Monday, March 31, 2014

Spiked Caramel Egg

Last day of March........wait.......What?!?!  And there goes a fourth of the year.  Should I start planning our New Years party already?  Sheesh.  These weeks are fly-ing by I tell you.  This leaves me with 21 days until we host our annual Easter Dinner.  These 21 days are going to be here before I know it......better start preparing now.

This week our "high schooler" (still in shock that his freshman year will be over come the end of May) has Spring Break.  Then in a few couple weeks our 4th grader will have his.  It was nice when they were on the same schedule....oh well.  Our high school Spring break is consisting of 3 (wait 2 now that today's got postponed due to rain) baseball games and a bunch of practices.  This Saturday I will FINALLY be seeing the movie Divergent!  I am suuuuper excited because I read the books a while back and LOVED them.  OK, wait, I haven't read the third book yet as it came out more recently.  Anyway, dinner and a movie with some of my friends is gonna be great.

I have had this Cadbury Caramel Egg on my counter for a while now and finally had time today to create a cocktail for it.  This marks my second cocktail for Easter/Springtime this year, I still plan on making more, so stay tuned!

On a different note.......I OPENED AN ETSY SHOP!  Sorry, didn't mean to yell, but I'm just soooo excited!!  Being The Cocktail Lady, what better item is there for me to sell but cocktail/wine/beer charms?  I am also selling some photos I have taken.  As of right now I have my wine/cocktail charms that I have made up there in my shop, but am in the process of making beer charms as well.  Those will be up soon.  What was that?  Oh, you are curious about my skills?  Well wait no longer, here is my Etsy shop!!  I hope you like what you see!  I am having a fun time creating these and have more ideas on the way.  

Here is my recipe for a Spiked Caramel Egg:



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Spiked Caramel Egg
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 ounces caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce milk
  • 1/2 ounce Irish cream
  • caramel sauce
Instructions
I swirled caramel sauce in my martini glass and quickly stuck in the in freezer to make it (more or less) stay in place.

In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above, except your caramel sauce. Shake and strain it into your chilled, caramel swirled martini glass and enjoy!!

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cocktail



Here is a photo of the end result:



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Happy last day of March!  Hope it's warm where you are.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady




Thursday, March 20, 2014

Creamy Spring Peep

Since we had way too many things going on before St. Patrick's Day, as well as our youngest getting sick for a week, I decided to get an early start on my Easter cocktails.  I went to the store the other day and bought a pack of Peeps, a regular Cadbury Egg and a Caramel Cadbury Egg.  I figured I'd get some inspiration out of these three springtime treats.

I created today's cocktail and took it outside......in the front of our house......to take it's picture.  We live on a sort of popular street where you will get cars driving up and down it at anytime of the day.  Let me tell you how amazingly non-lushy I felt as I brought my cocktail out for the whole neighborhood to see.....in the early afternoon.  I'm sure my neighbors either thought, "Hey, she must be The Cocktail Lady" (yea right, wishful thinking), "Is she crazy?  Who takes pictures of their cocktails and alcohol bottles in their front yard?"  or "Uh.......she must really like cocktails!  Quick, lock the doors."

Either way, I got it done and now I get to tell all of you about it!  I realized as I was creating this cocktail that I don't have very many cocktails with marshmallow vodka mixed in them.....so here is one to add to my small collection.  I really like the combination of these ingredients together.  You get a little bite from the vodka, but in a really good way.  When you're done, you get to eat your peep......or dip him in as you drink.

Here is my recipe for a Creamy Spring Peep:

  • 1 1/2 ounces marshmallow vodka
  • 1 ounces Baileys
  • 1/2 ounce milk
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
You can rim your cocktail glass with bright spring colored sprinkles like I did if you would like.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients.  Shake and dump your mixture into your cocktail glass.  Garnish with a peep of your choice!


Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to getting an early start at......anything really.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Round Up

Tomorrow is the day!  The day I decide to either make one of these 6 St. Patrick's Day cocktails.....or to just pour a lighter beer into one of our beer glasses and put a few drops of green food coloring in it and call it a day.  Decisions, decisions.  Either way, I'm glad today is the day.  Ever since I told you all that I will be slow cooking my corned beef.....it's kind of all I can think about.  Plus the fact that I can now smell it cooking....yummmm.

What are you all cooking, eating, drinking today?  Are you going to choose one of these 6 cocktails below?  Will you go an entirely different way?  Do you even care?  Ha, no worries if you don't........today just gives me an extra reason to have a cocktail or a beer (like I need one, right?).

Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you all have a great day and evening.  I know we will.  Any day spent with family is a great day!

Here is my St. Patrick's Day Round Up:




Where ever you are, what ever you are drinking, have a wonderful Monday!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Irish Delight



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I created another cocktail for St. Patty's day today and I call it Irish Delight.  


Towards the end of last year (still can't believe March is half over) I noticed all of these different flavors that Bailey's was coming out with.  


I had purchased the Vanilla Cinnamon flavor and have only made one cocktail with it so far, Beauty And The Beast.  Today was my time to make another one.


I decided to pull out my bottle of Jamesons Whiskey and mix it up with the Baileys and see what I got.  Apparently I got an Irish Delight.......since that's what I named it.  


Not being a whiskey girl, I must admit this cocktail is pretty good.  


I do definitely taste the whiskey in it, but since this is a whiskey cocktail....I think you should.  The vanilla cinnamon flavoring in the Baileys adds a nice twist to this cocktail as well.  All in all, I like it and I think if you like the ingredients--you'll like it too!


This year for St. Patrick's Day we are having my folks over for dinner.  


Every year we go to my parents house and my mom boils up a corned beef, but this year I am going to cook mine in the slow cooker.  I have tried my friend Stephanie's recipe for her Dijon Corned Beef.  My family all likes it and I just know the folks will like it as well.  I am also making one of her scalloped potato recipes, but in the oven.  


YUM!!  I can't wait just thinking about it!  


Do you have any plans for the day?  What are they?  What will you be eating and drinking?



Here in my recipe for an Irish Delight:

  • 1 ounce of Irish Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream
Fill a short cocktail glass up with ice.  Dump that ice into a shaker and pour in the two ingredients above.  Shake lightly to mix it up, but not too hard to crush the ice.  Dump everything back into your glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:

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Here is a photo of the ingredients:

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Here's to a good whiskey cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, March 14, 2014

Leprechaun's Dream





Happy 3 days before St. Patrick's Day!  


You'll never believe what's happened this week.  Our youngest got a fever and ear infection..........yes......again.  Poor baby.  I feel so bad for her when she's sick.  My ultimate plan was to do a number of St. Patty's Day cocktails ahead of time and now we are 3 days away.  Yikes!  There goes my plan.  Better late then never.


Today I creates a cocktail I call Leprechaun's Dream.  


This cocktail is a little bit greener then the picture gives it credit for.  


This is a light, yummy and a bit too easy to gulp down St. Patty's cocktails.....especially on a hot day like today (yes we have odd weather here...it's totally hot out).


My plan is to get you more cocktails in the next couple days and then hopefully a round up of all of my St. Patty's Day cocktails at the end.  


Fingers crossed I can pull it all off.  Between nurturing a sick one, a possible birthday party on Saturday and a baseball game......(why did I have to list them all out....I'm already tired just thinking about it all) wish me luck!!



Here is my Leprechaun's Dream:

  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple orange banana juice
  • 1 ounce melon liqueur
Fill up a cocktail glass with ice.  Dump the ice and all three of your ingredients above into a shaker.  Shake gently as to not break up the ice.  Dump everything back into your glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to finally having a second to make a cocktail and share it with you all!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady