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Thirsty Thursdays | Bailey’s Banana Colada (aka BBC)

4 Jun


Howdy, Friends! I hope your summer is getting off to a good start. We have been very busy in this neck of the woods and computer problems have kept me from chatting with you as regularly as I would like. But I’m back today to get caught up and to share a delicious frozen drink recipe I discovered on a recent Caribbean vacation. Sound like a plan?

As you may remember, we sold our house and moved into a small condo 6 months ago while we build a new home. The new home building is going very slowly as we had to work many kinks out of the plans and we are now waiting on bids to come in from the contractors. Hopefully once that is done we can get the ball rolling a bit faster.

On the computer front, my iMac died and I had to get a new one. In the process, the Apple store caused me to lose everything on my hard drive when they told me they had performed a back up to my external drive (which I paid them to do), then turns out the external drive was empty and they had deleted the old hard drive trying to repair it. So I have been trying not to focus on all the lost pictures and such and come up with a game plan to salvage as much as possible from Flickr, old phones, old PCs, etc.

On the sewing front, remember me telling you that I submitted my Bombshell dress for the Butterick pattern contest? Well, I came in 3rd place and won several Gertie patterns. Some of them are duplicates of ones I already own so we will have a giveaway the next time I post a finished sewing project (of which there are a few).

I have continued to receive a few Stitch Fix boxes because I have found that to be fun (thanks to those of you who have signed up with my link!). If anyone is interested, I will post another review or two, although some of my pictures may have been lost…


In beautiful St. Lucia

And on a happy note, Mr. Homemaker and I went on a week long cruise through the Southern Caribbean a couple weeks ago and it was divine! While we were in St. Thomas, we took a private charter boat out for the day and did some snorkeling in St. John then headed over to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands for some R&R. We shared our boat with a few other passengers who ended up being some fellow southerns! And the youngest of the group was even a student at the University of Alabama. Small world!

We loved making new friends and spending the day with Carol, Ruth, and Trey and our captain Kevin. Ruth grew up in St. Thomas and in her youth spent some time as a bartender, during which time she invented the drink, the Bailey’s Banana Colada, or BBC for short. I had tried this drink before on a prior cruise but meeting it’s inventor made me even more keen to recreate it at home. Turns out my existing pina colada base made for a great starting point!

I chatted with Ruth once we got home and she gave me her original recipe which I hope she doesn’t mind me taking the liberty to tweak just a bit for my taste and to present to you here.

Thanks for the recipe, Ruth, and we look forward to seeing you, Carol, and Trey again soon!


Bailey's Banana Colada (aka BBC)

  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces gold rum
  • 2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • Homemade pina colada mix
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled

Fill two glasses with crushed ice. Divide rums and Irish Cream evenly between the two glasses. Top both glasses with pina colada mix just to the top of the ice. Pour contents of both glasses into a blender container and toss in the banana. Blend on high power until smooth and the outside of the blender container is frosty.

Pour back into the glasses and garnish as desired. Enjoy immediately and responsibly.

Courtesy of my friend Ruth.

Thirsty Thursday — Cuba Libre, Reinvented (or Rum and Coke Martini)

12 Sep

cuba libre


Well, we’ve all made it past hump day and we’re only one day away from the weekend. This cocktail is the perfect addition to your weekend, whatever your plans may be.

Mr. Homemaker and I were inspired by a recipe we saw in a recent issue of Garden and Gun magazine. They featured a re-engineered bourbon and coke, and while Mr. Homemaker loves bourbon, I just can’t stand the stuff. So after we made the recipe as written for him to try, we came up with the great idea of adapting the recipe to use rum, a more globally accepted beverage in our house.

So this “reinvented” recipe is a little different from the original rum and coke (obviously). Traditionally, the beverage is made by combining 1 part rum with 2 parts Coke. The version I am sharing today is the opposite — 3 parts rum to 1 part Coke, making it more suited to sipping like a martini than chugging like a soda.

Compared to the Garden and Gun recipe, we like the drink with a little less booze and a little more Coke syrup. We also swapped out the lemon twist for lime to keep up with the typical Cuba Libre gig. The orange-flavored bitters also add to the citrus-y appeal of the drink. We suggest using the best gold rum you can find as the flavor of the liquor is featured.

So while making a concentrated syrup from Coca-Cola may seem a little odd to you, go ahead and give it a try. I can assure you it will keep for at least a month in your fridge just in case you decide to use the whole can of Coke to make up a huge batch of Coke Simple Syrup.


Cuba Libre, Reinvented

Serves 2


For the Coke Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup Coke
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Heat in a small saucepan over low heat stirring occasionally until all the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to use. One batch makes enough for about 6 cocktails.


For the drinks:

  • 3 ounces good quality gold rum
  • 1 ounce Coke Simple Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Lime twists to garnish

Combine all ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously then strain into two chilled martini glasses. Enjoy!


Inspired by Garden and Gun.



Thirsty Thursdays — Strawberry Margarita

11 Apr


Does all this sewing have you thirsty?  If so, I have just the thing — a delicious Strawberry Margarita, compliments of The Foodie Bride blog.  If you are a margarita lover, you should visit her site for more mouth-watering recipes to satisfy your craving and find your perfect libation for Cinco de Mayo.  I am especially loving the traditional lime margarita.

More sewing to come.  I am currently working on a muslin for a casual button down shirt for my husband.  Photos soon when I have something substantial to show.  I also plan to *finally* finish my Gertie shirtwaist dress this weekend.  Plus I have ideas for several quick and breezy summer dresses.  We will see how all that turns out.  What’s on your sewing table or in your kitchen right now?

Strawberry Margaritas

Serves 2

  • Salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (like Cointreau)
  • 3 oz fresh orange juice (from about 2 navel oranges)
  • 4 oz strawberry puree*
  • 4 oz homemade margarita mix
  • Ice

If desired, rim glass with water or lime juice then salt or sugar (or mixture).  Combine liquid ingredients in the glass and stir well.  Add ice and serve.

*The strawberry puree is made by tossing 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1.5 pints chopped strawberries and then pureed after letting it sit at room temp for a while. You can adjust accordingly if you don’t have a use for that much puree.

Adapted from The Foodie Bride.


Thirsty Thursdays — Absolute Stress (Reliever)

4 Mar


Since you now know I am away slacking in the Caribbean, I thought it only appropriate that I share with you a recipe for a drink to help transport you to an equally tropical state of mind. Enter the Absolute Stress (Reliever). I first tried one of these cocktails in New Orleans and I must say, I was hooked and had to find the recipe for myself. As originally made, the drink called for peach schnapps. You can use this, but I have found that as I have gotten older, my taste buds are not such a fan this overly sweet liqueur. I have substituted peach-flavored vodka here.

So don’t delay, gather your ingredients and transport yourself to a wonderful, tropical place this weekend, even if it is only in your living room 🙂

Absolute Stress (Reliever)
Serves 1

1/2 ounce coconut rum
1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce peach vodka (or peach schnapps)
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish as desired and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursdays — Original Bushwacker

16 Aug



Rumor has it that this tasty libation originated just across the state line on beautiful Pensacola Beach.  I never realized it was such a local sensation until I tried to order one on a cruise ship and the bartender had no idea what went into a bushwackers (definitely nothing banana flavored!!!).  While I have never had one from the original Sandshaker on Pensacola Beach, I do enjoy whipping up a batch in my own blender.  Add this recipe to your repertoire and your friends will thank you 🙂

Frozen Bushwackers

Serves 2 adults who are not driving

5 oz cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez), NOT coconut milk
2 oz coffee liqueur (like Kahlua)
2 oz light rum
2 oz creme de cacao
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 cups ice cubes
2 shots 151 proof rum, optional
maraschino cherries, for garnish (or whipped cream and an umbrella if you are like me)

In a blender combine the cream of coconut, coffee liqueur, light rum, creme de cacao, ice cream and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into two large glasses and garnish with a cherry, and if you are feeling, brave top each glass with a shot of 151.

Adapted from Bo’s Bowl.

Thirsty Thursday — Peach Margaritas

12 Jul

Sorry for the recent radio silence in these parts. I don’t have a lot of excuses other than a short weekend getaway to New Orleans for some shopping, a bout of tonsillitis (thanks again, Mom, for the TLC), and a holiday. I hope you have been enjoying your summer!

Here’s another refreshing summertime thirst quencher for you. It’s a delicious margarita with a hint of peachy flavor. It’s definitely not overly fruity. You can blend this up if you want, but I think it’s better on the rocks.

You know something else that’s peachy delicious? Homemade peach jam, of course! This Saturday is National Can-It-Forward Day and I want to show you exactly how easy it is to make your own homemade preserves. So grab the supplies and ingredients listed below (see this site for more details on specific items but you can find everything you need at Wal-Mart), and join me in making some of the best peach jam you will ever eat. And as an added bonus, you’ll end up with enough jars to share 🙂


Peach Jam Ingredients and Supplies

3 pounds ripe peaches
Lemon juice
1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
7 half-pint mason jars with rings and brand new seals
Wide-mouth funnel for filling jars with hot jam
Jar lifter
Canning rack

And now for the margarita recipe…

Fresh Peach Margarita
Serves 2

1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1.5 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces fresh lime juice
3 ounces peach simple syrup (recipe below)
Sliced peaches and limes for garnish

Combine salt and sugar on small plate. Rub rims of margarita glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt/sugar mixture. Fill glasses with crushed ice. Set aside. Fill cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Pour in Grand Marnier, tequila, lime juice, and peach simple syrup. Shake vigorously until condensation starts to form on the outside of the shaker. Strain into prepared glasses and garnish with peach and lime slices. Serve immediately 🙂

To make Peach Simple Syrup, combine 1 cup Simple Syrup and 3 peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches in a blender or food processor. Pulse to combine until smooth.

Adapted from how sweet it is.

Piña Coladas and Cinco de Mayo

5 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am reporting to you live today from the Alabama AAP spring meeting at the beautiful Baytown Wharf in Sandestin. While I am learning about the latest in concussion management, child-parent attachment, and ADHD treatment, I hope you will be enjoying a relaxing Saturday with some tasty beverages and perhaps some guacamole. I know most people may think of margaritas when they think of Mexican heritage day, but I have been asked to share this recipe and this seemed like a good time 🙂

I hope you will make time to enjoy these today. This mix is so simple and so much better than the stuff you buy at the grocery store. You can keep the mix in a large jug in the fridge and use it as needed (just be sure to shake it well).


Our Reach Out and Read coordinator, Polly, approves!!

Piña Colada Mix

1 large can pineapple juice
1 can cream of coconut
1 can condensed milk (not evaporated), add to taste

Combine the pineapple juice and cream of coconut in a large screw top jug. Add half the can of condensed milk. Close the lid on the jug and shake well to mix. Continue adding condensed milk to taste until desired sweetness is achieved.

Piña Colada for One

Crushed ice
1/2 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce gold rum
Piña colada mix

Fill 16 ounce cup to brim with crushed ice. Pour in rums. Fill with piña colada mix to top of ice. Pour into blender and blend on low speed. Gradually increase speed to high and blend for at least 30-60 seconds. The longer you blend it, the smoother and creamier your piña colada will be. Garnish with fresh pineapple, cherry, and umbrella, if desired, and enjoy!

*To make a virgin piña colada, omit the rum and replace it with 1 1/2 ounces of water. Water is necessary to ensure the mixture blends properly.

Happy Mardi Gras! — Cat 4 Hurricane Cocktail

20 Feb

I had hoped to get this post to you yesterday but I was just too busy trying to finish up my current sewing project.  I hope you don’t mind 🙂

Yesterday was Joe Cain Day and I thought this would have been just what the doctor ordered.  At least I still got it to you before Fat Tuesday so you can mix up a batch to enjoy during the festivities tomorrow.


And now for the Mardi Gras trivia I promised earlier:

1.  Mardi Gras was started right here in Mobile, Alabama, in 1830 by a bunch of revelers called the Cowbellion de Rakin Society.  They plundered local stores for various implements (rakes, hoes, cowbells), and took to the streets on New Years Eve.  The Cowbellion de Rakin Society traveled to New Orleans in 1857 to establish the the traditon there.  You’re welcome, New Orleans 😉

2.  Joe Cain is the man responsible for reviving the Mardi Gras tradition after the Civil War.  He donned Chicasaw Indian clothing and rode around in a decorated coal wagon pulled by a mule.

3.  Joe Cain Day is celebrated the Sunday before Mardi Gras.

4.  The Polka Dots were the first women’s society in Mobile, first parading in 1949.

5.  Finallly, which two of the Mardi Gras colors originated in Mobile?  Purple and yellow.  Green was added in New Orleans.

Fun trivia facts from:  http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/Mardi-Gras-29719.html


Category 4 Hurricane Cocktails

I made these last month for our supper club and wanted to find a recipe that was similar to Pat O’Brien’s without using a mix.  These were tasty, simple to whip up, and packed a powerful punch!

I scaled the recipe up to make 1 gallon of punch for our supper club but I have given you the original recipe for 1 serving below.  If you are having a hard time finding passion fruit juice, I found mine by the refrigerated orange juice.  It is actually passion fruit cocktail so I don’t think it is the same color as pure passion fruit juice.  I added some extra grenadine to get a nicer red color.  You may find pure passion fruit juice in the ethnic aisle or at the health food store.

If you want to go all out and take these babies to the category 5 level of all-out destruction, add a splash of 151 rum 🙂

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • juice of a half a lime
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grenadine
  • orange slice and cherry for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in shaker full of ice and shake well.  Strain into hurricane glass filled with ice.  Garnish with fruit and serve immediately.


Adapted from about.com.