Lemon Ice Tea Mix

Ingredients

  • 7-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 5 envelopes (.23 ounce each) unsweetened lemonade soft drink mix
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Cold water

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, tea and drink mix. Divide into five equal batches; store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 5 batches (8-1/2 cups total).
  2. To prepare tea: Dissolve about 1-2/3 cups tea mix in 1 cup warm water. Place in a gallon container. Add cold water to measure 1 gallon. Cover and refrigerate.
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Not-Quite-Bonnie’s Rugelach

Ingredients

Pastry:
  • 1 1/4 cups (160 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Finely grated zest of 1 small lemon (3/4 tsp)
  • Scraped seeds of 1/4 vanilla pod
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp (125 g) unsalted butter, fridge-cold, cut roughly into 1-inch/3-cm cubes
  • 4 1/2 oz (125 g) cream cheese, fridge-cold
Filling:
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) walnut halves
  • 1/2 packed cup plus 1 tbsp (100 g) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 1/4 oz (150 g) store-bought quince paste (membrillo)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tbsp demerara sugar

The ‘HOLY GRAIL OF SCOTCH’ Smashes All Alcohol Records, Sells for $1.5 Million

Some say that the Holy Grail gives eternal life to the drinker. This Holy Grail, however, merely confers an elevated level of socioeconomic status.

A hand-painted bottle of 1926 60-year-old Macallan whisky, dubbed the “Holy Grail” of Scotch, sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Thursday morning for $1.5 million, shattering records and blowing the minds of booze lovers everywhere.

The purchase set a new record for the most money ever spent on a single bottle of wine or spirits.

The unique bottle was one of 40 filled in 1986 after the liquor had spent 60 years in a barrel. It was the only bottle to feature commissioned artwork from the Irish muralist Michael Dillon, depicting the Easter Elchies House of The Macallan. It was last sold in 1999 at London’s Fortnum and Mason.

As a point of comparison, two bottles of the very same juice—one with a label by Valerio Adami and the other with a label by Sir Peter Blake, who designed the album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—set world records when they sold as a pair back in March for just over $1.1 million.

Whether or not this Grail grants the drinker eternal life, we may never know. A whisky this expensive will likely just be bought and sold as an investment—not as an agricultural product meant to be consumed.

Pork Chops with Port Wine and Cranberry Reduction

Ingredients

  • 6 1-inch thick boneless pork chops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup port wine
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

No Churn Oreo Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12 oz Oreos
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Directions

  1. Crush 2/3 of cookies in food processor.
  2. Crumble remainder by hand to get variety of size pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk, heavy cream and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Fold in condensed milk until blended.
  5. Fold in crushed cookies.
  6. Spread this mixture into a loaf pan.
  7. Cover with foil and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.