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Even More Adult Drinks!

We received numerous requests to post more adult drinks; I found these in Michael SchwartzGenuine Food, having tried them with some friends, I can attest they are absolutely delicious:

Passion Fruit Soda

Photo by: Ben Fink - on page 218

Photo by: Ben Fink – page 218

SERVES 2 – This combo was born out the remake of a classic cocktail, the Hurricane. Passion fruit adds a tropical flavor and I just love the crunch of the seeds. The result is a tantalizing and refreshing mix using one of South Florida’s most delicious fruits.

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh passion fruit pulp and seeds
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) agave nectar
  • Ginger ale
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Stir together the passion fruit, orange juice, lime juice and agave in a measuring cup

Fill 2 highball glasses with ice and divide the fruit mixture between them, Top each off with ginger ale. Garnish with mint sprigs.


Bulletproof Manhattan

Photo by: Ben Fink - page 223

Photo by: Ben Fink – page 223

Serves 2 – I’m a bourbon drinker, and this reinvented classic cocktail shows of my favorite whiskey in style.  I replace the typically used sweet vermouth with the deep sweet-and-sour flavor of cherries, balanced by the spicy undertone of fresh rosemary and warmth of good bourbon.

  • One 8 ounce jar Amarena Italian cherries or any quality jarred or canned cherries in syrup *
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig, plus more for garnish
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon **
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Strain the cherry syrup into a small pot and add 1/2 cup water. Toss in the rosemary and place over medium heat.  Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, remove from the heat, and let the rosemary steep in the cherry syrup and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 days.

Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of the cherry syrup in a shaker with ice; shake it up really well to break the ice into shards.  Strain the cocktail into 2 chilled martini glasses. Spear a couple of cherries each on 2 rosemary sprigs and use to garnish the cocktail.


* I could not find Amarena cherries with an hechsher in my Brooklyn neighborhood; I used Maraschino cherries, which did have an hechsher, instead.
** I used Evan Williams as the bourbon.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!



More Adult Drinks!

Adult Sum Drinks

Vanilla Mint Julep


More Adult Drinks!

More adult drinks we’ve made this summer that proved successful (yes, gentle reader, some of our “brilliant” ideas were a disaster. I confess!):

Brandy and Chocolate Mint


Serves 1


  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce Chocolate Mint Vodka *
  • 1 ounce MimiCreme
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • ground cinnamon or cocoa powder


  1. Combine the brandy, vodka, MimiCreme and cracked ice in a shaker. Shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass. Garnish with cinnamon or cocoa powder.

* Chocolate Mint Vodka

  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 4 cocoa beans
  • Sprig fresh mint leaves


  1. Combine vodka and cocoa beans in a sealable container and store in a warm, dry place. Agitate the mixture 2 or 3 times a day for 1 week.
  2. Six hours before serving, add the mint leaves. Strain through a coffee filter into a bottle, seal and store in your freezer.



AdltDrnk2aMy variation on the theme…

Serves 1

My variation on a theme…


  • 1 ounce Chocolate Mint Vodka (see above)
  • 1 ounce Creme de Cacao (I used DeKuyper kosher brand)
  • 1 ounce MimiCreme
  • Drop of green food coloring – (optional, I used Lieber’s brand)
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 1 teaspoon white chocolate shavings
  • sprig of mint


  1. Combine the vodka, Creme de Cacao, food coloring (optional), and cracked ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with white chocolate shavings and a sprig of mint.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!



Adult Summer Drinks


Cherry Heering and Chanuka

CherrCoffHeer-1As I’ve written before, Cherry Heering has long been a part of my memories and family traditions. Thus, as we stand almost on the threshold of Chanukah, when I saw an ad for Peter Heering‘s products, I thought it would be a great idea to once again, bring Cherry Heering to a family get together.

Always on the lookout for new recipes I may come across, I was pleased that Peter Heering‘s distributors sent me some intriguing ideas.

CherrCoffHeer-2I especially liked the Coffee Latte; it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious!

1 ½ oz Coffee Heering liquor

Steamed Milk, may use skim

Pour Coffee Heering into a mug add Steamed Milk

Garnish with chocolate shavings

I tried it last eve and it certainly hit the spot. But… I can’t wait to try the “Boozy” Donuts with Creme Brulee Topping:

Donuts are the new cupcakes and a big trend for the season, an easy way to upgrade regular old store bought donuts and take it from an afternoon snack to a fancy dessert


  • 6 sugar-covered donuts
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 oz either Coffee or Cherry Heering Liqueur


  1. Heat the donuts in the oven at 250 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. On a plate ad the sugar, brush the top of the warm donuts with water and drip in the sugar.
  3. Insert and fill the liqueur in multiple spots of the bottom of the donuts with a small turkey baster/or cake decorating tool about 1/2 oz per donut
  4. With a creme brulee torch, burn the sugar top of the donuts to a hard sugar topping. If you dont have a creme brulee torch, you can simply put in the oven on broil for a few minutes till the sugar caramelizes.
  5. Serve right away while warm, a good tip is to let the guests watch while you are putting the finishing touches, their mouths will be watering and you will look like a pro in the kitchen!

The younger grand kids will just have to make do with the store bought donuts, that is… if the “Boozy” ones last long enough for their families to arrive…

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!


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