Cherry Fizz

Well, I guess it’s time to finally start winding down summer.  As we head into the last week before Labor Day, I can’t help but reminisce how overwhelmingly fast it went by.  So instead of pouting, I decided to share another drink that I’ve been enjoying, something I call ‘cherry fizz’.

Cherry Fizz | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I commented to my son this morning that I had kind of felt like summer was dragging on…and on…and on…but now that the end is here I’m like – HOLD UP! So I guess I better get to enjoying these last few weeks of summer.  And there is no better way to do that than having a nice drink while lounging in the pool.

A few weeks ago I started playing around with some beer cocktails.  I made a Bull’s Eye Beer Cocktail that turned our fantastic!  Keeping in mind that I wanted to make another cocktail, I was always on the lookout for new non-beer ideas for cocktails.  Then it happened – while shopping I came across something that I loved when I was growing up, New York Seltzer.  My favorite after-school treat was a little bottle of this flavored seltzer and Pringle chips! I felt like a kid again seeing these in what happened to be the liquor aisle of my grocery store.

Then I remembered that I had a bunch of cherries in my refrigerator that needed to be used up, a bottle of prosecco that I had picked up from Costco and of course what do most ‘summertime’ drinks contain? Rum.  Thus, the cherry fizz was born!

Cherry Fizz | Bottom Left of the Mitten

With the cherries that I had leftover, about 2 cups, I made a simple syrup.  This adds an extra layer of fruit flavor and sweetness to the drink.  Do know that a little goes a long way when adding it to drinks.

How do you make simple syrup?

Take the stem and pit out of the cherries and add them to a food processor.  Once they are thoroughly mashed add them to a pan with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2-1 Tbs of sugar.  Cook the mixture down until it thickens, around 20 minutes.  Take the mixture and add to a container and let cool.  This will last in the refrigerator for drinks up to 2 weeks.

Make this cherry fizz in an individual glass or you can make in larger batches to share with friends and neighbors.  For the glass recipe; add 1/2 Tbs of cherry simple syrup to a tall glass filled with ice.  Add 1/2 cup of prosecco.  Then add 1/2 shot of white rum.  Finally finish the drink off with the seltzer, around 1/2-1 cup.  Stir to combine and here you are…..

Cherry Fizz | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Cheers!

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Cherry Fizz
Seltzer, prosecco, white rum and cherry simple syrup make this Cherry Fizz a bubbly drink that's perfect for hanging out by the pool.
Cherry Fizz | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Prep Time 3 minutes
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  1. Add 1/2 Tbs of cherry simple syrup to a tall glass filled with ice.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of prosecco.
  3. Then add 1/2 shot of white rum.
  4. Add the seltzer, around 1/2-1 cup.
  5. Stir to combine. Enjoy!

Bull’s Eye Beer Cocktail

Man, has it been hot here in Michigan!?! Sheesh, with what equates to tropical humidity and almost 100-degree temps I’ve been spending a lot of time hiding out in the air conditioning.  While it’s been nice I have to admit that it’s not conducive to a nice tan and getting much personal use out of our pool.  So what better way to enjoy the refreshing pool than make a cocktail to float in the pool with? A Bull’s Eye beer cocktail to be exact.

This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since I blog mainly about beer and food pairings, but I’ve been dreaming about fruity strawberry daiquiris or margaritas, I decided the best of both worlds would be to start playing with some beer cocktails!  Now, I do not prefer an overly fruity drink or what my brother-in-law calls ‘purse drinks’ but something light is right up my alley.  After doing some research I came across this article in Marie Claire, 15 Super Simple Beer Cocktails to Cool You Down this Summer.  All of them looked great but I was intrigued by the Bull’s Eye beer cocktail.  While the article states this is a Cuban drink I felt since it’s made with light beer and ginger ale it was waiting for a Michigan twist.

This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

So to the store I headed to pick up Michigan’s own Vernor’s Ginger Ale.  Then I picked up some Local’s Light Ale from Short’s Brewing.  I have a deep fondness for Short’s Brewing. They have such unique and delicious brews that they make pairing them with food so much fun! A few of my favorites are:

Enough of the reminiscing and let’s get on to the Bull’s Eye beer cocktail.  This is will make 2 drinks.  I made them right in the glass.  I’m sure if you were serving a crowd you could easily double and make right in a pitcher.  You might even avoid the overflow that you see below!

This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To a glass add 1/2 of the beer.  Then add 1/2 Tbs sugar and half the amount of the lime juice, about 2-1/2 Tbs.  This is where the bubble up will happen so let the fizz settle then using a spoon stir the ingredients together.  Top off with half a cup of ginger ale then fill to the brim with ice.  Add more ginger ale as needed to fill the glass. Give it one last stir and top with limes for garnish and straw.  This beer cocktail is both refreshing and light, perfect for a hot day.  And here you are….cheers!

This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Bull's Eye Beer Cocktail
This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool.
Bullseye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Bullseye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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  1. To a glass add 1/2 of the beer. Then add 1/2 Tbs sugar and half the amount of the lime juice, about 2-1/2 Tbs.
  2. Let the fizz settle then using a spoon stir the ingredients together.
  3. Top off with half a cup of ginger ale then fill to the brim with ice. Add more ginger ale as needed to fill the glass.
  4. Give it one last stir and top with limes for garnish and straw. Cheers!

Hot Chocolate and Toast

Well now that Thanksgiving is over let’s get cozy and ready for Christmastime.  That also means here in the Bottom Left of the Mitten at any moment we can be visited with the dreaded 4 letter word: S-N-O-W.  Now don’t get me wrong I love snowy days until about January then I’m done with it.  However Michigan does not listen to me and the last few years it can snow March-March I say!  So why not cozy up with a warm bowl of soup.  Or go out and play it then come home to a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

As a kid Winter was racing down the biggest hill in our area, Kincheloe Hill, on a bobsled that had *gasp* real metal skis on it.  My brother and I would build igloos brick by brick and then sit in it for hours.  No matter what the wintertime activity was when we were finally forced to come in and peel off the wet layers full of ice balls we would then sit down with one of my favorite treats.  The best way to warm up was a big mug of hot chocolate brimming with gooey marshmallows and buttery toast on the side to dip in it.

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This hot chocolate could not be simpler.  Forget ever buying a packet again all you will want to make sure to keep on hand is some sugar, milk and really good cocoa powder.  In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat.  Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.  Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.

Now it’s time to toast the bread.  Slather on LOTS of butter.  Split the milk between 2 cups.  Top with marshmallows.  And here you are…..

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Hot Chocolate and Toast
A big mug of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. Dip in warm buttered toast for the ultimate winter comfort drink and snack combo.
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  1. In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat. Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Now it's time to toast the bread. Slather on LOTS of butter. Split the milk between 2 cups. Top with marshmallows. Enjoy!

Green Tea Rita

Summer is finally upon us. Longer days mean more time to spend out on the porch. After a long hot day you deserve to kick back and relax with a cool & refreshing drink. The Green Tea Rita is here to quench your thirst. Quick to make you can have this drink in your hand in less than 5 minutes.

Green Tea Rita |Bottom Left of the Mitten

Are you a fan of Summer?  I know everyone in my house is ready.  This year is exciting.  I’m home with the kids and my husband is lucky enough to have a job where he works 4 day work weeks so there is going to be lots of time together to make up for the busy school year where the weeknights feel too chaotic.  Now it’s time to relax, unwind and have a nice cool drink.  Do you like green tea?  How about spiked green tea?

For the ice tea I used a 1:1 ratio. 1 Tea Bag to 1 Cup Hot Water. Depending on your pitcher that you are adding the ice and lime to you can either go up or down. So gather your ingredients…….

Green Tea Rita |Bottom Left of the Mitten

Heat up the water. I put my 3 cups of water in the microwave for around 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Be careful not to bring to boil, don’t hurt yourself now!

Green Tea Rita |Bottom Left of the Mitten

Pour hot water carefully into your pitcher. Unpack your tea bags so the sting are out and you can put over the rim of your pitcher. Put lid on top to hold string and let tea step for 2-3 minutes.

Green Tea Rita |Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cut the lime in half. One half cut in chunks to add to pitcher of tea. The other save for garnish.

Add crushed ice and lime chunks to pitcher.  Put more ice to your glass. Pour 1/2 your Lime-A-Rita into glass. Top off with Green Tea.  Garnish with lime. And here you are……

Green Tea Rita |Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Green Tea Rita
Refreshing combination of margarita & green tea make a perfect summer cocktail.
Green Tea Rita. Perfect for those long summer nights.
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Green Tea Rita. Perfect for those long summer nights.
Instructions
  1. For the ice tea I used a 1:1 ratio. 1 Tea Bag to 1 Cup Hot Water. Depending on your pitcher that you are adding the ice and lime to you can either go up or down.
  2. Heat up the water. I put my 3 cups of water in the microwave for around 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
  3. Pour hot water carefully into your pitcher. Unpack your tea bags so the sting are out and you can put over the rim of your pitcher. Put lid on top to hold string and let tea step for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Cut the lime in half. One half cut in chunks to add to pitcher of tea. The other save for garnish.
  5. Add crushed ice and lime chunks to pitcher. Put more ice to your glass. Pour 1/2 your Lime-A-Rita into glass. Top off with Green Tea. Garnish with lime. Enjoy!

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