I haven’t posted anything on my blog lately about cocktails and drinks. While I love cooking and baking, hubby loves to get in his bar and mix up some concoctions for me and family. He loves to keep his bar fully stocked with different liqueurs and spirits.
Just like me, he experiments with flavours and textures with his drinks. He can make me a lovely refreshing cocktail and at the same time, whip up a delicious mocktail for the kiddies to enjoy.
Here are a few Hubby has mixed up and have come up a treat.
Pimms and lemon squash
Mai Tai: White rum, Malibu, orange juice and grenadine
Blue Sky Colado: Malibu, coconut milk, blue caraco, pineapple juice and sugar syrup
Sexy Cider: Sparkling White wine, Calvados, apple juice and fresh berries
And Hubby’s favourite at the moment …
Vodka and Lime Crush:
1/3 cup caster sugar
4 limes, cut into wedges
Crushed ice, to serve
Chilled lemonade, to serve
1. Place the sugar and lime wedges in a mortar and pound with a pestle until the lime is crushed.
2. Add the vodka and ice and pound to crush.
3.Divide among serving glassed and top up with lemonade
For more drink ideas and inspiration, check out my instagram feed and search for #DrinksMadeByHubby.
What do you do when you have lemons? You make lemonade of course!
It’s lemon season at the moment. They are abundant on trees. I’m proud to own a lemon tree and it bore fruit for the first time this year. Since it’s my tree’s first year fruiting, it only had 6 lemons. I managed to use them to bake a lemon meringue cake (of which, I am hoping to blog very soon).
I got my hands on some cheap lemons and I knew what I wanted to do with them. I wanted to make lemonade. I found a recipe by the Hairy Bikers and it was easy and quick. I keep the lemon syrup in the fridge and make the lemonade when needed (or requested).
Makes a jug full.
- 8 medium sized lemons
- 1.2kg white sugar
- 75g citric acid
- Slice the lemons thinly, removing any pips and place in a large heatproof bowl
- Add the citric acid and the sugar
- Pour 700ml of boiling water
- Leave to cool then sieve into a jug
- To serve, dilute with water or soda water. Serve with ice and some fresh lemon slices
I have to admit, I am not a big beer drinker but when I was offered to try this new craft beer, how can I say no?
Endeavour beer is the baby of 3 blokes who love beer and are all about creating beers from the ground up, using the freshest barley and hops. They have recently released their 2012 Growers Ale. It's a craft beer made in Australia made for the Australian summer. It's made with all Australian Galaxy and Southern Saaz hops making it 100% Aussie.
It is perfect for a summer's day. I found it refreshing, smooth and light. As a person that doesn't drink too much beer, this went down really well on a warm Summer's evening and found myself reaching into the fridge for another.
I also wanted to try it with a meal. Hubby suggested an Asian inspired meal so I made fried rice and stir fried beef and vegetables. The beer complimented the flavours of dinner and helped freshen and lighten the meal a little.
So if you're looking for something light and refreshing to quench your thirst or a drink to go down well with your dinner, I think this Endeavour beer Growers ale is perfect for you. I know I will keep a 6 pack in my fridge.
I recieved product samples courtesy of Trish Nicol Agency and Endeavour beer
This is our first time to do something for Halloween. We usually let this day go by without even a thought, however, Halloween is gaining popularity here and it is getting harder to ignore. The supermarkets are filled with decorations and trick or treat candies and stores are decked out in spider webs and skeletons.
We let the children get dressed up for the night. We didn’t go trick or treating as that part of the Halloween tradition has yet to hit my home (and I don’t know if it will be). They were happy to get dressed just for the fun of it and to just sit and watch tv in it :) Deanna was excited to get dressed in her mummy costume. It was her idea. I think her recent visit to the tutankhamun exhibition may have something to do with it. Thomas was not so keen to wear the bat cape I had bought for him though, we managed to take a photo or two of him.
For our easy holloween dinner, I made hot dog and pizza mummies accompanied by ghost mashed potatoes. These were quick and easy to make and very tasty. After a busy two days, I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen so this was perfect and the kids loved it. After all, how can you go wrong with hot dogs and pizza, right?
For dessert, I made orange Jack-o-lanterns filled with strawberry jelly. I got the idea from a food magazine “Super Food ideas”
I also made snakes in soil (chocolate mousse topped with crushed chocolate biscuits and sour worms)
For a creepy drink, the children had green slime with worms (lime softdrink spider) while the adults had blood (red wine)
I don’t know if we will ever celebrate Halloween like the American’s do but I think the children have fun dressing up.
Visit Deanna’s blog for more Halloween photos.
I hope you have a spooky Halloween… oooooOOOOoooohhhhh!!!!