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Halloween Entertaining with mike’s hard lemonade

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait for Halloween! I absolutely love getting all dressed up and seeing the effort all my friends put into their costumes. This year, I am being the same thing I am every year... Drunk! We all know the best, and easiest, way of enjoying mike's hard lemonade is to just twist open a bottle and start drinking, but Halloween is a special occasion so I wanted to try and make some fun cocktails and food using mike's. In this post, I have compiled 6 fun recipe ideas for entertaining with mike's hard lemonade at your halloween party this year. Enough talk, let's get started!

The fashionable mike's

This cocktail uses mike's hard black cherry lemonade and mixes it with some bourbon and lemon to create a fun play on some of the classic flavors in an old fashioned.
It's not hard to make, just mix in the 3 ingredients and top with a lemon peel twist to make it classy. This was the first thing I made and I ended up drinking these all night! So tasty!

mike's hard strawberry lemonade scorpion bowl

Look how fun and festive this thing is! I have always wanted to drink a drink that has an upside down bottle in it, and finally my dreams have come true. What makes this drink extra fun, is making the trip down to the cheap kitchenware store and picking up a nice huge glass. Then you can make a big drink and load the thing up with straws for all your friends to share! This one was a big hit for sure.
First load up the glass with ice, frozen berries, and lemon and lime. Tequilla, fruit punch, and mike's hard strawberry lemonade make the drink. Then just flip one of the bottles into the glass. Flip it fast so that the level of liquid in the bottle is higher than the level of liquid in the glass. This makes it seem much cooler. Trust me! So fruity and fun!

mike's hard mango punch lassi

The mango punch flavor of mike's was by far my favorite, and I knew I had to do something fun with it. This recipe is actually a play on an indian smoothie that has only yogurt and fresh mango. The mike's hard mango punch actually worked perfectly in place of the fresh stuff and made this a fun adult version of the smoothie that I would be excited to drink year round.
Yogurt and ice in the blender first. Then the bottle of mike's mango punch. After it blends it is frothy creamy and delicious!
1 bottle mike's hard mango punch about 5 or 6 ice cubes 1/4 cup yogurt First take a nice big swig of the mikes. you need just under the full bottle amount to make this drink balance perfectly. Next, mix all the ingredients in the blender and let it rip. Pour into a pint glass and top with a sprinkle of black sugar.

mike's hard lemonade chicken taco bites

On to the food stuff! When I was thinking about recipes to use mike's hard in, I immediately went to lemon chicken in my mind. Everyone loves a nice lemon chicken and pouring mike's hard lemonade into the pot while cooking the chicken would be a great shortcut for the dish. I eventually decided to cook the chicken down into a shreddable form so that it could be put onto a chip and eaten in a single bite at a party. I had a bunch of roller derby girls over when I was testing this recipe and the chips were eaten in about 15 seconds!
First sear off the chicken thighs to brown on both sides. Once they are brown, toss in some garlic, followed by a whole bottle of mike's. Then just grind in a ton of black pepper. Let this simmer about 20 minutes and then start shredding it up. Once it's all shredded, the juice of one lemon really brightens it up! Grab some of thoes cup shaped chips, and fill them with shredded cheddar and the chicken and bake for about 10 minutes. When they come out of the oven, top them with pico de gallo and sour cream. Yum! The chicken and cheese make these super savory, while the pico and sour cream really freshen things up.
1.25 lb chicken thighs 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bottle mike's hard lemonade Juice of one lemon Salt, pepper, olive oil Cheddar Cheese Pico de gallo Sour cream Cup or "scoop" shaped chips Sear the salted thighs in some oil until browned on both sides. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute. Pour in the mike's and stir well, scraping any browned bits off the bottom. Crack in lots of black pepper. Simmer about 2 minutes until the chicken starts to fall apart. Shred the chicken in the pot. Finish with the lemon juice. Dole the chicken out into the chip cups and top with some cheese. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the pico and sour cream.

mike's hard black cherry steak crostini

I was slightly influenced by Persian foods use of cherry in cooking when I came up with the idea of marinating beef in the mike's hard black cherry lemonade, and thats where the cucumber salsa also came from, but this dish is as far from true Persian food as you can probably get. On the other hand, it is as close to super delicious as you can be! In fact, I was shocked by how much the cherry flavor came through in the beautifully medium-rare skirt steak.
Garlic, worcestershire, salt, and a bottle of mike's hard black cherry lemonade is all you need for a marinade. Sear the skirt steak about 6 minutes a side. While it's cooking, baste it a little with the marinade. Don't do this though during the last 2 or so minutes of cooking, and be sure to flip it one last time after the last baste to cook out the raw marinade. Why does slicing bread on a bias make it taste better? Lightly toast these guys. Slice the steak on a bias too, and make sure you are cutting against the grain. A super simple cuke salsa. Sooooo good. The marinade really took to the beef and it had a great cherry flavor. The sweet and savory beef matched great with the fresh verdant salsa.
Beef: 1 pound skirt steak 1 bottle mike's hard black cherry lemonade 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce salt and pepper Salsa: 3 tomatoes half a cucumber 1 red onion 1 clove garlic Juice of one lime Other: the bread! Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour over the beef. Allow to sit at room temperature for about an hour and a half. Dice all the salsa ingredients except for the garlic. Grate the garlic with a microplane grater. Mix all the salsa ingredients. Stir well. Slice the bread into rounds and toast. Grill the steak about 6 minutes a side to a nice medium rare. Slice the steak against the grain into thin slices. Top the bread with some salsa and then the steak. Serve!

mike's hard lemonade curd pie

Finally, I wanted to make a dessert, and obviously a lemon curd came to mind. Fun fact about using mike's hard lemonade to make a lemon curd: Eggs set at 170 degrees, and alcohol starts burning off at 173 degrees. THEREFORE you can make a lemon curd while theoretically keeping ALL the alcohol content in the mix! I am notoriously bad at making lemon curd, but even I was able to pull this one off!
A whole bottle of mike's hard lemonade. 4 tablespoons of butter, 4 eggs and 4 yolks. Blend until smooth. Gentley heat to 170 stirring constantly. Then pour it into your pie crust. After it sets up, serve with whipped cream and more mikes!
1 bottle of mike's hard lemonade 1/4 cup sugar 4 eggs 4 more egg yolks 4 tablespoons butter - at room temp juice and zest of one lemon a pie crust whipped cream Mix the eggs, yolks, mike's, sugar, zest and juice, and butter in a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer or hand blender. It might get curdled looking at one point but once it heats up it will be smooth again. Pour into a heavy bottom pot with a thermometer. Heat on low stirring constantly for around 15 minutes until the temp reaches exactly 170. Remove from heat and strain out any solids. Pour into the pie crust and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to cool for several hours to firm up. Serve with whipped cream! This post is sponsored by mike's hard lemonade.

Halloween Entertaining with mike’s hard lemonade

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