Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chocolate Covered Cranberry

Did I have you at chocolate?  I'm going to sweeten the deal and say cranberry too!  This Chocolate Covered Cranberry is the PERFECT cocktail to help you celebrate Valentine's Day.......or any day really!


Perfect blend of chocolate whipped vodka and cranberry juice.

A new year is upon us!  I for one am very excited about it.  Last year wasn't the best for me or my family with the loss of my mom.

I do believe in fresh starts though!

I was funny because of course the holidays were hard, but something clicked in me on New Years Eve and I was actually excited for the celebration and what it brought.  A BRAND NEW YEAR!

Something inside of me has been turned back on and I've already started cleaning, tried new recipes (I got an Instapot a year and 2 months ago, and FINALLY opened the box and used it), and just started enjoying life more!

Feels pretty darn good too!


Today I want to give you a recipe I created.  It's pink, which reminds me of Valentine's Day.  Not that we're big Valentine's Day celebrators over here, but sometimes a pink cocktail is just called for.

Perfect blend of chocolate whipped vodka and cranberry juice.


This cocktail is an easy one to make and it packs a good amount of flavor too.  You can really taste the chocolate and cranberry flavors inside.  Yum!!



You can't go wrong with chocolate whipped vodka.


Cranberry juice just seals the deal on the yum scale!




Here is my recipe, which I know you'll enjoy especially if you enjoy cranberry juice in your cocktails.

Chocolate Covered Cranberry

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 ounces chocolate whipped vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao (light)
  • 1/2 ounce heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine

instructions:


  1. In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.
  2. Shake and strain into a tall cocktail glass.
  3. Shake what ever is left in the shaker real well and strain onto the top of the cocktail to give it a frothier top.
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Here's to a New Year and a new fresh start!  I hope this year is the best ever for you all!



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Angry By The Fire

I was sent a couple bottles of Angry Orchard so that I could make a cocktail or two of theirs to share with you all.  



I chose Angry By The Fire because of all of the fun ingredients that goes inside!  From Angry Orchard to Fireball Whisky to heavy cream and more, this cocktail is a delicious fun blend of ingredients topped with cinnamon.  It is definitely one I will make again!


Angry orchard, fireball and heavy cream make this cocktail the perfect holiday cocktail.



With two day left until Christmas, our kids could not be more excited!

We've had one family Christmas party so far with two to go.

Last night we went over to our friends house and had Christmas Carolers come and sing a few songs to us.  What a fun experience!  I've only seen that in the movies and it was so super special to see it live!

Back to today's cocktail!

What a fun cocktail to make with all of these ingredients!  Also, it allowed me to make my very own, very first Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup!  Here's how I did it in my Vanilla Simply Syrup post in case you want to make it yourself!

Here is how you make this fun cocktail.


Obviously you are going to add some Angry Orchard to your shaker.


Lemon juice adds a nice refreshing taste to this cocktail.

Vanilla Simple Syrup, great for cocktails and cooking!

Not to mentions my Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup!


Top with ground cinnamon, which adds a tasty touch.



Angry By The Fire

ingredients:


  • 4 ounces Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 1 1/2 ounces Fireball
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/2 ounce Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

instructions:


  1. Add ice and all ingredients into a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass with no ice.
  3. Top with a splash of Angry Orchard Apple.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
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There you have it.  Angry By The Fire to enjoy......well.......by the fire or anywhere!




Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup

This recipe for Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup is so super simple to make you'll want to make it all the time!  

Vanilla Simple Syrup, great for cocktails and cooking!


Vanilla Simple Syrup can be used in cocktails and food recipes alike.



Here are the simple steps to follow to make this recipe in under 15 minutes!


You are going to combine equal parts of water and sugar.


Heat them together on the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved.


Now add in the vanilla extract.


It will turn your mixture to a yellowish-brownish color.


Let the vanilla infuse into the water and sugar mix for a few minutes while it cools.


Jar it up and stick it in the fridge.


See, simple as that!  You can make as much or as little as you would like.


Here is my recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup.

Vanilla Simple Syrup

ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

instructions:


  1. In a pot add the water and sugar.
  2. Heat up until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Turn off the burner and add the vanilla extract.
  4. Let it cool and then store it in a mason jar or other air tight container.
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Now you can use this fun flavored simple syrup in your next recipe!



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Captain Morgan's Jack-O Blast Recipes

(I was not paid for this review, all opinions are solely my own)

Captain Morgan rum isn't just regular rum.  They have spiced rum (which I'm sure you've heard of), and flavored rums such as coconut, pineapple & grapefruit.  They also have a line of cannon ball shaped bottles which include Jack-O Blast, Loconut and Cannon Blast.




I was sent a bottle of Jack-O Blast so that I could try a couple of their cocktails for myself.

Given the fact that it's been a year since I've tasted Jack-O'Blast, I decided to start off with their Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot.





I do like Captain Morgan's spiced rum, and I do like a good pumpkin flavor.  I must say, Captain Morgan blended these two flavors perfectly.  The pumpkin is not overwhelming, but it is definitely there.  This flavored spiced rum is a winner!  

Oh and did I mention that it smells good too!



OK, we are 1 for 1 so far!  Let's try another one.  Next I decided to try their Apple Jack-O.




This cocktail mixes the flavors of spiced pumpkin rum and apple cider.  Apple cider to me always mellows out a cocktail.

That being said, the pumpkin and apple flavors work well together.  This is a cocktail that you can sip on and enjoy.  It's cold and refreshing.  That makes us 2 for 2.  Great job Captain Morgans!



Here are the ingredients for the Apple Jack-O.




I am really enjoying the flavor of Captain Morgan's Jack-O'Blast.  I think I might even try it with coke........later on tonight.


Here are Captain Morgan's recipes for their two yummy cocktails!

Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot

Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot

ingredients:


  • 1.5 ounces Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast

instructions:


  1. Pour Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast into a shot glass and enjoy!
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Apple Jack-O

Apple Jack-O

ingredients:


  • 1.5 ounces Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast
  • 4 ounces chilled apple cider

instructions:


  1. Combine all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice.  Stir and enjoy!
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There you have it.  Two recipes for Captain Morgan's Jack-O'Blast.  Buy a bottle and enjoy!


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We are hosting this year and are having one of the smallest crowds we've ever had.  Enjoy your long weekend!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Mulled Wine

Have you ever had Mulled Wine?  You know hot wine.......spices.......citrus.  Ever?

OK, I will admit.......I was very scared to try it.  The thought of hot wine with different spices......well it kinda scared me.



A few weeks ago.......or a month ago......OK, no a month and a half ago, a friend of mine and I did a paintnite.

It was fun!  Another things that I honestly wasn't sure that I'd like, but decided to do my first one about a year ago and have done 3 more since!  Love it.

Anyways, back to the last paintnite.  Well this was the first ever paintnite where they had a raffle. 

How fun!

What's even more fun?  The fact that I won a bottle of wine, that's what!  Since I hadn't opened the bottle yet, I decided to use it in my first ever creation of Mulled Wine.  Glad I did!

OK, so how exactly do you make mulled wine?  It's actually pretty simple, I must say.







Get all of your ingredients together.  Slice the orange and stick two cloves into one slice and two into another.





Mulled Wine cooking on the stove.

Add most of your ingredients.  Warm it up on the stove.  Give everything a good stir.  Once it's all ready, add in the Cointreau.  Mmmmmm.



Mulled Wine with Cointreau

Be prepared to really like this recipe!  I mean it.  Don't be fooled like I was and think you won't like it.  


OH AND YOU KNOW WHAT?!?!  Later on in the evening, we poured a glass and stuck some ice in it to cool it down and make it cold.

GUESS WHAT?!?!

IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!!!  I MEAN REALLY DELICIOUS!!!!

Mulled Wine

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 750 mililiter bottle of red wine (I used Merlot)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange (cut into slices)
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Slice the orange into even 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Stick two cloves into the skin of one of the orange slices and two into the skin of another orange slice
  3. In a pot on the stove, pour in the wine, apple cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks and orange slices (including the slices that have the cloves in them).
  4. Heat on medium until it begins to simmer, once you have a simmer, turn the burner to low and let it cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. After 30 minutes of cooking, add the Cointreau, stir and serve.
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So whether you try it hot or chilled.  I say try it both ways!  This here is the best mulled wine I've ever had.  Granted I've never had Mulled Wine before this, but I can't imagine any other Mulled Wine being better!