Tag Archives: Drinks

Cinco de Mayo–Derby…

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It’s the weekend…woohoo!

And if that wasn’t enough to make you want to celebrate it’s also Cinco de Mayo & the Kentucky Derby tomorrow!  If you feel so inclined to toast the occasion(s) here are two delicious recipes from the mouth-watering blog How Sweet It Is which will be sure to get you in the mood…

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For the fiesta known as Cinco de Mayo…

{Crockpot Beer Carnitas Tacos}

For the extravagant, Southern charm of the Derby…

{Cherry Mint Julep Slushies}

…Cheers to a beautiful May weekend!!

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Menu of Gold…

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Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow?

Here is a little menu in case you want to whip up some Irish goodies!

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{Meal}

Irish Mash via What Katie Ate

{Dessert}

Black & Tan Cakes w/Irish Cream Glaze via Pass the Sushi

{Drink}

Pot of Gold Cocktail via The Glitter Guide

Hope you all have a happy & safe weekend!!

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To “White Russian” with Love…

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I’ve been busy skiing with friends in Michigan this weekend…and in-between hitting the slopes I rediscovered how delicious White Russian cocktails are!  While sipping away and gazing at the powdery snow outside I felt like I should be reading Tolstoy!

Now I know I shouldn’t be posting about a cocktail on a Monday…but I do have the day off so it still feels like the weekend!!  Perhaps if you don’t mix a drink tonight you could try one of these White Russian inspired treats! 

{White Russian}

via Jenna Sais Quois

{White Russian Cake}

via Use Real Butter

{White Russian Cupcakes}

via Baked Perfection

{White Russian Popsicles}

via Endless Simmer

…and because White Russians make me happy, I leave you with a quote from Tolstoy:

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Positively Pink…Drinks!

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Why not mix up a festive pink drink this weekend in honor of Valentine’s Day! 

Here are some fun cocktails to choose from…

{Ruby Yacht Cocktail}

{Skinny Cranberry + Vanilla Cocktail}

{Petal Pusher Cocktail}

{Reisling Strawberry Slushies}

…now the hard part is choosing which pink drink to make! 

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!!

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Care for a Hot Toddy…

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Did you know that this past Wednesday, January 11th was Hot Toddy Day!

And so for a little belated recognition of that special occasion as well as the fact that its the weekend (and bloody cold right now)…

Here is a Hot Toddy recipe from Linda Wagner

The best part about this particular recipe…it can be used to ward off a cold!

Yum…Happy belated Hot Toddy Day!  Hope you all have a great & warm weekend!

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Some Friday Fizz…

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I don’t know about you, but after NYE (and way too many glasses of bubbly) I have felt like staying away from alcohol!  But this drink from the lovely ladies at Spoon Fork Bacon looks so refreshing…and well, fizzy!

{Honey-Rum Fizz}
Makes 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • ½ lime cut into wedges
  • 6 ounces gold rum
  • 3 ounces honey
  • 1 ½ limes zested and juiced
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups of tonic water

Methodology
Divide and muddle mint leaves into each glass, with a lime wedge or two, and set aside.  Place rum, honey, lime zest and juice into a shaker with ice and shake together.  Add the egg whites and continue to shake until the mixture becomes frothy.  Pour mixture into the prepared glasses. Add the tonic. Then top each glass off with any remaining froth and serve.

This drink also helps to justify my buying this muddler from C.S. Post & Co.!  Now I can use it for something other than millions of delicious Mojitos!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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Mulled Wine Time…

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Sitting by a toasty fire, wearing cozy PJs, with a good book and a glass of mulled wine in hand…what a perfect combination!  Especially because today’s high here in Minneapolis is 16 degrees…brrr!

Here is a recipe for…

{Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch via My Recipes}

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 bottle (48 oz., 6 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks (about 3 in.)
  • 2 bottles (750 ml.) fruity dry red wine
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • About 3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur such as Cointreau or triple sec (optional)

Preparation:

  1. 1. Sort cranberries, discarding bruised and decayed fruit. Rinse berries and put in a 5- to 6-quart pan; add cranberry juice cocktail, raisins, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and simmer on low heat to blend flavors, about 20 minutes.
  2. 2. Add wine and 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste. Heat until steaming, 5 to 8 minutes; do not boil.
  3. 3. Add almond extract and orange liqueur; keep punch warm over lowest heat and ladle into cups or stemmed glasses.

And here is a delightful video recipe for Cranberry Mulled Cider by Tiger in a Jar:

…Both of these drink recipes sound wonderful to me!! Cheers to a happy (and chilly) weekend!!

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Sip Some Spritzer…

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It’s the first Friday of December…let’s celebrate with a refreshing drink!!

{Pomegranate Spritzer}

Recipe via White on Rice Couple

Ingredients:

About 1 – 2 Tablespoons of fresh or concentrate pomegranate juice *for fresh, see note 1 for extracting
2 Tbsp Sugar
6 oz Sparkling water or club soda
Optional: Spike with Vodka

Directions:

Add pomegranate juice, sugar and water. (Add pomegranate seeds if you are so inclined)  Pour into glasses filled with ice.  Add additional sugar, pomegranate juice and/or vodka to personal taste, sweetness and tartness. 

*Note 1: Extracting Pomegranate Juice. Here is a great tutorial on how to open a pomegranate from Steamy Kitchen. Once you have separated seeds, place them in a medium bowl and muddle together until all the juice is extracted. Keep the seeds in if you want for crunchy textures.

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Truth be told I will not be drinking this tasty cocktail today.  I’m off to Wisconsin for an annual Christmas Party…where my friends and I will be drinking ice cold beer, straight from the keg, in a good ‘ole Red Solo Cup (classy, I know)!! 

Speaking of the infamous drinking receptacle…have you heard Toby Keith’s funny ode to the Red Solo Cup

…The video rings true for any of you out there who indulge in some house party fun! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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The First Snow…

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The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
~J. B. Priestley

We have been unusually lucky this November…with most days reaching above 50 degrees and most shockingly…no snow!  But Minnesota got back to its cold reality this week with the temperature finally dropping and a Saturday forecast for…snow, measurable snow at that. 

And surprisingly I’m a little excited…there really is always something magical about those first, few flakes dropping from the sky.  Of course that magic quickly disappears once I have to get behind the wheel of my tiny car…ugh!

This is the kind of weekend where I want to snuggle up, pour myself a drink, snack away and play board games!

Here is what I wish I could be drinking…

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

via My Life as a Mrs.

Ingredients:

6 oz. strong Chai Tea (I used 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)
2 oz. vanilla vodka
¾ oz. amaretto liqueur
½ oz. simple sugar
½ oz. half n half

Directions:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 tea bags for 2 to 4 minutes (following the tea directions on the box). Allow to cool and refrigerate until time of use (3 cups tea will yield 4 drinks).

In a cocktail shaker or tall glass, combine ingredients and shake or stir generously (shaking will froth up the half n half and help release the infused flavor in the spirits). Fill glass with ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or two.

Here is what I wish I could be eating…

Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip

via Picky Cook

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (packed) grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt
2 14-ounce can artichoke hearts packed in water, well drained, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup Italian cheese blend
French-bread baguette slices, toasted

Directions:

Whisk 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, onion salt, and garlic powder in medium bowl to blend. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts. Transfer mixture to 3-cup ramekin.

Sprinkle dip with remaining 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, Italian cheese and paprika.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake dip until heated through, about 25 minutes (about 35 minutes if chilled).

Preheat broiler. Broil until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.

Serve warm with toasted baguette slices.

YUM!

…Yum, yum and one more yum for good measure!  What is your favorite food for those nights you stay in?

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Spiked Mulled Cider…

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This weekend my plans consist of nada, nil, nothing…and I couldn’t be more excited to just lounge around & sleep in!  I’m thinking in between vegging out on the couch I may have to try out this warm, delicious looking drink!

{Spiked Mulled Cider}

via Jenny Steffens Hobick

1 gallon of apple cider or juice
2 cups of spiced rum
1 cup of Mulling Spices*
1 vanilla bean
1 orange, sliced
1 teaspoon of ground clove
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Sticks, Star Anise and Cloves for Garnish

Put all ingredients into a large pot on your stove and simmer on low.  Serve warm.

*If you’d like to make your own Mulling Spices, combine whole cloves, star anise, and allspice, OR you can buy it from  Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices

…yum, it’s warming me up just looking at it!!

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