Tags: beer, Happy Hour, Mexican Cocktail, Michelada
The hard drive on my laptop went belly up this week. Died quickly in my arms, I don’t believe it suffered. There wasn’t any warning that it was sick. One minute the screen saver was frolicking and the next minute everything went black. Several attempts to recesitate by powering on and off failed. We even called in the finest surgeon in town, not even the Dell technician couldn’t bring it back to life. It’s now at the morgue (data extraction business) for an autopsy.
During the whole ordeal I found myself heartlessly dreaming of a new Apple Powerbook but the Hub cheerfully announced that he had purchased a three-year warranty…drat. So I’m back in business with a shiny new hard drive. The Powerbook will have to wait until the next tragedy.
So what else do you do during crises but drink. Let’s talk about Micheladas.
I think you all know by now that my favorite food to eat, smell, cook, look at and talk about is Mexican. A couple of weeks ago, we went to my new favorite restaurant in town and saw this Mexican cocktail on the menu. I must preface by saying that I can’t even remember the last time I had a beer. I’m not a beer drinker…don’t like it one bit. But, with the discovery of this tasty combination, I could see myself sporting a healthy beer belly in no time.
I read that Micheladas have been around for decades in Mexico and have been especially popular in the Northern areas of Mexico. The Michelada stemmed from the usual practice of adding a squeeze of lime and a dash of salt to a beer. Now there are as many recipes as there are bartenders. I opted for a Rick Bayless version. Let’s take a look at what’s in this wonderful Mexican beverage (pronounced mEE-shaw-lah-da)
- Coarse sea salt for the rim of the glass (I used a pink Hawaiian)
- Plenty of ice cubes
- 2 12 oz. cans Mexican Beer, such as Bohemia, Tecate or Corona
- 6 – 8 limes, enough to squeeze into 1/2 C. lime juice
- 1 t. hot sauce such as Tabasco or Tapatio. (We used the latter, I believe you should use a heat as strong as your threshold can handle)
- 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 t. Maggi or Soy sauce
In a bowl combine lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire and Maggi and whisk well. With two chilled glasses take a chunk of the lime and press around the rims. Invert the rims onto a plate containing the sea salt. Add ice cubes to fill about half way into the glasses. Next divide the sauce mixture evenly into each glass pouring over the ice. Slowly add the beer so that the thick mixture remains cozy in the bottom of the glass. Top the glasses with a slice of lime or maybe even a small chili pepper for a festive look.
Serve with a long straw. Why? For the first few sips you want to suck up some of that thick rich hot sauce from the bottom of the glass and then chase it with a sip of the cold sparkling ice cubed beer from the top and a crunch of sea salt that is beautifully fringed on the glass. This makes for a unique flavor sensation.
The flavors in this cocktail are as exciting as it’s appearance. Deliciously spicy and refreshing. About half way through, stir it all together and let the lime jump in for a swim. It tasted wonderful sitting in the warm fall sun on the back deck while waiting for the grill to heat for a sizzling steak dinner.
Micheladas…It’s Whats For Happy Hour
Tags: food gifts, Limoncello, liqeuer
That’s right people, I’m makin’ Limoncello. I found the recipe last Spring. The frosty bottles looked so pretty full of the frozen lemony liqueur, that I decided to make some for gifts. It’s a process, so I put it on my calendar for September so it would be ready by December. So, here we go. I started with 15 beautiful lemons. Since we don’t grow lemons here in Colorado, I had to use store bought. The directions say to scrub all the waxes off. I sprayed them with FIT and then washed and dried them good.
Next is the process of taking the peel off the lemons. Instructions are very strict to peel lemons with a very sharp peeler. It’s important not to grab any of the white bitter pith. You only want the yellow part. I started with this ceramic and very sharp peeler.
I ended up using my zester. MUCH faster and pith safer than the peeler.
With my combination of peeled and zested lemon I have added a four inch sprig of fresh rosemary. The recipe I found is called Rosemary Limoncello. I have started this project well in advance, if I don’t like the rosemary, I’ll make more in time for Christmas and omit it.
Most of the recipes say you should use Everclear. :::taking deep breath. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bring myself to walk in to my local liquor store and grab a bottle of Everclear and march it up to the front counter. I just knew that as soon as I did, some breaking news story would unfold and Channel 4 reporters would storm the counters and there I’d be in the background on local Denver television stations on the 6:00 prime time news holding my large bottle of Everclear. A big ol bottle of cheap vodka seemed much less derelict. HA
So now you take your gallon jar of lemon peel and rosemary and pour in a 750 bottle of cheap vodka. Some recipes say to add double that all at once. Some say to add 750 now and 750 later. I decided to add it all now. This photo is only one bottle and I ended up adding both 750 bottles before storing.
OK, now look at my goofy cat. We hardly ever have hard alcohol in our house. She was rather taken by the whole fume-ie thing. She would just sit there glaring at it suspiciously and cautiously, squinting her eyes to shield them from the strong vapors. I couldn’t get her out of the picture. I think she was secretly fantasizing that were mixing up some sort of gasoline concoction to kill the dogs.
So there you have it for now. Seal up the jar and place it is a cool dark place for a period of time anywhere from 30 days to six weeks, and some even say up to two months. Swirl once a week to make sure all the oils from the lemon peel are extracting into the alcohol. Then we’ll add a simple syrup and store for another length of time. I’ll report back when we’re at that stage.
I couldn’t throw out all of those naked lemons, so I now have a beautiful jar of fresh squeezed lemon juice in the fridge. Maybe some lemon ice cream or sorbet in my future????