Now, while it may be true that my little ones have a love for Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” some things are strictly meant to be for Mommy and Daddy. I’ll happily sing along with them and Toby but after bed time stories are read, kids and stuffed animals are tucked gently into bed, and hugs and kisses goodnight have been given and had, the ever so needed adult time begins. It’s true that most nights consist of us heading to bed shortly thereafter because, as we all know, parenting can be quite tiring. The typical routine is bath, story, and bed followed by laundry, cleaning, and bed. Sounds fun, eh? Thankfully there’s at least one night a year that we parents can count on that allows us to be, well, us – New Year’s Eve.
Shortly after having my children I coined the phrase “mom-me” because “Mom” I may become but “me” I always am. That is a motto that I live by. Becoming a parent is a whirlwind of an adventure and gives you an entirely new perspective on life but you cannot allow yourself to lose sight of who you were. If anything, the ringing in of a New Year is a yearly reminder of that. Sure, we stay up until midnight playing silly games and making as much noise as possible, but once the kids go to bed we can celebrate us. We can enjoy one another’s company and that of our friends. We can reminisce about our days of staying out all night and sleeping in until noon. We can finally change the lyrics back to “red Solo cup” as opposed to our dubbed version using “red sippy cup!”
The New Year holiday means a lot of different things for everyone but instead of just a chance for new beginnings, I like to see it as also a chance to rejoice in the years passed. It is also often celebrated with immense amounts of alcohol and dancing. However, my tolerance levels have nearly completely diminished since having the little ones so instead of stocking the refrigerator and pantry full of too many bottles and brands to count we’ve narrowed it down to only the best (with a little help from Toby, of course).
Wild Shot Mezcal is our drink of choice and definitely made its after-bed-time appearance for our New Year’s Eve festivities. Wild Shot was founded in 2011 and quickly gained a following thanks to the already very well established Toby Keith fan base. I grew up listening to Toby’s music and can clearly remember singing along to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” while in elementary school. Ever since then, he has never let me down. Adolescent rebellion went perfectly along with “How Do You Like Me Now?” and teenage love with “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This.” Toby’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” perfectly put into words what we, as a country, were feeling after 9/11. His “Whiskey Girl” fit me well some time ago but these days the lyrics within “As Good As I Once Was” may be a bit more fitting. Now, for the sake of name (or song) dropping, Toby has traded in the “Beer for my Horses” for his Mezcal for the Masses. After topping the music charts for nearly three decades he’s now sitting atop the list of top shelf liquor brands. However, unlike its cousin tequila, Wild Shot Mezcal will not “Put A Boot in Your Ass.”
For those of you that do not have any experience with the spirit, mezcal is the enjoyable alternative to tequila. It is meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed, much like scotch. However, according to Toby, he doesn’t care if you sip it or shoot it, as long as you blame it on the worm. So, who is with us on starting a new tradition this year? As opposed to setting ourselves up for failure by creating absurd resolutions, how about we officially welcome 2013 in style by kissing 2012 goodbye? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow – blame it all on the worm! We can drink, cheer, and toast to the good and blame all of the bad on that pesky little larva lounging at the bottom. If you’re really brave, you can even volunteer to become a Worm Warrior and chomp down on the little bugger; the worm is known to bring good fortune to those who eat it. Not into eating bugs? No worries. Now, while I’ve personally had a few Fear Factor style events in my day, I can do you one better – Wild Shot Mezcal-mocha-misu anyone?
For a new twist on the traditional tiramisu dessert, simply replace the tequila with Wild Shot Mezcal! The original recipe is a Chef De Laurentiis creation but I took it to the next level by giving it a smoky mezcal flavoring. It is absolutely to die for! And, coming from a parent who despises coffee, that is saying a lot!
Wild Shot Mezcal-Mocha-Misu
- 6 oz. mascarpone cheese
- 2/3 c. whipping cream
- ½ c. sugar
- 2 ½ c. warm espresso coffee
- 24 ladyfinger cookies
- Unsweetened cocoa powder, for garnish
- Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish
- Chocolate zabaglione (recipe follows)
- 2 tbsp. whipping cream
- ¼ c. semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/3 c. sugar
- ¼ c. Wild Shot Mezcal
- 1 pinch of salt
- Unsweetened cocoa powder, for garnish
- Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish
Mix 2 tablespoons of whipping cream and chocolate chips into a small saucepan over medium heat. Be sure to stir often to ensure that the chocolate chips melt smoothly and cook through thoroughly. Set aside and keep warm. Next, whisk the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of sugar, Wild Shot Mezcal, and salt in a large glass bowl until blended. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water for 4-5 minutes or until it gains a thick and creamy consistency. Remove from heat and fold into previously melted chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate.
Beat together 2/3 cup of whipping cream and ¼ cup of sugar in a medium-large bowl. Slowly fold the whipped cream mixture into the mascarpone followed by the chocolate zabaglione. Cover the mixture and refrigerate.
In a separate bowl, whisk the coffee with the remaining ¼ cup of sugar until evenly blended. Line a 9×5 metal loaf pan with plastic cling wrap, allowing the plastic to drape over the edges. Now, working with one cookie at a time, soak 8 cookies into the coffee mixture and arrange them in a single layer across the bottom of the pan. Cover this layer by spooning 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the cookies. Repeat the soaking, arranging, and covering procedure two more times. Place the last 8 cookies on top and press down slightly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
After refrigeration, unwrap and place a platter atop the pan. Invert the entire dessert onto the platter and remove the original base plastic wrap. Garnish with cocoa powder and dark chocolate shavings. Voilà!
Now, for those of you that have already made a cliché resolution regarding some sort of dieting, no worries, I have a tasty recipe for you as well! Fruit!
Very Merry Wild Shot Mezcal Berry
- 12 egg yolks
- 1 ½ c. heavy cream
- ¾ c. tequila
- ¾ c. Wild Shot Mezcal
- 12 c. assorted berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
- 1 ½ sprigs mint
Whisk together egg yolks in a saucepan over low-medium heat until evenly beaten. Slowly add in the Wild Shot Mezcal, stirring constantly, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Do NOT boil! Place saucepan on ice and allow for cooling until chilled (about 30 minutes). While mixture is cooling, beat the heavy cream until it peaks. After the mezcal mixture has chilled completely, gently fold the whipped cream until evenly blended.
Arrange the berries on a platter or in individual serving dished and top with the mezcal cream. Garnish with mint and serve immediately.
I bet you’re all wondering where the actual drinks come into play, right? Well, I’m going to let Toby and the Wild Shot Mezcal crew take care of that one for you. Toby Keith’s signature cocktail, the Blue Mezcalita is the PERFECT addition to any adult celebration regardless of your reason to party.
Wild Shot Mezcal – Blue Mezcalita
- 1 oz. Wild Shot Silver Mezcal
- 1 oz. orange liqueur
- 9 oz. margarita mix
- 1 splash of blue curacao
Blend with ice or serve on the rocks – you pick! Salt the rim, add a lime wedge and you’re good to go!
Now, there is no way that you can tell me that that doesn’t sound like one heck of a celebration menu. From the music to the drinks and, now, to the food, Toby Keith’s Wild Shot Mezcal certainly has you covered for any extravaganza, can help you get your New Year started off right, and can keep the party going any day, any time. So, again, I challenge you to switch up the rules a bit. Celebrate not only the year ahead but all of the years passed. And hey, if all else fails just remember to blame it on the worm!
In addition to the delicious recipes listed here, the Wild Shot website features a huge array of creative cocktails that you can try. If you’re feeling like a crafty, culinary mixologist, yourself, you can submit your very own Wild Shot recipe here. Browse www.WildShot.com and be sure to keep up with the worm via Facebook and Twitter for news, fun, and amazing opportunities throughout the year.
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