Movie Night Treats

Sweet and spicy popcorn is perfectly complemented with a cool and refreshing Vodka Cucumber cocktail!

Sweet and spicy popcorn is perfectly complemented with a cool and refreshing Vodka Cucumber cocktail!

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.

Making your own stove-top popcorn is about as easy as it gets and worth the extra minute or two of effort. Plus it allows you to get more creative with your tasty toppings! I'm never buying microwave popcorn again!

Making your own stove-top popcorn is about as easy as it gets and worth the extra minute or two of effort. Plus it allows you to get more creative with your tasty toppings! I'm never buying microwave popcorn again!

Spicy Sweet Popcorn

Recipe from Infuse by Eric Prum & Josh Williams

Serves 2

*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

1Tbs honey

1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)

1/3 cup yellow popcorn kernels

2 Tbs canola oil

Sea salt

To make:

  1. Place the butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and microwave uncovered for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted.
  2. Add the Sriracha to the butter and honey mixture and stir to combine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

To make:

  1. In a heavy bottomed glass combine the Limoncello, cucumber slices and mint leaves. Muddle together.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Happy snacking!

-c.