Food – Smart Brunch Drinks

The Bellini is named after an Italian painter.

The Bellini is named after an Italian painter.

In 1948, when Giuseppe Cipriani — owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice — first mixed white peach puree with Prosecco, the color reminded him of the pink hue in a particular painting. And so he named the drink after the artist of that painting, 15th-century Venetian Giovanni Bellini. (Coincidentally, Ernest Hemingway hung out at Harry’s Bar and referred to the spot in his book Over the River and Into the Trees, increasing the bar’s popularity and spreading the gospel of the Bellini.) Tell that story at brunch and everyone will agree that you deserve another round.

Recipe here.

Source: betterrecipes.com

Mint juleps were originally a breakfast drink.

Mint juleps were originally a breakfast drink.

The mint julep’s oldest relative is the Arabic julab, a medicinal drink made with water and rose petals. Europeans eventually traded that in for mint and booze. And later, Americans added bourbon whiskey into the mix. In 1803, the British historian John Davis was the first to record the mint julep’s existence in print, defining it as a morning drink. So when you drink mint juleps before noon, just cite history and say, “British historian John Davis wrote that this is how the Virginian farmers did it back in 1803.” And everyone will understand why whiskey before noon is smart.

Recipe here.

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Sangrias became a thing when water was dirty and wine was cheap.

Sangrias became a thing when water was dirty and wine was cheap.

Validate your 11 a.m. sangria as a healthier option than water. In the Middle Ages, booze was the safest thing to drink since alcohol kills bacteria in contaminated liquids. To give their drinks a punch, most Europeans would add spices, fruits, and brandy to their wine. One variation on that was the Spanish sangria, named after the bloody color of red wine. The drink made its way stateside when Spain served cups of sangria at the 1964 World’s Fair.

Recipe here.

Source: recipechart.com

The margarita is named after either an actress or a socialite.

The margarita is named after either an actress or a socialite.

A lot of people claim to have invented the margarita. One story is that a man named Carlos Herrera invented the drink in Tijuana in 1938 after he allegedly made it for an aspiring actress named Marjorie King. She was allergic to all hard liquors except tequila, so Herrera combined the elements of a tequila shot — salt and lime — and poured it over ice.

Another claimant to the title was a Dallas socialite Margarita Sames, who is said to have made the eponymous drink at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Whomever it was, the world slurs a big fat “thank you.”

Recipe here.

Source: blog.cookingchanneltv.com

 

Alfred Hitchcock drank mimosas.

Alfred Hitchcock drank mimosas.

A reminder to macho men who might be shy about a pastel brunch drink in a flute. Remember: Alfred Hitchcock and other very admirable people drank them in the 1900s.

The mimosa first appeared at the Paris Ritz in 1925, but some believe it was ripped off from a London tavern that served a similar drink called a Buck’s Fizz. Named after the yellow flowers of the mimosa plant (which is perfect because it tastes like Olympian nectar), the drink gained widespread attention from fancy people like Hitchcock and Vanessa Redgrave when food columnist Poppy Canon wrote, “Even in the most sophisticated quarters, you will be considered exceptionally knowledgeable if you order a mimosa.”

Recipe here.

The daiquiri exists because of war.

The daiquiri exists because of war.

During the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Army invaded Cuba to remove the country from Spanish rule. While there in 1898, American soldiers found a drink recipe made of rum, sugar, and lime. They took the drink back to the States, where they mixed it with ice in a cocktail shaker. This new exotic beverage was named after the Cuban town it came from, Daiquirí. Worth the war? No, probably not. But worth remembering.

Recipe here.

Source: taste.com.au

Pimm’s Cups were originally digestive aids.

Pimm's Cups were originally digestive aids.

Should anyone ask you why you’re having a Pimm’s Cup, you can say your stomach’s not feeling well. In 1800s London, bar owner James Pimm made a blend of gin, herbs, and liqueurs to create the very first Pimm’s Cup, allegedly served to his customers as a digestive aid. Much like mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby, Pimm’s Cups eventually became ubiquitous at Wimbledon. Today, Pimm’s recipe remains a heavily guarded formula that only six people know. It’s kind of like the KFC Secret Original Recipe, only incredibly better.

Recipe here.

The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.

The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.

While the piña colada was definitely first made in Puerto Rico, there are several tales regarding who created it. The most credible story says it was created by Ramon Marrero in 1954 for the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan. The most interesting tale credits the pirate Roberto Cofresí with its creation in the 1800s. The recipe allegedly died with him, but the drink is alive and well in hollowed-out pineapples with tiny umbrellas at beach resorts everywhere.

Recipe here.

Source: spabettie.com

Forget bathtub gin; the mojito is the real drink of Prohibition.

Forget bathtub gin; the mojito is the real drink of Prohibition.

During Prohibition, Havana became the United States’ favorite offshore speakeasy. It was there Americans discovered the original mojito. Cheap rum was so crude that Cuban farmers mixed it with lime juice and sugar to make the alcohol more palatable. The concoction made its way to Havana clubs, where it was glammed up with soda water and ice, making it the refreshing cocktail we know today.

Recipe here.

Henry VIII invented shandys.

Henry VIII invented shandys.

Well, that’s one version of it, anyway. The story goes that the king of England combined ale, lemon, and ginger beer as a tonic to ease rough patches in his six marriages. Maybe as an aphrodisiac, maybe just to chill out.

Recipe here.

Food – How To Make Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Here is a thing that you might like to eat because it’s a tiny strawberry cup filled with super-boozy Jell-O.

Here is a thing that you might like to eat because it's a tiny strawberry cup filled with super-boozy Jell-O.

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What? You’d like a million of them, you say?

What? You'd like a million of them, you say?

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You will need: Strawberry Jell-O, water, strawberries, tequila, Cointreau, sugar, and a lime.

You will need: Strawberry Jell-O, water, strawberries, tequila, Cointreau, sugar, and a lime.

And about 4 and a half hours, at least, for the Jell-O to solidify. I know, it’s the worst. Sorry.

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1. Cut the top off the strawberry. Make sure you hold it parallel to the board.

Cut the top off the strawberry. Make sure you hold it parallel to the board.

Balance it at the point where it is widest, parallel to the cutting board, to cut off the top.

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(Don’t hold it tip down when you cut it.)

(Don't hold it tip down when you cut it.)

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(Otherwise, when you stand it up, it won’t be flat — it’ll look like this.)

(Otherwise, when you stand it up, it won't be flat — it'll look like this.)

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2. Then cut off a tiny part of the tip so that strawberry can stand upright.

Then cut off a tiny part of the tip so that strawberry can stand upright.

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(Make sure not to cut off too much or you’ll create a hole at the bottom.)

(Make sure not to cut off too much or you'll create a hole at the bottom.)

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3. Then take a melon baller or small measuring spoon and carefully scoop out the inside.

Then take a melon baller or small measuring spoon and carefully scoop out the inside.

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Image by Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed

4. Yay.

Yay.

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5. Put them all on a baking sheet and dry them a little with a paper towel.

Put them all on a baking sheet and dry them a little with a paper towel.

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6. Combine Jell-O mix with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve.

Combine Jell-O mix with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve.

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7. Measure out 1 cup of tequila.

Measure out 1 cup of tequila.

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8. And 3/4 cup of cointreau.

And 3/4 cup of cointreau.

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9. Stir booze into Jell-O mixture.

Stir booze into Jell-O mixture.

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10. Pour Jell-O/booze mixture into strawberry cups.

Pour Jell-O/booze mixture into strawberry cups.

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11. Fill them up as much as possible, because Jell-O shrinks when it solidifies.

Fill them up as much as possible, because Jell-O shrinks when it solidifies.

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12. Refrigerate four hours or until firm.

How To Make Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

13. Obviously the garnishes aren’t ESSENTIAL. But if you want: When you’re ready to serve them, zest lime into a plate of sugar.

Obviously the garnishes aren't ESSENTIAL. But if you want: When you're ready to serve them, zest lime into a plate of sugar.

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14. Make your tiny lime garnishes.

Make your tiny lime garnishes.

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Image by Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed

15. Wet the side of the solidified Jell-O shot with lime or water.

Wet the side of the solidified Jell-O shot with lime or water.

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16. And roll in your sugary lime zest.

And roll in your sugary lime zest.

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AND Voilà…

OMG adorbz

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You don’t really need to eat the lime, but its presence is recommended as it will add to the amount of praise you’ll receive from friends and Instagram followers.

You don't really need to eat the lime, but its presence is recommended as it will add to the amount of praise you'll receive from friends and Instagram followers.

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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

INGREDIENTS
Berry prep
24-30 large strawberries

Jell-O
1 box Strawberry Jell-O
1 cup tequila
3/4 cup cointreau

To finish
Sugar
1-2 limes

Special equipment
A melon baller or small measuring spoon with relatively sharp edges
PREPARATION
Berry prep
1. Balancing the strawberry on its side, parallel to the cutting board at the point where it is widest, cut off the top.

2. Still holding it the same way, cut off a tiny part of the strawberry’s bottom tip so the berry can stand upright. Make sure not to cut off too much or you’ll create a hole at the bottom. Repeat with all remaining strawberries.

3. Using a melon baller or small measuring spoon, carefully scoop out the insides of the strawberries.

4. Put them all on a baking sheet and dry them a little with a paper towel.

Jell-O
5. Combine Jell-O mix with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve.

6. Stir tequila and cointreau into the Jell-O mixture.

7. Using a container with a spout, pour Jell-O/booze mixture into strawberry cups. Fill them up as much as possible, because Jell-O shrinks when it solidifies.

8. Refrigerate four hours or until firm.

To finish
9. Zest lime into a plate of sugar.

10. Slice lime (you can use the same one if you don’t care about the aesthetics, or a new one if you do) into thin rounds, then cut into small wedges. You may also want to cut a small chunk through the center of each wedge’s flesh so they can balance on the tip of the strawberry.

11. Wet the sides of the solidified Jell-O shot with lime or water, roll in your sugar-lime zest, and garnish with lime wedge.

Food – Few Rhubarb Cocktails To Drink This Summer

Rhubarb Fennel Fizz

Rhubarb Fennel Fizz

Fennel-infused gin, you say? Why not? Recipe here.

Source: theyearinfood.com

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

This is almost too pretty to drink! But not really. Recipe here.

Source: 1000threadsblog.com

Vodka Rhubarb Pie Cocktail

Vodka Rhubarb Pie Cocktail

Crust not included. Recipe here.

Source: boulderlocavore.com

 

Rosemary Rhubarb Grapefruit Cocktail

Rosemary Rhubarb Grapefruit Cocktail

BRB, need to drink this immediately. Recipe here.

The Rhubarb Sour

The Rhubarb Sour

Lime + lemon + rhubarb = this gorgeous thing. Recipe here.

Rhubarb Mojito

Rhubarb Mojito

Nice touch with the rhubarb stalk garnish. Very chic. Recipe here.

Rhubarb Sidecar

Rhubarb Sidecar

For all your friends that think brandy is super-cool. Recipe here.

Rhubarb Anise Cocktail

Rhubarb Anise Cocktail

Sophistimacated! Recipe here.

Rhubarb Mezcal Margarita

Rhubarb Mezcal Margarita

Recipe on Love and Cupcakes.

Rhubarb Fizz

Rhubarb Fizz

Ain’t she a beaut? Recipe here.

Source: bakedbree.com

Rhubarb Mimosa

Rhubarb Mimosa

Rhubarb + prosecco = happiness 4ever. Recipe here.

Rhubarb and PBR Cocktail

Rhubarb and PBR Cocktail

Your eyes do not deceive you, this recipe does in fact call for PBR. Just go with it. Recipe here.

Rhubarb and Rose Ramos Gin Fizz

Rhubarb and Rose Ramos Gin Fizz

This cocktail calls for heavy cream. DAS RIGHT! Recipe here.

Source: food52.com

Strawberry Rhubarb Smash

Strawberry Rhubarb Smash

Oh hey there, roasted strawberries. Recipe here.

Rhubarb Elderflower Bellini

Rhubarb Elderflower Bellini

Recipe here.

Rhubarb Blush

Rhubarb Blush

Well, don’t you look lovely. Recipe here.

Food – Thug Kitchen – Verbally abusing everyone into a healthier diet.

Note: This post contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable.

No lie, it’s been a while since a thug has been in the kitchen. So I log into the tumblrverse today to check my shit, maybe dust off the dash and get some new content out. Son, I’ve got a TON of fucking messages (I’m going to try to reply to them all, I promise) and I’m seeing my shit posted all over the god damn place.

I’m glad all you healthy/sexy mother fuckers kept the kitchen warm while I was away. I’m officially back and stepping up my game. Seriously, all the love I’ve got from my followers makes me want to post the best content I can for you. Thug Kitchen undergoing reconstruction as of right now. I’m so fucking heated right now. Shit.

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Thug Kitchen.