Two delicious items for your weekend (or any night of the week). Bacon and cocktails.
Oh yum! Who doesn't love bacon? Who doesn't love a good cocktail? The answer is everyone loves them! If you're having friends over this weekend, or just want to indulge in a tasty treat (or two) take a look at these recipes. I don't know about you, but I think I could/would/might eat all the bacon potato salad myself!
Bacon Strips with Boston Lager Glaze
16 slices thick cut bacon
1 cup honey
2 tbsp grain Dijon mustard
2 tbsp dry mustard
1 cup maple syrup
2 cups Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.Lay bacon on sheet pan on parchment paper. Cover with one more sheet of parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes.Bring honey and maple syrup mixture to a boil. Caramelize.Add beer and reduce by half. Then add mustard Take top sheet of parchment paper off bacon. Baste in honey mixture. Return bacon to oven and turn temperature to 275 degrees until bacon is crispy.
Pairing note: The caramel notes in Boston Lager play well with the smokiness of the bacon while the hop finish cleanses the palate for the next bite.
Yield: Makes 16 slices bacon
2 cups Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver
2 cups Butterfly Kiss Pinot Grigio
Fruit to garnish: Oranges, cherries, strawberries
Soak fruit in wine. Pour in punch bowl. Stir in Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver.
Beer and Bacon Potato Salad
3 bottles Samuel Adams® Summer Ale (can be substituted for Boston Lager)
3 lbs. baby potatoes
1 package bacon
½ red onion, diced
Half head celery, diced
1 bunch scallions
¼ bunch dill
16 oz. mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3 dashes red wine vinegar
Bring a large pot of Samuel Adams Summer Ale to a boil. Add the potatoes, and boil in beer for about 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and let cool. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to boil, and hard boil the eggs for about 12 minutes. Let eggs cool.
In a large sheet pan, cook the bacon at 375 until crispy, and then dice. Set aside.
Once eggs are cool, peel and chop.
In a large bowl, mix diced red onion, 1 bunch finely sliced scallions, diced celery, diced bacon, chopped eggs, and dill.
Once potatoes are cool, add to bowl of ingredients and smash together so they are half mashed.
Add all wet ingredients, salt and pepper and mix well. Add about a tablespoon of the bacon grease for a little added flavor.
Yield: Serves 6-8
Smirnoff Ice Apple Preparada
Smirnoff Ice Green Apple (you can use any flavor)
Fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, orange, kiwi - your choice!)
Chili Lime Salt
Layer fresh fruit, chamoy, chili lime salt, and candy (optional) over ice.
Add any Smirnoff Ice flavor,stir and then garnish with fruit as desired.