Refreshing Drinks

Loving My Shaker in this hot weather. I seldom leave home without it!

Heading out in the car, to the office, to a doctor’s office, out to the pool area (where glass should be prohibited), to ball practice and games, it’s a great tumbler to have along….Double wall construction minimizes condensation and quickly chills beverages without causing the exterior of the Shaker to become cold. The lid has a silicone seal, preventing liquids from leaking or dripping while shaking and pouring. Frosted dots add a unique decorative touch.

So whether it’s to be filled with your water, favorite tea or powered drink, the shaker will keep it cool and refreshing. Martini’s, it’s great for those too! If you would like 1-8, let me know. I can help you have these by the pool this summer or in the office to keep your water or beverages cold & practically spillproof.

 

Strawberry Tea/Drink

Using a mini mix ‘n chop, muddle or mash the strawberries in the bottom of a glass. Fill with lemonade, sparkling water, or iced tea for a refreshing drink.

Kiwi-Mint Julep Recipe

Combine two tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 cup hot water in a 2 -cup prep bowl. Let this mixture cool for a few minutes. In the manual food processor, combine the mixture above, 3 peeled & quartered kiwis, 2 oz bourbon (optional), 3 tablespoons of frozen limeade and 8 fresh mint leaves (2 tablespoons). Blend (pump the manual food processor) until coarsely pureed. Pour over ice and garnish with mint(optional). Makes 2 cocktails.

Raspberry Lemonade

1 (12 oz) can frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, 3 cups water, 3/4 teaspoon lime juice, 1 (12 oz) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, 1 cup crushed ice, 1 cup fresh raspberries(garnish), 18 mint leaves as garnish(optional)

In a large punch bowl, combine raspberry lemonade concentrate, water and lime juice. Stir in lemon-lime soda and crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf.

Yields: 18 (4 oz) servings

Pink Martinis
Ingredients:
1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
1/2 oz (15 mL) grenadine
4 oz (120 mL) Southern Comfort® (70 proof)

2 oz (60 mL) light rum
3 oz (90 mL) pineapple juice
2 oz (60 mL) sweet & sour mix

Directions:
Place ice in Shaker. Measure remaining ingredients into Shaker, starting with grenadine.
Secure lid and jigger on Shaker. Shake 10-15 times or until desired drinking temperature is reached. Remove lid from Shaker; pour into glasses.
Yield: 2 servings. Nutrients per serving: (about 3/4 cup): Calories 310

Fresh Mango Margaritas!

2 large mangoes, peeled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup mango nectar
4 limes (divided)
1 tbsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups ice cubes divided
2 oz tequila , divided
mango and lime slices

1. For mango puree, finely chop mango wedges using food chopper. Place mangoes, sugar and water into batter bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot.
2. Pour mango mixture into strainer over classic batter bowl. Press using classic scraper. Add enough nectar to mango puree to measure 1 1/2 cups. set aside. Juice limes to measure 1/2 cup . (Reserve one for the juiced lime halves).
3. Place salt onto appetizer plate. Rub cut ends of reserved lime half around edges of four dots martini glasses; dip glasses into salt. Fill shaker with half each of the ice, lime juice, puree and tequila. Secure lid on shaker and shake vigorously until chilled. Garnish with mango and lime slices….

Fresh Herbs, Veggies, & Chardonnay

Fresh sliced garlic, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and Chardonnay combined together with pasta creates an aroma and taste at home, as if you were sitting in an upscale Italian restaurant.  Using the Pampered Chef’s newest cookware, the Rockcrok, you can have a delicious one pot meal in about thirty minutes. The Rockcrok is an awesome addition to your kitchen as it is safe to be used on your stovetop-flat,electric, or gas; oven; broiler; grill-gas or charcoal; refrigerator; microwave;and freezer. Excellent cleanup as it is dishwasher safe!

Grilled Chicken Penne al Fresco

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, peeled, 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, 3 cups uncooked mezze penne pasta, 3 cups chicken broth, 3/4 cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay, 1/2 tsp each salt and coarsely ground black pepper, amd 1 & 1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, divided. 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed), 2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts.  Additional grated fresh Parmesan cheese and coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

In the Pampered Chef’s Rockcrok Dutch Oven, pour in your olive oil, slice garlic thinly using garlic slicer, add tomatoes. Cover and microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or unti tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Cut up tomatoes using the salad choppers. Add the pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper. Return the covered rockcrok back to the microwaveon HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. While that is cooking, coarsely cut fresh basil with a knife and grate your cheese. Carefully remove the Rockcrok from the microwave and remove the lid, liting it away from you. Add the basil, parmesan cheese and grilled chicken cubes to the Rockcrok. Mix thoroughly using a nylon spoon. Add additional Parmesan Cheese and black pepper, if desired to individual bowls. Yields: 8 servings.