Time for another Improv Cooking Challenge! I haven't done one in a couple months due to the holidays and not being super interested in the ingredients. But this month the challenge was Rosemary and Lemon, and that pairing sounded great to me! I was torn between a cocktail and a cake recipe, so I decided - why not do both?
The cake is light and fluffy from whipped egg whites, dotted with rosemary, and iced with a lemon cream cheese frosting. Delicious.
The martini is sweet (but not too much) and tangy, with a base not of rosemary. Dreamy.
Together they are absolutely perfect. I don't like overly sweet anything, and these were so well balanced. I brought them to my book club and they were a huge hit (not an exaggeration, they were the most popular items I've ever brought). Some of you may roll your eyes at the mention of a book club, but don't worry - we aren't the pretentious kind where everyone hates the books. We are sci-fi, horror, and fantasy only and we have a great time!
My friend made this Orange Creamsicle Cocktail for me and it was so good that I absolutely had to share it with you guys! It is super easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like an orange creamsicle. Enjoy!
Orange Creamsicle Cocktail
adapted lightly from Ann's Entitled Life
makes 1 cocktail
3oz orange soda
1oz whipped cream flavored vodka
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Add vodka and sweetened condensed milk to a rocks or lowball style glass, stir to combine.
Add ice and orange soda, stir again. Top with whipped cream.
One Year Ago - Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Herbs
Two Years Ago - Spring Vegetable and Tortellini Salad
Three Years Ago - Easter Dinner 2013
Four Years Ago - Beefy Macaroni and Cheese
Five Years Ago - Couscous Dinners
What, you may ask, is "Rainbow Booze"? This is what a call all the fun, fruity, and candy-like alcoholic recipes that I made for a recent party (okay, not that recent - I am really behind on this post...) I had been wanting to try out these things for awhile, but not by myself, so I hosted a party and let the taste testing begin!
My favorite recipe was probably the Spiked Rainbow Jello Mold. I just love alcoholic jello, I don't know why.
All you need is six boxes of Jello in rainbow colors, some unflavored gelatine, sweetened condensed milk (optional - only to make the jello more opaque), and some very cold alcohol. I think flavored rum is the best way to go because it has the least alcohol taste. I used coconut rum, but you can use whatever you like. (Full recipe below.)
Next up were two candy based concoctions - Gummy Bears infused with Rum, and Vodka infused with Jolly Ranchers.