Friday Night Cocktails: Immunity Boosting Easter Candy

Melissa Smith of The Hale Life prepares Immunity Boosting Chicken Soup. Shannon Freise prepares Easter Candy themed cocktails.

Immunity Boosting Chicken Soup
This simple and nourishing soup is a delicious way to boost your immune system.
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Bone Broth
Chocolate Martini
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Chocolate Martini
Crème Egg Cocktail
An adult version of the classic Cadbury Crème Egg.
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Crème Egg Cocktail
Angels’ Advocate
Slightly sweet and deliciously creamy.
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Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

Drink your dessert!
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Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Cocktail

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Ingredients
  

  • oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Extra Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Dutch White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 Garnish: Dark Chocolate Powder

Instructions
 

  • Rim of glass with chocolate powder.
  • Add liquors to a shaker and shake.
  • Double strain into chilled rimmed coupe glass.
Keyword Dutch White Creme de Cacao, Extra Dry Vermouth, vodka
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Crème Egg Cocktail

Crème Egg Cocktail

Crème Egg Cocktail

Crème Egg Cocktail

An adult version of the classic Cadbury Crème Egg.
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Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Cocktail

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Ingredients
  

  • oz Vanilla Vodka You may flavor vodka with seeds from a vanilla pod steep for a 3 to 4 days or add a small amount of vanilla bean paste during shake.
  • ½ oz Licor 43 Original Liqueur
  • ½ oz Dutch White Crème de Cacao
  • ½ oz Advocaat Liqueur
  • ½ oz Half and Half
  • 1 Square Garnish: Dark Chocolate
  • ½ Cadbury Crème Egg Refrigerated

Instructions
 

  • Place chocolate on a plate and place in the microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Coat rim of glass with chocolate.
  • Cut cold Cadbury Crème Egg in half. Spear the egg with a metal cocktail stick that has been heated under hot water.
  • Add liquors to a shaker and shake.
  • Double strain into chilled chocolate rimmed coupe glass.
  • Garnish with Cadbury Egg and grated chocolate.
Keyword Advocaat Liqueur, Dutch White Creme de Cacao, Licor 43, vodka
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Angels' Advocate

Angels’ Advocate

Angels' Advocate

Angels’ Advocate

Slightly sweet and deliciously creamy.
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Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Cocktail

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Ingredients
  

  • oz Dry Gin
  • 1 tsp Advocaat Liqueur
  • ½ oz Vanilla Sugar Syrup
  • oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Cardamom Bitters
  • 1 Garnish: Orange Zest

Instructions
 

  • Add liquors to a shaker and shake.
  • Double strain into chilled rimmed coupe glass.
  • Garnish with orange zest cut to be cross-shaped
Keyword Advocaat Liqueur, dry gin
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Bone Broth

Immunity Boosting Chicken Soup

Bone Broth

Immunity Boosting Chicken Soup

This simple and nourishing soup is a delicious way to boost your immune system.
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Servings 8 Servings

Equipment

  • Large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Organic Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 3 Organic Carrots Grated
  • 2 Organic Celery Stalks Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 8 Cup Hale Bone Broth Link Below
  • 3 Cup Diced Roasted Chicken
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Organic Apple Chopped
  • 1 dash Pepper
  • ½ tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 Cups Unscented Coconut Milk
  • 1 dash Duxbury Sea Salt See Link Below

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot over medium heat melt coconut oil.
  • Add onion, carrot and celery. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and curry powder. Continue to sauté for about 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in Hale Bone Broth, chicken, bay leaf, apple, pepper, thyme, lemon zest and bring to a simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Stir in coconut milk and salt.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

Notes

If you don’t like curry or coconut, omit and replace with a can of diced tomatoes and use extra virgin olive oil instead of coconut oil.
Hale Bone Broth
Duxbury Salt Works
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Lemons Float and Limes Sink

Storing Citrus for Freshness

Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice is a key ingredient in many great cocktails. In order to save money, we purchase our citrus in bulk from Trader Joe’s or Aldi. We were keeping our citrus in a fruit bowl on our kitchen counter. They looked beautiful for the first few days! However, within a week they were hard and dry and the limes would develop brown stops. So I did some research and experimented with the following storage methods to keep the citrus fresher longer. This video demonstrates the storage methods tested.

Freezing

Wash and dry lemons or limes prior to freezing and place in a plastic zip top bag. Remove air from the bag. I find that using a straw works perfectly to remove the air or you may simply press the air out. You may freeze whole fruit or fruit that has been cut into wedges. Whole fruit must be thawed prior to using. I tried thawing at room temperature and in the microwave. Thawing at room temperature produced better results, but this requires a couple hours of advanced planning. I do like freezing lemon wedges for using in cooking or hot tea. Thaw time is much faster and it is great to always have pre-cut lemon wedges on hand.

Airtight Refrigerator Storage in a Plastic Zip Top Bag

Wash and thoroughly dry lemons or limes prior to storage. Place in a plastic zip top bag. Remove air from the bag. I find that using a straw works perfectly to remove the air or you may simply press the air out. This method was the simplest of all methods. After 30 days the lemon looked perfect and juiced well. The lime developed a large brown spot, but produced sufficient juice. The juice from both the lemon and lime tasted fresh.

Vinegar Soak with Airtight Refrigerator Storage in a Plastic Zip Top Bag

Wash lemons or limes. Soak in a bowl containing 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water for 30 minutes. Remove from the water and thoroughly dry. Place in a plastic zip top bag. Remove air from the bag. I find that using a straw works perfectly to remove the air or you may simply press the air out. This method produced the fruit with the best appearance. After 30 days the lemon and lime looked perfect and juiced well. The juice from both the lemon and lime tasted fresh.

Roll in Newspaper with Airtight Refrigerator Storage in a Plastic Zip Top Bag

Wash and thoroughly dry lemons or limes. Roll each piece of fruit in a strip of newspaper and press down edges. Place in a plastic zip top bag. Remove air from the bag. I find that using a straw works perfectly to remove the air or you may simply press the air out. After 30 days the lemon and lime had small black spots in the pores of the fruit. The juice from both the lemon and lime tasted fresh.

Summary

Freeze citrus wedges for use in cooking and hot beverages.

The Vinegar Soak produced the best looking whole fruit, yet the juicing results were close to just simply storing in an airtight container. For myself, the extra effort is not worthy of the results. I prefer to simply wash, dry and store the citrus in an airtight container and use within 14 days versus storing for 30 days.

Rolling in Newspaper was absolutely not worth the added effort, as the black spots were off-putting.

As I am looking to reduce our zip top plastic bag usage, I am awaiting the arrival of a couple Tupperware FridgeSmart® containers. I will repeat this experiment when they arrive and let you know the results!