Bloody Mary with Pickled Okra

BloodyMary

The theme for this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge, hosted  Joan of Foodalogue and Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks, “Pickle It”. When I think of pickled my mind goes to okra. I love pickled okra, I can snack on it all day, but I love to top off a Bloody Mary with pickled okra!

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Bloody Mary with Pickled Okra
 
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Ingredients
  • For the Bloody Mary
  • 4 cups good quality tomato juice
  • 5 jiggers good quality vodka
  • ½ teaspoon Celery Salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Spicy Worcestershire Sauce
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 10 dashes of Tabasco
  • Garnish:
  • Celery Stalk (use as an organic stirrer)
  • Spicy Beans
  • Olives (I like the stuffed ones)
  • Pickled Okra
  • Lime Wedges
  • For the Pickled Okra
  • 1 pound okra, rinsed
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 Hot peppers of choice
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dill seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Instructions
  1. For the Bloody Mary
  2. Combine vodka, tomato juice, limejuice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, 1 cup of ice cubes, and salt and pepper to taste, shake in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain it into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.
  4. Garnish your Bloody Mary with a celery stalk, a couple of spicy beans, two jalapeño stuffed olives, and a pickled okra spear.
  5. For the Pickled Okra
  6. Wash okra under cold running water.
  7. Trim stem ends of okra, leaving at least ⅓-inch of the cap intact. Soak okra in ice water for 1 hour, drain, and pat dry.
  8. Bring vinegar, water, salt and spices to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat.
  9. Pack the okra snugly in the jar.
  10. Tuck the garlic cloves and peppers in.
  11. Pour the hot brine over the beans.
  12. Let the jar sit until it cooled, about an hour.
  13. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Bloody-Mary

Make sure to visit Foodalogue on September 30th to see what everyone else in the group pickled!

Cajun Wines and Spirits to Enjoy with Your Cajun Fare

You love a good jambalaya, and you eat crawfish at least once a week. You know your way around some grits, and you can pop hushpuppies like they’re Skittles. You love Cajun food. But what about Cajun drinks? What do you pair with your favorite meals?

There are a number of Cajun wines, spirits and cocktails that you can enjoy with any of your favorite meals. Here are a few Cajun wines and spirits that you should try:

Jambalaya – Casa de Sue Winery

A Louisiana winery brings you this popular muscadine that is appropriately named for Cajun fare. It is a sweet, fruity blend that has overtones of blueberry that you can serve by itself or with your favorite Cajun meal. It’s great for a dessert wine, as well!

Mardi Gras (La Rosa Sweet) – Casa de Sue Winery

Here’s another great Cajun wine from this growing Louisiana winery. This one’s a full-bodied, red muscadine. It’s also sweet, but has a fuller flavor than the Jambalaya. Again, you can enjoy it all on its own or pair it with a meal.

Ragin’ Cajun Wine

The University of Louisiana put out this wine to celebrate its Cajun spirit. You can buy it in the red, white or sparkling variety. The wines are crafted by Weibel Family Vineyards and are sold at retailers throughout the state.

Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum

When you want something with a little more punch than wine, this spiced rum is the perfect solution. This three-year-old aged rum is made from blackstrap molasses and infused with cayenne pepper and cinnamon. There are also hints of nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Enjoy it straight up or in your favorite cocktail.

Cajun Lemonade 

Here’s a great cocktail recipe that you can enjoy with all your favorite Cajun dishes. You mix white rum or vodka with Pimm’s No. 1, lemon juice, syrup and hot sauce, as well as a splash of 7 Up. This is a great cocktail for sipping on a hot, summer day or for enjoying while your entertaining guests with some delicious Cajun fare.

The Sazerac Cocktail 

This is the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. Recipes vary, but the basic mix includes absinthe or Herbsaint, syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters and whiskey. It is a bold cocktail similar to an Old Fashioned, with hints of sweetness and spice — just like Cajun food.

There are many great drinks you can enjoy with your Cajun meal, but these are some Cajun favorites. Experiment with what wines and spirits pair best with your favorite meals.

What are your favorite Cajun wines and spirits? Share them in the comments!

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Happy New Year! Mimosa’s all around

mimosa

Happy 2013 Everyone!!!

I cheered the New Year in with Champagne and for the first time had an entire bottle left over so this morning the hubby and I made Mimosas.

Happy New Year!
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • Champagne, chilled
  • Orange Juice, chilled
  • Champagne flutes/glasses
  • Fresh Mint, optional
Instructions
  1. Fill to the middle of the glass with chilled Orange Juice
  2. Fill the remaining glass with chilled Champagne
  3. Garnish with mint
  4. Enjoy!

 

Witch’s Brew

Whip up a batch of this Witch’s Brew for your Halloween Party tonight!

Witch's Brew
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Ingredients
  • 1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
  • 2 cups vodka, chilled
  • Sliced Orange
  • Sliced Kiwi
Instructions
  1. Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl.
  2. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. (Optional, but fun) Wearing heavy-duty gloves or using tongs, place a block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron.
  5. Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.
  6. Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to "steam."
  7. Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.
  8. Carefully pour the drink mixture into the punch bowl. Slowly add the chilled vodka and lemon-lime soda.
  9. Place sliced fruit on top.
  10. Stir gently to mix.
Notes
Special equipment: 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores) 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies) Recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com | Semi-Homemade Cooking

 

A Week in Review: Italian Volcano Tangerine & Blood Orange Mimosa

 

So this weekend the hubby and I took a much-needed break….he just finished his last CPA exam on Thursday so we took a long weekend off……well the reason for this post is because I had the final week in review on auto post )for Friday), but when I signed in this morning it was still in the drafts….ugghhhh….So here it is my final Week in Review post….Italian Volcano Organic Tangerine & Blood Orange Mimosa, perfect for Sunday brunch!

I was originally going to do a mimosa for each. But my husband said why not mix the two and I am glad he said something these two flavors not only went great together, but added a more tropical feel. You will not miss the orange juice mimosa at all.

You will need

Italian Volcano Tangerine Organic Juice

Italian Volcano Blood Orange Organic Juice

Champagne

Champagne flutes/glasses

Directions

Fill 1/3 of the glass with chilled Italian Volcano Tangerine Organic Juice

Fill to the middle of the glass with chilled Italian Volcano Blood Orange Organic Juice

Fill the remaining glass with chilled Champagne 

Enjoy!

I had so much fin with this review and I hope all of you try the entire collection of these AMAZING juices, they are truly delicious and can be made into a variety of cocktails or enjoyed just as they are!

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