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  Dec 19, 2016   cocktails

How To Make Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

You can use this super easy and lower sugar version of ginger simple syrup in cocktails (like my mango ginger cocktails linked below), iced tea, and lemonade. By the way, you can use this same formula with mint, rosemary, basil or other herbs, and you can stir in citrus at the end for a great flavor. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos with Aviva Goldfarb: Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water

Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering it for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. (If you don’t have time to linger in the kitchen, you can just bring it to a boil and remove it from the heat and let it sit for 40 minutes). Remove it from the heat and cool it completely....

  Oct 31, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts

Pair Mango Ginger Cocktails with Easy Cheddar Chutney Melts for an Indian-Spiked Happy Hour Treat! Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts 8 servings 3 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup ginger syrup (see below) ½ cup water 3 cups mango vodka (or if you don’t want to buy mango vodka, I think 2 1/2 cups regular vodka and 1/2 cup orange liqueur would work) 4 limes, juice only 8 jalapeno slices (optional) Puree first 3 ingredients until very smooth. Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice or shake over ice and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the jalapeno slices or add them to the pitcher with the cocktail mixture. To Make Ginger Simple Syrup 2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering...
  Oct 17, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita

Spicy Pomegranate Margaritas Learn how to make a pomegranate margarita and make it spicy--if that's your thing--with some fresh jalapeño slices. Pair it with tortilla chips and guacamole with pomegranate seeds for the perfect happy hour snack. Watch the video (and subscribe to the Six O'Clock Scramble YouTube channel for more recipes and ideas) (serves 2) 2 oz. tequila 1 oz. triple sec juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice 2 slices jalapeno or a few shakes of mango hot pepper sauce (optional)

Stir or shake together all ingredients except the jalapeno or hot pepper sauce. Serve over ice in a tumbler, or use an ice-filled shaker and serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with the pepper slices or drizzle in the hot pepper sauce.

  Jul 19, 2016   brunch, cocktails, Recipes 2

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Peach-Mango Bellinis

You are going to love this recipe for peach-mango bellini cocktails! You can pair them with smoked salmon appetizers on sliced cucumbers with capers and dill, or with mini caprese bites for a more Italian theme. They are so sweet, tangy, bubbly and fruity, they go down way too easily so be sure to make plenty.

When we celebrated my dear friend Rachel Lostombo’s birthday, we organized a gourmet Italian picnic which we enjoyed at Wolf Trap park in Virginia, while listening to Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.

When Rachel’s friends arrived at my house before we carpooled to the concert, I greeted them with these peach-mango bellinis and Caprese bites on colorful toothpicks with balsamic-olive oil and crushed red pepper dipping sauce.  At the Italian picnic we also enjoyed prosciutto and cantaloupe bites, Italian salami and cheeses, orzo and arugula salads, olives, artichokes and other traditional Italian antipasto, and Rachel's favorite, Stella D'oro...