A movie night in with friends or family isn't complete without a few sweet and salty snacks and a round of delicious drinks. For parties around the television I like to have small bowls of nuts, M&M's, and a few different types of popcorn on hand for guests to munch on. While I usually go with store-bought popcorn for ease, I was keen to try out a simple recipe from the book Infuse for stove-popped corn with a honey, butter and sriracha topping. I was pleasantly surprised to find how dead simple it was to make popcorn on the stove and I liked being able to have more control over the amount and taste of the topping. No more microwave bags for me!
To complement the subtle spice of the sriracha-laced popcorn, my mind immediately went to a drink I mixed up awhile ago on the blog- a Cucumber Mint Gimlet. My bar was currently short on gin however and I still had a good amount of Limoncello that I had made for last weeks post that I was keen to incorporate into a drink. I was glad to find that it paired very well with muddled cucumber and mint, making a super light and refreshing drink that perfectly offsets the salty spice of the popcorn.
Spicy Sweet Popcorn
Recipe from Infuse by Eric Prum & Josh Williams
*I have increased the amount of popcorn kernels from the original recipe as I found I had too much of the butter infusion left over
4 Tbs salted butter
1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)
1/3 cup yellow popcorn kernels
2 Tbs canola oil
- Place the butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and microwave uncovered for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted.
- Add the Sriracha to the butter and honey mixture and stir to combine.
- Add the canola oil to a heavy bottomed pan (I used a 3 quart saucepan) with 3 or 4 popcorn kernels and cook on the stove, covered, over medium-high heat until the first kernel pops. Add the remaining popcorn to the pan, cover, and continue to cook until the popping stops. You’ll need to give the pan a nice shake every so often to cook all of the kernels.
- Place your popcorn in a bowl and toss together with the infused butter. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and enjoy!
Vodka Cucumber Cocktail
Makes 1 refreshing drink
1 oz. of Easy Overnight Limoncello (see recipe here)
2 oz. of Vodka
3 English cucumber slices
5 mint leaves- more for garnish
4-5 oz. club soda
¼- ½ oz. of simple syrup (as needed)
- In a heavy bottomed glass combine the Limoncello, cucumber slices and mint leaves. Muddle together.
- Add ice to the glass with the vodka and club soda and stir to combine. Add a splash of simple syrup if you’d like to sweeten up the drink a little more.
- Garnish with a slice of cucumber or mint spring and enjoy!
I highly recommend you give both of these super easy and delicious recipes a try!