When Pigs Fly

Friday Night Cocktails: When Pigs Fly

Aviation
This unique floral cocktail is a classic gin cocktail dating back to the turn of the century.
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Aviation
Raw Lime Cordial
A wonderful all natural alternative to Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice.
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Raw Lime Cordial
Gimlet
Beautiful floral twist on the classic gimlet.
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Gimlet
Southside Rickey
A gin based Mojito is refreshing and easy to drink.
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Southside Rickey
Pork Rind Encrusted Pork Tenderloin
A quick and tasty Keto-Friendly Recipe where the pork rind crust helps to keep the meat super moist – and it's all so easy to make.
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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
Drink your dessert!
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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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Angels' Advocate

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!

Friday Night cocktails: Getting Frisky

Moroccan Vegetarian Stew
This fragrant, spicy chickpea stew can be served over couscous or with warm pita bread. Try topping this Moroccan dish with a small dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream to cool it down.
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Moroccan Spice
Hanky Panky
The Hanky Panky is a sweet Martini with bitter undertones. The cocktail was created by Savoy bartending legend Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman.
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Hanky Panky
Between the Sheets
A cross between a Daquiri and a classic Sidecar
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Between The Sheets
Sin Cyn
A twist on the classic Old Fashioned
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Sin Cyn

Spring

Friday Night Cocktails: Celebrating Spring

Orange Blossom
This twist on the classic Orange Blossom is an excellent way to celebrate Spring!
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Orange Blossom
Honey Rose Margarita
Beautiful floral twist on the classic margarita.
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Honey Rose Margarita
Pizza Frittata
Frittatas are fast, easy and an excellent way to get rid of leftovers. This is a family favorite for Saturday breakfast using Friday's leftover pizza.
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Pizza Frittata
St Patrick's Day

Friday Night Cocktails: Saint Patrick’s Day

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
Experience the deliciously robust flavor of this world famous stew!
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Beef Stew
Big Ginger
This twist on the classic whiskey highball goes down smooth!
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Big Giner
Wild Irish Rose
Tasty as it is beautiful!
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