Life Tastes So Good

Exploring life one taste at a time.

Liquid Luck.

 “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.

May your heart be as light as a song.

May each day bring you bright,

 happy hours that stay with you all the year long.”

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St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow! Like most people I have to work so we decided to have our own celebration today! I’m not a huge drinker and really don’t like beers like Guinness however certain times of the year its acceptable to enjoy a cold one. Have you ever thought about which beers are the top Irish beers? I mean we know beer is beer but which ones are Irish and which ones are, well, not? Here’s a list of the top Irish beers:

Beamish Stout

Guinness Draught

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Murphy’s Irish Stout

Ohara’s Celtic Stout

Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout

Harp Lager

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Murphy’s Irish Red

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

Visit this site for more details on each beer.

Not in the mood for a cold beer? I got you covered!

I usually don’t drink beer either so I of course made a back up. This is possibly the easiest to make as well!

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All you need is:

A cup

A shot glass

Mango Juice

Pineapple Juice

Coconut Rum

Melon Liquor

Optional: Liquid Green Food Coloring

Measure out 1 shot of coconut rum, 1 shot of melon liquor, 3 shots of pineapple juice,

3 shots of mango juice — pour all into a shaker with ice (optional liquid green food coloring, if you want a more vibrant green color).

Give a quick shake or two and pour into a glass of choice.

Drink up! Told you it was easy! I’m a simple kind of gal.

No matter what drink you decide to enjoy St. Patrick’s day, please enjoy responsibly.

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Vanilla Coffee Syrup

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Have you ever thought gosh I wish I could figure out how to make Starbucks at home? I was so tired of paying $4.00 or more for my favorite drink so decided to make a few copy cat recipes of my two favorite Starbucks drinks. The first key to making these most tasty drinks is Vanilla coffee syrup. Possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made! I can keep you from forking over $6.00 to $7.00 by following this easy 30 minutes or less recipe.  Now we can use all that money you saved to buy other things, like the very important nail polish or mani-pedi trip.

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract

(Plus a container with a lid.)

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to a slow boil. Gently stir together the water and sugars until well combined.  Allow mixture to cook for about 15 minutes, until mixture becomes thick. Set aside and allow to cool and add in vanilla extract. Keep refrigerated for future use.

You didn’t think i’d leave you hanging did you? Here is my favorite recipe to make with my vanilla syrup. Drink it up folks!

Copy Cat Caramel Macchiato

1 cup milk

4 tbs. ground espresso beans, about

1/2 cup water

Vanilla syrup (1 oz. for every 8 oz. milk)

Caramel syrup

Fill the metal pitcher with 1 cup of milk, The steam wand should be inserted diagonally just below the surface of the milk. This will create “froth” necessary for a good Caramel Macchiato. (Don’t have a milk steamer? Click here.)

Now make espresso, remember A good espresso grind should be about the consistency of sugar. Use the 1/2 cup of water for the 4 tablespoons of espresso beans.  If you do not have an espresso maker you can always get some of these relatively cheaper options and follow the brewing directions. Each maker is different with similar results.

In your cup first pour vanilla syrup, add 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce and stir. Add hot espresso on into cup. Using a spoon to hold back the froth of the milk pour steamed milk into cup as well, try to conserve as much of the froth if possible. Give mixture in cup one quick stir. Add froth on top, drizzle top with caramel sauce.

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Agua de Horchata.

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
―     Ernest Hemingway

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I have been so tired the last two weeks. Seriously falling asleep at work tired. My car was out of commission and therefore to get to work I had to get up at four-thirty AM to head out with the kiddos and husband with one car. I know I am going to sound spoiled when I say this but I hate having one car. We live in an area where there is no public transportation and getting around basically requires a car. It stinks when moments like this happen. Anyways off my soap box, I’ve been extra lazy luckily this cool summer drink does not involve much of any work other than waiting. My husband loves this drink and so do my step kiddos, they call it cinnamon milk. It’s a traditional Mexican drink that I enjoy from time to time and it’s a bonus that my kiddo and husband like it so it never lasts.

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Agua de Horchata

1 3-inch cinnamon stick
4 cups hot water (Bring to a boil on the stove and remove from heat)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 can (12 fl. oz.) Sweetened Condense Milk
Ice cubes
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (Optional)

What To Do:

 In a large bowl mix up rice, cinnamon stick and water;

Cool it down, and Cover; Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Strain the mixture over a pitcher, reserve the liquid. Remove Cinnamon sticks. Place rice in blender. Add a ground cinnamon (optional, for a stronger cinnamon taste.)

 Cover; blend on High for 3 to 4 minutes until mixture is as smooth as possible. Add the reserved soaking water and Sweetened condensed milk; blend for an additional 2 minutes. Pour entire mixture into pitcher.

Serve over ice or blend with ice in the blender for a “shake” texture.

Enjoy!

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Sangria Floats

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” – Plautus

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On my way to work the other day I was running extremely early and there just happens to be a Target right where I exit the freeway. Darn the luck! I zipped in and found a few things I actually needed and also picked up this months copy of Food  Network Magazine.

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This June copy has some crazy good recipes and ideas to try out among them this little gem I found about Sangria Floats. What perfect drink for a hot summer day! These completely customizable bad boys are easy enough to make that you can have a family/friends barbeque serve these and not have to slave in the kitchen missing all the fun of having guests over. I hope you enjoy as much as I did sipping one of these while my kids played in the pool. I mean it did hit about 105* this weekend y’all; It’s officially summer in Texas!

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What You Will Need:

Bottle of your favorite Sangria

Container of Sherbet (Flavors vary, I used Pineapple because pineapple is my favorite)

Fruit for Garnish

What to Do:

For best results chill glass before hand for at least 3o minutes in the freezer.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out sherbet in ball formation. Fill glass with anywhere from three to four scoops depending on the size of your glass. Slowly pour over the Sangria over the Sherbet until glass if full.

Garnish with fruit if desired, and enjoy!

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