Mocha Martini

Whoop whoop. Here’s one more for Vodka month. This time its another cocktail just in time for the weekend.

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I realise i probably should have written this post before taking a sip of the Martini… I really love this martini because I love Coffee. It also has a pinch of chocolate so its the perfect weekend cocktail

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I tried to keep this recipe as simple as possible. A lot of chocolate martini’s calls for Kahlua but I’ll stick with just the Vodka as the main ingredient. I hope you love this one as much as I do 😉

Ingredients (makes 1 martini)

2 shots Vodka

2 tablespoons water (boiled)

1 teaspoon chocolate chips

1 shot espresso

Method

  1. Boil some water in a kettle and measure out 2 tablespoons of water in a glass. Add the chocolate chips, stir and leave to dissolve for a few minutes. (wait for the mixture to cool for about 10 minutes before adding to the Martini)
  2. Pour 2 shots of vodka in a glass
  3. Add the chocolate water mixture
  4. Add the Espresso
  5. Stir and Serve

That’s it.. easy as pie!!!!

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So…. I bought a bike

Ever since I saw Grease 2 in 1995, I thought bikers were the shit…. and it was a dream to date “A dream on a mean machine with hell in his eyes”…. When I turned 16 my best friend’s father bought a motorcycle and she also started riding. I thought being a biker chick would be the coolest thing ever. But alas, my father didn’t want me to get a motorcycle because it was too dangerous. Since I couldn’t have my own I pined over a few bikers and even dated one. Until I met my husband who loved motorcycles, but still I didn’t get my own and I always had to sit at the back. It was only in 2013 that we went on a trip to New Zealand and my friend allowed me to take her bike for a ride. I rode her bike up and down the beach for hours. It was one of the best days of my life…..

Its only now, after being in Korea for 2 years and kind of struggling with the idea of culture shock and where we will end up in the future, that I decided to stop worrying so much and start living a little. Therefore I bought myself a motorcycle!!!!

As you all know I have taken up a few extra hobbies this year and you’ll be hearing more about them as time goes by. Thank you for taking this ride with me!!!!

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Chilled Garden Tea

Hi everyone, as you know I’m still busy with Vodka month and one of my favorite go to recipe’s for spring and summer is a boozy garden tea. Its really easy to make and whether you like tea or not, its always a winner. It has a fresh mixture of fruit juice, tea and of course some Vodka. Whenever I have friends over to my house for dinner I always love making this tea. I usually prefer to use Rooibos tea, just because I’m South African but you can use any of your favorite unflavored teas.
MAKES 8
  • 7 cups water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups peach nectar
  • 1 cup vodka

1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil then remove from heat and add tea bags. Let tea steep for about 5 minutes.

2. Remove tea bags and add sugar to the hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add remaining 3 cups water and stir to combine.

3. Pour tea mixture into large pitcher and stir in peach nectar, lemon juice and vodka. Chill thoroughly. Add fresh peach and lemon slices and serve over ice with peach garnish.

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How to survive on substitutes for baking

Being in Korea, baking ingredients aren’t always easy to come by, either because the product isn’t available in my small little city or because all the names are in Korean and I don’t always know if I’m getting the right stuff. We baked a Lemon Meringue and it was a complete and disgusting disaster. Therefore I heavily rely on substitutes. Here is a list of substitutes I have become accustomed to using.

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Powders

baking powder =  1/4 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda = 2 tsp. double-acting baking powder + replace acidic liquid ingredient in recipe with non-acidic liquid

Sugar and vanilla

1 cup Brown sugar = 1 Tbsp. light molasses + enough sugar to fill 1 dry measure cup or 1 cup raw sugar

vanilla extract = maple syrup or honey (equal measurements to recipe)

Dairy

1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon vinager. Stir the mixture and let it stand for 5 minutes before using

1 cup Sour cream = 1 cup plain yogourt or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and enough evaporated milk to equal 1 cup

Half & Half cream = 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter or margarine + enough milk to equal 1 cup

1 cup Yogurt  = 1 cup buttermilk or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 cup or 1 cup sour cream

These are just the substitutes I usually use and I hope it help you as much as it has helped me 🙂

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Vodka Orange Cheesecake

Last week  I found a bottle of Vodka in the cupboard and decided to use it in some foods and drinks. We had a wonderful long weekend here in Korea, so that gave me some time to experiment with various recipe’s

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Today’s recipe is a Vodka Orange Cheesecake. Now be warned, because of the alcohol content this recipe is not suitable for kids. It does however have a lovely citrus infused creamy taste. Its not too sweet but you can add more sugar if you like. It is also really easy to prepare but make sure you have enough time because it needs to chill for about 4 hours to set.

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INGREDIENTS

Main

  • 225 g wholewheat biscuits, crushed
  • 110 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 shots peach schnapps, or to taste

For the filling

  • 2 oranges
  • 60 ml vodka
  • 450 g cream cheese
  • 225 g whipped cream
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • oranges zest and grated chocolate for decorations

Use the orange peel to make 2 tablespoons of orange zest. Cut the orange into pieces and soak in a few shots of vodka for 20 minutes. Set aside

Crush the biscuits and mix it with the schnapps and melted butter. Press the mixture down into a cheesecake pan.

In a blender mix the cream cheese, whipped cream and caster sugar together.

Drain the vodka from the oranges and mix 4 tablespoons of the vodka with the cream cheese filling.

Fold the orange zest and orange pieces into the cream cheese filling. Pour the filling onto the cookie crust and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Grate some orange and chocolate over the cheesecake and serve!!!

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