I wasn’t going to do a Fathers’ Day post. No particular reason. This year I made a New Year’s resolution to keep things simple. Instead of working in the kitchen for hours and stressing about things a month in advance, I decided to take the “less is more” approach to life this year. It has been a huge adjustment for me in the way I think. Sometimes I catch myself straying from that motto, but that is to be expected when you are trying to learn a new behaviour. Anyways, last year I threw a huge family barbecue, made a ton of food, and invited everyone over. This year, I just wasn’t feeling it. We didn’t even do the family thing I had originally planned which I thought was simpler than last year. I ended up picking up some fresh steaks and vegetables at Sobey’s, and our last-minute Father’s Day dinner came together quite nicely. AND it was stress and guilt free. Wooo-hooo! Anyways, half way through the meal, I realised that it was so simple yet so perfect for my hubby’s Fathers’ Day dinner. And at the last-minute I crafted a little cocktail and decided it was blog-worthy!
This year’s meal consisted of rib-eye steak, grilled vegetables, kale caesar salad, garlic toast, and the new ultimate Father’s Day cocktail – Whiskey Beer Lemonade.
Now, remember my motto of less it more. The veggies were already pre washed, cut and mixed. Sobey’s sells them in “grilling packages”. All I had to do was race to the checkout, bring them home, drizzle them in olive oil and wrap them in tin foil. The caesar salad is just regular ceasar salad but made with kale. This is the way my husband prefers his ceasar salad now. It tastes much heartier, is more filling than romaine or iceberg lettuce, and must be “manlier” wink, wink.
Now for the best part, my last-minute cocktail. I’m all about using what you already have on hand. I imagine this would taste much better using lime juice (because I am a whiskey sour kind of gal) but the lemon juice I had worked just fine, and was a nice complement to our meal.
Whiskey Beer Lemonade
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime)
3-4 cups of water
1/2 cup of honey
2 oz Crown Royal
4 oz beer of your choice
Start by making the “lemonade”. Pour the lemon juice (or lime) into a pitcher. Add the water and honey and mix well.
Fill up a tall glass with ice. Pour in the whiskey, beer and lemonade. Stir well and garnish with a lemon slice (or lime wedge). Enjoy your new cocktail on your patio!
Note: the recipe for the “lemonade” is similar to a bar mix. this gives you way more than we actually used, so it would be enough for several cocktails.
Hope you all had a great Father’s Day!