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Hot Zaddy

Hot Zaddy

Think of a Hot Zaddy as an Hot Apple ToddyIngredients include: warm apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon, honey, bourbon and fresh slices of apples and lemons. This is the perfect warm seasonal cocktail to cozy up with your special somebody (aka zaddy) on a cold winter night.

So the other day I went to go look up what the word zaddy meant. Sad right? I had a general idea of what it meant but I was watching tv and heard it used in a few different contexts and got confused. So I decided to do a little research just to make sure I was using it right. That’s when you know your old age is kicking in.

 

I, of course, went to urban dictionary to see their thoughts but I really loved the definition from jezebel that says:

 

zaddy is a guy you look at and think, zamn, zaddy… Immediately, you know in your heart who’s not a zaddy. It’s an instinctual response that’s not worth explaining in depth because you’re supposed to just feel it. The subject is not merely conventionally “hot”—he’s a zaddy … 

 

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I read that definition and immediately it all became crystal clear. A zaddy is a hot guy you want to cozy up to and call daddy (wink wink – you can draw your own conclusions from there). After all that all I knew is I wanted to cozy up to cocktail so I thought, what would a drink look like that made me say ZAMN ZADDY?! LOL. It would have to warm to the point of steaming, spicy with a little kick, and it would have to look sexy, I mean drop dead gorgeous.

From there I jumped in the kitchen and got to work. My favorite seasonal cocktail is a hot toddy so I thought I’d do a twist on it by adding piping hot apple cider with fresh cinnamon, honey, lemon juice and fresh sliced apples and don’t forget the bourbon.

I took a sip and melted, “this is it!” I can’t think of a better translation. Move over hot toddy, the hot zaddy is in town. Doesn’t it sound like it should be a drink any way? I’m definitely trying to make this a thing. So when you all go out ask for Hot Zaddy and coach the bartender on how to make it.

But if you want to make it at home it’s a few simple ingredients with big flavor and finesse. This simple cocktail is perfect to warm up to on a cold night and will definitely be on regular rotation November through December. I hope you agree. Enjoy!

Do you plan to make this recipe? Be sure to tag @meikoandthedish on Instagram and hashtag it #meikoandthedish.

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Hot Zaddy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Think of a Hot Zaddy as an apple cider hot toddy. This is the perfect warm seasonal cocktail to cozy up with your special somebody (aka zaddy) on a cold winter night.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider, hot (divided)
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) bourbon or whiskey (divided)
  • 2 tablespoon honey (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sliced apple (I used Fiji), garnish
  • 1 sliced lemon, garnish

Instructions

  1. Divide hot apple cider, whiskey, honey and lemon juice into two mugs and stir until honey is dissolved. Grate a pinch of fresh cinnamon over the top then add the cinnamon stick to the beverage.
  2. Garnish with fresh apple and lemon slices and serve immediately.
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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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Bold Drinks = Men Magnets

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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Batido de Aguacate (Avocado Milkshake)

Batido de Aguacate (Avocado Milkshake)

After my MBA graduation I decided to take up a little travel. I always wanted to learn spanish so a couple of friends recommended that I attend a school in Ecuador, “Simon Bolivar”. After I signed up I was assigned a host family that would house me for my 4 week stay. When living outside the US you realize that the world is vast, dynamic and expansive. You start to feel really really small.

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My life in Quito was much, much simpler. It was a treat to take warm showers and regardless the were always efficient. I walked to school everyday remembering to be home before the sun set. I salsa danced about 4 hours every day. And my host mother was the sweetest cooking me authentic Ecuadorian food every night – no shade to my real mom :). I also had an amazing spanish teacher, Zulma, who was patient and kind and even taught me a recipe that I use to this day, Batido de Aguacate, or its english translation, Avocado Milkshake.

Since it is AVOCADO WEEK it only felt right to share this gem with you. The milkshake is easy only containing 6 ingredients that you are likely to have in your pantry and fridge. You just add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. The result is a sweet and creamy yet refreshing treat that you will want to make over and over again. FYI, I found these adorable little milk bottles at Target for only $3.

This was also a great excuse to go down memory lane. This trip was the first time I traveled alone and I loved it!  While in Ecuador I didn’t have a the flashy, bright and distracting objects that cloud us everyday. I was forced to dig deeper into who I was and what I wanted out of life which has ultimately helped me (amongst other things) to get decide to do this blog, sharing my some of the experiences I hold most valuable with you. I hope you enjoy!

Batido de Aguacate (Avocado Milkshake)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2 servings

Batido de Aguacate (Avocado Milkshake)

Batido de Aguacate (Avocado Milkshake) - Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the sweet creamy flavor of this shake recipe with everyone's favorite food, AVOCADO.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado, ripe
  • 1 cup milk or almond milk
  • ? cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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