Brandy Slush Cocktail

One of my favorite cocktails for summer, the Brandy Slush Cocktail is made by combining orange juice, lemonade or limeade, and pineapple juice, with brandy. It’s frozen and then served topped with lemon-lime soda. It’s a great crowd pleaser too!

Brandy Slush Cocktails on Copper Serving Tray

This Brandy Slush Cocktail is my contribution to our monthly Progressive Eats. Our group event has members sharing recipes as part of a menu; as if we were actually participating in an old fashioned Progressive dinner, where members would go house to house for different courses.

While this month the theme is inspired by Memorial Day, I thought I would share this old fashioned yet always in style cocktail, one that I first had over a 4th of July weekend many moons ago.

My ex-husband is from Indiana and while I couldn’t say it then, I can now. I hated going to visit his family. They were a tribe of religious fundamentalists and I felt like Satan on every trip. I enjoyed a cocktail, I wore short skirts, OMG I even put stuff on my hair to make it blonder.

They were ALWAYS trying to save me; as if making us go to church and loading on the guilt would ever be something that a young woman/person would ever look at and say, yep…that’s what I want!

I used to smoke cigarettes in my 20’s, a habit I picked up from my parents and luckily followed more in my dad’s footsteps. One pack a week, it’s true! I enjoyed a cigarette with an ice cold soda or with a cocktail but never by itself; when I decided to quit it wasn’t even that difficult, which was a good thing.

Brandy Slush Cocktails with Glass Straws and Fruit Garnish

My ex-husband smoked more than I did but no matter, when we went to Indiana, we were perfect. No drinking, no smoking, no nothing…we might sneak a kiss or two but I was worried lightning would strike!

One evening, while visiting there, my mother called me. Sadly that was not a good thing…my mom would drink too much and then track me down to complain about everything, including me. After that conversation, I told my then boyfriend, I’m sneaking outside to have a cigarette and I went back beyond their garage and indulged.

I had my one cigarette and drank an ice cold Coke from a bottle and them promptly buried the butt behind the garage that was a separate building; Satan trying to cover her tracks!

Ahem, the next morning, when I came into the kitchen for breakfast, that ONE lousy stubbed out cigarette was sitting smack dab in the middle of the plate where I usually sat, I guess waiting for me to ask for absolution.

It didn’t work, I feigned ignorance but I was irritated and…hey, did I mention I hated going to Indiana? So how on earth does that tie into this cocktail Barb, where’s the fun part?

Well, the one thing I did enjoy was going with Bill to visit his best friend and his best friend’s parents. Luckily they were normal. So normal that even knowing the Kiebel family’s proclivity for everything fun being sinful, she made us drinks…and I needed one!

Her specialty was this Brandy Slush Cocktail. Mary Meek always had a container in the freezer and I think she made them especially for me!

I’m not sure where her recipe came from but it appears that the Brandy Slush has some history in Wisconsin except that the original recipe calls for tea along with the orange and lemonade concentrates. I think I’ll stick with this one; pineapple juice is my preference!

I was not a big drinker when I was younger, even today with my love of both making and drinking cocktails, I never over-imbibe. I think I could with this cocktail though. They really do go down so easy.

Easy to make too…containers of frozen orange juice, frozen lemonade and frozen pineapple juice are combined with sugar water and brandy and then the whole thing is frozen; actually finding freezer space for the quantity this recipe makes was the hardest step but I persevered and have enough for all summer!

Brandy Slush Cocktails Garnished with Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

While the recipe I’ve included for the Brandy Slush Cocktail is the very same one that I have written on a little 3X5 recipe card that is now an antique, I did make one modification.

I thought I had lemonade but it was limeade. No problem, it’s what I used. I actually love limeade better but I can’t say it really made a big difference here; either one is fine.

Maybe the most difficult step of this cocktail is the waiting. I separated the mixture into two square dishes and while it was ‘sort of ‘ ready several hours later, I thought it best the next day, 24 hours is a good number to shoot for. It will never freeze firm because of the alcohol in the brandy but you do want all of the liquid to be, well, slushy. Hence the name.

I’ve always made Brandy Slush drinks as a summer cocktail; it is nice to have something easy to serve if friends drop by without planning. I could imagine though that they would be an equally great cocktail over the holidays; garnish with a cranberry in lieu of the maraschino cherry.

They are bright and light and citrusy and absolutely divine! If the quantity seems way too much, no problem, it’s easy to cut in half too. I hope you try it this summer, you’ll be hooked too…Cheers!

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Memorial Day BBQ and Picnic Favorites! Our host is Jane who blogs at The Heritage Cook

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious BBQ and picnic inspired dishes!

Memorial Day BBQ and Picnic Favorites

Cocktail

  • Brandy Slush Cocktail – Creative Culinary (You’re Here!)

Appetizers

Main Courses

Side Dishes

PIN IT! ‘Brandy Slush Cocktail’

Brandy Slush Cocktails on Copper Serving Tray

 

Brandy Slush Cocktails on Copper Serving Tray

Yield: 25 Cocktails at 4 oz each

Brandy Slush Cocktail

Brandy Slush Cocktails with Glass Straws and Fruit Garnish

A great blend of citrus juices and brandy in a make ahead mix that is easy to serve and great for gatherings of family and friends.

Cook Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Additional Time
6 hours
Total Time
6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 oz frozen lemonade or limeade
  • 12 oz frozen orange juice
  • 12 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 7-Up soda, chilled
  • Orange slices and Maraschino cherries for garnish

Instructions

    1. Combine half of the water and all of the sugar in a large saucepan and bring the water to a soft boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a large pot and add the remaining water, the colder the better. Let sit or refrigerate until the water is cooled.
    2. When sugar water is cooled, add the lemonade or limeade, orange juice, pineapple juice, and brandy. Freeze mixture.
    3. When ready to serve, , put glasses in freezer for 5-10 minutes. Combine equal amounts of brandy mixture with chilled 7-Up in a lowball glass.
    4. Mix gently, garnish with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry and serve, straws are optional.

Notes

While I wanted to stay true to the original recipe for this blog post, I’m also going to try serving this with ginger beer. I think the spiciness of that beverage might be a great addition!

Originally posted at Creative Culinary

Simple 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie

Simple 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie

Vibrant, nutritious, and insanely delicious: these are just a few of my favorite ways to describe the Best 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie. Packed with superfoods like frozen fruit, spinach, and Greek yogurt, this refreshing and simple green smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.

Healthy Green Smoothie in a short glass with a glass straw. Smoothie is topped with 3 banana slices and chia seeds.

My favorite holiday season just ended and I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a little green smoothie detox after all the Christmas cookies I pounded down. Between this healthy Green Smoothie, Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric Shot and Wellness Lemon Ginger Shot, I’ve got a week full of healthy elixirs lined up.

 

Luckily, a green smoothie detox does NOT have to mean starving yourself and eating nothing but leaves for a week! Can you imagine? Hard Pass. This Super Green Smoothie Recipe is a fun and delicious way of replenishing your body with the nutrients it craves.

 

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier foods, you’re in the right place. There are only 4 ingredients in this healthy Green Smoothie recipe, but when combined they make the perfect nutritious cocktail. It really is the best green smoothie recipe. 

 

Green smoothie ingredients in a tall plastic Ninja blender glass. Ingredients include coconut milk, pineapple, spinach and flax seeds.

This recipe is my go-to for a healthy green smoothie because it’s super easy to whip up and is bursting with flavor. Between the sweetness of your favorite frozen fruit and the creamy texture of the Greek yogurt, you won’t even notice the spinach—you’ll just reap the benefits!

How to Make A Green Smoothie

With the help of your trusty blender, this smoothie comes together in a matter of seconds. All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

 

Step 1- Add the frozen fruit, spinach, plain Greek yogurt and coconut or almond milk to a blender.

 

Step 2 – Blend until smooth, checking the consistency and adding more milk if needed to thin it out.

 

Step 3 – Finish with your favorite toppings (extra fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.) and enjoy!

Green Smoothie Benefits

Though the ingredient list is short and sweet, each of the ingredients play a huge role in providing our bodies with the vital nutrients it needs to flourish.

 

Frozen Fruit. You can choose any of your favorite frozen fruits, but you can never go wrong with berries, pineapple, and mango. Berries are the lowest in sugar, but they all have impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals.

 

Spinach. It’s no secret that leafy greens are the key to good health, but spinach is a true powerhouse of health benefits. It’s packed with nutrients, high in antioxidants, and helps to regulate blood pressure.

 

Greek Yogurt. High in protein and packed with probiotics, Greek yogurt provides a wide range of benefits to our gut and overall health. The high protein in this ingredient makes this healthy green smoothie the perfect treat for repairing your muscles after a workout!

 

Dairy-Free Milk. I highly recommend using either coconut or almond milk for this smoothie, but the choice is totally up to you. Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories than almond milk, but it’s also higher in protein. Both are packed with vitamins and minerals that make them the perfect addition to our smoothie. You could also use orange juice, apples juice, etc. to amp up the fruit flavor. 

Green smoothie topped with 3 banana slices in a small glass with a glass straw.

HEALTHY Green Smoothie Add-Ins

The below simple green smoothie recipe is our basic go-to super green smoothie recipe. It’s the perfect Green Smoothie recipe for beginners. Depending on what I have available, and my mood, I often throw in a bit of this and that. Add-in options we like:

 

Protein Powder Extra boost of protein

Collagen Powder – promotes skin, hair and nails growth and gut health

Ground Flaxseed – healthy boost of Omega 3’s and protein

Chia Seeds – healthy boost of protein

Raw Cacao Nibs – extra boost of magnesium and chocolate flavor

Coconut Oil – Extra Healthy Fat, keeps you fuller longer

Matcha Powder  – superfood that adds Antioxidants and natural energy through minerals.

Nut Butter – Extra boost of protein and healthy fat

Coconut Flakes – added flavor

Spices – Cinnamon and Ginger are great anti-inflammatories

Honey/Agave – add a bit of natural sweetness

Extracts – Mint extract is my favorite!

What Greens To Put In A Smoothie?

Most greens will work as the other additions mask the flavor of the greens, but you’ll still reap the nutritional benefits. Here are a few we’ve tried and liked:

Spinach

Kale

Beet Greens

Lettuce

Arugula

Micro Greens

Green Smoothie Fruit Options

Pineapple is my go-to fruit for green smoothies. One $3 pineapple lasts all week and it does a great job of masking the bitterness and earthy flavor of the greens. Pineapple not your cup of tea? Try these frozen fruit options:

 

Berries- Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberry, Blackberry

Mango

Peaches

Cherries
Citrus- Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines

Healthy Green Smoothie in a short glass with a glass straw. Smoothie is topped with blueberries and coconut flakes.

Best Blender For Smoothies

Many sites will tell you the Vitamix Blender is a must have. It’s not. While nice, the price tag isn’t as much. We use our little NutriBullet Blender with ease. Zero issues. Sure it can only make one at a time, but I’m okay with that. Most of us don’t need another large appliance hogging valuable space in the kitchen anyway.

Can You Make Green Smoothies Ahead of Time?

Yes and no. You can prep the ingredients, minus the liquid, and store in the freezer in a small Ziploc bag. Throw the contents of the bag in the blender and add liquid when you’re ready to make. I usually prep a weeks worth of smoothies at a time. Or you can make the entire smoothie and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

What Happens To Your body when you drink green smoothies?

Green smoothies are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and energy. They help enhance the immune system and rejuvenates the body.

Is It OK to drink a green smoothie every day?

Yep. It’s really just eating your fruits and vegetables in liquid form. Just make sure if you’re adding natural sweeteners or sweetened liquids you watch your sugar intake, if that’s important to you.

Now that it’s 2021, stop Googling “Green Smoothies Near Me” and start making your own green smoothie recipes. 

 

## I’d love to hear from you! Use the hashtag #foodieandwine when you’ve made this recipe and post to social media! Leave a comment with your favorite green smoothie add-ins!

Green smoothie topped with 3 banana slices in a small glass with a glass straw.

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4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

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Delicious simple and healthy green smoothie recipe packed with superfoods like fruit, spinach and other flavorful and healthy ingredients.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond Milk, Breakfast Recipe, chia seeds, Coconut Milk, Flax Seeds, Frozen Fruit, Green Smoothie Recipe, Healthy Breakfast Recipe, Smoothie Recipe, Spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Calories 166kcal
Cost $1.50

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Frozen Fruit (*Note 1)
  • 1 Handful Spinach (*Note 2)
  • 1/2 Cup Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt (*Note 3)
  • 1/2-1 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk (*Note 4)

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth (about 15 seconds).
  • Check consistency – add extra coconut or almond milk to thin out if desired.
  • Pour into a tall glass, add toppings (if adding) and enjoy immediately.

Notes

Note 1 – Use any frozen fruit that you like! Berries, mangos and peaches are great.

Note 2 – Use any healthy greens that you like. Kale and micro greens are great. 

Note 3 – Want a Vegan Green Smoothie? Replace the greek yogurt with avocado.

Note 4 – Add up to an extra 1/2 cup of liquid if you want a thinner consistency. 

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2909IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 1mg

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Pineapple Pulled Pork

Pineapple Pulled Pork

It’s officially summer over here. When it gets over 100 degrees I don’t want to do anything but lay under the ceiling fan and melt until the air conditioner gets going. Needless to say, I sure don’t want to be cooking in a hot kitchen. That’s where my crock pot comes in handy. Let it do all the work and I get all the credit. I’d say that’s a big win.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder (butt) roast
  • 1/3 cup Hoisin sauce (found in your grocery store international aisle)
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple, mashed
  • 2 cups chicken stock

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place pork roast in crock pot. Cover roast in the Hoisin sauce  and 1/2 of the mashed pineapple. Save the other half of mashed pineapple to serve on shredded pork.
  2. Pour in chicken stock.
  3. Set crock pot to High and set timer for 5 hours.
  4. Once pork is done, shred pork with two forks. Pineapple Pulled Pork 2
  5. Serve on Hawaiian bread rolls, or regular dinner rolls or tortillas.
  6. Enjoy!

Pineapple Pulled Pork 1

Originally posted at Joanns Food for Thought