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Alison Ebright

Peppered Bacon Bloody Mary

Hey everyone!  It’s Ali from Gimme Some Oven, and I’m back today to share our final recipe in our Month of Drinks — a Peppered Bacon Bloody Mary!

This one was a definite “must” since we’re in the heart of tomato season.  It’s the perfect fresh, chilled, and zesty drink for summertime.  And all the better with my favorite bloody mary addition – bacon!

Actually, since I love a good pinch of freshly-cracked black pepper in my bloody mary’s, I decided to go with a nice peppery bacon for this twist on Better Homes and Garden’s classic bloody mary recipe.

All you need to do is fry up a slice of peppered bacon for each serving, double the amount of black pepper in the recipe.  I also added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika to the recipe for some extra smokiness to go with the bacon, but that’s optional if you don’t have it on hand.

If you also would like to rim your glass, just mix together a tablespoon of kosher salt, a teaspoon of coarse black pepper, and a teaspoon of smoked paprika.  Place the mixture on a small flat plate.  Then run a fresh slice of lemon around the rim, and dip the rim (upside down) in the salt mixture.

Then just pop that bacon in on top, along with whatever other garnishes you would like, and this delicious tomato-y drink is ready to serve.

A great way to drink those veggies, right??

Thanks for joining along for our Month of Drinks!  It has been an honor to be here sharing with you.  Cheers to a great summer ahead, and hope to have you come visit me at Gimme Some Oven!

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Alison Ebright

Ginger Tom Collins

Hey everyone!  It’s Ali from Gimme Some Oven, back to share another cheers-worthy recipe with you in our Month of Drinks.  In case you missed it, we began with a healthy (and non-alcoholic) Green Pina Colada Smoothie, followed by some lovely Strawberry Sangria.  Then this week, we are moving on to one of my favorite drinks for summer — a classic Tom Collins.

Just in case any of you aren’t familiar with ol’ Tom, this drink is basically fresh-squeezed lemonade with a hint of gin.  It’s super quick and easy to make, and is the perfect refreshing drink to serve on hot summer days.

But since I am admittedly obsessed with all things ginger, especially in my drinks (hello, fridge full of ginger beer!), I decided to whip up a quick homemade ginger simple syrup to stir in with this drink and turn it into a spiked ginger lemonade.  And oh Tom, I’m pretty sure we have a winner.  Here’s how to make one for yourself!

I basically followed this classic Tom Collins recipe that can be found here on Better Homes and Gardens’ site.  It calls for gin (I recommend using a good gin, like Hendrick’s), fresh lemons (trust me – it’s so worth the squeeze to use fresh rather than bottled juice), and sparkling water.

But instead of sugar, I decided to make a ginger simple syrup using sugar, water, and fresh ginger.

To make your simple syrup, just stir 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water and 4 ounces fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced) together in a saucepan until combined.  Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, and strain out the ginger pieces.  Then your simple syrup is ready to go!

I added 1 tablespoon of the ginger simple syrup to the recipe.

So to make the Ginger Tom Collins, just combine your simple syrup, gin and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, and shake with some ice for a few seconds.  Then pour it over ice.

And then top with some sparkling water.  And if you want — a cherry on top.  :)

My friends were mega fans of this one.  So I will definitely be using up that leftover ginger simple syrup to make more soon.  Hope you enjoy!

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Strawberry Sangria

Hey everyone!  It’s Ali, back from Gimme Some Oven to share with you the second recipe in our Month Of Drinks.  And I’m pretty sure you need to run out and grab the ingredients for this one stat because it is a perfect drink for summer entertaining — Strawberry Sangria!

I have had this recipe from BHG pinned for awhile to try because everything about it just seems to sing of summer.  From the pretty ripe berries, to the citrus-y orange, to the crisp white wine — yes, I love the twist of using white instead of red — it just seems made for warm evenings out on the back deck with friends.  Mine couldn’t stop raving about it.

 

If you’re the one doing the mixing, you can also rest easy because this strawberry sangria recipe is ridiculously easy to make.  And if you really want to make it easy, you can skip the step of making simple syrup (step 1 in the instructions) and instead just stir your wine and 1/2 cup of honey together until they honey is dissolved.  Then add in your fresh strawberries and half of the orange slices, cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.  Then stir in the sparkling water and a few more orange slices before serving as the instructions say.

With this simple twist, you save an extra 10 or so minutes of prep time, and the sangria will be naturally sweetened.  Win-win.

The other bonus with making sangria is that you don’t need to invest in expensive wine, since all of the extra add-ins help to flavor it.  I keep a stash of a certain famous 2-buck (actually $3) wine on hand year-round especially for that reason.  :)

So do yourself and your friends a favor and whip up a batch to serve this summer!  You can find the recipe here, as part of the collection of BHG’s other delicious homemade sangrias.  Cheers, friends!

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Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Hey everyone!  It’s Ali here, from Gimme Some Oven, and I’m stoked to be joining BHG and Delish Dish to share a month of tasty drink recipes with you.  Because while I love to create delicious meals, especially the quick and easy and seasonable ones that I usually share on my blog, I always love to serve up a good drink to go along with it.  Sometimes those include cocktails, sometimes a refreshing glass of freshly-brewed iced tea, or sometimes even just a simple fruit- or herb-infused water.  But when it comes to breakfast, most days of the week my glass is filled with a big green smoothie.  And as you might have guessed from the title, that’s what we’re talking about today!

I don’t know if you have looked at the section of smoothie recipes on BHG’s website recently, but there are tons of fabulous recipes to choose from!

I happen to be obsessed with keeping fresh pineapple on hand.  And I happen to also love coconut.  So when I ran across their pina colada smoothie recipe, I knew it sounded right up my alley.  But I can’t resist throwing a big handful of spinach into just about every smoothie that I make.  So I decided to turn this one into a green pina colada smoothie.  It’s super easy to make!

Just start with some delicious fresh pineapple.

Add in your coconut milk (I subbed in the lighter coconut milk from the carton, instead of the can), and some bananas.

Then add in your yogurt (I used plain lowfat Greek) and some honey (well hello there, bear!).

Then finish it off with a splash of vanilla and a big handful of fresh spinach.

Pop that lid on, and blend it all up to green perfection.

The result?  A sweet, healthy, rich, and delicious smoothie that is perfect for breakfast or any meal of the day.  Now this Kansas girl just needs a beach to go with this pina colada smoothie.  ;)

So hop on over to the recipe page for this Pina Colada Smoothie and blend up one for yourself!

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