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    Duke’s Mai Tai

    Thirsty Thursday….Mai Tai recipe,  It’s from Duke’s…a famous beachfront bar and restaurant in Waikiki. They’ve been making these for years and they have them perfected. I’d suggest playing with the recipe to taste as theirs do pack quite a punch. Add a little umbrella and a cherry on top, play some ukulele music and you’ll be transported to Hawaii. Aloha!

    The Duke’s Mai Tai recipe:

    4 ounce Orgeat syrup –  Orgeat syrup is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water. It was originally made with a barley-almond blend. It has a pronounced almond taste and is used to flavor many cocktails.

    1/2 ounce orange curacao

    1/2 ounce gold rum

    3 ounces fresh PPOG   (pineapple, passion orange, guava) juice

    1 1/4 ounce dark rum

    Garnish with a pineapple, lime and parasol

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    Caramel Cinnamon Apple Sangria

    It’s Thirsty Thursday! Time for a real treat: Caramel Cinnamon Apple Sangria! Here in Florida, we don’t really get “Fall” as much as others do, but we still like to partake in the Fall rituals like apple cider, pumpkin treats, Fall festivals and the like. However, our weather doesn’t exactly lend itself to getting into the Fall spirit.

    Since it’s still a blistering 95-degrees outside, hot drinks are off the menu. Instead, we like to treat ourselves with a cooler version of a grown-up apple cider drink – Caramel Cinnamon Apple Sangria!

    Here’s how to make a pitcher of this simple, delicious fall concoction:


    1. Place the diced apples in the bottom of a large pitcher. Pour in the cider, wine, vodka and Fireball then stir well to get everything mixed.
    2. If you can make a day in advance and refrigerate overnight, it’s better, but if you’re making it on the fly, just add plenty of ice and chill.
    3. If you want to have a caramel rim on your glasses, spread your melty caramel out on a small plate, dust with cinnamon powder and swirl the glass rim in the caramel sauce or, if you’re using a caramel sauce in the squeeze jar (like the one used for ice cream), just squeeze it so that it drizzles down the inside of the glass..
    4. Add ice, pour your sangria and garnish with a fresh red apple slice.
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    Grape Crusher

    Sometimes you just want something light and easy to drink on a weekend outing. This Grape Crusher is so simple, you’ll wonder where it’s been all of your life! The best part is that you can vary how you make it and try different things to see what you like best.

    Just mix 1 shot of Three Olives Grape Vodka with about 1/2 can of 7-Up soda, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and you’ve got a simple, tasty, refreshing cocktail.

    You can also use grape juice or grape soda instead if you’re so inclined. Or, if you can’t find the grape vodka, just mix regular vodka with grape juice or grape soda. It should end up tasking like a Grape Nehi for folks that remember those soft drinks like me.




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    Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shots Anyone?

    It’s Thirsty Thursday!!!

    When my friends and I get together, it’s a rare occasion that we do not end up having at least one shot of Christie’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch cocktail. It’s a simple shot to make and tastes just like the cereal. It’s one of our party faves and I’m sure once you try it, it will be yours too!

    Here’s all you need:

    • Half shot of Fireball
    • Half shot of Rum Chata
    • Cinnamon & sugar mixture (This is optional to coat the rim of the glass. It’s not something we typically do, but it tastes great!)

    Combine the two liquors over ice and shake over ice until chilled and pour into your shot glass to enjoy. Of course, we never usually make just one shot, so feel free to multiply the recipe as your crowd requires.

    #What’s in your cup?

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    Strawberry Watermelon Margaritas

    Looking for a fresh twist on that summer staple, margaritas? How about a yummy strawberry watermelon margarita for a change? Here’s an amazing recipe for a low calorie approach to this cocktail that I made using my Nutri Ninja.

    Note: this recipe makes a pitcher of margaritas, well…because who can ever have just one. Make it and share it with your friends. It’s perfect for any party!

    • Puree 2 cups of diced seedless watermelon
    • Puree 2 cups sliced strawberries (strain those pesky little seeds)
    • 1 cup your favorite white Tequila
    • 1 cup Key Lime wine (for a more traditional approach, you can use Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
    • 1 cup lime juice ( I used key limes and regular limes for a nice kick of sour flavor, but you can use regular limes, pre-squeezed lime juice, or even a can of frozen lime-aid and adjust to taste)
    • 1 cup sparkling water (experiment with flavors here – strawberry or lime would be great)
    • Strawberries and sliced watermelon to garnish

    Mix it all up in a blender with ice for a frozen version or just stir into a pitcher (with lots of ice,) chill and serve with a slice of – what else – watermelon and strawberry and ENJOY!

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    A Cuban Take on Mojitos

    Welcome to Thirsty Thursdays at the Shedquarters!
    On a recent trip to Cuba, my friends came back with a new (some a renewed) love of mojitos. I’ve always been one that could take them or leave them, but these gals told me I had to try a mojito made “the Cuban way.” So here we go…
    Here’s what you need:
    • 12 -15 small fresh mint sprigs, plus 4 more for garnish.
    • 14 cup sugar, plus.
    • 2 tablespoons sugar, sifted (can use superfine sugar)
    • 12 cup fresh lime juice, chilled.
    • 34 cup white rum or 34 cup golden rum, chilled.
    • 8 dashes Angostura bitters.
    • 2 cups club soda, chilled.
    • crushed ice

    Here’s how to make the mojitos:

    1. In a large container or bowl, muddle mint with sugar until the mint is coarsely chopped and the sugar has turned a shade of green.
    2. Add lime juice, rum and bitters and stir until sugar dissolves.
    3. Strain into a small pitcher.
    4. Pour into iced tea or mojito glasses that are filled about 1/3 with crushed ice and top each drink with 1/2 cup of the club soda. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
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    Tiki Torches on a Boat?

    Day two of our Keys trip, and our drink of the day was the Tiki Torch! Since we were going boating, none of us were too sure about it, but we took Christie’s advice and gave them a sip. We were so glad we did!!!

    These drinks were light, simple to make and packed a punch! Of course, we made them in a to-go jug, but you can make them as an individual drink too. Here’s how…

    You can get torched (in the safety of your own home) with this great drink recipe:

    • 2 parts Fireball
    • 1 part Coconut rum
    • 1 part pineapple juice 
    • Shake and pour over ice.
    • You can also do these as a shot if you want!


    Tell us what you’re drinking in the comments below.