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Gin & Tonic Oyster Shooters

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We have been fans of oyster shooters for a while, but sometimes the tomato juice and spice can get to be too heavy on the stomach. Not too long ago we came across an appetizer version of this particular drink at Jaleo in Bethesda, Maryland. Jaleo is one of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants! Their app is served on a shell, our version is a shot with a little bit of salt, lemon and parsley. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Blood Orange Sangria

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Yes, we’re obsessed with sangria! It’s the perfect summer party drink and there are endless variations that you can do by combining any type of fruit juice or soda with sparkling wine.  This blood orange version is dry, not too sweet, but certainly refreshing. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher:

  • Two bottles of Spanish Cava (or your favorite sparkling wine)
  • One bottle (1 liter) of Blood Orange-flavored French soda
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher (be careful of the wine and soda foaming up the vessel!) and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the orange and lime slices. Salud!

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Frozen Mint Julep

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You could also call this a semi-homemade julep. We realized that we didn’t have enough spearmint for the drinks, so we substituted the herb for a couple of drops of mint concentrate. (Make sure you’re extremely careful when pouring the concentrate…it’s really strong.) We added a good amount of one of our favorite bourbons, Woodford Reserve, for a very delicious drink!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Woodford Reserve
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • A few drops of mint concentrate
  • spearmint for garnish

Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or smoothie maker) and blend at high speed for a couple of minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour over a highball and garnish with spearmint. Enjoy the races today!

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The KITL (Kentucky Iced Tea Lemonade)

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Our obsession with Kentucky Bourbon continues this week. Today we’re making a low cal iced tea/lemonade that packs a punch, the KITL (like Skittles). The drink reminds us of the great time we had in Louisville last summer… or at least, what we managed to remember of it!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 4 oz of Marker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup of Turkey Hill diet iced tea
  • 1 cup of Tropicana Light Lemonade
  • Lemons slices for garnish

Fill a large glass with ice and pour all the liquid ingredients and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

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Maple Sazerac

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Purists will scoff at our Sazerac recipe, but we really like it. Instead of Herbsaint, we use Sambuca and instead of simple syrup, we pour in a generous amount of maple syrup. The result is a simple but robust drink that will knock you out. Enjoy!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
  • 2 oz of Grade B maple syrup
  • Splash of Sambuca
  • Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon twists

Pour the bourbon, maple syrup and the Peychaud’s Bitter into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Before serving, add a splash of Sambuca to each cocktail glass, swirl it around and discard. Pour the shaker into the glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Skinny Old Fashioned

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Some days, I just need to have a real cocktail…especially when it’s been raining all day like it has been doing in Maplewood.  It was just the type of weather to make one crave an Old Fashioned. We’re calling our version “skinny” since instead of sugar, we’re using Sprite Zero!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 6 oz Sprite Zero
  • orange bitters
  • lemon wedges
  • Maraschino cherries

Muddle the cherries, lemon and a couple of dashes of orange bitters in lowball glasses. Add ice to each glass, then the bourbon and Sprite, and enjoy one very low-cal cocktail!

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