Category: Good Eats

Tiki Tiki Rum Rum Recipe

By dweb247 on June 13th 2020

It’s not as impressive as 10 hours of extra features on the Lord of the Rings DVD set, but this recipe is our version of “behind the scenes.” When we shot our Spring/Summer 2020 collection in Joshua Tree last fall, our awesome creative team set up basecamp at Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs – a funky mid-century oasis with a stellar in-house gastro pub.

After hours in the desert sun, we’d wrap each day by chowing down on pastrami sandos and slurping fruity cocktails. We’d be lying if we said we got the recipes (we didn’t), but we did walk away with a renewed appreciation for tiki umbrellas and dark rum. So here’s our best attempt at a recreation…

Tiki Tiki Rum Rum (inspired by Wexler’s @ Arrive Palm Springs)

Ingredients

• 2 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. passion fruit syrup
• 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
• Pineapple slice, lime wedge, umbrella for garnish

Directions

Fill a tall glass with crushed ice (if you don’t have crushed ice, put ice in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin — save and reuse the bag!). Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with some ice cubes. Do a little dance and shake until the shaker is cold n’ frosty. Pour into the glass. Garnish with pineapple slice, lime, umbrella… whatever feels tropical!

The Quarantinarita

By dweb247 on May 2nd 2020

This recipe comes from Daisy, copywriter extraordinaire and cocktail Queen.

I’ll be frank: I buy in bulk. Not toilet paper, but tequila. It’s a staple in my kitchen (right up there with garbanzo beans and Top Ramen), and it’s been the cornerstone of my “What’s in the pantry?” margaritas of late.

With the shelter-in-place order in full effect in our Central CA town, I’ve had to get creative. I’ve started infusing simple syrups with anything I can scrounge (Rosemary? Yep. Lavender? Sure thing); I’ve made friends with neighbors with overflowing citrus trees; and I’ve resolved to use up all those random liqueurs that I bought for that one cocktail, that one time…

So this cocktail – the Quarantinarita – is a product of the times: Costco tequila, big batch simple syrup, Aperol from last Summer’s “Spritz Blitz,” and oranges straight from my neighbor’s trees. It’s whatever’s in the pantry, shaken, poured over ice, and best consumed during a sunset neighborhood stroll. Yeah, I could get used to this.

QUARANTINARITA – MAKES 1:

  • 1oz (standard shot glass) simple syrup
  • 2oz tequila
  • 1 cap-full of Aperol (about 1.5 tbsp)
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1/2 blood orange
  • Bubbly water (club soda, La Croix, soda stream – whatever you’ve got)
  • Blood orange slices for garnish
  • Ice

To Make Basic Simple Syrup:

1 cup water, 1 cup granulated white sugar. Combine and bring to a boil; simmer for 3 minutes until sugar dissolves. Cool immediately. Store in the fridge for a month or freeze forever.

To Make the Drink:

Fill a shaker with ice and combine simple syrup, tequila, Aperol, orange juice, and blood orange juice. Shake the living daylights out of it. Pour over ice and fill to the brim with bubbly water. Garnish with a slice of blood orange for fancy pants points. Enjoy responsibly and “air cheers” your neighbors.

Winner Winner, Grilled Cheese Dinner

By dweb247 on April 15th 2020

Since the dawn of time (okay, since 2012), we have gathered for our annual Grilled Cheese Smackdown – a gourmand competition where teams throw down their cheesiest masterpieces for a chance to win the coveted Golden Spatula Award. This year marked our 8th annual Smackdown… and the first time we went totally virtual.

Instead of a panel of esteemed judges sampling each sammie, we gave that task to you – THE PEOPLE! – to vote on the best recipes in our first ever Smackdown-meets-Instagram competition.

The winner? The Dracula Slayer, made by our newest Toad, SJ and her beau, Tommy. This recipe is equal parts Van Helsing (absurd amounts of garlic) and Martha Stewart (homemade bread baked by Tommy). So we recommend enjoying with a someone who will put up with your garlic breath.

THE DRACULA SLAYER – Makes 2 servings

4 slices rustic bread (we used homemade rosemary bread)

1 head roasted garlic

2 slices aged cheddar

2 slices Havarti

2 slices aged swiss

⅓ stick of butter

a little bit of fresh cracked pepper

optional (but so good) spicy brown mustard

Roast your garlic (chop off the head, drizzle with S&P and olive oil, roast at 400º for 45 mins). With your butter at room temperature, mash your roasted garlic cloves into the butter. Heat a griddle (or grill pan) to medium. Slather the outside of your bread in your garlic butter, spread a healthy dose of mustard on the inside, and stack up the cheese! Add a few turns of cracked pepper to the inside (very important), and close ‘er up. Grill each side until golden brown and crispy.

Tip: Cover your sandwich to up the steam effect while cooking each side. And E N J O Y with a tasty beverage. Serve with a Bloody Mary if you need more garlic.

Hibiscus Gin Spritz

By dweb247 on April 10th 2020

Anyone else feel like we’re in a month full of Sundays? Well you know what they say: when life hands you Sundays, make brunch. Start with this Hibiscus Gin Spritz. It’s refreshing, citrusy, sweet, and has a healthy dose of DIY (because you’ve got the time). Toss on someGarden Party tunes and step into the sunshine.

*Bonus: Make extra and and deliver to a friend’s doorstep. Nothing says “we’re in this together” like a cocktail delivery.

Hibiscus Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus leaves (get at certain grocery stores or online)
  • 2 cups water

 

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in hibiscus leaves and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring until you get a syrupy consistency that coats the spoon. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain hibiscus leaves and store syrup in a jar the fridge. Syrup will last for a week+ in the fridge and can be used in iced teas, over ice cream, in other cocktails, or anything else that calls for a sweet pick-me-up.

Hibiscus Gin Spritz – makes 1:

  • 1oz (standard shot glass) hibiscus simple syrup
  • 2oz gin (full disclosure: we ran out of gin, so tequila works too!)
  • 1oz lemon juice (typically the juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • Tonic water
  • Lemon slices
  • Ice

 

Fill a glass with ice (12oz glass or bigger is best). Add gin, lemon juice and hibiscus syrup. Give it a quick mix with a spoon. Top it off with tonic water and a few slices of lemon. Top with a flower from your garden if you’re feeling fancy.

What’s Your Beer Profile?

By dweb247 on April 3rd 2020
April 7th is National Beer Day, so here’s what you should be drinking based on our very scientific, totally accurate, Beer Personality Test. It’s like a horoscope, but hoppier. You should drink…
… LAGERS if you’re the human embodiment of an Eagles song: easy going, likable, great at parties. Your motto: “This calls for a pizza.” Nothing pairs with the Meat Lover’s Special like an extra cold lager.
… PILSNERS if you’re well-liked, well-traveled, and generally a people-pleaser. You also have a fantastic head of hair, even at the beach. You may or may not be a Golden Retriever. No matter – bottom’s up!
… STOUTS if you have many leather bound books and slay at Tuesday night trivia. You love sunrises, deep conversations, and bagpipes. You are dense and layered, but in a good way. Go ahead, make it a Guinness.
… PORTERS if you love cold-weather, fish n’ chips, and the Queen Mother. You have a Willy Wonka-sized sweet tooth and also happen to work in a factory. God save the queen – and the corner seat at the pub.
… IPAs if you’re bold, adventurous, and loyal. You’ve broken at least 3 bones and your college nickname was “The Tank.” You love Led Zeppelin. You are the extreme version of the jack-of-all-trades. There’s a special aisle at the liquor store for you – and it’s got a billion types of IPAs to choose from.
… WHEAT BEERS if you love WWII history, mustaches, and sauerkraut (#guthealth). You’re a no-nonsense kind of person, but you’ve also won the local lederhosen contest 8 years in a row. You and Wheat Beers – just a coupl’a classics.
… SOURS if you’re eccentric, daring, and once ran a 10k… barefoot. You can recite the periodic table and every word of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” You’re not afraid to try something funky, so get a growler from your local craft brewery and pucker up.
… SAISONS if you like to read Marcel Proust, have a thriving garden, and wear chic overalls without shoes. You remind people of springtime and can toss together a stunning brunch in 20 minutes (seriously, how do you do that?). You probably brewed your own saison in an art shed in a field of wildflowers.
Whatever your beer profile, drink responsibly and pair with good company and good eats (like this grilled cheese or this one). Cheers!