Before the summer flies by, we want to share this refreshing summer drink. First off, if you've never made lemonade from scratch, don't pass that opportunity up here. Once you make it and taste the difference, you'll never go back to buying bottled or powdered (gasp!) brands ever again. Even many of the more high-end brands tend to use corn syrup in place of good old fashioned sugar, and it significantly affects the taste. The recipe below turns these into vodka lemonades, but the lemonade is refreshing without the alcohol.
We're no Vikings, but we do know that there's nothing like a batch of Swedish Glögg to warm you up on those dark, cold Winter evenings. Glögg is the Scandinavian version of mulled wine, with aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and orange. With the addition of Aquavit and rum, this is much more than your ordinary glass of red wine. In Germany and the Netherlands, it is called Glühwein.
This tasty little martini is pretty simple to make. If you're making an 8-oz martini, this has a significant amount of caffeine in it. So, don't have it too late in the evening, unless you're looking for an extra boost of energy. Otherwise, you might want to consider using a good quality de-caffeinated espresso to make this. The better quality espresso you use, the cleaner this drink will taste. Our favorite espresso blend is from LaVazza, but you can use any dark-roasted coffee. Using freshly ground espresso will produce that nice foam you see floating on top.
We are not going to keep this blog entry long. We take no credit for this recipe, having found this combination of ingredients by searching the internet for a "fresh" margarita recipe ... one that doesn't involve ingredients like Rose's Lime Juice (yuck!), triple sec or some fructose-laden, ready-to-drink mix. This is really good, but it is STRONG. Our advice is to let the ice melt for a few minutes before you start drinking it.
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