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Monday, February 8, 2016

Apricot Balls

Apricot Balls





Happy Monday everyone!  Today was a BEAUTIFUL day.  The sun was out and it was super warm.  The girls and I sat out on the front lawn and filled out their Valentine cards for their parties on Wednesday.  Wednesday also happens to be the 100th day of school and my first grader's class gets to dress up as 100 year olds!  Too funny!  What does a 100 year old dress like?  Well if you read my Chocolate Whipped Cherry post you would see my "Newly turned" 100 year old grandma and I will be the first to say that she does not dress the way my daughters flier said 100 year olds dress.

The kids are (and have been) playing out in the backyard for a while now and I decided that the warm weather deserves a delicious cocktail to go along with it.......or maybe I just wanted one?  Either way, a new cocktail is born!  This shooter has the perfect ratios of Fireball Whisky to apricot nectar where you can still get the bite of the Fireball, but the apricot adds a nice surprise flavor to it.

I hope you all are having as good of a day as we are!  Days like today make me yearn for the spring weather.  I can't wait to be wearing my tank top, shorts and flip flops every day!

Here is my recipe for Apricot Balls:

  • 3 ounces apricot nectar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Fireball Whisky
In a shaker, add ice and both ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a couple shot glasses and enjoy with a friend.


Here is a photo of the end results:



Here is a photo of the end results:




Here's hoping that the rest of the week is as amazing as today!


Cheers!!


The Cocktail Lady



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pineapple Orange Margarita

Pineapple Orange Margarita



The other day I created a Peach Habanero Margarita which got me to thinking.....what other flavors of margaritas can I make that I have never heard of or tried before?  You have your Classic Margarita and the most common flavored margaritas you'll find at restaurants like, strawberry, raspberry, mango and sometimes peach.  I have done a good handful of margaritas, some I have created on my own and some I have found.....but I want to create more so I chose to enhance the orange flavor that is "sometimes" already in margaritas and mix it up with pineapple juice (I love cocktails that have pineapple juice in them).

This margarita is not spicy like the peach habanero margarita is recently made, it's actually quite the opposite.  This margarita is cool and refreshing.  It's a lighter tasting margarita which is actually quite nice. 

With National Margarita day on the 22nd, I'd love to ask you all if you have a delicious margarita recipe for me to try that I have not tried before.  Email me at cocktailady@gmail.com or you can contact me via the contact form on the left side of my blog.  I'd love to hear from you..........even if it's just to say Hi!

Here is my recipe for a Pineapple Orange Margarita:
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a margarita glass that is half filled with ice.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to coming up on completing 4 years of my cocktail blog!  I started this journey on February 16, 2012, my how time has flown!  I hope you are all enjoying this journey as much as I am!


Cheers!!


The Cocktail Lady


Monday, February 1, 2016

Peach Habanero Margarita

Peach Habanero Margarita




Happy Monday everyone!  What better way to face another week than with a spicy margarita?  Back when I created my Cran Chili Margarita I had told you about the time I had a Habanero Martini and that I could only really take a sip or two before I had to pass it over to my husband.  Once I had tried that martini I knew that I could never ever try another cocktail with a habanero pepper in it again.......too hot for me.  Fast forward to today.  I was at the grocery store and thought, "You know, I bet they used way more habanero peppers then I would have used in that cocktail".  I then pushed my cart over to the produce section and decided that I would try my hand at a cocktail with a habanero pepper and make it with less then I thought they had made it with.

I present to you the Peach Habanero Margarita.  I think the amount of habanero pepper I used was perfect......for me, others may like more then I used.  When you take a sip of this margarita, you can definitely taste the peach flavor, much more then you could in my Peach Margarita I made a couple years ago.  After you get swept away with the peach flavor and decide, "Huh, I can't even taste the habanero", BAM!! there it is!  It's a sneaky little pepper, but it does add a nice kick to the margarita.

Here is my recipe for a Peach Habanero Margarita:

  • 3 ounces peach nectar
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 slices (width-wise, so they make rings) habanero pepper
  • 1/2 ounce cointreau
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
In a shaker, add ice, tequila and slices of habanero pepper.  Shake well to release the pepper flavoring into the tequila.  Add the rest of the items and shake well again.  Fill a margarita glass half way with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:


Here's to trying something that once scared you!  

Cheers!


The Cocktail Lady


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chocolate Whipped Cherry

Chocolate Whipped Cherry




Just like that January is just about over and what do I have to show for it?  Two cocktails.......that's it......two measly cocktails.  What all has happened in the past 3 (gasp, that's too long) weeks since I have last given you an amazing cocktail?  A LOT!  There have been many, many, many morning appointments where I was able to be the chauffeur, followed by errands to be run and lunches to be eaten........all of that before I pick up my two girls and the two boys come home.  Let's throw in a 100th birthday party?  OK!  Yes, my grandma turned 100 years old on Tuesday and we threw her a party on Saturday.  What a fun, fun time that was!!

The love of my life, my amazing Grandma and me

With January coming to an end, that means Valentines Day is right around the corner......which also means our oldest daughters birthday is on it's way too.  Time to start planning for both of those.  With about 2 1/2 weeks to go until V-Day, I thought I'd create a fun Valentiney cocktail.  Mission accomplished!  I was thinking chocolate and cherries and created this DELICIOUS cocktail for you all to try!  Super yummy in my book!!

Here is the recipe for a Chocolate Whipped Cherry:

  • 1 ounce chocolate whipped vodka
  • 1 ounce cherry vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce cherry juice (from the jar of maraschino cherries)
If you wanted to get a little creative, take chocolate syrup and create a design in a martini glass (mine was a heart and you can see the longer it took me to take the photos, the more it started to drip to the bottom, lol).  Stick your glass in the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden enough so that it won't run as soon as you pour the cocktail in (10ish minutes).

In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into your chilled martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:

notice the heart isn't real drippy

notice as time went on, my heart started to drip and my glass wasn't as chilled



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



For me time didn't slow down as the new year started.  It used to....a few years ago, but not anymore.  Here's to January coming to an end and February eager to get started!



Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana




Happy New Year!  It's officially 2016 and honestly that year seemed like a loooong long ways away........but apparently it's here and I am "supposedly" another year older.....which would make me 23?  No?  32?  NO?  Oh wow......any-who, Happy New Year!  Over the winter break our oldest (who will somehow be 17 in a matter of 9 days) had his wisdom teeth removed, all 4.  Between all of our Christmas celebrations, our son's wisdom teeth being removed an New Years Eve, it's been an action packed, non-stop vacation.

I was looking through my bar and in the back I saw a bottle I used to have quite a good relationship with.  I pulled that bottle forward and decided to use it in tonight's cocktail.  That bottle is none less then my banana liqueur!  Welcome back BL!!

The flavor I taste most in tonight's cocktail is the Rum Chata, specifically the cinnamon flavor in it.  The first sip of this cocktail was CINNAMON-EY, yowza a bit intense, the following sips were a LOT better.  The banana is hidden a bit in this cocktail but still there.  Next time I make this cocktail I think I will dial down the Rum Chata and up the banana liqueur a bit.  Otherwise, it's a good cocktail!  If you are a Rum Chata fan, you will enjoy this one!

Here is my recipe for a Cinnamon Chocolate Banana:

  • 2 ounces chocolate whipped vodka
  • 1 ounce Rum Chata
  • 1 ounce banana liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with whipped cream, sliced banana and crumbled graham crackers.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to another year of opportunities!  Do you make New Years Resolutions?  I'd love to hear about them!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady