Grilled Spiked Lemonade

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It’s cocktail Friday again – lets’s end the week with this Grilled Spiked Lemonade.

We were grilling up some burgers the other night, and having a few drinks…no big shock there…and as I’m grilling I’m trying to come up with an idea for my next drink.

So how could I actually grill a cocktail? I wasn’t coming up with too many ideas but then I found this recipe for grilled lemonade. What’s that saying? When life gives you lemons…make boozy lemonade. A good boozy cocktail can make any bad day go away.

The recipe I found really didn’t call for spiking it, but I came up with my own version instead. Spiked. With Vodka.

Grilling the lemons is pretty easy, you just slice some thick pieces and coat each side in sugar. Throw them on the grill to get some grill marks on each side. This does take a few minutes, I was loosing a little bit of patience at this step, but just let ‘em go until they get a good char on each side.

 

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Take the lemons off the grill and let them cool while you put together the lemonade.

Get yourself a big pitcher and add 4 cups of a good store-bought lemonade, add in a cup of water, then some triple sec and vodka. Then you add in your lemonade slices, keeping a few for garnish when you serve it up and let it sit for a few minutes in the fridge.

The lemonade really takes on the charred flavor from the grill and gives the lemonade a much different – and delicious flavor – than what your used to.

You could make your own lemonade form scratch and control the sugar a little more, but I think if you use a good lemonade from the store and add some water you’ll be just fine.

And after a couple of the Grilled Spiked Lemonades who’s going to care if you actually squeezed all those lemons by hand?

Not me, I can promise you that!

Grilled spiked lemonade

 

Grilled Spiked Lemonade

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Grilled Spiked Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 4 c. good quality store bought lemonade
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1/4 cup of triple sec
  • 6 lemons
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat up the grill to a medium high heat.
  2. Slice the lemons into 1 inch thick slices and dip each side in a bowl filled with the sugar.
  3. Place on the grill and try not to move for a good 5 minutes. Check for grill marks, if you've got them, flip over to the other side, if not then let the lemons go for a few more minutes.
  4. Remove the lemon slices to a plate to cool
  5. In a pitcher, add the lemonade, vodka, water and triple sec. Stir together and then add the cooled lemon slices, saving 5 lemons for garnish in each glass.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Pour into 5 tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with a grilled lemon slice.
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Hot Dog Wontons

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I’ve been trying to use hot dogs as an ingredient this week, instead of just eating it on a bun. I’ve was getting some criticism from the wife on this one and all I can say is that I won. These Hot Dog Wontons are awesome – they even came out better than I thought they would. And the wife? She loved them.

Everyone has had pigs in a blanket, or the BBQ hot dogs cooked up in a crock pot. Both delicious, but this appetizer is something you could put out even for your nicest cocktail party. No one will ever guess that the main ingredient is a hot dog. We had quite a few people sample them and no one guessed the secret ingredient…everyone said they tasted like bacon.

The filling for these wontons are basically chopped up hot dogs, caramelized onions and gouda cheese. Even tough the onions take a while to caramelize, these wontons come together pretty quickly.

 

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All you need to do is line up your wonton wrappers and put a pile of the filling in the center. Then just wet the edges and fold in half to make a triangle. Make sure that you press the edges to seal really good so that they don’t open up when you fry them.

 

wontons

 

You could totally use different flavored hot dogs in this too. Like the kind with cheese already in it, or the turkey ones – or even the bacon hot dogs!

Now why didn’t I think of that sooner?

Well like I said, the bacon flavor is already in these Hot Dog Wontons so they taste awesome just the way they are!

I can guarantee these will be coming out for the next gathering at my house. A total recipe success – and yep just to say it again, I won.

 

Hot Dog Wonton

 

Hot Dog Wontons

Yield: 30 wontons

Hot Dog Wontons

Ingredients

  • 3 Oscar Meyer hot dogs, chopped
  • 1 large vidalia onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. sugar
  • 3/4 c. grated gouda cheese
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Start by caramelizing the onions. Add the butter and oil to a large skillet over low heat and add the sliced onions.
  2. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are dark brown and sweet.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Chop the hot dogs into a small dice and add to a medium bowl.
  5. Add the grated cheese and the cooled onions and stir to combine.
  6. Line up a few wonton wrappers and place a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center.
  7. Wet the edges of the wonton wrapper with water and fold over into a triangle, sealing the edges with your fingers.
  8. Repeat with about 30 wonton wrappers until the filling is gone.
  9. Heat your oil to 375 degrees.
  10. Add a few wontons at a time to the hot oil and fry for 1 1/2 minutes until golden brown, turning them over halfway through cooking.
  11. Set on a paper towel lined plate to drain and repeat with remaining wontons.

Notes

You can use any hot dog for this recipe. I listed Oscar Meyer for a reference to the size of the hot dog that I used.

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Lemonade Cocktail Round-Up

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It’s National Lemonade Day today – and what better way to drink lemonade than in a cocktail!

I’ve gathered up some of  my favorite lemonade cocktail recipes to show you today in this Lemonade Cocktail Round-Up.

 

I’m all about drinking some whiskey, so let’s start with this Whiskey Lemonade by Foodie Crush -

Whiskey Lemonade

You can use your favorite herb in this recipe, whatever you like or have on hand. Basil, rosemary or mint to name a few. Add some lemonade, honey and whiskey and you’ve got a refreshing and tasty Whiskey Lemonade. You can also adapt this recipe and make is as a punch for friends…or just to have in the fridge for drinking.

 

And I’m all about drinking bourbon too, so let’s check out a Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade by Freutcake -

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This drink has it all, bourbon (and Bulliet, one of my favorites) blackberries, bitters, lemon juice and topped off with sparkling wine. I might just use seltzer since it’s probably sweet enough, but we do always seem to have prosecco in the house so the wife can have it with prosecco and I’ll use seltzer.Win win.

 

Feel like more cocktails instead of dessert? I think definitely…here’s a Vodka Lemonade Slush from The Marvelous Missadventures of a Foodie -

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You can’t get more simple than this drink…vodka, lemonade, lemon zest and water.

Then just freeze and enjoy. Perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day…or instead of a heavy dessert on a hot summer day.

 

And sometimes you just need to get it done with a shot. Here’s the ElPadre from the Hornitos® tequila web site -

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And as everyone who knows me knows…I’m all about shots. This is a shot that will definitely get you going. It’s made with tequila, their premium Hornitos® Plata, hot sauce and a smoked paprika rim. I think this would be way better than just doing it up straight! A little spiciness from the hot sauce and some smoke from the paprika rim…little warning to the next visitors at my house…you’re going to be getting some of these!

Instant Wine Chiller

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I know you guys have all heard of a wine chiller, there’s hundreds of them out there. But the main word in the name of this wine chiller is “Instant”.

This Instant Wine Chiller by Ravi is a little bit different than the rest of them out there. It gets stored in your freezer when you’re not using it, and when you need to pour a glass of wine – red or white – you attach the chiller to your bottle and pour.

You don’t have to chill the whole bottle, just the glass you want to pour out.

One of the key features of this Ravi Instant Wine Chiller is that is chills your red wine to the perfect temperature too. Red wine – they say – really isn’t supposed to be served warm or at room temperature. But not chilled so much as a white wine in the fridge either. So this gadget will take the guesswork out for you. Just set to serve red wine and you’re done.

It’s nice too that you can save all that space in your refrigerator, right? Leave your wine right on your counter top and chill as you pour.

Don’t want your wine tasting weird? Don’t worry about that either…the Ravi is made from the same steel that they use in wine fermentation tanks so it’ll never change the flavor of your wine. 

Oh and for a bonus, it also works on vodka, or tequila or any spirit your drinking that you’d rather have chilled.

I think that last part might have actually sold it for me! It retails for $39.95 but I found a couple on Amazon (Wine Chiller) for $19.99. Not bad for something that clearly is so useful.

I might even have to start drinking wine!

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Corn Dog Fritters

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These Corn Dog Fritters are an awesome summer time, or anytime of the year snack!

You can use fresh corn in the summer or frozen corn when you don’t have fresh available, either way these are great for an appetizer, snacking or even dinner.

I came up with this idea after we had gone out for dinner and my little guy ordered a corn dog. He ate a couple of bites and then the whole hot dog came out of the corn dog shell. Then he just ended up eating the hot dog and leaving the corn dog part behind.

Not really a huge problem in the world of food, I know, but I thought if you made a corn dog into a fritter…smaller pieces and bite sized, that might solve the problem.

Basically these are corn fritters with hot dog mixed in. I followed a simple corn fritter recipe and just made a few changes and they turned out pretty tasty.

All you need to do is cut the corn kernels off a couple of ears of corn and set that aside while you make the batter.

Simple fritter batter, flour baking soda, milk, butter and an egg – mix that all together and add the corn.

Drop by big tablespoons into your hot oil and fry a few minutes until they’re golden brown. Just cut one open before you take out a batch from the oil to make sure they are getting cooked through in the center.

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Season with kosher salt as soon as they come out of the oil and set on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

You could serve these Corn Dog Fritters with the standard ketchup or mustard – or we used honey mustard. But they’re fine all on their own too.

And no hot dogs were falling out while we were eating them…

Mission accomplished!

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Corn Dog Fritters
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. canola or vegetable oil for frying
  2. 1 c. flour
  3. 1 t. baking powder
  4. 1/2 t. salt
  5. 1/4 t. white sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/2 c. milk
  8. 1 T. butter
  9. 2 ears of corn, shucked and corn kernels cut off
  10. 3 Oscar Meyer hot dogs, chopped into a small dice
Instructions
  1. Heat your vegetable or canola oil in a deep sided pot, filled half way up to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the milk, melted butter and beaten egg.
  4. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture and then add the corn kernels.
  5. Drop by large tablespoons into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning, until golden brown and cooked through in the center.
  6. Drain onto paper towels and season with salt.
  7. Serve with ketchup or mustard for dipping.
Notes
  1. Since hot dogs come in different sizes, we used a regular Oscar Meyer hot dog for this recipe.
Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Corn-Fritters/
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