The big game is coming up quickly; do you know how you will spend your Super Bowl Sunday? If you are like us, it will include great friends and endless snacking. But who wants to spend all day in the kitchen? This year, make something your friends will love without the hassle. You actually want to watch the game, right? I am a huge fan of a simple, classic, one-pot recipe. Less mess, less clean up. We have a great recipe that combines two of our favorite things in this world: cheese and wine. Try it out – your friends will thank you:
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total time: 25 min
½ pound imported Swiss cheese, shredded
½ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cherry brandy
½ teaspoon dry mustard
And anything you'd like for dipping! My favorites are Granny Smith apples, crusty bread (think Sourdough or a French baguette), and roasted artichoke hearts.
1. In a small bowl, coat the cheese with cornstarch. Set aside. Rub the inside of the ceramic fondue pot with the garlic, and then discard.
2. Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese gradually (so the cheese can melt, encouraging a smooth fondue). Once smooth, stir in the cherry brand, mustard, and nutmeg.
3. Serve with your favorite dipping foods.
And as an added bonus, you have the remaining white wine to enjoy during the game! If you have another beverage in mind however, save your wine for another time. Our new Rabbit Stainless Steel Wine Preserver will remove air from your wine bottle, preserving the taste for next time. But we wouldn't blame you for enjoying it right away :)
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As the year comes to a close, we begin to look forward to the new year. What better way to toast to 2015 and ring in the new year than with a Classic Champagne Cocktail? And really, who doesn't love to pop bottles on New Years Eve? Whether hosting your own New Year's party or getting ready for a night out with friends, you will be sure to impress with this bubbly favorite:
Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 Sugar Cube
3-6 Dashes of Angostura bitters
4-6 Ounces of Brut Champagne
Lemon Twist (garnish)
Soak the sugar cube with bitters. Place the Champagne in a flute. Slowly pour the Champagne into the glass until it is within an inch of the rim. Add lemon twist as a garnish.
Pro Tip: 'Dodge the cork' should not be one of your next party games. Let's be honest, uncorking Champagne can be difficult. Stubborn corks, spills, and the always nerve-wracking 'flying' cork are some real problems when opening a bottle of Champagne. Stop the struggle with the Rabbit Velvet Champagne Set – not only will you and all of your friends be able to open Champagne like a pro with the Rabbit Champagne Pliers, you will look good doing it too. Added bonus: if you do by chance have leftover Champagne after the festivities have ended – don't throw it away! Keep it fresh and bubbly using the Rabbit Champagne Sealer (included in the set).
The holiday season is officially upon is. And tis the season for family, friends and memories to be made. Whether you are enjoying a cozy night in or entertaining for your next holiday party, we have a few festive holiday cocktails that will be sure to impress.
The Classic Hot Toddy
1 ½ oz brown liquor (whiskey, brandy or rum)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish (optional)
Too cold to go out? Turn on your favorite holiday movie and relax with this classic winter drink. To make measuring simple, use the new Rabbit Adjustable Jigger to measure out liquids for perfect precision. Combine the liquor of your choice, honey, lemon juice and hot water into a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
4 in piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups vodka or gin
2 cups cranberry juice
Splash club soda
To make the ginger syrup, place all syrup ingredients (4 inch piece of ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water) in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup (about 20 minutes). Strain and allow to cool fully.
Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and the ginger syrup. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full and top off with club soda. Garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Pro Tip: Want to keep your cocktail cool without watering it down? Keep the pitcher in the fridge (without ice) and when you are ready to serve, place a new Rabbit Jumbo Chilling Stone at the bottom of the glass. Then simply fill, serve and enjoy!
Hot Spiced Sangria
2 bottles red wine
2 bottles white wine
1 cup brandy
1 sliced orange
2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup simple syrup
This has to be the easiest cocktail recipe, especially if you are making drinks for a large get together. Simply combine all of the ingredients listed above into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then keep warm on low until ready to serve. If you do not have a slow cooker, keep the drink warm on a stovetop in a saucepan over low heat. Pro Tip: That's a lot of wine – to save time on opening bottles, use the new Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew. No buttons, no fuss. Simply place on top of the bottle and the corkscrew automatically removes and ejects the cork for you! This recipe just got a whole lot easier.
Turns out that 49 out of 50 states have gotten snow so far this year which got me to thinking about cocktails that involve snow.
There is something called the "Snow Melt" that combines 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Amaretto and hot chocolate, which can be made in the Rabbit Fliptop Stainless Cocktail Shaker. Alas, although I checked several web sites for recipes, there is no actual snow used in the "Snow Melt".
As it always seems to, summer has gone especially fast this year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in less than the time it takes to pull a cork from a bottle of rose.
While Labor Day follows a familiar pattern of mall sales, backyard BBQ's and heavy traffic coming home from the beaches, it too—like Memorial Day and July 4th before it—had a more illustrious beginning.
Labor Day is a US federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers and was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike, during which workers died at the hands of the US military and US Marshals (President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the strike was settled).
The initial celebration was outlined in the first proposal of the Labor Day holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Selector movement.
How far we've come. These days, more than anything, Labor Day weekend marks the official end to summer and (here in the east, anyway) the start of school. It may also mark the last time this year you'll use your Rabbit Wine Trek to tote a bottle of chilled wine to a neighbor's pool party or your Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe to keep things cool in the sweltering days of summer.
So gather your friends and family for one last summer blow-out, grab your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and whip up a batch of Sweet & Spicy Margarita's (http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_No... ). Come Tuesday, it's time to say hello to fall!
1 part Chocolate Chili Liqueur
2 parts Tequila
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a margarita glass with ice.
Revised from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day)
Interestingly enough, July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years), marking 180 days remaining until New Year's Day. Here in the US, it is also known as Independence Day, celebrated as a federal holiday marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Independence Day is usually celebrated with fireworks, parades, pool-side barbecues and the like and the red white and blue theme often extends to what people are drinking.
The following recipes can be mixed up with the Rabbit's electric cocktail mixer ($20).
Blue Hawaiian (from the website http://mixthatdrink.com/blue-hawaiian/)
◦ 1 ounce Blue Curacao
◦ 1 ounce white rum
◦ 3 ounces pineapple juice
◦ 1 ounce sweetened coconut cream
Put the ingredients and the ice into your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and celebrate!
◦ 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel
◦ ½ ounce Zacapa rum
◦ ¼ ounce allspice dram
◦ 1 ounce iced coffee
◦ 1 cinnamon stick
Add Baileys Irish Cream, Zacapa rum, allspice dram, and iced coffee into a Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer full of ice and let her rip! Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Red, White, and B-Lucid Punch (from http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/drink_recipes/indepe... )
This punch packs…. well, a punch! Absinthe, Gin, fresh berries, ginger and OJ. Not exactly Apple Pie, but maybe we could start a new tradition.
1 oz Lucid Absinthe
1 oz gin
2 strawberries, 2 blackberries
1/2 oz. Ginger Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Muddle the berries in the ginger syrup and orange juice. Add remaining ingredients and add to the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer. Strain over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries and blackberries.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, have a happy 4th!