Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Cocktail Round-Up

Christmas Cocktail Round-Up

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Somehow Christmas Eve is tomorrow!!  No......no wait, technically it's TODAY!!!!  Are you ready?  Are you?  I finished wrapping my last few gifts tonight and then headed over to drop some off at my folks house so that we won't forget them tonight in our mad dash to get me, my husband our four kids and my two dishes of mashed potatoes out the door!  Tonight will be the very last night our Elf Of The Shelf (his name is Buddy and yes it's totally after Will Ferrell in the movie Elf) will hide or do something silly for the year and then he'll be off until next December.

Given that today is Christmas Eve and tomorrow is Christmas, I wanted to give you a bunch of cocktail options to WOW your family and friends with!  I have broken them down into categories to make it easier (I initially had a HUGE collage of a bunch of cocktails and it was a bit much).  With out any more waiting and wondering, here are some great cocktails to enjoy this holiday!

Eggnog Cocktails

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Chocolate & Peppermint

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Blue & Coconut Rum

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Different Vodkas

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Bailey's Cockatils

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Odds & Ends

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There you have it.  These are some of the BEST Christmas cocktails around!  Remember if you are looking for a certain ingredient or want to find a cocktail by a certain holiday, be sure to look in my "categories" section on the right hand side of my blog!

I wish you all Happy Holidays!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch


cinnamon toast crunch shot, rum chata, fireball, cinnamon whisky

Happy Friday everyone!!  Can you believe that the week is over?  My children are officially out of school and winter break has begun!  Let the holiday parties, family gatherings, sports practices, games, Tae Kwon Do testing, video game playing, late night movie watching, family time, sleeping in (a girl can dream right?) and New Years Eve parties begin!

The other weekend one of my best friends was up for a visit.......OK, so I just consulted with my kids and husband and apparently she was up for Halloween.........but I'll tell you, in my world that was last weekend.  THAT'S how quickly this year is flying by!!  Back to my story, she was up and wanted us all to try this Cinnamon Toast Crunch shot she had tried recently.  To be completely honest.......I didn't try it and have no clue what her recipe was.  I know it had Rum Chata and Fireball in it and that's all I know.  I remember she made a shaker or two full.......but I don't remember if she actually remembered the recipe she was given or just winged it.  I also seem to remember a mess in my kitchen where she was pouring it.......not sure if the shaker wasn't closed tight, or if she missed a couple shot glasses when she was straining the shots out of the shaker.....none the less, that is what inspired me to make tonight's cocktail!

This little shooter is REALLY REALLY good!  My neighbor was walking by as I was taking my final photos for this post, so I convinced her to come into the backyard and have a shot with me.  We both thought it was delish!  Although she has a bottle of Fireball at home, I believe in the not do distant future she will be purchasing a bottle of Rum Chata to go with that bottle of Fireball.

Here is my recipe for a Cinnamon Toast Crunch shot:

  • 2 ounces Rum Chata
  • 1 ounce Fireball
  • cinnamon & sugar to rim the glasses (3 sugar : 1 cinnamon)
Rim two shot glasses with the cinnamon & sugar mixture.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into the shot glasses and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:

cinnamon toast crunch shot, rum chata, fireball, cinnamon whisky


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

cinnamon toast crunch shot, rum chata, fireball, cinnamon whisky


Here is to a fun filled weekend!  We will get to spend time with friends and family this weekend!  I'd love to hear what you all have planned for the weekend!


Cheers,

The Cocktail Lady



Monday, December 14, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Eggnog

Pumpkin Pie Eggnog


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It's Monday!  Time to start off a new week.  I have to admit this morning my day started off good at the gym.......then I got into the shower at the gym and TWICE my flip flop stuck to the shower floor as I was moving my foot and EEEEWWWWW my foot touched the floor.  Yup, you can bet I washed it real good......both times!  I don't know how you feel about gym showers, but I become a real germ-o-phobe when I'm in there.  I DON'T want to touch the walls or the floor or the shower curtain, no-no-no-no-no!!  After that my day turned right back around and was great!  Tonight I am cooking dinner and having my folks over and am very excited about it!!

As I said in my last post, I am going to try my hardest to start blogging and giving you all more cocktails!  Although eggnog doesn't always sit well with my tummy, I think that eggnog cocktails are pretty darn good.  I decided to revisit my Pumpkin Latta Martini and tweek it a little bit to include eggnog.  This cocktail is the perfect blend of pumpkin pie and eggnog flavors.  Delish!!  Time to start preparing dinner.......and maybe another cocktail while I'm at it?  Yes, yes I think that's in order!

Here is my recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Eggnog:

  • 1 1/2 ounces pumpkin pie vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces pumpkin pie liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces eggnog
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy!!

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 the last Monday of school for two whole weeks!!  


Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tropical Christmas Cosmo

Tropical Christmas Cosmo


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Happy Saturday!  It's the first official weekend of December (some how) and we have yet another busy weekend!  Today we have soccer playoffs (one game down, one to go), a birthday party and a basketball tournament game.  Tomorrow (weather permitting) we will put up our Christmas lights (and when I say "we" I really mean my husband will), take the kids to go get our tree and then decorate the inside of the house!  I love love love this time of the year!!

With all of those things about to happen, I figured I should start this weekend off right....with a cocktail.  I present the Tropical Christmas Cosmo.  I got a chance to use my Pinnacle Tropical Punch vodka, yum!!  This cocktail kind of reminds me of Hawaiian Punch, which if you are in the mood for it, is a good thing!!  I am going to try my hardest to start blogging and giving you all more cocktails then I have been lately.  This year has been jammed packed with lots and lots of amazingly fun things and it is finally slowing down........or not so much with Christmas right around the corner.  Either way, my calendar seems to be a little bit more open for cocktails!!  Yea!!

Here is my Tropical Christmas Punch:

  • 2 ounces Tropical Punch vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a martini glass.


Here are a couple photos of the end result:

Tropical Christmas Cosmo, christmas cocktail, tropical punch vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec

Tropical Christmas Cosmo, christmas cocktail, tropical punch vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Tropical Christmas Cosmo, christmas cocktail, tropical punch vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec


I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  I'd love to hear about what your plans are below!


Cheers,
The Cocktail Lady xoxo



Monday, November 23, 2015

Few Spirits

Few Spirits



I was contacted by Few Spirits and asked if I would like to try some of their spirits.  Um, yea I'd love to!!  I told them to send me a couple they thought I'd like and was told that they would send me one of each!  Awesome!

I was also sent a list of cocktails that were created by different people to try.  Now that I like gin I decided to try one with gin and another one with their single malt whisky.  I like the smell of their gin, it smells pure and fresh (if that makes sense).  I also wanted to taste the Anguish & Regret because the description of it was something that I had never heard of before.  They describe it as "special twist on Chicago favorite malört.  This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moraccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails."  "Something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)  I wasn't sure what to expect, so I took a little sip.


I absolutely tasted the earthy, floral bitterness!  In their list of cocktails there is a House Martini that is made with Anguish & Regret, so I think I am going to try that one soon.

These spirits are good!  I think if you enjoy gin or whiskey you will enjoy the variety created by Few Spirits.  Here is a short description (provided by Few Spirits) of each of the spirits they make:

  • Few American Gin, a unique gin distilled from a wheated-bourbon mash and flavored with juniper, coriander and citrus as well as more unusual botanicals including whole vanilla beans and Cascade hops grown at the distillery
  • Few Standard Issue Gin, a navy-strength gin (114-proof) made in the classic London dry style, with lots of juniper as well as a hint of fennel
  • Few Barrel Gin, a gin made from a different spirit base and using different botanicals than the two above, aged in a combination of new oak and used Few Bourbon and Rye barrels. It's sort of halfway between a gin and a whiskey and is great in cocktails that call for either one.
  • Few Bourbon Whiskey, a bourbon made from a mash of 70 percent corn, 20 percent rye and 10 percent malted barley. The high rye content makes for an especially spicy bourbon, as does the beer yeast we use for fermentation.
  • Few Rye Whiskey, an award-winning rye distilled from a mash of 70 percent rye, 20 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley. It's fermented using a French wine yeast from the Loire Valley, which contributes lots of fruity flavor on top of rye's traditional spiciness.
  • Few Single Malt Whisky, a truly American single malt distilled from 100 percent malted barley, a portion of which is smoked with cherry wood. There's a subtle fruity smoke and cappuccino notes in this unique whisky that's nothing like a Scotch.
  • Few Anguish & Regret, our special twist on Chicago favorite malört. This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moroccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails. (It's something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)

Here are pictures of the cocktails I made.  The first one contains Few Standard Issue Gin and the second one contains Few Single Malt Whisky:



If you are looking for a new kind of spirits to give away for the holiday season, you might want to give Few Spirits a try!  Here is a link to their site, you can also find out where you can buy it here.


Hope you all had a good weekend!  Happy Monday!

The Cocktail Lady




Monday, November 16, 2015

Pumpkin Nog

 Pumpkin Nog

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I was chatting with a friend last night and surprise, surprise the topic of alcohol came up!  Whaaaaattt??  She told me that Pinnacle has a Habanera flavored vodka (looks like a trip to the store is in order), then we talked about the Cinnamon Roll flavor they had and I got the cocktail making bug.  I opened up my bar (you've seen that post) today and peeked inside.  There it was, my Pumpkin Pie vodka!  Oh, we've had some good times together...so I decided that it was time to make a cocktail using it.

I decided to log onto Pinnacles site today to see if they had any new cocktails with that flavor since last time I checked.......cha-ching, they sure did!  I saw this one and crossed my fingers as I ran to the fridge in hopes that my 16 year old did not drink all of the eggnog.  He didn't!  

This cocktail created by the good people at Pinnacle is SO simple and SO delicious!  I mean, it's got to be one of the easiest cocktails to make.  Plus it's the perfect Fall/Winter combo cocktail.  You have your pumpkin pie and your eggnog, WINNER!

Here is Pinnacle's Pumpkin Nog, with a couple tiny changes:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka
  • 3 ounces Eggnog
  • Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1/2 graham cracker
Wrap up the graham cracker in a paper towel and crush it until it turns into a bunch of crumbs.  Wet and rim your glass with water and roll it in your graham cracker crumbs.  In a shaker, add vodka and eggnog.  Shake and strain into your rimmed glass.  Garnish with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:

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Here is a photo of the ingredients:

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I have a feeling that this week might get a bit crazy, so I'm awfully glad that I am starting it out with one of these delicious cocktails!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

TDD - AKA The Drinking Dead

TDD - The Drinking Dead


Halloween cocktail, black vodka, chambord, pineapple juice

OK, so I don't watch the Walking Dead (insert gasp here).  My husband does and just about everyone else in the world seems to.....except me.  When it came to naming this cocktail, I drew a blank.  One of my daughters (who will be the pink dino ranger for Halloween......even thought she's never seen the show.....but thinks her gun is cool, therefore that's what she'll be) came into my office to help me name it, she had a few suggestions and together we came up with The Drinking Dead.  So, Thank You my Pink Dino Ranger for helping mommy name tonight's cocktail!!

The week before Halloween around here is usually insane.  It's filled with costume planning, last minute tweeks to costumes, Trick-or-Treat planning, Haunted "Garage" set up (my son and his friend did an AWESOME Haunted Garage/Driveway/Front Yard last year and they're doing it again this year), candy buying.......then doubting I have enough......then purchasing more, Halloween party planning (yeay it's on a Saturday this year!!).  Through all of that (and more that I know I'm totally forgetting), I wanted to make a couple cocktails this week to share.  I am happy to say that tonight's cocktail is #2 of the week and that makes me happy!

Tonight's cocktail........um, YUM!!  Oh this is a good one!  The color might not look fantastic, but hey it's a Halloween cocktail.......it's not supposed to.  The taste though, cha-ching winner!!  Although it doesn't look like it, you can taste the pineapple juice in this cocktail which is a nice surprise!  I really like this one and know you will too!  If you do have a bottle of black vodka at home and decide to try this cocktail, please let me know!  I'd love to hear what you think!

Here is my recipe for a TDD:

  • 1 1/2 ounces black vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
In a shaker filled half way with ice, pour in all three of your ingredients.  Shake up this cocktail really well to get some foam.  Strain into a martini glass and once it's all in the glass shake the shaker up and down to get the foam to drip in.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Halloween cocktail, black vodka, chambord, pineapple juice


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Halloween cocktail, black vodka, chambord, pineapple juice


Here's to Halloween going as smoothly as possible!!  I hope you all have a fun and safe night!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dracula's Bite

Dracula's Bite


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I hope you are all getting your entries in on my UncommonGoods giveaway!  There's only a little bit of time left!  

'Tis the season for BLACK VODKA!!  Yup, I busted out my Blavod bottle and decided to create a cocktail!  I already have another one in mind for tomorrow too!!  Exciting!  This year has been so jam packed with so many amazing things, that I have really not had a lot of time to give you wonderful people new and exciting cocktails......and for that I am sorry!  

I just bought a brand new bottle of cranberry juice and orange juice today, which gives me two easy yet delicious ingredients to play with!  They will come in handy for sure.  

Halloween and Christmas cocktails are my absolute favorite cocktails to make.  They allow me to get a little artsy with my decor in the photos, ha ha.  Given that somehow Halloween is on Saturday, I knew I needed to get my cocktail butt in gear and give you all a couple fun, yet easy cocktails to make.

This cocktail is simple.  Yes it is a layered cocktail, but I'll tell you, you almost can't screw up the layering.  These two ingredients separate pretty darn well on their own and if you make it and feel it's not layered enough........just step back and give it a couple minutes, it'll work itself out.  Now, when you see the quantity of the ingredients below you are going to think by looking at the picture that I mixed them up.  I promise you I didn't!  There are two reasons why they look backwards: 1. I have spider webs around the bottom of the glass which is covering it a little.  2. The ice is towards the top of the glass, so it makes the black vodka look huge in quantity....when it's not.  Anywho, for me, I need to drink this in big sips so that I get a good amount of the cranberry juice in each sip.  I forgot to do that with a couple and totally made that "tequila shot face".....yikes!

Here is my recipe for Dracula's Bite:

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces black vodka
Fill a cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  Pour in the cranberry juice.  On the back of a spoon, layer the black vodka on top and you're all set!

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 yet another Halloween sneaking up on me!  I hope I can pull it all together by Friday (kids parade at school).

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady


Thursday, October 22, 2015

UncommonGoods Review and Giveaway

**I was not paid for this review.  All opinions are my own**

I was contacted by UncommonGoods and asked to choose something from their Gifts For Women section here to review.  The choice was tough.  There were things I had never seen before!  I narrowed it down to a few  items and finally chose the Glass Birthstone Necklace.  My birthday is in July, so that's the one I chose.  It came in a cute little box and inside the necklace was in a smaller ziplock pouch with the clasp part closed outside of the box.  GENIOUS!!  That made the necklace not tangle while being shipped to me!  I like my necklace, it's something that I probably will not find anywhere else, therefore it's unique which I think is great.
         

They have SO MANY different items to choose from on their site.  They have them broken down into different categories which help you find what you are looking for faster.  They have a section for Gifts for Wife which has a lot of different items like necklaces, socks, books and jewelry holders which you can check out here.  Along with that they have a section which is a little different as it's called Gifts for Girlfriend.  You can see the stuff they have there by clicking here.  Now there is overlap on these items, which is to be expected, but there are some other fun things on that list as well.

One of the things that I think is pretty darn cool about Uncommon Goods is the fact that they donate $1 of every purchase to your choice of one of the not-for-profit organizations that they are partnered with.  They've been doing this for 15 years and have donated over $1 million dollars to these charities around the world!  That's pretty awesome!  A lot of companies ask YOU if YOU want to donate extra money toward organizations, but this company just does it out of their profit.  Awesome.  Here are the Not-For-Profits that they donate to: RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International and Reach Out & Read.

Even though there are beyond plenty of items to choose from on their site, they also have a section labeled "Uncommon Knowledge", which fits in well with their name.  There you will find a lot of information that you never knew.....and never realized you never knew.  I like that kind of stuff.

I know that I will be browsing through their site as Christmas approaches.  Some people on my list are hard to buy for because basically........they already have everything.....so I thought!  This site gives me a brand new wide variety of items to choose for the people who have everything.  I'm excited!!  OK, just thinking about Christmas approaching faster then I am ready for makes me think of cold weather, beanies, hot toddies, gloves and scarves!  Which reminds me.......UncommonGoods has a page for scarves too!!  Oh happy day......time to go check them out as well.  In need of a new winter scarf?  Look no further then here!

All in all, I really like their site and the items they have to offer.  I look forward to browsing their site and receiving their catalog in the mail (that I just signed up for!).  Let me know what you find and love!





Now onto the fun part!  Who wants to win a $25 gift certificate for UncommonGoods??  How cool is that?  They are offering one lucky reader a jump start on their first order!  Best of luck to you all!!  This drawing will be open for 1 week, so get your entries in!!




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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Purple Blossom Martini

 Purple Blossom Martini





Our family went to our local Art & Wine Festival a couple weeks ago.  As we are sitting in the shade (because it was super hot) eating our lunch, a friend of mine comes over looking for me.  "Jen!  I wanted to show you this, since you're The Cocktail Lady, and get your opinion and see what you think about it".  She pulled out a pomegranate grenadine that she had just purchased from Skylake Ranch and asked me about using it in cocktails.  Then she told me how much she LOVES their grill sauce and how it's the only way she can get her son to eat meat.  My husband heard "grill sauce" and took a look at the bottle she had purchased and then decided, "We need to go find this booth and check them out!".  Off we went, with beer in hand (Sam Adam's Octoberfest of course) off to find this booth.



We got there and met Chris.  We told him how our friend found us and told us all about the grill sauce and grenadine and he offered us samples of both, plus 2 different kinds of balsamic vinegar and jelly.  OH MY GOODNESS, they were ABSOLUTELY delicious!!!!  All of them.  Even having a taste of the white balsamic vinegar didn't make me do a squinchy faced dance!  Skylake Ranch is a family orchard, where they harvest pomegranates.  They are used in their vinegars, sauces, grenadine and jelly.  Needless to say.......we got the grenadine, 2 of the grill sauces's, a balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar.  Why we didn't get the jelly too......I have NO CLUE.........I blame the beer.....s.




Anyways, I loved all of the samples so much that I proclaimed to Chris that I would do a review on my blog about it.  I highly recommend trying any of their yummy items!  Here is a link to their site  Skylake Ranch check them out and make a purchase, you'll be glad you did!  They also have a Facebook page you can check out as well.  Me being me, I made one of their own cocktails.  It's an easy cocktail to make, and it's pretty darn delicious too!  

Here is the recipe for a Purple Blossom Martini:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate grenadine
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a martini glass and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to finding out about a brand new ingredient to cook and drink with!  I wish you all at Skylake Ranch the best!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fiery Apple

Fiery Apple


firey apple cocktail, fireball whisky, cinnamon whisky, appler cider

It's Friday!  I keep hearing the term "Fireball Friday", so this week I thought I'd join in.  Happy Fireball Friday everyone!

OK, so this week flew by......actually the past few months have flown by honestly.  School is back in.  Yeay!  All 4 kids are officially in school!!  This is the first time in 16 years that I have had that.  I will admit, the first day I was home alone I think I had 3 "Oh Shit!" moments.  Those are the moments where I thought I forgot someone somewhere.  Thoughts OH NO did I miss pickup time?  Things like that.  I am happy to report that I have NOT forgotten anyone anywhere, nor have I been late to pick anyone up.  With having all 4 kids in school (did I mention that they are all in different schools?), I am really enjoying the quiet time.....not that I'm not busy.  A fellow Jamberry consultant and I are gearing up for a huge Expo in a couple weeks, so I've been busy making samples, order stuff, etc. for that.  Also, oh yes, I've started Christmas shopping (I can see you rolling your eyes)!  I have to space it all out so that we don't have a large bill at the end of the year.

Alright, onto today's cocktail.  Being Fireball Friday and already knowing that Fireball and Apple Cider go well together, just like in my Fire Orange Cider jello shots, I decided to create an actual cocktail using both.  Now it's been super hot here, so I wanted a cocktail that tastes refreshing, yet has a little Fireball kick.  Success!  This cocktail is no over the top with cinnamon-ey hot flavor because the apple cider tames it a bit.  It's a good light cocktail, but does give you that double hint of Fireball.

Here is my recipe for a Fiery Apple:

  • 1 ounce Fireball Whisky
  • 3 ounces apple cider
Fill a short cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  In a shaker, add ice and the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into glass and enjoy!


Here is a photo of the end result:

firey apple cocktail, fireball whisky, cinnamon whisky, appler cider


Here is a photo of the ingredients:

firey apple cocktail, fireball whisky, cinnamon whisky, appler cider


Here's to a fun-filled action packed weekend ahead!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



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