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Coral Reef Cooler

June 9, 2010

Coral Reef Cooler Recipe

Let me just say, I came up with the name before thinking about the current oil spill crisis… so let’s just say this drink is in homage… (too soon?).

This all came about because of some delightful Absolut Mango Vodka I brought back from St. Thomas (for $9… I can’t say enough good things about shopping in the Virgin Islands) and the fresh Passion Fruit Juice Keith and I became obsessed with at Gladys’ Cafe in Charlotte Amalie.

I was tinkering around in the kitchen this weekend trying to find a suitable cocktail to assuage my rage at the billion degree heat… and I stumbled upon this gem.  I was lucky to be able to find passion fruit juice at the Amish Market, but realize it might not be so easily accessible for all.  I’m fairly confident pineapple juice would be an acceptable substitute.

WARNING: I make strong drinks that taste like nothing… be prepared for a “kick” after you’ve knocked one (or three) back.

Ingredients (makes one drink):

  • 2 oz Absolut Mango Vodka
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2 lemon wedges (squeezed)
  • 1 lemon twist for garnish

What you’ll have to clean up afterward:

  • Martini Shaker (optional)

Step One: Combine vodka, passion fruit juice, and lemon juice in martini shaker and top off with ice.  Shake well. You could also just combine the same ingredients in a rocks glass and stir.

Step Two: Pour contents of shaker into martini glass (or rocks glass with ice) and top with ginger ale (you may use a little more than 1 oz).

Step Three: Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

-Eat Hearty!

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A taste of the Caribbean…vacay in St. Thomas

May 27, 2010

Let me just say… There’s nothing more relaxing than an island vacation. I’ve been knocking the “typical beach vacation” for YEARS.  Examples of things I might have said:

“Beach vacations just SOUND boring, who wants to lay around all day?”

“What’s there to SEE on an island?  Sand, water… maybe a snake?”

“I don’t like rum… “

I was so mistaken.

I’ll spare you all the rubbing it in about laying in the sun, snorkeling, sailboats, jet skiis, etc. (I guess I just did it… ).  But what I have to share with you over the next week (I just got back so it’ll take some time with the one billion work emails waiting for me) are a couple of the recipes I picked up on the island… watch out there’s some dangerous one’s in there 🙂

Bushwacker (the perfect beach drink)

Coral Reef Cooler

Jerk Chicken

Caribbean Stewed Chicken

-Eat Hearty!

Bushwacker… the ultimate beach drink

May 27, 2010

Skip to Bushwacker recipe

I can’t tell you how many of these I sipped on the beach at St. Thomas (where they were invented by the way)… SO DELICIOUS.  The only problem you think you’re just drinking a milkshake…until you stand up. But you’re on the beach, right?… who cares?

Seriously, though, this is one of the tastiest drinks I’ve had in a while (and I don’t like blended drinks generally)… and it took me a least 3 to figure out it had nutmeg in it.  YUMMY.

Ingredients (one drink, just multiply for multiple drinks):

  • 1/2 ounce rum(Cruzan is the best, but use whatever brand you have)
  • 1/2 ounce vodka (any brand)
  • 1/2 ounce Bailey’s Irish cream (or a similar cheaper brand)
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur (any brand)
  • 1/2 ounce chocolate-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Frangelico (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce creme de coconut (Coco Lopez)
  • 1 cup crushed ice (more or less to make the proper consistency)
  • 3 dashes of grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream (or coolwhip)
  • 1 maraschino cherry (for the top)
What you’ll have to clean up after:
  • Blender

Step One: Put everything (except nutmeg, whipped cream and cherry) into a blender and blend, using enough ice to yield a milkshake consistency.

Step Two: Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream, cherry, and a couple dashes of nutmeg.

-Eat Hearty