Indulge: July Summer Sips

Can you believe it’s already July? No matter where you are at, summer sun is shining and temperatures are going up! At CLD, we are cooling off with some of these awesome, refreshing drinks that feature in-season ingredients (with a non-alcoholic sipper for Christina, of course!).

Indulge and enjoy the heat!

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Who doesn’t love fresh summer berries? And if you are going to drink wine in the heat, a great rose is the perfect pairing. After a few weeks in the Hamptons, these two ingredients came up all the time, so let’s marry the two! This drink was also inspired by the Mason Shaker’s “The Frenchie”

Ingredients;

– A handful of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

– A wedge of lemon

– 5 mint leaves

– A glass (5 ounces) of light rose wine)

Toss all ingredients in a shaker and muddle well. Add ice, shake and strain into your favorite wine glass. Top with extra berries and mint leaves.

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

9c3c977e5e586e8d3c6061c4147c87c4Make this by the pitcher!

– 1 cup fresh lemon juice

– One cup simple syrup (infuse with mint or vanilla bean for extra yumminess!)

– 2 cups water

– 2 cups sparkling water or soda

– One pint strawberries, sliced

Add lemon juice, simple syrup, water and half of the strawberries to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let strawberries infuse. When ready to serve, strain out the infused berries, add soda and fresh strawberry slices and serve.

Watermelon Cooler

839d788599cd8420ba2480dc4174546d– 1/2 cup watermelon juice

– 4 slices of cucumber

– 1/2 ounce lime juice

– A few mint leaves

– 2 ounces of vodka

– Sparkling water

Muddle cucumber, mint, lime juice and vodka in a shaker. Top with ice and watermelon juice and shake. Serve over ice and add sparkling water.

Enjoy those hot summer temps and these luscious drinks responsibly 🙂

 

Indulge: Summer is Coming…

While the “official” start of summer is still a month away, we all know that Memorial Day Weekend is where the summer parties get started! Temperatures are starting to climb all over the country, meaning this is the time to fire up the BBQ, fill that cooler with ice and goodies, and to start celebrating the summer season.

Today at CLD we are whipping up a tasty dessert that is a fantastic ending to any type of food fiesta. It features nectarines, although any stone-fruit will work! Stone fruits (plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, or any new hybrid of those), are starting to pop up at local farmers markets. They have a fairly limited season, so grab them up while you can! This dish is perfect for those that may be not 100% ripe yet, as they get to soak up some butter and sugar to soften up 🙂

Nectarine Up-Side-Down Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 nectarines, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick wedges

Procedure:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl combine flour, sugar, soda, salt. Gently stir to combine.
  • In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, half of the melted butter, and eggs.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir with a rubber spatula. Don’t over mix, just stir until ingredients are just combined.
  • In either a cast-iron skillet or 9-inch cake pan, add the remaining melted butter to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Scatter the brown sugar over the pan, followed by the slices of nectarines–in an artful manner, of course!
  • Pour the cake mixture over the top of the nectarines and smooth the top.
  • Bake approximately 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool for about 10-15 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan.
  • Place a plate/cutting board large enough to cover the pan on top of it, then flip the whole thing over, and remove the pan.  Viola!

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This recipe is also easy to divide in half for smaller parties. No matter where you are this weekend or what/if you are celebrating, please be safe and responsible! Hoping everyone has a fantastic long weekend!!

Indulge: Cinco Para Dos!

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner… on a Monday (sad face).

So why not get the party started a little early this weekend? We have a few recipes here that are just the right size for two so you can perfect them for the crowd you might have on Monday!

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Chunky Guacamole

Guac afficionados unite! Avocados have finally become readily available almost everywhere, so this tasty treat is easy to always have ready.

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup diced white onion

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice from 1 lime

Salt and Pepper

Your favorite hot sauce

Dice or cube the avocado (here’s a great tutorial) and put into a bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the avocado, then top with onion, cilantro, a good sprinkle of salt, 2 big grinds of pepper and as many dashes of hot sauces as your heart can handle!

Want your guac chunky? Run a small knife across the ingredients to slightly break up the avocado more, then stir ingredients together. Want it nice and smooth? Mash everything with the back of a spoon, a potato masher, or puree in a blender.

And another fun tip: if you don’t want to have that dreaded feeling of, “I went through the whole bag of chips again!” pick up a bag of baby bell peppers. Slice them in half and you have the perfect little dippers!

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Citrus Margaritas for 2

I have this adorably small pitcher that holds just the right amount of liquid for about foursmall margaritas–once again perfect for 2!

Variety of citrus: lemon, orange,, grapefruit

6 ounces Tequila (a gold tequila works best for this, like a reposado or anejo)

2 ounces Triple Sec

2 ounces Agave Syrup

4 ounces fresh lime juice (about 4-6 limes)

Kosher salt

Slice up your citrus (about half of each type of fruit and put slices in a pitcher. Add all remaining liquid ingredients and gently stir with a spoon. You can slightly bruise or press into the citrus slices to release their flavor.  Fill the pitcher with ice and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When ready to serve, grab your favorite (small) glasses and run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Put the glass in a small layer of salt to coat and garnish your glass with a slice of citrus. Half pint mason jars work great for this!

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Enjoy everything responsibly and have a great Cinco de Mayo!!

 

 

Indulge: A Classy St. Patty’s Day

Everyone likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently (if they celebrate it at all!). We’ve seen all out revelry and bar-hopping, big Irish family potlucks, downing that glass of Guinness, or just simply adding that hint of green to an outfit to avoid getting pinched.

At CLD, we like to keep things on the classy side, so here are two fun St. Patrick’s inspired  indulgences to get the evening of the 17th started:

Britannia

So this is not 100% Irish, but it features and celebrates the best of everything: Whiskey from Ireland, Scotch from Scotland, and Pimm’s from England. Combined with some lime juice, agave and shaken vigorously, this cocktail is surprisingly smooth… but it could still easily leave you with the “Irish Flu” in the morning You have been warned!

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1.5 oz Irish Whiskey

0.5 oz Single Malt Scotch

0.5 oz Pimm’s Liqueur

0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz agave syrup

Orange peel for garnish

Chill a martini glass or coupe in the freezer. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously, for at least 15 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with twisted orange peel.

Banana Kicker Milkshake

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Think milkshakes are just for kids? Of course not! Especially when whiskey is in the mix!

2.5 oz Irish Whiskey

1 oz milk

2 big scoops vanilla ice cream

1 banana (chopped and frozen if possible)

Green food coloring (totally optionally, but makes it festive!)

Add all liquid ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, but still thick. Enjoy!

We hope all of our readers have a fun (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day wherever, and however, you like to celebrate!

Holiday Cheer… In a Glass!

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Holiday season is in full swing! Today we have 2 fantastic recipes to get you in the mood for the holidays and are perfect for your own parties as they are easy to make in bulk!

Christmas Sangria

image2 apples, diced
1 cup of fresh cranberries, slightly crushed
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
2 cups sparkling apple cider

Combine all ingredients into your favorite pitcher and chill for 1-2 hours. Serve in small glasses, garnished with a small sprig of rosemary.

Peppermint Pops
Makes 4, 1.5 ounce shooters

3 oz peppermint schnapps
3 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur

Combine two liqueurs into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then divide between 4 shot glasses. Garnish with peppermint sticks.

Enjoy these holiday treats at your next fiesta or fun dinner at home. Please enjoy responsibly and have fun at all of your holiday events!