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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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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Creamy Nutty Paddy

Creamy Nutty Paddy

Today's goal was to create a green cocktail.  Many think of creme de mint when they think of a green drink.  For that sole reason I pulled out my sour apple pucker.  Then I decided to just get a little crazy/creative and mix it up with the new heavy cream my husband bought and a couple other items in the bar.

There you have it, Creamy Nutty Paddy.  I can honestly say that I think I can taste every...single...ingredient in this cocktail.  It's weird, but good all at the same time.  If you want to taste a cocktail you have never tasted before, give this one a try.  Why not?!

On another note, we just found out that our son has been moved up to the varsity baseball team this year!  He's a sophomore and couldn't be happier......well, actually he'd be happier if he didn't still have to wear his giant boot when walking and could actually get on the field and play ball.  Come Monday, we have our next appt. with his doctor to see what the next step is.  We have our fingers crossed that he doesn't have to wear that boot anymore and can begin using his foot again.

For those of you who did not know, I am now an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails (http://jenpenas.jamberrynails.net/).  I am in LOVE with the product and am constantly wearing the nail wraps.  If you would like a sample or to host a party on Facebook contact me!  You'll be glad you did!  Our new Spring/Summer catalog will be coming out on March 1st, after that I think I'm going to do a giveaway for a FREE sheet of nail wraps.  Stay tuned!!

Here is the recipe for my Creamy Nutty Paddy:

  • 1 ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce midori
  • 1 sour apple pucker
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce heavy whipping cream
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a short cocktail glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here's to another green cocktail.......hey, at least it's green! 


The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

X-Rated Love Bug

X-Rated Love Bug

Here we are!  Somehow it is February 11th and this year is (and honestly has been) already in full swing.  This Friday......Friday The 13th, our oldest daughter turns 6 (still in disbelief).  She was born on a Friday The 13th as well, so for us it's a very lucky day.

This year for her birthday we have invited (gasp) her entire kindergarten class over for her party.  We rented a jumpy so that the kids can get all of their energy out, then we will eat some pizza, make some bookmarks, eat cupcakes and have fun.  This year their "goodie bags" are actually a Step 1 book since they're all in kindergarten and learning to read.  I bought these books off of amazon for them all to take home, it's called May I Please Have A Cookie.  So they can make their own bookmarks here and have them to take home to mark their pages when they read.  I did this one other year for her birthday (the books not the bookmarks), I thought it was a nice change from the cheap plastic toys at the party store.

Since it's been a while since I've posted let me tell you why it's been so long.  Our oldest (now 16) hurt himself in a school basketball game 2 weeks ago.  At first the doctor thought it was a high ankle sprain and he might need surgery (yikes!!), after x-rays and an MRI we found out it wasn't a high ankle sprain (Thank You!), but he had a LOT of fluid in his ankle which was causing a lot of pain and swelling.  It took about a week and a half for us to see his ankle bone again.  So........needless to say, he's been on crutches ever since and FINALLY gets to try walking, in his ginormous boot along with the help of his crutches on Monday.......Hip Hip Hooray!!  

Onto tonight's cocktail!  I wanted to make a pink cocktail to celebrate Valentine's Day, so I created the X-Rated Love Bug.  This cocktail combines X-Rated and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and it is good!!  It's quick and easy to make and quick and easy to shoot!

Here is my recipe for an X-Rated Love Bug:

  • 1 1/2 ounces X-Rated Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
In a shaker, add ice and the two ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a shot glass and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day whether you are celebrating or not!

The Cocktail Lady

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

RIPE Bar Juice Review & Give Away

RIPE Bar Juice Review & Give Away

Somehow an entire month has gone by since I have posted last.  Somehow I survived the past month.....somehow.  Between our 4 Christmas parties, our Masquerade New Years Eve party, our good friends 40th "Prom Style" birthday party, our oldest's 16th (gasp.....I said 16th didn't I?) birthday and all of his basketball......somehow we made it!  I thought January was going to go slow and allow us to ease into the new year.....WRONG!!  Oh well, such is life.  Tonight we are going to celebrate my grandma's 99th birthday at her favorite Mexican restaurant, so that will be fun!

I was contacted by RIPE Bar Juice and asked if I would like to try their juices.  I agreed and they 2-day mailed me this variety of 6 different flavored juices.......in a shipping cooler!  RIPE Bar Juices need to stay refrigerated and I will tell you they were nice and cool when I received them!  Once I took them out of their box, I put them right into the fridge.

I decided to tell you about the Bajan Punch and Classic Cosmopolitan for this review.

I tried both of these juices on their own before I mixed them up with alcohol.  They were both quite flavorful.  They would be great to drink in a glass with ice all on their own as well. 

 My first cocktail I mixed up was the Bajan Punch.  This recipe is right on the side of the bottle.

This cocktail was SUPER easy to make.  Two ingredients, that's it!  I mixed 2 ounces of gold rum and 4 ounces of Bajan Punch.  Shook them in a shaker and strained them into a cocktail glass filled with ice.  Easy to make and a nice light refreshing taste.  Neither the rum, not the juice was overpowering.  I think I might make another one and do a 1:1 ratio to see how that tastes.

The second cocktail I made was a Cosmopolitan.  This recipe is right on the side of the bottle too.

Just like the Bajan Punch, this cocktail was super easy to make as well.  I mixed 1 ounce of vodka and 2 ounces of the Cosmopolitan juice.  Shook and strained my cocktail into a martini glass.  Just that simple.  Just like the Bajan Punch this cocktail had a nice light refreshing taste to it as well.

All in all, I like the RIPE Bar Juices!  I am looking forward to trying more creations with them all.  Stay tuned see what I make!  It's neat that they make happy hour that much easier!  Not a whole lot of mixing required.  Just a few ingredients and you are ready to enjoy a nice cocktail. 

Here is a link to the RIPE website if you are interested in checking them out.

RIPE Bar Juices would like to send one lucky reader 2 bottles (of your choice) of their Bar Juices!  You can enter into the drawing below:

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Santa's Kiss

Santa's Kiss

I am completely convinced that we lost 3 months this year.  They didn't happen.....they could not have happened, because Christmas can NOT be in 3 days.  It just can't.......can it?

Once Halloween hit this house it feels like the hands of time went 3x's faster then normal, skipping every other hour.  Somehow Thanksgiving was here and gone and now Christmas is about to do the same thing.  I'm embarrassed to say.....this is my first Christmas cocktail of the season.

Knowing this was my first (and hopefully not only), I knew I needed to make it AMAZING!  Mission accomplished!  I had a good friend over and we were talking cocktails (surprising, I know).  She mentioned lemon drop, I said I have a recipe for that (another surprise, right?).  We wanted to create something with a little bit more then a regular lemon drop.  I said Chambord, she said X-Rated Fusion and then this beauty was born!

You are going to love it!  It tastes so delicious.  The lemon juice, Chambord and X-Rated Fusion go beautifully together it's almost a crime!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  Let me know if you try any new cocktails over the holidays.  Make sure you get the recipes so I can try them too!

Here is my recipe for a Santa's Kiss:

  • 2 ounces whipped vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce Chambord
  • 1/2 ounce X-Rated Fusion
  • superfine sugar for rimming
Rim a martini glass with superfine sugar.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above, except the sugar.  Shake and strain into sugar rimmed martini glass.  Sit back and enjoy this amazing cocktail.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

I hope you are able to spend time with your family and friends during the holiday season.  Be safe and happy!

The Cocktail Lady

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