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Baileys Almande Almond Milk Liqueur

Spirits / March 27, 2017 / No Comments.

Baileys Almande Refresh[2][5]The first day of spring is often disappointing. It’s usually cold, cloudy and not spring-like at all. Fortunately, Baileys has some news that will lift our spirits.

They released their Almande Almond Milk Liqueur just in time for spring. This naturally light tasting spirit is a dairy-free, gluten-free and certified vegan liqueur (perfect for all you health nuts). And it gets even better: it boasts the same calorie count as an average 5 ounce glass of wine. Its blend of vanilla and the nutty flavors of real almond milk creates an incredibly versatile treat that’s available now!

Don’t worry about having to concoct some complex beverage using this new liqueur, we’ve got the recipe for their signature Baileys Almande Refresh right here for ya (a cocktail that any coconut water lover will surely enjoy):

Baileys Almande Refresh

–  3 oz. Baileys Almande
–  3 oz. Vita Cocoa Coconut Water
Combine Baileys Almande and Vita Cocoa coconut water over crushed ice and enjoy!

We’re picturing it now- a nice cold Almande Refresh in hand, the sun shining, the temperature reaching 60 degrees…

Looking to kick up a notch? Try their Spring Time Lemonade, a crisp medley of fresh lemon and apple juices.

Spring Time Lemonade
(Created by mixologist Jane Danger)

–  3 oz. Baileys Almande
–  1 1/2 oz. fresh green apple juice
–  1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
–  1 1/4 oz. lemongrass syrup
–  Apple slices of garnish
Combine Baileys Almande, fresh green apple juice, fresh lemon juice and lemongrass syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour contents into rocks glass. Garnish with apple slices and drink up!

No matter how it’s served, new Baileys Almande is the perfect spring time spirit that boasts the same calorie count as an average 5 ounce glass of wine.

Cocktail Corner: An Amaretto Cannoli

Cocktail Corner / April 19, 2016 / No Comments.

B9321041844Z.1_20160321192139_000_GHIDPGHIL.1-0Amaretto can be an acquired taste. The Italian, almond-flavored liqueur is certainly sweet, but as its name translates to in Italian, also “a little bitter.” Most batches are born using a base of apricot pits, almonds, or both, allowing each brand’s bottle the opportunity to be a little different. Use the booze for cooking, assembling an alcoholic beverage, or simply for sipping – whichever you choose you won’t be disappointed in amaretto’s distinctive flavorful details. Today, we’re feeling food, and what’s food without an alcohol factor? We introduce to you the Two-Bite (or as we like to call it, the One-Bite) Amaretto Cannoli brought to you from Boston’s very own Mike’s Pastry.

Two-Bite Amaretto Cannoli: (makes 6)

cannoli shells:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Blend flour, sugar, salt and butter in food processor until incorporated. Add egg yolk and wine and blend until dough comes together in a ball. Pat dough into a round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate while making filling.

Amaretto filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Amaretto

Whip cream with electric mixer then add powdered sugar gradually, beating until well mixed. Fold mascarpone and Amaretto into whipped cream until incorporated. Transfer to pastry bag fitted with large star tip (or large sealable plastic bag) and refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Finish the cannoli shells:

  • Cannoli shell dough (from above)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Remove cannoli shell dough from refrigerator and roll out on lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a large round cookie cutter or a glass (about 3 inches in diameter) to cut dough into rounds. Wrap pastry rounds around cannoli molds (or use the cylindrical handle of a small whisk), brushing the seam with egg wash and pressing to seal. Submerse the cannoli pastry wrapped mold into 3 inches of canola oil heated to 360 degrees and fry until golden, turning with metal tongs to prevent overbrowning.

Use metal tongs to remove fried cannoli shell and transfer to paper toweling to cool. Repeat with remaining cannoli shell pastry rounds. While cannoli shells are cooling, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until smooth. When cannoli shells are cool, dust with powdered sugar. Then dip one end of each cannoli shell in melted chocolate, then in sliced almonds. Let cool. Pipe filling into chocolate-dipped cannoli shells and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe and Pic from greatfallstribune.com

Huzzah for Homemade Amaretto

Our Stories / February 16, 2016 / No Comments.

picJP5bcBThe almond can be assembled into many forms of food and drink. Butter, milk, cookies, cakes, extract – you name it. Not only is the almond already a tasty treat on its own, it’s also extremely beneficial to your body, as each little piece is packed with vitamin E and other nutrients that assist with weight loss and reducing cholesterol. Still, most celebrated of all is the conversion of the nut into the coveted sweet, Italian liqueur – Amaretto. So naturally for National Almond Day, we’re going to walk you through making this boozy masterpiece on your own. Whether you’re looking for a quick gift or just trying to successfully accomplish a DIY project, homemade Amaretto is definitely worth taking the time to make.

Amaretto from scratch: (makes 3 cups)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 Tbsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Over medium heat, combine water and sugars in a saucepan. Heat until the mixture is boiling and all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove pan from heat and let concoction cool for about 30 minutes. Stir in the vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract. Strain for a clearer Amaretto and store in a sealed bottle. You can drink immediately, but the longer you let it sit the better it will taste!

Recipe from shutterbean