funky monkey

L'il E and I have been enjoying some down-time in Fort Myers, FL at Nana and Papa's. It's taken me four days to unwind from the big smoke, but I'm finally feeling relaxed. Yesterday I spent two hours at the beach alone (novel) with my book (The Help) and a bottle of water. It was pure bliss.

All of this sand and sun has got me thinking about tropical drinks and since it's Friday I thought I would leave you with this Caribbean delight - the Funky Monkey or as I like to call it the Pounding Headache.

You'll need:

  • 1 oz. Mount Gay Rum
  • 1 oz. creme de bananes
  • .5 oz. creme do cacao
  • 3 oz. coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • shredded coconut for garnish

Then you:

Pour all ingredients into a blender with ice, whiz up and pour. Garnish with coconut and sip away!

I'll be out on the golf course but I hope one of these is waiting for me when I get off the 18th hole.

Happy weekend!!



smoky sour

I'm heading to a BBQ of sorts on Saturday, probably the last one of the summer (weep!), so I've been eyeing BBQ cocktails. Not that I'll be drinking them. Hard liquor just hasn't sat the same since L'il E rolled around.

I spotted this crazy tipple complete with bacon for garnish! This is no girlie drink my friends. So, impress your BBQ guests this weekend with this - Smoky Sour!

You'll need:

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Dash of liquid smoke (you can find this in specialty food shops - I'm sure Pusateri's has it)
  • Bacon for garnish (say what?)

Then you:

  1. Add whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and liquid smoke to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a glass with ice and garnish with a bacon skewer.

Now that's a drink your boy can't scoff at!

happy hour

Despite the cooler temps and signs for the EX (sigh) summer is still here and this recipe for the Mint Melon Sangria is just the reminder we needed (thanks BYOB Bar and Cocktail Emporium!).

The Mint Melon Sangria (yum)!

You'll need:

  • 1.5 cups diced watermelon
  • 1.5 cups diced cantaloupe
  • 1.5 cups honeydew melon
  • 2 cups ice
  • handful mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • sparkling wine

Then you:

  1. Toss the diced melons into a pitcher.
  2. Pour ice on top
  3. Muddle mint leaves with lime juice, then add to pitcher.
  4. Top off with sparkling wine.

It's 5:00 p.m. somewhere right?



the radler

So it's been a short week but come on it's Friday and it's summer so that means we could all use a refreshing beverage (or two or three!) right?! My latest discovery is the Radler - equal parts light beer (Coors Light) and lemonade. It's the cyclists drink of choice in Germany so it must be healthy (not guilty). If you're normally into Shandys, this is a nice alternative, not as sweet!

So here's what you do:

  1. Pour half a bottle of beer into a tall glass
  2. Top off with lemonade (you can use the pre-made stuff or make your own!)




ginger-infused spiked lemonade (oh ya!)

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Happy Canada Day y'all! Hopefully you're enjoying the beautiful weather lakeside with a drink in hand (or several).

This week I thought I would share this awesome recipe for Ginger-infused lemonade that ran in the Globe and Mail last weekend. This refreshing little tipple can be enjoyed by everyone (drinker and non-drinkers) at the cottage - all you do is add vodka.

I modified the recipe by omitting the blueberries - I hate soggy fruit in drinks. So here goes...

You'll need (for ginger syrup):

  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups fresh ginger

You'll need (for lemonade):

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (8-9 lemons) or you could use the bottled stuff up to you
  • 2 lemons for slicing
  • handful of fresh mint
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup water
  • 0.5-1 cup of ginger syrup (depends on how sweet you like it)
  • 8 oz. VODKA

To make the ginger syrup boil water, sugar and ginger in a saucepan, reduce to half, strain and let cool. To make the lemonade combine ice, water, lemon slices, and mint in a pitcher. Pour in lemon juice, water and ginger syrup to taste and if using vodka at that too. Stir!

Now go get going and make a pitcher. I know you want to.

Be safe!





fuzzy wuzzy wuzzah

So today is my mom's birthday (happy birthday mom!) and to ring it in I thought I would bring back the beloved "it's Friday and I need a drink" recipes.

When I was a teenager I would sneak these little bottles (you know the ones you get on a plane) of Peach Schnapps from the liquor cabinet and because mom didn't really drink she didn't notice they were all gone until I was in University. So to pay tribute to all of those little bottles I thought a Fuzzy Navel was in order.

You'll need:

  • 1 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • Orange Juice

Pour Peach Schapps, vodka over ice in a tall glass and top off with OJ (yum!). The perfect drink for a hot and humid Happy Hour!

Happy weekend!


orange blossom special (oh ya!)

It's Friday and I need a drink (ha!) well just a little drink I am nursing my l'il E after all. Who knew having a baby would bring on so much stress (like more stress than when I was working).

So I spied up this beaut of a tipple in last weekend's Globe and Mail - the Orange Blossom Special. I haven't tried it yet, but my mouth watered when I read the ingredients so I will be putting it on my to-make list. For now I'm sipping on a glass of red (oh how I've missed you!)

Here's what you need:

  • 2 ounces citrus vodka
  • Juice from one blood orange (I will likely just use a regular orange)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 drop orange blossom water (say what? not sure what this is but really will you miss one drop?)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Splash of soda water

Then you:

  • Pour all the ingredients except the soda water over ice in a shaker.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a rock glass filled with ice.
  • Top with the soda water, garnish with a large orange twist.





apple cider sparkle

Fall is here and that means copious amounts of steaming hot apple cider (yum!).

Here is a twist on the traditional recipe and the added booze will help you get through the big Thanksgiving family dinner (wink).

To make the Apple Cider Sparkle you'll need:

  • 6 cups apple cider (get the expensive organic stuff, it's best)
  • 2 cups cranberry/raspberry cocktail
  • 1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine (honestly why waste a bottle of champers go for the sparkling wine)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

In a large pitcher combine apple cider,  juice, and lemon juice. Slowly add the sparkling wine just before you're going to serve it (you don't want it going flat). That's it! For the kiddies or preggers (like me, sigh) use chilled sparkling grape juice instead of the sparkling wine.

Gobble gobble!

beergarita anyone?

It's Friday and you know what that means, copious amounts of cocktails (oh ya!).

This week I'm featuring the Beergarita (thanks Erin!). This is the less sweet version of your typical margarita (= no headache).

So here we go, you'll need:

  • Ice
  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 bottle Corona (or any other light beer)

Whiz up the lime juice, tequila and ice in the blender, pour into a pint glass (rimmed with salt of course) and top of with a bottle of Corona. Stir. It's that easy!

The hubs and I are off to Orillia to visit my Dad and Debbie this weekend so I will be enjoying one of these dockside, however it's supposed to rain (surprise!) all weekend so I may be enjoying them on the couch.

June 25, 2010 — Alanna Banks