Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spicy Summer Fruit Sangria

This cool and refreshing sangria is perfect on a hot summer day.
Serves 6


8  Mini Cucumbers
1/3 cup boiling water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup sliced   Berries
1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced
8 lemon slices, halved
2 cups ice
1 bottle sparkling wine
Pinch cayenne pepper


Pour boiling water over sugar; stir to dissolve sugar to create simply syrup. Let cool completely. In blender, purée 7 cucumbers until smooth. Pass through fine sieve. Slice remaining cucumber; set aside.
In a large pitcher, stir together cucumber purée, simple syrup and vodka. Stir in sliced cucumber, strawberries, peach and lemon slices. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Before serving, stir in ice and sparkling wine. Sprinkle with cayenne.

Chef's Notes

Sweeten with agave syrup if desired.
If you don’t have cayenne pepper, substitute with your favorite spice or 1 thinly sliced fresh chili pepper if desired.
Garnish with mint or basil leaves for an extra pop of color.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Pomegranate Cosmos

Make the base for these pomegranate cosmopolitans ahead of time and shake individual cocktails "to order." Or for individual drinks, combine 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) each pomegranate juice and vodka, 4 teaspoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon Cointreau, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger juice and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. -
  • 2 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 1/4 cups vodka
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice, (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, preferably superfine “bar sugar,” plus more for the rims
  • Strips of lime zest, for garnish
    Mix pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice, Cointreau (or Grand Marnier), ginger juice and sugar in a large pitcher.
    For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add 1/2 cup Cosmo mix, and shake until the shaker turns frosty and cold. Dip the rim of a martini (or highball) glass into water and then in sugar (to "sugar the rim"). Strain the drink into the martini glass (or over fresh ice in the highball glass). Garnish with a twist of lime zest, if desired.


     Note: We use bottled ginger juice (pressed gingerroot) to add the taste of fresh ginger without the work of mincing or grating. Use it to flavor drinks, stir-fries, marinades or anywhere you’d use fresh ginger. Find it in specialty stores or online at

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Blackberry Mojitos





    • 8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
    • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
    • 1 tablespoon light agave syrup
    • Ice cubes
    • 1/2 cup light rum
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • Crushed ice
    • Lime-flavored club soda
    • Lime slices, for garnish


    1. 1. Add the mint leaves, blackberries, and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients until the mint is fragrant. Add the ice cubes, rum, and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously to chill.
    2. 2. Fill 2 rocks or highball glasses with crushed ice and strain the liquid into the glasses. Top with club soda and garnish each with a slice of lime. 
Bobby Flay Recipe

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hot Cocktails For Sipping on Chilly Nights


 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses White Cocoa


  • 7 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses (unwrapped)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • a  drizzle of peppermint schnaps 
  1. Place kisses and vanilla in a attractive  mug. Set aside
  2. Heat milk to ALMOST boiling then pour over the Kisses.  Allow to set for 2 minutes then stir until a rosy pink color develops  .
  3. drink and enjoy.

Adult Hot Chocolate


2 quarts whole milk
1 cup hot chocolate mix
4 ounces almond liqueur
2 ounces Smirnoff vodka
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup


  1. Pour the milk into your slow cooker along with the hot chocolate mix, almond liqueur, and vodka. Whisk gently to incorporate, then set the slow cooker on high and let warm through for 30 minutes.
  2. Give the hot chocolate a stir, then turn the heat down to medium. Serve the steaming mugs alongside the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and marshmallows for garnishing.

Spiked Hot Chai Tea Cocktail



2 quarts water
4 ounces bourbon
2 ounces Smirnoff vodka
8 chai tea bags
1/2 cup honey
Fresh mint leaves


  1. Pour the water, bourbon, vodka, and honey into your slow cooker, and set to high. Add the tea bags, and let warm through for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, and turn the heat to medium. Serve alongside the cream and mint leaves for garnishing.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Refreshing Ice Mint Coffee

what you need

  • 1/3 cup Archer Farms Coffee
  • 1 large sprig mint plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2-3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Half and half
  • Ice

here's how

  1. Place coffee, mint and water in measuring cup or Mason jar, stir to mix, cover, and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. Strain through a coffee filter set in a sieve into a small pitcher and add brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour coffee over. Stir in half and half to taste. Serve garnished with additional mint.


For a low-calorie variation, substitute nonfat skim milk for half and half.
It’s optional to let the coffee, mint and water stand at room temperature to let the flavors infuse overnight.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Cocktails with Jack Daniels, one of the 7 Deadly Sins"'WRATH"

Sinful and Tasty 
A favorite drink at one of Edinburgh's eeriest pubs
it's said to be devilishly delish , and easy to serve your guest at Halloween
"wrath" one of the 7 deadly sins is a popular drink at Jekyll & Hyde. a favorite hangout in  Edinburgh.

All you need  for this cocktail:  Ice, 3 tablespoon whiskey Jack Daniels, 2 tablespoons Disaronno Amaretto, and a cola soft drink.
Fill a highball glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine whiskey, liqueur and more ice. Cover and shake vigorously, then strain into glass. Top with cola.  Serves 1 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Party Drinks, BOOOOZE!

Halloween is one of the funnest times  of the year,  not only is it the beginning of all the holidays, but you get to dress-up and be for one night any thing or person  you desire! 
This year  I have decide to throw a whopping party. I am going to invite all my friends, co workers and a few people from my building. what's an adult party with out a few drinks! Here my recipe for 3 fun cocktails

 lightly brush rims of glasses with agave syrup and sprinkle black decorating sugar  around rim. for 2 drinks fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes: add 1/2 cup chilled apple juice,1/2 cup sour apple pucker schnapps and 1/4 cup citrus-flavored vodka, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds: strain into glasses, pour 1/4 cup chilled lemon-line seltzer into each glass. and garish if desired

In a pitcher  combine 2 cups of coconut flavored rum, 1/4 cups vanilla flavored vodka, 3/4 cups hazelnut liqueur and 1 1/2 cups half&half  stir to combine serve chilled over ice.


  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounce pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 1/2 ounces spicy ginger ale, such as Bruce Cost


  1. 1
    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the pumpkin purée, vodka, and apple cider. Shake for 10-15 seconds.
  2. 2
    Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Napa Valley Cocktail

Sip on this sparkling Apple lemon cocktail

You’re going to fall into an effervescent rapture of deliciousness when you taste this cocktail. The perfect and unexpected pairing of apple and lemon flavors is a wonderful treat for the senses. This drink bubbles over with champagne from the Etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon in Yountville California. Marvel over this mysteriously refreshing cocktail. Enjoy.

At the etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon in Yountville  California.

1 Tbs. gin

1 Tbs. apple juice

1 Tbs. lemon juice

Dash of simple syrup

Ice cubes

1/4 cup  sparkling dry wine or Champagne ( Chandon brute classic)

Green apple slices, 


In a cocktail shaker combine gin, apple juice,lemon juice and simple syrup, add ice, cover and shake vigorously, strain into champagne glass.Top with sparkling wine.  garish with apple slices Serves 1  

Seat back  just relax and enjoy your cocktail! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to Make The Perfect Mojito Recipe

In the summer i love  sitting out on my patio,  curled back with a good book, and a refreshing Mojito...I actually grow my own mint leaves using container gardening, mint grows like crazy.. I have found  lots of uses for mint, including  mint in tea's as well as some fabulous  recipes. At my local Starbucks I found these beautiful white and green ice cubes. These ice cubes make beautiful cocktail drinks... 

you'll need: 
10 mint leaves
1 lime
2 tablespoons Agave nectar or sugar 
2 oz white rum
8 oz club soda

You will also need a muddler, I found the one below at Bath Bed and Beyond for about $7.00.
Muddlers  are kinda hard to find and the price can range from $4-$35. This  one below I have seen as high as $35. So my advice is to shop around. and get one cause this little kitchen aid works well. I also used Agave instead of sugar, I think this makes the drink taste much better.
Start with about 10 mint leaves,  mash them with the muddler just to release the mints juices.

Add 2 slices of thinly  cut lime.

Add about a tablespoon or 2 of light  Agave nectar, or sugar.

Muddle this  a bit more, to juice the lime.

Add 4 more thin slices of lime.
One more tablespoon Agave or sugar.

Using your muddler again, to really juice the limes.

 Add a shot of white rum, about 2 oz and pour over ice cubes.
Next fill the glass up with soda water

Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
ah! now you have the prefect mojito.

Original recipe makes 1 cocktail

  1. Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the A, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Irish coffee

 Irish coffee Royalty Free Stock Photo
I discover this amazing warm and delightful drink believe it or not just last winter on St Patty's day. I was out for dinner with a friend and after coming in from the cold to an Irish restaurant , I was freezing, suddenly not waning the usually  cold beer,  I asked the waiter what would be the best drink to warm me up, he suggested an Irish coffee. I fell in love, started now making them at home on cold nights.
severs 2

Divide 2 tsp sugar ( some people prefer brown sugar) and 2 once Irish whiskey between two coffee mugs. Stir in 2 cups hot strong brewed coffee. In a small bowl  beat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp creme de menthe until thickened. Gentle spoon into top of drinks allowing cream to float, sever immediately

Monday, October 15, 2012

Jello Shots

Petite Watermelons
1 cup of boiling water
1 package of strawberry-flavored gelatin
1 cup of chopped fresh or frozen thawed strawberries
1/2 cup of vodka
5 limes,halved, pulp scooped out
1 tsp of black sesame seeds or poppy seeds 

In a bowl, add the boiling water to the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Transfer the gelatin to a blender. Add the strawberries and cold water and blend until liquefied. Refrigerate until thickened (approximately 1½ hours). 
Skim off any foam that has risen to the top of the gelatin mixture and stir to evenly distribute the strawberry puree. Spoon into the lime rind halves. Refrigerate until firm (approximately 3 hours).

Carefully halve the gelatin-filled lime rinds again. Sprinkle with the seeds and serve.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Swedish Vampire

The Swedish Vampire

Fruity, fresh, and pinkish-orange in hue, this aquavit, tomato, Tabasco, and citrus concoction is refreshingly savory, topped off with a splash of sparkling water.

Swedish Vampire Cocktail                                                                                                                              



2 oz. aquavit, preferrably Krogstad
2 oz. tomato juice
2 oz. fresh orange juice
½ tsp. fresh lime juice
3 to 4 dashes Tabasco
Lemon-flavored sparkling water, preferably Perrier Lemon
Lime wheel, to garnish


Mix the aquavit, juices, and Tabasco in a chilled highball glass. Fill ¾ with ice cubes. Top with sparkling water, and stir to mix. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Blood Sucker Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Blood Sucker Halloween Cocktail

This vampire-friendly cocktail uses strawberry or raspberry puree to add streams of "blood" down the sides of the glass.

1 1/2 oz. Bacardi "0"
1/2 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 Tbs. strawberry or raspberry puree
Pour rum, Cointreau and juice into a shaker with ice. Shake mixture, then pour into a rocks glass. Dip the end of a drinking straw into the berry puree, hold the tip of your finger over the other end and use the straw to squirt puree into the bottom half-inch of the drink, where it will sink in red blobs. Do not stir.

Vesper Martini

Martini With a Lemon Twist
Made famous by super-spy James Bond, this chilling recipe, named for 007's deceased love, is sure to give you the vapors.

3 oz. Gordon's gin
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Kina Lillet
lemon twist
Fill a shaker half full of ice. Pour in gin, vodka and Kina Lillet. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass then garnish with a lemon twist.

Black Devil Martini Recipe

IBlack Devil Martini Halloween Cocktail
Dark rum and a black olive garnish give this martini its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party.

2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
black olive
orange sugar 
Stir and strain into chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives.

Witches' Brew Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail
2 oz. mixed pineapple and cranberry juice
2 oz. 7-Up or Sprite
1-1/4 oz. shot Malibu Coconut Rum
Mix juices and 7-Up or Sprite in a highball glass. Pour shot of rum down the side of the glass right before drinking.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween: Adult Black Cauldron Drink

Halloween: Adult Black Cauldron Drink

Recipe type: Drink
Author: Calorie-Smart
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso
  • 24 ounces oatmeal stout bee                                                 
  1. Place 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream in each of 4 tall glasses.
  2. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon vodka, 1 tablespoon brewed espresso, and 6 ounces oatmeal stout beer.
  3. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 264 Fat: 7.3g Saturated fat: 4.5g 0 Cholesterol: 0mg
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