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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Purple Blossom Martini

 Purple Blossom Martini

Our family went to our local Art & Wine Festival a couple weeks ago.  As we are sitting in the shade (because it was super hot) eating our lunch, a friend of mine comes over looking for me.  "Jen!  I wanted to show you this, since you're The Cocktail Lady, and get your opinion and see what you think about it".  She pulled out a pomegranate grenadine that she had just purchased from Skylake Ranch and asked me about using it in cocktails.  Then she told me how much she LOVES their grill sauce and how it's the only way she can get her son to eat meat.  My husband heard "grill sauce" and took a look at the bottle she had purchased and then decided, "We need to go find this booth and check them out!".  Off we went, with beer in hand (Sam Adam's Octoberfest of course) off to find this booth.

We got there and met Chris.  We told him how our friend found us and told us all about the grill sauce and grenadine and he offered us samples of both, plus 2 different kinds of balsamic vinegar and jelly.  OH MY GOODNESS, they were ABSOLUTELY delicious!!!!  All of them.  Even having a taste of the white balsamic vinegar didn't make me do a squinchy faced dance!  Skylake Ranch is a family orchard, where they harvest pomegranates.  They are used in their vinegars, sauces, grenadine and jelly.  Needless to say.......we got the grenadine, 2 of the grill sauces's, a balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar.  Why we didn't get the jelly too......I have NO CLUE.........I blame the beer.....s.

Anyways, I loved all of the samples so much that I proclaimed to Chris that I would do a review on my blog about it.  I highly recommend trying any of their yummy items!  Here is a link to their site  Skylake Ranch check them out and make a purchase, you'll be glad you did!  They also have a Facebook page you can check out as well.  Me being me, I made one of their own cocktails.  It's an easy cocktail to make, and it's pretty darn delicious too!  

Here is the recipe for a Purple Blossom Martini:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate grenadine
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a martini glass and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to finding out about a brand new ingredient to cook and drink with!  I wish you all at Skylake Ranch the best!!


The Cocktail Lady
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Fiery Apple

Fiery Apple

It's Friday!  I keep hearing the term "Fireball Friday", so this week I thought I'd join in.  Happy Fireball Friday everyone!

OK, so this week flew by......actually the past few months have flown by honestly.  School is back in.  Yeay!  All 4 kids are officially in school!!  This is the first time in 16 years that I have had that.  I will admit, the first day I was home alone I think I had 3 "Oh Shit!" moments.  Those are the moments where I thought I forgot someone somewhere.  Thoughts OH NO did I miss pickup time?  Things like that.  I am happy to report that I have NOT forgotten anyone anywhere, nor have I been late to pick anyone up.  With having all 4 kids in school (did I mention that they are all in different schools?), I am really enjoying the quiet time.....not that I'm not busy.  A fellow Jamberry consultant and I are gearing up for a huge Expo in a couple weeks, so I've been busy making samples, order stuff, etc. for that.  Also, oh yes, I've started Christmas shopping (I can see you rolling your eyes)!  I have to space it all out so that we don't have a large bill at the end of the year.

Alright, onto today's cocktail.  Being Fireball Friday and already knowing that Fireball and Apple Cider go well together, just like in my Fire Orange Cider jello shots, I decided to create an actual cocktail using both.  Now it's been super hot here, so I wanted a cocktail that tastes refreshing, yet has a little Fireball kick.  Success!  This cocktail is no over the top with cinnamon-ey hot flavor because the apple cider tames it a bit.  It's a good light cocktail, but does give you that double hint of Fireball.

Here is my recipe for a Fiery Apple:

  • 1 ounce Fireball Whisky
  • 3 ounces apple cider
Fill a short cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  In a shaker, add ice and the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into glass and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to a fun-filled action packed weekend ahead!


The Cocktail Lady

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cinnamon Apple

Cinnamon Apple

Apparently July happened and now it's........August?  Really??  How exactly did that happen??  This year our family has been busy little bees.  We have a wedding and a vow renewal both coming up in August both ceremonies are 6 days apart from each other.  Guess what, we're in them both too!  How exciting is that??  The last couple months have been filled with preparing and partying as we get ready for both ceremonies.  Can't beat that!

This school year that is starting up will mark the first time in the history of The Cocktail Lady that I will have all 4 kids in school......say what?!  Oh it's true and oh so wonderful!  Our oldest will start his Junior year of high school in a week, second oldest just received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and will be starting middle school!  Our girls will start the 1st grade and Transitional Kindergarten.  WOW.....how did that happen?  Speaking of school, I thought I'd make a school-like shooter to help you all get your kids back to school and start your school year routine again.

This shooter has a kick and a heat to it.  You get the sour apple taste from the pucker, but I'll tell you, that Fireball on top......insert the kick here!  These two layer perfectly on top of each other which is fun.  When drinking this shooter you absolutely have to shoot the entire thing, otherwise you'll get a mouthful of Fireball and a little pucker.

Here is my recipe for a Cinnamon Apple:

  • 3/4 ounce sour apple pucker
  • 3/4 ounce Fireball Whisky
In a shot glass pour in the apple pucker.  Holding a spoon upside down and having it touch the inside of the shot glass right above the pucker, slowly pour the Fireball down the back of the spoon to give your shooter that layered effect.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to another half of a year flying by!  Before we know it these kids will be in school, then it will be Halloween, Thanksgiving.....and so on.


The Cocktail Lady

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hot Lil Honey

Happy.....June?  These last 2 months have been a roller coaster.  Between family stuff, kids stuff and our "normal" everyday life......sometimes life is hard.

It's been a while since I've given you a new cocktail......and I'm sorry.  I'll be the first to admit that I sure have needed LOTS of cocktails over the past couple months!  Here I am, back with a fun shooter I found at Las Vegas Weekly.  

A friend of ours, when he sees something new will bring us a new bottle of liquor we haven't yet tried.  This bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whisky was brought over a month or so ago and was FINALLY opened today!  I had found this recipe shortly after we received the bottle and have been holding onto it ever since.

This shooter is definitely for those of you who enjoy the taste of whisky.  It was a little too whisky-ey for me, but that being said, it wasn't half bad!  I personally think the whipped cream on top is a must (it cuts back on the whisky taste a little).  All in all, not a bad shooter!

Here is the recipe for a Hot Lil Honey

  • 1 ounce Honey Whisky
  • 1/2 ounce Fireball whisky
  • 1/2 ounce Frangelico
In a shaker, add ice and the three ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a shot glass.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

It's great to be posting again.  My goal is to do this a LOT more often!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Tastefully Simple Giveaway

Tastefully Simple Giveaway

Have you ever tried to take a picture, set your cameras settings just so......and then the sun goes behind a cloud as you are taking the shot?  OK.......fine, I'll readjust my settings to the darker sky and click.......what?!?!  Did the sun REALLY just come out from the clouds as I was taking that shot?  I kid you not, the sun was playing a nasty game of hide and seek with me this afternoon while I was "trying" to take some shots for this post.  I mean it was ridiculous.  All in all, I think I got a few good ones to share with you all.

Tastefully simple contacted me again and asked if I would share a couple new items with you all from their new catalog.  Of course I will!!  They have a brand new Triple The Fun pack with new fun flavors which are Red Raspberry Margarita Mix, Pineapple Breeze Daiquiri Mix and Wild Berry Slush Drink Mix.  They also shared with me their Mango Margarita Mix with Chili Lime Rimmer.  So fun!

Just like the other Triple The Fun pack I talked about last time these are super easy to make.  All you need to do is combine the mix, alcohol and water into the tub and give it a good stir.  Stick the sealed tub in the freezer for 12-14 hours and you are ready to enjoy!

I put the Pineapple Breeze Daiquiri Mix in a martini glass, but you can really put them into any kind of glass you'd like.

With the spring weather heating up and summer just around the corner, these icy cool cocktails are perfect to cool you down!

Thank You again Tastefully Simple for sending me out these fun cocktails to try!  Also a big Thank You for allowing one of my lucky readers to win everything you sent me as well!!

Check these items and more out at tastefullysimple.com.

Now onto the contest!  You must live in the USA to enter.  Contest ends on April 20th!  I will contact you via the email address you provide if you are my lucky winner!  Best of luck to you all!!

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