Mimosa Recipe by Inspired Taste

Recipe by Joanne Gallagher of Inspired Taste

Yield: Make 8 Servings

Use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. We usually will spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas. Your best bet is to look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15. A dry Prosecco is a great option, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec, optional

Directions:

  • Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine.
  • Top with orange juice.
  • (Optional) Top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec.

Joanne’s Tips:

  • To make 1 mimosa cocktail: In a champagne flute, combine 1/3 cup chilled sparkling wine, 1/3 cup chilled orange juice and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec.
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Lemonade Iced Tea

Lemonade Iced Tea

Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Harget

Similar to an Arnold Palmer, this refreshing drink combines two summer favorites—Southern Living – lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum.
Yield: Makes 8 cups

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
    1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh citrus slices

Directions: 

1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

2. Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

3. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon. Makes 9 cups.

Spiced Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed and stir in 1 cup spiced dark rum.  Makes 9 cups.

 

Southern Living/JULY 2009 – Lemonade Iced Tea

A Salute to the “King of the Cowboys” – the Roy Rogers Beverage

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Trigger

Queen of the West Dale Evans poses alongside her husband Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger.

Known as ‘King of the Cowboys,’ Roy Rogers is one of the most recognized cowboys in the world and often appeared with cowgirl Dale Evans. His majestic singing voice, charm and good guy persona was portrayed in all of his movies and TV shows including Tumbling TumbleweedsThe Cowboy and the Señorita and The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show.

Actor and singer Leonard Franklin Slye was born on November 5, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to parents Andrew and Mattie Slye. Known best as a singing cowboy, Rogers, with his trademark horse Trigger, appeared in nearly 100 films during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, many of them featuring his third wife, Dale Evans.  He died July 6, 1998.

Like child actress Shirley Temple, a non-alcoholic drink was named after American icon Roy Rogers.  The recipe is below.

The Roy Rogers

The Roy Rogers beverage

Photo Source: Allrecipes.com

This is also sometimes called a Cherry Cola despite the fact that most grenadine is made of pomegranate, not cherries. Whatever you call it, it is a nice mocktail.

Ingredients: 

Directions:  Pour the ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice. Stir well.  Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

(recipe provided by )

Drink to Autumn!

These beverage recipes are featured in the October 27, 2014 issue of First for Women magazine.  

 

Sweet Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl

Yield: 1 Serving

Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl
Sweet Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl/Photo by First for Women magazine©

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup toffee almond creamer
  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions:

In a blender, puree all ingredients for 30 seconds or until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin-Apple Rendezvous

On a chilly Autumn night, what better to have than a delicious drink in your hand to warm you up? (TWO drinks? One in each hand? ha) This beverage can be made with or without alcohol.
Yield: 1 Serving

1/4 cup apple cider
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chilled ginger ale or ginger brew
1-1/2 oz. orange vodka (optional)
Directions:

In shaker with ice, combine all ingredients.
Shake. Strain into sugar-rimmed glass, if desired.
Enjoy!