Ginger Julep Cocktail

Summer is a great time of the year to experiment with fun cocktails.You can use fresh fruits and herbs, play with various juices and all kinds of ingredients.

I really like taking an common drink and turn it into a more exotic one. Here we have a basically a Mint Julep with a more ginger twist. I know everyone is into Mojitos like  mad but I like Bourbon so Mint Juleps are favored in my home. How about you? Or have this Ginger Julep Cocktail and then let me know your favorite hi hi.

Ginger Julep Cocktail 2

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The Sazerac: the official cocktail of New Orleans

I am back from holiday but I have gotten into the swing blogging yet. The vacation to New Orleans was fabulous but I did come back with a nasty cold too. I promise I will have pics soon and tell you all about it.

I did find the energy however to recreate a fabulous cocktail we enjoyed while there. One thing NOLA is know for, besides food and beads, it’s cocktails. From industrial daiquiri machines to a Vieux-Carré or a Hurricane, there is a drink that will fit your bill. The number one cocktail my friend and I wanted to try was the Sazerac, which just so happened to be proclaimed New Orleans’ official cocktail in 2008.

Sazerac 1

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Grilled Lime and Bitters Chicken

A friend once invited me to dinner at her brother’s new house, maybe 10 years ago. I do remember the gorgeous setting of the backyard. There was lush vegetation all around, pretty wind chimes and birdhouses. I have fond memories of that evening. Its was a beautiful summer day and of course a barbecue meal was in order. He made this chicken, it was the best grilled chicken I ever ate. So flavorful, fragrant and intensely delicious. They gave us a photocopy the recipe from a cookbook or magazine and I made it a few times back then and forgot about the recipe. I wish I would remember what was the side dish to the chicken at that dinner party, I know I took down that recipe too but memory fails me.

Well I had a craving and I was having my parents over for lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for my father’s birthday. It did not take long to dig out the recipe. I cannot give you a source, all I know is that is was on page 52-53 of the barbecue section, as indicated in the photocopy. Just as wonderful as I had remembered!

Ξ Grilled Lime and Bitters Chicken Ξ

1 chicken cut into 4 pieces or 4 chicken breast
1/3 cup lime juice
1 Serrano pepper, thinly sliced
2 green onions, chopped
2 tbsp Angostura Bitters
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 ground pepper
a pinch of ground cloves

Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Cover the chicken with the marinade and let stand in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight. Remove chicken from fridge and let it come to room temperature prior to grilling. Drain and set marinade aside. Grill the chicken on the barbecue for about 5-8 minutes per side (meat thermometer should read 165 F), basting the meat with the marinade regularly. Serve with a side of your choice.