Thursday, August 18, 2016

National Lemonade Day & Recipes

National Lemonade Day
Citrus Beerade

national lemonade day, lemonade, beer

It's been a crazy August so far!  Has it been for you too.....or is it just us?  Yesterday marked our oldest's Last First Day of High School (1 in school, 3 to go).  Yup.  That's right.  We have a senior.  He had his senior portraits taken last Saturday, which was a trip.  I just can't believe that we are where we are.  This year will mark a lot of lasts for him and us, which is kinda sad.  I already warned him that I will be doing a lot of on and off crying this year so he just needs to get used to it.  I have a sneaking suspicion he already knew that though.

National Lemonade Day is this Saturday, August 20th!  I tell you, I have learned about more "National something or another Day's" ever since I started this blog.  Who knew there were SO MANY!  

I was sent a couple recipes and photos of cocktails that the Hard Rock Cafe will be serving nationwide on National Lemonade Day.  I was given permission to share them with you and wanted to make one of them to tell you about as well.  Only problem was that I couldn't find the "exact" ingredients that each cocktail I improvised.  Now I don't have the cute Hard Rock Cafe mason jars they use, but I do have my own!  You can buy your own mason jars on amazon.....which I should have known, as they seem to sell everything!!

Aren't those pinwheel paper straws cute!  I just love the dollar section at Target, you never know what you'll find there!!

This is the closest I could come to Hard Rock Cafe's Shocking Shandy.  I call it Citrus Beerade.

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Citrus Beerade
  • 9 ounces Shocktop Beer
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1/2 ounce tangerine rum
Fill a mason jar half way with ice. Pour in the lemonade and rum. Pour the beer over that and garnish with an orange slice.

Here are the two cocktails that Hard Rock Cafe will be serving nationwide this Saturday. 

Black Cherry Frozen Lemonade

Shocking Shandy

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Black Cherry Frozen Lemonade
  • 2 ounces black cherry puree
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Cherry
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 lemon wedge for garnish
  • 1 cherry for garnish
Blend all ingredients together with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.

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Shocking Shandy
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1/2 ounce Bacardi Orange Rum
  • 1 bottle of Shock Top Belgian Wheat Beer
  • 1 orange wedge for garnish
Fill mason jar with ice, lemonade and rum, and top with Shock Top Belgian Wheat Beer. Garnish with a speared orange wedge.

There you have it!  You can either head to your local Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday to try one of their two lemonade cocktails for National Lemonade Day, or you can make them and/or mine at home!

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have fun doing it and enjoy the weekend!


The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The ONLY wine club you want to join

The ONLY Wine Club
(you want to join)

Club W, wine, wine club

**Some links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you follow the link and make a purchase.

Yes I get it......that's a bold statement, but it's so true!  

I love this wine club!!  

I know that there are a lot of wine clubs out there and I have never ever been a member of any of them until Club W.  In my head, wine clubs limit you to (for the most part, not all of them I know) choosing from a variety of wines from one winery.  As much as I may love a merlot from a certain winery........I don't always want to drink that one merlot.

That is why I never joined wine clubs.  

I didn't want to be limited.  

Here is a link to my post on the Club W wine club if you missed it.  I talked about their club and how unique and amazing it is.  Club W ** goes around the world, YES I said world, and chooses grapes from wineries (around the world, yes, crazy right) and turns them into juice before they ship them back to their WINC facilities in California.  

Some of these bottles of wine retail for over $40 a bottle, but because Club W bottles and labels each and every bottle themselves, they can cut out a lot of the extra costs and sell it to you at SUCH a discount!  I think that's soooooo cool!

I joined and ordered my first shipment in April 2016.  I received my bottles, tasted them, went back onto their website and rated them myself.  That way they learn my likes and dislikes even better so that they can recommend bottle to me.  JUST LIKE NETFLIX!  So neat.

You can skip a month.....or two or how every many.  I skipped 2 and then decided it was time to see what they had.  

CAN I JUST TELL YOU how excited I was to find a bottle of wine from Sicily, Italy (yup I'm part Sicilian), a bottle from South Africa and a bottle from Spain!!  That's what I mean...around the world.  I am not limited to the wineries in Napa California.  

I had the choice of ordering 3 bottles of wine and paying $9.99 shipping......OR (I bet you can guess which option I took) ordering 4 bottles with FREE shipping and only paying $2 then I would have for the 3 bottles + shipping.

Yup I went with the 4 bottles!

wine from around the world

One from Sicily
Sicily Italy, wine

One from South Africa
South Africa, wine

One from Spain
Spain, wine

One from Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles, wine

I am sooo excited about these bottles!  I wish, wish, wish that I could share them with you all!  

Unfortunately I can't do that, but I can direct you to their site where you can fill out a couple quick questions to help them get to know your wine palate.  Then you can sign up for their club and receive $20 Off Wine. Yes, Please!! **  No pressure to buy every month, just order when you want and enjoy!

Needless to say, I'm excited.  I can't wait to try these wines from around the world as well as the ones from here in California.  Check them out by either clicking the link above or the ad in the right had column of this page.  You'll be glad you did!  A bottle of wine makes a fantastic gift for birthdays and YES even the holidays that will be here before we know it.  Why not give a bottle of wine from another country, think of how awesome you'll look doing that!  

Time to go open a bottle up.


The Cocktail Lady