Mother’s Day Drink Recipes

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Mother’s Day is a few weeks away and I don’t know about you but my favorite way of celebrating Mother’s Day is at the lake especially if it is a beautiful Minnesota spring day! By the time Mother’s Day is here I have the spring-cleaning done at the cabin, the patio furniture is out at the lake and the outside fireplace is working. The dock is in along with the boat and I’m ready anytime for summer weather. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Drink Recipes”

4 New Year's Eve Recipes You Need To Try

4 New Year's Eve Recipes You Have To Try

It’s almost 2016! How that happened, I’m not so sure. The past year flew by! As the clock strikes midnight on Thursday evening many of us will be surrounded by loved ones, family, friends and of course… Food and Drink! These delicious recipes will be sure to have your party guests celebrating far past midnight as they toast towards a great year behind them and look towards new opportunities and celebrations in the future. Be sure to check out these 4 Simple New Year’s Eve Party Hosting Recipes and utilize the Free Printable Recipes that are included with them.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This first recipe is my absolute favorite. If you’ve never tried Spinach and Artichoke Dip, you’ve been missing out. It’s truly heaven on a flatbread wedge!

Is there anything that tastes better? I’ll answer that. No, no there isn’t. I challenge you to try this recipe for New Year’s Eve. Make sure you have recipe cards on hand, everyone will love this dip and be sure to ask you to share the secret of how it tastes so darn good.

Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Ingredients
  • 3 T. Butter
  • 4 T. Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Bag Spinach
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cans Artichoke Hearts, rinsed and drained
  • 3 T. Butter (additional)
  • 3 T. Flour
  • 1-1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Package (8 Oz.) Softened Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Crumbled Feta
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • ¾ Cups Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne
  • Extra Grated Pepper Jack
  • Pita Wedges, Tortilla Chips or Crackers
Instructions
  1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Crank up the heat a bit and throw in the spinach.
  4. Stir around and cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach wilts.
  5. Remove the spinach from the skillet and put it in a small strainer.
  6. Squeeze the excess juice back into the skillet.
  7. Set the spinach aside.
  8. Throw in the artichokes and cook over medium high heat for several minutes, until liquid is cooked off and artichokes start to get a little color.
  9. Remove the artichokes.
  10. In the same skillet or a different pot, melt 3 additional tablespoons of butter and whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour until it makes a paste.
  11. Cook over medium-low heat for a minute or two, then pour in milk.
  12. Stir and cook until slightly thickened; splash in more milk if needed.
  13. Add cream cheese, feta, parmesan, pepper jack, and cayenne and stir until cheese are melted and sauce is smooth.
  14. Chop artichokes and spinach and add to the sauce. Stir to combine.
  15. Pour into buttered baking dish.
  16. Top with extra grated pepper jack and bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  17. Serve with pita wedges, chips or crackers!

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp and cocktail sauce go with New Year’s Eve Parties like Turkey goes with Thanksgiving Dinner. This Cocktail Sauce is delicious because it is 100% homemade. You won’t believe how truly easy this recipe is. I love Shrimp and Cocktail sauce, and when I can tweak the recipe to my choosing I love it even more than usual!

Shrimp Cocktail
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Ingredients
  • Shrimp
  • 2 Lbs. (12 to 15-count) Shrimp
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • Sauce
  • ½ Cup Chili Sauce (Recommended: Heinz)
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • 3 T. Horseradish
  • 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Hot Sauce (Recommended: Tabasco)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on.
  3. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in 1 layer.
  4. Roast for 8 to10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. For the sauce, combine the chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  7. Stir together.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Serve as a dip with the shrimp.

White Pizza Dip

White Pizza Dip

New Year’s Eve is all about snacking and indulging on all things not-so-good for you for one last evening before the ever popular New Year’s Resolution time begins the following day! Everyone knows that pizza is the ultimate party treat, so why not make a delicious dip fashioned after this delicious food staple. 

When it comes to appetizers, there’s nothing better than a creamy, cheesy dip! And this White Pizza Dip is just that. It’s really easy to throw together in the midst of the holiday rush, and it’s the kind of oozy gooey appetizer that makes a great conversation starter. I like this dip in a French Boule, but if that’s not your style feel free to toss it in a medium sized dish and you can create an equally delicious app. We promise this tasty comfort food dip will disappear just as soon as you set it out, so maybe have a second batch on hand! Serve with crackers, bread or chips and enjoy the instant satisfaction of this White Pizza Dip.

White Pizza Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Boule
  • 1½ C. Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ tsp. Dried Basil
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Stir in dried basil and oregano.
  4. Cut top off inch or so off of boule.
  5. Hollow out inside, leaving about a 1-inch or so rim.
  6. Add mozzarella mixture to hollow.
  7. Top with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese and red pepper flakes, to taste.
  8. Grease a sheet of aluminum foil and lightly cover.
  9. Place on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes covered.
  11. Remove foil, and continue baking for 10-15 uncovered, or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.

Pomegranate Moscow Mules

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We believe the more festive the drink the better the New Year! Try out these Pomegranate Moscow Mules and have a deliciously festive twist on this traditional cocktail. Welcome to your new favorite beverage of 2016 Coborn’s Bloggers!

Hint: Try these with tasty cocktails in Copper Mugs. It’s the signature way to serve the drink and it makes the Moscow Mule even better! Here’s why:

  • The most scientific benefit of using a Copper Mug for Moscow Mules is the temperature difference. When ice and the liquid is combined in the mug, the Copper instantly takesCopper Moscow Mule Mugs on the icy temperature of the cocktail. The handle of the mug keeps your hands from growing cold from holding the mug and the cocktail keeps cold because it’s not making contact with your hands. (The metal also helps with reflecting the heat from the sun and keeping drinks cold int he summer sunshine, that’s why Moscow Mules are very popular in the warm months!)
  • It has been said that Moscow Mules enhance the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime. Some experts say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidize. This boosts the aroma, and enhances the taste of the vodka. Cold copper also has a tendency to heighten the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, bringing maximum fizziness to the Moscow Mule, compared to when it is served in a plastic or glass container. The lime juice is also brought to life by the cold copper, and this heightens the the tangy citrus.
  • Finally Moscow Mules look wonderful in Copper Mugs. It enhances the experience of the drink and makes the overall presentation of it look stunning.

Whether temperature, taste or experience is your reason, you will no doubt enjoy sipping these delicious Pomegranate Moscow Mules from beautiful Copper Mugs.

Pomegranate Moscow Mules
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. vodka
  • 1 Oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1 T. pomegranate seeds
  • 1 T. Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • ½ Cup Ice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Sprig of Rosemary
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail glass fill with ice.
  2. Stir together vodka, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, tbsp. lime juice, honey, and ice.
  3. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Whether it be a tasty dip with crackers, shrimp cocktail sauce or a festive beverage to toast with as the clock strikes midnight, food and drinks are a main aspect of many holidays. Coborn’s loves to be a part of your holidays and bring you food or the ingredients you need to make one of our recipes for your loved ones. We hope you have a blessed Holiday and we’ll see you in 2016!

 

Chocolate Liqueur Valentine Martini

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Chocolate Liqueurs are sweet drinks that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in an after dinner drink.  You can also add them to your coffee or over some desserts to add a sweet flavor.

What is a Chocolate Liqueur?

For the sake of simplicity, it is a liqueur that tastes like chocolate.  Chocolate Liqueurs are not a new invention.  The concept’s history dates back to around 1666 in France and chocolate liqueur recipes have been found in both British and American cookbooks.  These dessert drinks rose to popularity during the chocolate craze in the 1990s.

History of chocolate liqueur recipes have been divided into two parts: Pre-19th Century and Post-19th Century.  Pre-19th century cocoa was the main ingredient, while the modern recipe has cocoa extracts, vanilla, vanilla extract, vodka and simple syrup.

They are made from a combination of alcohol, sweetener and chocolate flavoring.  The ingredients are simple, but the process is quite lengthy.  I will not get into the process of making them at this point as I feel the ones you can find at your local Coborn’s or Cash Wise Liquor Store will work for whatever your plans are (desserts, cocktails or coffee boosts).

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches and you are out shopping for the perfect chocolates for the apple of your eye, may I suggest that you pick up a chocolate liqueur and make your special someone a fun Valentine Martini? Here is a delicious recipe to try this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Martini
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Shaved Chocolate for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  3. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.
  4. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Notes
You can use chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate liqueur.
If you want to spice it up, you can use Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur.

This recipe is sure to be a hit for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
Coborn’s, Inc. Liquor Category Manager

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Football Party Recipes

Hosting a party? Try these super simple dips that are sure to please.

Famous Queso DipCoborn's Blog: Famous Queso Dip Recipe

1 Lb.    Velveeta®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 Can (10 oz.)     RoTel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained

Mix ingredients in 2-qt. microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 5 min. or until Velveeta is completely melted, stirring after 3 min. Serve with assorted cut-up fresh vegetables, Wheat Thins Original Snack or tortilla chips.

Buffalo Chicken DipCoborn's Blog: Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

4    Chicken Breasts, cooked
16 oz.    Ranch Dressing
8 oz.    Cream Cheese
8 oz.    Shredded
Cheddar Cheese
To Taste    Frank’s Buffalo Sauce

Shred chicken; mix with buffalo sauce. Place mixture in shallow glass baking dish. Mix cream cheese and ranch dressing; spread on top of chicken mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Heat in oven until warm & cheese is melted.

Serve with chips, crackers or assorted raw vegetables.

Coborn's Blog: Bloody Mary RecipeBloody Mary

1 1/4 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
4 1/2 oz. Daily’s Original Bloody Mary Mix

Pour ingredients into iced cocktail glass.
Salt rim with celery salt if desired.
Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, celery stalk and straw.

Coborn's Blog: Famous Queso Dip
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Coborn's Blog: Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
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Coborn's Blog: Daily's Bloody Mary Recipe
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Best Fall Cocktails

Recipes for Fall Drinks

When you’re planning a fall party – put some thought into what you’re serving to drink! The best fall cocktails combine the flavors of this season – think rosemary, apple cider and pears. The best mixed drink recipes for fall will often include bourbon, scotch and gin as well. We love these drink ideas for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and any reason for a party in between. And – some can be mixed up in pitchers so you don’t have to worry about how to make all those drinks for your party guests. Of course all of the essential ingredients for these recipes can be found at Coborn’s liquor stores, grocery stores and on CobornsDelivers.com.

A Cider-Bourbon Cocktail is a great idea for a fall party drink – who doesn’t love apple cider, ginger and bourbon? This would be a fabulous drink for Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading “Best Fall Cocktails”