Category Archives: Beverages

Drink Recipes

MIMOSA COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS:

2 Parts Sparkling Wine

1 Part Orange Juice

Garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

You can use many Sparkling wines for this beverage, but I don’t like ones that are too dry. I use a Sparkling wine from Sparkling Point winery Long Island

Start by filling a glass a a third of the way with orange juice. Then, add the Sparkling wine. The bubbly nature of the wine will mix the flavors together, so there is no need to stir it. Just serve it ice COLD! For a bit of flare, you can add a maraschino cherry.

Enjoy.

The Drunken Chef (Russ)

BELLINI COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS:

2 Parts Sparkling Wine

1 Part Peach Nectar

Splash of maraschino cherry juice (optional)

Garnish with a maraschino cherry and/or peach slice (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

The Bellini is an classic Italian cocktail so it is best made with what else? Prosecco, because of its peach, melon, and pear flavors. You can use other Sparkling wines, but trust me when I say the drink will never be as good as being in Italy Hee Haa-Haa!

Start by filling a glass a quarter of the way with peach nectar and a few drops of cherry juice. Then add the Sparkling wine. The bubbly nature of the wine will mix the flavors together so do not stir it. Just serve it ice COLD! For a bit of flare, you can add a maraschino cherry or slice of fresh ripe sweet peach.

Enjoy.

The Drunken Chef (Russ)

Bloody Mary Cocktail

This is the first in a series of beverages meant for the Sunday brunch. I hope you can enjoy them and let me know how they all turn out of you. This one is my favorite whenever I am on vacation. I don’t remember where I was when I was first served the shrimp with this drink, but I remember it going excellent with this before noon beverage!

INGREGIENTS:

1 cup of ice cubes

¼ cup Tomato Juice

3 Shots Vodka

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

½ teaspoon horseradish

4 dashes Tabasco

Salt & Pepper

Celery Stalk

Green Olives (optional)

Lemon wedge

Cocktail Shrimp (optional)

MIX:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, tabasco, and a pinch of salt and pepper. SHAKE WELL. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with celery, Spanish olives, and a lemon wedge. If you’re really really feeling saucy, garnish with a jumbo cooked Shrimp too. (Check for allergies before severing shellfish and proof for age)!

SMOOTHIE

GADGETS:

Small blender—I have the Nutribullet, but there are others like Hamilton Beach. A large kitchen blender can be used in place of the small one.

Knife and cutting board for cutting fruit

INGREDIENTS:

1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced

2 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, or cherries

1 cup milk

1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 to 3 tablespoons honey or to taste

2 shots Dark RUM (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Peel and slice banana before freezing it, along with strawberries, raspberries, or cherries. Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

NOTES:  I also use strawberry banana yogurt, ice, and fresh fruit too.

Smoothie (Non Dairy)

I have been making smoothies for Jennifer. She prefers the non-dairy type, but I have made others using yogurt.

GADGETS:

Small blender—I have the NutriBullet, but there are others like Hamilton Beach. A large kitchen blender can also be used in space of a small one.

Knife and cutting board for cutting fruit

INGREDIENTS:

Taste of Summer Smoothie

2 cups watermelon

1-cup pineapple

½-cup blueberries

¼ water

A Trip to the Tropics

2 cups fresh peaches

1 cup frozen pineapple

½-cup blueberries

¼ cup crushed ice

Confectioners’ sugar or honey (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

To freeze fruit like watermelon or pineapple: Cut fruit into large cubes and place in a zip top bag. Lay bag flat with fruit only one layer high. Freeze overnight.

Add fresh fruit, enough to fill a large NutriBullet halfway with a small amount of liquid. This can be water or rum. Blend. Add fruit to almost full (leave room to fit on the top with blades). Blend. Serve.

NOTES:   The fruit can be changed to any combination that does not have icky seeds! If the smoothie turns out too tart say from the blueberries, add a tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar or honey.

© Russ Ahrens and The Magic of a Perfect Pairing, 2021