St. Patrick’s Day inspired Drinks

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Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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Green Smoothie

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Green Beer

Make one of these Green Drinks to get you in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day!

The Sparkling Shamrock-

  • 1 bottle of your favorite Prosecco, Sparkling Wine or Champagne
  • 12 ounces of Melon liqueur (Midouri makes one)
  • Honey Dew for decoration (or any Green fruit-Kiwi’s would work)
  • Sugar for the rim of the glass (optional) do this step first if using sugar

Pour 2 ounces of Melon Liqueur into champagne glass then fill the rest with the bubbly. Garnish with fruit & enjoy

Healthy Green Smoothie-

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange, peeled and halved
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

How to make your Beer GREEN….?

The easiest way to turn your Beer Green is to use a light colored beer (an IPA, pilsner or light beer)

  • Squirt 4-6 drops of Green food coloring at the bottom of the beer mug
  • Pour in light colored beer
  • Don’t stir the beer- it should turn green on its own

Enjoy!!

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Refreshing Ice Pop’s that might give you a buzz…(for adult’s only)

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Watermelon & Tequila Ice pop

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Strawberry, Peach & Vodka Pop’s

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Simple Ingredients…Fruit, Juice & Booze

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You can change the recipe by using alcohol & fruit that you like

Peaches

Fresh Fruit tastes great but fruit juice can be used to save time

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Making a boozy ice pop requires the right balance of booze to juice. (2 cups juice to 2 oz of alcohol seems to work)…if you use too much booze and don’t freeze them long enough (at least 12 hours) you will end up with a slushy (which will also be good just not what you intended).

You can sub in fruit and booze of your choice just keep the ratios in check…these will not get you drunk but perhaps a little buzzed.

Watermelon & Tequila Ice Pops (Vodka or Rum would also work)…

  • 4 cups watermelon (chopped in cubes)-should equal around 2 cups
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup tequila (or alcohol of choice) this is equal to about 2.5 ounces
  • Simple syrup (to make use 1/4 cup water , 1/4 cup sugar bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute)
  • Directions:
  • Blend watermelon and lime juice in a food processor until smooth (strain through a sieve to remove seeds)
  • Mix watermelon, tequila and simple syrup together and pour into Popsicle molds- do not add sticks
  • Freeze molds for 30-60 minutes then add sticks and freeze for 12-24 hours until frozen. (Keep in mind alcohol does not freeze through) so these will be solid and hold their shape but not rock hard
  • recipe from hungrygirlporvida.com

Strawberry, Peach and Vodka pops

  • 2 peaches sliced
  • 8 medium strawberries, (hulled and sliced-take the green part off)
  • 2 cups orange Juice
  • 1 oz vodka (you can add up to 2 oz if you want more punch)
  • 1 oz Cointreau (if you add more vodka add more Cointreau)
  • Directions:
  • Blend OJ, peaches, 4 strawberries, Vodka & Cointreau until smooth (there will be some pulp from fruit)
  • If there is froth on top skim with spoon and discard
  • Fill ice pop molds 3/4 to the top then add in the rest of the chopped strawberries (do not add sticks)
  • Freeze for 1 hour, then add sticks, then freeze for at least 12 hours
  • recipe from a great site (shutterbean.com)

(A short cut would be to use fruit juice instead of fresh fruit)

enjoy!

What to do with ALL that Basil….Simple Basil Recipes!!!

Basil Hummus

Basil Hummus

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto…Delicious on almost everything!

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Strawberry & Basil Margarita

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Tomato & Basil Chicken

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Basil & Tomato Chicken…serves 4-6, prep time 15 minutes, cook time 15 minutes

  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 6 fillets
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano…Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grease a medium sized non-stick skillet with cooking spray or olive oil and set over medium high heat
  • Season both sides of chicken with salt, pepper & oregano and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is almost entirely cooked through
  • Turn the heat down to medium & add the tomatoes and garlic. Cook for about 4-5 minutes
  • Add basil & butter, and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Turn heat to low and let sit for about 5 more minutes

Basil Hummus Prep time: 15 minutes ,Cook time: 5 minutes, Makes about 3 cups

  • 2 cups sweet basil leaves, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed then minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Up to 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts optional
  • Place the basil and the garlic in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, tomato paste, and pulse until the hummus is smooth
  • If using pine nuts heat in a pan with olive oil until brown & mix into hummus save a few for the topping
  • Add more salt or lemon juice to taste. Add water to the point of desired consistency.
  • To serve, place in a bowl and drizzle a little olive oil over it.
  • Serve with pita wedges, crackers, or rustic bread.

Strawberry Basil Margaritamakes 1 pitcher/8 servings recipe from thekitchn.com

  • 10 strawberries
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
  • Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cups of water & 2 1/2 cups of tequila mix together
  • Slice the strawberries lengthwise, and add to the pitcher.
  • Cut the basil into small pcs and add to the pitcher
  • Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours
Easy Basil Pesto (1 cup)

Pesto is delicious as a topping for bruschetta, pasta, shrimp, chicken, steak, vegetables & in sandwiches

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlicĀ 
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional) walnuts can also be used
  • Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  • Add the oil and mix until smooth
  • Mix in the cheese
  • Season with salt & pepper

Easy and Delicious Summer Cocktails!

Margarita

Margarita (without a mix)

Pink Lemonade

“Spiked” Pink Lemonade

Drink from blue moon

The Blue Moon Hot Rod

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Pimm’s Cup with Lemonade

Summer Cocktails! (the recipes are all for 1 serving) A regular size shot glass should be 1-1.5oz

Pimm’s Cup with Lemonade (Drink like the Brit’s with this refreshing Pimm’s Cup)

  • 1.5-2 oz Pimm’s No 1
  • 3.5-4 oz lemonade (yellow lemonade is best)
  • 1 slice of each: Orange, Cucumber
  • 1 Strawberry
  • Mint leaf to garnish
  • Fill a tall glass with ice, Pimm’s and Lemonade
  • Add 1 Orange slice, 1 Cucumber, 1 Strawberry & garnish with Mint
  • Feel free to add more of the fruit & cucumber (it looks pretty and will add flavor)

Margarita (without the Mix…)Simple & DeliciousĀ 

  • 1/4 cup Tequila
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Lime Juice (fresh is best but still good with store bought Lime Juice)
  • Agave to sweeten (optional) we prefer it with the agave
  • Mix in a shaker with Ice
  • Garnish with a Lime wedge & enjoy

“Spiked” Pink Lemonade (very easy and always a hit)

  • 1 oz Vodka (if you like a “strong” drink add a bit more Vodka)
  • 2 oz Lemonade (Pink or Yellow Lemonade)
  • 3 oz Sprite or 7-up
  • Mix with Ice & Serve in glass with Lime Wedge or Mint if you have it

“Blue Moon” Hot Rod…How they do it in East Quogue

  • 1oz Tequila (traditionally Gin is used. Drink would be good with Gin or Vodka)
  • Fresh Watermelon Puree (can substitute 1oz Cranberry & 1oz Pineapple Juice for an easier recipe)
  • Agave-just a squirt of agave to sweeten the drink (optional)
  • Mix with Ice & serve in glass with Lime wedgedrinks blue moon