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Apr 042014



Incredibly sexy! That’s how I see the Cosmo as. Does that image have anything to do with this drink being featured in episodes of “sex and the city”? May be! I am not confessing to watching the said show. Nope! I am not.

What I AM confessing today is how much I love a well made Cosmo. As far as drinks go, there couldn’t be a simpler cocktail to mix. Cranberry juice, Cointreau, vodka and lime juice. Even I can do that. It’s gorgeous to look at and tastes familiar, so it is a crowd pleaser too.

As with most cocktails the Cosmo went through a couple of phases to get to what we now consider a Cosmopolitan cocktail. The original however is credited to Cheryl Cook who bartended in South Beach, Miami.


As the story goes, in 1985 Cheryl received a brand new product from her Absolut rep called Absolut Citron she took on the challenge to create a new and pretty drink that looked cool to hold and could be served in cocktail glasses. Cheryl went to work and whipped up a mixture of “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of roses lime juice and just enough cranberry to make it pretty in pink.” The cocktail was named after the magazine Cosmopolitan which had the styles and design she was trying to project with her new drink.

This drink was wildly popular in Miami and then the drink made its way in this form to both San Francisco and New York. Then it was Toby Cecchini who made the current version using Absolut Citron, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice. This is now the Cosmopolitan we like and drink today.

Source :- Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail

The first Friday of every month, a group of bloggers blog about Ina’s recipes and we call it the INA FRIDAYS . Here are the bloggers joining me this month for Cocktails/ Appetizers.

If you’d like to participate on a monthly basis, email Allyce at If you’d like to join in occasionally, just follow the prompt for the “linky” or blog hop and add your post — Ina Garten recipes only.


Cosmopolitan – Ina Fridays

Serves: 4 sevings

Cosmopolitan – Ina Fridays


  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Combine the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a shaker over ice. Pour the mixture into frozen martini glasses, through a strainer. Add in a twist of lime peel and serve immediately.


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Feb 222014
Boddington Beertail

Boddington Beertail


It took me a while to catch up on the phenomenon called the Beertails. I love my ales in their pure form and the occasional cocktails. And when the Spice guy started developing his own Beertails, I had to give in. After all he usually mixes new drinks to pair with the food I cook. And the least I can do is to taste them. Right? Well that’s a very valid excuse to drink. Don’t you think?

Boddington Beertail-4

If you have ever enjoyed a michelada, a Mexican beer cocktail that has hot sauces and peppers and lime juice that give it an extra kick or the shandy, that has beer & lemonade or apple juice mixed in you have had a beertail.

Beertail is a cocktail and a beer all in one. Take your favorite cocktail and add in a beer that will not only go with the flavors of the cocktail, but also enhance it. Since the drink is essentially layered you get to experience the taste of the beer, the beer & cocktail and then the cocktail. Now that is quite a drink!

Boddington Beertail-5


The sweet aromatic flavor of the St. Germain Liquer shines through the  creamy, malty, sweet flavor of the Boddingtons. Pairs well with fried and spicy foods.

Boddingtail or The Boddingtons Beertail

Boddingtail  or The Boddingtons Beertail


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz St Germain liquor
  • 1 oz Cherry brandy
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 can chilled Boddington's Pub Ale
  • a few cubes of Ice


  1. In a cocktail shaker, take about 4 to 5 cubes of ice
  2. Add the tequila, St Germain, Cherry brandy and simple syrup
  3. Shake till its mixed properly and chilled
  4. Strain and pour the mix in a high ball glass
  5. Open a fresh can of Boddingtons and pour it in the glass up to the brim
  6. Let it stand for a minute and then serve

Feb 152014
Buttermilk Lassi

Buttermilk Lassi


Afternoon meals, throughout my childhood at home in Kashmir, were never complete without a tall glass of buttermilk. Each morning, my Grandpa would go to the local Dairy seller and bring home fresh milk & yogurt. It was an everyday job because one always ran out of milk and yogurt by the end of the day and because one always bought only as much was needed for that day as the refrigerators were not yet commonplace.

The afternoon ritual in summer would be to gather some cool fresh water from the pond ( yes an actual mineral water pond and No! It did not need to be filtered) or the faucet and add it to yogurt and churn them together to make the buttermilk for everyone. In winters, water would be warmed up a bit before adding it to the yogurt.

It was said that the buttermilk was especially necessary after eating spicy food. ‘It restores balance’, my Grandpa would say. The process of churning the buttermilk with a wooden “choomph” or churner was rhythmic and there was an art involved. The yogurt had to be churned the right way, the buttery fats had to float to the top in a nice froth, the spices and salt had to be just right.


Choomph or the churner!

Choomph or the churner!

The serving of the buttermilk was, well, treacherous. Everyone had to have a little bit of the buttered froth. And we kids would measure each other’s butter tops to see if anyone was favored with more. It usually was more or less the same amount for everyone. I think my Grandmom figured out it was easier to measure out equal butters than deal with our whining the whole day. Or may be she did love us all equally. I however still believe I was her favorite. And I am sure my siblings think that they were.


Fast forward to now and I can only sigh for the buttered top of the buttermilk. The things it does to ones waist line are better left unsaid. That said, the benefits of drinking buttermilk are not diminished. It’s probiotic, it is a great drink in place of juice or sugary drinks, it’s refreshing and the best part – it’s delicious. Just leave out the butters and drink up the buttermilk. What to do with the butter foam? I am assuming you don’t have a teenager in your house!

I usually make my own yogurt but you could also make this with any of the keffir drinks readily available. Some of them are reduced fat or fat free as well. So all you have to do is mix in water and spice, stir and sip.

Kashmiri Lassi

Kashmiri Lassi


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup cool water
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder


  1. Place the yogurt in a tall container and whisk it until smooth.
  2. Add in the water and the rest of the ingredients and blend whisk it all together.
  3. You can leave this in the refrigerator to serve later. The water will separate from the yogurt, so ensure you mix it before serving.
  4. I serve it as a drink option with spicy food or snacks.

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Feb 102014
Hot Cider

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout

Hot Tanqueray Cider


Or one savors belonging to the loved ones, all gathered near the fireplace creating a warm home; Conversations happen, stories are told, laughter is shared. There is an old world charm about winter. It makes you want to go home and curl up with a book and some hot cider or hot chocolate. Now if only all days in winter were vacation days, life would be perfect.

Tanqueray Cider

Well, I have good news and not so good news. The not so good news is that it’s a Monday today. The good News is that we have Hot Cider. Who says Monday blues can’t be beat?

It was our anniversary a couple of days ago and the Spice Guy made this for me after the Devilishly Dark Chocolate Cake was eaten and the rest of it put away. He can mix a mean drink and this one was no exception. So I just had to share the recipe to make the Hot Tanqueray Cider with his special addition of Grand Marnier  .

Dark Chocolate Cake


Hot Tanqueray Cider

Serves: 1 Serving

Hot Tanqueray Cider


  • 1 oz Tanqueray London Dry
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier or some other orange liquor
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 6- 8 oz Apple Cider
  • One Stick cinnamon
  • Coconut Palm sugar


  1. Gradually warm the Apple Cider. You may microwave it but do not let it boil.
  2. Mix the Tanqueray London Dry, lemon juice, simple syrup and Grand Marnier and warm apple cider.
  3. Pour into a serving glass rimmed with coconut palm sugar. Stir with a cinnamon stick and add the three dashes of Angostura bitters.
  4. Sip! Love! Enjoy!

 Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Jul 052013



“Write drunk; edit sober.” ― said Ernest Hemingway, the man associated with the creation of Mojito. According to Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide, the mojito was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba. At the La Floridita, one of the watering holes he used to frequent in Cuba , hangs Hemingway’s signed quote: My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita”

So I took his advice and made this watermelon Mojito by Ina Garten. Drank it and then wrote the blog post. I have no idea where that blog post is. I know I saved it! Honest! Well at least I thought I had saved it and that counts.

Ok jokes apart, mojitos are my favorite cocktails and this recipe from Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? Is  just that – Easy. Fun, colorful and so much full of flavor, this watermelon  Mojito is a perfect drink for long summer afternoons.

Joining me this summer Friday with some desserts or drinks are these fine bloggers and Ina Garten fans. Stop by their blogs to see what they whipped up this Friday.

Watermelon Mojito – Ina Garten Friday

Serves: 6


  • 20 large fresh mint leaves
  • 3 to 4 thick slices fresh watermelon
  • 12 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • Sprigs of mint for serving
  • Long slices of Cucumber for serving
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • Combine and gently simmer until sugar dissolves.


  1. Muddle the mint.
  2. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon.
  3. Put the watermelon into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree.
  4. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of pureed watermelon, the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a pitcher for serving.
  5. When ready to serve pour the mojito mixture into the glasses on ice, and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and slices of cucumber. Serve chilled.

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Feb 222013

Strawberry Flaxseed smoothie

This is going to be a short and sweet post about Flax seeds. I use them regularly and the most common way for me to use them is either in my oatmeal or in a smoothie. I don’t find them very appetizing in any other form, so I just stay with my two choices of their use. This strawberry flax seed smoothie can be made with frozen strawberries as well.

This is one of the most ancient plants known to humans and there is some evidence that flax cultivation may have started somewhere during the Neolithic Era. In addition to flax seeds supporting digestive health, cardiovascular health, antioxidant benefits etc, it also has many other interesting uses dating back to about 3000 BC. More information on Flax at WHF

And some of the following bloggers will also have delicious recipes for you to try out with flax seeds  as this our Power Food of the week with the 38 power foods blogging group.  Do visit  Jeanette at jeanetteshealthyliving ; Martha at Simply Nourished Living ; Mireya at Myhealthyeatinghabits ; Alyce at More time at the table ;  Minnie at , Casey at  Sweetsav .


Strawberry Flaxseed Smoothie

Strawberry Flaxseed Smoothie


  • 1/2 C strawberries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 C almond milk


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add in honey if you need to, but usually the banana makes it sweet enough.
  3. Drink up a healthy breakfast.