There are some really fantastic flavor combinations that most people don’t consider. One of these is sweet and zesty. Not necessarily spicy like hot, but something that gives a little undercurrent of a different flavor. Ginger is fantastic for this. That’s where the inspiration for this amazing Ginger Watermelon Margarita recipe comes from. The complexity of the ginger and the watermelon play wonderfully together, and it gives a little sumtin-sumtin.
There are a few things that are more enjoyable in summer. Days are longer and more relaxed. People are out and about. It seems that we’re getting together with our friends more often. The farmer’s market is in full swing, and the berries are amazing.
The Sparkling Summer Solstice has an unusual ingredient for a mixed drink cocktail – cognac. Cognac is usually reserved for after dinner, but not any more. It’s busting out, baby! This is an amazing drink for dining al fresco or a brunch. It would also be a really lovely signature wedding cocktail.
There are a few things that just scream summer. Cute bathing suits. Hanging out by the pool. Family vacations. And milkshakes. This milkshake is special, though – it’s just for the grown ups. With a little bit of Crown Royal, this spiked milkshake recipe is sure to satisfy.
We’re doing an easy Very Vanilla Spiked Milkshake recipe, but you could change the flavors easily with a couple of simple swaps.
Summer is in full effect, and some days can be absolutely unbearable. What do you do when you want to indulge and imbibe a little, but you’re not necessarily looking for a frozen concoction? This copycat Mason Jar Sangria from Cabo Flats is just what the doctor ordered.
The best part of this Mason Jar Sangria is that you can make as much or as little as you want. No more making endless pitchers of sangria, or only making sangria when you’re having company. Now, the downfall is that like all sangrias, this still needs a little time to come together. But it’s so easy to make.
One of my favorite parts of summer is the great fresh fruit and veggies that are available. Is there anything better than berry season during the summer? I think not! With that being said, we want to lighten our cocktails up a little, too. Strawberry just goes so well with summer, and this Strawberry Cucumber Cooler is just the thing for Spring and Summer.
We are still in Spring after all…technically. This cocktail is great for a wedding or a baby shower, too.
One of the biggest parties of the year is Mardi Gras. It’s sort of the last hurrah before we go into Lent and the Easter season. We all know Mardi Gras goes on and on, but there’s one major weekend that leads into Fat Tuesday. THIS is the main time to indulge and imbibe. The Carnival Queen is the perfect Mardi Gras cocktail.
Carnival Queen is sweet and feminine, with a bit of a punch, thanks to the Crown Royal Regal Apple. While it’s an amazing Mardi Gras cocktail, it’s great for all times of the year, too.
It’s that time again, The time for all things lovey dovey and hearts galore. One of the things that has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day and romance is strawberries. Perhaps it’s because the first amazing crop of the fruit comes in during January and February? I don’t know. This delicious Strawberry Sunshine cocktail float is amazing for Valentine’s Day – or any time of the year.
Combining the deliciousness of strawberries with the bright flavors of lemonade and a little booze. Top with some ice cream, and this is a cocktail drink that anyone is sure to love. Have kiddies around? No problem! You can easily make this a mocktail by leaving out the alcohol.
The holidays are upon us, like RiGHT NOW!!! How did that even happen, and can I have November and December back? I have stuff to do that I need that time for. Like decorating my house and making cookies. Zoiks!! Maybe a Merry Minty Martini will help forget about all of that.
This Merry Minty Martini is so easy to make, and tastes like a holiday dessert. And since it’s low calorie, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in one of these delicious cocktails.
I’m always looking for a fun new cocktail. Either one to serve to my guests, or one to try when I’m out – or home alone. I mean, you can’t serve your guests a new concoction that tastes horrible. That’s just bad planning, unless you never want them to come back again. This Snowball Martini is a total winner.
The Snowball Martini looks totally wintery, but isn’t necessarily winter flavored. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love peppermint, milled wine, and those types of goodies, but there’s just something about that sneaky Snowball Martini cocktail that looks wintry, but tastes like a tropical vacation. Just like a real snowball fight, you’ll never see it coming.
We all know that pie is the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal. Some people are all about turkey or the sides, but me? I’m all about the pie. And maybe a cocktail or two like this Pumpkin Pie Martini to deal with the family. Yeah, I said it.
This Pumpkin Pie Martini takes the best parts of pumpkin pie and makes them into a delectable drink. This is perfect for serving at your Thanksgiving dinner, or if you’re having a smaller get together like light eats or hors d’oeuvres with friends.
There are certain signs of fall that are unmistakable. Leaves start to change, and the weather cools down. The corn fields turn from green to brown, and the apple orchards open for the season. Now that fall is officially here, be ready for it with an Spiked Spiced Cider cocktail.
When you’re out picking apples, as seems to be a tradition for so many people, pick up some of the fresh pressed cider. It’s SOOOO GOOD! This Spiked Spiced Cider cocktail can be made un-spiked for the kiddos, too.
When I go out, there are a few drinks that are my standard go-to cocktails. Cola and Rye. A Mojito. A Moscow Mule. They’re generally pretty tough to mess up, and you pretty much know what to expect.
This Minted Mule Cocktail recipe takes two of these drinks, mashes them together, and then spins it hard into it’s own delicious concoction. It has that really familiar, but not quite what you’re expecting feel, but not in a weird way.
It’s the last, waning days of summer, and fall is going to be here before we know it. There’s no reason to fret, though. Celebrate with one of these super simple Raspberry Sparkler cocktails.
A Raspberry Sparkler is great for any time of the year. The drink is so pretty, it’s great for occasions that you want to feel special. It’s especially great for a wedding, a brunch, or when even you’re just feeling fancy. And a Raspberry Sparkler is so easy that anyone can make one.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but spicy food has really been making it’s presence known in the last few years. One of the places that the heat wasn’t as prevalent was in mixology and cocktails. That’s all changed though! Sweet and spicy is a classic combination that’s showcased in this Spicy Verde cocktail.
Combining the sweet flavor of fresh pineapple juice with the spicy kick of habanero might just be what the doctor ordered to end summer on a high note. Even better, this Spicy Verde is so quick and easy to make.
We love to entertain, but we want to mix and mingle with our guests. When you’ve gone through all the work to throw a party, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen, or behind a bar playing bartender. I’m a big fan of cocktails that you can make by the pitcher, like these Pink Prickly Pear Margaritas.
This drink is sweet and fruity, and is perfect for summer, heading into fall. Prickly pear is the fruit of the Prickly Pear cactus, and has long been used in Mexico and Mexican cooking for jams and jellies.
We love a good cocktail or a nice glass of wine around here. And while we enjoy a new concoction, there are so many great classic cocktails that seem to be getting left behind. With the resurgence of whiskey and bourbon, a classic Whiskey Sour is a great cocktail for everyone, men and women alike.
Most modern cocktails are interpretations or twists on the classics Learning the classic cocktails provides a great base from which to expand your mixology repertoire.
A good cocktail is one of my favorite things. I’m always up to try something new, and love expanding my repertoire. During the summer, I want something that’s not such a heavy cocktail. too. This Cherry Sage Smash cocktail is a perfect addition to all of your summer entertaining – and beyond!
Cherry Sage Smash is tequila based. Now, I know what you’re thinking “Noooo…I can’t do tequila…” A good tequila isn’t like the tequila we used to drink. It’s a pleasant experience. Add in the fresh flavors of cherry, lime, and sage, and you have a winning combination.
I love a good mojito. It’s sweet and crisp, yet refreshing and not heavy like some other cocktails can be. Plus, who doesn’t like rum?
As mojitos have gained in popularity, there’s been all kinds of new twists on them. The Mint for Each Other is a great southern take on the classic mojito. It was created in Nashville, after all! It adds the great summer fruits of blueberries and peaches to an already wonderful drink. Even better, it can be made in a pitcher. Say what?!?!
If you’ve been around here any time at all, you know I love a good cocktail. Wile I like to imbibe, I do so responsibly. I also like to try new drinks. A Star Spangled Tito’s is a fab drink to try on a hot summer day. It just so happens that it’s also perfect for the 4th of July.
Star Spangled Tito’s Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- 4 oz sparkling mineral water
- Blueberries or blackberries
- Rasberries or strawberries
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle your choice of fruit with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to release some color and flavor.
- After muddling, add ice and shake vigorously.
- Pour entire contents into a mason jar or pint glass, top with sparkling mineral water, and serve.
Why Tito’s Handmade Vodka?
Tito’s is handmade from corn, so it’s gluten free. That means erryone can enjoy it. It’s also made using old fashioned pot stills in a similar way that fine scotch and cognac is made. This creates a premium product that doesn’t need to be covered up, and is meant to shine.
Will you be making these Star Spangled Tito’s for your 4th of July celebrations?
We’ve partnered with Patron Tequila to create a custom margarita recipe, and help introduce the Margarita of the Year.
One of my favorite flavors has always been passion fruit, or lillikoi as some people know it by. This love started when I was a young child and we lived in Hawaii. There was an old guy that used to bring guavas, starfruit, and passion fruit to the beach where I spent most of my time. I was always like “yeah, no….you can’t take food from strangers.” to the other kids, but as it turns out, I was wrong. He was just a retired dude that was sharing his bounty.
Fast forward to current day, and passion fruit is still one of my favorite flavors. The sweetness with a little bit of tart just goes so well with so many things. I thought it would be perfect for this Passion Fruit Ginger Margarita made with Patron tequila.