Jun 252010

As the weather warms up and we head into summer, The Shakers look for refreshing ways to beat the heat.   While perusing one of my go-to websites, Apartment Therapy/The Kitchen, I’ve come across a fun new way to enjoy your cocktails:  in popsicle form!  Part cocktail, part frozen treat, I’d be tempted to dub them ‘Cock-sicles’, but I think that would make this an entirely different kind of website.  Pop-tails?

My first venture in this medium is this recipe-Campari Citrus Pops.   Now Shaker Two has an aversion to all things Campari that would make a vampire look like a garlic lover, so I shall go this one alone.  *Shaker One, takes one for the team~!* (Thanks, Shaker One.. I owe ya.)

I opted for the recipe using the ruby red grapefruit juice, as I thought it would be a really nice compliment to the ‘bite’ of the Campari.  I mixed it up and decided to sample two freezing options:  popsicle form and granita!  I used a popsicle mold set I’d gotten at Target and have never used.  It came with mix and directions for making winter/holiday peppermint popsicles (we shall try those later, don’t worry).

But back to my citrus fun.  First up: Campari Ruby Grapefruit Granita

Campari Ruby Grapefruit Granita

My goodness.  This is a lovely and refreshing treat.  I think it would make an amazing end to a summer evening BBQ or dinner on the patio.  I can imagine so many more boozy granita possibilities………..we shall be revisiting this concept all summer, I promise you that.

Next is the Campari Citrus Pop

Campari Ruby Red Grapefruit Pop

A bit softer than a regular pop, due to the addition of some booze (so eat them quickly!)……..I dipped the bottom of the mold into warm water for a few moments to help the pops release.  These are just plain fun.  I really like the ruby grapefruit/Campari combo…….delicious!

Because there really isn’t much alcohol in these, they would be perfect for a light treat without too much kick.  I can’t wait to try more recipes!

Oh, and a friend sent me a link to this product, which makes me think of one thing:  Cocktail Snow Cones!!!  Must get one for The Balcony Bar. (uhmmm yeah!! ~Shaker Two)

Shaker One’s verdict:  Delicious on both counts.  Bring on Summer!!

Jun 062009

#1 Chuckleberrytini

Though we failed to note the “garnish with skittles” note in the recipe, this was not a bad way to begin our tini quest. Made a very pretty tini, could have used a bit more raspberry flavor and perhaps even a splash of lemon. Nice finish. Overall a decent tini.

Consensus Rating:
(Sheridan gives the name 5 olives!)

Moving along folks, onto the….

#2 The Continental Martini

Surprisingly less sweet than expected. Nice finish. Pretty color. Not bad.

Consensus Rating: 

And that brought us to Sheridan’s favorite:

#3 The Pink Panther

Oh lord, how I wish I had a camera when Sheridan took a sip of this one. Note to self: No Campari for Miss Sheridan. Wow, picture a combo spit-take/sourpuss/omg what foul hell just arrived in my mouth face. It was awesome. I poured her a fresh glass of champagne to wash the taste out of her mouth. Heh.

The drink? Ok, you really need to enjoy Campari. It’s a very, very acquired taste. That said, for me it was interesting. No replacement for the Negroni or the Americano in the Campari world, but worth a taste. I can think of many better uses for champagne.

Sheridan Rating: negative 50000 olives
Stacia Rating: 

(Sheridan is eyeballing me to finish the hell-tini so we can move on to dessert….drink up Stacia!)

And for dessert?

#4 The Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

I take back everything disparaging I ever said about chocolate/dessert martinis. consensus? Yum. Though Miss Sheridan was hoping for more of a nutella flavor. Rich, very desserty. You really only want one. A very tasty finish to the evening.

(however, as a milkshake? Diabolically delicious-the nesquick bunny would would sell his mother for this)

{Snackie Menu: Roasted Asparagus, Olives, Mushroom Pockets (thanks Trader Joe!), Mini Baked Potato Bites, and Pizzatizer}


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