Earl Grey Punch

Earl Grey Punch

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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.

 

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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
    Print Recipe
      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.

      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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        Servings Prep Time
        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

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          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!

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          Holiday Punch
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            Servings Prep Time
            6 litres 15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            6 litres 15 minutes
            Holiday Punch
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              Servings Prep Time
              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.

               

              Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

              Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

              Consider yourself warned!  Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is dangerously delicious and perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.  The recipe makes a pitcher full, so be sure to invite your friends.

              A stirring spoon and pitcher is all you need for this super quick and easy beverage.  Using frozen lemonade concentrate allows you to use the empty can as the measuring device, so there’s little cleanup too. Don’t let the summer go by without stirring up a batch of this lovely fruity drink, it’s sure to be a favourite.  Enjoy!

              Recipe source for Raspberry Vodka Lemonade: Drinks Mixer Raspberry Lemonade

              Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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                4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
                Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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                  4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: 6 oz glasses
                  Instructions
                  1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir until frozen lemonade is combined. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.

                  The Sawback

                  The Sawback

                  This spicy and fruity cocktail originates from a wonderful weekend in Banff, AB, Canada.  It was a weekend spent with great friends, stunning scenery and good food. Dinner at the Park Distillery was filled with laughs, flambéed food and the purchase of a bottle of their signature Chili Vodka.  Along with the bottle of vodka came a recipe card for The Sawback and I’ve had it squirreled away for just over a year because it’s perfect for Cinco De Mayo.  A spicy cocktail made with the aforementioned Chili vodka, pineapple juice and lime juice.  It has just the right amount of heat that makes you want to take another sip to cool the mouth with the refreshing pineapple juice, only to be caught in a sipping circle that‘s hard to stop.  Don’t forget that chili vodka is also great to use in your favourite Caesar cocktail, Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp and perhaps a little spicy vodka penne. Enjoy!

                  Recipe source for The Sawback:  The Park Distillery

                  The Sawback
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 cocktail 5 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 cocktail 5 minutes
                    The Sawback
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 cocktail 5 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 cocktail 5 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: cocktail
                      Instructions
                      1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until combined and cold, about 15 seconds. Strain over ice into serving glass. Serve immediately.