Category Archives: Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails – Snooki’s Thanksgiving Martini

A few years ago, I met a bartender who had a lot of similar features and personality quirks that put me in the mind of Snooki from Jersey Shore. That night, I was looking for a Thanksgiving cocktail to get my holiday spirits up and she made one up on the spot. She aptly named it Snooki’s Thanksgiving Martini. Seemed fitting and it was pretty tasty! Albiet it quite cinnamon flavored and not a drink you could chug. This one’s a sipper! Here’s how to make it!

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Ingredients:
– 2 oz Goldschlager
– 1 oz brown sugar syrup 
– 4 oz pineapple juice
Brown sugar to rim the glass

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To Prepare:
1. Rim a martini glass with brown sugar
2. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
3. Shake and strain into the martini glass.
Makes approximately 1 cinnamon flavored drink!

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Also check out how to make yesterday’s Thanksgiving Cocktail – The Apple Cider Martini!

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Thanksgiving Cocktails – Apple Cider Martini

Looking for some yummy Thanksgiving drinks? If so, you’re in luck because over the next several days I’m going  to be sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving Cocktails! First up? The Apple Cider Martini!

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Ingredients:
– 1 oz of  Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
– 1/2 oz of triple sec
– 1 oz of brandy
– 6 oz of apple cider
– splash of lemon juice
– Slice of apple to garnish

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To Prepare:
1. Rim a martini glass with sugar
2. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
3. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
4. Garnish with a slice of apple

 

Makes approximately 1 really tasty drink!

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Zombie Virus Shots

These Zombie Virus Shots are the perfect cocktail for your next Halloween or Zombie Themed event!

I was given some bottles of Divining Rod wine to play with for#Halloween, and these are the Zombie Virus shooters I created!

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of Divining Rod Divine Red wine
– 2 oz rum
– Pinch of nutmeg
– Pinch of cloves
– Pinch of ground cinnamon
– Lemon-lime soda

To Prepare:
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
2. Shake and strain into a measuring cup with a spout (for ease of pouring)
3. Carefully pour into test tube shot glasses almost all the way to the top
4. Carefully finish off each test tube with lemon-lime soda
5. Shoot and enjoy this tricky treat!

Makes approximately 6 shots

CK Mondavi – It’s 5 O’Clock Anywhere #cocktails #thirstythursday

Hi bloggy friends! So, CK Mondavi sent me some wine for a fun promotion they are doing right now titled It’s 5 O’Clock Anywhere, and as part of the promotion they asked me to come up with some fun cocktails for their CK Mondavi Moscato, CK Mondavi Blonde Five and the CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc. Below are the three cocktails I created. Each one was delicious and although I’m the type of gal that likes wine straight from the bottle, I know these drinks will be created and consumed again and again and again! So yummy. p.s. to please them FTC peeps – some of the links below are in fact affiliate links. By clicking them you’ll be redirected to a sales page where if you purchase the item I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you in advance for supporting this blog!

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The CK Mondavi MosCosmo

The CKMondavi MosCosmo

For my first drink I played with the CK Mondavi Moscato. It just so happened that the day I decided to play mixologist was the Fourth of July. Perfect! It was hot as could be and I wanted something refreshing and on ice. After thinking about what went into a traditional cosmo. The original recipe calls for vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice. I thought it would be interesting to swap the moscato for the triple sec and see how it tasted. Needless to say, it was a hit! Everyone loved it and the bottle was gone before I could even ask “Do you want one more?”

Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients:

Prep:

Makes approximately three drinks.

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CK Mondavi Summer Sauvignon Sangria

CK Mondavi SauvignonFor my next drink I thought a refreshing summer sangria would be lovely. So, that’s just what I decided to do, albeit with a slight twist from “traditional” sangria. Most sangria features a red wine and fruit. Some people add brandy, others add sprite. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 cans of Del Monte Mixed Fruit – I used the cans that featured mixed fruit in an extra light syrup with pineapples, peaches and pears. They also happened to be 50 cals each, but you could use bigger cans or ones with heavy syrup/fruit juice if you want your sangria to be sweeter and/or have more fruit in it.
  • 1/4 cup vodka – optional, but I wanted a little more kick to my adult fruit punch.

Prep:

  • Pour ingredients into a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon
  • Refrigerate for 2-8 hours.
  • Pour over ice into a glass.

Makes between two and three drinks depending on how big your glasses are.

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CK Mondavi California Sunset

CKMondavi_1049For my final drink I used the CK Mondavi Blonde Five and decided to do a spin on a tequila sunrise type drink. I named it California Sunset as homage to the fact that CK Mondavi is based in California. This drink out of all three I made was by far my favorite. Refreshing and delicious? YES and HELL YES!!

Ingredients:

Prep:

  • Chill the wine, the pineapple juice and the grenadine – you want these ingredients as cold as possible. Not frozen, but the colder the better!
  • Grab a chilled martini glass– this can be done by freezing the glass
  • Fill 1/3 of the glass with the CK Mondavi Blonde.
  • Fill the second 1/3 of the glass with pineapple juice
  • Finally, slowly pour in the grenadine onto the side of the glass and watch as it pools into the bottom of the glass. Fill about a quarter of an inch to an inch depending on how much of the “sun” you would like to see or how sweet you would like the drink to taste
  • Drink the sunset and enjoy!
  • Repeat until you run out of pineapple juice and then finish the CK Mondavi Blonde by itself. Fret not, it’s refreshingly delicious by itself!

Well, there you have it, my three CK Mondavi Summer Cocktails. It’s 5 O’Clock Anywhere, so I hope you will enjoy these liquid concoctions I have created. And, when you do, please drink responsibly!

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Just in Time for Memorial Day – Watermelon Martinis!

It’s no secret that come Memorial Day weekend, we all want to enjoy four things – Food, friends, relaxing and DRINKING! Well, there’s one drink that is super refreshing, and is just perfect for your Memorial Day weekend festivities – Watermelon Martinis. These drinks are so incredibly delicious. You’ve gotta try one like RIGHT NOW!

Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients:

– 2-4 oz. citrus vodka (depending on how strong you like your martinis)

– 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker (if you add too much like I did, it will be too red like the one pictured above LOL! But, hey, it tastes really yummy with all that watermelon in it!)

– ½ oz. Cointreau or triple sec

– Splash of pink lemonade

– Splash of Sprite

Preparation:

Fill a martini shaker with all of the ingredients except for the Sprite and ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with a splash of 7-up and garnish as desired.

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My friend Letty does her own spin on this drink by adding pureed watermelon to the mix. Instead of using Watermelon Pucker, she adds about a half cup of cold pureed watermelon. She’s even swapped the citrus vodka for Florida Cane’s Watermelon Vodka to give it more of a watermelon flavor!

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Small Biz Saturday Trumps Black Friday at Hyde Park Village!

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I received an invitation from the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Hyde Park Village to skip Black Friday this year in favor of shopping small on Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November, 28, 2015. (Although they did offer me free mimosas and breakfast from Piquant, lunch at BarTaco and a gift card incentive for my promotional efforts, all the opinions in this post are my own.) Needless to say, the idea of getting up at the ASH crack of dawn to try and save money on, well, anything, doesn’t really appeal to me anymore- so, I jumped at the chance to come to skip the crowds and early morning doorbusters in favor of something local. Here’s a recap of how my shopping adventure went:

small biz SaturdayThe day began innocently enough with yummy mimosas and bite-sized treats you see above at Piquant. For the record, their pumpkin French toast was amazing as it sounds like it would be. The mimosas were not just orange juice and champagne either. Oh no, Piquant is classier than that ya’ll! They had three options. Now, I’m going to screw it up but I’m pretty sure they were raspberry, mango and passion fruit. Whatever they were, they tasted great! Next, it was off to the stores. I had the pleasure of spending my day with the awesomeness that is Caitlyn Connolly of Live Sweat Sleep and Raffi Darrow of Runningbetty.com. These chicks, pictured below, are so kick ASH and I’m thrilled I got to hang with them for a day.

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We went to soooooooooooo many stores, but my favorite stops were Don Me Now, Paper Source  and lululemon. Don Me Now had the coolest notecards of ever:

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lululemon made me want to up my 2016 fitness goals:

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Paper Source had the cutest all the things:

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We also listened to some sweet local musack while I sipped on my first ever Buddy Brew coffee. Let me tell ya’ll, I’m not big on coffee, but that there Buddy Brew sure was slurp worthy- soooo yummy.

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Finally, after more perusing of shops, Caitlyn and I finished the day at Bar Taco where I stuffed my face with a margarita and three itty bitty tacos and guacamole with the biggest tortilla chips I’ve ever seen. (Sorry you missed this deliciousness Raffi!!!) I had the baja fish, the pork belly and the sesame ribeye tacos. Of the three, my fave was the pork belly. nomnomnom!!! So good!!

small biz Saturday 6Overall, the day was a smashing success. We shopped, we chatted, we listened to great music, we had a blast! Best part? No crazy crowds and we were able to stay very chill the entire day. Screw shopping stress!!! At the end of the day I only had a couple of purchases to my name, but definitely had lots of ideas for gifts that I want to give. It truly is better to shop local. I had so much fun and I think the day definitely proved that Small Biz Saturday > Black Friday!!! Oh, and a few days later – Hyde Park Village gave me the cutest ornament EVER to hang on my tree:
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It’s a camera! They know me so well. I’m a writer too and it just so happens they also gave me some nice pens and a 2016 calendar!!! Huge thanks to the village for one of the best shopping experiences I’ve ever had and thanks to Tampa Bay Bloggers for the invite as well. When the opportunity for Small Biz Saturday comes up once more next year, I’ll definitely choose it again over that pesky outdated Black Friday!

 

 

Happy National Martini Day 2015!

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good martini. Some of my faves include the chocolate martini, the traditional Cosmo and the Blue Martini from, well, Blue Martini. I personally prefer vodka martinis because I can’t stand gin. Blech! The martini I made today in honor of National Martini Day was a Strawberry Citrus Martini. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
– 6 oz. Strawberry Citrus Hawaiian Punch  
– 2 oz. Orange Florida Cane Vodka (or just orange vodka, but Florida Cane is the best!

Directions:
1. Pour the vodka and Hawaiian Punch into a cocktail shaker over ice.
2. Shake and strain into a martini glass 

3. DRINK!

Easy right? I love drink recipes that are this quick and painless. Helps get to the drinkin faster! What is your favorite martini? I’d love to know in the comments!

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Thirsty Thursday: Tequila Sunrise

 

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I don’t know what it is about the Tequila Sunrise, but man I love this
drink! I wish I had one of these right now! You have to like tequila to
enjoy it and I certainly do! Here’s how to make it:

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Ingredients:
2 oz. tequila
6 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine

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Directions:
1. Fill a
highball glass with ice.
2. Pour the tequila and orange juice into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into the glass of ice
3. Slowly pour a half an ounce of grenadine into the glass.
4. (optional) garnish with an orange slice or a
cherry

Obviously in the picture above we used a swanky martini glass instead of a highball and didn’t add any ice, but it tastes waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better when you do it right. We just wanted a prettier layered picture.

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Halloween Drinks Part 1 – Thirsty Thursdays

Hello and welcome to a #Halloween inspired edition of Thirsty Thursdays! This week I have THREE Halloween drinks for you to trick and treat your taste buds. Come back next week for part 2 when I’ll make three more Halloween drinks!!! YUM 🙂

First up, Pumpkin-Spiced Pudding Shots:
Okay, so these have been floating around on facebook and Pinterest for the past couple of weeks and I wanted to try them! Two problems though- I could only find Pumpkin Pudding that was already made and two, I’m an idiot and didn’t see that I bought pumpkin CHEESECAKE pudding, not frikkin Pumpkin Pudding. Never fear though- I still made a tasty shot. Here’s what I did:

I scooped the Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding into a bowl and then added four shots of fireball. Yes- four because I like that stuff. So, then I blended the bejesus out of it with a hand mixer and once it was a gooey hot mess I poured the concoction into 2oz jello shot cups. After pouring I placed them into the fridge to get them cold and two hours later I had my first one.

Verdict: TRICK
I have to say- I added too much fireball, but it was still really yummy (although it burned like hell going down!)

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Next up, the Zombie Killer:

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I tried this drink at James Joyce Irish pub in Ybor City and it’s delicious! You have to try this drink! Now, if you are lazy like I am, go to the bar and order it because right now this huge shot (more like two shots in one seriously!) is just $4!!!!

What’s in the drink? Blue Curacao, Gin, sour mix, OJ and Grenadine.  I just assumed equal parts of this stuff and put it in a cocktail shaker, shook it and poured it into a big shot glass. Still tasted pretty good, but to get it in the correct proportion just go to the damn bar already! They will even layer it all sexy like as shown in the picture above.

Verdict: TREAT!

Lastly, the Dracula’s Kiss:

This cocktail has been popping up in my pinterest feed like CRAZY! I found the recipe on the website A Healthy Life for Me. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients
– 1 oz black cherry vodka (I used Florida Cane cherry vodka instead because it’s a local vodka and I support small businesses as often as I can!)
– ½ oz grenadine
– cola
– maraschino cherries for garnish

Instructions- I totally didn’t follow the instructions it came with, because I’m a rebel like that. So, how I did it:
1. Pour the vodka and grenadine in a cocktail shaker over ice.
2. Shake and strain into a martini glass (<-keepin it classy!. Only fill the glass about half way.
3. Fill the rest of the glass with cola. I used Pepsi

Verdict- TREAT

More on the Florida Cane Vodka– this stuff comes in 11 different flavors. You can get all 11 from the awesome Gaspar’s liquor store located on 56th street at Gaspar’s Patio. It’s cheap and delicious and you will be glad you tried it. So, support your local biznezz  and go get this vodka! Please drink responsibly!

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Thirsty Thursday – Twisted Shotz


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Now, although the company did send me the amazing goodies you see above
for free for the purposes of review this DID NOT influence my review
and all opinions are my own!

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Alright, now that all of that FCC disclosure crap is out of the way- let’s talk about the shots! So, the concept behind Twisted Shotz is brilliant! Basically each shot consists of two liquors/mixes that when “shot” combine in your mouth to form the flavor you were going for. I was first introduced to Twisted Shotz a couple of years ago at a liquor store and purchased the Buttery Nipple pack because at the time I was obsessed with that shot and hey, this Twisted Shotz pack was pre-mixed!  I quickly forgot about the company because I got over the Buttery Nipple obsession but didn’t want to spend a lot of money to try the other flavors.

Then, Twisted Shotz was a sponsor at the 2014 BlogHer conference so I got to try a bunch of the flavors! My favorites of the weekend were the Porn Star (raspberry vodka and Blue Curacao) and the Miami Vice (strawberry daiquiri and pina colada in a shot). However I also indulged in my old friend the Buttery Nipple (Butterscotch and Vanilla vodkas – although traditional ones are Baileys and Butterscotch Scnhapps), the Rattlesnake (the most potent tasting with Tequila and Lime Liqueur) and the Whipped Orange (tasted like a creamsicle with its whipped cream vodka and orange cream liqueur. Yum!)

I seriously love these shots ya’ll! Here are my pros and cons though:

The pros:

– The drinks are pre-mixed so you don’t have to buy a bunch of liquor and attempt to follow a bunch
of recipes. The guess work is handled for you

– You don’t even need shot glasses or mixing equipment. All you do is chill em and shoot em!

– They are great for parties because they have so many options you can please any set of taste buds

–  They are delicious! Duh!

 

Cons:

– The packs are a little on the pricier side. The smaller packs come with four shots and are about
$6-$8 at most liquor stores meaning you will pay up to $2 a shot. Still cheaper than a club, but for the truly thrifty I recommend the party packs that have 15 in them. They come out to around $15-$20 a pack so at
most you will be spending about $1.34 a shot!
– The alcohol content is not as strong as you think. A single shot is 20% alcohol and comes in at about an oz and a half of liquor. You’d have to drink quite a few of them to get messed up or even buzzed.

The party pack that Twisted Shotz sent me also included some shots I had not yet tried including the Strawberry Sundae (vanilla and strawberry vodkas with cream), the Blazin
Apple (apple and cinnamon- tasted like apple pie ya’ll!), the Killer Bee (bourbon and honey- this one burned a little LOL) and the Root Beer Flirt (tasted just like root beer with its root beer liqueur and vanilla vodka). The Polar Bear it came with I’m saving for Christmas because it has mint in it!

I can honestly say that out of all the Twisted Shotz I have had I can’t think of one I didn’t like! Even the Killer Bee that burned a little I would do again. Therefore, my overall assessment is that I WOULD recommend these drinks and I will be drinking them again!

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