Category Archives: Drinks

White Sangria with Summer Fruit

This is a perfect summer drink! Pick fruits that are in season.. I used peaches, cherries, raspberries and blackberries.. but you could add some citrus fruit, other stone fruit or other berries! Serve chilled.. lovely on a hot summer day!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec (or brandy, or rum)
  • 1-2 cups chopped summer fruit or berries
  • 1/2 cup peach juice

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Serve with ice

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PIMM’s Summer Drink

PIMM’s is a light and tasty British liqueur, popularly served in summer in a tall glass with ice, some lemon/lime soda, maybe some strawberries and cucumber and a slice of lemon. You can read more about Mr. Pimm’s and the history of the drink on Wikipedia, or just stir up a pitcher and enjoy! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • PIMM’s liqueur
  • Ice
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger ale, lemon/lime soda or unsweetened carbonated waters
  • Lemon slices

Directions

  • Fill a tall glass halfway with ice
  • Add 1.5oz of PIMM’s
  • top with soda
  • Garnish with a lemon slice
  • Optionally stir in some slices of cucumber and strawberries

Enjoy! 🙂

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Orange and Star Anise Festive Cocktail

Did you watch the Oscars this weekend? Dream of walking down the red carpet? Or simply prefer a sparkling cocktail and viewing party from the comfort of your own house? 🙂

If you love citrus but are not into those sweet syrupy cocktails, then this refreshing cocktail is just for you! Garnish with some pieces of star anise for a festive touch!

Oscars, garden party, holiday party or whatever.. cheers!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 2 oz. Cointreau or Absolut Mandarin Vodka (OR bourbon if that is your thing! Takes this cocktail in a different direction, but is definitely palatable.. again.. you kind of have to like the flavor of bourbon)
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • 4 pieces star anise (optional)

Directions

  • Combine juice, vodka, water and divide between two ice filled glasses
  • Garnish with orange and star anise
  • Cheers!

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Pomegranate Champagne for New Years Festivities!

Join in a toast, make a wish, and happy 2016!!!!!

This festive cocktail is simply made using champagne or prosecco, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds as garnish and ice! Cheers! 🙂

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Drink shown with Christmas tree in background creating the effect of lit ‘baubles’.

Ingredients

  • Champagne or Prosecco or something else that is bubbly
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Ice

Directions

  • Fill glasses with ice, a splash of pomegranate juice and seeds, and top with champagne or sparkling water
  • Cheers!

 

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Lemon and Lime Juicing Tips

Making holiday cocktails with lemon or lime juice? Here’s a quick tip on juicing. First, get yourself a lemon squeezer. Not fancy, you can get a decent one for around $10. They come with single or double ‘bowls’. The double fits a lemon and lime separately, but single works fine!

Once you are ready to do some juicing, slice the lemon in half and instead of placing it into the bowl peel side down, simply turn it cut side down. Now when you press the handles together, the juice will not spray everywhere. Seems obvious now, but it wasn’t at first, so I wanted to pass this little tip along to make your juicing one step less sticky! 🙂

More festive cocktail recipes forthcoming. Have a great rest of 2015!

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Spiced Coffee

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for mommy wrapping presents..!
And she needed some coffee!

Not really. But maybe. It certainly will be a good Christmas breakfast drink tomorrow morning. Coffee, spices, hot milk and some optional whipped cream on top. This is delicious. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups milk (cows, almond, coconut, or other)

Directions

  • In a coffee filter, add coffee, cardamom, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Mix gently to combine
  • Add water to coffeemaker and brew
  • Heat milk until just steaming
  • Pour coffee into mug and top with desired amount of milk
  • Optionally serve with some fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick
  • Cheers and Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

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Classic Ricky

This is a super simple cocktail. With the rich orange flavor of Cointreau, balanced with tart lime or lemon juice, and topped off with some sparkling water, it’s a great holiday drink to serve!

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Club Soda

Directions

  • Pour Cointreau and fresh lime juice into a glass and add ice.
  • Top with club soda and stir.
  • Garnish with a lime and orange zest.

Thanks Cointreau for the recipes and bartending tips!

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