Whiskey Lemonade

Whiskey Lemonade

Whiskey Lemonade

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Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.

Be ready for summer with this bright and refreshing Whiskey Lemonade. So simple to stir together and perfect for entertaining or just sipping yourself while enjoying the sun.

I chose to use frozen lemonade concentrate in this recipe for two reasons. The first was for convenience and the second to control the strength and concentration of the lemonade. I first mixed the lemonade according to the can directions and felt that it lacked flavour, sweetness and brightness. I then changed to mixing the cocktail using the concentrate itself in frozen form. This allowed me to control how lemony and sweet I wanted the drink. Using it frozen also ensured a cold drink. One standard 295ml tin of frozen lemonade concentrate will yield 4.75 drinks. If I was serving at a party, I would mix the concentrate with the appropriate amount of water which is 700ml or just over 2.75 cups.  Once mixed, you can keep it chilled and mix with your whiskey of choice as needed. However you choose to mix it, it’s a very simple cocktail that’s perfect for a hot sunny day. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Whiskey Lemonade displayed on a rustic wooden board.

As I believe with any good cocktail, it’s important to use good quality water.  Either filtered or bottled is recommended as it eliminates the variance of everyone’s water, whether it be good or bad.  

Check out these other wonderful summer cocktails!!

Brent’s Best Margaritas

Zesty Michelada

Apple Lime Slush

Author:  Compelled to Cook

 

Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.
Whiskey Lemonade
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    Servings Prep Time
    2 cocktails 10 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    2 cocktails 10 minutes
    Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.
    Whiskey Lemonade
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      Servings Prep Time
      2 cocktails 10 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      2 cocktails 10 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cocktails
      Instructions
      1. Fill two glasses half full of ice. To a cocktail shaker or large glass measuring cup add whiskey, lemonade concentrate and water. Shake or stir to mix and pour over ice, dividing evenly between glasses. Garnish with fresh lemon slices or wedges. Serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -Using filtered or bottled water can make a huge difference.  Everyone's tap water is different and some not the best for drinking as they are loaded with chlorine, sulfur etc.  By using good water ensures a good tasting drink.

      - One 295ml Minute Maid frozen lemonade will yield 4.75 cocktails.

       

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      Minty Hot Chocolate

      Minty Hot Chocolate

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      You will want to give up the powdery store-bought hot chocolate mix for this creamy and rich Minty Hot Chocolate. It takes only a few quality ingredients and 10 minutes to have a warming mug of chocolatey goodness. Milk and cream get a gentle simmer on the stove before bittersweet chocolate and mint flavouring are added for an amazing hot chocolate. This lovely version is not too sweet and perfect topped with lightly whipped cream.

      A blue mug overflowing with chocolate chips and garnished with red and white candy canes for Minty Hot Chocolate.

      It’s great for kids and adults alike and makes me want to strap on my skates and go down to the rink on the lake. In past years, we’ve had a self-made lake ice rink at my mother-in-laws and she would often bring down a tray of hot chocolate. One year I remember well because the ice froze very flat with little to no snow which allowed us to see the fish swimming below as we skated above. It was wonderful fun and a good way to enjoy time with friends and family. Make this Minty Hot Chocolate your delicious way to warm up after a day of outdoor activities. Enjoy!

      Minty Hot Chocolate with whipped cream in blue mugs resting on a white tray lined with a checkered blue and white napkin.

      Minty Hot Chocolate with whipped cream in blue mugs resting on a white tray lined with a checkered blue and white napkin.
      Minty Hot Chocolate
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        1 litre 10 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 litre 10 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 minutes
        Minty Hot Chocolate with whipped cream in blue mugs resting on a white tray lined with a checkered blue and white napkin.
        Minty Hot Chocolate
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          1 litre 10 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 litre 10 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: litre
          Instructions
          1. Whip half a cup of heavy cream with the powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Keep chilled until ready to use.
          2. In a small saucepan combine milk, remaining heavy cream, and sugar. Whisk over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in peppermint extract.
          3. Divide among serving mugs and top with whipped cream and a candy cane.

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          Baileys London Fog

          Baileys London Fog

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          Baileys London Fog served in a glass mug resting on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin and garnished with cookies.

          Maybe we’ve been doing it all wrong?  I think it’s safe to say that if you like coffee you’ve probably had it spiked with Baileys Irish Cream.  But it’s generally not something we think to pour into our tea.  So I’ve gone ahead and not only added Baileys Irish Cream, but also Grand Marnier to a London fog latte.  It’s really quite delicious!! 

          Ingredients for Baileys London Fog on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin.

          The Baileys Irish Cream smooths out the tannins of the tea and adds an extra layer of creaminess while the Grand Marnier plays off the orange notes already found in the Earl Grey tea.  So go ahead, relax and enjoy your favourite London fog latte at home… but with a punch.  You’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner. Enjoy! 

          Baileys London Fog
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            Servings Prep Time
            2 servings 15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            2 servings 15 minutes
            Baileys London Fog
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              2 servings 15 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              2 servings 15 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: servings
              Instructions
              1. Brew one cup of strong Earl Grey tea by steeping 2 tea bags for 5 minutes.
              2. Heat and froth milk using your preferred method. I used an electric milk frother.
              3. Divide Baileys Irish Cream and Grand Marnier between two tall coffee glasses.
              4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla syrup to each.
              5. Add 1/2 cup of hot tea to each glass and stir.
              6. Top up the glass with an approximate 1/4 cup of hot milk and additional milk froth.
              7. Serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -You can use purchased vanilla syrup.

              -Make your own vanilla syrup by bringing a 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat and add 2 tsp vanilla extract or fresh vanilla beans from 1/2 a vanilla pod.  Allow to cool and then strain if using fresh vanilla beans.

              -If no vanilla syrup is possible, sweeten to taste with sugar and add a splash of vanilla extract.

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              Orange Yogurt Smoothie

              Orange Yogurt Smoothie

              Orange Yogurt Smoothie

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              Orange Yogurt Smoothie in a tall stemmed glass garnished with orange zest and a straw.

               

              Creamy and delicious with a subtle orange flavour makes this Orange Yogurt Smoothie wonderful for breakfast, a quick and easy energy boost or post-workout sipper.

               

              Peeled and wedged oranges on a cutting board with a basket of oranges in the background.

               

              Using fresh oranges is key as they provide a freshness that canned oranges just can’t. It’s also important not to skip the skim milk powder too. This small addition not only adds to the creaminess but it also adds a little extra protein and nutrition without having a heavy protein powder taste.

              Segmenting the oranges can be a bit fussy, but it’s quite simple to do. Once you do it a few times you’ll be a pro at running your knife along the flesh taking off the right amount to get all the pith.

               

               

              This lovely smoothie is super quick and easy and can be ready in minutes as you rush out the door in the morning. Having the oranges peeled and segmented in advance will also help speed things up when time is tight. Enjoy!

               

              Orange Yogurt Smoothie in a tall stemmed glass garnished with orange zest and a straw.

              Orange Yogurt Smoothie
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                Servings Prep Time
                2 people 15 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                2 people 15 minutes
                Orange Yogurt Smoothie
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  2 people 15 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  2 people 15 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Cut the peel off the oranges by cutting off the top and bottom to the flesh. Then run your knife down the sides along the flesh removing the sides in large strips.
                  2. Segment the orange by running your knife along the membrane on both sides of each segment which will loosen it from the orange.
                  3. Place oranges and remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
                  4. Pour into desired glasses and serve immediately.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -recipe yields approximately 650ml-700ml depending on the amount of ice added.

                  -cutting the peel off instead of simply peeling it with your fingers ensures there will be no pith left on the flesh.

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                  Brent’s Best Margaritas

                  Brent’s Best Margaritas

                  Quality tequila matters according to my brother-in-law Brent, and so does zesting the limes over the pot to catch all the oils. This is the kind of margarita making details that make all the difference. He should know as he’s been mixing up margaritas for us, the family and friends for years. It’s something we all look forward to every summer.

                  We all sit patiently under an umbrellaed table, just sheltered enough from the blazing mid-afternoon sun and can hear him juicing and mixing away through the screened patio door. We wait as patiently as we can and are awarded a puckering, yet refreshing blast of lime margarita. They’re fantastic, and as you will see in the recipe, they can be served up 3 different ways. Brent was gracious enough to part with his recipe and I’ve kept it very close to his original because it’s hard to mess with a drink that’s already so darn good.

                  As luck would have it, my husband was in Arizona this spring and was able to buy me a bottle of Patron at a very good price, so I was able to keep to true to quality ingredients. It comes through in the taste, as does the fresh lime juice and zest. So cheers to my brother-in-law Brent for his wonderful recipe, his gracious nature to mix and pour for us and the smiles this fantastic margarita brings to all our faces.

                   

                  Other great summer beverages!

                  Zesty Michelada

                  Apple Lime Slush

                  Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

                   

                  Brent's Best Margaritas
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                    Servings
                    6- 61/2 ounce servings
                    Servings
                    6- 61/2 ounce servings
                    Brent's Best Margaritas
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                      Servings
                      6- 61/2 ounce servings
                      Servings
                      6- 61/2 ounce servings
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: 61/2 ounce servings
                      Instructions
                      1. Bring water, sugar and lime zest to a full boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled.
                      2. Strain chilled syrup into a medium size pitcher and stir in lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and triple sec.
                      3. Combine fine sea salt and a small amount of lime zest in a shallow dish that is wide enough to fit the rim of your serving glass. Wet the edge of the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in salt.
                      4. Serving option #1 Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass and serve immediately.
                      5. Serving option #2 Fill a prepared serving glass 1/4 full with ice and top with 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix. Serve immediately.
                      6. Serving option #3 Freeze margarita mix in a sealable shallow container until firm. Scoop out into a prepared serving glass and serve immediately.
                      Recipe Notes

                      The frozen version of this recipe is undiluted with ice from shaking and/or serving and therefore slightly stronger in taste.  As the slush melts it chills the glass and softens to slurpable goodness.  My favourite!

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                      Earl Grey Punch

                      Earl Grey Punch

                       

                      Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Easter, or wedding shower, Earl Grey Punch is a lovely sipper! But don’t be fooled by the name, this punch packs a punch with its white rum and apricot brandy. Only slightly subdued by a generous dose of citrus juice from limes, oranges and lemons, it’s not for your grandma’s punch bowl with the glasses hanging off the side. It’s fresh and bright with a small undertone of earthiness from the tea, making it the perfect afternoon cocktail.

                       

                      Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
                      Earl Grey Punch
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                        Servings
                        4 - 6 ounce cocktails
                        Servings
                        4 - 6 ounce cocktails
                        Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
                        Earl Grey Punch
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                          Servings
                          4 - 6 ounce cocktails
                          Servings
                          4 - 6 ounce cocktails
                          Ingredients
                          Servings: 6 ounce cocktails
                          Instructions
                          1. In a small bowl combine white rum and loose earl grey tea. Allow mixture to sit for 1-2 hours.
                          2. Strain rum and add to a small pitcher. Add remaining ingredients except for ice and mint, stir to combine.
                          3. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.

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