Champagne Taste Test 2015

Champagne Taste Test 2015

Six years ago, I wrote a post rating the best Champagne Under $15.  It still is one of my most popular posts.  I get a ton of comments on it six years later.  It only took 6 years, but we finally lost the bitter taste in our mouths from some of these cheap champagnes and it was time to do another tasting.  In fact, we decided to take it to another level…..the best Champagnes under $10.  As you know, price does not always translate to quality!

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The Triple O Cocktail

The Triple O Cocktail

I love orange juice.  It is sweet and acidic and works great in cocktails.  The Triple O cocktail utilizes orange bourbon, orange soda and orange juice.  It is slightly sweet and super delicious!  This cocktail is super infused with orange flavor.

The Triple O

The Triple O

Fill a rocks glass with ice.

Add 1.5 oz orange bourbon or any sort of orange flavored whiskey.

Then add 1.5 oz orange juice and 1.5 oz orange soda.

The Triple O

Stir and serve.

Bradford Bourbon

The bourbon that I used in this cocktail was made by my old neighbor Bradford.  It was a orange cinnamon clove bourbon.  He crafted it via a recipe from Southern Living, his utilized cinnamon instead of cranberries.  It is super delicious and I hope you can try some.

The Triple O
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A super delicious cocktail packed with orange flavor!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz Orange Bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Orange Juice
  • 1.5 oz Orange Soda
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Add 1.5 oz orange bourbon or any sort of orange flavored whiskey.
  3. Then add 1.5 oz orange juice and 1.5 oz orange soda.
  4. Stir and serve.
Notes
You can make your own infused bourbon if you can not find any. Check out this recipe from Southern Living!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/orange-clove-cranberry-bourbon-50400000123199/

 

Cointreau Fizz – Thirsty Thursday

Cointreau Fizz – Thirsty Thursday

Summer has finally surfaced here in Virginia.  With that, comes intense heat.  So I am always on the look out for a great refreshing cocktail.  I was unpacking all of my liquor from our move and I found a bottle of Cointreau.  Cointreau is a nice orange flavored spirit that is a kin to triple sec.  I love this stuff.  So I decided to create the classic cocktail “Cointreau Fizz”.   It is pure Cointreau and lime.

Cointreau Fizz

Cointreau Fizz

Fill a glass with ice.  Then add 1.5 oz of Cointreau, the juice of half a lime and top with seltzer.

Cointreau Fizz

Stir and serve.

Cointreau Fizz - Thirsty Thursday
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A light and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for summer!
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Cointreau
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 3-4 oz seltzer
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Fill a glass with ice. Then add 1.5 oz of Cointreau, the juice of half a lime and top with seltzer. Stir and serve.

Cointreau FizzThis cocktail is light and refreshing.  The orange mixed with the lime was a real hit at our house.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake – Thirsty Thursday

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake – Thirsty Thursday

I love ice cream, I love chocolate and I love bourbon.  Yep, ice cream and bourbon.  It is getting hot outside and the best way to beat the heat is a spiked milkshake.  Milkshakes with liquor are awesome! I have created a new spiked milkshake that mimics the flavors of a cherry cordial.  It is so good that you will not even know that there is alcohol in it.  The key to this cocktail is Jim Beam’s Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon.  It is super tasty.  So this summer, beat the heat with the tastiest spiked milkshake around!  The now imfamous, Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake

Add 1 1/2 cups of ice cream, 3 oz of milk, 0.5 to 1 oz chocolate syrup (to taste), 2 maraschino cherries and 2 oz of Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon to a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Spiked Milkshake

This recipe makes a large milkshake, but honestly you will not care.  It will prevent you from having to make a couple small milkshakes.  I could have had about 3 more of these, but unfortunately I figured that I did not need 6 shots of bourbon in me, Haha.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake
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Vanilla Ice Cream, chocolate, cherries and Bourbon come together to form the greatest Spiked Milkshake around! Alcohol and Ice creams are awesome!
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz milk
  • 2 oz Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon
  • 0.5-1 oz chocolate syrup
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Add 1½ cups of ice cream, 3 oz of milk, 0.5 to 1 oz chocolate syrup (to taste), 2 maraschino cherries and 2 oz of Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and a cherry.

 

Spiked Milkshake Tip

When making ice cream drinks the perfect ratio is 3:1.  Three parts ice cream to one part liquid.  In the case of the milkshake above, we are using 2 1/2 cups (~ 18 oz) of ice cream for 6 oz of liquid.  The 3:1 ratio will always give you the perfect ice cream drink.  Use it for regular milkshakes, spiked milkshakes or even daiquiris made with ice cream instead of ice.

Bill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

Bill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

My Father-In-Law Bill is a wine fanatic. When I told him that I needed a new drink for the blog he went right for Sangria. It is a light and refreshing wine based drink that is perfect for this summer weather that we are all having. Bill’s Sangria has a few twists which add to the uniqueness of it. In addition to wine he adds flavored seltzer, Cointreau and rum. Together it is awesome!

Best Sangria Recipe around!Bill’s Sangria

First you need to assemble the ingredients.

The Ingredients

Next you need to slice the fruit. We sliced the lemons and oranges. Then we cubed the apple and peaches.

Slice the fruit

In a 2 liter jug or larger add the fruit.

Add the fruit to the jug

Then pour in the wine, Cointreau, Rum, sugar and Seltzer.

Fill the jug

Mix and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Time to drink

Serve and enjoy!

Bill's Sangria - Thirsty Thursday!
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The ultimate summer cocktail. Bill's Sangria is light and refreshing!
Ingredients
  • 750 ml red table wine (dry)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Rum
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • ½ liter orange flavored seltzer
  • 1 apple (cubed)
  • 1 peach (cubed)
  • 1 orange (halved and sliced)
  • 1 lemon (halved and sliced)
Instructions
  1. First you need to assemble the ingredients.
  2. Next you need to slice the fruit. We sliced the lemons and oranges. Then we cubed the apple and peaches.
  3. In a 2 liter jug or larger add the fruit.
  4. Then pour in the wine, Cointreau, Rum, sugar and Seltzer.
  5. Mix and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Red Hot Stag – Thirsty Thursday

Red Hot Stag – Thirsty Thursday

I love Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon from Jim Beam.  It is freaking delicious!  I know what you are thinking, Red Stag tastes great as-is! There really is no need to mix this stuff at all.  However, this stuff tastes so good that it screams to be mixed in a cocktail.  I stumbled into this cocktail and it was pure heaven with a bit of heat.  This is a must try Red Stag Cocktail Recipe!

Red Hot Stag featuring Red Stag Black Cherry

Red Hot Stag featuring Red Stag Black Cherry

Pour the Red Stag Black Cherry, Mango Juice, Sour and Franks Red Hot into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Red Hot Stag featuring Red Stag Black Cherry

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a wedge and enjoy!

Red Hot Stag
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A tasty and spicy cocktail featuring Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon.
Ingredients
  • 2 oz Red Stag Black Cherry by Jim Beam
  • 2 oz Fresh Lemon Sour
  • 2 oz Mango Juice
  • 2-3 dashes of Franks Red Hot
Instructions
  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a wedge and enjoy!

Don’t be afraid to try this because of the hot sauce.  It adds just a tad bit of zing but nothing too spicy.  Actually it makes you think about the flavors. If you did not know about the hot sauce, you never would be able to pick it out.

Check out Red Stag Here.

 

Down and Out – Thirsty Thursday

Down and Out – Thirsty Thursday

This cocktail is named for the fact that if you have more than three of these you will be down and out.  This is a smooth and delicious drink that is refreshing for the summer heat.  You really can’t beat it for quick pick me up.  Just be weary that one will bring you up and any more will bring you right back down.

Down and Out

Down and Out

Add vodka, midori, triple sec, grape juice and lemonade to a collins glass filled with ice.

Stir.

Top off with lemon-lime soda.

Down and Out (shot) - Thirsty Thursday
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This cocktail is named for the fact that if you have more than two of these you will be down and out.
Ingredients
  • ¾ oz Vodka
  • ¾ oz Midori
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ½ oz Grape Juice
  • ½ oz Lemonade
  • ½ oz lemon-lime soda
Instructions
  1. Add vodka, midori, triple sec, grape juice and lemonade to a collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Top off with lemon-lime soda.

 

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a nice drink.  This cocktail is amazing!  Smooth, delicious and full of irish charm.  Chocolate and Peppermint make this cocktail a great refined cocktail.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Rim your favorite stemmed glass with cocoa powder or colored sugar.  To do this, lightly wet the edge of the glass then dip into your favorite rimming sugar or powder.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

In a shaker full of ice add the creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps and cream.

Shake and then strain into the glass.

Peppermint Patty

Optionally serve with a piece of chocolate.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail
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The perfect cocktail for St. Patrick's Day!
Ingredients
  • ¾ oz Creme de Cocoa
  • ¾ oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • ¼ oz cream (heavy or coffee)
Instructions
  1. Rim your favorite stemmed glass with cocoa powder or colored sugar. To do this, lightly wet the edge of the glass then dip into your favorite rimming sugar or powder.
  2. In a shaker full of ice add the creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps and cream.
  3. Shake and then strain into the glass.
  4. Optionally serve with a piece of chocolate.

 

Thirsty Thursday – The Grapesicle

Thirsty Thursday – The Grapesicle

Looking for a great cocktail for Valentines Day!  Well the grapesicle is it.  Looks like wine but tastes like Kool-aid.  This cocktail adds a sweet little flair to your night.

Grapesicle

The Grapesicle

Fill a rocks glass with ice.

Mix together the vodka, simple syrup and grape juice.

Top with ginger ale and lightly stir.

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This cocktail has a hint of sweetness but is still refreshing.  A perfect cocktail to celebrate any occasion.

Thirsty Thursday - The Grapesicle
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A lightly sweet and refreshing cocktail.
Ingredients
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz grape juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 6 oz ginger ale.
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Mix together the vodka and grape juice.
  3. Top with ginger ale and lightly stir.

 

Thirsty Thursday – Orange Fanta-sy

Thirsty Thursday – Orange Fanta-sy

We have been on a huge orange soda kick over here at the RexBBQ/Savoryreviews.com headquarters.  So we decided to make a cocktail with our favorite Orange Soda “Fanta”. This cocktail mixes a nice spiced rum with the sweet flavors of orange.  This is a great cocktail for the summer!  Hopefully by drinking this, the summer will come sooner!

Orange Fanta-sy

Orange Fanta-sy

Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Add the spiced rum.  Then add the orange juice.  Stir.

Finally top off with Orange Soda.  Any orange soda will work, but as the name suggests, I am partial to Fanta.

Thirsty Thursday - Orange Fanta-sy
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A refreshing orange soda cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz spiced rum (Captain Morgan)
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz orange soda (Orange Fanta)
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the spiced rum. Then add the orange juice. Stir.
  2. Finally top off with Orange Soda. Any orange soda will work, but as the name suggests, I am partial to Fanta.

 

Thirsty Thursday – Busted Brown Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday – Busted Brown Cocktail

I’m back with cocktails on a weekly basis.  The new installment is called Thirsty Thursday.  I will feature cocktails, wines and beers that I really enjoy!  To start it off I am going to feature my favorite liquor, Bourbon!  I love bourbon, so I wanted to feature it in my first drink back.

Busted Brown

Busted Brown Cocktail

This drink is based off the popular pre-prohibition era Buster Brown Cocktail.  While this is loosly based on it, it has a more mellow flavor.  Plus, it uses simpler ingredients that are more easily sourced without having to go to the store.

In a shaker full of ice, mix the bourbon, lemonade and orange bitters.  Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Busted Brown Cocktail

Strain into a rocks glass full of ice.  Then top with lemon-lime soda.

Lightly stir and serve with an orange garnish.

Thirsty Thursday - Busted Brown Cocktail
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This drink is based off the popular pre-prohibition era Buster Brown Cocktail. While this is loosly based on it, it has a more mellow flavor. Plus, it uses simpler ingredients that are more easily sourced without having to go to the store.
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Bourbon
  • 1½ oz lemonade
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3-4 oz lemon-lime soda
  • Orange Slice, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a shaker full of ice, mix the bourbon, lemonade and orange bitters. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass full of ice. Then top with lemon-lime soda.
  3. Lightly stir and serve with an orange garnish.
Notes
This drink is delicious. The hint of orange bitters is magnified by a garnish of orange.

 

This drink is delicious.  The hint of orange bitters is magnified by a garnish of orange.

 

Prosecco Mimosas

Prosecco Mimosas

Prosecco Mimosas

Two years ago, the biggest party in all of New York happened.  Yep, I got married.  To celebrate my second Anniversary, Dana and I pulled out our crystal flutes and made some cocktails.  Is there any other way to celebrate.  Janine and Robb gave us a great bottle of Prosecco and there was no better time to open it up.  We decided to make some Prosecco Mimosas.  They were delicious and the perfect toast to our first two years.  BTW – Happy Anniversary Dana!

Prosecco Mimosas

This is very simple recipe that makes amazing Mimosas.

Prosecco Mimosas

Pour two ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice into a champagne flute.  Then top with chilled Prosecco.

Garnish with a orange peel.

Prosecco Mimosas

Cheers then enjoy!

Note – If you do not have freshly squeezed orange juice feel free to substitute store bought.

Prosecco Mimosas
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The perfect bruch drink!
Ingredients
  • 2 oz orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 5-6 oz Prosecco
Instructions
  1. This is very simple recipe that makes amazing Mimosas.
  2. Pour two ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice into a champagne flute. Then top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with a orange peel.
  3. Cheers then enjoy!
  4. Note - If you do not have freshly squeezed orange juice feel free to substitute store bought.