drink up

I’m a seltzer addict.  Love it.  I buy gallons at a time.  Every holiday season Polar Seltzer rolls out their holiday offers, I’ll usually give them a try.   The eggnog was…different.  Mint chocolate wasn’t bad, but I had no idea how hard I’d fall for their Vanilla Pear:

vanilla pear seltzer

I was buying 5 bottles a time, sadly this limited edition beverage became hard to find after January.   I found it in a few beverage stores and Ocean State Job Lot and was hoarding it like a fiend, but thankfully I can go back to being a normal consumer:

polar-seltzer-vanilla-pear

Now if I could just find Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry Vanilla, all my beverage dreams would be realized.

diet-dr-pepper-cherry-vanilLove this stuff too, but haven’t seen it in years.   Happy sipping!

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hot toddy time

I feel like the only person who hasn’t jumped right into the holiday cheer thing.  It’s November 26, I’ll wait till at least December 1 if that’s ok.  I’m feeling pressured with all the lights up and all the trees up and all the purchasing, I mean  I’m still finding Halloween decorations that need to go away, unless a pumpkin in a snow globe could pass for a holiday decoration?

While I shed my Scrooge exterior let’s talk Hot Toddy’s.   There are many different versions, but I had a honey-bourbon hot toddy this weekend and it was perfect.

Ingredients

1/2 c boiling water

2tbsp honey

4tbsp bourbon

4tbsp lemon juice

2 cinnamon sticks

Serves 2

I had the boiling water in a teapot and mixed 2 teacups with the remaining liquids (honey, bourbon, lemon juice) and then added the water, garnished with a cinnamon stick.   If you want a stronger honey or lemon flavor add more!  I suppose you could do the same with the bourbon too!

pin it, do it – honeycrisp apple sangria

I love fall, I love everything about it.  Colder weather.  Changing leaves.   Sweaters.  Apples.   I’m in.

Last month I mentioned my desire to get in on this Honeycrisp Apple Sangria pin I spotted over the summer:

Looks amazing right?   The ingredients weren’t too crazy, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

2 honeycrisp apples
One 750-milliliter bottle un-oaked Chardonnay
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
2 oranges- 1 quartered
1 lemon – quartered
1 lime – quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
3 whole cloves
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ice
Club soda

The recipe is really easy, you just need to give it time.   Here’s how mine came out:

Obviously my sugar rimming skills need some work.

It was a really fun fall drink.   A few things.

The recipe says it will yield 5-6 servings….I got 2.  I let the liquid soak in the fruit for about 8 hours, I think all the apples and the cinnamon sticks must have acted like a sponge.

If you’re looking for a stronger apple flavor and aren’t a big fan of an apple citrus mix I would recommend halving the amount of citrus it soaks in.

The peach schnapps taste is very powerful, if you don’t like it, use less.

I’ll give this drink a try again before Christmas rolls in, I’ll be sure to work on my sugar rimming skills before the next batch, the pics may not look pretty, but it tasted delicious!

if i had a million dollars – $32,000 cocktail

A $32,000 cocktail.   My goodness.   The drink known as the “The Jewel of Pangaea” was created by a Singapore club, Pangaea, and jeweler Mouawad .

Wanna recreate this bad boy?  Here’s what you’ll need:

Gold-flecked Hennessey brandy

1985 vintage Krug champagne

Hickory smoke infused sugar cube

Mouwad Triple X 1-carat diamond.

Mix & enjoy!   I think you may need to be a supermodel or have a minimum balance of $6.5 million in your account, but if you’ve got the aforementioned ingredients hanging around,  you’re good.

I would’ve expected a gaudier presentation for a $32,000 cocktail, you know, maybe some sparkles.   I would like to note that this cocktail is branded Asia’s most expensive cocktail, apparently there’s a creation even greater than this !  If you want to see the drink being mixed check out video:

How high have you gone?