White Lady

A nice, smooth, delicious cocktail that is easy to make.

Top 5 Cocktails for your extra tequila

The top 5 cocktails to make with tequila

S'moretini

Now you don't need a campfire to enjoy a delicious smore.

Red Velvet Cake

Why can't you have your cake and eat it too?

Happy Birthday Tini (HBT)

The perfect cocktail for your birthday celebrations.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tastefully Simple Review & Giveaway

I was contacted and sent product from a company called Tastefully Simple.  They asked me to choose 3 items to review (yeay 3!!) and then here comes the BEST part.....I get to give my favorite flavor away to 2 of my readers!!  More on that at the bottom, now onto the review.

The flavors I chose were Fuzzy Navel, Piña Colada and the Triple The Fun 3-pack which includes Lovin' Lemon, Juicy Watermelon Margarita & Mango Breeze Margarita.  The two bigger single containers make 8-8oz servings and the smaller ones in the 3-pack make 4-8oz servings.



What you get when you order one is:
  • A container that you use to mix everything up in and then stick in the freezer  
  • The powdered flavor mix  
What you need to supply is:
  • Water 
  • Alcohol type that is asked for depending on the mix you choose
If you choose to make a non-alcoholic version then just skip the alcohol which allows you to no spend any additional money for preparation.  I'm sure you all have already guessed.....I added the alcohol!

The end result is a flavorful slushy cocktail.






All in all, this is a pretty cool way to enjoy a cocktail on a hot summer day!  For that cocktail enthusiast in your life who seems to have it all, I bet you they don't have one of these!  Give them a fun alternative to serving cocktails.

When I made and froze the first one I opened it up to look inside and saw a frozen block.  I guess I took the directions "stir & serve" too literally.  I tried stirring and chopping and whatnot to make it drinkable.  Hello, frozen!  Then I decided that the best thing to do is to open it up and sit it on the counter and let it soften a bit.  






I suggest to check it and break it up every 5-10 minutes until it becomes good and slushy.  Once it is the consistency that you want, stir it up really well.  Then you can scoop it into a glass and either drink it or use a spoon and eat it that way. 

I want to thank Tastefully Simple for sending me these fun slushy cocktail mixes to try!  I had fun and enjoyed it.

Want to order your own slushy cocktail mixes?  Check out tastefullysimple.com and order some today!!

Now onto the contest!!  Given that my favorite flavor was the Juicy Watermelon Margarita Mix, Two lucky winners will win one Triple The Fun 3-pack from Tastefully Simple!  

You MUST live in the USA to enter.  I will contact you via the email address you provide.  Good luck!!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Cinnamon Cake

To say it's been hot is an understatement.  Last weekend we were able to take an extended weekend stay with one of my BFF's at her place in Fresno.  HOLY HOT WEEKEND!!  I think the hottest it got was somewhere around 110 degrees.  Yea that's too hot for me.....and of course the day we left it was about 20 degrees cooler......figures!

We were able to go to a water park with some pretty darn cool water slides while we were up there which was one of the bestest ideas ever!!  The kids were all sooo good and the water just helped everyone not be grouchy (myself included!!)  We were able to watch the Fresno Grizzles play (SF Giants AAA team) which was a great time and I now want a Grizzlies Hat.  Once we got home we got to check two items off of our Summer Time Bucket List, yeay us!!

Today I looked in my bar and noticed that I really haven't used my raspberry vodka in quite some time.  I pulled it out and a couple other bottles caught my eye, so I decided to get creative.  I created a pretty good cocktail which I topped with Cool Whip, which.....let's be honest, makes everything better!!  

Here is my recipe for a Chocolate Raspberry Cinnamon Cake:

  • 2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 2 ounces Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream
  • 3 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.  Top with Cool Whip.


Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to fun weekends with friends both new and old!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady


I linked this post on the Weekend Potluck as well as here:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brave Bull

Happy National Tequila Day!!  It's Thursday and today I feel like I "finally" was able to accomplish a lot of the stuff that I have wanted to do before the weekend.  Don't get me wrong I still have a long list of stuff to do, but the stuff I have done was the BIG stuff, so yeay for a productive day!!

When most of us think "tequila" we think margaritas!!  Well at least I do....  That is why I wanted to stray away from the margarita (and many delicious flavors they bring) and give you a different kind of tequila.  WISH I HADN'T.  This cocktail is NOT one that I would ever with upon my enemy....ok, well.....maybe just to see their face when they drank it.  If you don't know, I am NOT a tequila fan....at all.  I can drink it in a mixed drink where the "main" flavor is NOT tequila, but I can not take a shot of it....at all.  Bad experience in my younger years has ruined tequila for me, yuck!

This cocktail, if you haven't guessed already, is mostly a tequila tasting one.  I really wish that the Kahlua had more presence in it, but it doesn't, boo.  I wouldn't recommend it, but I'm sure there are those of you out there who really do enjoy tequila.....if you are a Brave enough Bull, go ahead and try it!  If you do, please let me know what you think of it!!

Here is the recipe for a Brave Bull:

  • 2 ounces tequila (silver)
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
In a short cocktail glass filled with ice, pour in your two ingredients, swirl and......try to enjoy?

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to National Tequila Day!  May your cocktails taste 1000% better then the one I just tried!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jellyfish (shooter)

Is this week over yet?  Is it Friday yet?  Wait........I'm not ready for the weekend yet, so it can't be here already....I just REALLY need this week to be over already.  Needless to say these past 3 days have been....crazy.

Last Friday our oldest took his test at the DMV to get his permit.  Passed!!  Yesterday he had his first official "behind the wheel" instruction.  Now that his first 2 hours are done, he can now drive with a licensed driver 35 or older!  So today....he and I took our first drive.  He "very willingly" drove me to Target, he did great!  We are slowly working towards those 50 hours of driving he and I (or my husband, my folks, his aunts/uncles) have to complete, yeay!!

I wanted to make a fun shooter today so I searched online.  I found the same recipe for a Jellyfish shooter over and over again, so I thought I'd give it a try.  It's a fun shooter to make and a nice quick one to drink.  I have made one similar in the past, Brain Hemorrhage, which was really good.  This one was easier to get down because there wasn't as much of the "hanging baileys" in the middle as there was in the Brain Hemorrhage.  All in all it was a pretty yummy shooter.

Here is the recipe for a Jellyfish:

  • 1/2 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce Irish Cream liqueur
  • 4 drops grenadine
In a shot glass, pour in the first two ingredients.  Next layer the Irish Cream on top of them.  With a straw drip 4 drops of grenadine in the middle.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to another fun shooter!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady




Shared this recipe on the Cook, Blog, Share site!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Banana Slip

I need to say that I can NOT believe how long it's been since my last post.  These past 2 weeks have been absolutely insane.......I'm surprised I haven't have more cocktails.  We celebrated my birthday with some friends on Saturday, which was a total blast!  Had a few margaritas, a few shots of Fireball (by itself......no mixing needed) and a couple beers.  Yea.......it was a good night!

I haven't done a layered shooter in a while, so a I thought I'd do one.  I found a few online that look "interesting" so be ready!  I also was told of a Fireball cocktail a reader of mine makes at her house (which I'm totally going to try), as well as another shooter Fireball posted on Facebook not too long ago.  Needless to say, I've got some cocktails on the way.

This shooter is OK.  It doesn't scream "I'm the best shooter in the world".......yet it's not the worst.  The equal amounts of both liqueurs seem to sort of cancel each other out, so this shooter doesn't taste like either one too much......just a blend of both.  It was worth trying, since I love creme de banana, but I won't be trying it again.

Here is the recipe for a Banana Slip:

  • 3/4 ounce creme de banana
  • 3/4 ounce Irish Cream
In a shot glass, pour in your creme de banana.  Next over the back of a spoon, layer the Irish Cream on top.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to getting back to making cocktails after a couple of crazy weeks!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



I have shared this recipe with the #cookblogshare hop.