Sunday, June 30, 2013

Apple Pie

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Happy Saturday before the Fourth of July!  

I figured I'd get this one in early so that you can try it this evening and let me know what you think.  

With only 5 days left until the Fourth (4 until my birthday) I sat back and thought what flavor cocktail should I make to represent this great country?  

Then the saying, "There's nothing more American than Apple Pie" came into my head.


I gave my very own creation 4.5 shots out of 5.  

This shooter goes down VERY smooth and easy....yes it may even go down a bit too easy.  

It tastes like apple pie and I have to say that the cinnamon sprinkled on top of this shooter is the one ingredient that REALLY makes it all come together.  

So whatever you do, DO NOT forget the cinnamon (the photo below shows "some" cinnamon, but the rest is on the back side.......doh).......even if you don't like it all that much (like me), in this cocktail you can not skip it.

Here are the ingredients for my Apple Pie:

  • 1 ounce whipped cream vodka
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon
In a shaker, add ice and your whipped cream vodka and apple cider.  Shake and strain into a shot glass.  Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

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 America and our Apple Pies!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pride Shots

I woke up late today!  Did you hear that?  I slept in!!  What that actually means is that I kept my kids up late enough last night that THEY all slept in......which in turn allows me to sleep in.  It was nice being able to wake up after 7:00 in the morning.  I then got up, made my children (those who were awake......the 14 year old seems to sleep in a lot) breakfast, myself coffee and logged onto my computer.  

Today I created a rainbow of shots (not all good I will totally admit) and called them Pride Shots.  In my head I came up with the combinations of alcohols and liqueurs to create the colors I wanted (totally hoping they'd all taste good......kind of knowing they might not).  Now saying that, some of these combos........weren't the best tasting flavors, but the colors, perfect!  I did have a friend over and she started at one end and I the other and we drank half of each shot each until we hit opposite ends.  We smiled at some and make yucky faces at the others.  All in all it was fun!

I have not come up with individual names yet for each shot, but I think they're all part of a greater group.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to a rainbow of shots!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, June 24, 2013

Purple Independence

With vodka, blueberry, cranberry and sweet & sour mix Purple Independence a sure winner!

Hello!!  It's been a long time since we've chatted about cocktails hasn't it.  We have been going absolutely crazy since the last time we drank together.  

Baseball for our oldest has been non-stop, we had a family reunion in Monterey, CA and then drove directly to Santa Cruz, CA to have (I want to say our first ever) "Just the 6 of us" vacation.

My grandma is one of nine siblings, so our family is all over the U.S.  We do a lot of laughing, a good amount of eating and a bunch of drinking!  

The first night we got there we had a "tailgate" style dinner, so we all wore our sports gear.  Of course my family was supporting the S.F. Giants, how else would we have dressed?  Before the 2012 World Series I had made a bet with two of my cousins that if the Giants (like I didn't know they'd make it) played the Tigers in the World Series, looser has to wear the winning teams hat ALL.......NIGHT......on Friday at the reunion.  

Yup, it was nice seeing those two extra Giants hats there!  Woot Woot, go Giants!

We came home and started right back up with a baseball tournament.  Back to reality.  Our trip was amazing and we all had a great time.  We're really looking forward to our next reunion and hopefully before that a family trip.

I gave this cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  

Apparently the year if more then half over with and here comes the Fourth of July!  I figured I'd better pull out some bottles and create something patriotic-ish for the upcoming holiday.  

I was shooting for a blue cocktail, but with all that I had to add to it, it became a sort of purple be it.  

This cocktail is a lighter tasting cocktail.  I was hoping for more of a blueberry taste, so I think I will try a different-ish combo with more blueberry next time.  The flavors go well together, I would say the raspberry vodka stands out the most and the rest sort of blend together.  All in all, it's not a bad cocktail.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here is my recipe for a Purple Independence:

  • 1 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blueberry schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce sweet & sour mix

Fill up a short cocktail glass with ice.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into your cocktail glass and enjoy!

Here's to the first half of this year!  Cheers to the second!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Camarena Tequila Tipple Tool Kit


I was sent a free product to review in exchange for my honest opinion.  All views in this post are mine and I was not compensated for them in any way.

It's giveaway time!!  I was contacted and asked if I would like to host a giveaway for one of my lucky readers of this VERY cool cocktail tool kit.  The pictures they sent looked great, but I couldn't wait to get my very own in the mail to check it out for myself.

I received a very cool box with custom foam holding each and every item inside (super cool).  The display was very classy and I almost didn't want to take the items out.  Now my box is a little different then the one that I am giving away, because mine has a bottle of tequila in it and yours has a bottle of agave nectar.  Otherwise we will have all of the same items.  

I need to say that if you look at my last photo of a top view of the shaker, you will notice that not only does it have your standard circular strainer holes, it also has a slit on the edge for a smoother pour.  I think that is awesome and I can't wait to try it out.  I have never seen a shaker with that before!  Here is what if you win this giveaway, you will receive:

  • 16 ounce Camarena Tequila Custom Shaker
  • 1 ounce & 2 ounce combo Jigger
  • Citrus Squeezer
  • Wooden Muddler
  • 11/75 ounce bottle of Agave Nectar
  • Camarena Tequila Cocktail Booklet
Here are photos of all of the items except for the agave nectar:

To enter for a chance to win this Camarena Tequila Tipple Tool Kit, you must leave me one comment below telling me how much you would love to have this kit along with your email address (I still need to figure out how to get them automatically, all of my comments don't get emailed to me anymore).  If you are not comfortable with leaving your email address, just shoot me an email with a copy of your comment below.  The giveaway will run from 6/12/2013 - 6/21/2013 at 12:00 midnight PST.  You must be a U.S. resident to win.  Good luck!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

French Toast

4 shots out of 5

These last  two weeks have be absolutely insane for us.  Everywhere I turned there was another soccer game, baseball game, softball game, Tae Kwon Do class or something to do for the end of the school year.  Plus we have a Middle School graduate this year which makes things that much more exciting.  We're also going to be attending a family reunion soon and then we will be planning a graduation party as well.  So much to do, so little time!  But I did have time to quickly buy our sons high school summer reading book, Mythology by Edith Hamilton from amazon, thing down.

Just typing all of that out exhausts me!  A friend of mine gave me some of his Fireball Whisky a while ago so that I could make tonight's........OK, so this afternoons cocktail.  I had every intention to make it within a day or two after he gave it to me.....and then came the sickness that swept through this house.  Now that I have my taste buds back in working order I decided, what better time to make and have a cocktail then now!

I gave today's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  This is a tasty shooter for sure.  None of the three ingredients over powered the other in this shooter at all.  I thought that if any of them would over power the others it would be the Fireball Whisky, but no it was a nice calm cinnamon taste that complimented the others quite well.

Here is the recipe for a French Toast:

  • 1/2 ounce Fireball Whisky
  • 1/2 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake well and strain into a shot glass and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:

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Here is a photo of the ingredients:

french toast cocktail shot, fireball, cinnamon whisky, butterscotch schnapps, Baileys, Irish Cream Liqueur

Thank You Paul for my little Tupperware of Fireball!


The Cocktail Lady