Crave – food & drink

Limoncello is crisp, fragrant and the color of sunshine. It’s a great way to get a dash of summer brightness without the UV rays. Serve it after dinner or anytime really. (Or, if you want to make something a bit more wicked, try the Imperial Limoncello.) Recipe – Limoncello 10 … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Looking for a Limoncello with a kick? Try this recipe! It’s more concentrated so it’s not as sweet as regular Limoncello. Recipe – Imperial Limoncello 10 Meyer lemons* 750 ml vodka (preferably 80 proof; e.g. Skyy Vodka) 3/4 cup sugar Wash the lemons with water and a vegetable brush to … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Recipe – Blue Crush champagne cocktail Ingredients: 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Blue Curacao 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Chambord (or you can substitute black raspberry liqueur or black currant liqueur) 1 to 2 ounces chilled champagne or sparkling wine ice Directions: Combine Blue Curacao and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with ice. … Read Entire Post

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Recipe – Killer Mimosa champagne cocktail Ingredients: 5 or 6 medium-size fresh basil leaves (or 3 large leaves) 1 small sprig fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons sugar (or 1 stevia packet) 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh squeezed orange juice 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) gin (e.g. Tanqueray) 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) chilled champagne … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Happy New Year! The Dark Surf Nightly test kitchen has 3 new champagne cocktails to help you ring in the new year. First up is a Limoncello Cooler. Later this month, I’ll share my recipes for my Killer Mimosa and Blue Crush champagne cocktails. Cheers! Recipe – Limoncello Cooler champagne cocktail Ingredients: 1 ounce (2 … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Here’s another refreshing way to enjoy limoncello—and it’s super-easy! Recipe – Limoncello & Tonic 1 ounce chilled limoncello 1/2 cup tonic water Pour chilled limoncello into a glass (e.g. lowball glass, old fashioned glass, rocks glass, short tumbler). Fill glass with ice. Pour tonic water over ice. Stir. Garnish with a fresh … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Recipe – Limonito I created this recipe specifically for my homemade limoncello and for you, Dark Surf Nightly readers! 2 ounces chilled limoncello 12 fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup club soda Pour chilled limoncello into a glass (e.g. lowball glass, old fashioned glass, rocks glass, short tumbler). Place mint leaves in glass … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Limoncello is crisp, fragrant and the color of sunshine. It’s a great way to get a dash of summer brightness without the UV rays. Serve it after dinner or anytime really. Recipe – Limoncello 10 lemons (regular lemons or Meyer lemons) 750 ml vodka (preferably 80 proof; e.g. Skyy Vodka) 3 … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Recipe – Apricot Brandy 12 fresh apricots 600 ml brandy 8 ounces ultrafine sugar (a.k.a. baker’s sugar or caster sugar) Chop apricots into small pieces. Crack open stones (pits) to obtain the kernels. Place chopped apricots and whole kernels in a jar. Add brandy and sugar, making sure the fruit is covered. Seal jar and … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Recipe – Apricot Vodka 2  1/4 cups vodka (preferably 80 proof; e.g. Skyy Vodka) 3/4 pound fresh apricots, chopped 1 vanilla bean (whole) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water cheesecloth 1 empty clean 750-ml bottle with cap, or jar with lid In a large glass bowl, combine vodka, apricots and vanilla bean (use … Read Entire Post