Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Poptails

I came across this and thought you would enjoy it! Perfect for the end of a hot summer here in Hawaii!

Recipe from Endless Simmerhttp://www.endlesssimmer.com/2011/06/23/endless-poptails-cherry-apple-whiskey-sour/

Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Poptails

Makes eight 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles

· 3 cups cherries (weighing 1lb)
· 1 large green apple (weighing 6oz)
· 1 lime (weighing 3 1/2oz)
· 1 cup whiskey
· ½ cup of sweet and sour mix (homemade recipe follows)

1. Pit cherries; set aside. Peel away apple and lime skin and cut fruit into quarters.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until mixture is pureed. Mixture will be thick.

3. Pour mixture into popsicle forms and freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Sweet and Sour Mix

· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1 cup lemon juice

1. Place sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and stir to combine. Set aside to cool before using.

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Cocktail Recipe of the Day

Cocktail of the Day! Cherry Noir Cherry Lane

Ingredients:
GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir — 1 ½ Parts
BÉNÉDICTINE® Liqueur — ¾ Part
Lemon — 1 ½ Parts
Simple Syrup — ¾ Part
Bitters — 1 Dash

Preparation
– Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
– Strain into a martini cocktail glass and garnish with cherries on a cocktail pick.

Tips
The minimal effort it takes to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice is worth it, especially in this cocktail. The fresh acidity and light flavor are essential to maintaining the delicate balance of flavors.

Beach Cocktail Recipe

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
Ingredients:

2.5 cups watermelon, seeds removed, cut into chunks
1/2 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
2 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
3 ounces vodka
cucumber, lime and/or sliced watermelon, for garnish

Instructions:

Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher.
In a blender, puree the watermelon and cucumber chunks.
Pour mixture through the sieve into the bowl. Use the back of a big spoon or rubber spatula to squeeze all the juice into the bowl.
In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and honey.
Pour the lime juice and honey mixture into the watermelon and cucumber juice, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired.
To serve, fill two glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber and lime slices.
Serves two. www.cookieandkate.com

Valentine’s Cocktail Recipe

Raise a glass of this rosy, bubbly cocktail with your loved one. The sweetness of the passion fruit juice is nicely balanced by the zing of fresh ginger.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup well-chilled passion fruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (4 strips of zest removed with a sharp vegetable peeler before juicing and reserved for garnish)
  • 2 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle well-chilled Cava or Prosecco

Directions

  • Combine ginger with sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup and cool (discard ginger).
  • Stir together 1/4 cup of the ginger syrup with passion fruit and lemon juices and grenadine. Divide between 2 champagne flutes and slowly top with sparkling wineDrop a twist of lemon zest into each glass.
  • Note:
    *For a nonalcoholic version, substitute sparkling lemonade for the sparkling wine.
  • Make ahead: Ginger syrup can be made up to 1 week ahead and kept covered and chilled.