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Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Published February 17, 2013 by jenmatteson

I can take zero credit for this amazing drink, but I absolutely had to share it with you.  One of the blogs I follow, Sore Legs and Scrambled Eggs, just posted this amazing after dinner drink (if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should, it about food and fitness!).  It is really simple, but the coffee ice cubes are the best part! Many people like to have coffee after dinner, and I’m no exception.  However, sometimes you want to spice it up just a little.

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Not only is this a great way to get a little caffeine fix, but also a brilliant idea to use up any leftover coffee in that huge pot you made this morning.  Coffee ice cubes!  They’re also great for making an iced coffee without the bummer of getting watered down by regular ol’ ice cubes.

Coffee Ice Cubes

The beauty of this drink, as Ashley eludes to, is that it continually gets better.  The flavors start out with just the liqueurs and vodka, but as the ice melts, you get a rich wonderful coffee flavor.  I substituted vanilla vodka for her cake vodka suggestion, but it’s only a matter of personal preference.  Whichever way you go, you should be sure to try one version or another of this fantastic after dinner drink.

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Source: Adapted from Sore Legs and Scrambled Eggs
Servings: 1

Ingredients:

3-4 coffee ice cubes
2 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz Kahlua
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Directions:

1. Place cubes in low ball.  Add vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s.  Stir, or don’t 🙂  I prefer not to so the flavor continues to change throughout the drink.

Oktoberfest

Published October 19, 2012 by jenmatteson

It’s a little late to be posting this, as Oktoberfest begins late in September and runs through the first weekend in October.  Plus, if you were to brew an Oktoberfest, you’d want to get started in August, so better luck next year!  Bookmark this post!

We started our Oktoberfest in the middle of August, and it’s just now at its prime.  This brew is smooth and packed full of malt.  We tried it next to Summit’s Oktoberfest, and three out of three of us liked our home-brew better (of course, it wasn’t a blind tasting, which we might have to try next time, but still!).  Unfortunately, this brew had quite a bit of sediment in it, which just means you probably don’t want to pour the beer into a glass to the last drop – we leave an inch or so in the bottle.

Also, this was supposed to be a lager, but we don’t have the correct equipment to brew a lager (yet); the temperature needs to be adjusted throughout the fermentation process.  We thought we were S.O.L., but the very nice man at Midwest Supplies said we just needed to sub out our lager yeast for an ale.  They are so helpful!

Oktoberfest

Source: Midwest Supplies
Servings: Makes 5 gallons

Ingredients:

dry yeast
priming sugar

Grains:
8 oz. carapils
8 oz. caramel 40L specialty grains

Hops:
1.5 oz. Mt Hood
1 oz. Hallertau Pellet Hops

Malt:
9.3 lb Munich liquid malt extract

Hop Scare IPA

Published October 17, 2012 by jenmatteson

I often forget to (or don’t seem to get around to) blog about our beers.  I think the problem is because there is so much waiting time between when we actually brew it, and when I can drink it and give a good honest review of the beer.

One of our more recent brews was another IPA, this time Hop Scare IPA.  I enjoyed this one far more than the Octaine IPA as it was much hoppier and tasted more like a true IPA.  When we started this one, it had been awhile since we brewed, and we sort of forgot when to take the hydrometer reading, which means that we didn’t get an exact alcohol content.  However, we’re pretty sure it’s quite high as drinking just one can get a person pretty buzzed.  Two, and you’re probably good for the evening.  My best guess is close to 12%.  Yikes!

Hop Scare IPA

Source: Midwest Supplies
Servings: Makes 5 gallons

Ingredients:

dry yeast
priming sugar

Grains:
1 lb Caravienne

Hops:
.75 oz. Yakima Magnum
1 oz. Amarillo
2 oz. Cascade

Malt:
6 lb Briess Gold Liquid extract
2 lb Light dried malt extract

Panty Ripper

Published August 9, 2012 by jenmatteson

Our last drink tasting party was Olympic themed.  You might be wondering how a drink called Panty Ripper has anything to do with the Olympics.  Well, did you know that at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 100,000 condoms were distributed to the athletes in Olympic Village, which breaks down to 14 per athlete?  Did you know they ran out (Waoh Naija)?  The 2012 Summer Olympics are slightly higher.  There were over 150,000 condoms distributed to Olympic Village, averaging about 15 per athlete (Housing Works).  That means that athletes were getting it on about 30 times in a two-week time period (of course, that’s assuming they are only hooking up with each other – and let’s be honest, if you had a body like Ryan Lochte, wouldn’t you only hook up with someone as equally hot as you?).

Well, that is not at all why we made the Panty Ripper for the Olympic themed drink tasting, you sicko.  The rules were to bring a drink that was at least one color of the Olympic Rings.  Did I tell you this was a last-minute tasting? Anyway, the Panty Ripper is yellow, one of the allowed colors.  The first time I had one was in Belize, the country’s unofficial national drink.  In Belize, you’ll find it on menus and hear it pronounced as “panty rippa”.  It’s a simple concoction of coconut rum and pineapple juice with a maraschino cherry.  Sounds so easy, and it is, and it’s also very refreshing.  My mother, who is not generally a drinker, would put down 4-5 of these before and during dinner.  She absolutely loved them!  And they were making them “light” by any means 😉  Everyone else on the trip seemed to like them too; I think we each had a few per day while we were there.

We brought home the gold with this drink, although I must admit that we tied with Leah and Dan.  They made Olympic Dreams, Russian Style.  This drink was a mix of fruit punch flavored vodka (I didn’t even know they made that), 7Up, grenadine, and a splash of lime juice, garnished with a cherry.  It was tastey, but slightly on the sweet side for me.  It tasted like a strawberry soda!  Dave and Shane didn’t bring their “A” game and came with watermelon pucker.  But, lucky for them, they took home the bronze.  We had a ceremony and everything – Leah and I represented the top stair of the “podium” for our gold medals (although no actual medals were distributed).

Panty Ripper

Ingredients:

coconut rum (I like Parrot Bay)
pineapple juice
maraschino cherry

Directions:

1. In a tall glass filled with ice, add 1 part rum and 2 parts pineapple juice.  Garnish with a cherry, mix as desired, and serve.

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