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Patience, Grasshopper

It’s not easy being green… but it sure is tasty!

This St. Patrick’s Day enjoy the after dinner drink that is as much a dessert as it is cocktail.

The Grasshopper (definitely NOT made of grasshoppers, or insects of any kind.) is a classic after dinner cocktail made of equal parts crème de menthe, cream de cacao and either heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.

Think of it as a grown-up Shamrock Shake.


To make classic Grasshoppers for two you will need:grasshopper

  • 2 ounces of green crème de menthe
  • 2 ounces of clear/white crème de cacao
  • 2 ounces of heavy cream (or half and half if you want to cut the calories a bit)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Optional: chocolate syrup, whipped cream, mint leaves or the garnish of your choice.

If using heavy cream or half and half:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill half way with ice.  Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds or so, until the drink is cold and frothy.

Strain into 2 cocktail glasses.

If using ice cream:
For a creamier and more shake-like version, swap out the cream for a few scoops of ice cream.  We used about 3 scoops, but you could use more if you like. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or so until the ice cream incorporated.
Pour into 2 tall glasses.

 

Easily Entertained Tip: Both versions can be served plain, or garnished any way you like.  We garnished our cream version by swirling chocolate syrup into the bottom of our cocktail glass first before adding our grasshopper.  We topped both versions with whipped cream and sprinkle of gold colored sugar.

Sláinte!

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The X-Files Black Oil Martini

As this new, and hopefully not last, season (we’re looking at you Fox and hoping that this was a test to see if folks are still interested.  Just so you know… we are!) of X-Files comes to a close… we thought it might be nice to offer up a recipe to help ease the pain.

This Black Oil Martini is as sweet as it is deadly.  Skeptical? Just give it a try.  A few of these and we’re pretty sure, that you’ll believe just about anything!

Black Oil Martini

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. black rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. crème de cacao
  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • black food coloring

Directions
Add black rum, cream de cacao, ice and 2 drops of food coloring to cocktail shaker and shake.

Strain into glass and enjoy!
Black Oil Martini

The perfect drink to serve next time a member of the Syndicate drops by.  And, if that member happens to be our personal favorite X-Files baddie, Cigarette Smoking/Cancer Man.  You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of packs of Morleys on hand.

We made ours with this amazing free printable from Home Pacific.

Bottoms up!


 

Martini based on the Black Widow Martini by Betty Crocker!

 

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A Good Old Fashioned Threesome… Followed by a Good Old Fashioned

Old FashionedWell, now that we have your attention…

We regret to inform you that were aren’t talking about THAT kind of threesome.  Unlike Don, Megan and her friend Amy’s tryst following that very bohemian get together in Season 7… we’re talking about 3 versions of everyone’s favorite cocktail party staple- the deviled egg. (Quite a departure from Season 7, huh?)  We’ll be following that up with a recipe for one of our personal favorite cocktails, the classic Old Fashioned.  Because after our threesome, you’re going to need a stiff drink.


These days, a girl’s got to keep her options open.  And, who doesn’t like a three way?  Appetizers, we mean.  We love a recipe that can easily be tweaked several different ways to suit all those picky eaters vegetarians/gluten free/paleo guests in your crowd.  Take our deviled egg recipes, for instance.  We have you covered whether you are a vegetarian with a craving for something spicy, an average party guest looking for a delicious nugget to pop into your mouth, or even something in between (aka, all you flexitarian’s out there)! Deviled Eggs

Why should deviled eggs be on your cocktail party list?  Because they are easy, fast to make, endlessly customizable, and the perfect option for your friends that are watching their weight.  One large hard boiled egg has 6 grams of protein, and is generally the best low carb appetizer option for your guests.  They are also rich in choline which helps reduce brain inflammation, which we think is a pretty awesome side effect to indulging in our deviled egg recipes!  Because let’s face it, after a Mad Men theme cocktail party, your head is sure to be hurting the next morning!


Traditional Deviled Eggs

Traditional Deviled EggsINGREDIENTS:

  • 12 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 dashes worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • seasoned salt and pepper to taste
  • sliced black olive and seasoned salt for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Slice your hardboiled eggs in half and scoop all the cooked yolks into a bowl.  Mash, and add all the remaining ingredients, mixing until smooth.  Pipe the yolk mixture into your egg white halves and enjoy!

Guilty Pleasure Deviled Eggs

Bacon Onion EggsINGREDIENTS:

  • 12 hardboiled eggs
  • store bought real bacon crumbles
  • French fried onions
  • chives

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the yolk mixture like the traditional deviled egg recipe.  Top each egg with bacon crumbles and a French fried onion.  Enjoy!

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Guacamole Deviled EggsINGREDIENTS:

  • 12 hardboiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup store bought guacamole
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sliced fresh jalapeños for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Slice your hardboiled eggs in half and scoop all the cooked yolks into a bowl.  Mash, and add the store bought guacamole, mixing until smooth.  Pipe the yolk mixture into your egg white halves, top with a jalapeño slice, and enjoy!


Easily Entertained Tip: An absolute must for deviled egg preparation is a piping tip to take your appetizers from “homemade” to “how the hell did she do that?”  We recommend stocking up at your local craft store when they are running a coupon (aka always), since these tips can be used for everything from cupcakes to meatloaf (no really).  If using a piping bag to fill your eggs, just make sure that you are dicing your mix-ins small enough not to clog the tip.  (We hate when that happens.)


The Old Fashioned

In our opinion, the Old Fashioned has everything a cocktail needs – something sweet, something bitter, a nice shot of booze, and fruit.  And, we all know that the fruit here is very important since it makes this cocktail healthy!  The Old Fashioned falls into the category of what our friends like to call, “old man drinks.”  It’s an ongoing joke that we think is supposed to be offensive, but it isn’t.. we’ll take a classic cocktail over a pink or blue, cotton candy flavored frozen-tini any day!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • a sugar cube or 1 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup (Easily Entertained Tip: To make simple syrup combine the same amount of sugar to water and microwave until sugar is melted.  Stir and let cool.  We used ¼ cup sugar mixed into a ¼ of a cup of water.)
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters** (We used orange)
  • a slice of orange
  • a maraschino cherry
  • a splash of seltzer water (or not based on your preference. It’s good either way.)
  • ice

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the bourbon, sugar cube or simple syrup, and bitters in a glass, then add ice and stir.  Top with the orange slice and maraschino cherry and enjoy!

** Or you can make your own bitters with this fantastic how-to on Liquor.com.

– M&M

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