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Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

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Last month was my birthday, which is usually a big to-do for me. But this year it was pretty low key. To be honest I didn’t even remember it was the big day until my bestie wished me a happy birthday. Sad right, I know.

Needless to say, I didn’t have much planned but she and I eventually made it out to a really nice rooftop bar in the Lower Greenville area of Dallas called HG Supply Co. The environment is vibrant and busting with young professionals. The icing on the cake is its picturesque backdrop of the downtown Dallas skyline.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

In the midst of a very crowded space we were able to find two seats together at the bar and we just knew that was a sign for a good night to come. Ummmmm, so we thought. Instead we were bombarded by two jokers who made their way into our conversation by complementing our bold beverages. Somehow they ended up completely monopolizing our conversation and ruining our good time.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

What first seemed like a last ditch effort to get our numbers ended up with one of the guys eating all our appetizers (without asking mind you), the two of them arguing with each other over who runs their company (nonsense), followed by the hot tempered app-stealer storming out the bar and the other crying to us about his fight with his girlfriend’s family. Like literally crying.

I really don’t know how we ended up becoming relationship therapists on my birthday night out. How do you go from flirting with two hotties (that’s us) to asking for advice to impress your girlfriend’s family? And can you believe the crying guy still asked for my number?  I was dead on contact. I’m pretty certain that the internet and social media is to blame for all the whack “come on” game these days.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

Nevertheless, “group nights in” are becoming more and more attractive. I love a good Kentucky Mule at the bar but I may only order this bold beverage at home to keep the flies away, if you know what I mean. If you are not much of a whisky drinker but want to give it a try, this is a great transitional drink.  The mint in the recipe makes it bright and refreshing while the ginger beer adds a nice spicy kick at the end. I absolutely love this drink during the summer. Plus it is fun to make (if you watch the video you will know why). LOL. So give it a try and remember to tag @MeikoAndTheDish on all social media when you share it.

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Kentucky Mule

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Serving Size: 1

Kentucky Mule

The interesting contrasts between bright and spicy flavors from muddled mint and ginger beer make this refreshingly aromatic beverage a summer hit.

Ingredients

  • 2 OZ. bourbon
  • ½ OZ fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 OZ chilled ginger beer
  • 2 mint sprigs plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Crush ice (by whatever means you find necessary, lol).
  2. Add lime juice to a short glass or moscow mule cut along with 2 mint sprigs and muddle.
  3. Add in ice, bourbon and ginger beer and stir. Garnish with extra mint sprigs.
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Easy Coconog Shot

Easy Coconog Shot

How many of you know that the ingredients used to make ice cream are the same ingredients used to make eggnog???

MIND BLOWN RIGHT?

Y’all know I am here for a good shortcut and I couldn’t let the season go by without hooking #TeamGreedy up with good one. That being said, all of us have a carton of ice cream in the fridge which means we have access eggnog in just minutes.

WE CAN NOW remove one item from that extensive grocery list and maybe get out of those holiday grocery lines a little bit quicker. So no more separating eggs and whisking into a custard for me (“from scratch” eggnoggers will know what I’m talking about).

And seriously, how many times have you purchased a bottle of eggnog only to see it still sitting there long after the holidays have come and gone? [HAND RAISED HIGH] At least this way you can make it self serve by the glass with no waste. Instead, we should all be using this holiday shortcut using French vanilla for homemade spiked eggnog which only uses 4 ingredients and is done in 4 minutes. 

And below, because I’m feeling generous, I’m also sharing 3 more recipes using 4 ingredients for a total of 4 WAYS you can doctor up your homemade, no hassle, eggnog. I started each recipe using the French vanilla ice cream base that you see in the video above. So simple, so easy.

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Easy Coconog Shot

 

Easy Coconog Shot

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Easy Coconog Shot

Easy Coconog Shot - Using only four ingredients and prepared in under four minutes. Coconog is short for Coconut/Eggnog ... get it?! The secret is my shortcut of using French vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup ice cream, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons whole coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons tequila
  • optional: toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass. Serve topped with toasted coconut flakes.
  2. * Let the icecream sit out or heat it in a microwave safe cup until it reaches a smooth liquid consistency. Don't let it get too hot (approx. 30 -45 seconds).
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Easy Iced Eggnog Latte

Easy Iced Eggnog Latte

How many of you know that the ingredients used to make ice cream are the same ingredients used to make eggnog???

MIND BLOWN RIGHT?

Y’all know I am here for a good shortcut and I couldn’t let the season go by without hooking #TeamGreedy up with good one. That being said, all of us have a carton of ice cream in the fridge which means we have access eggnog in just minutes.

WE CAN NOW remove one item from that extensive grocery list and maybe get out of those holiday grocery lines a little bit quicker. So no more separating eggs and whisking into a custard for me (“from scratch” eggnoggers will know what I’m talking about).

And seriously, how many times have you purchased a bottle of eggnog only to see it still sitting there long after the holidays have come and gone? [HAND RAISED HIGH] At least this way you can make it self serve by the glass with no waste. Instead, we should all be using this holiday shortcut using French vanilla for homemade spiked eggnog which only uses 4 ingredients and is done in 4 minutes. 

And below, because I’m feeling generous, I’m also sharing 3 more recipes using 4 ingredients for a total of 4 WAYS you can doctor up your homemade, no hassle, eggnog. I started each recipe using the French vanilla ice cream base that you see in the video above. So simple, so easy.

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Easy Iced Eggnog Latte

 

Easy Iced Eggnog Latte

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Easy Iced Eggnog Latte

Easy Iced Eggnog Latte - Eggnog latte using only four ingredients and prepared in under four minutes.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup coffee, chilled
  • ½ cup French vanilla ice cream, melted
  • ¼ cup of nutmeg
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Put ice cream in a microwave safe bowl or mug and heat in microwave for up to 2 minute or until you reach a liquid consistency.
  2. Add in coffee and nutmeg and stir well. Then pour mixture over a cup of ice, stir and serve.
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Easy Peppermint Eggnog

Easy Peppermint Eggnog

How many of you know that the ingredients used to make ice cream are the same ingredients used to make eggnog???

MIND BLOWN RIGHT?

Y’all know I am here for a good shortcut and I couldn’t let the season go by without hooking #TeamGreedy up with good one. That being said, all of us have a carton of ice cream in the fridge which means we have access eggnog in just minutes.

WE CAN NOW remove one item from that extensive grocery list and maybe get out of those holiday grocery lines a little bit quicker. So no more separating eggs and whisking into a custard for me (“from scratch” eggnoggers will know what I’m talking about).

And seriously, how many times have you purchased a bottle of eggnog only to see it still sitting there long after the holidays have come and gone? [HAND RAISED HIGH] At least this way you can make it self serve by the glass with no waste. Instead, we should all be using this holiday shortcut using French vanilla for homemade spiked eggnog which only uses 4 ingredients and is done in 4 minutes. 

And below, because I’m feeling generous, I’m also sharing 3 more recipes using 4 ingredients for a total of 4 WAYS you can doctor up your homemade, no hassle, eggnog. I started each recipe using the French vanilla ice cream base that you see in the video above. So simple, so easy.

,

Easy Peppermint Eggnog

 

Easy Peppermint Eggnog

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Easy Peppermint Eggnog

Easy Peppermint Eggnog - Using only four ingredients and prepared in under four minutes. The secret is my shortcut of using french vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 3 peppermint candied canes, finely crushed
  • 2 cups ice cream, melted
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Wet the rim of 2 short glass cups and roll the rim of the cups in the crushed peppermint to line them with the candy.
  2. Put ice cream in a microwave safe bowl or mug and heat in microwave for up to 2 minutes or until you reach a liquid consistency.
  3. Stir in nutmeg and peppermint extract well. Heat for 1-2 minutes more in the microwave and serve warm in the peppermint rimmed glasses.
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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake - I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and after a great work this keeps me from going to the donut shop.

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of Chocolate Cacao Raw Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth then serve
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Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

What a week! So if you didn’t read my previous blog post I will catch you up on the week’s festivities.  After being swept away by the Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance I decided to restructure my content and recipe development this week to pay homage to his song “The Blacker The Berry”.  As a result blackberries took the spotlight this week and boy did they shine in these four new recipes.

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie - If you haven't tried Kefir you haven't lived life. In this smoothie it adds a creamy tartness that goes perfect with blackberries.

Blackberry Kefir SmoothieBlackberry Kefir Smoothie

I was recently introduced to kefir, which is a yogurt like probiotic drink that offers superior health benefits. What’s even better is that the beneficial yeast and bacteria in kefir make it digestible for the lactose intolerant.  When added with blackberries, mint and banana you get the perfect start to any day.

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie - I'm a huge fan of quick treats and this smoothie here is definitely is a treat after a busy day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries, frozen
  • ½ cup kefir
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 mint leaf
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • optional: granola

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately
  2. Optional: Sprinkle on toppings of your choice or pour onto of granola to make a parfait.
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