Monthly Archives: July 2020
I have heard of flavored vodkas, but never of botanical flavored vodkas. I read about grapefruit and rose flavored vodka and I was sold. I found several brands of it and decided to try Veil Botanic Collection because of the price. Didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I was not sure was going to love. Well, I got it, and I love it!!! The match of red grapefruit and rose is really aromatic and delicious. I am back into vodka!!!
Once I had the vodka, I wanted to make something fun, elegant but fun. First thought of a martini, but what is more elegant than a Cosmopolitan. If you don’t believe me, ask the girls from Sex and the City! So I decided to do a variation of a traditional Cosmopolitan, using the botanical vodka and some Cointreau Instead of plain cranberry juice, thought the Cranberry and Pineapple juice mix would give it a little more tartness. I had dried rose petals, that are very aromatic and look so pretty, so why not, throw it in as a garnish and voila! Had to admit, had two of them when I came up with the recipe! It is so good!
Rosy Pink Cosmo
This is a Variation of a Cosmopolitan, more aromatic and very difficult to just have one!
- 2.5 oz Veil Grapefruit and Rose Vodka
- 1.5 oz Cointreau or any Orange Liqueur
- 1.5 oz Cran Pinneapple Juice
- 0.5 oz Lime juice Fresh
- 6-8 Ice cubes
- Rose petals to garnish
In a drink shaker, pour all the ingredients and shake really well. Pour on the martini glass and garnish with rose petals.
You can replace the juice for a Diet version.
You can replace the rose petals with lime peel spirals.
I have this big bottle of Captain Morgan Lime Bite rum and was wondering what to do with it. Played with some other liquors until hitting the Midori! That worked. But needed something bubbly and tested it with plain sprite. It was good. So decided to try it with Sprite Ginger, which I also have at home. Oh yes, that was the stuff!!! The little spice from the ginger brought the whole thing together. Enjoy!!
This is a great drink on the rocks with Midori, Captain Morgan Lime Bite and Sprite Ginger. Deliciious!!!
- 2 oz Midori Melon Liquor
- 2 oz Captain Morgan Lime Bite Rum
- 2 oz Sprite Ginger
- 6-8 ice cubes
Pour the Midori, the Captain Morgan Lime Bite and Sprite Ginger over ice and stir.
I used Diet Sprite Ginger to cut some of the sugar.
I love to make ribs. Love them juicy, tender, and full of flavor. But I do not have the time to make them in a grill, smoker, or even the oven for hours. Instant Pot makes it easier for me to make fall off the bone ribs without having to cook for so many hours. You cook them in the pressure cooker and finish them in the grill or oven for that caramelized BBQ sauce flavor that enhances the ribs. It is a really easy and quick way to make ribs.
The good thing about making a full rack is, they are easy to keep juicy and tender. When preparing the rack for cooking, I trim the excess fat. Some fat is good for your ribs, but too much of it makes a mess when cooking and doesn’t add to the flavor of your ribs. I also remove the membrane behind the rack. That membrane makes the ribs harder, not as tender as they could be. It is a little tricky but not impossible. Just make a little cut on the membrane and with a paper towel, pull the membrane off the rack. You might not be able to remove it all and that will be ok. You ribs are still going to be delicious!
Seasoning – when seasoning the rack, I tend to be more cautious about the amount of salt. A full rack could easily use 2 tbsp of salt.
Liquid for cooking – for cooking anything in the Instapot, you need liquid. It is what is going to create the steam that will pressurize the pot to cook your ribs. I like beers and ales for pork, they work with the seasonings to enhance the flavor of your ribs. But if you choose not to use beer, you can replace it with apple cider vinegar, apple cider, orange juice, or just water.
Instant Pot – when cooking the ribs, make sure it is on High. You can cook the ribs for 16-25 minutes in High pressure. In the lower ranges, the meat is not going to be as tender. In the highest range, the bones might fall off the rack. I have found 21 minutes to be perfect.
Trivet Rack – you definitely want to use the rack. You want the meat about the liquid so the flavors stay in your meat, not in the liquid.
Natural Release – after you finish cooking the ribs, you want to let them rest in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes. If you quick release them, they might not be as tender. Leaving them to rest, will assure they will finish cooking and the juices are staying in your meat instead of your pot or plate.
BBQ Sauce – you can use your own BBQ sauce or you can use this awesome Easy Asian BBQ Sauce I made, it is a nice balance of sweet and heat that works perfectly with the ribs. I like my ribs with a thinner layer of sauce. If you like them saucy, 1 cup of BBQ sauce should do. You could also serve the ribs with extra warm BBQ sauce to dip.
Grill vs Oven – I have done the ribs on both, and on both, they are delicious! Sometimes the decision is more about convenience. If I have time and is not raining, I will grill the ribs in my gas grill. But if it’s raining, or too hot, or I am really busy, the oven does a great job. All you need to do is caramelize the BBQ sauce on your ribs.
BBQ Ribs Using Instant Pot
This is a very easy recipe to make juicy and tender ribs quick using an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. It cuts the time in the grill or the oven, keeping the delicious flavor and so tender, they fall off the bone.
- 4 lbs pork ribs full rack
- 1 tbsp Salt or to taste
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Oregano dried
- 12 oz beer
- 1/8 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
Wash the ribs rack and pat dry with paper towels. Trim the thin membrane covering the rack and any excess fat.
Season the ribs with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano covering both sides of the rack.
Place the trivet inside of the Instant Pot. Pour the beer and liquid smoke into the Instant Pot.
Place the ribs rack standing with the bones down around the bowl inside the Instant Pot.
Close the Instant Pot lid, setting the venting knob to Sealing Position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on High, Manual setting for 21 minutes.
If baking the ribs, turn the oven to 450 F. If grilling, turn the grill to 350 F.
Once the cooking is done, leave the ribs inside the Instant Pot for the natural release of the pressure for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes have passed, set the venting knob to Venting and lets the rest of the pressure release. Carefully open the lid.
Using the kitchen tongs, remove the rack from the Instant Pot and place the rack on the rimmed baking sheet.
Brush the BBQ sauce first on the bottom of the rack, flip and brush the top of the rack.
Place the ribs on the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is caramelized. The same thing applies to the grill.
Cut the ribs into individual ribs and serve hot. Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.
Cooking time - ribs can cook in the Instant Pot between 16 - 25 minutes. The lower range is not going to be as tender, the higher range the bones might come off. I cooked them at 21 minutes and they come perfect.
Cooking liquid - You can use any kind of beer that you choose. I prefer apple hard ales because of the flavor it adds to the ribs. You could replace the beer with apple cider vinegar, apple cider, orange juice, or just water.
BBQ Sauce - you can use your preferred BBQ sauce, or you could use my recipe for Easy Asian BBQ Sauce. I prefer my ribs with a thinner layer of sauce, you are welcome to use more if you like them really wet.
Seasoning the rack - you can add more seasoning if you prefer, I tend to go easy on the salt, but a whole rack could easily use 2 tbsp of salt.
Usually, when I am grilling or baking meats that require BBQ sauce, I use a store-bought sauce and give it a “boost”. Usually, they are too sweet for my taste, so I try to cut the sweetness, or they are not spicy enough, so I bring up the heat. Most times, I end up making my own barbecue sauce, just the way I like it!
This recipe is very easy and quick to make. It uses all store-bought ingredients, so there is only dumping in a bowl and mix. That easy! And it is so delicious, you can use it on ribs, chicken, wings, pork or even on vegetables. It is not very sweet, with a little spiciness to give it some kick!
- Sweetness – if the sauce is not sweet enough for you, add a 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey.
- Heat – not hot enough, increase the chili garlic sauce to your taste.
- Smoke – this recipe has a hint of smoke added to your grill or bake. If you prefer a stronger smoke flavor, you can always double the liquid smoke. I would not use more than that or the other ingredients are going to be lost in the smokiness.
Easy Asian BBQ Sauce
This BBQ sauce uses some Asian ingredients with a mix of sweet and spicy that grills very nicely on your meats.
- 0.5 cup Ketchup
- 1 tsp Soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp Sweet chili sauce
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp Chili garlic sauce
- .5 tsp liquid smoke
MIx all the ingredients in a small bowl until it is all blended. Refrigerate covered. Remove from the refrrigerator 30 minutes before use.
If you prefer your BBQ sauce spicier, increase the Chili garlic sauce.
If you like it sweeter, add a 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey.