Delicious Rum Balls (and Vodka Balls!)

Delicious snacksI was having a hard time deciding what to bring to the New Year’s Eve party, when suddenly it became so clear. Just put liquor in everything! 

I primarily drink vodka, and didn’t want to have to buy very many ingredients; so I decided to make vodka balls! When I got home I remembered that I did have a little bit of coffee flavored rum, so I made two different flavors (that is why the ingredient list below will seem odd- it’s actually two slightly different recipes in one). 

Chocolate Coffee Rum Balls β€’ Peach Whipped Cream Vodka Balls 

  • 11 oz. box Nilla Wafers (mine smashed down to 3.5 c)
  • 1.5 c powdered sugar (may need more, depending how messy you are)
  • 1.5 T cocoa powder 
  • .5 c chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 oz. coffee rum
  • 1 oz. whipped cream vodka
  • 1 oz. peach vodka 
  • 2 T real maple syrup

First, crush the cookies and chop the nuts. You could probably use a food processor for both. That is so not what I did. I bought the nuts chopped. The cookies I put into a ziplock bag (in three batches) and smashed the hell out of them with a rolling pin. The dogs were not impressed by this at all. I also will add, don’t try to do this just in the bag the cookies come in. There is too much air. It will burst and cookies will fly out. Not saying how I know or anything… 

Then get out two large bowls. Pour half of the cookie crumbs and half of the nuts in each bowl. Add half a cup of powdered sugar to each bowl, and 1 T of cocoa powder to one bowl (this will be the rum ball bowl). The remaining powdered sugar and cocoa powder is for rolling the balls in at the end. Stir the dry ingredients in each bowl until well mixed. 

When the dry ingredients are combined, and 1 T real maple syrup to each bowl. Add the coffee rum to the rum ball bowl (the one with the cocoa powder) and the vodka to the other bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Then put both bowls in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld and the consistency to set a bit.

When the mixtures are done refrigerating, form them into balls (mine are about an inch, but do whatever you want). Split the remaining powdered sugar into two bowls, and add the remaining cocoa powder to one bowl and stir to get chocolate powdered sugar. Roll each ball in the sugar (rum balls in the chocolate, vodka balls in the plain). Refrigerate until ready to serve, and cover tightly so they don’t dry out. 

That’s it, you’re done! I’m told they get more flavorful if they sit overnight or even for two nights. I wouldn’t know. Mmmmmm. 

I ended up with 24 balls. I probably ate at least two worth of dough while prepping, so there’s that. 

What kind of alcoholic snacks have you made? I want more snack ideas! 

    Jillian

    Breakfast Cookies

    raw cookiesWhen J worked at home, I used to make a smoothie every morning and leave it in the fridge for him.

    Once he got a job downtown, he didn’t want the hassle of drinking a smoothie.

    I kept suggesting things for him to eat for breakfast, but the only things he wanted were prepackaged things. He didn’t want any prep work, reheating, etc.

    Then I thought of breakfast cookies. I wanted to make them myself, both to save money and make sure they were healthy. I first tried the Fitnessista’s recipe, but found that I needed to adapt it to get the texture he wanted and to have them last all week. I make five giant cookies on Sundays. He takes them to work on Monday and eats them all week with a piece of fruit. Here is my recipe- which is still mostly Gina’s πŸ™‚

    baked cookiesBreakfast Cookies– Makes 5 large cookiesΒ 

    Preheat oven to 350

    • 2 cups oats
    • 2 scoops protein powder (any flavor)
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/3 cup peanut butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1/8-1/4 cup almond milk (to desired texture)
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • I change it up every week, but not much. Sometimes I switch the fruit, use butterscotch chips, coconut, etc. Whatever strikes my fantasy πŸ™‚

    I mix all the dry ingredients together, then the wet ingredients. I stir them until they’re cookie like texture, adding a little more almond milk or flour if necessary. Then I make the dough into five cookies with my hands.

    Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are brown. Leave on the cookie sheet for five minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

    Now you have a healthy, protein filled breakfast for the week πŸ™‚ You can also try Gina’s original recipe. I don’t know why it didn’t work for me, maybe because the weather is so different in Portland than in Tucson.

    Let me know if you try them!

    Jillian

    My Green Drink is Way More Delicious Than Green Beer

    cloverI LOVE St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe because I’m Irish, maybe because I love to drink, maybe because I hate snakes. I don’t know. I wore this little four leaf clover sticker on my face all day, and put them on anyone who would let me. Even the girl handing out liquor samples at the store (obviously the most awesome girl ever!). She was super excited about her sticker.

    Anyway, I concocted a little potion for those of us that want a festive green drink, but don’t like beer. This recipe is for a basic mojito, but I subbed cachaca (a Brazilian liquor similar to rum, but with a little more bite. It is most commonly used to make caipirinhas) for the rum. Enjoy!!

     

    Caipir-jito!

    • 2.5 oz cachaca
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/2 lime
    • handful of mint
    • ice
    • soda water

    ingredientsStep 1: assemble all ingredients. Wash and cut the lime into eight pieces, and wash the mint.

    mintStep 2: Use about this much mint for one drink. You can leave the stems on for a little more flavor, or remove the leaves for a prettier look. Your choice.

    glassStep 3: Rub a few of the mint leaves all around the inside of the glass you plan to serve the drink in. It gives the drink way more flavor. This is a pro tip πŸ˜‰

    muddledStep 4: Put all of the mint, even what you used in the glass, into whatever you plan to muddle in (a shaker, a wooden cup, the glass). Add half of the lime and two teaspoons of sugar. Muddle them all together- just smash them up until the juice is out of the limes. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a spoon. Then add about a shot and a half of cachaca and muddle again. If you’re using a shaker, at this point add ice and shake it all up like crazy. If not, fill your glass with ice, then pour this mixture on top. If you used a shaker, just pour everything in the glass (you want to leave the lime peel and mint in). This picture illustrates how much room I had left at the top after pouring mine into the glass.

    finishedStep 5: To finish it off, top it off with soda water and garnish if you like.

    Bottoms up!

    Jillian

    Simplify Sunday- Strawberries and Cleaning

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    I thought I would check cleaning out the bedroom off my list this week. As it turns out, there was not a single thing to get rid of in the bedroom. It is already really minimal. There isn’t even anything in that closet except two summer weight coats that I’m not currently using. I still feel good knowing that’s it’s been gone through, but I got off way too easy on this week’s project. That being the case, I decided to also provide you with a cocktail recipe!

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    I love to make up drink recipes, but I try to keep them as simple as possible. This has a few steps, but the ingredients are basic, with no extra sugar or pre-made mixes involved. It’s important to me to know what I’m drinking πŸ™‚

    Strawberry Sunset (serves 1 strong drink)

    • 5 strawberries
    • 3 ounces whipped cream vodka
    • 1 tablespoon limeaid (or just lime juice)
    • 3 ice cubes

    Muddle the strawberries (save one for a garnish, if you like) until they are all smashed up! Then muddle in the vodka and limeaid. At this point, if you’re okay with the texture, you can just stir in the ice cubes for a few seconds to cool down the drink, then pull out the ice cubes and pour into a glass. If it’s too chunky, pour it in the blender for a few seconds (I ended up doing this). If you leave the ice cubes in when you’re blending it, you will get more of a daiquiri like texture. I took them out and got a thinner texture (I’m not crazy about frozen drinks).

    Bottoms up!

    ❀ Jillian

     

    Top 10 Reasons Your Bartender Loves You (or at least doesn’t hate you)

    chelle and jillWe see so many posts about why your bartender hates you. As a “retired” bartender, I thought I would put my positive spin on it. You want your bartender to love you? Do this!

    Also, maybe I’m supposed to put a disclaimer about drinking responsibly? *play nice, y’all. Don’t make me pull this car over.*



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    How to Make Friends With Your Bartender

    1. Know what you want to drink, and have your money and ID ready. She has to check your ID. This is the law, it’s not a conspiracy. If you are underage and she gets caught serving you, she will never work in the industry again. No, really.
    2. If you HAVE to ask her to recommend something, try to do it when there aren’t 18 people behind you- and give her something to go off of. Don’t just say you need a recommendation, then have her list off eight things and shoot them all down. Tell her you like rum and fruity flavors. Then she’ll be able to make you something fun that you will actually like.
    3. If you’re going to open a tab, tip in cash on the first drink right then. This isn’t totally necessary, but it makes you look super cool and lets her know you do plan to tip her. She will remember and take care of you.
    4. Absolutely do not hit on her while tipping her. She’s not a prostitute. She will be so creeped out.
    5. Bring back your dirty glasses when you come for another round. She spends her life looking for glasses, and is happy to have them back. She can never find her bar back that was supposed to bring glasses. He’s probably either smoking out back or cleaning up whatever you did in the pool room.
    6. If you want a strong drink, order a double. If you’re nice, maybe you’ll get the next one for the price of a single. You will not get a stronger drink by asking her to pour heavy. You will get a weaker drink.
    7. Tell her your name every time you come back for another drink if you have a tab. She may remember, but maybe not. At the beginning of the night, everyone looks the same and she only knows your drink, not your name. If you keep telling her, it won’t be awkward and she will then remember because you made it easier.
    8. Ask her how her night is going. MEAN IT. For extra points, mention the drunk girl in the corner that’s been giving her drama, or the old guy that keeps staring at her. Feel her pain. Remember, she’s the only sober one in the room (and she feels right now that she may be the only sober person in the world). She can tell if you’re faking it or not.
    9. Say thank you. Again, mean it. It’s not a big deal, everyone can do this.
    10. Have fun! The bartender is there to help you have a good time. If you’re happy (and you’re not being a douche!), she is probably happy and thinks you’re just great.

    Hey, guess what?! It’s Friday Eve! Time to go out and practice these skills πŸ™‚

    Jillian

    How To Set Up a Home Bar

    full barI have always loved to be prepared for visitors. I like to have something cool to offer when people come over. Having a fully stocked bar isn’t something most people do at home, and maybe that’s why I think it’s so fun. Plus, you know, I like drinking πŸ™‚

    This is what my bar looks like. I couldn’t find an actual bar that I really liked, plus they all looked kind of lame and didn’t fit in our great room. I had been begging for one for ages, and J and I finally agreed on this sideboard from Dania. It works well because I just keep everything on top, and use the cabinets for extra dishes and cookbooks. However, you can use anything. In my old studio apartment I used a cool wine rack/cart (similar) that I got off craigslist for $20. You could also use a shelf in your kitchen, the counter top, and old dresser- anything!

    starting a barWhen you’re starting out, just go basic. Liquor and supplies are really expensive! I drank cheap liquor until I was about 25, and then I started feeling really hungover from it. Apparently when you get old you need that extra filtering! If you’re young, you can probably get away with it πŸ™‚

    This is a basic starter kit idea. You’ll need glasses of some sort. I’ve seen cool glasses at the Dollar Store for $.50 each. The most important are rocks glasses, shot glasses, and martini glasses (add wine glasses if you drink wine). I added a shaker because they are so useful for so many drinks, a wine/bottle opener for obvious reasons, and straws. Having straws takes your drinks up a notch!

    Pictured here are vodka, light rum, whiskey, and a specialty liquour. Start with what you like to drink, and then expand by watching what your friends drink or what looks cool on drink menus. With vodka, rum, and whiskey you can make a lot of stuff. A specialty liquour just makes things more fun. You can get fruity flavored things like peach schnapps, or something creamy like Bailey’s Irish Cream (I personally buy cheaper Irish cream because I think they all taste the same).

    Let me know if you decide to stock your bar! It’s also a really cool idea to have a “stock the bar” housewarming party. Just have everyone bring their favorite bottle and mixer, then you keep what’s left over. Happy mixing!

    What’s your favorite cocktail recipe?

    Jillian