Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Non-Recipe Recipe

Hmmm....this may have to be a weekly feature.  I can tell you all kinds of ways to be a faux chef de cuisine!   It seems that y'all have enjoyed them so far, so I will keep 'em coming for a bit longer. 

Anyway, sorry that posting has been a little light this week.  It will likely continue at this rate through the weekend.  I am headed to the Redneck Riviera (loving reference) for a little fun in the sun in honor of my sister!  It is her bachelorette weekend, and oil be damned.  In fact, I am actually excited to be contributing a bit to the tourism economy of Alabama's coast....lord knows they need it just as much as we do. 

We have rented this beach house, through Reed Realty.  Her name is Kokomo and she sits right on the beach.  She has a pool, which is nice, as there is a swim advisory for the Gulf right now.  Reed Realty has been wonderful throughout the oil spill....we would never cancel on these guys! 

So, in honor of the pseudo-tropics, I am going to share with you a delightful recipe that Julie sent to me.  I made this last night in preparation for day drinking in the sand.  Apparently, there are hundreds of versions, but this one sounded the best for our purposes (cooling off with something fruity and easy!). 

Bourbon Slush

1 Two Liter of 7 Up or Sprite (I actually used Sprite Zero)
I jar of maraschino cherries
I can of concentrate frozen pink lemonade
3 cups of Southern Comfort

Dump all of these ingredients into a big bowl.  Freeze over night.
Now, you have slush!

Here she is all zhushed up in the freezer.
Hint: It looks frozen through, but, to slushify it, you just have to stir it.  The So Co doesn't fully freeze.  Hence, slush. 

Funny that I should post about this Garden and Gun newsletter revealed a similarly delightful slushy recipe.

Garden and Gun's Bourbon Slush from the book Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Here is the G and G Bourbon Slush recipe:

Garden and Gun Bourbon Slush
Once relegated to cheesy weddings and bridge parties, the venerable punch bowl is making a comeback, showing up on trendy bar tops from New York to South Beach. And since we’re suckers for anything bourbon related, we were particularly excited to try out a recipe for a concoction called Bourbon Slush from the new book Porch Parties, by Southern libation expert Denise Gee. This particular punch—a mix of citrus juice, bourbon, and dark tea—was a favorite in Gee’s hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. Quick, easy, and dangerously refreshing (trust us, we tried it), it’s the perfect addition to a party at the end of a long, hot summer day—or any other day as far as we’re concerned.
6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon

1 cup sugar

One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)
Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired
Strong Tea

2 cups water

1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.

Let me know if you create one of these refreshing concoctions.  Cannot wait to hear about it! 



P.S.  Mondo, Susan Spicer's latest restaurant, is open in Lakeview.  I cannot wait to try it.  Not only because Bayona (her flagship)  is one of my favorite restaraunts in New Orleans, but also because I think it is amazing that she built her latest baby in the midst of the slowly rebuilding Lakeview (neighborhood of my peeps, 100% devastated in Katrina...).  FUN FACT: Do you watch Treme?  The character, Chef Jeannette Desautel, was inspired by the real-life Spicer.  Check out Mondo (whether you live in Nola or are visiting) and let me know if you like it!  I am hoping to post reviews soon....


  1. Bourbon slushes?! Where have you been all my life? I am so making one of these babies for a friend's b-day party tomorrow night!

    Have a fabulous time on the RR, gals! Don't be too shocked if our old friends Samson and Viper turn up at Kokomo for some impromtu entertainment... ;)

  2. Another great "light" drink perfect for beach drinking is "Skip and Go Naked."
    All ingredients go directly into a pitcher:

    1 can of frozen concentrated lemonade

    Use same lemonade can and pour in one can of vodka and two cans of water

    Three 12 oz light beers


  3. My parents went to Mondo a few days ago and LOVED the steak tartare, artichoke appetizer, ceviche, and burger. Can't wait ... hoping to go there in the next few days.

  4. I did not realize that Mondo opened. I cannot wait to try it!!! Kudos to Susan for coming "out here!"
    have a great weekend!! KS

  5. Thanks, Mary, for sharing "Skip and Go Naked". I think that will forevermore be a staple for me!

  6. OK I sound like an alchoholic posting 3 times on the subject of booze, can you tell I'm ready for the weekend?!

    Had to share a delightful and easy drink that apparently originated here in L.A.:

    Moscow Mule:
    1 ounce lime juice
    3 ounces vodka
    9 ounces ginger beer or gingerale

    I think I've had some versions with lemonade too-- trust me, it's delightful!

  7. Leigh, PLEASE! You are in good company! The Moscow Mule also sounds like a delightful cocktail to enjoy during these wretched summer months!

  8. I will put Mondo and Bayou on my list!