I always wanted a house with a big wrap around porch. You know the kind you see on those fancy home renovation shows. It would have dual porch swings facing each other and trees in the front yard lending soft breezes. My friends would stop by and I would whip up some boozy fruit flavored drink and we would sit for hours talking about nothing. I have a backyard pool with palm trees that give off a nice breeze, so don’t feel too sorry for me, but this is the kind of drink that evokes porch sippin’. If you have a nice covered front porch I demand you to make this drink and invite over a friend or two….
Blackberry-Mint Vodka Fizz
1.5 oz. blackberry mint syrup (recipe below)
crushed ice (this is key)
lime (or plain) flavored sparkling water (I used La Croix lime)
1.0 oz. vodka (optional)
4-5 fresh blackberries
sprig of fresh mint
In a short glass tumbler place crushed ice and blackberry mint syrup. Add in sparkling water or plain soda and optional vodka. Stir. Top with berries and fresh mint.
Blackberry mint syrup
makes a generous 1 Cup
1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar
2 Cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/4 Cup fresh (clean) mint (about 20 leaves)
Bring everything to a boil except the mint. While mixture is coming to a boil crush the blackberries softly (they don’t have to be totally crushed). Let mixture boil for about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and then add the fresh mint. Let mint steep for 20 minutes, then strain out solids and store syrup in refrigerator.
Have you ever had one of those days…. you have already put in more than 9 hours today and you just can’t seem to make a dent in that towering stack of work on your desk you matter how hard you try? and the promise of a good martini is the only thing that is keeping you from going off the deep end?
That stack of papers is so menacing at this point you have actually started memorizing the way it looks from top to bottom? Scratch that, you HAVE memorized it.
Truth be told if someone were to come in and remove something from the pile, you would know. Immediately.
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about- the office that looks like “controlled chaos” You might as well cash it in, ’cause you are no bueno at this point my friend…
A hot bath, and a sweet sip of one of these candy bar martinis after a long day is just what the Dr. ordered.
Note: I’ve partnered with the awesome folks at www.Drizly.com who were gracious to supply me with the items needed to inspire my candy bar martini recipes!
1 1/2 oz. half and half
1 oz. Crème de Cacao liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Dark Godiva Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. caramel flavored vodka
1/4 oz. chocolate syrup
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Pour the contents into the shaker and shake vigorously to mix. Drizzle inside of a martini glass with caramel sauce and chocolate sauce. Strain contents into martini glass and garnish with mini snickers bar on rim of glass.
Almond Joy Martini
1 oz. Malibu rum
1 oz. Amaretto liqueur
1 oz. Crème de Cacao liqueur
2 oz. half and half
chocolate sauce and sweetened coconut (optional for garnish)
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Pour in the contents and shake vigorously. Prepare a martini glass by dipping edge in chocolate sauce and dipping in sweetened coconut. Strain contents into martini glass and serve.
You know I love a good cocktail. It’s Summer and it’s time for a great fruity drink that calls for sipping on the porch or by the pool. Summer is the best time to explore new drinks as the fruit is ripe and plentiful. If you are lucky enough to have a strawberry plant then you can pluck off a little white or pink flower from the plant and use as a garnish, or simply garnish with a ripe strawberry placed on the rim of the glass.
Strawberry Cassis Martini
yield: 2 servings
4 fresh strawberries, (preferably large size) washed and dried
4-6 ice cubes
4 oz. quality vodka
2 tsp. crème de cassis liquer
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. sugar (preferably superfine sugar)
Prepare 2 martini glasses or other decorative glasses by chilling in the fridge. Muddle 2 strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add in the ice, vodka, crème de cassis, lime juice and sugar. Shake vigorously about 10-12 times. Prepare the rim of the glasses by rubbing with lime juice around the rim and dip each one into sugar. Strain and divide the contents into the two chilled glasses. Garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry on the rim by making a small slit into the berry with a sharp knife.
Do you ever get mad when suddenly your favorite restaurant, establishment, grocery store etc. stop carrying a product you love? You know the feeling…you’re cruising along about your day and ready for something familiar or favorite and suddenly, WHAM you’re told “We stopped making that” or “We stop carrying that”. Excuse ME?! Like for real? I’ve been waiting all darn Winter long for a Blackberry Mojito Shaken Ice Tea Lemonade-whatever the heck that name of that darned drink- was. Uh huh. Now, I was craving that drink. CRAVING IT. I kept thinking okay, about Spring time they would start bringing it back. Nope. I inquired- They “decided” not to bring it back this year. Well, that was not going to do, so I decided to play around with the recipe (I knew the components cause I asked one day while chatting up the Starbucks gal last year) and set up my lab/shop in my kitchen to experiment. I know the original mixture contains blackberry mojito green tea from Teavana, but I found this tea mix at Cost Plus one day and I think it is lovely. If you use a green tea based mint flavored tea you should be fine. After playing around with different measures this is what I’ve come up with. So for all of you Blackberry Mojito Ice Tea Lemonade lovers out there, this is for you.
Copycat Starbucks Blackberry Mojito Ice Tea Lemonade
yield: one serving
3/4 Cup Mojito or Mint flavored Iced green tea (follow package directions for making iced tea)
1/4 Cup store bought lemonade (I like Simply Lemonade)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Blackberry Syrup such as Torani or Monin
Fill a glass with ice, stir the iced tea, lemonade and syrup together. Enjoy~
I’m not one to go out on New Years Eve. This does not mean I don’t drink champagne; that is a MUST. I’ve just never been one to go out and party on New Year’s Eve; for some reason I enjoy staying at home and making a special meal and celebrating with the ones I love.
I know that sounds incredibly boring. I love champagne. I know a lot of people do not really care for the taste of it, so I have made it my mission to come up with a few ideas for you. Yes, there was some serious tasting and research involved. Someone has got to do it. You see the lengths I go to for you?! . The first champagne cocktail is a turquoise sip. I just made that up. Perhaps it is a rif on a blue angel-so I’ll just call it the New Years Eve Champagne Cocktail, or maybe I’ll call it the turquoise sip. That sounds kinda cool; or maybe it’s because it’s a Sunday morning and I just have had waaayyy too much champagne taking photos and making cocktails…yep, that’s it for sure.
The second cocktail is really a process and less of a recipe and that is filling a champagne flute with different flavors of sorbet or sherbet and then filling with champagne. You could totally use 7-up or a lemon line soda in place of in both these drinks so your young-ins can partake. For the Turquoise sip; just remove the blue curacao and use blue Hawaiian punch instead. I totally dorked out and forgot to rim the glass with sugar for the turquoise sip, but definitely do that with silver, blue or regular sugar if you have some.
New Years Eve Champagne Cocktails
yield: one drink
1 oz. pineapple juice (cold)
1/2 oz. blue curacao (1 Tbsp.)
sparkling wine or champagne
sparkling sugar for rim (optional)
In a champagne glass pour the juice and blue curacao, add the champagne and serve cold.
For kids Non Alcohol version:
1 oz. pineapple juice
1-2 oz. blue Hawaiian punch
7-up or Sprite
1 small scoop lime sherbet
1 small scoop raspberry sorbet
1 small scoop mango sorbet
Champagne, Asti Spumante, or sparkling wine (7-up or Sprite for non Alcohol version)
Do you ever go blank when your waitress or waiter ask you what do you want to drink? You KNOW you want a cocktail; but you want something different or something fun and special. I love it when restaurants or bars carry a specialty drink list-and especially if they include a picture of the cocktail! It makes it easy to pick something you might not ordinarily order. I recently bought a really fun book with all kinds of specialty drinks; “Candy Cocktails” by Flannery Good and Katherine Good. I’m enjoying looking through the recipes and the pictures. This super fun cocktail is from that book. This would be a great drink to make for a fun girls night in! I even toasted my marshmallow indoors right over the stove.
recipe: “Candy Cocktails”
yield: one martini
milk chocolate, melted for rim
graham cracker crumbs, for rim
2 oz. heavy whipping cream
2 oz. marshmallow vodka
1 oz. creme de cacao liquor
1/2 oz. chocolate syrup
pinch of salt
1 toasted marshmallow for garnish
Rim a martini glass with the melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbs, and set aside. In a shaker with ice, pour the cream, vodka, crème de cacao, chocolate syrup, and salt. Shake vigorously and pour the mixture into the martini glass. Garnish with toasted marshmallow.
Note: you may make a larger batch ahead of time (by just mixing all the ingredients) and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.