Spookey, ooey and gooey! Halloween is coming and every year I invite all friends and family over to have a warm dinner before the kids run off to Trick or Treat.
I’ll make a big pot of chili, along with every topping known to man. The kids rush through dinner begging to get out to collect their loot, and we adults just wait patiently for the moment they exclaim they are done and beg to go back home to shove their sweet little faces full of sugar!
We’ll toast the evening with this delicious Caramel Apple Shot! This is easy and totally counts as our adult loot for the night!
- 1 part DeKuyper Butterscotch Schnapps
- 1 part DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps
- Caramel syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Dip the rim of the shot glass into caramel syrup and brown sugar
- Add Butterscotch and Sour Apple Schnapps to an ice-filled shaker
- Shake and strain into shot glass
Summer is finally over and the most beautiful time of year is upon us…FALL! Fall means so many things- the colors change and beauty is literally everywhere, the kids are back in school, and the routines that keep everyone sane have begun. The holiday season brings warmth, love and family.
Although I’m way over here in Southern California, I can relish in knowing that so many of you are looking out your windows to brisk breezes and changing leaves that will soon fall.
Fortunately I can drive about 2 hours to some of the most abundant and gorgeous apple orchards in Oak Glen, California. I remember going here as a little girl for apple picking and at the end of the day we would always stop at a darling little diner and have a warm and gooey slice of apple pie with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and a warm mug of apple cider.
Now that I’m a grown up my tastes have refined a bit more and I’m all for a good drink! Before you start your favorite fall festivities you have to make yourself an Apple Cider Mimosa. It’s gooey, bubbly and so reminiscent of a day in the orchards.
- Musselman’s Apple Cider (chilled)
- Ballatore Gran Spumante Sparkling Wine (chilled)
- Hershey's Caramel syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Dip the rim of the champagne glass into caramel syrup and brown sugar
- Pour each glass ½ - ¾ full of Ballatore Sparkling Wine
- Top with apple cider
Summertime is over, school is back in full swing and for some people it’s the end of BBQing. But not for us here in sunny California!
We had friends over for a BBQ this weekend and of course I HAD to have a new drink to taste test. I always try to make a pitcher of my newest creation so everyone can easily grab a drink.
Now, you know how I used to say I was not a whiskey drinker (which quickly changed after the Irish Mule). And, before the weekend, I would have said the same thing about Bourbon – way too strong and tastes more like Listerine than something I would serve in a cocktail. Well, I’m happy to admit that I was once again wrong.
We’re serving up a Bourbon Street Cocktail – a perfect combination of cucumber, lime, mint and bourbon. If you like mojitos, this may just become your new favorite!
- 1 Cucumber, cut into thin slices
- 20 – 30 mint leaves
- 2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 cup Simple Syrup (or 2 ½ cups if you don’t want it as strong tasting)
- 2 cup Bulleit Bourbon
- Muddle mint with simple syrup in a pitcher
- Add cucumber and lime juice and stir
- Let stand for about an hour
- Add bourbon and stir
- Pour over ice and garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber
It’s Labor Day here in the US and we know that means the official farewell to summer. BUT it also means a long weekend to soak up the sun, fire up the BBQ, hang out with family and friends, and sip on some tasty cocktails!
What should you sip as you say goodbye to kids sleeping in, no homework to monitor, and lazy days at the beach? How about some Spiked Blueberry Lemonade?
I suggest making a big batch and get the celebration started…..
Spiked Blueberry Lemonade
- 1 heaping tbsp. blueberry compote (see recipe below) OR blueberry pie filling
- 2 parts lemonade
- 1 part vodka
- * Blueberry Compote *
- 14 c whole blueberries
- 1 ¾ c sugar
- ¼ c lemon juice
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- Cook over medium heat until it thickens to the consistency of pie filling
- Layer blueberry mixture, lemonade, and vodka in a mason jar or glass
- Stir to mix
- Add ice and garnish with a lemon slice
Sadly summer is almost over, but if you are like me and most moms I know, this isn’t a totally bad thing. I mean how many more times can I hear “Maaaawwwmmm, we’re BORED!” or “Mom, tell my brother to get out of my room!” and “Mom, she won’t give me back my legos!” before I completely lose my mind?
Well, it won’t be long before my girlfriends and I are headed to the desert for our annual girl’s trip. It’s 3 days of absolute nothing!! We lay at the pool, day drink and relax to a point that we barely even speak. The best part is when we make a big jug of this, fill up our travel mugs and spend our days in the sun.
If you are dreaming of some place nice and warm, you will love this drink!
- 1 bottle (1.75 liter) Simply Lemonade with Raspberry
- 1 ¾ cups Malibu Rum
- 1 cup DiSarnno Amaretto
- Combine raspberry lemonade, Malibu rum, and amaretto in a large pitcher.
- Stir well and serve over ice.
Summer is here! There’s no school, no homework and best of all no morning alarms! This is my absolute favorite time of year! The kids are out playing and swimming and just enjoying their childhood.
When they are ready for an afternoon ice cream break, give them a Good Humor Toasted Almond ice cream bar and run inside to blend yourself your own Toasted Almond Cocktail.
Honestly, it doesn’t get any easier (or tastier!) than this!
Who says all financial advisors are boring? Certainly not me after meeting Martin from Ohio while on a work vacation! Whenever my husband and I are at a new vacation spot, we try to find an interesting and unique drink to try. On a previous trip to Mexico, we were introduced to Licor 43, or Cuarenta y Tresa, which is a Spanish liqueur. If you like Werther’s Original candies and the flavor of vanilla, this is the alcoholic version! Martin introduced us to a shot called “little beer,” and as the name implies it looks exactly like a little glass of beer. While a cold mug of beer is always tasty, this shot tastes like a delicious creamsicle and is equally as fun to say and make! Hit the bar and order a round, or make it chilled on a hot summer day with friends! Enjoy!
- 1 ½ oz of Licor 43, chilled
- Splash of Heavy Cream
- Fill shot glass 2/3 full of chilled 43.
- Using a spoon, layer heavy cream on top.
The 4th of July is right around the corner, so it’s time to get out and decorate the house with the red, white and blue buntings! Be sure to hang the flag high and proud, buy plenty of fireworks for the kids, and help set up the neighborhood block party. Don’t forget my favorite – find a new drink to make! What better way to celebrate America than with friends and cocktails, right?
Not only is this sangria delicious AND patriotic, it is also really easy to make. Try it and let me know what you think!
- • 2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc white wine (can use a Moscato for a sweeter sangria)
- • 1 ½ cups Triple Sec
- • 1 cup Skyy Wild Strawberry Vodka
- • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- • 1 cup simple syrup
- • 1 cup blueberries
- • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
- Add fruit to a large pitcher
- Pour in the triple sec, vodka, and simple syrup and stir
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. *Also can soak overnight, for really tasty fruit!
- When ready to serve, add lemon juice and wine and stir well.
- Serve with fruit floating in each drink over ice.
A few years ago a friend of mine told me about a yummy drink called “Skip & Go Naked”. With an intriguing name like that, I knew I had to try it! I must say I had my doubts about it though after looking at the ingredients – vodka, lemonade, beer and Sprite? All mixed together? Not my idea of a tasty drink. Bunco was coming up and it was my turn to bring drinks, so I figured why not.
The drink was a huge success, and up next was a Little League fundraiser where I knew we would spend the whole day in the hot sun at the park and a big jug of goodness was needed. It was gone before I knew it and was getting rave reviews!
This drink not only became a favorite, but it started my love of finding new creative cocktails to share with others. From Bunco to Little League celebrations, picnics to birthday parties, this drink is always one that gets an invite!
- • 12 oz. can of Frozen Pink Lemonade
- • 12 - 24 oz. Water
- • 12 oz. Skyy Cherry Vodka
- • 12 oz. Beer
- • 12 oz. Sprite
- Pour can of frozen pink lemonade into a pitcher.
- Fill the same can up with cherry vodka and add to pitcher.
- Using the same can, add 1 to 2 cans of water (depending on how sweet you want it. I usually add 2.) Add 1 can of beer and 1 can of Sprite.
- Stir and pour over ice.
They say “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” and, according to some of my girlfriends, there is nothing more true! I’m a firm believer in revenge being best served dirty.
While he might be driving away in his “suped up 4 wheel drive”, rather than plotting to slash his tires, head on into the kitchen and mix up a batch of this sweet whiskey drink.
Enjoy your Dirty Revenge….How sweet it is!
- 1 ½ oz Sweet Revenge
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 1 oz lime juice
- Sugar for rim
- Wet rim of shot glass and dip in sugar
- Pour Sweet Revenge, Triple Sec, and lime juice over ice in a shaker
- Shake to mix
- Lick rim and shoot