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Happy Hour’s Ripley Cocktail by Shaun the Bartnder

Ripley Cocktail

Ripley Cocktail

Nothing inspires me more in the summer than beverages and cuisine bursting with fresh ingredients.  Fruits and purchased at local a farmers market are perfect flavors for a delightfully cool cocktail.  That is what caught my eye on Shaun the Bartenders site this week.

Ripley Cocktail

  • 10 – 12 Fresh Red Raspberries
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1 Tsp. Sugar
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec 

Method:  Begin by putting the sugar and raspberries into a mixing glass.  Muddle thoroughly until there is a uniformed blend.  Squeeze in the lemon and muddle again.  In a shaker tin filled with ice, add the measured amounts of vodka and triple sec.  Cap off with the mixing glass with the muddled ingredients and shake for a good ten seconds or longer.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Twist a rind of lemon over the drink and rub the rim with it before dropping it into the drink.

Drinking with fresh ingredients in the summertime, while the weather is hot and sticky, will keep you rejuvenated as well.

I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty right here.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

You can also find Shaun the Bartender on Facebook and Twitter

Watch Shaun whip up a Ripley Cocktail

Cocktail Hour; Blushing Co-Ed by Shaun the Bartender

Blushing Co-Ed Photo:  Shaun the Bartender

Blushing Co-Ed
Photo: Shaun the Bartender

Warm days, a hot grill and a cool cocktail.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a late spring evening than relaxing in the back yard with one of Shaun the Bartender’s creative cocktails.  This delightful pre-prohibition cocktail is a bit more involved than most, but well worth the time.   He posts one each day, are you a subscriber yet?  

Blushing Co-Ed

  • 7 Raspberries (four for the drink, three to use as a garnish)
  • 2 Tsp. Granulated Sugar  (if you want to use simple syrup, go with 1/2 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Applejack
  • 1 Raw Egg (optional)
  • Juice from one Lemon

Method:  In a mixing glass with ice, drop in four raspberries and sugar.  Muddle until the two ingredients are blended well.  Add the gin, applejack, and raw egg, (optional).  Cap off with a tin and do a dry shake, (without ice), for about ten – fifteen seconds.  This will allow the egg to infiltrate the other ingredients and gives you a nice and foamy beverage.  Uncap, add ice, then shake a few more times to give it a chill.  Uncap, squeeze in the juice of one lemon, cap and shake again for a few seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Add three raspberries for garnish.

This variety of drink is sometimes called a mash because you are muddling flavor, in this case raspberry and sugar, in with the other ingredients.  You will be pleasantly surprised with the aroma and feel this cocktail has to offer.

I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty right here.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

You can also find Shaun the Bartender on Facebook and Twitter

Watch Shaun whip up a Blushing Co-Ed


Desserts that Dance in your Mouth

One of the things I love most about summer are the long, slow, warm evenings spent outdoors while the grill is cooling.  A nice beverage and cool light dessert while sitting on the porch simply completes the entire day.

I have been looking for something with raspberries to put on the “after dinner” menu for this week and thought I would share a couple finds with you.

Light, delicate and fragile, these shortcakes from Saveur.com simply melt in the mouth.  Take some time, recreate this tantalizing recipe and let the flavors dance around on your tongue.

When you finish printing, go on over to Saveur and poke around a bit.  It’s a beautiful site and very easy to spend an entire afternoon jotting down notes and planning entire menus.

Credit: Christopher Hirsheimer ~ for Saveur Magazine

  • 12 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • Finely grated zest of one small orange (about 1 tsp.)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup whole unblanched almonds, ground
  • 2/3 cup toasted white bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups raspberries

1. Put butter and 1⁄3 cup of the sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until pale and well combined, about 1 1⁄2 minutes. Add orange zest and beat again until just combined, about 15 seconds. Add flour, almonds, and bread crumbs and beat again until a soft dough forms, about 1 minute.

2. Transfer dough to a piece of plastic wrap and roll up, twisting both ends tightly as if it were a piece of candy, to form a 3″-wide log. Refrigerate dough for 8 hours or overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 300°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Unroll dough, discarding plastic wrap, and cut log crosswise into sixteen 1⁄4″-thick slices. Arrange slices on baking sheets in a single layer, leaving them spaced at least 1″ apart. Bake until just golden and slightly puffed, about 20 minutes. Transfer shortcakes to a wire rack and let cool.

4. To assemble: Beat heavy cream in a large bowl to soft peaks. Put a small dollop of whipped cream in the middle of a small plate (or, as Lee puts it, “a comma of cream to a wee plate”) to hold shortcake in place and top with a shortcake. Dollop a large spoonful of whipped cream on shortcake; heap with 1⁄2 cup of raspberries and another spoonful of whipped cream. Sprinkle with some of the remaining sugar to taste and put another shortcake on top. Repeat process with remaining shortcakes, whipped cream, raspberries, and sugar. Serve immediately.

This next recipe is another melt in your mouth dessert brought over from Land O Lakes.  This is an excellent site to spend a couple of hours either printing or pinning.

Raspberry Meltaways ~ Land O Lakes

Credit: Landolakes.com

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Land O lakes Butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons whipping cream
  • Sugar


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes Butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry-flavored coffee drink syrup


Heat oven to 375°F. Combine flour, 3/4 cup butter and 2/3 cup powdered sugar in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in 5 tablespoons whipping cream.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter. Dip 1 side of each cookie into sugar. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, sugared-side up. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 teaspoons whipping cream and raspberry syrup in small bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy.

Spread scant teaspoonful filling on unsugared side of 1 cookie; top with second cookie. Squeeze together gently. Repeat with remaining cookies.