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Cocktails With a Twist

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I'm an extremely indecisive person, and ordering a drink at the bar is always a challenge.  What do I choose? The struggle was real. During college, I always ordered really sweet drinks.  You know, cocktails with peach schnapps or grenadine -  basically anything where you couldn’t taste the alcohol. Girly drinks, you might say. When I graduated from college, I decided I wanted to order something more sophisticated. A grown up drink.

A few years ago, I commissioned a coworker at a work retreat to help me choose a favorite cocktail.  Each round was a new drink. Needless to say, I can't remember what all the options were now, but it was a successful experiment. I found my drink of choice - a Jameson ginger (Jameson Whiskey + Ginger Ale).  Yes, whiskey. I know, I was shocked too. 


Maybe you have Spring Break coming up. Maybe you just need a cocktail (Mondays, am I right?). Either way, I have the perfect drink for you and your friends to enjoy the next time you need to relax. This drink is a perfect twist on the classic using my new go-to mixer, Barritt’s Ginger Beer.

Confession: I actually hate ginger. You know that mound of pickled ginger they serve with sushi at Japanese restaurants? I quickly push it to the side; it's just too strong of a taste for me. Last night, I had a Moscow Mule that used a ginger beer and it was way too ginger-y for me. That's why I was so surprised when I first tried Barritt’s Ginger Beer.  It was light and best of all (for me), it didn’t have that really intense ginger taste.  Also, I just love well designed packaging and pretty branding, which Barritt's has. 

Below is my new go-to drink of choice.  I think it's got that refreshing taste and twist to a classic cocktail that you'll all love as well.  Enjoy it with your friends and you'll be sure to have a great night!

JAMESON GINGER WITH A TWIST:
2 oz Jameson Whiskey
4 oz Barritt’s Ginger Beer
1 oz Lime Juice

Mix ingredients together to taste.
Garnish with lime.

Still thirsty? You can check out tons of other refreshing and delicious drink recipes that use Barritt’s Ginger Beer here

Yours Truly // Shannon

 

*Sponsored Post: Items received in this post were sent to me compliments of Barritt's Ginger Beer! All opinions are my own.

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies

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Did you know that Sunday was National Peanut Butter day? Well, it was!  My department has this tradition of picking one food holiday to celebrate a month.  To say that we love to eat is a great understatement.  It gets pretty intense.  Rules are you can bake, buy, thaw or combine.  

When I initially started my search for peanut butter based recipes, I wasn't sure if I was going to end up with something sweet or savory.  A co-worker reminded me there were so many delicious uses for peanut butter in savory cooking.  Just think thai food.  Yum.  But, alas, I stumbled upon this recipe and knew immediately I had found the one. With just 6 ingredients, this recipe is super simple. Also, there are Reese's peanut butter cups in the middle! Need I say more?!

PEANUT BUTTER CUP RICE KRISPIE TREATS

INGREDIENTS:

7 cups mini marshmallows
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
7 cups plain Rice Krispie cereal
24 Reese's Peanut Butter cups, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Unwrap all Reese's Peanut Butter cups.  Butter 13 x 9 pan.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat in a saucepan.  [Make sure this saucepan is large enough to accommodate 7 cups of Rice Krispies.]  Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Stir in peanut butter until melted and combined.
  3. Pour the Rice Krispies cereal into the marshmallow mixture and stir until completely combined.
  4. Press half of the cereal mixture into the buttered 13 x 9 pan.
  5. Place the 24 Peanut Butter cups over the top of the Rice Krispies in the pan.  They should make an even 4 x 8 in a row.  Spoon the rest of the Rice Krispies mixture over the top and press down.  Don't over press, though! The harder you press, the firmer the Krispy treat.  I personally like a more chewy, fluffy Rice Krispy.  Let cool completely.
  6. Please the chocolate chips and remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how hot your microwave gets.  I heated mine for 30 second, stirred and then another 30 seconds.  Be sure not to overheat, as the chocolate will seize.  Spread over the top of the Rice Krispies.
  7. Let set and cool.  Cut and store in a sealed container on the counter.

My house literally smelled like peanut butter the rest of the night.  It was amazing.  Unless you don't like peanut butter, but who doesn't like peanut butter? I'm really not exaggerating though, this was so quick and easy to make and SO good.  Also a plus, no baking involved!  Find the original recipe, here.

Your Truly // Shannon