Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cocktails and Deliciously Mixed Up Flavorings

The cocktail pictured above is something I call "Pink Lady" but it is a drink that many college kids know and everyone seems to have their own name for. My favorite thing about it is the unexpected main ingredient, which no one seems to believe me makes up the beverage until they see me making a batch. This is a drink that you make in large quantities, for parties and the like, and whenever I've made it, it's always been gone mid party. No matter how many pitchers I put out.

Also, I don't have any reason I posted the photo with fireworks. It just looked pretty. 

Unexpected combinations are something that brings me considerable amusement. Following the recipe for the unexpected Pink Lady ingredients is another cocktail recipe that people are often hesitant to try- Basil Strawberry. And then following THAT are some more strange combinations in food and drink. Hope you enjoy :)

Pink Lady
-1 to 2 containers PINK lemonade mix (large)
-1 small bottle Cranberry Juice
-4 cups blackberry or raspberry vodka
-1 case Natural Light Beer (or whatever cheap beer you like)

Pour the cheap beer (unexpected, right?) into a container big enough to mix everything and take foam into account. Add remaining ingredients, the amount of lemonade mix to taste preference, and stir carefully. Allow to settle, pour into pitchers, and serve. 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade
-3 strawberries - de-stemmed
-5 basil leaves
-1.5 ounce Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka
-1 ounce Island Oasis Strawberry Puree (or just pureed strawberries)
-Fill (approximately 4 oz.) Lemonade
Muddle 3 strawberries - de-stemmed, with the five basil leaves and Smirnoff in a 16-ounce glass. Mix Strawberry Vodka, and Island Oasis Strawberry Puree in mixing glass or martini shaker. Add ice, shake for 15 seconds and pour into glass. Fill with lemonade and stir.
Cocktails are not the only place where unexpected combinations can be surprisingly delicious! For example, some of my favorite foods:

-Chicken salad with rosemary and grapes
-Baked tatter tots with cheddar cheese and bacon
-Peanut butter sandwich on toast with grapes, bananas, and honey
-White bread sandwiches with cheddar cheese and ranch Doritos
-Salami and Cream Cheese on toast (which inspired these weird lil guys)
-Hotdogs (on a bun) with celery salt and ketchup
-Crushed pretzels with cream cheese and raspberry jam on toast
-Marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels
-Eggo waffle ice-cream sandwiches 
-Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats*

Those are just some of my favorite comfort/random combination foods. Any weird flavor combos you recommend?

Here's the recipe for Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats as a final note on the delicious and intriguing food combos. Promise you won't want to make normal rice krispie treats ever again.

Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
-1 small box fruity pebbles
-1 bag large marshmellows
-3 tablespoons butter
Make as you would old school rice krispie treats. Meaning, melt the butter and marshmallows together until boiled down. Stir into cereal, press into 9 by 13 pan. Let cool about 15 minutes to solidify. 

And as a FINAL final bonus recipe, Jello Shots:

As a college student, this recipe was a must know. Outside the university setting, these may be inappropriate but sure as heck can be fun.

Jello Shots
-2 cups boiling water
-1 large box jello (6 oz I believe)
-2 cups flavored vodka/cold water (try to pick a complimentary flavor or go flavorless)

Boil your water and then dissolve your jello mix into it. Pour in your 2 cups vodka/water and distribute between cups. If you want strong shots, go for 2 cups straight vodka. You can water then down, literally!, with water though if you don't want that sugary burn.
I personally feel this is a situation of go big or go home though. You should really make your mama proud and make them as strong as you can :)

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