Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

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Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
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Honeysuckle Rose Gin & Tonic


Here's to Summer with a perfect cocktail to toast the end of the school year -- A Honeysuckle Rose Gin & Tonic.  A touch of homemade honeysuckle-lemon simple syrup and honeysuckle infused gin (or vodka if you prefer) make for a delightful twist on the classic!  



If you prefer a vodka tonic, replace the gin in the recipe with vodka.  Simple.


Honeysuckle Rose Gin & Tonic
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Honeysuckle Rose Gin & Tonic

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Prep time: 24 hourCook time: 10 MTotal time: 24 H & 10 M
Fresh honeysuckle is used to infuse a lemon simple syrup as well as the gin (or vodka). The two come together with tonic and rose petals for a beautiful summertime cocktail.

Ingredients:

For the honeysuckle syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups rinsed honeysuckle flowers
  • Zest of 1/2 a small lemon
For the honeysuckle infused Gin or Vodka
  • 6 ounces gin* or vodka
  • 1 cup rinsed honeysuckle flowers
For the cocktails
  • 14 ounces tonic (keep it simple)*
  • 6 ounces honeysuckle infused vodka or gin (flowers strained out and discarded)
  • 4-6 Tablespoons honeysuckle-lemon simple syrup
  • Ice
  • A dash or rosewater (optional, if you want a light rose flavor)
  • For garnish:  2 sprigs honeysuckle and a few rose petals, rinsed

Instructions:

  1. To make the Honeysuckle Simple Syrup:   Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar till it dissolves.  Stir in the lemon zest and honeysuckle.  Cool slightly, then transfer to covered glass jar and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to use the next day (or up to 14 days after), simply strain out the spent blossoms and lemon zest).
  2. To infuse the gin or vodka:  In a sterilized mason jar, stir together the honeysuckle blossoms and gin or vodka.  Refrigerate, covered, overnight or until ready to use.  Strain out blossoms before using.
  3. To make the cocktail:  Fill two tumblers with ice.  Put a few rose petals into each glass.  Pour 3 ounces of the infused vodka or gin into each glass over the ice.  Pour 7 ounces of tonic into each glass.  Add 2-3 Tablespoons of the infused syrup to each glass.  Stir, taste, adjust.  If you want a hint of rose flavor, add just a small splash of rose water and stir.  The rose petals themselves don't give off any flavor.  Garnish with a few more rose petals and a sprig of honeysuckle in each glass.  Enjoy!

Notes:

I recommend going with a more neutral (less botanical) gin as well as the tonic. You don't want a lot of aromatics competing with the flavor of the honeysuckle.
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