Friday, February 22, 2019

Grapefruit Sour Sparkler

Let's see a show of hands of who has actually infused alcohol before.

Not many of you, OK, no worries.....neither had I before making this cocktail.


I was sent a sample of Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit candy to create this cocktail with.  All opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this post.


First of all, who knew Hi-Chews came in sour flavors?

Me either!  I had no clue!

That being said, WOW, infusing them with brandy.....GENIUS!!

I'm extremely happy that my very first try at infusing alcohol was a success!  I honestly didn't realize that it would take a few days to do (I believe it was more like 4 or 5 days total).

That being said, it was well worth the wait.

I will say that it's kind of like waiting for a pot to boil on the stove though.  I feel like I checked on it 38473463276 times in those 4-5 days.

Once it's done, it looks something like this.


Looks pretty creamy.  Tastes pretty darn good all on it's own as well.  Which was a nice surprise.

So how do we make this cocktail?

Easy.

First pour in the Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy and add a dash of bitters.



Top it off with sparkling wine.



Garnish with, yup you guessed it, Sour Grapefruit Hi-Chew.



Easy right?

Super easy.

The hardest part is waiting for the brandy to finish infusing!

The easiest part?

Enjoying this delicious cocktail!




Grapefruit Sour Sparkler

ingredients:

  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

instructions:

Cocktail
  1. Pour Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit Infused Brandy and bitters into glass.
  2. Top off with sparkling wine.
  3. Garnish with Hi-Chew Sour Grapefruit candy.
Infused Brandy
  1. To infuse the brandy for this cocktail, take 1 Sour Grapefruit Hi-Chew and add it to 1 ounce of brandy.
  2. Let this mixture infuse for 3-5 days, until candy has disappeared.
  3. When ready to use stir well.
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That's it.  Easy enough.  Very enjoyable.  

Just remember to think ahead and infuse MORE than an ounce of brandy like I did.  You just might want to make a second cocktail.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rosé Cherry Blossom

Have you ever tried an Angry Orchard Rosé before?  How about mixing it into a cocktail?

Well I just did both and although the Rosé itself is good, this cocktail is delicious!


I was sent a sample of Angry Orchard Rosé to try.  All opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this post.


Apparently Valentine's Day is in 3 days.

I don't know that because we're excited and are counting down until the 14th.

No I know that because our 3 of 4 turns 10 (double digits....aahhhh) on the 13th.

She was born on Friday the 13th and we thought that was pretty darn cool.


I had never tried Angry Orchard's Rosé Cider before.  I will say that pink drinks usually make me think twice before I take a sip.

I guess I associate them with sweet drinks.....which too much sweet scares me.

On it's own this is pretty good.  I'm not sure that I've ever tried anything "Rosé" before, so I gladly report that my first Rosé experience was a success!

Now, let's talk about this cocktail.


It's an easy one to make.

You add all of your ingredients together minus the Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.





Simple enough, right?

Next you just top it off with the Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.


This would be a fun cocktail to enjoy on Valentine's Day!  Or even the newest term I just learned:

Galentine's Day!  How fun is that!  

I had a friend over last night and I made her one of these and she enjoyed it!



Rosé Cherry Blossom

ingredients:

  • 5 ounces Angry Orchard Rosé Cider
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 tsp cherry preserves

instructions:

  1. In a shaker with ice, add brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and cherry preserves.
  2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Top off with Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.
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That's it.  Simple enough and the color is a fun reddish pinkish color too!

Enjoy!!  


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Wish

I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka Holiday Ornament Bottle to sample.  I was not paid for my opinion.  All views and opinions are my own.

It's been a while since I've used pomegranate juice in a cocktail.

Un-Excusable!!


Time to break that cycle and give you a fun pomegranate cocktail!

Smirnoff sent me this cute little ornament bottle of vodka!  What a fun festive shape!


OK, so I had recently bought some pomegranate juice at the store knowing that I needed to make some sort of holiday cocktail with it.

What have I not mixed with pomegranate juice before?

Godiva white chocolate liqueur of course!

I thought this would be a fun yet different mixture to try.

So in went the vodka from the cute little ornament bottle.


Next was the pomegranate juice.


Lastly I added the white chocolate liqueur.



It's that simple!

It creates a creamy looking cocktail that's fun to drink!



Christmas Wish

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

instructions:


  1. In a shaker with ice, add all of the ingredients above.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
Created using The Recipes Generator

Simple right?  

Don't forget that cute Smirnoff bottle!  It would be a fun thing to bring to a holiday party, or to serve from at yours!

I hope you all are having a great week so far!  I know the countdown to winter break IS ON in our house!



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule

I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka to sample.  I was not paid for my opinion.  All views and opinions are my own.


'Tis the season for peppermint flavored sweets and cocktails!



I was sent this bottle of peppermint vodka to try along with a couple recipes.


The first thing I noticed was a slight aroma of peppermint.

Was I going crazy?  Was the candy cane looking bottle making me think I was smelling peppermint?


Nope, it's actually a Scratch & Sniff bottle!  Well that's fun!

The cocktail I decided to try from the list I was given is a Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule.  

Why?

Cause I was suuuuper curious how peppermint, cranberry and ginger would go together.

I braved it and added the vodka.


Then the cranberry juice.


Shook it up.



Strained it into my cup and added the ginger beer.



The end result?


Surprisingly good! 

I tasted each of the ingredients, but none of them overpowered the other.

The peppermint flavor (which I was most worried about) was nice, not over done.  It gave a nice hint of peppermint.

I am looking forward to creating some more holiday cocktails with this flavored vodka!



Peppermint Cranberry Moscow Mule

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

instructions:


  1. In a shaker with ice add vodka and cranberry juice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Strain into copper mug filled with ice.
  4. Pour in ginger beer.
  5. Stir.
Created using The Recipes Generator

I hope you get a chance to try a new holiday cocktail this year!



Friday, October 26, 2018

Spooky Screwdriver

(I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver to try for myself.  I was not asked to create a post for it or paid for my opinion.  My opinion is mine and completely honest.)

I have another Halloween cocktail for you that includes a bottle of Smirnoff Ice.

This cocktail includes Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver.


We are less then a week away from Halloween.

Yup.

Halloween.

Well, that definitely calls for another Halloween cocktail if I do say so myself.......and I do!

The Spooky Screwdriver is an easy peasy cocktail to make. 

It only has 3 ingredients.  Nice!

The main ingredient is Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver.



Have you tried it before?

I'm not going to lie, I absolutely love the Grape flavored one a LOT better.  Check out the Ghoulish Grape recipe that has that one in it.

This one is.....OK.

The cocktail looks so cool though, right?

All you do is mix in the screwdriver flavored Smirnoff Ice.


With vodka.


Stir and strain into a glass.  Then add grenadine.



You've got yourself a Spooky Screwdriver.


Then you can add spiders and gravestones for cool effects!  lol




Spooky Screwdriver (makes 2)

ingredients:


  • 1 bottle Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine

instructions:


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver and vodka.
  2. Stir well.
  3. In a glass filled with ice, strain in cocktail.
  4. Pour in grenadine.
Created using The Recipes Generator


Easy enough, right?

I'll tell you making these past two cocktails with Smirnoff Ice's brings back a lot of memories!!

I hope you all have a fun few days leading up to Halloween.  Be safe and enjoy the holiday!