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04Gin and Tonic

Gin And Tonic With Raspberries

My go-to alcoholic beverage is a gin and tonic, but it didn’t always used to be that way.  In fact, I used to hate the stuff.  A lot.  Like, it was just nasty to me.  Anytime my husband ordered the drink I’d take a sip.  After all, it’s his favorite and there had to be some reason for that.  After the first few times, I discovered I hated it just a little less each time I’d try it until miraculously one day I fell in love with it.  Now it’s my favorite drink.

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Let’s talk gin.  I used to think it didn’t matter which kind you use, but I’ve become sort of a brand snob with it.  My favorite is Tanqueray or Tanqueray No. Ten (the top shelf version of Tanqueray).  I also enjoy Bombay Sapphire, which is also a top shelf gin.  Honestly, I feel that the top shelf gins are a little bit of overkill when you aren’t drinking them neat, but sometimes you just want a “special” gin and tonic.  Tanqueray Rangpur is also a lovely option because it has a hint of lime flavor to it.  I use that when I don’t have any limes handy (a slice of lime is essential in my gin and tonic).  If you like the lime flavor to pop then this would be a great option (even with the slice of lime).  My husband points out that I would be remiss if I failed to mention Beefeater, which is tasty as well.  I think the point of this story is that there are a lot of really good gins out there, but don’t buy anything that is super cheap or your gin and tonic will taste a bit like nail polish remover and lime (which I’d imagine is exactly as nasty as it sounds).

One time I was out at a restaurant and ordered a gin and tonic.  When it came out and I tasted it, everything just seemed really weird.  It took me a second to realize that they had accidentally provided a gin and seltzer.  Tonic water is essentially quinine soda and the syrup for it at the bar is clear.  When their magic soda nozzle thing runs out of syrup the stuff coming out the tonic nozzle looks exactly the same but has no flavor.  Don’t be shy about pointing out that they probably ran out of tonic syrup and send the drink back for a replacement.

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The raspberries have a dual purpose here.  They help to keep your drink cold and they are a tasty combo with the lime essence.  I love to eat them last when they have soaked up some of the liquid.     :)  You can certainly make this refreshing drink without the raspberries and in fact about 98% of the time I don’t include them.

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Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.  This is my first alcoholic beverage post, seriously don’t drive after drinking.  Yes, I’m saying it twice.  It’s super bad, don’t do it.

Gin And Tonic With Raspberries Recipe
(1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • tumbler glass (a glass that holds about 10 ounces)
  • ice cubes
  • a few frozen raspberries
  • 1 jigger (equivalent to 1 and 1/2 ounces) of your favorite gin
  • 5 ounces of your favorite tonic water
  • a slice of lime

Directions:

  1. Fill the glass half full with ice cubes.  (Yes, this is why the glass was an “ingredient” above.     ;)  )
  2. Add the frozen raspberries to the glass as though they were just delicious ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the gin.
  4. Pour in the tonic water.
  5. Add a slice of lime.

Source:  Any gin and tonic recipe from the last 300+ years.

 

Rating:

5 Hats
Note: Not a paid advertisement for Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater.  I’m just sharing my opinion.

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04Pappardelle With Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese

Pappardelle With Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese

I’ve been on a comfort food kick lately. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a new season upon us that constantly calls for warm and cozy comfort food.  Perhaps it’s because comfort food is awesome anytime of the year.  Whatever the reason, pasta is one of my favorite go-to comfort foods.  I think this pasta dish is the ideal summertime comfort food because it’s light and fresh.

This pasta is coated with a no-cook herbed goat cheese “sauce” and accompanied with miniature tomatoes.

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Pappardelle With Tomatoes And Herbed Goat Cheese Recipe
(2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of Pappardelle pasta (You can really use any kind of pasta you like.)
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, room temperature
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or the amount you get from the half a lemon you just zested)
  • 1/2 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 miniature heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Cook the Pappardelle pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and set them aside.
  3. To make the herbed goat cheese, combine together the goat cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped green onions, chopped basil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  4. Drain the pasta and place into a bowl.
  5. Stir in the herbed goat cheese and sliced tomatoes.
  6. Plate each serving and then drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil on top of each plate.

Source:  Tina’s Chic Corner

 

Garden fresh tomatoes are the bomb digity because they simply taste better than from anywhere else you can get them.  When my co-worker gave me a batch from her garden, I wanted to use them in a way that would showcase their flavor by using them in their most raw form.  Is this what people call “farm to table” eating?

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The only ingredient you have cook here is the pasta.  Hot stove for only a few minutes and then you’re back to the comfort of room temperature.  This dish is very quick and easy to prepare and I’m loving that.

As soon as the pasta is done cooking, mix it up right away with the herbed goat cheese and the cheese will melt into a very light cream “sauce.”  The heat from the pasta will soften the tomatoes a bit, but they still have a little crunch factor to them.   The sweet tomatoes with the savory cheese is simply a superb combo.

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If you don’t like goat cheese, you could use ricotta cheese instead.  However, I think that the goat cheese gives this pasta much more flavor.  (My hubby would rather it be the ricotta though.)

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Labor Day is right around the corner and that usually marks the end of summer.  The kids go back to school and we start planning for Halloween.  (Can you believe some of the stores have Halloween decorations out already?!)  I will say that I’m ready for pumpkin and apple pies, but I’m also still holding on to these last few summer days of summertime cuisine.

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#comfortfoodrocks… Sorry, I’ve been slightly addicted to my new found Instagram account.     :)

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Here are some of my other summertime favorites.

Lemon Spaghetti

07Lemon Spaghetti

Tomato and Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwich

03Tomato Sandwich With Herbed Goat Cheese

Soba Noodles

03Cold Soba Noodles

 

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04Meatballs Baked In Tomato Sauce

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02One Pot Black Beans and Sausage

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