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IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

I really like craft beer, in case you didn’t know that about me already! My favourite characteristic of craft beer is that the ingredients are usually hand selected, specifically picked to create a certain flavour characteristic. This end goal flavour characteristic is what brings me back to trying new craft beers all the time. One ingredient in beer is hops. Hops will give beer that bitter taste but also can add a level of citrus, floral, herbal or grassy type of flavour. There are over 80 varieties of hops, each bringing their own flavour profile; which brings me back to why I love craft beer so much; the selection of ingredients is so well thought out! A lot of love goes into a batch of craft beer! Now, back to the hops; hops are in a lot of beers, but they really stand out in India Pale Ales, or otherwise known as IPAs. Today I am reviewing the Green Magic IPA from Dead Frog Brewing – a brewery that I have tried many beers from. Bravo and Mosaic hops are used in the Green Magic IPA, giving it a citrus flavour profile. When I tasted this beer, the first thing I really noticed was grapefruit rind flavours. I’ve been wanting to make an IPA Simple Syrup for a while now, and after tasting this beer, I knew this was the one! And then using grapefruit juice and vodka with the IPA simple syrup to make a cocktail just seemed like it would be a winning cocktail! Let’s get right into the beer review and recipe! 

IPA Simple Syrup

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Christmas Dinner Ideas

Christmas Dinner Ideas

I’ve hosted Christmas dinner a few times now and love it every time! But when I tell people I am hosting, I hear groans and “Oh sorry to hear that!”, like I’ve caught some incurable plague or something. It turns out, not everyone loves entertaining and cooking, and some actually find it frightening to be responsible for cooking Christmas dinner! If you are reading this and nodding your head yes, then keep reading! This post is packed full of ideas for Christmas dinner!

Christmas Dinner

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Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic

Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic

Instead of an August Craft Beer review I am sticking with the Rhubarb theme and using the Rhubarb Shrub I made at the beginning of the month to create this Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic. I originally was going to review as many rhubarb beers that there were out there… and found only one… the Jackline Rhubarb Grisette by Lighthouse Brewing and I already made mention if it in my Alberta Rhubarb Cake post last spring! So a cocktail is what you will get instead of a Craft Beer Review, and what a cocktail this Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic is! If you enjoy a tart, botanical, herbal tasting drink, then this is the drink for you! If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, replace the gin for vodka and tonic for club soda. I personally prefer the punchy pucker up version of this! 

Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin

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Rhubarb Shrub

Rhubarb Shrub

It’s rhubarb month! Okay, it’s not actually, but it is for Chews and Brews. Every post for the month of August will feature the amazing vegetable (yeah, that’s right, it’s a veggie!) rhubarb! I am kicking off the series with a rhubarb shrub, but before we go into those details, let’s discuss rhubarb first. 

Rhubarb comes in a stalk similar looking to celery, but is very sour and must be sweetened. The leaves are actually poisonous and should not be eaten. The stalks are very pretty being a bright pearly red and green. It’s a hardy perennial which is why I think every Canadian I know has either used it in cooking or ate it in something someone baked for them; it is a plant that can stand up to our harsh winters. 

rhubarb shrub

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Kiwi Honey Sauce

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Kiwi Honey Sauce

When I was a kid I would get kiwis in my lunch to take to school. My mom would cut them in half for me, pack me a spoon and then when it was lunch time I would scoop out all of the kiwi goodness. I’ve always been familiar with the cut and scoop method of eating a kiwi, but when I was offered the opportunity to partner with Zespri Kiwifruit using the SunGold Kiwi, I was excited to incorporate this awesome little fruit into a couple different recipes! 

Unlike the green kiwi I am sure you are used to buying, the SunGold kiwi is more on the yellow side and tastes like a cross between a mango and strawberry. It also has a smoother, fuzz-free skin and is a great source of vitamin C, E, potassium and fibre. These little gems can be found in your supermarket between May and October, and I highly recommend trying them out! 

Kiwi

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Celebrating Canada Day

Celebrating Canada Day

It’s Canada Day tomorrow and I am celebrating in British Columbia, camping in the bush on a lake; eating and drinking lots, canoeing and fishing and just enjoying my Canadian life. When I thought about writing this post for Canada Day I tried to think about what being Canadian means to me. 

As a food blogger, obviously this post will be heavy on the food and I am rounding up some of my very own blog posts, mostly Canadian recipes of course! 

But what does being Canadian to me?

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Cinnamon Bourbon Toddy

Cinnamon Bourbon Toddy

It is spring. But nights are still cold and our heater is running full every evening. Here in Alberta not only are the nights still chilly, but we also just encountered our first spring snow storm, on the first full day of spring. This is rather typical of Alberta weather and we easily could get one, two or maybe three more snowfalls before spring really sets in. A cinnamon bourbon toddy was the perfect remedy for such snowy day and luckily I just happened to have cinnamon simple syrup still stashed away! 

I am not a heavy bourbon drinker. In fact I don’t actually drink much of it at all. Instead you will find me cooking or baking with it more, like in bacon bourbon chocolate cupcakes! But the snow and chilly weather called for a drink that could warm you up from the inside out and this cinnamon bourbon toddy did the trick! 

cinnamon bourbon toddy

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Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Making simple syrups is like it says in the title: simple! I like playing around with different herbs and spices to make interesting simple syrups that can be stored in your fridge for weeks, waiting for the next cocktail inspiration. I have made a sage simple syrup that I have posted in the past where I used to make a gin cocktail. 

This cinnamon simple syrup is just as simple as any other simple syrup and you end up with a spicy syrup that would be great for a hot toddy, a spin on an old fashioned or a cinnamon-scotch sour. Whip up a batch today and impress your friends with fancy cocktails the next time you have a dinner party!

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

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