Monday night my husband and I celebrated (yes we totally went out to dinner and did a toast to it too) my 1000+ Facebook followers! That was a very exciting milestone for me. It seems that we are looking for excuses reasons to go out to dinner.....I think it makes (at least me) feel not as guilty for enjoying a night out without all 4 kids. We have 2 more reasons to celebrate (and are currently figuring out where we are going to go) with a night out which are: 2000+ Pinterest followers and 100+ (not huge, but huge for me!) Instagram followers. Needless to say, I'm excited!
Tonight is an overdue night out with some good friends. I have been looking forward to this for about a week now! We are going to have some good food, good beers, lots of laughs and did I mention that where we are going is walking distance, bonus!!
Today I made a new cocktail and was initially going for a blue one.....but that Midori kept calling my name! I mean, who am I to deny it being poured into my cocktail?
This cocktail is delicious. It is a perfect blend of everything in it. I love it. This is a total cocktail that you could make a huge batch of for a party and then just stir it up and pour it over ice and serve. Oh and believe me your guests will approve! I'm kind of thinking this cocktail is a good excuse to have a BBQ in the summer.....like you need an excuse.......but if you did, this is totally a good one!
Here is my recipe for Green Tropics:
by The Cocktail Lady May-11-2016
2 ounces coconut rum
2 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce blue curacao
1 ounce melon liqueur
Fill a cocktail glass with ice. In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above. Shake and strain into the cocktail glass and enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cocktail
These last few weeks have been non-stop. Between appointments, baseball games, softball games, tennis matches, school and a million other things that I can't and don't want to name right now (if I name them I'll realize how much I had/have on my plate and start stressing out about them, lol). We hosted an end of season BBQ for our oldest son's high school varsity team on Saturday. The boys played their last game that afternoon and then we all celebrated. What a fun night! The next day was Mother's Day and I was spoiled and I loved it!!!! I hope all of you mother's out there had an equally amazing day too.
Who loves a good bottle of wine? OK, OK, put your hands down. Have you ever joined a wine club? I have never joined one before because I was kind of scared of what kinds of wine they would send me. I am a red wine drinker. I haven't really had a white wine that I enjoy thoroughly.....and pink wines.........well they scare me.
I was contacted by Club W and was asked if I would like to become an affiliate for them. I had a great conversation with them and they explained their wine club and why it's DIFFERENT and AWESOME!
Here is a breakdown of what we discussed:
About the company:
Club W is a monthly wine club
The monthly minimum to purchase is 3 bottles, but you can definitely get more
Club W gets grapes from wineries around the world
They cut out the middle man by purchasing the grapes and turning them into juice on site at the wineries. They then ship that juice to their facilities in CA to bottle. That way they can give us higher priced wines and a lower cost
About the club experience:
New members will complete a Palate Profile, which is only 6 questions to help Club W pair you up with wines they think you will like
NO sign up fee, cancel anytime
Once you receive your wine and try it, you then get to rate it (yes! just like Netflix), that way their recommendations will be even better for your palate
When choosing the wines you would like (yes YOU get to choose.....no more crossing your fingers and hoping that the wines they send are ones you will like) you can decide to take Club W's recommendations or not, it's completely up to you
Each bottle of wine has tasting notes and a video to watch and learn more about it
Each bottle of wine you receive comes with a pairing card
If you are not satisfied with a bottle of wine that Club W recommends to you, they'll give you credit for that bottle towards your next shipment
You can skip a month anytime
Bottles start at $13 each, thanks to Club W doing their own bottling etc., that $13 would have cost you anywhere from $30-$50
If you love wine, Club W is a great club to join! Here is what my box of wine looked like when I received it:
The bottles were well protected.
Perfect fit so that they don't slide around.
Inside the box also came my pairing cards. I received one for each bottle of wine I ordered.
I decided to get 2 bottles from my palate profile and then I watched some of the videos on different red wines and found 2 others that I wanted to try as well.
I think it is really neat that you get to choose wine from all different wineries instead of only being able to choose from one winery. One of my bottles is from Italy! How cool is that!! We have tried one of the two bottles that was recommended so far and it was good. My husband and I both enjoyed it!
If you are in the market to join a wine club or want to give a wine club membership to someone, I highly recommend you check out Club W! You can click on the banner on the right side of my page to get $20 off your first order! If you are using a mobile device and can not see the banner, you can CLICK HERE.
All opinions in this post are solely mine. I was not paid to give a review and will honestly tell you what I think about these products.
I was contacted by Kuli Kuli and asked if I would like to sample their Moringa powder and liquid supplements as they had made some margaritas with their coconut lime liquid supplement at a show and it was a huge hit!
I received a few packets of the powder and these 3 fun flavors of the liquids. First I decided to make a Moringa Margarita with their Moringa powder.
I will admit, green powder kinda scares me. There I said it. It's true. I whipped up a margarita recipe I was provided by Kuli Kuli and put in the powder. Shook it up and strained it into my margarita glass.
The green color from the powder definitely takes over the color of the margarita.
For me personally, I am not a huge fan of the powder. That being said, I don't think you should write it off because I didn't really like it. I know a lot of people who love having their veggie drinks and I have a feeling this powder would be great for them. Here is a little info. on the powder directly from their site:
"Kuli Kuli provides the highest quality most nutritious moringa available. Our moringa is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants. A complete plant protein, our moringa contains all 9 essential amino acids."
Next I moved onto their coconut lime Moringa liquid. I decided to create something on my own this time and see how it went. I chose rum as my alcohol and mixed it with pineapple juice, cranberry juice and some of the Moringa coconut lime.
Now we're talk'n. I liked the flavored liquid a lot better. Sure I could still taste a bit of the plain Moringa in there, but it did not bother me at all and I finished the whole thing!
I would say, if you are looking for a healthier alternative to your cocktails one of these products by Kuli Kuli might be your answer. Here is a link to their site where you can read more about their story and even purchase some of their products!
It's spring break here for the kids. We started off well and now everyone is starting to annoy everyone else. We do have our good moments though! Yesterday I took the kids out to Target to get them out of the house and then we went to Arby's for lunch, mmmmm. Today we had lunch at Red Robin and thankfully the weather has been pretty nice....minus yesterdays rain.
I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5. I had just tried my hand at a watermelon margarita with fresh watermelon.....unfortunately my watermelon tasted like rine and.......well......I dumped the attempt. I unfortunately do not have any watermelon puree so I grabbed my bottle of watermelon pucker, read the recipe on the back and added to it. I must say that I am very VERY happy with the results! The initial recipe from the pucker bottle was.....a bit puckerey and sour and absolutely needed my amendment. I hope to try a watermelon margarita with watermelon puree one day, but for now I will be absolutely happy drinking this one.
Here is my recipe for a Pucker Melon Rita:
2 oz watermelon pucker
2 oz sweet & sour mix
1 oz silver tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
3/4 oz simple syrup
Rim your margarita glass with fine sugar. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above. Shake and strain your cocktail into your sugar rimmed glass and enjoy!
Here is a photo of the end result:
Here is a photo of the ingredients:
Here's to being pleasantly surprised!
The Cocktail Lady
I shared this cocktail with the #CookBlogShare round up
**UPDATE~~ We are celebrating a birthday tomorrow......which made me think of this fun cocktail. Therefore, I wanted to re-share it with you all just in case you had a special birthday to celebrate as well........or just wanted a fun cocktail to drink! xoxo, Jen**
No it's not anyone's birthday today. We're not celebrating. I have simply been wanting to make this cocktail for quite some time now. I saw a photo of a version of this cocktail on Pinterest a while ago and found it again today. I followed it to the blog it came from, which led me to the blog they got it from, which led me to the blog they got it from. The three versions of this cocktail were very similar, but I felt the need to tweek it a little bit and change it's name and decided to make my own "slightly different version".
I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5. I am not, NOT I say a sprinkles fan at all. I do understand that there are a LOT of you out there who do enjoy sprinkles and to make this cocktail look festive I needed to add sprinkles. There you go, a sprinkley rimmed cocktail. Tonight's cocktail tastes QUITE yummy, it reminds me of of birthday cake before it's baked. This would be a fun cocktail to make for a birthday party. I would do the rimming of the glass way ahead of time.......cause it's a little time consuming and tricky.
Here is the recipe for a Happy Birthday Tini:
1 1/2 oz cake vodka
1 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz amaretto
1 oz whipping cream
1/2 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Wet the rim of your martini glass with either water or whipping cream, I used the whipping cream. On a plate with a good pile of sprinkles, turn the rim of your martini glass through the pile of sprinkles pressing them onto the wet part of the rim of your glass. Set aside.
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above excluding the sprinkles. Shake up your mixture well. Strain it into the middle of your cocktail glass, trying not to pour it on the sprinkle rim. To get the lines of color effect, sprinkle some sprinkles along the side and as they drop through, they'll leave a streak!
Here is a photo of the end result:
Here is a photo of the ingredients:
Here's to your next birthday party being a little bit more festive!
My name is Jen and I am The Cocktail Lady! I'm a wife and mother of 4. I love spending time with my family and watching my SF Giants play ball. Check out my recipes and send me your favorites to try. Cheers!!