I love a great cocktail. But I like to keep people guessing. I'm likely to show up with spiked cupcakes or ice cream instead of an actual liquid refreshment. And I own a company where we make yummy things from sugar, so the cocktail gummy was a natural progression for me. This is not the jello shot or booze soaked packaged gummy party treat from the past. This is a freshly made cocktail in gummy form that blows everyone away.
This summer I tried chareau for the first time and kept thinking it would be perfect in a cucumber vodka spritz - and it was. Light and refreshing for these hot Texas days. So, when I got the cookout invite and she requested something good but not too sugary, I knew I had to make a gummy. Whipped out our mint cocktail gummy mix (just add booze) and added 3/4 cup of Prairie cucumber vodka and 1/4 cup of chareau.
These are great for out by the pool or lake and make a great addition to a party. No bottles or containers to worry about. You have to try it!! Five lucky people will get to try our mint mix for FREE. Follow @threelumpsofsugar on instagram and comment on our post with the same pic as above to be entered. Winners will be selected Tuesday morning at 8am.
If you just want to make the chareau cucumber spritz in liquid form:
1 ounce chareau aloe liqueur
2 ounces cucumber vodka
a fresh sprig of mint
skake with ice and strain into a stemless flute or wine glass.
top with bubbly of your choice
It is frequently said that "people eat with their eyes first"' This was definitely my strategy at the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Tasting this past weekend at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott. With 75 restaurants and over 225 wineries in the house, there was no way to sample it all.
As a diabetic, after a glass of bubbly at the event opening and 4 or 5 sip of various wines, I was ready to move on to the food. This was my plan going in to help manage my blood sugar. But, I didn't feel cheated at all.
I am a seafood lover so I sampled almost all of the seafood dishes. From truffled halibut to shrimp and crawfish dumplings topped with caviar; there was something for all tastes. Everything was fresh and inviting. MasterChef winner Shaun O'Neale served crab that had been freshly flown in from Oregon. Add the wide array of ceviches and tuna tartares to round out the category.
Every protein you could imagine was on display. One of my favorite bites was the duck confit with wild rice, beautiful mushrooms, and truffles from Fadi's. How can one go wrong with that combination? You knew you were in for a treat before you sampled the dish. Their display featured all of the raw mushrooms and BEAUTIFUL black truffles on a bed of rice.
Desserts were not an afterthought by any means. Chef Ryan Witcher from Robard's Steakhouse deserved the win for his magical concoction - Texas Two Step Donut Sundae. Featuring vanilla bean brioche donuts, Basil infused Texas peaches, Rebecca Creek Whiskey Toffee Sauce, butter Texas pecans, homemade peach jam, and vanilla bean ice cream.
Latin Bites' presented their tropical dessert in mini terra cotta pots which was so whimsical that it caught my eye. Add in the meyer lemon semi-freddo from CRU and this girl was done for the night!!! But, I do plan on working my way through these restaurants and vineyards through the summer. Stay tuned....