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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snow White Chocolate Martini

Day 292



Snow White Chocolate Martini
3.5 shots out of 5


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**Here is an oldie but goodie!  Something about white cocktails that include chocolate always make me think of the holidays**

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Another week is underway.  Only a day shy of 3 weeks left of school for the kids and then it's winter break.  I know these 3ish weeks are going to fly by, which will bring me 3 weeks closer to the end of my Year Of Cocktails.  WOW......

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I found tonight's cocktail at Crowning Celebrations.  The only thing I didn't have was the dark chocolate shavings, so I used white chocolate shavings instead.  This cocktail was pretty good.  I think there's a bit too much vodka in this cocktail....for my liking anyways.  I would like to be able to taste the creme de cacao and Godiva liqueur a bit more instead.  Saying that, I totally just finished this martini in a few minutes flat......but will be grabbing for a beer in the fridge as soon as I finish typing tonight's blog.

Here is the recipe for a Snow White Chocolate Martini:

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • dark or white chocolate shavings for rimming
Rim your martini glass with your chocolate shavings.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for your chocolate shavings.  Shake and strain your cocktail into your rimmed martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:

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Here is a photo of the ingredients:

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Whether you read tonight's cocktail as a Snow White.....Chocolate Martini (I read it this way....we have 4 kids, what can I say) or a Snow.....White Chocolate Martini, I hope you enjoyed it more then I did.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA

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**I was sent this sample of Hornitos Spiced Honey tequila without any payment.
All opinions in this post are 100% mine**



Spiced honey tequila.  Ever heard of it?  I sure hadn't until I was sent a bottle and a recipe to try it with.  What I haven't done yet (not quite sure why) is try it by itself.  I will have to do that.

When I get a recipe that mixes alcohol and beer together I usually get a little worried.  I LOVE beer.  I love a good cocktail too.  Mixing them together scares me.  

I have made cocktails with beer before and some turned out really good like my Moon-a-rita and my Chavela.  Others.....not so much, like my Peachy Beer Cocktail.

This cocktail falls in between there somewhere.  It definitely was not my favorite.  To be honest, I would never order this cocktail at a bar....or make it again here.  I guess what I'm saying is that this cocktail falls closer to the Peachy Beer Cocktail then the others.

To make this cocktail you need to do it in two parts.

You pour in the tequila.

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila

Next add the apple cider.

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila

Then you add the lemon juice.

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila

Shake and strain into an ice filled cocktail glass

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila

Finally you add the Mexican lager.

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila


Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila

Here are the ingredients:

Hornitos LA MAN-ZANA, tequila, lemon juice, beer, Mexican beer, Mexican lager, spiced honey tequila




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Hornitos La Man-Zana
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Hornitos Spiced Honey tequila
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces Mexican lager
Instructions
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the Mexican lager. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Pour in Mexican lager.



Unfortunately I can't enjoy every single cocktail I make.  Fortunately I have some more cocktail recipes that I would like to try soon!

Here's to the week being half over already!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sauza Minted Mule

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


**I was sent this sample of Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila without any payment.  
All opinions in this post are 100% mine**


A few years ago I made a Moscow Mule.  I did not have a copper mug to make it in at that time.  Since then a friend of mine brought one over to make herself a cocktail....or two and left the mug here for future use (thanks Marisa).  Thanks to her, I was able to make this Sauza Minted Mule today!  The mix of these 4 simple ingredients together (tequila, lime juice, ginger beer and mint leaves) compliment each other so well.....and the copper mug!  WOW, it is keeping this cocktail super cold and adding to its super refreshing taste!

This last week has been one big emotional roller coaster, so I am very thankful for this refreshing cocktail right here, I must say!

Thanksgiving was good.  Quiet.  Smaller then usual......but good.  We had a small gathering of friends over the next day (not as big as we usually do.....which I think I needed).  On Saturday my husband started getting all of the outside Christmas lights out from storage and started getting them all programmed and ready to be put out on the house.  Sunday he put up the lights and I decorated the inside of the house.......which brings a very important discovery to my attention.  I NEED more Christmas decorations!!

I got this recipe from the fabulous people who sent me this sample of Sauza.  It's really an easy recipe.  First you pour into your empty copper cup the Sauza tequila.

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Next the lime juice.

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Followed by the ginger beer.

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Stir it up and add ice.

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Stir again and garnish with mint leaves.  See, it's simple!

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


I really like this cocktail.  A lot of you know that I've had a "bad experience" with tequila in my younger years.....but that was more in the form of doing Jose Cuervo (I shudder just thinking of it) shots.  Now that I'm older and wiser, I know that you need to buy (or at least I do) a better tequila when making mixed cocktails.  This cocktail is proof!

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Here is the recipe for a Sauza Minted Mule:


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Sauza Minted Mule
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 3-4 mint leaves
Instructions
Add tequila, lime juice and ginger beer to copper mug and stir. Add ice and stir again. Garnish with mint leaves.


Here are the ingredients:

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug


Here's to a very refreshingly delicious cocktail!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady

Sauza Minted Mule, Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, Bundaberg, mint leaves, copper mug

Monday, November 28, 2016

Two Turtle Doves

Day 288



Two Turtle Doves
3.5 shots out of 5




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**This is a fun festive cocktail I made 4 years ago.  Sometimes the past has to be brought back up into the light.......especially when you're talking about cocktails!!**

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Happy Thursday!  My husband just informed me that he was not aware that today was Thursday already.  Isn't that just the greatest feeling?  Thinking it's Tuesday........Wednesday at the latest and finding out that in fact it's not just Thursday, but Thursday night!  Score!  Since it is Thursday night, that brings us just about another week closer to Christmas......oh boy.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  Right from the Christmas carol itself comes tonight's cocktail, Two Turtle Doves.....OK, so I really found tonight's cocktail at cocktailtimes.  This cocktail is pretty good.  Not a whole lot of wonderful flavor.......I'm assuming that is because of all of the half and half that is in this cocktail.  I think I would change the vodka to vanilla vodka instead of using regular vodka if I make this one again.  All in all, it's not a bad cocktail....just not a very memorable one either.  I must say that the grated white chocolate on the rim on this martini glass does add a very nice touch!  I found this package of it at my local grocery store, and when I opened it up (thinking it was a big old hunk of chocolate I'd have to break up myself), I was VERY pleasantly surprised to see rectangles of white chocolate all separated in little plastic cup things (kind of looked like an ice cube tray).

Here is the recipe for Two Turtle Doves:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 1 oz half and half (or half milk and half cream like I used)
  • 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
  • grated white chocolate
Rim your martini glass with grated white chocolate.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above, except for the grated white chocolate that you used to rim your martini glass.  Shake and strain your cocktail into your rimmed martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:

two turtle doves cocktail, christmas cocktail, vodka, coconut cream, half & half, white creme de cacao



Here is a photo of the ingredients:

two turtle doves cocktail, christmas cocktail, vodka, coconut cream, half & half, white creme de cacao





Here's to yummy white chocolate rimmed cocktails!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fall Orchard Punch

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There it is!  I said it.  The BEST Fall Punch EVER!!  I was sent a couple bottles of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Cinnful Apple along with a few recipes.  I have already made the Hot & Angry and last weekend I made Fall Orchard Punch.  OH MY GOODNESS, this is a perfect punch for Thanksgiving.....or a Fall/Autumn party.....or whenever really.

There are two parts to creating this punch.  The first part is to make the Cranberry Syrup.  I made it a day ahead so that I knew it would be ready in time.  (Wait, I didn't tell you that my youngest turned 6 and we had her family party on Saturday.  I decided to make this punch and to see how everyone liked it.)  

First you pour cranberry juice into a pot.

cranberry syrup, how to make cranberry syrup

Next you add sugar to the pot and cook on low until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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Let it sit and cool completely.  I then transferred it to a tupperware and stuck it in the fridge over night.

When you are ready to make this punch, it literally only takes a few minutes and is really really easy to make.  I whipped it together in a punch bowl and put a few Ice Balls inside to keep it cool.  We poured it into short glasses over ice because it tasted even better the colder it was.

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This punch was such a hit, I'm making it again this weekend for the holiday!  Which reminds me that when I went to the store today......that I forgot to get more of the short plastic glasses for the punch........dang it!



Here is the recipe for Fall Orchard Punch:


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Fall Orchard Punch
Ingredients
  • 4 bottles Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider
  • 8 ounces white rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 6 ounces cranberry syrup**
  • 3 ounces raspberry puree
Instructions
In a punch bowl add all of the ingredients above except for the Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Stir everything in the bowl together. Top off with the Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.

**To make the cranberry syrup:
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar

In a pot, pour in the cranberry juice and sugar. Heat on low until the sugar is all dissolved. Set aside and let it completely cool. Once cooled, pour in a tupperware and stick it in the fridge to chill overnight.

Once our first batch ran out we had no more of the Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.  Luckily a friend had brought the green Angry Orchard cider so we made the second batch with that.  Although it's totally doable, the Crisp one was better because it wasn't as sweet at the green one.


Here are the ingredients:


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I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  This year my parents Anniversary lands on Thanksgiving, so we have 2 reasons to celebrate!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady


I was sent these bottles of Angry Orchard free of charge.  I was not paid in any way for this post.  All opinions are my own and always will be.