Category Archives: Cocktails

Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

I'm a brand ambassador for Veggie Wash, and though this post is sponsored, all opinions and images below are my own.

Are you feeling Kinky? Boys and ghouls I sure am today! I call this spell, er I mean cocktail, Kinky and the Brains! It’s so good! Learn how to make it below!Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Kinky Pink
  • 2 oz Kinky Green
  • 2 oz Kinky Blue
  • lemon lime soda
  • 6 medium size strawberries
  • ice

Prep:

1. Wash about 6 medium sized strawberries with Veggie Wash, and after washing place in a blender
2. Pour approximately 2 Oz each of the Pink, Green and Blue Kinky Liqueurs into the blender
3. Add 1 cup of ice
4. Blend it just enough to make it look like chunky brain has been obliterated in your appliance. Muahahahaha!!!!!
5. Pour the chunky brains into a glass and finish off with a generous pour of lemon lime soda.
6. Stir, garnish with another strawberry, add a straw and drink up. Careful tho – it might go to your brains!

The Black Dahlia Drink from Revenge

 

In the television show Revenge– Fauxmanda aka the “real” Emily Thorne makes a drink called The Black Dahlia. In it she puts 3 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Creme de Cassis and a little Blackberry Liqueur. She then puts it in a martini shaker with ice, shakes it and strains it into a martini glass.

I figured- Since I was at a blogging conference…and could not check in until an hour later, I was bored and my bartender Vince was nice- what better time to try it?!?

Vince added some flair by garnishing the drink with some raspberries and voila! I had my Black Dahlia.

Verdict of this cocktail? Sooooo good! Somewhat sweet with a kick and very smooth. Would definitely order it again!!!

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Mandarin Orange Vodka Wine Cocktail

What’s your favorite mix-ins for wine cocktails? I love sprucing up drinks by mixing yummy stuffs in, don’t you? They often end up tasting even more amazing than they already do.

On a recent rainy day I made an orange vodka Chianti cocktail with @touch.vodka‘s Mandarin Orange Vodka. I mixed 6 Oz of chianti with 3 Oz vodka and a splash of @sprite over ice. So delicious it’s chasing my rainy day blues away!

I’d love to hear what your favorite wine cocktails are!

 

Thirsty Thursdays – Summer Spiked PJ with Touch Vodka

Touch Vodka did send me a few bottles of their vodka for the purposes of review. While the vodka was free, this did not affect my review. All opinions are my own.

Summer is here, and with it, refreshing drinks are all the rage. Today I thought I’d share a yummy one that just tastes like summer in a glass. Perfect for those hot days by the pool! Or, ya know, on the patio after a rough day’s work. This is the Summer Spiked PJ and it’s damn tasty! Enjoy!!

Summer Spiked PJ

Ingredients:

Prep:

Super simple, super refreshing – I’ll have another please! Stay tuned for additional drink recipes with Touch Vodka 🙂

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Red White and Blue Fruity Mocktail

This red, white and blue fruit mocktail is a snap to put together. It’s a layered drink that is made possible by…SCIENCE!

The way this layered drink is created is by pouring the liquid that has the most sugar in it first, then the second most sugar and finally the least amount of sugar at the end. Apparently mine would have appeared more layered so you could distinctly see the red, white and blue layers if I had poured the liquids in over the back of a spoon, but I was thirsty and impatient!

I used a fruit punch, tonic water, and a calorie free blue raspberry punch to create this drink. At least the ice adds in the “white” I suppose. And, it looks patriotic enough for me to happily serve it as a quick drink for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day festivities.

If you wanted to make this drink a cocktail instead of a mocktail, all you would need to do is add liquor to each layer – for example

  1. pour 1/4 cup of fruit punch into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. Then, shake what your momma gave ya!
  2. carefully strain and pour the first liquid into a cup filled with ice. I used 8 oz party cups.
  3. pour 1/4 cup of tonic water into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. Then, shake it like a salt shaker!
  4. carefully strain and pour the second liquid into the cup. Again, this is probably better to do over the back of a spoon so you get more of a layered effect than I did.
  5. finally pour 1/4 cup of calorie free blue raspberry punch into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. You guessed it, shake it like a Polaroid picture!
  6. again, carefully strain and pour the final liquid on top. I used 8 oz party cups.

Have you ever made layered drinks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #makeitwithMILK Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Make it With Milk Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original recipe which must include at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a yummy drinkable food recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of REAL milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

 

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good, and was so filling I almost didn’t eat my dinner. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #makeitwithMILK Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #BerryDelish Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Wish Farms Berry Delish Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original cocktail/mocktail recipe which must include at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farms berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and/or blackberries).  Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a cocktail recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of real milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #BerryDelish Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farm berries for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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Berries and Bubbles Martini – The Perfect Valentine’s Cocktail

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Today, I’m sharing a delicious cocktail that is perfect for Valentine’s Day! This romantic love potion is called the Berries and Bubbles martini. You can grab one at Ocean Prime like I did, or try your hand at making one yourself with the recipe below. The image above is by me and the recipe below is from the About Guide to Phoenix.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

– 1¼ oz. Belvedere Citrus
– ¾ oz. Crème de Cassis
– 1½ oz. home made sour
– 1 oz. Domaine Chandon Brut

Preparation:
1. Combine Belvedere Citrus, Crème de Cassis and sour in mixing tin
2. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass containing a spoonful of marinated blackberries and a piece of dry ice
3. Finish cocktail with Domaine Chandon Brut float.

The bubbles and smoke in the one pictured above are caused by a small sliver of dry ice that was added to the glass just before pouring the drink in. However, if you can’t get your hands on dry ice, the drink is still yummy without it. You just won’t get the smokey bubbly effect…

Get Stuffed Like a Turkey at Piquant and Love Every Minute!

piquant_1003 So, recently I had the AHHHHHMAZING opportunity to have dinner at Piquant. For those of you who don’t know, this is a restaurant located in Hyde Park Village. They are an American spin on French cuisine, and although I was treated to a meal here for their preview of a new menu thanks to my affiliation with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, all opinions below are my own.

When we first arrived, we were treated to the cocktail you see above. It’s a blend of equal parts Deep Eddy Peach Vodka and Rumchata, a squeeze of lime and a pinch of cinnamon. They said it tastes like Peach Cobbler. For me, it was a little too sweet, but the other bloggers seemed to enjoy it. For some reason, the older I get the less I like sweet drinks. Anywho…moving on…

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Our first course was Octopus Provencal featuring chorizo-rubbed seared Octopus, Spanish evoo, potatoes, Provencal sauce. I keep it real on this blog, so I’m not going to lie to you and tell you I loved this dish. It was my first time having octopus and I’m NOT a fan. Bleh! The potatoes though- those were delicious!!! Love me some potatoes ya’ll!!!

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Next we had the Pork Belly Benedict featuring crispy pork belly, lemon-thyme scone, beefsteak tomato, poached egg, avocado Hollandaise. Ya’ll!!! This dish was pretty darn tasty. I love me some porkt belly, and the scone was surprisingly moist. Most scones I’ve eaten are far too dry. This? This was good! I would eat this again if given the chance for sure.

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For our first salad sampling we tried the Vertical (Uriah’s Farm) Salad featuring a mix of Bibb, Frisee & Arugula, roasted Red & Golden beets, toasted almonds, goat cheese and passion fruit vinaigrette. The cool thing about this salad is that it’s as farm-to-table as you can get at a restaurant. They grow the stuff vertically nearby, and then Piquant gets the goods at the peak of freshness. I didn’t like the beets so much, but the greens, almonds and dressing – YUM!

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We were supposed to have another salad sample after the beets, but to our surprise the chef had other plans. EXCITING ones! He created this delicious croissant loaf. Yep, bread that is just as fluffy and flaky as a croissant, but in loaf form to make a sammich!!! So, naturally chef sliced the bread, toasted it and made the best turkey club sandwich I think I’ve ever had. It was so delicious I wasn’t even mad they cut the turkey sandwich from our scheduled samplings!

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Our other salad sampling was a Salmon Salad featuring seared fresh salmon, golden lentils, heirloom Spring, beefsteak tomatoes, crispy Brussels sprouts and passion fruit vinaigrette. I REALLY didn’t like the Brussels sprouts, but the rest of the salad was pretty tasty. This could totes be a lunch I would eat one day! I’d just ask for mine sprout free. Ha!

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As we waited for our first signature entree sampling, we were treated to a swig of Impatience wine. This was delicious! Paired perfectly with the salmon too.

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Our first signature entree sampling was Duck Confit featuring leg of house-made crispy Duck Confit, golden lentil ragu and duck Demi glace. The duck was good, the rest? Not so much! I’m very finicky I guess. But, I did enjoy the duck leg quite a bit.

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Our other signature entree sampling was Salmon Napoleon with layers of pate brisee, ratatouille, seared salmon, hollandaise and fresh dill. This is TOTALLY a dish my husband would have liked. I ate it and enjoyed it for the most part, but I wish my hubby could have been there because I suspect he would have been begging for more.

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Taking a slight break from ALL. THE. FOOD. we were treated to another cocktail that rocked my world. Equal parts Pumpkin Spice Baileys and Crown Royal Vanilla shaken and poured over ice. What’s not to love? This drink was so frikkin good I considered asking for another. Going to have to nab me some of those bottles before they sell out since the Pumpkin Spice is limited edition!!!!

Finally, it was dessert time. And holy crap did Piquant go all out. I’ll share them in order from my least favorite to my most favorite because after all, you should save the best for last. Am I right?

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This dessert was the JBF Passian Fruit Ganache Gateau which consists of chocolate cake, passion fruit ganache, almond croquantine, passion fruit curd and milk chocolate buttercream. I had one bite and quickly moved on. FAR too sweet for me!

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This is the Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding which consists of warm croissant bread pudding with European Chocolate wafers and cherries. Served with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce. The gelato and the caramel sauce – I was all over the deliciousness!!! But, I sadly was not a fan of the bread pudding itself.

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Now, my favorite!!!! Oh my GAWD you guys!!! These are the Croissant Donut Beignets. Yep – I said CROISSANT DONUT!!! Omg! These warm, crunchy Croissant Donut Beignets accompanied with signature dipping sauces makes for an interactive dessert that will tickle your taste buds and have you foodgasming something fierce. I loved these little suckers so much I wished I had saved more room for them, because DAYUM, they were good! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Well folks, there you have it. Your sneak peek at the new items on the Piquant menu, and how I felt about them. Overall I had a VERY pleasant experience, and would love to munch on a few of the items again and again and again. If nothing else I’ll take more beignets and Pumpkin Baileys with Vanilla Crown please! So good!

Now, I want to hear from you!!! Have you eaten at Piquant? What did you think of the place?

Thanksgiving Cocktails – Thanksgiving Sidecar

Today’s drink is a spin on the traditional sidecar. It was created by an awesome bartender at the now closed Tampa Palm Restaurant a couple of years ago.  Learn how to make this drink below.

Today's drink is a spin on the traditional sidecar. This Thanksgiving Sidecar blends nutmeg, brown sugar, apricot brandy and more. Learn how to make it here

Ingredients

– 1 tablespoon quick dissolve sugar
– 2 oz Apricot Brandy
– 1 oz Grand Marnier
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– orange slice and crystallized ginger for garnish
– 1 tablespoon regular sugar and a pinch of nutmeg blended together

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To Prepare:
1. Rim a martini glass with the nutmeg sugar blend
2. Pour everything but the garnish into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
3. Shake and strain into the martini glass
4. Garnish with the orange slice and crystallized ginger
Makes approximately 1 drink!

Have a drink you want me to try or a product you want me to review? 
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Also check out how to make yesterday’s Thanksgiving Cocktail – The Harvest Moon Martini!

 

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