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Watermelon Sorbet

25 Jun

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Oh what a cool, sweet, and refreshing treat for the summer! My dear husband bought me the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment for my recent birthday and I’m loving it! There are SO many treats I want to make – this is the first of many to come. I had a bunch of extra watermelon and while thinking of a plan for it, decided to look up a recipe for sorbet. This one sounded easy and sure enough, it was super simple, especially with the mixer attachment.

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You just take the frozen ice cream bowl, put it where the mixing bowl usually goes, attach the mixing paddle, pour in the chilled sorbet mixture, turn it on “stir”, and let it go for about 30 minutes. Then, transfer the slushy mixture to a container and freeze it for a while longer to get more firm. Scoop it up and you’re ready to go! I let Jason have the first taste and he said it tasted like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. After taking a skeptical bite, I realized he was totally right – the sweet watermelon with a hint of lime really does taste like candy!

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Some fun serving ideas: the original recipe suggested you sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top of each bowl to make it look like watermelon seeds, which is a super cute idea. Or, for a grownup treat, you can put a few scoops in a cup, pour a little rum or vodka on top, and make a boozy slush. Sounds like a win win to me!

Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients:
5 cups watermelon puree (Approximately 3 1/2 lb piece of watermelon)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts

Directions: 
Cut the watermelon into chunks – remove and discard the seeds and rind.

Place watermelon chunks into a blender or food processor. Blend it on low until you get watermelon puree. Repeat until you have 5 cups of watermelon puree.

Place 1 cup of puree and the sugar in a sauce pan. Heat on moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved (approximately 2-3 minutes). Remove sauce pan from heat and stir in the remaining watermelon puree and lime juice. Blend well.

Refrigerate the mixture until it’s fully cold. When it’s ready, pour the watermelon mixture into an ice cream maker. Run ice-cream maker until sorbet is frozen to a slushy state, approximately 25-30 minutes. Place frozen sorbet in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours to further freeze

Portion into bowls and serve immediately – enjoy!

Source: The Undercover Cook

The Shiner Series: FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

18 Apr

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I live and work in the country. A small Texas town similar to Shiner. When I give directions to folks from a big city, referencing a Farm to Market road is often met with a confused question mark. FM? What’s that? Always makes me giggle. 🙂

This ale is named after FM 966 located in Shiner, TX. I’d never tried a Farmhouse Ale before, but I really enjoyed this special Spring brew. This ale is super drinkable and delicious – smooth, refreshing, and perfect to sip on a warm Spring day in Texas!

From the label: “A few centuries ago, during the cold winter months, farmhands in Europe brewed a ‘seasonal provision’ Farmhouse Ale to be enjoyed once spring rolled around. In the farmlands of Shiner, TX that tradition lives on which is why our tribute to this style uses Golding, Sterling and Meridian hops for a sweet yet lightly spiced flavor. Our incredibly refreshing farmhouse ale bears the name of the farm to market road just to the south of where our brewery has proudly stood for over 100 years.”

Blackberry Mojito

5 Jan

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Not sure when I became such a mojito person, but now it’s totally my go-to drink at home when I’m craving a little something. Maybe it’s because my mint plant is still booming, or maybe it’s just because I like mashing things together in a glass. Regardless, when I saw blackberries for next to nothing at the grocery store, I bought a few packs with smoothies and mojitos in mind.

While you can definitely use some simple syrup, one random thing I like to use when making mojitos is raw cane sugar instead. The tart blackberries and lime with the sharp mint and a touch of sugar makes for a beautiful and delicious drink. This definitely won’t be the last mojito you see around here!

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Blackberry Mojito

Ingredients:
4 blackberries
4 mint leaves
1 tsp raw cane sugar (like Sugar in the Raw – I just use a 5 gram packet)
1/2 lime, juiced
1 1/2 oz white rum
Soda water

Yield: 1 drink

Directions:
Muddle the blackberries, mint, sugar, and lime juice in the bottom of your glass. Add the rum and stir. Top it off with some soda water and garnish as desired.

Source: Slightly adapted from One Martini at a Time

Clementine Martini

23 Dec

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There’s so much beautiful winter citrus in season right now, just asking to be transformed into something tasty. I have a big bag of clementines that I can’t eat fast enough, so decided to use some of them to make this sweet and light cocktail.

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OXO also recently gifted me a set of cute mini measuring beakers that I was eager to use. Aren’t they adorable? Perfect for Beckster’s Laboratory! They make measuring small amounts of liquid quick and easy.

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Gin + Clementine + Lime = Yum!

This recipe can be used with all kinds of juices like pomegranate, blood orange, and grapefruit – I can’t wait to try some different variations!

Cheers and hope yall have a very Merry Christmas!

Clementine Martini

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
4 clementines, juiced
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
Slice of clementine for garnish

Source: 1 drink

Directions:
In cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, triple sec, and juices. Cover and shake until well mixed.

Strain into a martini glass and garnish as desired.

Source: Slightly adapted from Betty Crocker

Cherry Lime Mojito

25 Jun

Mojitos have become one of my favorite drinks – you can do so much with different flavors and ingredients to create a tasty cocktail. Plus, fresh mint is just plain awesome.

This drink is basically a grown up cherry limeade. The tart lime mixed with the sweet cherry and of course, the delicious rum, is a refreshing treat for the summertime heat. I first made these for me and my husband and we absolutely loved them. I’m currently visiting home – my mom and younger brother had never tried a mojito before so I made a few last night. It’s always fun to give people a taste of something new!

Cherry Lime Mojito

Ingredients:
2-3 cherries, pitted and quartered
3 mint leaves
1/4 lime cut into wedges
3/4 tsp turbinado sugar
1 oz white rum (2 oz if you like it stronger!)
1 cup carbonated water (lemon-lime flavored if possible! Sprite works too)

Yield: 1 drink

Directions:
Place cherries, mint, sugar, and lime in a tall glass. Muddle the ingredients together at the bottom of the glass. Add a few ice cubes and pour in the rum. Fill the glass the rest of the way with carbonated water and garnish as desired. Serve and enjoy!

Source: Seafield Farm

Skinny Colada

31 May

Fresh coconut water, pineapple juice, and rum = a delicious skinny piña colada! This month’s cocktail is light, tasty, and perfect to make if you’re looking to use up some fresh coconuts! (which by the way, are quite a task to open!) You can make it strong or add some extra pineapple juice if you’re a lightweight like me. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re sipping a drink on a tropical vacation without the usual calories!

Skinny Colada

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces rum
2 ounce pineapple juice
4 ounces coconut water (fresh or bought)
Lime for garnish

Yield: 1 drink

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine the rum and pineapple juice and shake vigorously. Pour coconut water into a glass and top with pineapple-rum mixture. Garnish with a lime or however you like and enjoy!

Source: Everyday Maven

Mango Margarita

30 Apr

This fruity drink would be mighty tasty for any upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations! The fresh mango is absolutely delicious and the drink is so refreshing. Which is nice because in our home, we try to just use our fans versus the A/C for as long as possible. This is starting to get hard, given that we live in Texas and I’ve had the oven on most of the day! I know we’ll give in soon enough, but in the meantime, we’ll keep enjoying some more cool drinks to ease the heat.

Mango Margarita

Ingredients:
3 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz triple sec
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts water & sugar mixed together)
2 to 2 1/2 cups crushed ice
4 oz fresh or frozen chopped mango
Salt or sugar, for rimming (optional)

Yield: 2-3 servings

Directions:
Combine the mango, tequila, triple sec, orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender. Add in 2 cups of ice an blend until smooth. If desired, add additional ice to achieve a thicker consistency. Serve in chilled glasses rimmed with salt or sugar (optional). Sip and enjoy!

Source: Annie’s Eats