Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We are Beating the Heat with Blogger's CLUE Society

Here we are, right in the middle of the dog day's of summer, and Baby, it is HOT outside!!  So Heather from GirliChef, our fearless leader of this great group, decided we should find and make recipes that will beat the heat.  

This month I was lucky enough to be assigned to Christy of Confessions of a Culinary Diva.  Christy is one of my favorite bloggers. She is also the leader of another great group to which I belong called The French Winophiles.  When I think of Christy....I think of alcohol.  Not only because she is leading our Winophile group but also because she shares a ton of cocktail recipes and, to me, nothing beats the heat better than floating in my pool in my lounge chair with a cocktail in my hand.  

So I went to Christy's wonderful blog, which is so much more than wine and cocktails, and where I could have chosen a number of wonderful recipes including this lovely Irish seafood cocktail (again with the cocktails LOL) or this wonderful, seasonal cherry clafoutis.  However the recipe that I chose was this wonderful drink called the Tipsy Palmer. How could I resist when Christy's photo shoot of this delicious cocktail was taken with her pool showing in the background?  Oh, Cabana Boy, another cocktail please!!

The only thing I changed in this drink is to use Canadian Whiskey instead of the Bourbon.  We are not huge Bourbon lovers in this household but we always have plenty of Canadian Whiskey on hand. I think it is a Michigan thing as we border Canada and love having them as neighbors.

Our ginger ale is, of course, Vernors...which may be hard to find unless you are in Michigan but is, in my humble opinion, the ONLY ginger ale worth drinking.  Christy recommended using homemade lemonade so I did.  You can find my lemonade recipe here.

The recipe said this made 4 drinks.  We made 2 large drinks and thought they were very good. We will be making these again sans cucumbers.  A perfect, refreshing summer heat buster.  Thanks Christy!

Tipsy Palmers
adapted from Confessions of a Culinary Diva via Curtis Stone

1 c. Ginger Ale (I used Vernors)
1 c. Sparkling Lemonade (I used this recipe)
1/2 c. Good Whiskey (I used Canadian Club)
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
1/2 of an English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 mint leaves, loosely packed
1 (3") piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler
Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Stir and press to muddle with a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon.  Fill 2 large glasses or 4 small glasses with ice and pour Tipsy Palmers over the ice. Print Recipe

Let's see how the others are Beating the Heat

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  1. With a name like Tipsy Palmers, I'd have to give these a try, too!!!

  2. Haha, I now get the title! Tipsy palmers! I'm not much of an Arnold Palmer aficionado but this sounds really delicious!

  3. Yeah, I think I'd be using the big glasses for this one too. It looks fantastic. The fresh lemonade is duly noted...thanks for the tip!

  4. Oh yes please - those look perfect for the warm weather! I love anything with lemonade. :)

  5. Sounds refreshing! I think my husband would love this cocktail!

  6. I'll take one when you make the next batch. And I want a noodle to float on too!!

  7. I'm going to apologize if you get 10 comments from me, I was trying to comment from my phone and it wasn't working.

    so glad you enjoyed the Tipsy Palmer - I think it makes a rather delightful cocktail for a summer day spent in the pool on a lounger! (I'm also secretly glad that you enjoy wine & cocktails too!) Now all we need is that Cabana Boy!

    See you Saturday! Cheers!

    1. I only got this one lovely comment. Looking forward to Saturday. Thanks for the great recipe.

  8. It was great having your blog this month! I love the drink you prepared and so perfect to beat the heat!!!

  9. Wow. This would certainly beat the heat, Wendy. I love the cucumber addition.

    1. I liked it Debra but my hubby wasn't crazy about the cukes.


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