, the mixer is more likely to be available. I am not sure anyone in your house would opt for the mixer over cranberry juice, just sayin.

Madras Cocktail

Madras Cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney Cosmo mixer

 

Using 2oz of the mixer, 1 1/2 oz of gin ( you can use vodka if you prefer) and 1 oz of fresh orange juice, I mixed it all in a shaker over ice and then served it up in a stemless wine glass. You can use a highball or Tom Collins glass.  You could serve it in a Red Solo cup and it would still be divine. Refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect for sipping on the porch.

I had a little trouble with the Ginger mixer. There are three drinks recommended for the mixer. The Dark & Stormy, Moscow Mule and the Ginger Margarita. I opted to try the Dark & Stormy. It’s a drink made with dark rum, another favorite of mine. It’s very gingery. I like ginger, but this was a little strong for me. That’s saying a lot for me since my favorite snack is crystallized ginger from Whole Foods. Still, I would probably drink it again.

The dark and stormy is made with 2oz of the Ginger mixer by Powell & MaHoney, 1 1/2 oz dark rum and a splash of soda water. It’s spicy to say the least. If you like spice this could be a great drink for you.

 

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Dark & Stormy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Infused Water

Fruit infused water…

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Great combinations for fruit infused water…..

I don’t drink enough water, there I admit it. I tend to reach for soda or sugary juices when I ought to be reaching for water.  Therefore, in an effort to find a palatable way to drink more water I started looking up recipes for fruit infused waters.  During my research, I read that women should drink 2.7 liters of water a day and men need 3.7 liters. That seems like a lot of water to consume in a day. Bland water is ok if you’re working out hard, or really thirsty, but if you are just drinking it throughout the day, bland water would be unappealing I think.  Mixing up some fruit infused water would make drinking the recommended 2.7 liters a lot easier.

The one fruit combination that most people think of is lemon or lime. While that is a great combination, it can get old after a while.  Instead, infuse water with a host of other fruits and veggies. One of my favorite combinations is cucumber and mint but even I can tire of it. That of course led me to find new recipes.

I discovered certain combinations help with certain ailments making them just another reason to indulge. Water alone is good for you, but fruit infused water is better.  Infuse 12- 16 ounces of water with any of these combinations for a deliciously flavored water.

Mix green tea + mint + lime for a water that aids in fat burning, digestion, and headaches.

Strawberry + Kiwi + Cucumber helps with blood sugar support and digestion.

For help with hydration and appetite control infuses water with cucumber + lemon + lime.

Lemon + lime + orange infused water aids immune defense and heartburn.

There are many other options too.  Blackberries and raspberries can be muddled and infused with water. For a little fizz add in club soda.

I have taken to using several mason jars with lids and filling then with water and fruit before beginning my day.

 

The Lemonade Slushie

Happy Thursday! We are one day closer to the weekend. To celebrate I have been playing around with a new drink. Ok, it may be a variation on a drink that already exists and I just don’t know about it.  Regardless…. I give you the Lemonade Slushie……

I was looking for an alternative to the Margarita as well as the proverbial summer drink – the gin and tonic.  I love the crisp taste of gin and prefer it over tequila, so opting to create a cocktail featuring gin seemed like a good idea.

I had a little bit of lemonade left in the refrigerator and a bunch of crushed ice.  I gathered the ingredients together and pullout the Vitamix.  Of course you can use a regular Waring blender, but I use the Vitamix for everything. It blends smoothies leaving no pulp, and reduces crushed ice to nothing.

I poured 8 ounces of lemonade into the Vitamix along with a few ounces of gin and a bunch of ice. I blended it well, creating a slushie if you will.  It was simple and refreshing.

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This can be made without the gin as a treat for the little ones…. You could also replace the gin with either tequila or rum for another variation.

 

 

Sweet Tea Alternatives

Sweet Tea Alternatives

As summer draws to close and we begin to think about Pumpkin Spiced Lattes there is one drink I refuse to give up just because the temperature changes. Ice Tea. I’m not referring to everyone’s favorite sweet tea, I’m referring to my own ice tea concoctions. They are great alternatives to sweet tea.
In an effort to kick the Coca Cola habit and lessen the amount of sugar in my drinks, I needed to come up with an alternative that was more flavorful than plain water. And there are only so many times in a day when a packet of powdered Propel mixed with water will do.
I turned my attention to the stash of tea I had, from white tea to black tea and a host of other flavors there where a lot of teas to play with.  I focused on our favorites, Red Zinger, Earl Gray and White tea.  I came up with three fabulous refreshing drinks for any summer day.
A long time favorite of mine has been the proverbial Arnold Palmer, half ice tea half lemonade.  I changed out the black tea and replaced it with an Earl Gray. Admittedly, I can’t take all the credit- there’s a Sandwich shop that serves this all the time.
Three easy to make ice teas

Three easy to make ice teas

Earl Gray & Lemonade

Make up eight cups of Earl Gray tea- this will makeup a pitcher of ice tea
Chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour or pour it over ice
Add in a cup of lemonade to sweeten it a little,
or use fresh squeezed lemon juice and sugar to taste
Enjoy!
Red Zinger with Club Soda 
Make up a cup of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea
Chill it or pour it over ice
Pour half a glass over ice and top off with Club Soda
White Tea with Mint 
Make up a glass of white tea and pour it over ice. Add in a sprig of mint and enjoy. You can add sugar to taste, but it’s great without it.