Whiskey Lemonade

Whiskey Lemonade

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

Whiskey Lemonade

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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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    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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      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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      Baileys London Fog

      Baileys London Fog

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

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      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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        2 servings 15 minutes
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        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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          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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            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
              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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              Apricot Brandy Sparkler

              Apricot Brandy Sparkler

              Cheers to a new year with Apricot Brandy Sparkler!

              Apricot Brandy Sparkler is my way of saying goodbye to 2018 and cheers to the new year ahead. Can you believe another year is already over?  Where has the time gone?  It is the sentiment I have often felt, but with the approaching new year, I have a sense of accomplishment and a strong purpose moving forward.  While 2018 was still a year of routine, plucking forward just trying to keep up with work, household and blogging, it was also a year that a few things got done.

              One of my greatest joys this year was the construction of our new deck/outdoor space, and for many, it would not be a big deal.  For me however, it was a project that was put off for a variety of reasons for many, many years.  It was also designed and built by my husband, who did an amazing job. It ’s a beautiful space, complete with furniture and gas fireplace.  I love it and couldn’t be happier to share it with family and friends or simply sit quietly spending quality time with my husband.  

              The Year Ahead…

              The past year was also a year of learning and working hard to create our first video for Mark Bouliane/Overland Explorer, which follows my husband and me on our over-landing adventures.  Creating and editing video is definitely a skill and has its own set of challenges. We are both excited to improve this skill and have fun being creative.  We hope it’s the first of many videos for both of us, which leads me to another goal for 2019.  Video production for Compelled to Cook is set for my 2019 to do list, as is monetizing my food blogging efforts.  Both are substantial goals for myself but definitely in the realm of possibility.  The learning, progress and firsts are what excites me for 2019.  So, even though 2018 must go, the new year looks amazing and I’m ready to get started.  How about you?

              Author: Compelled to Cook, from “Cooks Workshop” Cocktails & Party Drinks 1984

              Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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                1 cocktail 10 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 cocktail 10 minutes
                Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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                  1 cocktail 10 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cocktail 10 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cocktail
                  Instructions
                  1. Combine vodka, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Fill half full with ice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Serve immediately.

                  Holiday Punch

                  Holiday Punch

                  This refreshing all-purpose beverage gets named Holiday Punch for this time of year, but truthfully, it’s wonderful anytime you have a gathering. It takes no time at all to mix together and has a festive flair with the addition of cranberries. 

                  It’s a game changer really! Why? Because it’s also very, very good with vodka or white rum.  So those who want to live it up a little can, while non-drinkers, designated drivers and kids also have something great to drink.  

                  It will allow you to free up some of your valuable time not having to fuss with cocktails and making sure everyone has a drink poured.  I find that if you serve this Holiday Punch and put out bottles of wine, most everyone is happy and can serve themselves. Not to mention it’s rather yummy to sip on with or without alcohol.  Cheers!

                  Author:  Compelled to Cook

                  Holiday Punch
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                    6 litres 15 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    6 litres 15 minutes
                    Holiday Punch
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                      6 litres 15 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      6 litres 15 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: litres
                      Instructions
                      1. Trim ends from oranges, limes and lemons. Cut into 1/8' slices.
                      2. Add cranberry juice, pineapple juice and ginger ale to a large punch bowl or beverage dispenser with a spigot. Stir to combine and top with fruit. Serve immediately.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -If liquid ingredients are not chilled prior to mixing, serve over a small amount of ice if desired.