Archive of ‘Beverages’ category

Cucumber Cape Codder Cocktail

The perfect summer cocktail for a crowd! Cucumber, cranberry juice, and lime come together for a refreshing punch that is equally delicious as a cocktail or mocktail! Get the Cucumber Cape Codder Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Happy Monday darlings! It’s that time of the month again where I share a delicious new recipe from another wonderful blogger in the Secret Recipe Club! If you’re new here, the Secret Recipe Club is a fun group of food bloggers that play a sort of “secret Santa” each month. We are assigned to another blogger’s blog and make one of their dishes, with minimal modifications if any, to feature on our own blog. This month, I was assigned to Corey at Learning Patience. I connected with her immediately because, like me, she too likes to run, travel, and eat. This makes her good people. (more…)

Cold Press Coffee

How to make your own cold press coffee concentrate to make delicious iced coffees and blended drinks. Perfect for hot weather!

I thought about starting this post by telling you how much you’d save in a summer by making your own iced coffee. It works out to roughly $150 if you assume you purchase three iced coffees per week over a twelve week summer. And then I’d go on to tell you how easy it is to make cold press coffee and enjoy the best iced coffee ever at home, but it didn’t feel right. It felt rushed, and coffee shouldn’t be rushed or stressful, or tarnished with calculations and figures. It should just be really, really delicious, even if it’s really really hot outside. (more…)

Lucky Ginger Martini

Lucky Ginger Martini - An upscale alternative to green beer for St Patrick's Day!

Happy Friday! Saint Patrick’s Day is early next week, but I know many local places are advertising specials and events this weekend, but if green beer isn’t your thing, I have the perfect alternative!

Lucky Ginger Martini - An upscale alternative to green beer for St Patrick's Day!

This martini was created by my resident mixologist (the Godfather) to pair with my Slow Cooker Sesame Ginger Pork and it was so good, we knew we had to share it. Since the featured liquor is Irish whiskey, it’s festive, and the ginger simple syrup (recipe here) is a perfect compliment to the whiskey.

Lucky Ginger Martini - An upscale alternative to green beer for St Patrick's Day!

If you’re out celebrating this weekend, Irish or not, please do so responsibly. Have fun and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Lucky Ginger Martini
 
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Organic ginger simple syrup and Irish whiskey make the perfect pairing for this delicious martini!
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 martini
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Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the ingredients.
  2. Shake well for 5-10 seconds then strain into a martini glass
  3. Serve chilled

 

Organic Ginger Simple Syrup

DIY Ginger Simple Syrup

I think simple syrup is an overlooked ingredient at the moment. It appears in recipes for cocktails and mocktails alike, is a standard stock item for any bar, can be used to sweeten lemonade, or hot or iced tea, and yet I feel it’s often looked over as “just sugar water”.

First of all, yes, it is sugar and water, but the syrup provides a huge advantage as a beverage sweetener because it allows you to do more with less. You don’t have to add as much simple syrup as you would sugar to say, cold lemon water to make lemonade, because the sugar is already dissolved and you won’t have that natural separation that happens where the top of your lemonade is bitter and the bottom is super sweet.

Make Your Own Simple Syrup

The basic recipe for simple syrup is 1 cup filtered water to 1 cup sugar. I chose to use organic sugar for two reasons. One, certified organic foods cannot be genetically modified and two, it is less processed than it’s ultra-refined counterpart. Also, I’m very very lucky to be able to find it easily in bulk at my local warehouse store. 😉

When making the syrup it’s easy to add all sorts of flavors depending on how you plan to use it. I made a mint simple syrup for lemonade last year, but I’ve really been into ginger recently and decided to make a version with fresh ginger today. It’s so good to use a drop or so to sweeten a spicy black tea, or make a ginger lemon or lime-ade, and the Godfather used it to make a delicious happy hour concoction coming to the blog soon.

Organic Ginger Simple Syrup
 
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Make your own gourmet simple syrup using organic sugar and ginger
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Serves: 1½ cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2½ inches fresh organic ginger, peeled and chopped into 3-4 chunks
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, ginger, and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a glass jar or other container for storage in the refrigerator. Keeps for one week.
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For a mild ginger flavor, remove the fresh ginger from the syrup for storage. For a stronger flavor, leave the ginger in and the flavor will get stronger with time.

 

Hot Chocolate for Two

Happy Monday lovelies! It’s been quite a celebratory weekend in the world of the Godmother, culminating with Princess A’s first birthday party yesterday. Can you believe it’s been almost a year already? We were so blessed to celebrate the day with family and friends-who-basically-are-family, and one birthday girl who was awake for most of the party, but never actually made it through a singing of Happy Birthday. 😉

Hot Chocolate Ingredients

We were so exhausted after the party and very glamorously crashed on the couch at the late late hour of 5:45 pm. In my mind, I had envisioned a slightly different itinerary more along the lines of a relaxing evening around the Christmas tree with some homemade hot cocoa. I love homemade hot cocoa made with real chocolate. I can control the sweetness and the kind of chocolate we use and it always tastes incredible.

Hot Chocolate Recipe from Scratch on Goodie Godmother

My only problem with making hot cocoa from scratch at home has always been scaling. There are some fabulous slow cooker hot chocolate recipes on various website that are great for parties, but our tiny household where we even share mugs doesn’t lend itself well to a crock pot full of chocolate, and I rarely plan hours ahead for hot chocolate anyway. So a few years ago, with a little scaling, I simplified to three ingredients which I usually just eyeball, and started making our hot cocoa in minutes on the stove top.

The trick to making perfect hot cocoa on the stove top is heating the milk over a medium low heat, not letting it ever come to a boil (that way you avoid that icky milk skin), and not using chocolate chips. Chocolate chips have a coating that helps them keep their shape during baking, but that makes them less-than-ideal for melting. You’ll want to use baking chocolate, also called coverture chocolate, instead. This is the same kind of chocolate used for making ganache, and is designed to melt beautifully. In a pinch, I have also used a good quality chocolate bar (plain of course). Over the past two years though, I’ve been stocking either the Callebaut callets or the Guittard wafers in our kitchen because I don’t have to chop them before melting. If you use a bar, be sure to chop it since big chunks don’t melt well and you’ll have to maintain the milk temperature longer, which increases the risk for scalding.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe on Goodie Godmother

Once the chocolate is melted, you just sweeten to taste, pour into mugs, and enjoy! We really enjoyed topping ours with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows (recipe here).

Hot Chocolate for Two
 
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Make homemade hot cocoa in minutes with an easily scaled stove top recipe.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2 servings
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  • 12 oz milk
  • 4 ounces melting chocolate of your choice
  • 1-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Place the milk and chocolate in a small saucepan over medium low heat, stirring occasionally to allow even heat distribution, for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and sweeten to taste with the condensed milk.
  3. Pour into serving mugs and enjoy warm.
Notes
*We typically use organic 1% milk, dark chocolate, and 1.5 tbsp condensed milk for our hot cocoa.
*I have made this with almond milk too, and the same caveats about temperature apply, although you won't get a skin on the almond milk. The texture just becomes grainy. So keep it low.

 

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Disclaimer: This post is not in any way sponsored by Callebaut or Guittard, but it does contain affiliate links to Amazon from which I would make a small commission should you choose to purchase. Any commission made helps defray the cost of operating the Goodie Godmother blog and I thank you for your support.

On another note, should you know anyone at the community partnership department of either chocolate company looking for blog partners, please pass along my information because I would love to work with them! 😉

 

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