National Rum Day

As most of you know, Mac & I like to have cocktail or two.  This means I’ll take a drink recipe and then add some type of alcohol. Today being Rum Day I thought I would share some beverages that I previously posted: Basil & Tea Mojito; Beer Mojito; Watermelon Slushie; and Apple Smash.

With rum being the alcohol in mojitos it only makes sense that 2 out of the 4 beverages are mojitos. The other beverage that I like is the basic Rum & Coke.  This is simply a shot of rum (can be spiced or regular) with a dark cola over ice. A squeeze of lime adds a nice twist. During the holidays, I do like a bit of spiced rum in my eggnog. So delicious!!

So no matter your preferences, have a nice drink with a dab of rum.

Watermelon & Cheese Snacks

Here is an easy appetizer or mid-day snack for Watermelon Day. Cut  some watermelon into cubes. Then take whatever mild cheese you have and cut into cubes also. I used Swiss cheese but Baby Bel or Monterey Jack would also work. The next choice is what type of skewers to use. You can use the long bamboo or metal skewers. I used some small cocktail sword skewers for small bite size snacks.You will notice that I placed some extra watermelon cubes in the center of my plate since I had some extra watermelon cut.

Bomb Pop Day

Today is Bomb Pop Day.  Who loves a cool tasty treat on a hot day? Instead of making a frozen treat I found this recipe by Sue Huhn @ Wiscdance for a Bomb Pop Cocktail.

 

 

splash of grenadine
2 shots red berry vodka
2 shots blue curacao liquer
2 shots lemonade

 

 

Fill glass with ice. Put splash of grenadine over ice. Pour vodka, slowly over ice. Then lemonade, then Blue Curacao over ice. Be careful. These go down easy and pack a punch!! Cheers!

Here is how my cocktail turned out.  Sort of a purple drink instead of a layered look. I was not very successful in making it look like a bomb pop. 

This is what it is supposed to look like.  I’m not sure why mine didn’t work.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

 

National Beverage Day

Since today is National Beverage Day give this refreshing cocktail a try.

Cucumber & Dill CocktailCuccumber Dill Martini1

3 – 1” cucumber slices
2 sprigs of fresh dill
Juice of 1 lemon/lime (approx. 2 tbsp. Juice)
2 oz. Vodka
6 ice cubes
2 oz. Tonic water or seltzer

Muddle your cucumber slices, dill & lemon/lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka along with ice. Shake vigorously. Add tonic water, stir, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice & a sprig of dill.  Serves 1

 

* This unofficial holiday is celebrated annually on May 6 and is also sometimes called National Beverage Day. While the origins of Beverage Day are unknown, we can all safely assume that the day encourages people to honor their beverages of choice and acknowledge that a humble beverage has the power to make or break many situations. A good beverage can energize you after a long, tiring day; it can make a long, boring meal go fast; it can bring together two strangers; and it can make a party more fun.

Whether your preferred beverage is a hot cup of tea, a delicious and healthy smoothie or a tall glass of lemonade, Beverage Day is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself by drinking it all day long.

  • Sit back, relax and celebrate the day with your favorite beverage. It could be anything from something as simple as water to a fancy cocktail.
  • Try new beverages. What about tasting the national drink of a country you have never visited?
  • Have a tasting party at home. Pick up a beverage you and your guests like and make or find different versions of it to taste and try. For example, you could do a beer or wine tasting party or a tea or coffee tasting party. Have each of your guests bring their favorite brand of beverage to share and serve foods that pair with the beverage of your choice. Who knows, you may just find your next favorite beverage at one of these parties!

 

 

* http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/beverage-day

Kahlua Day

I occasionally use Kahlua in my coffee to give it a little kick.  A couple of classic beverages using Kahlua (which is a coffee liqueur and rum) are a Black Russian and the Mudslide.  These 2 drinks only have a couple of ingredients. The Black Russian is Kahlua and vodka over ice while a Mudslide uses Irish Cream, Kahlua and chocolate syrup.  Have a great Kahlua Day by spicing up your coffee or making one of these tasty beverages.

 

kahlua-day-x400** When it comes to tantalizing (and slightly sinful) beverages, there is perhaps no better example than the cool creaminess glass of Kahlua. This rich liquor is a Mexican cocktail which is greatly enjoyed around the world and so it should be no great surprise that loyal aficionados of the delicious liquid have created a day to celebrate such a tempting beverage. And rightfully so!

 

The History of Kahlua Day

The origins of Kahlua can be traced back to its invention in 1936 by a man named Pedro Domecq, who combined rum, vanilla and corn syrup and coffee to create one of the world’s most popular liqueurs. The name of the alcohol is derived from that of a mesoamerican tribe that had inhabited Mexico Valley since long before the Spaniards arrived. Known at first only in the surrounding areas of its creator, Kahlua’s popularity has indeed spread throughout the world. Now, it is enjoyed in various forms by countless millions across the globe.

 

** https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/kahlua-day/

National Margarita Day

Some of these “13 Margarita Recipes That Have Us Dreaming of Warmer Weather” look yummy.  If you try them, let us know if they taste as good as they look. The last margarita I made was in 2012 for my anniversary.  Below is a recipe for a Champagne Margarita if you would like to give it a try.

 

Grated zest from 1 lime
1 c. fresh lime juice
½ c. Contreau or orange liquor
½ c. silver tequila
Superfine sugar, if needed for added sweetness
1 lime, cut in half, for serving
Coarse (Kosher) salt, for serving
1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine

 

 

In a pitcher, combine lime zest, lime juice, Contreau, tequila and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until old, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, strain the mixture to remove the zest and pour enough salt into a saucer to cover the bottom. Rub a lime half over the rim of each champagne glass and upend into the salt to crust it lightly. Pout about 3 ounces of the tequila mixture into each glass, fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine and hand to one of your lucky guests.

Note: If serving all at once, just pour champagne or sparkling wine directly into pitcher with lime mixture and serve in prepared glasses.

 

natl_margarita_day** Today is National Margarita Day! Send a free Margarita Day eCard to friends and family! The margarita cocktail – a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice – has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.

Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.

While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!

 

 

** http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-margarita-day