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Archive for May 6, 2014

FOOD FUN: Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with these Margarita Jell-O shots, created by Good Cocktails.com.

Mix up some strawberry Margarita Jell-O (yes, with tequila) and pour into hollowed-out strawberry cups.

Refrigerate, garnish with a small slice of lime, and serve.

It’s delicious and fun. Here’s the recipe.

 

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A strawberry serves as the shot glass. Photo courtesy GoodCocktail.com.

 

  

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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Create The Best Sugar Rim

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Red sanding sugar makes a sweet, colorful
cocktail or mocktail rimmer. Photo courtesy
El Jimador Tequila.

 

Here’s a fun idea for Mother’s Day or any other celebration: a custom glass rimmer for cocktails or mocktails. You can buy rimmers in tins, but it’s almost as fast to make your own.

We owe this tip to Seattle’s Best, which served us a coffee Martini with a sugar rim at a recent event.

Wow, we said: How did you get the sugar to really stick on? Our own efforts to create the ideal flavored rim were not as successful.

The answer: Dip the rim of the glass in maple syrup, not water as we’ve been doing, to create the glass rimmer. Do it in advance so the syrup can dry.

We substituted agave for the maple syrup, which held just as fast and firm and is even better when you don’t want to add maple flavor.

Sanding sugar is available in numerous colors, and the technique also works with a chocolate rim, a shredded coconut rim, a sprinkles rim or whatever look and taste you like.

You can be creative in your blend, adding anise, cinnamon or other spice to the base ingredient.

 

And you can do it with savory rims, blending celery salt, chili powder or sea salt with just about any herb or spice that adds complementary flavor to the drink.

Here’s the recipe we tasted from Seattle’s Best:

 

RECIPE: SEATTLE’S BEST COFFEE MAPLETINI

Ingredients For 4 Drinks

  • 1 cup brewed Signature Blend No. 4 Seattle’s Best Coffee, chilled (or coffee of your choice)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus extra for decorating the rims of the Martini glasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 1-1/2 cups ice
  • Colored sugar, ground chocolate or ground coffee beans mixed with sugar
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    Make a chocolate rim with ground chocolate or cocoa and sugar. Photo courtesy El Jimador Tequila.

     

    Preparation

    1. BREW coffee one hour or more before serving and cool to room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator. (Note: You can brew and refrigerate the coffee days in advance.)

    2. COMBINE the brewed coffee, half & half, maple syrup and vanilla-flavored vodka in a large glass or martini shaker. Fill with ice, then shake or stir until the ingredients are well-combined.

    3. MOISTEN the rims of four martini glasses with maple syrup and dip in sugar to lightly coat.

    4. STRAIN the cocktail and pour into the prepared glasses.

      

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