Feb
07
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

Just realized today is Super Bowl Sunday? Well if you are still scrambling to make something special before kickoff, fear not... here are 3 last minute ideas that you can finish in under 15 minutes! Seriously - so run to the store and hustle on back! This round up of tasty treats will elevate your game day soiree, big time with a grownup take on some game day classics... because who doesn't love lemonade, popcorn and potato chips? No one, that's who.

For other fun cocktail ideas and fabulous game day spreads, click here to read up on this series!

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

1 MINUTE TIPSY ARNOLD PALMER COCKTAIL RECIPE

Smirnoff Ice Original

Iced Tea (or hot tea left to cool)

Simple Syrup - optional and can be substituted for sugar or left out entirely

Lemon to Garnish

// If you love a good Arnold Palmer, then this tipsy version is perfect for a game day refreshment. Fill a tall glass with ice, add 4 ounces of iced tea, and 4 ounces of Smirnoff Ice Original. Add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup if you like your tea more like sweet tea (which I do) and garnish with a lemon slice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

HOT + SOUR CHIPS RECIPE

Salt + Vinegar Kettle Cooked Chips

Blue Cheese Dressing

Hot Chili Oil

Chili Flakes

Green Onions

// Pour Chips into a bowl and drizzle blue cheese dressing lightly over the top. Sprinkle several dashes of the hot chili oil on top of that along with a very light sprinkling of chili flakes. Chop 2-3 of your green onions and sprinkle over top of chips. If you want to make this as a dip, simply add blue cheese to a dipping bowl, add a few sprinkles of hot oil and chili flakes, then top with a light bit of your chopped green onions.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

EASY POPCORN BALL RECIPE

14 Cups of Pre-popped Popcorn (Skinny Pop has a plain variety)

1 10 ounce Bag of Mini Marshmallows

4 TBSP Butter

// Melt butter and marshmallows on low to medium heat, in a large saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and add popcorn. Stir until coated and form into small balls. (I do this with my hands inside plastic baggies that have been sprayed with coconut oil and it keeps me from having a sticky disaster.) Let these form up and cool completely on waxed paper.

This fun spread, brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice. Please drink responsibly and thank you for supporting the awesome brands that help me create new content here for The Design Confidential! I heart you guys!

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Feb
04
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

If you have ever wanted to turn up the heat on your cocktail game, with a few safety precautions... just in case... it is much easier than you might think. It will definitely take your mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Flammable Cocktails. For a Bourbon based cocktail, see my Damrell's Fire recipe. The tutorial for making your own copper rimmed nesting platters can be found here.

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

Bernzomatic 3-in1- Multi Torch + Butane

1 Oz Coffee Liqueur

1 Oz Vodka

2 Oz Half + Half

6 Oz Club Soda

1 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur

Dash of Cinnamon

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

DIRECTIONS //

Fill a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice.

Pour in 1 oz Coffee Liqueur, 1 oz Vodka, and 2 oz Half + Half. Fill most of the remainder of your glass with club soda, leaving ¼ inch to spare. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon on top but do not mix.

Slowly add a float of Amaretto by pouring ½-1oz of Amaretto over the back of a spoon near the edge of your glass. This will help spread the Amaretto and keep it light which will help it remain near the top of your drink.

Using your Bernzomatic Torch, carefully light your Amaretto float and run your flame over the cinnamon to lightly toast. Watch it become your smoking gun.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

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Jan
31
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

Have you ever wondered how you might turn up the heat on your cocktail game? With a few safety precautions... just in case... it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be, and a fun way to take my mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Bourbon.

DAMRELL'S FIRE

A modern take on an old Classic - The Boston Sour

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

3 Oz Bourbon

2 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Oz Simple Syrup

1 Tbsp of Egg White

1 Tbsp Limoncello

1 Lemon for Garnish

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

DIRECTIONS //

Using a shaker, add Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white along with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail coupe or double old fashioned. Add a float of Limoncello, pouring slowly over the back of a spoon so that it stays on the surface of your drink. Carefully light with your Bernzomatic Micro Torch and extinguish any flame after a few seconds. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

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Jan
03
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Are you ready for some football? Get game day ready by crafting your own FANTail and celebrate your team by drinking in your team colors! I am celebrating my favorite team and football fans everywhere in collaboration with Smirnoff Ice and have handcrafted a delicious cocktail that changes from gorgeous gold to a roaring red, right before your eyes. This recipe is so simple to make, requires very little prep and very few ingredients.

Craft your own FANTail and simply choose a different garnish and if you prefer, change up the mixer and this recipe will work for many of the other teams as well! I will give you some suggestions below.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

INGREDIENTS //

Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice - also comes in a Celebration Pack

Sweetened Lime Juice

Mint Syrup

Peppermint Hard Candy

Red Hots or other Cinnamon Hard Candy

INSTRUCTIONS // Makes 1-2 servings – increase by the number of drinks desired.

Begin by crushing the peppermint candy and red hots into fine pieces. A plastic bag wrapped in a towel is helpful for this and the closer to being ‘sugar-like’, the better.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Brush the rim of your glass with sweetened lime juice using a pastry brush or clean fingertips and pour your crushed candy dust onto a flat saucer sized plate. Swirl your glass so that it coats the very top on both the inside and outside.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

If you want to make a large batch, I suggest skipping the ice and instead place the ice into each glass as they are served. For individually made drinks, add several pieces of ice to your shaker.

Using a shaker, add 2- 3 ice cubes and pour in one bottle of Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Add a half jigger of mint syrup.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Give your drink a healthy swirl to mix… but do NOT shake – the Moscow Mule is carbonated.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Remove the top of the top of your shaker and strain into your glass. Add ice to your glass before serving if needed, though your drink will be very cold from being in the shaker.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Your FANTail will begin as a lovely shade of gold.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Garnish with several red hots candies and sprinkle a bit of your crushed red hots on top.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Watch your drink turn the most gorgeous shade of red. This is the Game Changer my friends... from gold to red and from sweet to spiced!

Suggestions for other candy garnish and mixer flavors //

Red // Strawberry, Watermelon or Cherry Jolly Ranchers / Dehydrated Strawberries

Orange // Mango / Peach / Ginger

Yellow // Lemon Drops / Pineapple

Green // Apple Jolly Ranchers / Mint or Lime Lifesavers

Blue // Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers

Purple // Grape Jolly Ranchers

 

 

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

This project is brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice as part of an ongoing series here on The Design Confidential - designed to celebrate football fans everywhere and elevate your Game Day status from Bleak to Chic! Thank you for supporting the brands that support me! Yahoo.

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Jan
01
2016
The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Are you feeling like the Holiday paraphernalia can't get gone fast enough, like I am? I am ready for some warmer temps and to be done with any and all evidence that the Holidays even happened. Every year we seem to start the new year with an enormous amount of leftover candy, beverages and random ingredients so to put me out of my own misery I came up with a few treats that put those things to good use.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Since we aren't out of the woods yet on the celebratory front, I made these cute copper rimmed live edge serving platters from scrap wood that is taking up space in my garage. Yay for using up leftover supplies.

Here are the materials you will need to make the nesting platters...

MATERIALS // 

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

Copper Soldering Tape - I found mine at Michaels in the jewelry making aisle.

4 feet of 1x6 poplar or other hardwood

 

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

I had two short pieces of 1x6 poplar board left over from another project and they happen to have a complimentary grain pattern. I lined them up side by side and drew out an organic shape with a slight carve out in the center. Since poplar is a relatively hard wood, it will wear well and take a beating before you see the evidence.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Carve out your shapes using a jig saw or router and sand smooth.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Copper soldering tape is the perfect size for two stacked strips to round the edges of each platter.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Starting in a less conspicuous spot, begin wrapping your platter with the first row of banding. Take care to press firmly as you go and smooth along the way.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Your second row should sit directly above the first so they appear as if they are one row.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Using my Micro Torch with soldering tip I gently gave the soldering foil a bit of heat in the places it wasn't cooperating and along sections that had to make tricky curves. This helped activate the sticky side of the foil and forced it to bend and flex where I wasn't able to smooth it out otherwise. To make your platter food safe you can give it a coat of mineral oil and keep in mind this isn't a cutting board and merely a serving piece. No one would be the wiser if you carve it up, but avoiding this will keep the integrity of your piece intact for a much longer period.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

CANDY DIP // Using any leftover candy from Santa, or any chocolate based candy that is your fave (a crispy crunchy type is fab), carefully melt in the microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time. Stir in between heating and take care not to over heat as chocolate is notorious for burning. You can also use the heat gun portion of your torch and melt it down as needed. Cover with a layer of marshmallows if you prefer and gently heat with your torch to melt the marshmallows down into fluff. Once you have them melted a bit, you can toast them with your torch on a slightly higher heat setting or with the actual flame of your torch and blow out carefully if you light that baby on fire - which you probably will - but that tastes amazing so who cares as long as you don't burn the house down.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

BUTTERED BEER // Cocktail or Mocktail - Makes 6 to 8 servings. Adapted from this recipe and adjusted for ease of ingredient finding and measurements.

48 Ounces - Good Quality British (or Scottish) Ale - I used this one and it was fantastic. If you have trouble finding something similar, just be sure to get a good quality cask conditioned ale.

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

1 Cup Brown Sugar

5 Egg Yolks

7 TBSP Unsalted Butter

Follow the directions outlined here under recipe method. If you want to make this kid-friendly, you can! Instructions are outlined for this as well.

To make the modern chilled version, I recommend the delicious adaptation of using equal parts half and half with eggnog. Absolutely fabulous and if the half and half and eggnog are already chilled, you can skip the chilling process and it works beautifully.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

To add a topper of toasted marshmallows to your warm buttered beer, layer onto your drink and follow the same process as for the candy dip. Melt gently then toast for the best flavor. Take caution when add heat or flame to anything with alcohol since you will more than likely end up with flambe if you don't... eek.

This project brought to you as part of a partnership with Bernzomatic and an ongoing series of projects here on The Design Confidential! Thank you for supporting this fabulous brand, it is such fun to round out my projecting skill set and try new things! Heart you guys!

Dec
20
2015
The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

The overabundance of merry making this time of year truly begins to saturate my every waking minute... yours too? I think a nice little reprieve for a day, to remind us of what life was like before the Holiday season began, is best filled with a return to America's favorite pastime and a bit of tried and true home-gating. After all homegating is the new tailgating, because when you can't get to the game... bring the game to your home and enjoy watching from the comfort of your couch! Maybe that gives you the perfect excuse for staying in pajamas all day and making merry in an altogether different sort of way! With some easy gluten free football watching food and the tastiest cocktail this side of the Mississippi, you can't lose - and maybe your team won't either! 

Because football food doesn't have to leave you riddled with guilt and suffering from a food coma - and it doesn't need to require hours in the kitchen slaving away, either. Win-win... This week I am partnering with Smirnoff Ice to host a Home-Gating Party and to share some easy and fabulous ideas for making game-day extra special, without a lot of hassle or hussle.

 

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

Shopping for your home-gate party is the longest task you will undertake today - promise! Even that will be simple and straightforward, here is our lineup of snacks and drinks for whipping up the easiest and quickest Home-Gate Party ever!

BEVERAGES //

/ Tropic of Mule Cocktail

/ Party pack of Smirnoff Ice flavors

FOOD //

/ Veg Tray with Hummus

/ Chips and Salsa or Guacamole

/ Smoked Salmon Toast

/ Chicken Prosciutto Toast

/ Pretzels with Brownie Batter Dip

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

Buying items that are already prepped will save you so much time and energy. Removing said ingredients from their packaging and placing them on platters and in small bowls will make your pre-prepped food look homemade. Choose a corn chip or a more unique gluten free option like a bean and rice chip, to elevate this game day staple. Provide multiple dips for your guests to choose from and alternative cocktail options like you find in the celebration pack - everyone will find a fave and it will feel like you had your party catered. The only items that require a bit more prep are your cocktail which is 3/4 of the way done when you walk out of the store, the brownie batter dip and the two toast options.

All of these are so easy and take literally minutes, so roll up your sleeves and let's get at it!

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

SHOPPING LIST //

/ Vegetable Tray / Hummus / Chips / Salsa + Guacamole / Gluten Free Pretzels - can sub regular pretzels / Gluten Free Rye Bread or Cocktail Toast - Can sub any other variety of gluten free bread or regular cocktail toast / Smoked Salmon / Creme Fraiche / Capers / Chicken Deli Sliced / Prosciutto / Mozzarella / Lemon Aioli / Cream Cheese / Butter / Powdered Sugar / Cocoa Powder / Mini Choc Chips / Milk / Gluten Free Flour / Vanilla / Smirnoff Ice Celebration Pack / Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule / Canned or Diced Pineapple / Chambord

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

TROPIC OF MULE COCKTAIL //

This is such an easy way to make a signature cocktail for your party and give it a bit of that something special. You can make these individually or in bulk and it is so easy it's practically a sin!

/ For every bottle of Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule, you will add one jigger of Chambord.

This is a raspberry flavored liqueur and it adds a wonderful twist to a classic Moscow Mule and adds a lovely color as well. If you are making this in bulk, simply empty a bottle of Moscow Mule and add a jigger of Chambord until you feel as if you have plenty prepped (6-7 bottles should get you well into the first half of the game). Add ice to the container or each glass individually depending on preference. Add several chunks of pineapple to a glass before you fill with your delicious concoction and serve.

/ If you are making these individually, add several pieces of pineapple to each glass. Then pour in your Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice and add your jigger of Chambord. You don't even have to stir or shake as it is much more beautiful to watch the colors blend on their own.

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

SMOKED SALMON TOAST + CHICKEN PROSCIUTTO TOAST//

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and lay your cocktail toast (for both) out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once your oven is heated, let your toast - toast - for around 3-4 minutes depending on your oven. You just want a little crisp and a slight golden. Remove from the oven and separate out the toast that will be for the smoked salmon by placing them on a plate off to the side to cool. Leave the toast for the chicken prosciutto on the tray and add a layer of your deli sliced chicken and then a layer of prosciutto. Put a nice layer of mozzarella over the top of that and put the tray back in the oven and turn your temperature down to 250 degrees. You can let your toast melt and meld while the oven resets and remove when the cheese is fully melted, then let cool.

Once your toast for the smoked salmon has cooled, smear a nice layer of creme fraiche on each slice. Creme fraiche is usually found near the cream cheese or alongside the fancy cheeses. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a bit like a wonderful cross between cream cheese and sour cream (in my opinion) which makes it perfect for pairing with caviar or smoked salmon! Using a small spoon of some sort (I used a toddler spoon) add 6-7 capers and a tiny drop or two of the brine over the top of the creme fraiche. Layer on your smoked salmon and these are ready to serve.

Once your chicken prosciutto has cooled slightly, add a small dollop of aioli and spread just a bit. Now these are ready and you can serve them up too! Easy, right?

The Design Confidential Homegating is the New Tailgating // Tropic of Mule + Other Easy Gluten Free Football Watching Foods

All that you have left is the tasty Brownie Batter Dip that comes together just as quickly as everything else! The recipe I used is found here and the only modification I made was using gluten free flour. You can also use almond flour or tapioca flour if you prefer and it would taste amazing! Maybe add some chopped walnuts to the dip for an extra little tasty bonus!

This project was brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice and is part of an ongoing series to help celebrate female (and male) football fans everywhere! Are you Game Day ready? Thank you for supporting the brands that help bring fresh and fun new content like this to The Design Confidential! I heart you guys!

This project is brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice as part of an ongoing series here on The Design Confidential - designed to celebrate football fans everywhere and elevate your Game Day status from Bleak to Chic! Thank you for supporting the brands that support me! Yahoo.

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