Celebrate Twin Month with Double Shots and Double Desserts

Whether he’s related by blood, or from the family you choose, nobody’s got your back – or knows your poker face – better than your bro. Whether that’s your twin brother, frat, regular – or just twin-minded buddy, they’re always game for the next adventure.

Twinning is winning, so in celebration of National Twin Month, we’ve put together the ultimate twin-spired list of activities and adventures to share with your best mate.

Here are our top three pics:

1) MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Catch up over one of the following double-shot cocktails to kick off the evening:
Renowned Canadian Bartender, Billy Killin recommends his favourite double-shot recipes to celebrate National Twin Month:

Smoked Double Old Fashioned

You can never go wrong with an Old Fashioned, and bartender Billy Killin quite agrees – he suggests taking this classic cocktail to the next level by two-timing on the base spirit and trying something new. Killin recommends an aged rum, like Flor de Caña which is aged at the base of an active volcano.

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz                 Flor de Caña 12 Year
4 dashes           Angostura bitters
1 Tbsp             Sugar, granulated
Splash              Mineral Water

PREPARATION
Smoke the glass with herbs and citrus skins, then add the ice cubes and pour the ingredients in the order indicated by the recipe. Decorate with orange peel and a red cherry.

The Doppelganger 

Billy created this drink for his brother who loves the new Schweppes Zero Blood Orange, so Billy paired it with a double shot of his favourite whisky and added a few extra elements and voila… Doubly Delicious.

 INGREDIENTS

2 oz     Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

2          Cinnamon sticks (approx. 3” in length)

Slice of fresh ginger

Schweppes Zero Blood Orange

PREPARATION

Add the Jack Daniel’s, one cinnamon stick, and the ginger slice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake sharply and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with Schweppes Zero Blood Orange and garnish with the remaining cinnamon stick.

2) DOUBLE DUTY DISHES

From cocktails to food!  Try one of these innovative twin-spired recipes that does double duty!  It’s one recipe done two ways to embrace our shared love of cheese and celebrate our individuality:

The Strawberry Grill or Chill 

Identical twins Kirsten and Katrina Dekur from Calgary suggest this strawberry-based dessert: one on the grill and one chilled as a parfait – but both can be whipped up in minutes using their favourite cheese, Tre Stelle Mascarpone:

 

 

Grilled Strawberries with Mascarpone Cream Ingredients:

3            Eggs, divided

1/3 cup            Granulated sugar, divided

250 g     Tre Stelle Mascarpone

Squeeze of lemon juice

16-20     Fresh strawberries, large (about one small punnet)

DIRECTIONS

Separate the egg whites and yolks into two bowls. Beat the yolks with a whisk for 1-2 minutes while gradually adding half the sugar, then set aside. Gently fold the mascarpone into the yolk and sugar mixture. Add the lemon juice to egg whites using a handheld mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture. Cover the mascarpone cream with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Coat the strawberries with the remaining sugar, put them on skewers and grill for about 1 minute per side. Serve immediately with the mascarpone cream.

Strawberry Amaretti Parfaits Ingredients:

16-20     Fresh strawberries, sliced (about one small punnet)

1 Tbsp   Honey

20           Amaretti biscuits, crumbled (see directions)

 DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, toss the strawberries with the honey and set aside. Prepare the mascarpone cream as directed at left. Place the biscuits in a zip-top bag; seal, pressing as much air out as possible, then use a rolling pin or mallet to crush them to the consistency of large crumbs. To make the parfaits, dollop 1 tablespoon of the mascarpone mixture into each serving bowl or glass. Top each portion with 2 tablespoons of the biscuit crumbs, then a large spoonful of the sliced berries. Complete the layering with 1 tablespoon of the mascarpone mixture, then 1 tablespoon of crumbled biscuits. Serve immediately

The Caprese Twist

More cheese please! Toronto twins, Jessica and Franky Venuto created two tasty dishes based on the classic Caprese salad. Whether you prefer something lighter or more hearty, these lovely ladies have you covered:

Caprese Salad Ingredients

4             Tomatoes, fresh/on vine – cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 cup     Fresh basil leaves

200g      Tre Stelle Bocconcini (regular or sliced)

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar glaze or reduction

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Caprese Salad Directions

Arrange tomatoes on a platter, alternating them with the bocconcini slices. Tuck the whole basil leaves in between the tomato and bocconcini slices. Drizzle on the balsamic glaze. Then drizzle olive oil in a thin stream over the top. Finally, sprinkle on salt and pepper.

Caprese Rigatoni Ingredients

8 cups   Rigatoni, cooked

28oz      Crushed tomatoes

(828 ml)

¼ cup     Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

200g      Tre Stelle Bocconcini (regular or sliced)

2 Tbsp   Extra virgin olive oil

1 cup     Tre Stelle Deluxe Mozzarella, shredded

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Caprese Rigatoni Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except mozzarella. Then, sprinkle over shredded mozzarella and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and golden.

3) DOUBLE TEAM: Double your efforts by teaming up to enjoy the following together:

  1. a) Double-header sporting event; and take it one step further with matching jerseys!
  2. b) Double your luck at the casino by playing roulette, betting on different numbers and split the winnings
  3. c) Team up with two other twins / friends for a round of golf

 

 

 

 

 

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