Monday, December 22, 2014

Santa's Kiss

Santa's Kiss
santa's kiss cocktail, whipped vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, chambord, black raspberry liqueur, x-rated fusion liqueur

I am completely convinced that we lost 3 months this year.  They didn't happen.....they could not have happened, because Christmas can NOT be in 3 days.  It just can't.......can it?

Once Halloween hit this house it feels like the hands of time went 3x's faster then normal, skipping every other hour.  Somehow Thanksgiving was here and gone and now Christmas is about to do the same thing.  I'm embarrassed to say.....this is my first Christmas cocktail of the season.

Knowing this was my first (and hopefully not only), I knew I needed to make it AMAZING!  Mission accomplished!  I had a good friend over and we were talking cocktails (surprising, I know).  She mentioned lemon drop, I said I have a recipe for that (another surprise, right?).  We wanted to create something with a little bit more then a regular lemon drop.  I said Chambord, she said X-Rated Fusion and then this beauty was born!

You are going to love it!  It tastes so delicious.  The lemon juice, Chambord and X-Rated Fusion go beautifully together it's almost a crime!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  Let me know if you try any new cocktails over the holidays.  Make sure you get the recipes so I can try them too!

Here is my recipe for a Santa's Kiss:

  • 2 ounces whipped vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce Chambord
  • 1/2 ounce X-Rated Fusion
  • superfine sugar for rimming
Rim a martini glass with superfine sugar.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above, except the sugar.  Shake and strain into sugar rimmed martini glass.  Sit back and enjoy this amazing cocktail.

Here is a photo of the end result:

santa's kiss cocktail, whipped vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, chambord, black raspberry liqueur, x-rated fusion liqueur


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

santa's kiss cocktail, whipped vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, chambord, black raspberry liqueur, x-rated fusion liqueur



I hope you are able to spend time with your family and friends during the holiday season.  Be safe and happy!


The Cocktail Lady

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

SIA Scotch Whisky Review and Recipe

SIA Scotch Whisky Review and Recipe





I was contacted by Carin, the owner and founder of SIA Scotch Whisky.  She has created a whisky that she is very excited about and wanted to share it with me.  I was sent the sample of SIA Scotch Whisky you see in the photo above to try and create a new fun cocktail with.  



Carin is a female entrepreneur who is based in San Franciso.  I thought that was pretty cool given the fact that we live not too far from there ourselves.  I'm impressed that she took her love of Scotch and decided to do something with it, bravo to you Carin!

SIA Scotch Whisky is a nice smooth blend.  My mission was to mix it up with a few ingredients that would compliment some of the flavors that are found inside the Scotch Whisky.  Mission Accomplished!!  This whisky combined perfectly with the ingredients I chose, and I have to say I really like this cocktail.  I am not much of a Scotch Whisky drinker, but I could definitely see myself ordering this cocktail at one of the many bars, or restaurants SIA is served at.  



I am impressed with what Carin has accomplished as well as her whisky.  If you have any Scotch Whisky drinkers in the family, or even friends that enjoy it, I would recommend that you give SIA a try.  I think you just might like it!

Here is a link to the full list of the bars and restaurants, as well as stores that carry SIA Scotch Whisky.  Visit their webiste here to find out more!

Here is my recipe for a Whisky Sour Surprise:

  • 1 ounce SIA Scotch Whisky
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce cointreau
  • 1/4 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a sugar rimmed short cocktail glass.

Thank You Carin for the sample of your delicious SIA Scotch Whisky!  I wish you all the best!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Jello Shots


Halloween Jello Shots


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It is the day before Halloween and I honestly thought that I would not have time to do a post today!  Yeay, here I am....posting!  


These last two weeks have been insane crazy super busy.  


I am kind of surprised that I survived it all.  


First off, my stomach has been in knots with excitement and anxiety for the past few weeks as we've watched our San Francisco Giants go from the Wild Card Game all the way to winning The World Series!  What an emotional roller coaster that was!  As much as I love watching our Giants play, I'm so glad that's all over!



Halloween being on a Friday gives us all that cushion that we haven't had in quite a few years.  


Now we don't have to get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour because of school the next day!  We can all hang out, have friends over and enjoy the holiday.  


In celebration of that I decided to make some Jello Shots.


One of my very best friends is our Jello Shot lady.  She makes the best vodka jello shots ever and we all count on her to make them.  I decided that I wanted to try my hand at it, so I created 3 (yes you all get 3 recipes for the price of one today!) different recipes for Jello Shots.





All preparation is the same as it says on the box.


Pour gelatin package into a medium sized bowl.


Add boiling liquid/s.
Stir for 2 minutes (like it says on the box) until the gelatin is dissolved.


Next add your chilled/cold liquid ingredients and stir. 



Here are my recipes for these 3 jello shots:



Fire Orange Cider

  • 6 ounce package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup boiling apple cider
  • 10 ounces chilled Fireball Whisky
  • 6 ounces cold apple cider
  • 2 ounce plastic containers with lid (you'll need 24-26)


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Margarita

  • 6 ounce package lime flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 ounces chilled tequila
  • 8 ounces margarita mix
  • 2 ounce plastic containers with lid (you'll need 24-26)



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Coconut Grape


  • 6 ounce package grape flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 10 ounces chilled coconut rum
  • 6 ounces cold water
  • 2 ounce plastic containers with lid (you'll need 24-26)





Pour the mixture into 2 ounce containers and seal with lid.  Stack in the fridge for 4 hours or until firm.  I suggest leaving it in the fridge for a day so that all of the flavors are even better.



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I hope you all have a Happy Halloween and a wonderful weekend!  We have a very busy weekend ahead of us, so these jello shots will REALLY come in handy!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mucky Slide

Mucky Slide

Baileys, Irish Cream Liqueur, Baileys vanilla cinnamon, mud slide, black vodka, kahlua, halloween cocktail


Hi.....remember me?  Has it REALLY been almost 3 (gasp) weeks since my last post?  It has....oh my....I am soo sorry.  I had every intention to post last week.....then our oldest girl got a fever.  Then another week went by and here I am!

I wanted to give you all another fun Halloween cocktail to try.  I (of course) had to use my black vodka in this one....can you tell I'm loving this vodka?  This cocktail has a few delicious ingredients inside which make it an amazing cocktail!  I have to admit......I haven't eaten as much as I should have today so I am a bit tipsy really feeling this cocktail.  I have a couple friends coming over tonight, we will be working on one of their birthday invitations and I will be showing them how to put on Jamberry nails.  Yea......I think that's why I have been not posting recently as well.  I recently became an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails and .....Oh Em Gee........I love it!  If you have never tried these nail wraps, please let me know and I WILL send you out a sample to try.  I joined because of how wonderful the company and fellow consultants are.  It's like a family and it is NOT one of those companies where they want your money and give you no support or help what so ever.  (OK I need to stop b/c I can, and will, go on and on and on and on about them).  Instead of my talking your ear off about them, please check out my site, tell me what you think.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to send you a sample!   Here is a link to my site check it out here. Onto the cocktail.

I think I will be making this cocktail for my friends who are coming over tonight, because I sure know that I want another one!  Here it is, another Cocktail Lady Invention!

Here is the recipe for a Mucky Slide:

  • 1 ounce black vodka
  • 1 ounce vanilla cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 ounce whipping cream
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a martinin glass and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the final result:

Baileys, Irish Cream Liqueur, Baileys vanilla cinnamon, mud slide, black vodka, kahlua, halloween cocktail


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Baileys, Irish Cream Liqueur, Baileys vanilla cinnamon, mud slide, black vodka, kahlua, halloween cocktail


Here's to another delicious Halloween cocktail!

Cheers!!


The Cocktail Lady


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Swampy Floor

Halloween cocktail, black vodka, midori, melon liqueur, layered cocktail


Can you tell I have been into layered cocktails and shooters lately?  I just love the way they look, I can't help myself.

Tomorrow will be here before we know it and along with it will come October.  The first of October is the day that we usually start decorating for Halloween around here.  I have to admit.....we already started.  I don't know.......something about how fast this year is flying by makes me want to start everything early before I miss it.  Which is totally fine with me, that way I get to look at our decorations for a longer time.

Today I wanted to make another fun layered Halloween cocktail so I grabbed these three items and started testing out my layers.  I honestly thought that the Midori would float on top of the orange juice......guess I was wrong.  It doesn't matter, I think it still looks cool.  It tastes pretty darn cool too.  I was afraid that I would get a good shot of the vodka right off the top and that it would make me not want to drink the rest.......wrong again.  Sure I tasted it, but it was good!  I got a little mix of some of the stuff underneath it and that first sip went down pretty smooth.  As did the rest of the sips.

I think my creation would be a fun cocktail to serve at a Halloween party.  You could even have a few of these cocktails layered and ready for your guests as they arrive.

Here is my recipe for a Swampy Floor:

  • 1 ounce melon liqueur
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce black vodka
In a cocktail glass filled 3/4 with ice, pour in the melon liqueur.  Next layer the orange juice on top of that.  Finally layer the black vodka and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Halloween cocktail, black vodka, midori, melon liqueur, layered cocktail


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Halloween cocktail, black vodka, midori, melon liqueur, layered cocktail


Here's to tomorrow starting the last fourth of the year!

Cheers!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ghostly Uprising

This Ghostly Uprising shooter is perfect for Halloween.  It reminds me of the Brain Hemorrhage I made and has the same kind of consistency. .  It's really a fun shooter to drink!



I am starting to feel the pressure of the holidays coming on already.  

We only have 6 days left of September and then it is a countdown.....oh wait.....it's already been...until Halloween.  

Over the weekend our oldest daughter and I went shopping for her witch's costume at our local Halloween store.  Now she has known that she wants to be a witch for Halloween since July, so that part was easy.  There were 4 different costumes for her to choose from and she decided on this one.  The only difference in the one pictured and the one she got was that the purple parts are not velvety on hers.  She chose a broom and necklace and I bought a variety of SUPER sparkly eye shadows for her, her little sister and I to use and we were set!

Phewph.......glad that's over.  

Now I will need to figure out decorations and a menu for our party.  

I have a fun Halloween Treats board on Pinterest with some ideas I've pinned.  I am always looking for more, so if you are not following me on Pinterest please do so and let me know you did so that I can follow you back.  Let's share some fun Halloween ideas, whether it's food, decorating or just something fun!

Today I created an interesting shooter.  

This one tasted pretty good.......except for me trying to swallow down that HUGE hunk of Irish Cream you see in the picture.  

After I made it my husband and I decided that we want to try to (and I say "try to" b/c we come up with great ideas.....and then......we have 4 kids.........and well......look we're here and we showed up and we're all dressed........yeay, big accomplishment!!) make a line of these (or something similar) on the bar and as people show up on Halloween, make them shoot one.  Fingers crossed we actually have time to do it.



Here is a photo of the end result:

Halloween cocktail, peach schnapps, Baileys vanilla cinnamon, Irish Cream liqueur, black vodka


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Halloween cocktail, peach schnapps, Baileys vanilla cinnamon, Irish Cream liqueur, black vodka



Here is the recipe for my Ghostly Uprising:

  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce Irish Cream vanilla cinnamon
  • 1/2 ounce black vodka
  • 1/4-1/2 ounce grenadine

In a shot glass, pour in the peach schnapps.  Next layer the Irish Cream on top.  Then layer the black vodka on top of that.  Now with a straw, drip the grenadine on top until the Irish Cream starts to lower into the peach schnapps.



Here's to the holidays coming whether we are ready or not!

Cheers!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rotten Orange

Here is a fun layered shot that you can serve your Halloween guests.  I just think that black vodka makes these Halloween cocktails look amazing!





I'm not sure about all of you, but this house is TOTALLY getting into the Halloween spirit. 

Our oldest daughter has known that she wants to be a witch for Halloween since July and our youngest daughter just got a mermaid costume at Costco the other day.  One costume down, hopefully we can borrow a witch costume and then we just need the boys to decide if they are going to dress up this year or not.  


My husband and boys want to make a little "Haunted House" this year for the kids to walk through to get their candy on Halloween night.  They say it will be a work in progress where they add a little to it every year.  Guess that means that the girls and I will hit the street going door to door for treats.


If you missed it.....I BOUGHT A BOTTLE OF BLACK VODKA!!  


Last year I saw bottles of black vodka at our local BevMo and never bought one.  


This year I was not going to make that mistake!  


I am excited to make some cocktails for you all with my black vodka.  I think they layered ones look pretty cool.  This shooter made me do they squinchy face dance because I really tasted the vodka.....and if you didn't know, I'm not big on taking a straight shot of something.........unless it's Fireball......and it's chilled, then it's not as bad.



Here is a photo of the end result:

black vodka, orange juice, layered shot, halloween cocktail


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

black vodka, orange juice, layered shot, halloween cocktail


Here is my recipe for a Rotten Orange:

  • 1 ounce black vodka
  • 1 ounce orange juice

I rimmed a shot glass with orange sprinkles to make it more festive.  In a shot glass pour in the orange juice.  Next layer the black vodka on top and you are done!



Here is to my very first Halloween cocktail of the season!  More to come......

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembrance

Where were you 13 years ago today?  

Do you remember?  

I do.  

I was on my way to work, I had just dropped off our oldest (then 2 1/2 years old) at his daycare.  I hopped back into the car, turned on the radio and my heart stopped there for a second.  

What is this?  

Is this a joke?  

Are the radio announcers pulling one over on me?  

It took me a couple minutes to realize what had happened.  I got to work and the TV's were on.  Things were a lot quieter then they usually were around the shop.  

Then I saw the videos, oh my goodness......I heard about it on the radio, but until I actually saw it on the TV.....it just became real.  

Our nation has done a lot of healing since then, yet there is much more to do.  My heart goes out to all of the families who have lost loved ones on this day 13 years ago.  To all of those who are still with us, yet were traumatized by this horrific event.  To all of those who's lives will never be the same.  My heart goes out to you all, America.

In honor of "remembering" this day 13 years ago, I wanted to create a cocktail to honor our great nation.  I call it "Remembrance".  

I initially wanted to make a layered cocktail, but that failed, so I just went with it and kept mixing.  This is a mix of red (hardness & valour), white (purity and innocence) and blue (vigilance, perseverance & justice) alcohols and mixes.




Here is a photo of the end result:


Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here is my recipe for Remembrance:

  • 2 ounces cherry vodka
  • 3 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 ounce blue curacao

Fill a cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  In a shaker, add the vodka and lemon-lime soda.  Shake and strain into the glass.  Add the blue curacao and grenadine.  Give it a stir and enjoy!


Here's to our great nation!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Honeydew


Happy Friday!  What a week........what......a.......week.  Every day seems to have been insane and filled with stuff to do.  Starting Tuesday of this week my remaining 3 children that have been home, started school!  Yeay!!  Now I have 3 children in school 5 days a week (one of which is only a half day since she's in kindergarten) and our fourth child goes to preschool 2 days a week for a few hours.  I officially have no children in the house for 5 hours and 40 minutes a week.  Yes...I counted.  When you have 4 kids, you count those things.......trust me! 

Tonight is opening night for soccer which our oldest daughter (5yo) is SUPERDY DUPERDY excited about.  Then she has her first official soccer game tomorrow morning.....more excitement.  Our oldest has another baseball tourney this weekend as well, which means it will be another busy weekend.

Wait did I mention that this weekend marks our first official game of the season for our SF 49ers??  Oh, well it is!  Plus we are playing the Cowboys......which makes it fun because good friends of ours are......gasp......Cowboy fans!  Rivalry, smack talking, bragging rights, you know how those games go.  Go Niners!!

Anyways, onto today's cocktail!  I saw a post today of 13 vodka shots you actually want to take.  Sounded promising.  I chose a couple and decided on this one today.  I mixed it up, strained it and shooted it.  Ah, it was OK.  For some reason I could taste the lime juice more then I had hoped for.  I might leave the lime juice out next time and add more melon liqueur.  Either way, it was another day where I took a shot too early.

Here is the recipe for a Honeydew:

  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • 1/4 ounce melon liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce honey liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a shot glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Hope you all had a good week.  Enjoy your weekend!!  Remember (at least in this house), it's pizza and beer Friday!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Polish Delight

Thank You to Match.com for sponsoring this post

Happy Saturday everyone!  This last week has been (at least for me) insane!!  Completely insane.....I honestly can't believe it's finally Saturday!  I have had deadlines galore that were personal, work related and even ones I've put on myself.  I do see the light at the end of the tunnel though, which is wonderful.

Our second oldest is turning "double digits" tomorrow.  If you haven't guessed....it is a VERY exciting time for him!  He has been counting down since there were "8 days left" to count.  The magic number today is "1"!!  Yeay!!  Today is his friends party, going to go see Earth To Echo.  Tomorrow is the family & friends (our friends who are the kids Aunts and Uncles) party.  We are all very much looking forward to both of those celebrations.

I was asked to create a Polish inspired cocktail which people can make on a date for the Polish dating section of match.com.  I was happy to be asked.  Apparently they have an advice section (http://advice.uk.match.com/polish-dating) where they answer many of the questions people ask about dating.  I did some research and came up with vodka, apple juice, apple cider and honey liqueur as all being common when making cocktail in Poland.  That was a great find because I have been looking for another opportunity to use my honey liqueur.

That aside, I knew that I didn't want to make a super sweet and sugary cocktail.  I also didn't want to make a bright or odd colored cocktail as well.  I needed to create something that both men and women would want to make, or even order at a bar or restaurant.  I decided to stick with my findings and add a little something extra to it as well.

This cocktail is really good.  I can taste the honey liqueur which is nice.  It is not completely overwhelming or anything at all.  It is just enough to let you know it is in there.  All in all, I think I have created a good one!

Here is my recipe for a Polish Delight:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce honey liqueur
  • 2 ounces apple cider
Fill up a cocktail glass with ice cubes.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your mixture into the cocktail glass filled with ice cubes and enjoy your date!

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to dates, whether this date is your first, tenth or hundredth.  Enjoy it and have a great time!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tastefully Simple Review & Giveaway

I was contacted and sent product from a company called Tastefully Simple.  They asked me to choose 3 items to review (yeay 3!!) and then here comes the BEST part.....I get to give my favorite flavor away to 2 of my readers!!  More on that at the bottom, now onto the review.

The flavors I chose were Fuzzy Navel, Piña Colada and the Triple The Fun 3-pack which includes Lovin' Lemon, Juicy Watermelon Margarita & Mango Breeze Margarita.  The two bigger single containers make 8-8oz servings and the smaller ones in the 3-pack make 4-8oz servings.



What you get when you order one is:
  • A container that you use to mix everything up in and then stick in the freezer  
  • The powdered flavor mix  
What you need to supply is:
  • Water 
  • Alcohol type that is asked for depending on the mix you choose
If you choose to make a non-alcoholic version then just skip the alcohol which allows you to no spend any additional money for preparation.  I'm sure you all have already guessed.....I added the alcohol!

The end result is a flavorful slushy cocktail.






All in all, this is a pretty cool way to enjoy a cocktail on a hot summer day!  For that cocktail enthusiast in your life who seems to have it all, I bet you they don't have one of these!  Give them a fun alternative to serving cocktails.

When I made and froze the first one I opened it up to look inside and saw a frozen block.  I guess I took the directions "stir & serve" too literally.  I tried stirring and chopping and whatnot to make it drinkable.  Hello, frozen!  Then I decided that the best thing to do is to open it up and sit it on the counter and let it soften a bit.  






I suggest to check it and break it up every 5-10 minutes until it becomes good and slushy.  Once it is the consistency that you want, stir it up really well.  Then you can scoop it into a glass and either drink it or use a spoon and eat it that way. 

I want to thank Tastefully Simple for sending me these fun slushy cocktail mixes to try!  I had fun and enjoyed it.

Want to order your own slushy cocktail mixes?  Check out tastefullysimple.com and order some today!!

Now onto the contest!!  Given that my favorite flavor was the Juicy Watermelon Margarita Mix, Two lucky winners will win one Triple The Fun 3-pack from Tastefully Simple!  

You MUST live in the USA to enter.  I will contact you via the email address you provide.  Good luck!!