Spinach, Oatmeal & Almond Milk Protein Smoothie

FullSizeRender[1]Happy Friday! It’s almost that time of year again… The holidays! They are just around the corner and you know what that means, endless treats, baked goods, cookie swaps…. I can feel my pants getting tighter as we speak! It is so easy to fall into bad habits this time of year. The weather is colder and you know it will be at least 6 months before anyone is going to see you in your bathing suit. Let’s get a jump start on those New Years resolutions and stay healthy through the holidays this year! I love this smoothie for my pre or post workout meal. The oatmeal helps make the shake more substantial, plus the spinach adds to your daily intake of iron, vitamin C, fiber… all the good stuff! I like to blend this smoothie up at night before bed, put it in a mason jar for the AM. Just shake it up and enjoy the next day!  There is no better way to start your day then with a healthy meal to boost your metabolism.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups fresh spinach
  • 2 Cups almond milk
  • 1 large apple, cored (any kind)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • hand full of ice

Directions:

  1. Blend spinach, almond milk and banana until smooth
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend.
  3. Drink up!
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Maple Manhattan

IMG_4710-e1440629209136-702x336Indian summer has been in full effect in Park City. The days are warm and sunny while the nights are chilly (perfect sleeping weather!) The past few weekends have been perfect for fall foliage hikes now that all the leaves are bursting oranges and reds! I feel like September arrived, I blinked, and now its October! Soon enough the snow will be falling and the mountains will be open! Since I barely realized it was September I feel like it’s time to kick back and enjoy some flavorful fall-themed cocktails.IMG_5399 One of my favorite new drinks is the Maple Manhattan from Fletcher’s on Main Street. I have always loved Manhattans, but there was something deliciously refreshing and fall-like about this drink. Plus, I grew up in New England where real maple syrup is a staple in everyone’s kitchen. Don’t forget to use local High West bourbon to make this cocktail extra special. Cheers! (Originally posted on Dishing PC website)

Maple Manhattan

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon (such as High West American Prairie or Maker’s Mark)
  • 1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angrostura bitters
  • Cherry and orange peel for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters is a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, strain into a chilled martini glass.
  2. Serve with cherry and orange garnish

Best Bloody Mary Mix

IMG_4857This weekend summer officially kicked off with the first Park City Silly Market on Main St. The rain held off and it was a wonderful morning wandering the streets checking out all the vendors and my favorite part… the Bloody Mary bar! The section of the market with the food, music and drink vendors is definitely the best section. So when you can’t make it to the Silly Market on Sunday or you’re having some friends over for brunch, mix up a batch of my family’s favorite Bloody Mary mix and enjoy them at home! You can add all your favorite toppings including but not limited to shrimp, bacon, celery, pickles, olives- the options are endless! Be sure to mix this recipe up and serve it nice and cold! Cheers!

IMG_4861Best Bloody Mary’s (Makes about 15-18 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • 3 32oz bottles Clamato juice
  • 1 jar spicy cocktail sauce
  • 3 cups vodka of your choice
  • 1/2 cup real lime juice
  • 1/2 cup real lemon juice
  • 2 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 oz A1 sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • lemon and lime slices for garnish
  • Garnishes: Pickles, celery, shrimp, bacon, olives, asparagus, peppers, baby corn etc….

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Serve over ice with garnishes of your choice.

Published on Dishing PC – June 8, 2015

Pineapple Tequila Crushers with Fresh Basil

IMG_7986Anyone else throwing up their hands and screaming TGIF? I am! To celebrate the weekend, why don’t you make yourself a “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” drink… right now. Ok, so it’s 10am? Maybe wait until you leave work before throwing back the tequila, I’m sure your boss will appreciate it! IMG_7988But seriously, this drink is killer and deliciously refreshing! Another tasty concoction from the Blonded by Style and Ski Boots in the Kitchen Mexican Fiesta collaboration! (Check out the full menu here!) We hope you enjoy… we did! Happy Weekend to you all!

Pineapple Tequila Crushers with Fresh Basil

  • 2 oz. Reposado Tequila
  • ¾ oz. Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 4 Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Basil Leaves
  • Soda water

Directions:

  1. Muddle Pineapple and basil leaves in a glass.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice until well blended.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a chunk of fresh pineapple.
  4. Optional* Add a few thin slices of fresh jalapeno to the mixture after shaking for a spicy version!

New York Sour “Liquid Valentine”

photo-510Boys don’t forget to mark your calendars…Valentines Day is this Friday! Maybe you have a go to tradition for your sweetheart like flowers, chocolates or jewelry, all of which are great options but why not shake up your usual tradition for something new! Instead of taking your lady out for dinner, plan to cook her a delicious meal at home and pair it with a specialty cocktail. photo-509I was inspired to make this New York Sour after getting this beautiful bouquet of red tipped roses. A remix on your traditional whiskey sour, this cocktail is finished with a splash of red wine which floats on top and gives this drink a gorgeous appearance, oh and did I mention it’s delicious? photo-512I Used some local Park City High West Whiskey to make this drink which makes it extra special! Son of Bourye is an amazing blend of Bourbon and Rye Whiskey which has a smooth and tasty finish. Don’t worry, if you’re not into whiskey drinks, check out this great list of floral inspired cocktails from ProFlowers.com. They all look so delicious and beautiful one of these cocktails is sure to WOW your Valentine! So this Valentines day, channel your inner Ski Boots in the Kitchen- cook up a special dinner and shake up a special cocktail for your special someone! Cheers!

New York Sour (Serves 1)

  • 1 3/4 ounce High West Son of Bourye or other rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce dry red wine, such as Malbec or Syrah
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

Combine the whiskey, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass, just above the surface of the drink, and pour the red wine over the back of the spoon into the glass (this way, the wine will trickle gently into the drink and “float” at the top of the glass, rather than sinking) Garnish with a lemon twist. You can purchase premixed simple syrup from the grocery store or liquor store- if you prefer to make your own see the recipe here. Enjoy!

Recipe inspired from Food52

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St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

photo-159While Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time because the whole day is centered around food and cooking (which I obviously love!) I have to remember its also a day to be thankful for everything we have, whether its friends, family, health or wealth. Hopefully all of you are spending the day in good company and hopefully you all take just one moment to count your blessings- large or small. photo-160I am thankful for all of my friends, family and readers that have supported me through this blogging journey over the last year! Thank you for making my recipes, sharing them with your favorite people and enjoying good food and drink! That being said, this is one of my favorite holiday cocktails made with St. Germain Elderflower liquor! Its a light and refreshing cocktail that’s delightful anytime of year! Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Germain Cocktail
(Makes 1 drink)

  • 1.5 oz St. Germain
  • 4 oz Champagne or Prosecco
  • 1-2 oz sparkling water
  1. Pour St. Germain into a wine glass with a hand full of ice, top with Prosecco and sparkling water. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Maple Protein Smoothie

photo-114It’s fall, so obviously everyone is into anything pumpkin related. I thought people were going to die of excitement when Starbucks finally released their PSL (pumpkin spice latte… who knew it was being abbreviated these days?) on September 3!! Three days past August is NOT considered fall people. So now that its October and it actually IS fall, I’m jumping on the pumpkin wagon!photo-346 I love getting my fix of pumpkin treats but if you’re not careful that casual PSL in the morning can run you close to 400 calories! I don’t know about you but that is way more than I’m willing to waist on a cup-o-joe! This protein smoothie is a great way to satisfy your pumpkin craving without killing your waistline (which is always an added bonus going into the holiday season!) photo-347I use Teras Whey protein powder that I purchase from Whole Foods but any kind of vanilla protein powder will do. Also be sure to use canned pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling (there is a difference!)photo-348Pumpkin Maple Protein Smoothie by Ski Boots in the Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (make your own if you don’t have it)
  • hand full of ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! photo-349

Spicy Mango Margarita with Chili Salted Rim

photo-273Mmm whats more refreshing than a chilled margarita on a hot summer day? Perhaps only a swim in the ocean! I’ve been asked a lot over the last week about my last post and if I am changing the name of my blog… Don’t worry Ski Boots in the Kitchen is not changing its name! My post “from Mrs. Hardy’s Kitchen” was just the first post I’ve done since being married and changed my last name! Now that I’ve cleared things up and you’ll be able to sleep… Onto the best margarita recipe you’ll ever try! photo-271Depending on how much spice you like you can substitute the Serrano chili for a Jalapeno chili which is a bit less intense, however the Serrano gives this marg the perfect KICK! The chili salted rim also contributes to the perfect fiesta in your mouth!

Spicy Mango Margarita (Makes 1 pitcher)

Ingredients:

  • one 16oz bag frozen mango chunks (or 3 cups fresh mango)
  • 3-4 slices Serrano Chili or Jalapeno Chili (spice to your taste)
  • 1.5 cups good tequila
  • 3/4 cup peach schnaps or peach liquor
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup ice

For the rim

  • 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili pepper
  • Lime wedges

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Combine salt and chili pepper on a small plate. Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of the glass and dip the rim of the glass in chili salt. Pour and enjoy! photo-272

Whiskey Sunset

photo-253Happy MAY! Wow, I can’t believe its May… where has the time gone? I realize this week has been the week of the liquid recipes/adult beverages but I am just a few days away from vacation and nothing says vacation like a refreshing beverage in the sun! This cocktail is a little spin off the traditional whiskey lemonade, which is one of my favorite summer cocktails. Whip one of these up and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation too! bulleit-ryeWhat you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey (Or another type of rye whiskey but Bulleit is my favorite!)
  • 6 oz. Limeade (I use simply limeade)
  • Splash fresh pomegranate juice
  • Ice

To mix:

  1. Put whiskey and limeade in a cocktail shaker with some ice, shake vigorously.
  2. Place a hand full of ice cubes in a glass and pour whiskey mixture over ice.
  3. Pour a splash of pomegranate juice over whiskey (the pomegranate juice should sink to the bottom giving it a pretty sunset look!)
  4. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge or pomegranate seeds.
  5. Enjoy! (Preferably in the sun looking at a great view…)

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My favorite cocktail- Love Potion

I’m pretty sure this cocktail is called love potion because you will fall in love with it and never want to have any other cocktail…ever. It is perfect for any season and it tastes like there is no alcohol in it which is both deadly and amazing. Over the holidays I threw a few pomegranate seeds for some festive color but a slice of grapefruit and a few ice cubes will do the trick!

What you need:

  • 4 oz. citron Vodka
  • 3 oz. Lillet (white)
  • 3 oz. St. Germaine
  • 1 Cup Grapefruit Juice
  • Splash of Prosecco (optional… but not really)
  • Sliced grapefruit or pomegranate seeds for garnish

What you do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in pitcher and stir
  2. Put a hand full of ice cubes in a glass and fill 3/4 of the way with love potion
  3. Top with Prosecco and grapefruit slice or pomegranate garnish
  4. ENJOY!