Beverages, Part 1

My favorite grandchild, you know the one, once told his Kindergarten teacher that he wanted to grow up and be like his grandma:  drink Martinis and have fun at parties.  Things have not changed.  I’m still working on setting a good example, I still enjoy a good beverage and I still love social events.  It goes along with my theory about laughter.  The more you laugh the longer you live.

These are 3 of my favorite beverages.  I’ve been making Bourbon Slushies for 30 years.  What a fun summertime drink.  They taste of good times.  Since I freeze them in sandwich size baggies, they become the perfect tote-along beverage.  Plus, they keep your food cold on the way to a picnic.  Winner!

The Boulevardier is my new favorite cocktail.  It’s very herbal with just a hint of bitterness from the Campari.  This is not a ‘gulper’; you are going to want to savor this.  Take your time and imagine you are sitting at a sidewalk cafe.  It’s very big girl or boy.

Finally, the Espresso Martini.  There are many stories behind how I got this recipe, none of which I’m sharing today.  Suffice it to say, I had a wonderful evening and added years to my life.  Happy 40th Birthday again Julie.

Bourbon Slushies

2 cups very strong tea

1 cup sugar

Stir to dissolve.

Add:  2 cups bourbon

1 12 ounce can thawed lemonade (I like pink best)

6 ounces thawed orange juice

6 cup water

Combine all and freeze.

Stir to soften and serve.

***  My dad called these bourbon sloppies, because that’s how you would act after a few.  Even if someone says they do not like bourbon, they like these.   They are great to have on hand in the freezer.  I store them in small ziplock bags.  Serve with a spoon.

Boulevardier

1 ounces Rye or Bourbon

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce sweet vermouth

Mix in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and an orange twist.

***  This is my new non-Martini beverage of choice.  It’s the American sibling of an Italian Negroni.  I love the bitter undertones.  If that’s a little too strong for you, mix it 50/50 with lemonade or sparkling water.  I keep a container mixed up at all times.  If you want to try the Negroni, simply replace the Rye with Gin.

Espresso Martini

1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka

1 ounce white cream d cocoa

1 ½  ounces Kahlua

1 ounce cold espresso shot

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

***  I received this recipe from the bartender at the hotel Julie, et al, stayed at after her fabulously delicious 40th birthday dinner.  What a fun evening.

and remember:  She was one cocktail away from proving his mother right.  Big kiss, Lynn

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