It’s Bourbon Thyme!

Thyme Bourbon:

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • fresh thyme

thyme

 

Directions:

Simmer one cup of sugar and one cup water with fresh thyme till the sugar dissolves.  Then, strain the thyme.

Add the thyme flavored simple syrup to your favorite bourbon.  Some of you will like a whole lot of it while others may just need a dash.  We’ll leave that up to you 😉

Top the drink with a fresh piece of thyme and serve on the rocks.  This is a great Christmas warmer upper!!

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Visiting the Vineyards of Paso Robles

Rather than driving North from the San Francisco Airport to Napa or Sonoma, my husband and I decided to try something new for our mostly-annual anniversary trip and drove 3 hours south instead.  Our destination was the central California wine region of Paso Robles, pronounced Pah-so Row-bulls by locals.  Over the years, we’ve found that a lot of the cabs we like come from this region, so we thought, why not?

With an even greater daily temperature change and a host of different microclimates, Paso Robles wines are very fruit forward and complex.  If you like California cabernets, it is likely that you have already enjoyed wines from this region.

Our first day of tasting included Tobin James, Eberle, and J. Lohr wineries.  Tobin James is like a scene out of the old West.  Sara our friendly and knowledgeable pourer told us that the enormous 180 year old bar where we were tasting had been purchased by Tobin James and moved to the winery.  The bar is rumored to be the one that Jesse James bellied up to in Missouri back in the day.  Sara also shared that Tobin James has the world’s largest wine club.  “We only have a 3% drop rate.” With a free tasting, a friendly staff and great wines, Tobin James was a great start to our trip.

Visit Eberle Winery

Still East of the 101, we Uber’d to Eberle winery where we met Dennis, an Akron native, and our tasting room associate.  One of the perks of Eberle, besides their wine, is their wine caves.  They were the first winery in Paso Robles to dig them and tours are offered free of charge.  It was a great way to learn more about the wine-making process.

Last on our list for the day was J. Lohr.  We are a big fan of J. Lohr cab and probably the number one reason we decided to visit Paso.  The free wine tasting (yes, many of the wineries in Paso Robles offer free tastings!) did not disappoint.  Simon, our tasting room pourer told us that J. Lohr Cabernet is the number one selling cab in the U.S. – which confirmed we have great taste in wine 😉  We also learned from Simon that the diurnal shift in temperature in the area is what makes the wines have such a robust depth and flavor. Okay, I had to use that word “diurnal” – basically their nights are really cold and their days get much warmer.  This variation in temperature is even more pronounced than in Napa and Sonoma.

j. Lohr wine tasting

This gorgeous view attached below was off the tasting room of Daou winery where we started our tasting Saturday.  The picture probably doesn’t do it justice, but the view is absolutely breathtaking.  Daou winery sits on 115 acres.  Their cabernets are their main focus, but they do offer other varietals.  For this winery, we reserved a cabernet tasting and were greeted warmly by Gabriel who walked us around the premises and told us about the history of Daou winery and the great attention to detail in their wine-making process.  Following our tour, he led us to an outdoor table set with all the wines we were to taste.  Let’s just say we joined the wine club afterwards.

Daou Winery view
Off the beaten path, we decided to visit Dilecta winery based on a recommendation from one of the tasting room associates. Who would know better, right?  We were greeted by the winemaker and owner’s mom who designs the wine labels and the artwork that decorates the tasting room walls.  After learning that she was yet another Ohio native (from Youngstown) she told us about the winery and introduced us to her son, Orion.  These type of more-intimate wine-tasting experiences is just one of the many perks of visiting Paso Robles wineries.

Dilecta winery

 

Gabriel from Daou told us, “no matter what, it’s about enjoying the wine.”  – and thanks to Daou winery and all the other wineries in Paso Robles we definitely did 🙂

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Kom-boo-cha Halloween Cocktail

Here’s our edgier take on the Fizzy Fall-Fashioned from the November issue of Health magazine.  This one is a keeper!

Kom-boo-cha Halloween Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 5 Tbsp ginger kombucha
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1-2 oz Tom’s Foolery Bourbon
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 skull ice cube

Directions:

Mix ingredients, place in glass, add skull ice cube and you are ready for your Halloween party!

We used Tom’s Foolery Bourbon because they are just down the road from us, they rock and their bourbon is outstanding!  Check out our interview with them here.Tom's Foolery Bourbon

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Skull Ice Cubes
Skull Ice Cubes – $14.99 – Buy them here

 

 

Move Over Mimosa!

Here’s a new brunch treat for the weekend that mixes up the traditional (insert yawn here) mimosa.  Substitute pineapple juice instead of orange juice and add a splash of Malibu rum. Now you’re talking!

Move Over Mimosa cocktail:

  • Malibu rum – 1 oz
  • Prosecco – 4 oz
  • Pineapple juice – 1 oz

Pineapple mimosa

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Top Three Grapefruit Drinks

This season is all about grapefruit flavors. Here are our top picks of grapefruit flavored wines and drinks:

  1.  For $10.99 this grapefruit flavored rosé can’t be beat.

NV Ruby Red Rose

NV Ruby Red Rose Grapefruit, France (750ml)

2.  This Secco Grapefruit Pompelini from Trader Joe’s is dry like a prosecco but has a hint of grapefruit that gives it a nice, fresh taste.  We love it because it isn’t sweet.

Secco Grapefruit Pompelini from Trader Joes
Secco Grapefruit Pompelini from Trader Joes

 

3. If you are looking for a gluten-free, non-sugary drink, Cutwater Spirits has created the perfect Paloma in a can.

Paloma Cocktail by Cutwater
Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail

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Kiwi Kiss Cocktail

kiwis

Enjoy this refreshing Kiwi Kiss Cocktail while the kiwis are still in season.  We enjoyed this on one of our last nights in Mexico and it was a huge hit among all of our group.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 oz vodka
  • kiwi – muddled (save a slice for the rim of your glass)
  • lime wedge
  • 1/2 shot simple syrup*
  • club soda (optional)

Kiwi Kiss Cocktail

Directions:

Peel and muddle a kiwi, remembering to set aside a slice for your cocktail rim.  Add muddled kiwi, vodka, simple syrup and 1/2 oz of club soda (if you want to keep it a little lighter), and a squeeze of lime.  Shake with ice and pour.  Add your kiwi slice to the rim and enjoy!

*Make your own simple syrup:

If you don’t have simple syrup or just want to make your own, here is a super easy recipe.  Add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water and boil until sugar dissolves (7-10 minutes).  Let cool.  See?  I told you it was easy!

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Festive Boozy Pops

Our friend Allison put us to the task of recreating these Fourth of July boozy popsicles that she found in a magazine recently.  Always willing to accept a challenge, Ashlee recreated these Festive Boozy Pops with moonshine, berries and lemon ice.  What a great way to enjoy a hot Fourth of July party!

Ingredients (makes 8 small or 6 large popsicle)

  • Strawberries (6-8)*
  • Lemon ice or sherbet (1-2 cups)*
  • Moonshine (6-8 oz)* – divided into 3 equal portions
  • Popsicle molds

*The portions listed are approximates based on mold size and how boozy you want your popsicles.

Directions

Have your popsicle molds ready to go.  We used smaller molds that we picked up from Walmart recently, but recommend using larger molds like these.

First layer:  Blend strawberries with 1/3 portion of booze. We used moonshine which turned out great! It’s okay to keep this layer on the thicker side to prevent the layers from mixing.   Add this first layer to fill 1/3 of each mold.

Second layer: Use sherbet or lemon ice.  We used lemon ice and were happy with the look and flavor.  Blend with 1/3 portion of booze.   Then place this layer on top of previous layer in the mold.

Third layer: Blend blueberries with the last portion of booze.  Again, its okay to keep this layer on the thicker side also to prevent layers from mixing.  Top off each mold.  Add sticks/lids.

Freeze and enjoy this fun Fourth of July treat with family and friends!

As you see in our picture below the popsicles look great but the strawberry and lemon ice layer mixed a bit more than we would have liked since the molds were so small.  This is why we recommend the regular-sized molds.  In any case, they were delish!

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