Cranberry + Orange Whiskey Sour

The perfect holiday cocktail: Cranberry and Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe

Something tells me that this year your Thanksgiving gathering may need a bit more booze than years past. That’s why I’m here with this sure-to-please recipe that will dull the senses and help you enjoy your holiday. This drink isn’t low-maintenance, but I promise that it is worth all of the time + attention that goes into it. You’ll want to dehydrate the oranges in advance (super simple but takes 3 hours in the oven), or opt for a slice of fresh orange instead.

Recipe yields two cocktails (or one really big one if your Thanksgiving really sucks).

The perfect holiday cocktail: Cranberry and Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe

INGREDIENTS

10 drops Orange Bitters (order them on Amazon Prime)
4 oz Irish whiskey
4 oz 100% cranberry juice
2.5 oz honey simple syrup (recipe below)
1 egg white
10 fresh cranberries
2 slices dehydrated oranges (directions below)

The day before (hey, I warned you that these were a labor of love!) you’ll need to prep a few ingredients in advance. Both travel well, so feel free to prepare them before the holiday and take them with you if you’ve got a long drive.

Honey Simple Syrup: Simply combine equal parts warm water and 100% pure honey in a sauce pan (I do 1 cup/1 cup), heat on medium and stir until heated through and combined. No need to bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let it cool, then pour into a glass container (mason jars work great!) and store in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Dehydrated Orange Slices: simply slice an orange 4-5 thin slices. Place wire racks over a cookie sheet and then organize the orange slices onto the wire rack. Cooking them flat on a baking sheet will not work, as you need the air to circulate around them. You can also place the orange slices directly onto your oven rack and put a baking sheet or piece of tinfoil on the rack below them. Heat your oven to 120 degrees, or whatever the lowest temperature is that it will go to (mine only goes down to 170 degrees). Cook the oranges at this low temperature for 2.5 hours and then check on them. You may want to flip them over, or rotate the pan, and then bake, checking every 30 minutes for progress (cook time will vary on the oven, temperature, and thickness of the slices). Mine took about 3.5 hours total. Remove them from the oven and let them cool, then store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place (fridge is great).

The perfect holiday cocktail: Cranberry and Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe

DIRECTIONS
(yields 2 cocktails)

Place 10 drops of Orange Bitters into the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 3 oz Irish whiskey, 2 oz 100% cranberry juice, 2 oz honey simple syrup and shake gently to combine. Add 5-10 ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and top with 1 egg white. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds. Strain into 2 glasses. The egg white should be well incorporated and should leave a thick white foam at the top of the drink.  Top this cocktail with a dehydrated orange slice that you have burnt slightly with a lighter or cooking torch and a skewer of fresh cranberries.

You can substitute the dehydrated orange slice for a fresh orange slice or wedge.

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Cocktail Recipe with Glenna Farms: Pancake Breakfast

Best Brunch Cocktails: The Pancake Breakfast made with 100% Pure Glenna Farms Maple Syrup.

Alongside the beloved screwdriver, mimosa and bloody Mary I would like to introduce a new brunch cocktail: The Pancake Breakfast. Made with 100% pure local Maple Syrup from Glenna Farms, and topped with a delicious stack of pancakes made with their All Natural Pancake Mix, this libation is sure to satisfy everyone at your next Sunday brunch.

I love using pure maple syrup in my recipes, and we go through quite a lot of it at our house! It is a healthy option for sweetening things up. Did you know that pure maple syrup contains doses of beneficial vitamins and macro-nutrients that we need to survive? Try saying that about sugar.

Glenna Farms was kind enough to send me a beautiful bottle of their syrup, and I couldn’t wait to try it out in a few recipes. I used it in salsa (yep, salsa! recipe coming soon), used it to sweeten my iced coffee and teas, and even found time to create this delicious cocktail. To ensure you make this recipe with high-quality, pure, 100% natural Maple Syrup the fine folks at Glenna Farms have offered a code good for 10% off. Visit their website, order some syrup and use code DAN16 at checkout. Here’s how to make it happen:

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Whiskey
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 oz milk
1 oz Glenna Farms Pure Maple Syrup
5-6 mini pancakes made with Glenna Farms All Natural Original Pancake Mix

Best Brunch Cocktails: The Pancake Breakfast made with 100% Pure Glenna Farms Maple Syrup.

DIRECTIONS
Follow the directions on the packaging for Glenna Farms All Natural Original Pancake Mix, and drop teaspoon dollops of pancake mix onto a warm, greased pan. Cook until the edges appear dry and then flip. Cook until both sides are golden. Place the pancakes in a stack and skewer, set aside.

Place 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, 1.5 oz Whiskey, 2 oz milk and 1 oz Glenna Farms Pure Maple Syrup in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass and top with the skewered pancakes.

Optional: there are two fun ways to serve this with syrup alongside it. Option 1: tip the rim of your glass into pure maple syrup (and potentially some cinnamon, too!), then place in the freezer until syrup solidifies. Or option two, place the tiny stack of pancakes in the freezer for 30 minutes, drizzle with pure maple syrup, then freeze for another 30 minutes to allow the syrup to solidify. 

 

Spicy Maple Baked Cashews with Chia Seeds

A recipe for Spicy Maple Baked Cashews with Chia Seeds: a healthy snack packed with the health benefits of 100% pure maple syrup and chia seeds!

I”m going to be honest: I’m hopelessly addicted to Archer Farm’s Caramel Cashew Trail Mix. It is by no means a healthy snack (or by any means the worst one), and its definitely my “guilty pleasure”. I just can say no to scooping some up during a Sunday night movie session or when the afternoon cravings settle in. And if I’m going to continue to be honest: I’d be fine with them leaving the cashews out so it was just a tub of M&M’s, peanuts and Milk Duds. I literally pick around the cashews and put up with the peanuts just to go to the candy. Hey, I told you I was being honest.

Okay so I keep finding myself left with these plastic Trail Mix jars that are 1/4 full of delicious cashews and I needed a way to use them so that we’d consume them rather than let them go to waste. We’re big fans of maple syrup at our house—we use it to sweeten our coffee and just about anything else, because it’s natural and actually has health benefits such as minerals and vitamins! So, with that in mind I set out to try making maple-glazed cashews that were sweet & savory with a little spice to top it off. I also love that this recipe for Spicy Maple Baked Cashews with Chia Seeds has the benefits of chia seeds, which are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other micro-nutrients. I made this recipe three times before finding the right combo, but I was super happy with the final result. Enjoy!

A recipe for Spicy Maple Baked Cashews with Chia Seeds: a healthy snack packed with the health benefits of 100% pure maple syrup and chia seeds!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chia seeds

DIRECTIONS
Place 1 cup unsalted cashews in a bowl. Top with 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup and stir until the nuts are coated with syrup. Spread the nuts out on a pan covered in parchment paper. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and chia seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, flip, then bake for 5 more minutes. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan, during which the syrup will harden like a glaze. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Hydrating Beauty Water

Hydrating Beauty Water: the perfect drink to help you stay hydrated and detoxed all summer long.

Did you know that up to 75% of the American population walks around every day dehydrated? No wonder we all feel sluggish and dependent on Starbucks. Not only is dehydration hard on your skin but has a negative impact on nearly every bodily process, including brain function, metabolism, immunity . . . the list goes on and on. That’s why for the past 6 years I’ve had a goal of consuming 150 ounces of water each day, and it has changed my life! One of my favorite ways to get in my daily OZs is by sipping on a big glass of my Hydrating Beauty Water! I shared the recipe last week over at Beauty Bets. Head over for all the details!

Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

The Bees Knees Cocktail featuring Quince & Apple Honey Lemon Syrup | Thyme is Honey

A few weeks back we spent our Saturday at Wollersheim Winery celebrating a friend’s birthday. Fun any time, but when February gifts you with a 50+ degree day it makes an afternoon at a winery all that more enjoyable. I mean, we got to eat our cake on a patio (with a bottle of rose)!

Wollersheim also has a distillery (try my Fall Old Fashioned featuring their Apple Brandy) which carries Quince & Apple syrups. Their locally made syrups are such a simple way to elevate your cocktails (check out all of their flavors, here)! We picked up their Honey Lemon Syrup and have already emptied the bottle making the Bees Knees Cocktail that they suggest on the label.

Following the directions exactly will yield a stiff (but delicious) cocktail. To lighten it up I like to make a bottle of soda water using our SodaStream, and then drop in 2 slices of lemon and some fresh mint leaves to infuse it. I then follow the recipe below, but top the cocktail off with 1-2 ounces of the infused water. Enjoy!

BEES KNEES COCKTAIL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
2 oz Midwest Gin
1 oz Quince & Apple Honey Lemon Syrup
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Ice
1-2 oz Infused Water (optional)

DIRECTIONS
Fill shaker with all ingredients and shake. Strain into glass and add an ice cube if you prefer. Top with infused bubble water if you’d like a lighter drink.

The Bees Knees Cocktail featuring Quince & Apple Honey Lemon Syrup | Thyme is Honey