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Bourbon Peach Tea with Mint

12 Jul

This summer while we were in Texas, we were lucky enough to visit the Garrison Brothers Distillery.  It is a lovely spot, and I’ll tell you what, they make some mighty fine bourbon.  It is smooth, delicious, and if you find yourself in the Texas Hill Country, it is well worth the visit.  While we were there, we attended the Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner fund-raising event for The Hye Preservation Society, the highlight of which was a super refreshing bourbon cocktail.  I could have sat there all day, in the shade, listening to music, and sipping away on that bourbon-laden goodness.

Bourbon Peach Tea with Mint, you are mine.

I’m not exactly sure how they made theirs, and I wasn’t stealthy enough to snag the recipe.  But since I had that first sip, I’ve been busy trying to recreate it.  I knew that the tea and mint parts of the recipe would be easiest, so I set out to tackle the peach portion first.  I wanted a really full peach flavor, but without a whole lot of effort.  I started out by making my own peach puree, then tried canned nectar, and finally settled in on the version that was easiest and lowest in calories – diet peach tea drink mix.  Lipton makes a really tasty diet peach tea mix that is only 5 calories per serving, and tastes just as peachy as the versions that require more effort and are higher in calories.  So while it is the least natural of the options I tried, easy and low-cal won out this time.

Now I’m no bourbon expert, but there’s one thing I know for sure – it is a crying shame to drink really expensive bourbon in any other way than served over ice and sipped VERY, VERY SLOWLY.  When deciding which bourbon to use for this cocktail, I decided to go with Maker’s Mark.  It is different than the bourbon distilled at Garrison Brothers, but it is still very tasty.  I love to use it in cocktails and cooking, and it’s perfect in this one.  Any bourbon could be used in this recipe, so if you have another favorite, feel free to use it.

Other than the tea, peach flavor, and bourbon – the only other thing you need for this cocktail is some fresh mint.  Throw a small handful of leaves in the bottom of a glass and muddle it, which is basically smashing it around a bit to release some of the mint flavor.  You want to just mash it slightly so that it is a bit darker in color, somewhat limp, and smells minty.

So good, so easy, and very refreshing.  Enjoy.

Bourbon Peach Tea with Mint
Serving size: 1 tall, cool drink of summer
Serves: 1

Glass filled with ice
Handful of fresh mint leaves
8 oz. water
1 T. Lipton Diet Peach Tea Drink Mix
1-1/2 oz. bourbon

Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass.  Fill glass with ice cubes.

In a separate container, mix together the water and peach tea drink mix until well combined.  Pour over ice, and add bourbon.  Stir gently and serve.

Estimated calories:  110 cal/serving

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Skinny Margarita

4 May

Like many other holidays with which I have no personal affiliation, I love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And by celebrate, I mean planning elaborate, home-made ethnic meals and then getting too tired to make them, requiring me to run out and pick up some take out that loosely relates to the holiday.  And because it happens so regularly, it is pretty much a set-in-stone tradition.

This year, we’re mixing it up from the usual six-pack of tacos and picking up a Taco Grande Pizza from Papa Murphy’s.  We tried it, and dude, it tastes exactly like a taco.  Martin preferred it as a cold leftover for breakfast, and then again later as a cold leftover for lunch and dinner.  The guy liked it cold, what can I say.

Whether you are picking up take out or whipping up a batch of homemade tortillas on which to serve the pulled pork and pico you made this afternoon (please invite me over), I would highly recommend making a batch of these.

Skinny Margaritas

Margaritas always sound like such a good idea until you’ve consumed two, have a stomach ache, and realize you’ve just consumed about 1,500 calories.  And that doesn’t even count the chips and guac that you may or may not have eaten while knocking back the margaritas.  This recipe cuts WAY back on the calories, is light and refreshing, and does not require pulling out the blender (although you certainly could).


Skinny Margarita
Serving size: 5.5 oz.
Serves: 2


3 oz. tequila
0.11 oz packet sugar-free lime margarita drink mix
8 oz. club soda
2 lime slices

Combine  tequila and lime margarita drink mix.  Add club soda and stir.  Divide between two glasses filled with ice.  Add a slice of lime to each, and serve.

Estimated calories:  111 cal/serving

Print it: Skinny Margarita

– There might be many brands of lime margarita drink mix, I picked mine up at Target.

Watermelon Lemon Fizz

11 Apr

At the end of last summer, we walked to a Farmers Market a few blocks from our house.  Spying a table filled with watermelons, the kids BEGGED to have one.  Looking at their hot and sweaty faces, I agreed to buy one.  AND HAULED IT THE SEVERAL BLOCKS BACK TO OUR HOUSE.  We immediately sat down and cut off a few big slabs.  I handed them over, they took a bite, and declared it GROSS.  Certain they were exaggerating, I took a bite, and had to admit that while it wasn’t inedible, it wasn’t a very good watermelon.  Sort of mealy and somewhat flavorless; no one wanted to eat it.  A large, unwieldy watermelon that I CARRIED FOR BLOCKS that NO ONE WANTED TO EAT.

Determined not to waste it, I chopped it up into chunks, pureed the whole thing in the blender, set it over a fine mesh strainer to collect the juice.  I divided the juice into 2 c. portions and froze it.  And promptly forgot about it until I recently cleaned out the freezer and discovered several containers of frozen watermelon juice.

Watermelon juice on its own is mild and not very sweet.  Drinking it on its own, it feels a little bit bland.  It is refreshing and light, but still, no one really wanted to have more than a taste until we boosted it up.  In a large pitcher, we mixed together a can of frozen lemonade concentrate to add the sweet & sour that the watermelon lacked, and fizzed it up with some club soda.  The resulting punch was perfectly sweet and tart.  So easy to make, and a great way to use up watermelon should you find yourself with any overripe or not-that-tasty watermelon on hand.

Side note: To my adult and booze-lovin’ friends – consider this a base for your new summertime cocktail.  Add some rum or vodka for a light and refreshing drink.  Also, it would be delicious with champagne for a Bellini-like cocktail.

Watermelon Lemon Fizz
Serving size: 8 oz.
Serves: 8

5 c. ripe watermelon, cubed
12 oz can lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda

Puree watermelon in blender.  Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, and pour puree into the strainer.  As the liquid drips through, press the watermelon with the back of a spoon to remove as much liquid as possible.   Let sit until most of the liquid has been removed, then discard remaining solids.

In a large pitcher, mix together watermelon juice and lemonade concentrate, and stir well to combine.  Add club soda and stir gently to mix.

Serve over ice.  Stir as needed to keep well-mixed.

Estimated calories:  139 cal/serving

Print it: Watermelon Lemon Fizz