Today I've got a three-fer. Drinks galore!
Whenever I try to feature holiday-inspired beverages for my family, the results always seem to fall flat. Like, when I made this and even this, I was usually the only one drinking it. It took me a couple years, but I finally got wise to the fact that sometimes simple is the best course of action. And by "simple" I mean pouring a bottled beverage into a glass and plunking candy in there with it. Like so.
So I stuck with that winning formula and created this non-alcoholic treat for my kiddos. I'm calling it "spider brew."
I found these cute glass bottles (including the cap and straw!) at Target for only $1 each. I popped a couple ice cubes and some gummy body parts (I used eyeballs and fingers) in the bottle and then topped it off with orange Gatorade (because that's what I had on hand. Green or white would have looked pretty cool in there, too.)
|The supplies: cool bottles, gummy body parts, Gatorade|
|A cloudy close-up of the eyeball (left) and finger (that reddish situation at bottom right)|
I wasn't in the mood for Gatorade, but I did have a hankering for something warm and apple-y (shocker, I know.) That's when I remembered I had something on hand that fit the bill.
At the beginning of August, my supermarket featured apple-flavored products (before apple there was coconut; presently it's--you guessed it!--pumpkin. After pumpkin, if memory serves, they'll roll out the peppermint in anticipation of the holidays.) I got to sample some of the salted caramel apple juice one day whilst shopping and, though it sounded questionable to me, it was surprisingly delightful. So I bought a bottle to save for the colder weather, for some chilly night when I'd want a sweet, warm cider-y drink. Unfortunately, the weather has been somewhat confused lately, so I've had to wait and wait and wait for a chilly night, but it finally arrived last night. Hurrah!
All I did was heat 6 ounces of the juice in the microwave. While it heated, I rolled the rim of my glass into some liquid caramel (the kind you put on a sundae) and then in some cinnamon-sugar. (Sorry for using a plate that, while pretty, is awful for showing anything on it. If you squint, you can probably just about make it out.)
Once I finished the rim, I poured the apple juice into the mug and topped it with Cabot whipped cream (the best whipped cream in a can! it's SO CREAMY and delicious!!!), then drizzled on a bit more caramel and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar. Voila! My favorite sips were the ones with the whipped cream stirred in.
|The supplies: Salted Caramel Apple Juice, caramel sundae syrup, whipped cream|
|Dipping the mug into the "rim" - winner of the "Worst How-To Photo Ever!" award|
|Fancy beverage in the mug that I use for nearly every drink I share on this blog|
Finally, if you're in the mood for straight-up booze, I have an adult beverage option called a Bailey's Vampire Kiss. I found it on Pinterest and decided to try it. I did mine as a single-serve shot, so I made one lazy-person modification. Instead of taking the time to get out my blender to puree 1 cup of raspberries with 2 Tablespoons of sugar (which I knew I wouldn't use), I added a glob (1 tsp) of preserves in there - I figured it was similar enough, at least in appearance. If you're making these for a crowd, though, I'd encourage you to take that extra step with the real puree. *Be aware that if you sub in gelatinous preserves, they will hang out at the bottom of the shot glass rather than mix in with the shot as you drink.* So decide before starting if you want them in there for appearance or taste and appearance.
Here's how to make this one:
|The supplies: Baileys, Vodka (I used vanilla), preserves (or homemade puree), chocolate syrup|
1. Prepare your rim (or rims, depending on how many you're making). Simply dip your shot glass rim into liquid chocolate sauce. (I used a better plate on this one so you can actually see how I dipped the rim.)
|Just a dab'll do ya|
|Dip the rim|
|So pretty- and what a difference proper contrast makes!|
2. Prepare your "blood" puree. Use a blender to puree a cup of raspberries with 2 Tablespoons of sugar.
3. Prepare your booze. In a shaker with ice, shake up 1ounce of Baileys with 1/2 ounce of vodka for each shot you're making.
4. Build your shot. 1 teaspoon of raspberry puree on the bottom, followed by 1.5 ounces of the booze mix.
|Booze on top with chocolatey rim starting to drip|
5. Suck it down!
There you have it! Three easy peasy beverage options the whole family can enjoy.
Happy drinking, all!