August 15, 2013

proof whisky, let’s go to the..., Vol. 137



It’s ex-time again. To celebrate the opening of Canada’s largest fair we are featuring an appropriate treat. Try out a couple of our midway recipes in your own backyard. For more information on proof brands visit www.proofbrands.com



 We set up a snow cone syrup bar in the backyard. What a great way start a backyard party or bbq. You can experiment with different fruits and even some veggies and spirits, like cool cucumber and gin. Enjoy these suggestions.


blueberry basil snow 2 cups blueberries • 1/4 cup sugar • 3 oz water • 3 oz proof rum • 2 fresh basil leaves • crushed ice

Coarsely mash berries, sugar and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, then boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Pour into food processor or blender and puree. Strain into clean jar and add proof rum and fresh basil. Let cool and refrigerate until cold (about 1 hour). Remove basil leaves. Pour about 1 oz over shaved ice. Garnish with basil leaf. (makes 6-8 cones)


mojito snow 1 cup mint leaves • 1 1/2 cups sugar • 3 limes (zested and juice, approximately 1 1/2 oz of lime juice)
3 oz proof rum • crushed ice

Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, stir in lime zest and mint. Let cool to room temperature, remove mint, then add lime juice and proof rum. Refrigerate unitl cold. Pour 1 oz over shaved ice and garnish with mint sprig. (makes 6-8 cones)


niagara peach snow 4 local peaches, peeled, pitted & sliced • 1 1/2 cups sugar • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice • 1/2 cup water • 1/2 cup proof whisky • crushed ice

Add peaches, water and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes on low. Puree peach mixture in a blender and strain into clean bowl. Add lemon juice and proof whisky. Refrigerate until cool. Pour 1 oz over shaved ice, and garnish with peach slice. (makes 6-8 cones) (depending on the size of your peaches, you may need to add more water)


old fashioned snow 1 cup local cherries, halved & pitted • 1 cup sugar • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice • 1 cup proof whisky • Crushed ice

Bring to boil with water and sugar to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes on low.
Puree mixture  in a blender and strain into clean bowl. Add lemon juice and proof whisky. Refrigerate until cool. Pour 1 oz over shaved ice, and garnish with a cherry and lemon twist. (makes 6-8 cones)

 


Ice equipment If you are in the market for an ice shaver or snow-cone machine, check out Target. They have a couple of different models. We also use our snowball maker for a perfect ball. (www.target.com)

 


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Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Sunny and a high of 24 degrees
Sunday: Sunny and a high of 25 degrees



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