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Branca Menta Chocolate Float

I had some Branca Menta left and I needed to do something with it. I just couldn’t let is sit in the cabinet and just age away. I am a firm believer that you should treat yourself from time to time. With a little chocolate sauce and some French vanilla ice cream, I made the perfect chocolate float by adding a few ounces of Branca Menta. The Italian mint liqueur gives your chocolate float a smooth and sexy taste

Chocolate Float with Alcohol

Branca Menta Chocolate Float

You know you want a sip 🙂 Check out the recipe below to make your own indulgent float.

Branca Menta Chocolate Float

2 Tablespoons Chocolate Sauce
1 to 3 Scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
2 ounces Branca Menta

ONEIn a small glass that is about 8 ounces, add 1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce.
TWOAdd 1 scoop of ice cream.
THREEAdd 1 ounce of Branca Menta.
FOURRepeat adding the ingredients in the order above until you have a scoop of ice cream on top ensuring you end with a drizzle of Branca Menta.
FIVEAdd a straw and sip with joy!! Happy Summer!!

There’s Nothing Like A Cool Drink: Spiked Ginger Beer

I love summertime in Chicago. The weather is amazing. If you live in a cold weather state, you are enjoying as much of the outdoors as you can before another artic blast arrives. Summer is the perfect time for barbecues, get togethers, outdoor parties, festivals, outdoor concerts, lounging on the deck, and all things fun.

With all the fun in the sun, you will want to pack your picnic basket or fill your cooler. You won’t want to miss your chance to drink something cool and refreshing. And you cannot forget about your guests. You will want to serve them drinks they will enjoy. I have a drink recipe that is sure to please you and your crowd. You will need limes, mint, simple syrup, ginger beer, and your favorite clear rum.

A few things for Spiked Ginger Beer

A few things for Spiked Ginger Beer

Spiked Ginger Beer

1 750ml bottle clear rum NOTE: A 750ml bottle is also known as a fifth. 750ml is approximately 25.3 ounces.
4 12ounce cans ginger beer
20 cleaned mint leaves
4 cups simple syrup (see recipe below)
juice from 6 limes

ONEBreak leaves in half.
TWOCombine lime juice & mint leaves in a bowl.
THREEWith a pestle, muddle (press) the leaves to release the natural mint flavor.
FOURRemove mint leaves from the lemon juice.
FIVEIn a large pitcher, add mint flavored lime juice with remaining ingredients.
SIXStir all ingredients to thoroughly combine.
SEVENBest served chilled or over ice.

Spiked Ginger Beer

Spiked Ginger Beer

Simple Syrup

3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups water

ONECombine sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
TWOConstantly stir mixture to dissolve sugar over medium heat.
THREEAllow to cool.
FOURAdd to your favorite cocktail or mocktail.

Beat the Heat with Sangria Pops

A few days ago, I kicked off my celebration a tad early with Beso Del Sol Sangria.

Beso Del Sol

Beso Del Sol

Usually, I can finish off a bottle of wine in one sitting. Keep in mind, Beso Del Sol comes in a box. The box equates to 4 bottles of wine. The foodie in me has to find ways to finish the box.

Since I had an almost full box of sangria and it has been hot outside, I decided to make some have fun. I made sangria pops with fresh fruit. Mangos & blueberries were used in this recipe. Feel free to experiment with any fruit you like.

Blueberries & Mango

Blueberries & Mango

Sangria Pops

2 1/2 cups of sangria
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of blueberries & chopped mango combined

ONECombine sangria and orange juice in a small pitcher or cup.
TWOAdd fruit to each popsicle mold.
THREEPour sangria & orange juice mixture over fruit.
FOURPlace filled popsicle molds into the freezer until mixture is frozen solid.

Sangria Pops

Sangria Pops

NOTE: The mixture made 6 popsicles. Each mold holds 1/2 cup of liquid.

The Sangria Pop Experience

The Sangria Pop Experience