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10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

Chicago has already seen some freezing cold days…and going into February, I’m sure it’s only going to get worse…

But there’s one thing that can easily help when it’s too cold to play outside…BOOZE.  Whether you like warm drinks or cold ones, these 10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul are sure to get you in a better mood when the blistery winds blow.

Enjoy these tasty beverages with friends and family around the fireplace, or make your own virgin batch so you can enjoy it with the kids!  Spicy, bold and bursting with winter flavors, these cocktails will have you falling in love with winter all over again.

winter-cocktails

  1. Spiced Irish Coffee
  2. Crock Pot Mulled Wine
  3. Cranberry Orange Margaritas
  4. Apple Cider Margaritas
  5. Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate
  6. S’more Martini
  7. Apple Pie Sangria
  8. Pear and Ginger Champagne Cocktails
  9. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
  10. Maple Bourbon Chai Tea

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9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

First thing’s first – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Phew, 2016 is finally over and done with and I bet we’re all ready to move on to bigger and better things.

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and SAFE New Year’s celebration! After a night of drinking and celebrating, it can be hard to get up and going the next day…especially if you’re nursing the common New Year’s hangover…

But you don’t have to suffer through it! There are things you can eat and drink now to help put a kabash on those headaches and stomach pains so you can get 2017 off to the right start!

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Unfortunately, the science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) hasn’t quite made it to the research table…leading to brave souls inventing their own “cures” for morning headaches, nausea, and overall crappy-ness.

Though there is nothing that exists – that we know of, at least – that can act as a 100% cure all elixar, there are certain foods and drinks that are better for refuling than others. Stick to foods high in fructose, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to banish those horrible headaches and help break town the toxins that are causing the reaction…and remember that alochol is a diuretic, which means it pushes water out of the body…so keep drinking water before, during, and after your night of drinking to help avoid a horrible morning.

If you still need some help getting out of bed today, here are a few drinks and foods that will help re-energize you, as well as a few foods to avoid so you don’t have problems later on!

9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

Water
Well this is a no-brainer. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means is pushes liquids out of the body (which is why you have to pee so much when you drink). For nourishment, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain…thus the headaches. Drinking water before heading to bed and when you wake up can help prevent, or at least lessen, the hangover headache.

Sports Drinks
Sometimes there’s just nothing like the taste of a good ol’ fashioned Gatorade to get you back on your feet. Packed with electrolytes and sugar, sports drinks can help restore liquids and help you feel like your normal self.

Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If the nausea bug’s got you down, try an herbal tea. Ginger and peppermint are both known to help reduce nausea and motion sickness and may help ease stomach pain.

Coffee
If you drink coffee on the daily, keep on keepin’ on. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrate your body and skipping it may even lead to a worse headache. However, if you’re not normally a coffee drinker, the caffeine in coffee could make your headache worse…so to each his own.

Eggs
Ugh, eggs are literally one of the last things I want sometimes, but they are chock full of amino acids, which boost liver function. They also help break down the chemicals in alochol that cause headaches.

Bananas or Leafy Greens
Bananas have been praised for ages for having a lot of potassium, but there are actually some greens out there that pack more potassium than bananas…regardless, anything with potassium can help restore important electrolytes in the body. Add yogurt to your banana for an even stronger boost of the good stuff.

Chicken Noodle Soup
All us Jews out there know…this stuff is magic. Chicken noodle soup can help restore liquids in the body as well as restock sodium levels. The chicken is also packed with nutrients that are great for liver recovery.

Oats
A hot bowl of oatmeal contains a ton of essential nutrients, including B vitamins, calcium and iron. Oats can also help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.

Watermelon
Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and watermelon is loaded with potassium and magnesium, as well as other amino acids that help boost blood circulation.

WHAT TO AVOID

Greasy Foods
I know, I know…everyone says that a greasy spoon breakfast is what you need to fix everything, but actually a hamburger and fries is much better at PREVENTING a hangover than curing it. If you’re planning a big night of drinking, down a good pub meal beforehand to help prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream. Eating food like this after you’re already hung over may actually cause more hurt by irritating your stomach.

Hair of the Dog
The Scandinavians were the ones who gave us this popular saying, but boozing in the morning is not the best solution to curing that hangover. Alcohol can help take the edge off, but it will further dehydrate you and make your hangover symptoms worse throughout the day.

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Patriotic Sangria

A refreshing, fizzy, light, and delicious drink is the perfect way to cool down and relax this Memorial Day (or 4th of July!). Made with dry white wine, champagne, and fresh fruit, this sparkling Patriotic Sangria is just as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle chardonnay
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Stir together chardonnay, blueberries, raspberries, apple juice, and strawberries together in a pitcher. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, slice Granny Smith apples and cut out stars using a small star cutter. Add champagne, apple stars, and ice to pitcher. Serve immediately.

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12 Ways to Cook with Beer

On January 16, 1919, the US government ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes”. It remained in effect until 1933, when the 21st Amendment revoked prohibition.

Today beer and other alcoholic beverages have a much better reputation, especially with creative chefs and bakers. The health benefits of beer are said to be better than those of wine and the idea of craft brew and at home brewing has many adventurous beer-lovers aching to try the newest beverage on the market.

With the release of thousands of flavorful and lagers,  cooking with beer has never been more exciting. I had a blast pulling together these delicious recipes and I wish there was time to include even more!

From the traditional beer bread and beer braised meat to the more original use of beer in various desserts and side dishes, this collection of beer-themed recipes helps celebrate and honor this well-loved beverage.

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1.  Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with Beer Corn Tortillas from The Beeroness

2.  Guinness Chocolate Pudding from Sprinkle Bakes

3.  Honey Beer Bread from LuLuLu at Home

4.  Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Beer from A Spicy Perspective

5.  Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken from How Sweet It Is

6.  Beer Battered Onion Rings from Pennies on a Platter

7.  Sourdough Beer Pretzels from Sugar Crafter

8.  Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce from So, How’s it Taste?

9.  Founder’s Porter Macaroni and Cheese from Michigan Beer Blog

10.  Beer Braised Pulled Pork from Domestic Fits

11.  Beer Battered Asparagus from CraftBeer.com

12.  Teriyaki Porter Drumsticks from The Brooklyn Brew Shop

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8 Clever Uses for Guinness

Guinness.  It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without it.  It’s near impossible to think that us Irish folk would use Guinness for anything other than drinking, so here are some fun Guinness facts for you.  I wish you all a very happy St. Pattie’s day!  Have a Guinness…”It’s Good for You.”

1.  Guinness is not only brewed in the Land of the Green…it’s made in over 150 countries, including Nigeria and Indonesia.

2.  Hard to believe by looking at it, but a pint of Guinness is less than 200 calories.  That’s less than what most people drink on a daily basis, including milk.

3.  The old saying that Irish people have “Guinness in their blood” may not be far from the truth.  Supposedly pregnant women in Ireland drink a glass of Guinness every day to fortify themselves and their baby.

4. You can also thank Guinness for that yearly book of world records that we all enjoy reading.  In 1954, the head executive of Guinness Beer commissioned a handy reference book filled with facts as a means for him to settle disputes with friends and acquaintances.  The first edition of said book, The Book of Records, was a promotional item Guinness gave to bars to thank them for buying their beer and to use to help settle disputes before a bar fight broke out.

5.  Although nothing says Irish Pride like a good frothy pint of Guinness, Great Britain actually holds the record as the country that consumes the most Guinness.  Ireland comes in second, followed by Nigeria, the United States, and Cameroon.

6.  Despite the fact that Ireland is in a close second regarding the Guinness drinking record, it’s still the #1 drink sold in Ireland…and Guinness easily makes roughly 2 billion dollars annually.

7.  A perfect pour of Guinness should take 199.50 seconds.

8.  Guinness is an amazing addition to tons of recipes.  Try it in chocolate cake, beef stew, french toast, and much more.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish and “Irish for a day” friends out there!  Slainte!

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Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

Guinness + Chocolate = The most delicious and moist cake you’ve ever had.  You don’t even need frosting for this bad boy…the cake fights a pretty good fight on its own.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

1 cup Guinness

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

3/4 cups cocoa powder

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoons salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Bring 1 cup of stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat.  Add cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.  Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.  Beat eggs and sour cream in another bowl and beat until blended.  Add stout mix to egg mixture and beat just to combine.  Add flour mixture and beat on slow speed.  Bake about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Guinness Cupcakes

I saw a picture of Guinness cake a few days ago and was inspired to try something similar.  Here is a recipe for Guinness cupcakes with Irish coffee flavored frosting.  Delish.

Guinness cupcakes!

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Guinness (Extra Stout, DO NOT use draft)

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into slices

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

¾ cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

FROSTING RECIPE TO FOLLOW

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line or grease your cupcake tins.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan.  Turn on medium heat and add the butter.  Heat until butter is melted.  Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Turn the heat off the Guinness and slowly add about 1 cup of the batter into the sour cream mixture, whisking continuously (to temper the eggs).  Add the sour cream mixture into the Guinness mixture ad finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour cake batter into tin and bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 24 cupcakes.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into slices and at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream (any flavor is fine)**

**I personally do not like Bailey’s, so I used 2 tablespoons Irish coffee flavored ice cream.  I let it melt to a liquid and it worked just fine.  This would also be delicious with cold coffee.

Cream the butter on high speed for about 3 minutes.  Add the Bailey’s (or liquid of your choosing) and mix thoroughly.  Slowly add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until well blended.  If your frosting is too hard, add more liquid…to runny, add more powdered sugar.

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