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Chambord Margarita

Christmas is almost here, isn’t it?

Well, technically there is more than a month but anyone who hosts a Christmas dinner or party would know the pressure and the need to prepare ahead of time. I have not yet decided if it is going to be a Christmas party or a New Year’s one that we are doing. We tend to alternate it every year as our anniversary also falls during the New Year’s time.

Now I have already started to look for recipes, inspirations and ideas for the party. And the first one I wanted to get sorted was a party cocktail. Believe my luck when I received a bottle of Chambord as part of a work assignment.

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For those who aren’t too familiar, Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur that is crafted in a French château in the province of Chambord. The liqueur is a delicious combination of the freshest blackberries and raspberries which are first soaked in French spirits to get an infusion and is then masterfully blended with cognac, vanilla, herbs and other extracts.

I have been wanting to try out this liqueur which comes in a beautiful deep reddish black bottle ever since I first laid eyes on it. But it is slightly on the pricey side and so was reserving the purchase for a celebration time. But as luck would have it, I got this bottle which I am currently carrying around like a baby.

Ok to get back to the recipe, I wanted to make a simple, tried and tested cocktail using Chambord which is also perfect for the warm, summery Christmas that we have down in Australia.

And a margarita seemed to tick all the right boxes. It didn’t need many ingredients, is simple to prepare and can be made in large batches relatively easy during a party. Winner!

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The Chambord Margarita is light and refreshing; sweet, fruity and citrusy but above all, the prettiest cocktail I have made in a long time. A beautiful blush of pink that tastes as delicious as it looks!

And I admit I got carried away clicking this beauty.

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Recipe Courtesy – Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

Sugar syrup:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water

Lime salt:

  1. Zest of 1 lime
  2. 2 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tbsp salt

For the cocktail (makes 2 glasses)

  1. 6 oz silver tequila
  2. 3 oz fresh lime juice
  3. 2 oz sugar syrup
  4. 1 oz Chambord

Method:

To prepare the sugar syrup:

  • Heat the sugar and water in a pan on low heat till completely melted. Cool before use.
  • Can be stored for up to 2 weeks inside a refrigerator.

To prepare the lime salt:

  • Process the lime zest, salt and sugar in a food processor or blender to evenly mix. Store in an airtight container.

Now comes the Margarita: (For 2 glasses)

  • Rub a lime wedge over the rim of the margarita glass and dip in the lime salt.
  • In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes followed by 6 oz silver tequila, 3 oz lime juice, 2 oz sugar syrup and 1 oz Chambord.
  • Shake shake shake….shake baby shake!
  • Strain the margarita into the glasses and serve chilled.
  • Drink Responsibly.

 

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Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive the Chambord for free. 

 

 

 

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Banana Coffee Smoothie

My first post for 2015 has to be about coffee – my poison!

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I had been a ‘milk drinking’ gal for the longest time. But while doing my Master’s, I realized that my humble glass of milk could not keep me awake during the long, intense (and sometimes, boring) lectures on genetics, virology, immunology etc….

My classmates recommended the strong, dark potion called coffee sold at our in-house café, and that’s how the addiction started. This particular brew was full on – high on sugar, high on caffeine and the habit stuck.

Today, I simply cannot function without my cuppa coffee. For a brief period, my caffeine levels were dangerously unhealthy but luckily, common sense and will power prevailed. I have cut down my coffee intake to 1-2 cups a day now. But I still need it high on sugar, high on caffeine. And whenever I order my cappuccino at a café and say 3 sugars please, I still get the ‘3 sugar-really-look’?

When I first saw this smoothie on Nigella Lawson’s (well, who doesn’t know the domestic goddess) channel, it was love at first sight. Coffee with banana…..what a delicious way to hide my caffeine beneath a lot of nutritional goodness!

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The banana coffee smoothie is the simplest one to make. I always store peeled bananas in my freezer; it comes so handy to whip up a smoothie and you don’t need to hunt for ice too. The smaller varieties of banana work best as these are sweeter and you don’t need to add any extra sugar; and if you must add honey to sweeten the smoothie.

While in India, I was a Nescafe girl but here in Melbourne, Moccona is my go-to instant coffee powder. It’s rich, dark and delicious…..and makes me the perfect cappuccino.

So if you are a coffee lover like me, then this smoothie is a must try…a great pick-me-up for those rushed mornings when you need more than a caffeine kick. And if you don’t like coffee, you can still make this smoothie; just replace the coffee with chocolate – as my son has it!

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Ingredients:

1. 2 small bananas; fresh or frozen
2. 1 cup milk
3. ½ tsp Moccona medium roast coffee (adjust measurements to taste)
4. ½ tsp honey
5. Ice cubes, optional

Method:

1. Blend all the ingredients together into a smoothie consistency.
2. Enjoy your caffeine kick!

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Lemon Mint Cooler……….beating the Oz heat!

 

(Updated with new photographs)

Anyone who complains of ‘the Indian summer’ has never been to Australia! The temperatures soared to a 46°C this year and I thought I was going to melt away to nothingness. The heat is so dry and brutal and literally burns your skin and insides too.

Being my first summer here, I must say I was not adequately prepared or I would have stocked up on more refreshing drinks. But I did make a few, mostly classic summer drinks, and all which are common in India.

And the first one of these was the lime mint cooler. A summer drink which features on every restaurant menu in India. I love this drink because it’s cool and refreshing and I also love mint. A very simple drink to prepare – like the name, all that you need is lemon and mint.

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

 

In this recipe though, I have used a mix of both fresh lemons and a lemon cordial – the job’s much easier when you want to make large quantities. Get the freshest bunch of mint that you can find in the shop; it makes all the difference to the taste.

Lemon Mint Cooler – my fave summer classic!

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

Ingredients:

(Makes 1 litre)

  1. 2 cups Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial
  2. ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Chilled water
  7. Lemon slices, for garnish
  8. Mint leaves, for garnish

Note – The measurements are only approximations and you need to keep tasting as you go as the tanginess of the lemons and size of the mint leaves, all make a difference.

Method:

  • Blend the cordial, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar.
  • Pour into a large jar and add chilled water to make up the volume to 1 litre. Taste and add more lemon juice/sugar/mint as required.
  • Pour into a tall glass over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

How are you beating the heat this summer?

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