I found this cocktail on the Wine Enthusiast website and it’s a winner! Even better, you probably have all the ingredients in your casa! It’s just dark rum, lime, simple syrup & red wine! I like using a Malbec or Tempranillo for this yummy drink. Here’s the recipe:
3 oz Havana Club Dark Rum
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Lime
1 oz Red Wine
Shake in an ice filled shaker & serve
This Irish Cream puts the store bought version to shame. I wanted to drink the whole bottle in one evening. I did exhibit a semblance of self control and only had 2 of these. This thick and creamy concoction is lovely on its own, in frosting, over ice cream or in coffee! The recipe is from Saveur magazine.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp instant espresso granules
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand Fat Free)
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until mixed. Do not over blend or it will become thick like whipped cream.
- Store in a glass bottle. I used a Container Store glass water bottle that holds 34 ounces and it was perfect.
- The Irish Cream will keep 2 weeks.
If you’re not a fan of eggnog, but you want a festive, creamy drink, I’ve got you!!! A friend of mine that lives the expat life in San Miguel de Allende posted about a holiday cocktail he was drinking. It looked so good! All he knew was that it was creamy, and it had apple cider & bourbon in it. I think I figured it out!! See what you think!
Old Fashioned Apple Cider & Bourbon Milk Punch
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (I used low fat)
- 3 cups apple cider
- 3 cups bourbon (or more if you’re staying home)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 dashes of aromatic bitters
- Hard ice
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish
- In a blender, add all the ingredients and mix until frothy.
- Pour the cocktail into a rock’s glass filled with ice cubes.
- Garnish with a dash of ground cinnamon & a cinnamon stick.
- You can certainly adjust the apple cider & bourbon to your taste.
- Variation: Instead of cinnamon use pumpkin pie spice for a Thanksgiving flair.
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!
- 2 oz Gin
- 2 tsp Royal Rose Blueberry Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Creme de Violette
- Blueberries for garnish
- Put all ingredients, except blueberries, in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into a martini glass and garnish with some luxardo cherries.
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
- 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
- Orange Italian soda
- Sliced peaches and mint, for garnish
- Place everything in a shaker, except soda & garnish.
- Muddle the peaches. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a martini glass. Top off with soda & garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of mint.
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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!
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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
- 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
- Place a tall glass in the freezer.
- Crush a few pecans and butter cookies in a baggie, until fine. Place on a plate.
- Rim a tall glass with chocolate syrup. Then dip in crushed butter cookies & pecans.
- 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.
- Mix bourbon, ice cream and milk in the blender, until smooth. Carefully pour into prepared glass.
- Garnish with whipped cream, a horse cookie and a sprinkle of the crushed cookies & pecans. Sip with a straw and watch the Kentucky Derby!
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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’.
Recipe from https://mrbostondrinks.com/recipes/income-tax-cocktail
- 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
- Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and then pour in a martini glass glass or coupe.
- Garnish with an orange peel twist.
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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!
- 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
- Place roasted strawberries and syrup in bottom of a glass. Muddle the strawberries.
- Add the lemon juice and vodka. Mix well.
- Add crushed ice & garnish with a sprig of thyme
- If desired, splash a little ginger ale or bubbly to top it off. Enjoy!
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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.”