Tipsy Tuesday: Hot Toddy


Hi All,

I know that I missed Supper Sunday this week- and it’s because I’m sick, ugh. One of those nasty chest colds that feels like something clawed its way down your throat then died in your chest- leaving you trying to painfully cough it up for the next few days. (yes I get more dramatic with illness)

So what did I do? I abandoned my Supper Sunday plans and my apartment to retreat home so my mom could take care of me 🙂 – which means I am now snuggled, sniffling on the couch with my fluffy white dog, watching a variety of movies and Supernatural with my mom- which is definitely as good as it gets when you’re sick.

It is especially good when you are also sipping a Hot Toddy- something I feel I will be living on for the next few days. The combination of lemon, spices and whiskey just really do it for me in times of illness.

This recipe is for a litre of Hot Toddies- because I like to make it up in a thermal carafe and drink them through the day

Hot Toddy





4 cups boiling water
1 whole lemon (squeeze half for the juice, cut up the other half) 
1 inch of ginger
6 cloves
2 star anise  
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Per Cup:

drizzle of honey (approx. 2 tsp)
as much whiskey as you want (approx 1 oz- although you should consider how many of these you plan to drink, if you are on your eighth you can omit the whiskey…)
ground nutmeg over the top

Cut the lemon in half- squeeze half of your lemon and put the juice into your thermal carafe, then cut up the other half and add that in as well, cut your ginger into four pieces and throw that in along with the cloves, star anise and cinnamon. Allow this to steep together for 5 minutes before pouring your first cup.

Add your honey and whiskey to your glass then pour your steeped lemon-spiced water over. Grind some fresh nutmeg over the top then stir to make sure the honey is evenly distributed.

Drink until you feel marginally better and indulge in the comfort that this drink brings- make sure you are snuggled in bed or on a comfy surface when you drink this.

This is the progress that I made with this drink in hand- from the kitchen to the bedroom- the most I have moved all day!

I hope you are all having a wonderfully illness-free Tipsy Tuesday, and if you are sick like me- do make yourself this drink!

xo erin

Tipsy Tuesday: Hazelnut Dark Hot Chocolate


So as it is approaching Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share another recipe that combines chocolate and alcohol, whether this is to share with your loved one or guzzle on the couch by yourself.  This is also a very appropriate time for this drink because it is still in the negative degrees here in Southern Ontario, and about up to my eyeballs in snow on either side of the driveway (this is sadly not a joke). 

Without further delay:

Hazelnut Dark Hot Chocolate

Now I figure if you are going to treat yourself to hot chocolate you might as well do it right- and this is how I do my hot chocolate right! 

50 grams of dark chocolate (I used lindt 70%- and this is 1 1/2 of these small 35 g bars)
1 cup of whole milk
1 oz of Frangelico (Hazelnut liquor) – you can add more of this depending on your day
pinch of salt

Now you can melt this all together in a microwave- but because I wanted to be all fancy I melted in this cute little cast iron pot I have- perfect size.

Melt the chocolate and milk together on low heat

Once the chocolate is fully whisked into the milk, add your shot and bring up to a medium heat until it starts just steaming. Then TAKE IT OFF! don’t boil or simmer this- just bring it up to a nice steamy temp to drink.

Can I just take a moment to share the shot glass that I used- compliments of my grandma:

Then pour it into your mug of choice and sprinkle a pinch of salt over top and VOILA!

MMMM- this is a drink that will definitely get you all warmed up from being out in the cold! And remember it doesn’t have to be hazelnut liquor, it can be orange liquor, irish cream, tequila….. anything.

Hope you’re all having a tipsy Tuesday!

xo erin

Tipsy Tuesday: Sandbanks Estate Winery


Hi All!

For this Tipsy Tuesday- I wanted to share one of my favourite wineries of the moment- Sandbanks Winery– and I have been loving their wines lately! I also visited the winery over my Christmas Holiday and it was beautiful (but I didn’t have a camera on me so I stole this pic from their website!)

I particularly like their red wines – these three being my fav:

I’m going to give you their description of the wines- since I am no connoisseur and have no idea how to properly describe them. lol

Baco Noir (can you tell this is my fav?- it didn’t even last long enough to take the picture!) 

Described as “A full-bodied red wine with intense plum and wild cherry flavours.Notes of toasted oak provide a lingering finish. Our signature wine.”                                                                
I really like this one for drinking before dinner, it is a little bit sweeter and just really nice on it’s own or with nice cheese!

Dunes 


Described as Rich, elegant and very well balanced red wine with intense aromas of raspberry, chocolate and red plum. Very versatile, always ready to be enjoyed at anytime.” 
– This one I can drink with our without food, but I like having it with steak or even pork- it’s nice drinking!

Shoreline


Described as “This rich bodied wine has red plum, raspberry and spice flavours with a vibrant finish of red cherry and vanilla. Pairs well with stews and red meat.”
– I would agree with the description- it does pair well with heavy foods since it is a little drier than the other two. We had this with roast-beef on Christmas with my grandparents and it was lovely!



Also when I was at the winery last- being all posh tasting wines with my fam, I tried this little aperitif – and I loved it- I am a big fan of black currant and it’s light and sweet and like juice but better lol

Seeing as it is pretty, pink and says love on it- it is a good choice for Valentine’s day coming up. Even if -like me- you are single and planning to drink it on a girls night, and you prefer to call it National Cake-Bingeing day!




Anyways, I just wanted to share that with you because I have been loving it lately – I also want to clarify that I do not get paid/sponsored to do this in any way- this is just a winery that I have visited and have been really enjoying their products for a while! And for that I wanted to give them some love! 

Hope you are having a very Tipsy Tuesday!

xo erin

Tipsy Treats Tuesday: Boozy Brownies!


So this Tuesday, my alcohol-related post is about these delicious treats! 

These cocoa brownies are so good! I have to say that I am generally a much bigger fan of cocoa based brownies, as I find them to be more fudgy and chocolate-y than ones that are made with chocolate.

These are SUPER simple and you can whip them up pretty quick!

Boozy Brownies

I got the basic recipe from one of my favourite food blogs Smitten Kitchen, but then I boozed it up!

10 tbsp of butter melted (which halfway between 1/2 a cup and 3/4- if you are like me and too lazy to actually measure 10 individual tbsps of butter)
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp Grand Marnier (or other liquor) 
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Mix the sugar and the cocoa powder and salt together in a large bowl. 

Add the melted butter and mix until it is all smooth and combined. While you are doing this it is also beneficial to play your favourite dance music extra loud and dance around your kitchen- or perhaps even take a shot of the liquor you are using on the brownies. 

Then add the booze and the eggs, mixing until combined. Salivate heavily over the smell coming from the mixture.

Then the flour goes in- mix until just combined. Pour into a greased 8X8 pan

You know what to do with that spatula! 

Bake at 325 F for 20- 25 mins, or until the outsides are a little more firm but the center is still soft!

Now this is a totally optional addition- 

While they are still quite warm, poke holes all through the top of your brownies & pour a shot of Grand Marnier all over them, letting it seep into the holes.

Make sure to use your favourite shot glass- mine happens to be one with the canadian flag on it that lights up when you hit it on the counter

Just to give them that EXTRA booze… lol 

These are SO SO good. If you are not into the whole orange-chocolate combination (you are crazy), you could use other liquors like baileys, or I don’t know- go crazy add a shot of tequila in there! lol

complimentary close-up of chocolate-y goodness:

Hope you all had a terrific Tuesday!! 

xo erin

Tipsy Tuesday: White Wine Sangria!


I thought I would share the drink of choice at my last girls night- white wine Sangria!! Also introduce my new feature: Tipsy Tuesdays- which should be self explanatory!

This was super tasty and perfect for sipping away while snuggling on the couch, chatting, watching movies and generally having a girls night. (AKA eating chocolate while we talk our faces off)

This was super simple and non specific, I looked up the general ‘How to Sangria’ and then just improvised from there.

These were the ingredients used:

1 bottle of white wine I used ‘ Lake and River 2011 Moonlight White’ which claims to be ‘an easy sipping wine that pairs well with good friends, long weekends and romantic dinners under starry skies’ -I’m sold 


Slightly less 7-up than wine – alternatively use Sprite or Fresca or any generic citrus soda

2 shots of Triple Sec– this was a slightly random addition, I think it was supposed to be Cointreau- use anything for this or omit

Lotsa cut-up fruit & iceI used orange, grapefruit and pineapple, because that is what I had- I actually used frozen pineapple pieces instead of the ice.


Mix ‘er all together in a pitcher or large bowl (you can smoosh the fruit a bit so it adds some lovely juices to the drink!) & serve into large glasses, making sure to get some of every fruit into the glass!

MMMMMmmmmmm – no girls night is complete without some Sangria!

CHEERS!! 

xo erin

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