Posts tagged Cocktail
Margaritas with Vita Coco
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You know I love getting festive for a holiday and the obvious choice for Cinco de Mayo is Margaritas!! These margaritas are not so obvious though. They have a twist but still remain pretty classic tasting. They are made with fresh, real ingredients, which helps keep the sugary taste to a minimum. I used Peach & Mango flavored Vita Coco water not only because it tastes good but also to help avoid a hangover for everyone who is throwing these back. Coconut water is really hydrating so it helps counterbalance the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Get your tacos ready...

Recipe

Ingredients:

3 ounces fresh lime juice

4 ounces Peach & Mango Vita Coco coconut water

4 ounces silver tequila

1/2 teaspoon agave

Directions:

Juice your limes. Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker and shake to combine. Stir the agave with a spoon if necessary. Pour over ice and enjoy!

 

Christmas Sangria
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Who doesn't love a festive drink for the holiday? I feel like wine and champagne are great Christmas drinks (besides eggnog of course). Sangria is awesome because its so easy. The cranberries automatically make it pretty too! Be sure to check out my Cranberry Mules if you're looking for another Christmas cocktail. This recipe yields a carafe worth of drinks for a group! 

Ingredients:

1 cup white grape fruit juice

1 cup light cranberry cocktail juice

1 cup lime seltzer

3 cups white wine of your choice

Cranberries for garnish

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients and then garnish!

Hot Chocolate Bar

What is the coziest thing that you can think of during these cold winter months? Hot chocolate better be on that list! There's nothing like a hot mug filled with a dessert drink to keep you warm. I took my love for hot chocolate to the next level with a boozy hot chocolate bar! It's such a great party idea. People really appreciate little touches that go into parties. They are part of what make the gatherings memorable. Best of all, this party idea is so easy to execute. I used dishes and cups that I already had to serve the toppings. I used this banner to write "Hot Chocolate Bar." This has been one of my greatest "hostess" purchases ever. The pack comes with all of the letters so that you can make personalized banners for all occasions. I've used it mainly for people's birthdays. I bought a second pack so that I would have enough letters to write out this three tiered banner!

I made homemade hot chocolate with the recipe below. I put it in a crockpot, which was a genius move. It stayed hot the whole time so people could go over to get a cup whenever they wanted to. It was also nice that I didn't have to do anything for it during the party and I could just have fun. I made it a spiked hot chocolate bar by including bottles of peppermint schnaps and bailey's irish cream for people to add to their cups. If you don't mix it directly into the hot chocolate, people have control over how much alcohol they put into it and what kind of alcohol they use. Its also good to not mix it into the hot chocolate directly if you have kids at your get together. Then, the kids can enjoy the bar as well! 

Some toppings that I included are:

  • Marshmallows (duh)
  • Heath bits 
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Candy canes (you can substitute with crushed peppermint candy as well)
  • Mini white chocolate chips
  • Mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Maple sugar powder
  • Pirouettes (the perfect stirrers)
  • Whipped cream

Hot Chocolate Recipe:

Ingredients:

4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate (chopped into small pieces)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk

8 cups of milk (I used 2 percent)

Directions:

Combine the condensed milk and chocolate in your slow cooker.

Cook on high for a half hour. Stir the mixture every ten minutes during this time.

Add the milk and vanilla while continuously stirring it with a wire whisk.

Cook for an additional 2 hours on high. Then, lower it to warm.

Use a ladle to serve.

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Blood Orange Margarita For Halloween
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I wanted to make a Halloween cocktail that would pair well with the Mexican food that I've been majorly craving (when am I not though?!). Enter the Blood Orange Margarita! Get it...blood...Halloween. It's stupid easy and perfect since blood oranges are currently in season. I actually got mini blood oranges and they worked perfectly. 

INGREDIENTS (Yields 4 cocktails):

12 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice 

4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 

4 oz agave 

8 oz tequila (I used Silver) 

DIRECTIONS: 

Combine all ingredients and pour over ice. You can garnish the glass with a wedge of blood orange if you'd like!  

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Frosé

Hellloooo there summer months! You're so gorgeous and I'm so excited to see you!!

I am not entirely sure how or why rosé became popular and trendy a couple of years ago. Unlike LFO in the 90s, rosé seems like it's here for more than a hot second. And sooo, rosé season is now among us. This rosé is actually named Summer Water, which I think is way too perfect. On a hot day there is no better way to cool off and "hydrate" than with a frosé. I thought about making frosé a couple of times last year but never did because I figured it'd be a pain. Sometimes making iced drinks requires you to put a lot of muscle into it. I was shocked at how easy this was when I just made it. The rosé must not be able to completely freeze since it has alcohol because when I removed it from the freezer it was so easy to break and put into the blender. Try the recipe below with Summer Water from Winc. 

Winc's wine club membership is perfect for having a variety of wine's on hand. We get to try a variety of wines that we don't see in our local liquor stores. They even send a little booklet that tells you how to pair each of your wines with food, which I think is so cool! My readers are getting the opportunity to try Winc at a discount!

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Frosé Recipe:

Ingredients: 

1 (750ml) bottle of Summer Water

1/2 cup of italian lemon soda (I got mine at Whole Foods)

Directions:

Pour the Summer Water into a Pyrex and place it in the freezer overnight. (Tip: I used two small Pyrex containers with lids so that they would fit in the freezer but you can also use ice cube trays). 

Break up the frozen rosé with a spoon. Take the pieces and place them in a blender. Add the soda and combine. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Pineapple Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner and even though you're probably not going to the event, it can serve as a nice excuse to make a fancy cocktail. As always though, this "fancy" cocktail is a joke to make. It's so easy that I think the horses that are racing could even make it. The only time that I ever went to a Kentucky Derby party was in college at a frat. We all dressed up and they set up a race around the frat and made their pledges act as the horses. It was definitely messed up but the pledges were also loving it and having fun so it wasn't as bad as it sounds like. I mean...they had a bunch of sorority girls riding them (although with clothes on), so things could have been worse! I won one of the rounds although I clearly did nothing but sit my butt on a person-turned horse. I think that a Kentucky Derby themed party is a great idea and I definitely need to do a classier version of the frat party one day. This year I will be traveling so I won't be playing hostess but you can! Even if you're not having a party, it's still fun to make this cocktail to enjoy on a sunny day. Warning: it tastes dangerously good...like the kind of dangerous that will lead you to ride a human being like a horse.

Pineapple Mint Julep Recipe (Yields one serving):

Ingredients:

1 shot of bourbon 

2 shots of pineapple juice

10 mint leaves

Ice cubes

Optional: peach or pineapple sliver for garnish

Directions:

Place ice in your glass 

Pour in the shot of bourbon and then the shot of pineapple juice and stir. 

Take the mint leaves in your hands and rip them into small pieces. Rub the leaves to soften them in the process. This is a makeshift muddling. 

Sprinkle the mint leave tiny pieces into the glass. 

Garnish if you choose to.

Put on your special hat and enjoy your cocktail! 

 

Watermelon Margarita For Cinco De Mayo

Now that you've got your Cinco De Mayo outfit, you can move on to what is important...food and drinks! I'm pretty sure that Cinco De Mayo is a synonym for tequila. Look it up if you don't believe me. While a classic margarita is great, it's very 'been there, done that' and since it's a holiday you need to give it a little spin. These watermelon margaritas are awesome. Unfortunately, I can't drink for medical reasons but I always try what I make and this one was definitely tempting me to keep drinking. It's so good that it doesn't even seem like its alcoholic. Normally when drinks are like that it is because they are super sweet and full of sugar. This recipe that I made up isn't sweet and it has a little tang. The reason I really love it is because it is made with real food and fresh ingredients and you can taste the freshness. We always make margaritas and different watermelon drinks in the summer to bring to the pool and this hybrid is definitely going to need to be added to the roster this year. It really quenches your thirst on a hot day since it is loaded with fresh juices! I hope that this cocktail has you salsa dancing this Friday! 

Ingredients (yields one cocktail):

1 shot of tequila

Juice of 5 limes

Juice of 2 cups cubed watermelon

Splash of seltzer (I used lime seltzer)

Ice cubes

Optional: piece of watermelon for garnish

Directions: 

Place ice cubes into a glass

Squeeze the juice out of 5 limes into a glass (I used a citrus press)

Cut watermelon into cubes until you have 2 cups of cubes

Squeeze the juice out of the watermelon cubes with a citrus press into the glass

Add the shot of tequila and stir

Garnish if you choose to and enjoy!

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Sage and Honey Cocktail

Are you guys ready for a unique cocktail that is just the right amount of flavor?! This cocktail isn't too sweet of too bubbly. It's juuuuusstt right! I also like that it uses real food for ingredients. All of the health benefits of ginger cancel out those for alcohol, right?!

Ingredients:
1 cup of honey (sub for agave if you want)
3 cups of water
Bundle of sage (approximately 15 leaves)
2 medium sized pears
1 large chunk of ginger
1 bottle of champagne

Directions:
Peel and dice the ginger.

Make the simple syrup by combining the honey and water in a saucepan over low heat until it is lightly boiling. Continue to stir until the honey is completely dissolved.

Put pieces of pear into a citrus presser and squeeze the juice into the saucepan. Add the ginger and most of the sage leaves (leave a few to garnish the glasses with).

Let this mixture simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes and then remove it from the heat.

Strain the simple syrup to remove all of the ginger and sage pieces.

Let the simple syrup stand until it is completely cool.

Put 1.5-2 tablespoons of simple syrup in each glass and then fill the rest with champagne.

Garnish with sage leaves and enjoy!

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Cranberry Cocktail

This cocktail recipe takes two minutes maximum. Yes, it is that easy! It doesn't hurt that its pretty either. I always have some ginger beer in my fridge. It can take a simple cocktail and make it more exciting. It is not super sweet but balances out the whisky perfectly. Fresh cranberries make for a beautiful garnish too!

Recipe for One Cocktail:

Combine 1 part/1 oz whisky, 1 part/ 1 oz ginger beer, and 1 part/1 oz cranberry juice

Garnish with cranberries

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Skinny White Russian

How good are dessert cocktails? Not the ones that are super sweet and leave you with the biggest hangover, but the kind that just feel special. I have been really into making White Russians the past couple of winters. They are perfect for when friends come over after dinner for a drink. They're also a snow day fan favorite around the (soon to be) Robinson house. 

The only bad thing about White Russians is how heavy they feel in your stomach. They weigh you down with all of the milk products. They are also pretty high in fat and calories. Low fat/High taste is where it's at. I have mastered the most delicious, skinniest White Russian known to mankind. I'm pretty sure that you are going to love the added flavors that I put into this bad boy as well. Pinkies up!

Ingredients (yields two decent sized cocktails):

1 shot (or 50ml) of Irish Cream (I always use Baileys Original)

1/2 a shot (or 25ml) of plain vodka

1 1/2 shots of  fat free milk

1/2 shot of coffee liqueur (optional)

A small sprinkle of cinnamon

1/2 cup Brown sugar 

1/2 cup Simple syrup

1 cinnamon stick for garnish 

Directions:

Combine the Irish cream, vodka, milk and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker. 

Lay down parchment paper and pour the brown sugar onto it. 

Lay down parchment paper and pour the simple syrup onto it.

Turn your glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass into the simple syrup and then the brown sugar. I know that this is not the traditional way to sugar a rim but I think that it is the most effective route.

Put ice in your glass and then pour the contents of the shaker into the glass.

Sprinkle the drink with a tiny bit of cinnamon. Garnish with the cinnamon stick if you want to.

Enjoy this drink without all of the guilt and stomach aches!

Snowy Cocktail

Finding a wintery cocktail that you actually want to drink is harder than you would think. It is easy to find a hot beverage recipe but let’s be real, how many hot toddies can you drink?! Most of the things that we mix alcohol with taste like summer. As much as I am pining to be on a beach, I think that I need to face the cold hard fact that it is the dead of winter. Luckily, I know the perfect trick for making any cocktail look wintery. I love adding this garnish to champagne because people think that it is so fancy and impressive but really it is so easy!

Let’s make some snowy rosemary for your next drink...

  1. Lay parchment paper down on your counter

  2. Pour a pile of raw cane sugar onto the parchment paper (you can also use granulated sugar)

  3. Run your rosemary sprigs under the faucet to get them wet

  4. Lay the rosemary sprigs on some paper towels to let them dry off a bit (we want them to be pretty damp but not soaking wet or the sugar will get clumpy)

  5. Roll the rosemary in the sugar

  6. Lay the rosemary on the parchment paper to let it dry (you can leave it like this for up to 24 hours if you want to)

  7. Place the rosemary sprig into your glass and enjoy the glistening effect of this magical season without actually stepping outside and into the cold

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Cranberry Mules
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Are you looking for a festive and wintery cocktail? Well, you've come to the right place! Added bonus, it is so easy. The great thing about Moscow Mules is that men and women like them equally. It is hard to find a cocktail that isn't predominantly masculine or feminine. This twist on the traditional Moscow Mules is one that everyone loves. These modern moscow mule mugs add an extra golden touch.

Ingredients (yields one cocktail):

1/2oz simple syrup

1/2oz cranberry juice

2 oz ginger beer

1 1/2oz vodka

1 rosemary sprig and cranberries for festive garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine the simple syrup, cranberry juice and vodka. 
  2. Pour over your one square ice cube.
  3. Pour ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.

 

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