Lemonade is a taste of summer...and could only be improved with a few extra spirits. My cousin went to Lynchburg College in Virginia and I always think of her when I drink them. However, Lynchburg lemonade draws it's name from Lynchburg, Tennessee the home of Jack Daniel's distillery. It's really more of a whiskey spritzer than a lemonade...but I like it just the same. Note that I make my version with Jack Daniel's "Tennessee Honey." It's honey liqueur blended with Jack Daniel's Whiskey. I use it and skip the need to add syrup or sugar for a sweet to cut the lemon's sourness. They are easy to make in big batches, just wait to add the soda and ice as you pour individual servings.
Cheers! XO Martha
1 part Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
1 part Triple Sec
1 part fresh lemon juice
3 parts sprite or lemon lime soda
lots of ice
Mix liquors and lemon juice together. If making one drink, shake up in a mixer with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice, top with soda and stir gently to blend. Enjoy!
The Communal Pantry went to a Girl's Night Out event in Summit, NJ and ended up with a great new cocktail recipe! This fabulous combination comes from Glass Works of Summit and their manager and surprise mixologist, Susan Cirelli. Proportions aren't exact, so follow your tastebuds and experiment until you get the flavor you like.
Glass Work's Punch:
Vodka (Try 1/2 a bottle)
Cranberry Juice (try a whole bottle)
Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur)
(Try a cup or so...)
Seltzer (Try a whole bottle)
A bag of frozen raspberries
juice from one lemon
one lemon sliced
Combine the ingredients....tasting as
you go. Add more or less of each
as you see fit!
Cheers! XO Martha...and Susan from Glass Works!
I was back at the Astor Center last week, attending a class on Tequila. Sangrita was our "welcome" cocktail. (You've got to love a class that starts with someone handing you a cocktail.) From what I remember (after all I did drink a lot of tequila...all for the sake of research, of course) Sangrita started as a kind of chaser or quencher that you would drink to accompany a glass of homemade (often badly made) fiery tequila. Originally made with pomegranate and chili peppers it's evolved in the last 100 years and is now best known made with a tomato and orange juice base. It's meant to be sipped alternately with a nice glass of tequila blanco. We were served 2 oz. of Platino (pictured on the left) with 2 oz of fresh sangrita (pictured on the right). If you add a third glass of straight lime juice the drink is called a "Mexican Flag" since it represents the three major colors in the flag, red, white and green. This sangrita recipe is easy...and a great way to impress your friends on Cinco de Mayo! Cheers! XO Martha
2 oz. Platino or tequila blanco
Served with 2 oz. of fresh sangria mix
3/4 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon of hot sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, shill in the fridge before serving.