Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our little family lives in Wichita, Kansas. For those unfamiliar with Wichita it's probably similar to the town you're imagining now. Quiet, slow, flat, unencumbered by the hustle and bustle that big city life is prone to.

We move at a slower speed here. We know our neighbors. We still cook Sunday dinner. We believe in hard work and doing what we can with what we have. We dream big and live small and every November we band together to support the local college basketball team, the Wichita State Shockers.

Our family is especially lucky. My CoffeeMaker works for the Shockers. We don our black and yellow as a family, have all access to every game and have a special place in our hearts for the teams, coaches, the university and the town. They have all been extremely good to us since we were imported from New Mexico three years ago.

~~~~~~~~Our little Shocker family~~~~~~~~

After a Shocker game it is not uncommon for friends, family and fans to gather in local bars or living rooms and celebrate a win, or commiserate over a (rare) loss, whilst imbibing on the town cocktail of choice, the Tumbleweed.

If you're not familiar with the Tumbleweed it is a sweet and creamy dessert cocktail often served with ice cream, Kahlua and chocolate sauce. I've taken our beloved Tumbleweed one step further to make it a ShockTail. A drink that stays true to its Wichitan Tumbleweed origins whilst invoking unique notes of caramel.

Shocker-Up Wichitans! This one's for you.

1/2 cup of Kahlua
1/2 oz brandy
1/2 oz caramel liqueur (we use Godiva's)
1/2 oz white creme de cacao
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
1 tsp chocolate sauce and caramel sauce to garnish the glass

  1. Find a martini glass (if you have one - if not any glass will do)
  2. Add the scoop of vanilla ice cream to it first
  3. In a cocktail shaker add the Kahlua, brandy, caramel liqueur and white creme de cacao - shake together with ice
  4. Pour the shaker ingredients over the ice cream and enjoy
  5. Pssst - you can always add a little more chocolate and caramel sauce over the drink once it's all put together. Just sayin'! :)

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