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Friday Cocktail Hour with Shaun the Bartender; The Cuban Martini

Memorial Day 2013Holiday weekends are a fantastic way to connect with friends and family that we seem to lose touch with during the regular work weeks.  While we will be enjoying the company of loved ones, we will not forget what this holiday, Memorial Day is set aside for.   The remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. – wikipediea

The purchase of new and cleaning of old grills has been on many lists for this week as folks gear up for backyard barbecues.   Next weekend is a long weekend that will showcase grilling styles, with great foods, brews, wines and cocktails.  Have you finalized your menu yet?  Even if you have, there is always room for an addition or two.  And while you are going over details for next weekend, here is a bit of a tropical “mood smoother”, to make the journey just a tad more enjoyable.

Cuban Martini

Cuban Martini

Cuban Martini

  • 2 oz. Rum (Your Choice of what kind)
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Tsp Sugar or 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup 

Method:  In a mixing glass with ice, pour in the rum and dry vermouth.  Add the sugar.  Cap off with a tin and shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Take a lemon rind and twist it over the glass to allow the oils from the rind disperse onto the drink.  Rub the twist on the rim before dropping into the drink.

By the way, this drink is not for those who are trying to mask the flavor of the booze.  This is for those true imbibers who appreciate the flavor of a good spirit with a cocktail.

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 Cuban Martini

Backyard Grilling; The Magic of Summer

We are back today and sharing the love of the grill.  Summer time is just around the corner and that means months of barbecue weather and we are collecting recipes!

A cookout, barbecue, backyard party….whatever your best loved term for it is, is a fav of ours because of pre-prep time.  Most of the work is done the day before or the morning of, leaving the actual “party” time to mingle with your guests, friends, fam and neighbors.  Everyone shows up, puts their food on the table, the kids run off, play together and the fellowship begins.  That’s the magic of summer :)

Bulgogi Style Beef

Bulgogi Style Beef

There are a few sites we at Your Home, visit regularly to find and share the best recipes for you to try and today we have pulled out all the stops.  Chef Barry aka CB ( Barry “CB” Martin ), of Welcome to the Cookout has a site you will want to visit often.

You Can Grill Bulgogi Style Beef by Chef Barry, Welcome to the Cookout.  This is an exceptionally delicious post by Chef Barry.  The  combination of flavors are out of this world and the prep and cook time combined is 15 minutes.  Shopping List;  1 pound Beef, chicken, pork (whatever you want to grill ), soy sauce, brown sugar, dark sesame oil, garlic, yellow onions, scallions, toasted sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger and cumin or tumeric.  Read more here….  You can also Follow Chef Barry of Welcome to the Cookout every day on Facebook.

Alida's Kitchen's Balsamic Blueberry Salad.  Delicious!

Alida’s Kitchen’s Balsamic Blueberry Salad. Delicious!

Balsamic Blueberry Salad by Alida’s Kitchen.  Grilling outdoors means salads and there are so many to choose from, pasta, potato, fruit and / or  greens.  I have a weakness for fruit in my salad, either dried or fresh and this one caught my eye right away because of the gorgeous colors.  If you are anything like me, extra blueberries are required because many of them get eaten while preparing the food.   :)  Shopping List;  Baby spinach, arugula, blueberries, cucumber, scallions, feta cheese, fresh ground pepper and Balsamic vinagrette.  This entire site is delightful, if you don’t have time to browse Alida’s Kitchen right now, be sure and bookmark for later.   Full Recipe

Michael Chiarello's Mojito

Michael Chiarello’s Mojito

Mojitos by Michael Chiarello for Cooking Channel TV.  Rum.  Warm weather, sand, palm trees and rum.  Even in the backyard my thoughts turn to a deserted island, a single chair on a beach of white sand and the relaxing sound of waves crashing to the beach.  Summertime simply wouldn’t be complete without it.

A really good Mojito should bring drifts of island dreams to the imagination and this is a great Mojito, using both lemons and limes.    Take a trip to the tropics, with Michael Chiarello’s fantastic cocktail recipe.




Friday Cocktail Hour with Shaun the Bartender Presents; The Little Green Car

Little Green Car

Little Green Car

I am in love with this Friday Cocktail and Shaun is correct, the combination of flavors are irresistible!  Rum is always a summer favorite of mine and as we are moving in to spring, yes I know just barely, I am preparing my liquor cabinet and collecting recipes.

Little Green Car

  • 1/2 oz. Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Melon Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1 Wedge of Lemon
  • 1 Wedge of Lime
  • 1 Wedge of Orange
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Tonic Water

Method:  In a pint glass with ice, pour in the measured amounts of liquor.  Squeeze in the lemon, lime, and orange wedges, then discard the wedges.  Pour pineapple juice in leaving about an inch and a half of room.  Cap with a tin and shake, not overdoing it so you can keep the foam down.  Pour back into the pint glass, then top off with tonic water.  Garnish with a half wheel of orange and lime.

Amazing how coffee liqueur compliments the other flavors.  In fact, it gives you a boldness that seems to be missing in other fruit drinks.

You can find Shaun every day at Shaunthebartender.com  and watch him whip this little gem up right here Shaun the Bartender whipping up a fabulous cocktail


Friday Cocktail Hour; with Shaun the Bartender

We have made it to Friday and here at Your Home we are proud to introduce Friday Cocktail hour with Shaun the Bartender.

The Continental by Shaun the Bartender

The Continental by Shaun the Bartender

Rum always brings to mind warmer climates and sand filled beaches.  Since I am unable to poke my toes in the sand today, I’ll have a cocktail and dream of sun filled days and imagine the gentle roar of deep blue waters caressing white shores. Shaun has the perfect cocktail to bring this week to a close.

The Continental

  • 1 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce Creme de Menthe
  • Splash of lime juice or juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp sugar

Method:  In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour in all the ingredients.  Cap off and shake well until you feel the chill of the tin.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Watch Shaun whip up The Continental

You can find Shaun on Facebook, & Shaun the Bartender’s Blog.

Cocktails to usher in the holiday season

Every year as the holidays approach, I become so excited at the thought of entertaining that it’s imperative I throw at least one pre-holiday cocktail soiree to usher in the season.  Tomorrow we will focus on appetizers for the bash, today the recipes presented are cocktails.

I have included a link to each recipe so that you can go in to each site and poke around a bit.  There are many good things to find on each one, and you might see an idea or three that will be an exact fit for your holiday party.

Mulled White-Wine Sangria
Martha Stewart

There are times a cocktail gathering requires a theme and there are times it needs to be a bit simpler with a sample or two for each guest.  For these moments a variety of flavors will delight every one in attendance.   The first recipe is Martha Stewart’s,  you will see at least one of hers here today.

Mulled White-Wine Sangria ~ Serves 12

With ingredients such as Orange-blossom honey, zest of two lemons plus the juice,  star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dry white wine, orange Muscat, apples, pears, and kumquats you know it’s going to be as gorgeous to look at, as it tastes.  Recipe….

Vin d’Orange
Francis Janisch for Food & Wiine

Food and Wine is a favorite site of mine that I peruse daily.  Their cocktail list has an international flair and you will find recipes of all nationalities to delight your taste buds.

Vin d’Orange ~ Serves 8

This little beauty is a simple wine cocktail that will be a delight for your guests.  The ingredient list is simple, chilled Orange Wine, ( link on site with this recipe) Simple Syrup.  This particular recipe will serve 8, pour in to a martini glass and garnish each with an elegant orange twist.  Recipe….

Champagne Mojitos
Quentin Macon for Food & Wine

Champagne Mojitos ~ Serves 12

I personally do not feel a gathering is complete unless there is Champagne and even though this recipe calls for only a splash per glass, it qualifies.  This can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator over night.  Add the splash of Champagne and mint sprigs upon serving.  Recipe….

The last on my list today is another of Martha’s gorgeous creations.  This sophisticated cocktail blends the apple and cognac flavors I so adore.

Cognac Sparklers
Martha Stewart

Cognac Sparklers


  • 1 ounce ( 2 tablespoons ) Cognac
  • 1 cup chilled hard sparkling apple cider
  • A few dashes biters


  1. Pour 1/2 ounce ( 1 tablespoon ) Cognac into each of 2 glass.  Top each with 1/2 cup chilled sparkling apple cider, and finish with a few dashes bitters.  Recipe….

Hot Spirits for Romantic Evenings

I have been looking for something hot and sweet to whip up  so I can snuggle in by the fire with my rugged Outdoors man on Valentine’s Day.  A warm blanket, a movie and just the two of us sipping on one of three warm options ~ sounds like the perfect evening.

Caribbean Coffee

  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 5 ounce hot black coffee
  • 1/2 ounce whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Chocolate – grated dark chocolate or chocolate syrup

Pour coffee and rum into a cup and sweeten to taste.  Float the cream on top, top with chocolate and serve with love.

Amaretto Coffee

  • 1 1/2 ounce Amaretto
  • 8 ounces coffee
  •  whipped cream

Stir the Amaretto into the coffee.  Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground coriander.  

Angie Coffee

  •  1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  •  1 ounce Kahlua
  •  1 ounce Stolichnaya Vodka
  •   3/4 cup coffee

Mix the Bailey’s and the Kahlua with the coffee and top off with the vodka.

Please come and find me on FB as well for more recipes and great conversation.

Super Festive Bowl Snacks

We are getting down to “crunch” time here in the kitchen for our Super Snacks for Game Day.  Quite a bit of planning goes into the list, deciding how much food to put in front of your crew and how much brew to stock in the fridge are always the top questions.   Answer:  There is no such thing as too much.

As I am making my lists and checking them numerous times I am sharing a few snacks with you that will hit our sofa and coffee tables this weekend.  I have pulled the recipes from my favs and I hope if you make one or a few of these, you will let me know how you and your crew liked them.

Guacamole is always on the list ~ seriously,   I could slather this stuff on everything.  There are quite a few variations of the recipe, I am printing the basic from Martha Stewart ~ where all good things begin.  

Game Day Guacamole



One more from Martha to add  an additional touch of festivity is the Tequila Touchdown ~ I love the layered look and this recipe serves 8.

Tequila Touchdown



Can you go wrong with ribs?   Oh, never.  Country Living has an incredible recipe that is begging to sit on a platter in front of the boys this weekend. 

Glazed Country Ribs





Popping in and around Food Network is always a favorite of mine.  There are so many great chefs and talent that this site shifts around consistently that the recipes are ever changing and they stay in season and are up to the minute at all times.  I have pulled two that look too good to leave on the computer screen ~ they have to be served.

Philly Cheesesteaks with Melted Fontina and Sauteed Red Onions

Nachos seem to be a staple for almost every Game Day menu and I believe I would be skewered if I even thought of leaving them out.  This is a bit of a variation as it calls for ranch flavored tortilla chips and blue cheese as well as cheddar.  I cannot wait to devour this plate of flavor.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

To kick it all up a notch I am thinking I will add a pitcher of Double-Rum Green Dragon.  Country Living added this recipe to their line-up which they in turn pulled from Redbook.  This one is sheeeer delight and serves 8.

Double-Rum Green Dragon

Well, there you have it…the beginning of my Game Day Starter Menu.  For more ideas, tips and tricks ~ find me on FB as well.