Blueberry Butterfly

Blueberry Butterfly

I created this drink after a long day of cooking. I think it tastes darn good and I love the color. Give it a try! Cheers!

Blueberry Butterfly

Yield: 1 Serving

Blueberry Butterfly

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 2 tsp Royal Rose Blueberry Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Creme de Violette
  • Blueberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients, except blueberries, in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with some luxardo cherries.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/blueberry-butterfly/

Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Cocktail

Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Cocktail

Nothing says summer & July 4th more than a red, white and blue pop shaped like a rocket. I love GoodPop’s Red, White and Blue – their version is made from 100% fruit juice, and is Non-GMO and Gluten Free. The sweet cherry and lemonade flavor is perfect for this patriotic cocktail.

Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Cocktail

Yield: 1 Serving

Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade Light, but you could certainly make your own)
  • 1 oz. Cherry Vodka
  • Ice
  • Splash of Prosecco or Champagne
  • Red, White and Blue Frozen Pop (I used the GoodPop brand)

Instructions

  1. Mix the lemonade and vodka in a shaker.
  2. Fill a glass large enough to hold the frozen pop with ice.
  3. Pour in the lemonade mixture, leaving room for the pop and a splash of bubbly.
  4. Top off with bubbly, and serve with the frozen pop & straw.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/patriotic-cherry-lemonade-cocktail/

Peach & Orange Blossom Martini

Peach & Orange Blossom Martini

This martini is summer in glass. I used some of some of my Fredericksburg peach haul to make this yummy cocktail. Its sophisticated, refreshing and easy to make. Perfect for a summer evening on the patio.

Peach & Orange Blossom Martini

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Peach & Orange Blossom Martini

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Ketel One Botanicals Peach & Orange Blossom Vodka
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 tsp Agave sweetener
  • 1/2 peach, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 shakes of orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Orange Italian soda
  • Sliced peaches and mint, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a shaker, except soda & garnish.
  2. Muddle the peaches. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a martini glass. Top off with soda & garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of mint.
  4. Enjoy!
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/peach-orange-blossom-martini/

Bending Branch Winery Estate Cuvée, 2014, Bending Branch Estate Vineyards

Bending Branch Winery Estate Cuvée, 2014, Bending Branch Estate Vineyards

WINE & SPIRITS

After a long day, I deserved to sip this lovely cuvée. The Bending Branch website describes this red wine as follows:

This red blend from the Texas Hill Country was aged over 36 months in 20% new American oak, w/the remainder in neutral French & American barrels. The 2014 Estate Cuvée comes on w/a nose of cherry pie & candied violet, and a translucent magenta color that belies its depth. Laser-focused tart red cherry flavors mingle seamlessly with eucalyptus, cassis & subtle white peppercorn.

I could not have described this delightful red any better. You’ve got to try it!

Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake

Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake

WINE & SPIRITS

This light milkshake celebrating the Kentucky Derby is life changing! It’s made with light chocolate & butter pecan ice cream & fat free whipped cream. Kentucky bourbon, optional. The race is only 2 minutes, but it will take you at least 4 to drink up this shake! Enjoy. I’m off to the races!

Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake

Yield: 1 Serving

Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake

Ingredients

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 scoop low fat chocolate ice cream (I used Breyers Delight)
  • 1 scoop low fat butter pecan (I used Breyers Delight)
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk or nut milk (I used homemade almond milk)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Reddi Whip Fat Free Whipped Cream
  • 1/8 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/4 cup crushed butter cookies (I used Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies)
  • Chessmen Horse Cookie & straws for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place a tall glass in the freezer.
  2. Crush a few pecans and butter cookies in a baggie, until fine. Place on a plate.
  3. Rim a tall glass with chocolate syrup. Then dip in crushed butter cookies & pecans.
  4. Squeeze chocolate syrup along the inside of the glass. Set aside. This will allow the chocolate to drip all the way down the inside of the glass.
  5. Mix bourbon, ice cream and milk in the blender, until smooth. Carefully pour into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream, a horse cookie and a sprinkle of the crushed cookies & pecans. Sip with a straw and watch the Kentucky Derby!
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/kentucky-derby-pie-milkshake/

Income Tax Cocktail

Income Tax Cocktail

WINE & SPIRITS

Are you celebrating a large refund, crying over what you owe, or just a CPA that’s happy tax season is over? This is an awesome cocktail to imbibe in no matter where you fall. This cocktail dates back to the 1920s and you can find many versions of the recipe. They all have gin, vermouth & fresh orange juice. The recipe also calls for bitters, which was thought by many to be a nod to the bitterness of giving away a portion of your hard-earned cash to the government. I tested several recipes before deciding on this one from mr boston drinks ~ it’s delicious & tastes like an artisan cocktail from Hotel Emma (San Antonio’s premiere boutique hotel). Just sayin’.

Income Tax Cocktail

Yield: 1 Serving

Income Tax Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and then pour in a martini glass glass or coupe.
  2. Garnish with an orange peel twist.

Notes

Recipe from https://mrbostondrinks.com/recipes/income-tax-cocktail

http://michellesipsandsavors.com/income-tax-cocktail/

Strawberry Thyme Smash

Strawberry Thyme Smash

WINE & SPIRITS

You didn’t think I’d get through this strawberry extravaganza w/out posting a cocktail did you???I used my Vanilla & Thyme Roasted Strawberries as the base for this refreshing cocktail. The lemony & minty tones of the thyme was perfect for this cocktail. Just muddle a spoonful of roasted strawberries, add a squeeze of lemon, a shot of vodka & lots of crushed ice. Give it a little sparkle by topping it off w/a splash of ginger ale or bubbly. It’s berrilicious!

Strawberry Thyme Smash

Yield: 1 Serving

Strawberry Thyme Smash

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping spoonful of Vanilla Thyme Roasted Strawberries
  • 1 TBS roasted strawberry syrup
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 oz vodka
  • Crushed ice
  • Spring of fresh thyme
  • Optional - Ginger ale or your choice of bubbly

Instructions

  1. Place roasted strawberries and syrup in bottom of a glass. Muddle the strawberries.
  2. Add the lemon juice and vodka. Mix well.
  3. Add crushed ice & garnish with a sprig of thyme
  4. If desired, splash a little ginger ale or bubbly to top it off. Enjoy!
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/strawberry-thyme-smash/

Bending Branch 2017 Vermentino

Bending Branch 2017 Vermentino

WINE & SPIRITS

Spring is here & so is my craving for crisp white wine! One of the things I told myself after my little battle with cancer was that I would never drink another bad wine. Well, this Bending Branch Winery 2017 Vermentino Sonoma, Los Carneros is one you need to try. The vermentino grape is popular in Italy with minerality & high acidity that cleanses your palate. This also makes it a great wine to enjoy with fish, or a light salad. I like to drink this wine while chillin’ in my Queen of Love chairs on my back porch! My hubs calls these chairs “our thrones.”

Carnival Colada

Carnival Colada

WINE & SPIRITS

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Qui, cher! It’s Mardi Gras & I’m channeling Arnaud’s with this  CARNIVAL COLADA. And, since its Fat Tuesday, I’m enjoying this La Panaderia Kings Cake Rosca with my cocktail! I love that the official colors of Mardi Gras stand for Justice ~ Power ~ Faith. By the way, this cocktail is on the healthy side. It is made with unsweetened almond milk, pineapple juice, coconut rum & Suncore butterfly pea flower super powder for the pretty purple color.

 

Moonstruck Margarita

Moonstruck Margarita

WINE & SPIRITS

Moonstruck Margarita comin’ atcha, just in time for your Oscar Party! This stunning Blood Orange Margarita (with a twist) is perfect for your awards night party or anytime for that matter! And, who doesn’t love a movie themed cocktail!

Moonstruck Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail

Moonstruck Margarita

Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 blood orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • 1/2 tsp agave honey (or just eyeball it & squirt a tiny amount about the size of tsp)
  • 2 oz tequila reposada
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Lime slices for garnish & turbinado sugar
  • Agave honey and Pink Himalayan salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place everything except the items for the garnish in a shaker
  2. Add a cup of really hard ice & shake vigorously
  3. Strain & serve in a champagne coupe that has been rimmed with agave honey & dipped in pink Himalayan salt
  4. Garnish with a floating broiled lime slice (broil lime slices on a sheet pan with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar - not much - for 2-3 minutes until slightly browned)
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/moonstruck-margarita/

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