Rainy days makes us wish of sun and sunscreen

So with all this rain we have been having one can only think of sitting on our decks for the first time with the sun beating on us. In those moments, we enjoy the heat of its rays and forget to apply sunscreen, hence the first sunburn of the year. This is a delightful thought but sitting on the deck with an actually Sunburn cocktail in hand is speechless. This comes from California and can be made with tequila or rum. I prefer a little heat but it is a perfect blend of semi-sweet and spice. Mix away!

2 0z Dark rum or Tequila( Ghost has my fav for this)
1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
1 oz passion fruit liqueur or puree
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1-2 jalapeno slices

Muddle jalapeno and lemon juice in mixing glass, add rest of ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into a tall glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and jalapeno.

Don’t forget your sunscreen but enjoy the burn inside.

Boozy Bourbon White Hot Chocolate

Boozy Bourbon White Hot Chocolate

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It’s supposed to snow this weekend – but that doesn’t bother us. Let’s grab Jack Frost by the snowballs and show him who’s Boss! Try this boozy little number we found on Buzzfeed – and lets kick winter to the curb!

Boozy Bourbon White Hot Chocolate
Ingredients
• 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped)
• 2.5 cups milk (I used 2%)
• Bourbon (use Kahlua if you don’t care for Bourbon)
• Whipped cream and caramel for topping.
• Extra splash Bourbon (optional)

Instructions
1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
2. Once melted, add the rest of the milk and stir vigorously to incorporate.
3. Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, one-half ounce of bourbon. Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

champagne2Turn your New Years Party into a New Years Fiesta!  Try this sparkly twist on  Margaritas.  A couple of these and your party will be living la vita loca in no time.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. fresh lime juice
  • 1 c. silver tequila
  • 1/2 c. orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle champagne (about 3 cups)
  • lime wedges, for rim
  • salt, for rim

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
  2. Run lime wedges around the rim of each champagne flute and dip the rims in coarse salt.
  3. Divide margaritas between flutes and garnish with lime wedges.

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Raspberry Cream Mimosa

Raspberry Cream Mimosa

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Check out this tasty little number we found on Pinterest – and with a color palette that pays homage to Little St. Nick  – it’s sure to be an instant Christmas classic!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pan, thaw raspberries of medium heat until they’ve broken down and become soup-like.
  2. Add sugar to sauce pan and combine.
  3. Remove from heat and puree until well blended.
  4. Pour mixture through sieve in to freezer-safe container, to remove raspberry seeds. Let mixture cool.
  5. Add cream, stirring to combine.
  6. Place in freezer for 3-4 hours (or overnight), until frozen.

When you’re ready to serve, add 2-3 tablespoons to each champagne glass. Pour champagne over each and top with raspberries.

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Fiery Old-Fashions

Fiery Old-Fashions

firely-old-fashionFor Thanksgiving this year, I thought I would incorporate this tasty little number.   Never one to follow the trends – I’m opting away from the creamed pumpkin and apple cider based drinks.  I say bring on the Whisky! This lovely twist on an old Fashion is light and refreshing with a delightful burst of cinnamon at the end.  The first one makes the next two seem like a great idea – so just make sure you help Grandma to the dining room table when the turkey is served!

  • 1 shot Fireball Whisky
  • 1 shot bourbon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 4 dashes of bitters (we used orange bitters)

Shake and strain into an old fashion glass and garnish with orange peel.

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Crop Organic Cucumber Lemonade

Crop Organic Cucumber Lemonade

croplemonadeYum – two things that cool us off in the summer, together, make the perfect summer sipper! For years we’ve raved about the quality and taste of Crop Organic Vodka – but you really need to taste it for yourself. Try Crop Cucumber for the summer and the possibilities are endless…over ice with tonic water, into your favorite Bloody Mary, or mixed into a refreshing Crop Cucumber and lemonade. (Recipe below)

 CUCUMBER LEMONADE

  1. 1 part Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
  2. 2 parts organic lemonade
  3. Garnish with sliced cucumber lemon wedge
  4. Serve over ice

 

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

mintjulepAs many of you know, one of the most iconic American events is happening this weekend. That’s right, the 142 annual Kentucky Derby. This magnificent event deemed “the best two minutes in sports” has run without interruption since 1875. Steeped in wonderful traditions, this event oozes charm and sophistication. Even though most of us will never attend one of these events in person– there’s no reason we can’t play along as we watch the race from home. So don your favorite hat and fix yourself a delightful Mint Julep.
Mint Julep Recipe
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 cups water
• Sprigs of fresh mint
• Crushed ice
• Bourbon Whisky
• Silver Julep Cups
Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Bourbon Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

french75What was once old is new again!  And that goes for the French 75 cocktail (or as the French call it a Soixante Quinze).  The drink originated in Paris during World War I, and was said to “have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun!”

Well its made a stunning resurgence and I have to say I think that’s wonderful news.  One sip and you’ll have to agree.  I made mine with Uncle Val’s Gin because of all the wonderful botanical flavors in it.  As for the sparkling wine aspect – stick to Proseccos’ – their crisp, clean flavors and affordable price points make them perfect for this recipe.

Make this your first summer sipper on your patio when the sun comes out tomorrow!

Ingredients:

  •   1 oz gin
  •   1/2 oz. simple syrup
  •   1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  •   Brut Champagne or dry sparkling white wine
  •    lemon twist, to garnish

Instructions:

Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until well chilled and strain in a glass.   Top with Champagne and garnish with long lemon twist to serve

 

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Fulton’s Pumpkin Cream Liqueur

Fulton’s Pumpkin Cream Liqueur

Fultons-French-ToastIt’s our favorite time of the year – time for Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Liqueur! And just when we thought we couldn’t love Fulton’s any more than we already do (thank you very much Coffee Pumpkin Latte!), check out this tasty new recipe.

Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie
Cream Liqueur French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 loaf of dense bread, sliced in at least 12-16 slices
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. butter, more as needed

Directions:

Mix together the milk, Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, eggs and brown sugar. Melt butter on a hot griddle or in a pan. Dip the sliced bread into the batter and allow bread to soak up the batter. Place the battered bread on the griddle and cook until the first side begins to turn golden brown. Flip the French Toast and cook until the other side is golden brown too. Enjoy!

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