Popcorn & Banana Tic Tac Vodka

….made with Minions!!

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post up for a little while, now finally online in time for ‘National Vodka Day’ (seriously though, who makes these days??) – popcorn and banana flavoured vodka, made using Tic Tacs. The latter was made using Minion Tic Tacs – their sacrifice shall not be in vain!

For the popcorn-flavoured vodka, I poured one container’s worth of Tic Tacs into the bottle, then just a little extra from another container, then allowed to brew.

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Around 90 minutes later, it looked like this….

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Then the following day, it looked like this….

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To play it safe, I decided to allow it to brew for another day, then moved on to the next one.

For the banana-flavoured vodka, I added about half of a large container, equivalent of a regular sized one. A little less may have sufficed, as it left more to filter out, but it was still worth it.

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I ended up having bits of Minion floating around….

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A few days later, both had the right scent – just needed to be filtered and taste-tested.

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Given that this was my first attempt at flavouring vodka, I was quite pleased with how they turned out, having tasted both. Still need to try these out on friends, hope they’re ready….

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The ‘Adrenadine’ shot

A little winter warmer

Just a quick one here – whilst discussing shots with a couple of friends, I felt compelled to see if I could randomly throw something together with what I had to hand, that could actually work. Here’s the result!

In this order:
A dash of Espresso Smirnoff Vodka
A dash of Grenadine
A dash of Irish Cream, poured over the back of a spoon

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Much like the Espresso vodka on its own, it left a warm feeling on the way down – perfect for the winter months.  I then decided to name it ‘Adrenadine’ (‘Raspberry Kicker’ was close second).

Here’s the jpeg that prompted the initial conversation – I’m unsure of its original source. I may well try some of these at some point.

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Jelly Cocktails

Zombie Brain Hemorrhage, jellified

Another quick one – ever wondered what might happen if you tried suspending a Zombie/Alien Brain Hemorrhage-type cocktail in jelly, instead of a shot glass? Well wonder no more. Not gonna lie, it looks kinda weird (perhaps more so than the shot) but still tastes nice nonetheless. I actually made these some time ago, but never got round to blogging – with Halloween just around the corner, thought it was an appropriate time to do so.

I used:
Orange jelly (instead of schnapps)
A dash of peach vodka
A dash of Grenadine
A dash of Blue Curaco
A dash of Irish cream or Baileys, applied via straw

Before setting.

Before setting.

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Make up the jelly according to the instructions on the packet, then divide it into the glasses, allowing time to cool before adding the rest of the ingredients. Add in each a small measure of vodka, Grenadine and Blue Curaco, then add a dash of Irish Cream/Baileys via straw (place one end of the straw in the bottle, place your thumb over the other end then withdraw the straw slowly, not releasing your thumb until the end of the straw is just under the surface of the jelly). You may even prefer to add in each shot via this method. Very carefully place each glass in the fridge, and allow to set overnight.

After setting.

After setting.

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What was a shot is now an adult dessert. I used a similar method when making cocktail cubes – https://randomkitchenexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/cocktail-jelly-cubes/. Have fun trying these.

Vodka Trifle

A party favourite for grown-ups

This was the first improvised recipe I ever tried out, starting out with something simple, when making the jump from just experimenting with cocktails. The first time I made it, for a friend’s party, I had my friends coming back for seconds, with one friend requesting that I make it when she eventually get married. I’m gonna need a bigger bowl….! I have since made it again for friends and family on request. It goes without saying that as this trifle contains vodka, keep it away from little ones! Also, despite the fact that I use two types of vodka here, it is not used to be overpowering – more as an extra flavour, something to give it a more adult appeal. A trifle is really easy to make, but I have nonetheless still described each stage.

I couldn’t resist using silver pearls (dragees) as a topping – as a child, I was confused by the concept of a decoration that resembled metal, yet was edible. To add to the appeal, they also featured during one episode of Doctor Who, where the Doctor refered to them as “edible ball bearings” – a phrase I’ve continued to use!

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

Around 210g of seedless grapes (amount can be adapted to suit preference), washed
1 Blackcurrant Jelly
12 sponge fingers
A 1kg carton of custard (or equivalent homemade if prefered)
A pack of Banana-flavoured angel delight/instant whip
Peach-flavoured vodka
Vanilla vodka
Silver pearls (cake topping)/Dragees AKA the “edible ball bearings”
Optional – any further toppings you wish to use

Make up the jelly mix as stated on the packet, and pour into a large dish/container. Add the grapes to the jelly, enough to appear evenly spread (though there will be some shifting when setting), also taking care not to add too many as this will prevent/delay it setting properly. Add one or two shots’ worth of peach vodka, and then place in the fridge, to set overnight.

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For the next layer, place some of the sponge fingers on a plate or dish, then carefully pour a tiny amount of vanilla vodka around the fingers, so that they soak up the vodka – tilting the plate around a little will help with this, and you only need a small amount to do this, not too much to be overpowering. Place the fingers on top of the jelly, and if desired, drip any remaining vodka on top, as pictured.

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Then gradually pour the custard over the sponge fingers, taking care to ensure it is poured evenly and no air bubbles remain, also making sure that any sponge fingers don’t float up. At this point, you may wish to add anything extra into the custard, choc chips/strands etc. Then place back in the fridge for the time being.

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Prepare the instant whip/angel delight mix as normal – I prefer to add more milk than the 300ml stated on the pack, to ensure it spreads evenly. Spoon the topping onto the trifle, spreading evenly with no gaps.

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Then sprinkle the pearls on top, and any further toppings you wish, like the more traditional hundreds and thousands. Done!

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At my friend's housewarming party, before seconds were requested.

At my friend’s housewarming party, before seconds were requested.

Had to share this one - by this time, we'd run out of bowls, so used glasses instead.

Had to share this one – by this time, we’d run out of bowls, so used glasses instead.

I hope you find this recipe appealing, and get as much satisfaction from it as myself, my friends and family did!

Alcoholic Jelly and Custard shots

Dessert shots, anyone?

Did a little test run of something I’m taking to a gathering next week (hence the skull glasses), that I hadn’t tried before – alcoholic jelly and custard shots. Like a downscaled version of the trifle I often make for friends, which I will blog one day, this features a dash of alcohol in both layers. As it features jelly, you’ll need to start preparing them the night before they’re needed.

You can always play around with the ingredients for this, but I used:

1 Blackcurrant jelly
Peach and tropical fruit flavoured vodka
Custard
Mickey Finn – the Chocolate, Fruit & Nut variety

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Start off by preparing the jelly as you normally would, melting down into a liquid. Then, pour just a little vodka into each shot glass, then fill each one to halfway with the jelly, allowing space for the custard layer. Leave in fridge overnight to set – I prefer to give it a good 24 hours.

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For the next layer, pour some custard into a jug, then add some Mickey Finn (or your drink of choice) and stir thoroughly to mix – you can play around with the ratio, but bear in mind that the more alcohol you add, the runnier the consistency. Pour this on top of the jelly, and serve. You may wish to serve with a cocktail stick, to scrape around the edge before drinking.

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Verdict? Definitely pleased with how they turned out – a nice flavour, not overpowering, and having already had positive feedback from one friend, I’m looking forward to sharing these with more.