Saturday, December 23, 2017

Angry By The Fire

I was sent a couple bottles of Angry Orchard so that I could make a cocktail or two of theirs to share with you all.  

I chose Angry By The Fire because of all of the fun ingredients that goes inside!  From Angry Orchard to Fireball Whisky to heavy cream and more, this cocktail is a delicious fun blend of ingredients topped with cinnamon.  It is definitely one I will make again!

Angry orchard, fireball and heavy cream make this cocktail the perfect holiday cocktail.

With two day left until Christmas, our kids could not be more excited!

We've had one family Christmas party so far with two to go.

Last night we went over to our friends house and had Christmas Carolers come and sing a few songs to us.  What a fun experience!  I've only seen that in the movies and it was so super special to see it live!

Back to today's cocktail!

What a fun cocktail to make with all of these ingredients!  Also, it allowed me to make my very own, very first Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup!  Here's how I did it in my Vanilla Simply Syrup post in case you want to make it yourself!

Here is how you make this fun cocktail.

Obviously you are going to add some Angry Orchard to your shaker.

Lemon juice adds a nice refreshing taste to this cocktail.

Vanilla Simple Syrup, great for cocktails and cooking!

Not to mentions my Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup!

Top with ground cinnamon, which adds a tasty touch.

Angry By The Fire


  • 4 ounces Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 1 1/2 ounces Fireball
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/2 ounce Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Add ice and all ingredients into a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass with no ice.
  3. Top with a splash of Angry Orchard Apple.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
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There you have it.  Angry By The Fire to the fire or anywhere!

Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup

This recipe for Homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup is so super simple to make you'll want to make it all the time!  

Vanilla Simple Syrup, great for cocktails and cooking!

Vanilla Simple Syrup can be used in cocktails and food recipes alike.

Here are the simple steps to follow to make this recipe in under 15 minutes!

You are going to combine equal parts of water and sugar.

Heat them together on the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Now add in the vanilla extract.

It will turn your mixture to a yellowish-brownish color.

Let the vanilla infuse into the water and sugar mix for a few minutes while it cools.

Jar it up and stick it in the fridge.

See, simple as that!  You can make as much or as little as you would like.

Here is my recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup.

Vanilla Simple Syrup


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a pot add the water and sugar.
  2. Heat up until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Turn off the burner and add the vanilla extract.
  4. Let it cool and then store it in a mason jar or other air tight container.
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Now you can use this fun flavored simple syrup in your next recipe!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Captain Morgan's Jack-O Blast Recipes

(I was not paid for this review, all opinions are solely my own)

Captain Morgan rum isn't just regular rum.  They have spiced rum (which I'm sure you've heard of), and flavored rums such as coconut, pineapple & grapefruit.  They also have a line of cannon ball shaped bottles which include Jack-O Blast, Loconut and Cannon Blast.

I was sent a bottle of Jack-O Blast so that I could try a couple of their cocktails for myself.

Given the fact that it's been a year since I've tasted Jack-O'Blast, I decided to start off with their Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot.

I do like Captain Morgan's spiced rum, and I do like a good pumpkin flavor.  I must say, Captain Morgan blended these two flavors perfectly.  The pumpkin is not overwhelming, but it is definitely there.  This flavored spiced rum is a winner!  

Oh and did I mention that it smells good too!

OK, we are 1 for 1 so far!  Let's try another one.  Next I decided to try their Apple Jack-O.

This cocktail mixes the flavors of spiced pumpkin rum and apple cider.  Apple cider to me always mellows out a cocktail.

That being said, the pumpkin and apple flavors work well together.  This is a cocktail that you can sip on and enjoy.  It's cold and refreshing.  That makes us 2 for 2.  Great job Captain Morgans!

Here are the ingredients for the Apple Jack-O.

I am really enjoying the flavor of Captain Morgan's Jack-O'Blast.  I think I might even try it with coke........later on tonight.

Here are Captain Morgan's recipes for their two yummy cocktails!

Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot

Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast Shot


  • 1.5 ounces Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast


  1. Pour Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast into a shot glass and enjoy!
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Apple Jack-O

Apple Jack-O


  • 1.5 ounces Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast
  • 4 ounces chilled apple cider


  1. Combine all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice.  Stir and enjoy!
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There you have it.  Two recipes for Captain Morgan's Jack-O'Blast.  Buy a bottle and enjoy!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We are hosting this year and are having one of the smallest crowds we've ever had.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mulled Wine

Have you ever had Mulled Wine?  You know hot wine.......spices.......citrus.  Ever?

OK, I will admit.......I was very scared to try it.  The thought of hot wine with different spices......well it kinda scared me.

A few weeks ago.......or a month ago......OK, no a month and a half ago, a friend of mine and I did a paintnite.

It was fun!  Another things that I honestly wasn't sure that I'd like, but decided to do my first one about a year ago and have done 3 more since!  Love it.

Anyways, back to the last paintnite.  Well this was the first ever paintnite where they had a raffle. 

How fun!

What's even more fun?  The fact that I won a bottle of wine, that's what!  Since I hadn't opened the bottle yet, I decided to use it in my first ever creation of Mulled Wine.  Glad I did!

OK, so how exactly do you make mulled wine?  It's actually pretty simple, I must say.

Get all of your ingredients together.  Slice the orange and stick two cloves into one slice and two into another.

Mulled Wine cooking on the stove.

Add most of your ingredients.  Warm it up on the stove.  Give everything a good stir.  Once it's all ready, add in the Cointreau.  Mmmmmm.

Mulled Wine with Cointreau

Be prepared to really like this recipe!  I mean it.  Don't be fooled like I was and think you won't like it.  

OH AND YOU KNOW WHAT?!?!  Later on in the evening, we poured a glass and stuck some ice in it to cool it down and make it cold.



Mulled Wine


  • 1 750 mililiter bottle of red wine (I used Merlot)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange (cut into slices)
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau


  1. Slice the orange into even 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Stick two cloves into the skin of one of the orange slices and two into the skin of another orange slice
  3. In a pot on the stove, pour in the wine, apple cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks and orange slices (including the slices that have the cloves in them).
  4. Heat on medium until it begins to simmer, once you have a simmer, turn the burner to low and let it cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. After 30 minutes of cooking, add the Cointreau, stir and serve.
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So whether you try it hot or chilled.  I say try it both ways!  This here is the best mulled wine I've ever had.  Granted I've never had Mulled Wine before this, but I can't imagine any other Mulled Wine being better!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Patriotic Berry Fizz

The combination of raspberry vodka, blueberry schnapps, sprite and grenadine.

Ready or not, the 4th of July is just 4 days away!

Are you ready?

Are you ready to admit that the year is half over?  Me either.

Patriotic Berry Fizz is the PERFECT cocktail for the 4th of July!  

And just look at it!  Isn't it pretty!!  Those colors make me want to just dive in and drink it all up.

OK, maybe not "dive" in know, the schnapps and grenadine will get you all sticky and such.  So maybe just a big straw?

This cocktail is another one of my layered cocktails.  But really, it looks more like an ombre then a layered cocktail.  Oh I like that.....ombre!

I mean check out that ombre!

Usually I don't care too much for a "bubbly" cocktail, but the amount of lemon-lime soda in this cocktail is quite refreshing!  

Not only is it fun to look at, it's delicious to drink too!

And of course you need to garnish it with fresh blueberries and raspberries!  Mmmmm.

Make sure you garnish and have a bowl on the side.  You just may want to dunk a few more in as you enjoy your cocktail!

OH WAIT!!  I didn't tell you!  We got a pool!  OK, no we didn't dig a HUGE hole in our backyard.

We bought an above the ground pool!!  This pool by Intex to be exact!  It's a 12' pool.  The kids have swam EVERY........SINGLE..........DAY since we've gotten it!  It's the perfect size for our yard (they have smaller and bigger ones too).  My husband purchased a cover, filter, chlorine tablets and something else I can't remember to make it perfect for the kids.  We got EVERYTHING on Amazon and we are sooo excited about it!

It's the perfect size for my 3 youngest to play around and have a blast!  We could even toss a few more kids in there and there would still be PLENTY of room!

I hope your plans for the 4th include some delicious food and drinks!  I sure know mine will!  I have a feeling that there will be a lot of BBQing, hor dourve eating and alcohol drinking over the next few days in our family!

OK, onto the recipe.......because I know that's why you all are here!

Need more Patriotic Cocktail Ideas?  No problem!  Check out my other Patriotic Cocktails to help you choose the perfect cocktail for your party!

Patriotic Berry Fizz


  • 1 ounce raspberry vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blueberry schnapps
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine


  1. Pour grenadine into glass.
  2. In a shaker with ice, shake up the raspberry vodka and blueberry schnapps.
  3. Over the back of a spoon, layer the vodka & blueberry schnapps mixture over the grenadine.
  4. Over the back of a spoon, layer the lemon-lime soda over the top of that.
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Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Millionaire's Coffee

Millionaire's coffee is the BEST hot, flavorful cocktail that includes Irish cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur & coffee liqueur.

Have I got the BEST hot flavorful coffee cocktail in the whole wide world for you!

That's right!  I said it!

The BEST!  Until I find better anyways........

Millionaire's Coffee is so flavorful and delicious I almost couldn't believe it.  See I'm not huge on alcohol in coffee (gasp........what?  The Cocktail Lady....NOT into alcohol in coffee).  I know sounds weird right?  Well the thing is, I like my alcohol cold.  I like it shaken, stirred, blended.....but not usually hot.

This cocktail is for sure the ultimate exception!

OK let's start with the main ingredient, coffee.

For YEARS we have had a regular coffee maker.  You know the kind, coffee grinds into a filter.  Pour the water in the top......some of it spills all over the counter no matter how slow or quick you pour.  Eventually a pot of coffee has been brewed.

Now we have a Keurig 2.0 AND I LOVE IT!!!!  It always takes me a little while to "agree" to get the latest and greatest (VHS --> DVD or film to digital camera), and in the end I'm always happy I switched.  Here is the Keurig we have:

One of the main reasons why I LOVE our coffee maker is because you can CHOOSE the amount of coffee you want brewed!!  Totally cool, right?  Such as in this recipe, you need 6 ounces of hot coffee.  Well problem solved and I didn't even have to use ANY measuring cups!  Love It!

OK, so here's "The Best" coffee cocktail being built:

First goes the coffee.

Next the Irish Cream Liqueur.

Add the hazelnut liqueur.

Don't forget the coffee liqueur.

Stir it up well.

Never forget the whipped cream!!

The ground cinnamon on top perfects this cocktail!

Millionaire's Coffee


  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • 3/4 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon


  1. Brew six ounces of hot coffee and pour it into a tall cocktail glass.
  2. Pour in the Irish cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur and coffee liqueur.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.
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There you have it!  Millionaire's Coffee.  

Try it!  You'll be glad you did!

Millionaire's coffee is the BEST hot, flavorful cocktail that includes Irish cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur & coffee liqueur.