DJ Daiquiri Recipe

DJ Daiquiri

You might just find this Daiquiri recipe from Sparkling Ice becoming a frequent request at your parties:

DJ Daiquiri

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

1 oz. light rum

1 oz. dark rum

½ oz. passion fruit juice

1 oz. orange juice

Strawberry and Lime for garnish

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together with ice. Pour into a tall glass over ice.

Pinot Punch Recipe

Pinot Punch

Here’s a punch recipe from Sparkling Ice that is perfect for your weekend parties:

Pinot Punch

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

4 Parts Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

1/2 Part Dry Curacao

3 parts Peach Nectarine SI

Directions:

Combine over plenty of ice and fresh cut peaches, diced honeydew and a handful of frozen raspberries in a pitcher. Garnish glasses with fruit.

Music Lovers Martini Recipe

Music Lovers Martini

Today Sparkling Ice are sharing a martini recipe that’s perfect for me:

Music Lovers Martini

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

1 lime
2 shots (1 ounce each) Cherry Flavored Vodka
1 bottle SPARKLING ICE Cherry Limeade

Directions:

Fill 2 glasses with ice. Squeeze half a lime into each glass. Pour a shot of vodka into each. Top off with Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade. Garnish with a lime.

Find Me in The Tent Tea Recipe

Find Me in The Tent Tea

Sparkling Ice are sharing another fun drink recipe perfect for music festivals, camping or just relaxing in your own back yard:

Find Me in The Tent Tea

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

5 oz. Sparkling Ice Lemon Tea

1 ½ oz. vodka

1 oz. gin

Lemon slices and/or wedges

Directions:

Add vodka and lemon slices to a tall chilled glass with ice. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Tea and stir to combine. Garnish with lemon slices and mint.

Dancing in Champagne Showers Cocktail Recipe

Dancing in Champagne Showers

Sparkling Ice is sharing a fun cocktail recipe for my favorite kind of April showers – Champagne showers, that is!

Dancing in Champagne Showers

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry

1 cup pear nectar

1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier

1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint and blueberries.

“I’m in The Band” Bellini Recipe

Bellini

Just in time for music festival season, Sparkling Ice is sharing a great Bellini recipe to let everyone know that you’re with the band!

I’m in the Band Bellini

Recipe & photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.

Ingredients:

3 oz. Sparkling Ice Peach Tea

2 oz. Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

Sliced peaches for garnish

Directions:

Pour Prosecco, then Sparkling Ice Peach Tea over ice. Garnish with sliced peaches.

6 Cocktails Inspired by Game of Thrones

6 Cocktails Inspired by Game of Thrones

Are you excited for tonight’s Game of Thrones premiere? To help get your viewing party ready, we’re sharing six different cocktail recipes inspired by season six of GoT:

The Crow's Old Fashioned

The Crows’ Old-Fashioned

Highlighting a rustic, old-world brandy from Château du Tariquet, the Crows’ Old Fashioned is rich, warming, dark and brooding. Just what one needs before going North of the Wall.
Recipe by Tad Carducci, bartender, mixologist and co-founder of Tippling Bros.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Tariquet VSOP Armagnac
1 oz. Amaro Lucano
2 dashes Green Chartreuse
.5 oz. simple syrup
star anise
orange peel

Directions:

Stir all ingredients with ice and serve in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with star anise and orange peel.

The Targaryen

The Targaryen

With a base of Usquaebach whisky, the name of which translates to “the water of life,” this satisfying mixture of ‘blonde’ ingredients reflects the Targaryen’s prosperous bloodline.
Recipe by Ryan Judson, Brand Ambassador, Usquaebach Blended Scotch Whisky.

Ingredients:

2 oz Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
5 oz black tea – honey syrup (1 part raw honey, 1 part black tea)
1 Dash aromatic bitters
Lemon peel

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into rocks glass over large ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel.

The White Walker

The White Walker

Ice cold and eerily foggy, the haunting cocktail’s blue tint from the London No. 1 gin channels the piercing eyes of the creatures beyond the wall.

Ingredients:

2 oz London No. 1 Gin
.5 oz Triple Sec
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
1 egg white

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Blood of the Dragon

Blood of the Dragon

Sweet, yet herbal, this warming punch recipe for 20 thirsty Thrones fans is sure to get the watch party off on the right foot. Like Daenerys, it’s seductive yet dangerous; a few too many glasses and you may just find yourself attempting to bond with mythical creatures.
Recipe by Emmanuel Pena, Domaine Select Wine & Spirits.

Ingredients:

1 750mL bottle Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum
15 oz of lemon Juice
10 oz rosemary & thyme simple syrup (Combine 2 parts white sugar, 1 part water, 1 sprig of thyme, 1 sprig of rosemary in large bot and bring to a boil. Let stand until cool)
5 oz of honey

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice. Ladle into punch glasses. Garnish each glass with sprigs of rosemary and thyme.

Pay Your Debts

Pay Your Debts

Elegant and sophisticated, yet surprising stout (this cocktail is made entirely of boozy ingredients), this is a drink well suited for a Lannister, and Lannister always pays his debts.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. G’Vine Floraison gin
1 oz. Vermouth Royal Rouge
3 dashes Fernet Branca
orange twist

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into a classic martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Red Comet

The Red Comet

Fizzy and light red in color, “The Red Comet” channels its namesake in appearance and in theme. With a base of the “legendary biru”, this cocktail, much like the Red Comet of the show, is a sign of epic things to come (though admittedly, a high-octane night with friends is a much more favorable prophecy than the impending danger of dragons)

Ingredients:

1 bottle Sapporo light beer
.5 oz. Vodka
.5 oz Campari
Orange slice

Directions:

Pour vodka and Campari in glass over ice. Top off glass with Sapporo light. Garnish with an orange slice.

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti Recipe

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti

I love enjoying biscotti with a mug of coffee. Here’s a fun recipe to try making your own from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas:

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti

Recipe courtesy Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar (divided)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large light-colored heavy rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt; whisk to combine and set aside.

In a large bowl, add butter and sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, vanilla and coffee extracts, and beat until creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and beat until combined. Add chocolate and beat until combined.

Dough will be slightly sticky. Divide dough in half. Using a lightly floured surface, roll dough into 2 (12 inches) logs. Transfer logs to prepared sheet pan and press and form each log so the width of each is about 2 1/2 inches across and the height is about 3/4 inch. Sprinkle each log with 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla sugar and gently press into dough.

Bake until done, about 25-30 minutes; remove from oven and carefully transfer parchment paper with biscotti to a wire rack and slightly cool. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F.

Using a serrated knife, cut logs crosswise, on the diagonal, into 1/2 inch slices. Place on parchment lined sheet pan, cut side down. Bake until crisp, about 16-20 minutes, turning biscotti over halfway through baking time. Cool on wire rack and store biscotti in an airtight container.

Yields: 2.5 Dozen

Note: You can use Pure Vanilla Bean Paste in place of Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to achieve a different, but still delicious, flavor profile. Simply use the same amount of the Pure Vanilla Bean Paste.

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Orly’s Gluten Free Banana Coconut Walnut Bread Recipe

Orly's Gluten Free Banana Coconut Walnut Bread

May marks the beginning of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, so today we are sharing a great bread recipe that is both gluten and dairy free:

Orly’s Gluten Free Banana Coconut Walnut Bread

Recipe courtesy Blends by Orly.

Ingredients:

3 large ripe bananas, mashed well
½ cup (about 110g) canola or vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten (100 grams)
½ cup (100g) powdered sugar
1 ¾ cup (220g) Sydney Blend
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup (50g) desiccated or shredded coconut
1 cup (115) walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preparation:

Heat: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan with a non stick vegetable/flour spray.
Mix: In a large bowl combine the Sydney Blend, powdered sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, coconut and walnuts. Set aside. In another medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until combined and the batter is thick and chunky.
Bake: Transfer the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake until banana bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.