You asked for it, You got it!

Last week during Jennifer’s Extravaganza, for every day we were at home there was a cocktail of the day. I got many comments asking for the receipes for these cocktails. I promised that I would share them after the trip was over.

Well as usual part of planning this trip, was planning the menu.  And yes there was one, typed out and on the refrigerator when Jenn arrived.

M E N U

VPT’S @ 1102

There was a food menu to the left & Cocktails to the right.  Now we didn’t get to even half of the food menu.  But we covered every single one of the items on the drink menu.

Arrival Nite – Cocktail were Wine a Riesling and/or Dirty Martini’s.  I figured after her long flight and potential jet lag, that she might not want the potency of the Martini.  Boy was I wrong!

Our Next Featured Drink was

The Paloma

Liquor: Tequila

Rating: 4  – This was my favorite of the Summer Pitcher Cocktails

Effects:  Light refreshing, you could taste the Tequila, without it being overbearing.  But you still got the effects of  tequila.  This is a cocktail that will definitely sneek up on you.  It taste good and you just suck them down in the heat.  It is a keeper in my cocktail rotation, and will be featured in many a home happy hour hear @ 1102.

8 shots or 8 ozs of Tequila (for these receipes a shot is an ounce)

2 shots of Simple Syrup – I make my own , but if you don’t have your own, you can use triple sec.

24 ozs of Ruby Red Grapefruit

1 lime

Fill pitcher with ice, squeeze the juice of one lime over the ice.   Pour tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice into pitcher.  Stir well.

In individual glasses: Fill with ice and pour drink, add sliced lime for garnish and top with a splash of club soda if desired.

Drink can be mixed ahead of time minus the ice,  for parties.

Cinnamon Mule

Liquor:  Rum

Rating: 2  for me, but Jenn really enjoyed this drink.  So it may just be a matter of taste.

Effects:  A heavier drink, with a strong cinnamon taste.  I’ve made some variations in the receipe.  But as with all good receipes, you just need to make it your own.  The other prominent ingredient in this drink is Ginger Beer.  You will have to like this flavor to even begin to enjoy this cocktail.

My Version of Cinnamon Mule

4 shots of Rum

2 ozs lime juice

3 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

Angostura bitters

3 cans of Ginger Beer

First off – Make sure your Ginger Beer is cold.  It cuts down on the foam, and the cinnamon that accumulates in the foam.

Second – though I haven’t tried this yet.  I think cinnamon sticks soaked in the rum, would give you the cinnamon taste, with out the grit from the cinnamon powder.

Third – making a ginger & cinnamon simple syrup to add to this might make for a tasty variation on this cocktail.

Pour lime juice and rum in pitcher.  Add cinnamon powder and stir thoroughly.  Add 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, and the 3 cans of Ginger Beer.  Top with ice.

Individual glasses:  Fill with ice. Pour cocktail. Garnish with lime slices and cinnamon stick for stirrer.

This ought to get you through the weekend.  The remaining drink receipes will be on my Socializing and Entertaining BlogThe Lost Art of Socializing. The link is on the side (blogroll) or just go to semplo2Lost.wordpress.com  Every Friday there will be cocktails for you to try.   Remember . . .

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun!

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