Cucumber Basil Sparkler {Recipe Redux}

Guys, I’m pretty excited. This is my very first Recipe Redux and I think it’s a perfect fit for me.

From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?

Ok, that made me sound a little too excited about alcohol. But for real, Nathan and I have been getting more into cocktails lately and this was the perfect excuse to experiment. So I give you the tasty outcome:

Cucumber Basil Sparkler

Serves 2

Cucumber Basil Sparkler

Ingredients
– 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
– 1 tsp raw sugar
– 4 oz cucumber vodka
– 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
– ~11 oz sparkling water
– Ice

Directions
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the basil with the raw sugar. In a large glass or a cocktail shaker, add the crushed basil and sugar to the cucumber vodka and St. Germain. Mix and pour evenly into 2 glasses. Add your ice and top off with sparkling water.

Put your feet up and enjoy!

Cucumber Vodka St Germain Basil Sparkler

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Food for Thought

What is your favorite type of liquor?
Not a liquor fan? What’s your favorite drink?print

Foodie Friday: Buffalo Bourbon Peanut Butter

A stressful week calls for a Friday cocktail, yes? How about combining that cocktail with a little peanut butter? Now we’re talking! I might have gone back for seconds, thirds, fourths.. you get the idea. That jar was definitely my friend yesterday. It was even broken out with dinner!

Nathan and I have really come to love bourbon recently. The oaky flavor is something that we both really enjoy and the caramel and vanilla notes really play well in desserts [remember my Bourbon Banana Cheesecake?]. My favorite dessert lately? Anything with peanut butter. So why not combine the two?

Buffalo Bourbon Peanut Butter

Makes eleven 2 tablespoon servings
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Peanut Butter

Ingredients
– 2 1/4 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
– 1 tbsp bourbon [I used Buffalo Trace]
– 2 tsp honey
– 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tbsp sea salt

Directions
Place the peanuts in a high-power blender or food processor and give it a whirl until the peanuts really break down to almost a crunchy peanut butter consistency. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until totally smooth.

I found that because of the liquid added to the peanut butter, it didn’t come out quite as creamy as when I do plain nuts, but it is so good! I have a feeling this jar isn’t going to last too long at all.

Nutritional Information
Per 2 tbsp serving

140 Calories  /  11g Fat  /  5g Carbs  /  2g Sugar  /  2g Fiber  /  6g Protein

Buffalo Bourbon Peanut Butter

Cheers and happy Friday!

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Food for Thought

Have you ever made your own nut butter?
Is there another liquor you’d add to a nut butter?