Cold Brew Cocktails

Made up a tasty cold brew cocktail this evening:

2 oz. Old Grandad Bourbon

1 oz. Cold brew coffee

1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur

couple dashes Xocolatl Mole™ bitters

lemon peel

 

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass half full of ice.  Pour over a large ice cube in your favourite whiskey glass and garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

Blueberry Pie

 

Blueberry Pie

The combination of cooked and fresh blueberries makes this pie amazing.  

Quickest and easiest to make using a frozen pie crust, but would probably be even better using your favourite pie dough recipe from scratch!

Course Dessert
Keyword blueberry, pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 ea 9" frozen deep dish pie crust

Filling

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

Topping

  • 1 cup whipping cream (small carton)
  • 1/2 tsp * 1/2 teaspoon double bourbon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp * 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Bake pie shell according to directions, and let cool while making the filling.

  2. Add 2 cups blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1 cup water to saucepan and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat, stirring occasionally until the berries burst.

  4. Remove from heat.

  5. Make a slurry of the 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, and stir into sauce pan.

  6. Add remaining 2 cups of blueberries, folding into the thickened mixture.

  7. Let cool.

  8. Combine topping ingredients into a frozen mixing bowl, and whip until stiff peaks form.

  9. Fill baked pie shell with the blueberry filling.

  10. Serve and add a couple good dollops of the topping with each slice.

Spice Blends

Rather than buying Italian Seasoning, Seasoning Salt, or Taco Seasoning, I like to make my own blends – that way I know what’s in them, and their flavours are more consistent.  I store the blends in various sized mason jars – using larger jars for the blends I go through fastest.

Seasoning Salt
 
Recipe Type: spice blends
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Ingredients
  • 8 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tbps onion powder
  • 3 tbsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to your mortar, and grind to an even consistency – fairly fine.
 
Italian Seasoning
 
Recipe Type: spice blends
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  • 1/2 cup dried basil
  • 4 tbsp dried thyme
  • 4 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 4 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried sage
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. put all ingredients into mortar and grind till you reach desired consistency
 
Taco Seasoning
 
Recipe Type: spice blends
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Ingredients
  • 4tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 5 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
Instructions
  1. blend all ingredients together in mortar and pestle. I use 2-3 tbsp. of this blend per pound of ground beef when I’m making tacos.
 
Cajun Seasoning
 
Recipe Type: spice blends
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Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2-3 teaspoons of salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together well and store in an airtight container
 

 

Tasty Tartar Sauce

Tasty Tartar Sauce
 
Recipe Type: condiment
Author: Ray
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A quick and easy, and most importantly, tasty tartar sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp seedy mustard
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 mini gerkin pickles, finely diced
  • 1 green onion – trimmed then finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together well, and serve. Store in refrigerator.
 

 

Tasty Scotch & Coffee combo!

I came across an article, Four Smooth, Boozy, Coffee-spiked Cocktails, and made up a Talisman. I didn’t follow the instructions exactly (I added ice to the shaker, and some bitters).  My resulting cocktail looked very appetizing – kind of a cross between a Guinness and a creamy latte with a nice foamy head 🙂
The taste was delicious! Creamy, and a touch of heat, almost like a mexican hot chocolate 🙂

Talisman

  • 1.5 oz scotch
  • .5 oz Drambuie
  • .75 oz agave syrup
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Freshly brewed shot of espresso
    Couple dashes of Xocolatl bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker half-filled with ice, and shake well for 20-30 seconds.
Pour into a chilled coupe glass, and enjoy!