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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rotten Orange

I'm not sure about all of you, but this house is TOTALLY getting into the Halloween spirit.  Our oldest daughter has known that she wants to be a witch for Halloween since July and our youngest daughter just got a mermaid costume at Costco the other day.  One costume down, hopefully we can borrow a witch costume and then we just need the boys to decide if they are going to dress up this year or not.  

My husband and boys want to make a little "Haunted House" this year for the kids to walk through to get their candy on Halloween night.  They say it will be a work in progress where they add a little to it every year.  Guess that means that the girls and I will hit the street going door to door for treats.

If you missed it.....I BOUGHT A BOTTLE OF BLACK VODKA!!  Last year I saw bottles of black vodka at our local BevMo and never bought one.  This year I was not going to make that mistake!  I am excited to make some cocktails for you all with my black vodka.  I think they layered ones look pretty cool.  This shooter made me do they squinchy face dance because I really tasted the vodka.....and if you didn't know, I'm not big on taking a straight shot of something.........unless it's Fireball......and it's chilled, then it's not as bad.

Here is my recipe for a Rotten Orange:

  • 1 ounce black vodka
  • 1 ounce orange juice
I rimmed a shot glass with orange sprinkles to make it more festive.  In a shot glass pour in the orange juice.  Next layer the black vodka on top and you are done!

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here is to my very first Halloween cocktail of the season!  More to come......

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembrance

Where were you 13 years ago today?  Do you remember?  I do.  I was on my way to work, I had just dropped off our oldest (then 2 1/2 years old) at his daycare.  I hopped back into the car, turned on the radio and my heart stopped there for a second.  What is this?  Is this a joke?  Are the radio announcers pulling one over on me?  It took me a couple minutes to realize what had happened.  I got to work and the TV's were on.  Things were a lot quieter then they usually were around the shop.  Then I saw the videos, oh my goodness......I heard about it on the radio, but until I actually saw it on the TV.....it just became real.  Our nation has done a lot of healing since then, yet there is much more to do.  My heart goes out to all of the families who have lost loved ones on this day 13 years ago.  To all of those who are still with us, yet were traumatized by this horrific event.  To all of those who's lives will never be the same.  My heart goes out to you all, America.

In honor of "remembering" this day 13 years ago, I wanted to create a cocktail to honor our great nation.  I call it "Remembrance".  I initially wanted to make a layered cocktail, but that failed, so I just went with it and kept mixing.  This is a mix of red (hardness & valour), white (purity and innocence) and blue (vigilance, perseverance & justice) alcohols and mixes.

Here is my recipe for Remembrance:

  • 2 ounces cherry vodka
  • 3 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 ounce blue curacao
Fill a cocktail glass 3/4 with ice.  In a shaker, add the vodka and lemon-lime soda.  Shake and strain into the glass.  Add the blue curacao and grenadine.  Give it a stir and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:
 


Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to our great nation!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, September 5, 2014

Honeydew

Happy Friday!  What a week........what......a.......week.  Every day seems to have been insane and filled with stuff to do.  Starting Tuesday of this week my remaining 3 children that have been home, started school!  Yeay!!  Now I have 3 children in school 5 days a week (one of which is only a half day since she's in kindergarten) and our fourth child goes to preschool 2 days a week for a few hours.  I officially have no children in the house for 5 hours and 40 minutes a week.  Yes...I counted.  When you have 4 kids, you count those things.......trust me! 

Tonight is opening night for soccer which our oldest daughter (5yo) is SUPERDY DUPERDY excited about.  Then she has her first official soccer game tomorrow morning.....more excitement.  Our oldest has another baseball tourney this weekend as well, which means it will be another busy weekend.

Wait did I mention that this weekend marks our first official game of the season for our SF 49ers??  Oh, well it is!  Plus we are playing the Cowboys......which makes it fun because good friends of ours are......gasp......Cowboy fans!  Rivalry, smack talking, bragging rights, you know how those games go.  Go Niners!!

Anyways, onto today's cocktail!  I saw a post today of 13 vodka shots you actually want to take.  Sounded promising.  I chose a couple and decided on this one today.  I mixed it up, strained it and shooted it.  Ah, it was OK.  For some reason I could taste the lime juice more then I had hoped for.  I might leave the lime juice out next time and add more melon liqueur.  Either way, it was another day where I took a shot too early.

Here is the recipe for a Honeydew:

  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • 1/4 ounce melon liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce honey liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a shot glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Hope you all had a good week.  Enjoy your weekend!!  Remember (at least in this house), it's pizza and beer Friday!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Polish Delight

Thank You to Match.com for sponsoring this post

Happy Saturday everyone!  This last week has been (at least for me) insane!!  Completely insane.....I honestly can't believe it's finally Saturday!  I have had deadlines galore that were personal, work related and even ones I've put on myself.  I do see the light at the end of the tunnel though, which is wonderful.

Our second oldest is turning "double digits" tomorrow.  If you haven't guessed....it is a VERY exciting time for him!  He has been counting down since there were "8 days left" to count.  The magic number today is "1"!!  Yeay!!  Today is his friends party, going to go see Earth To Echo.  Tomorrow is the family & friends (our friends who are the kids Aunts and Uncles) party.  We are all very much looking forward to both of those celebrations.

I was asked to create a Polish inspired cocktail which people can make on a date for the Polish dating section of match.com.  I was happy to be asked.  Apparently they have an advice section (http://advice.uk.match.com/polish-dating) where they answer many of the questions people ask about dating.  I did some research and came up with vodka, apple juice, apple cider and honey liqueur as all being common when making cocktail in Poland.  That was a great find because I have been looking for another opportunity to use my honey liqueur.

That aside, I knew that I didn't want to make a super sweet and sugary cocktail.  I also didn't want to make a bright or odd colored cocktail as well.  I needed to create something that both men and women would want to make, or even order at a bar or restaurant.  I decided to stick with my findings and add a little something extra to it as well.

This cocktail is really good.  I can taste the honey liqueur which is nice.  It is not completely overwhelming or anything at all.  It is just enough to let you know it is in there.  All in all, I think I have created a good one!

Here is my recipe for a Polish Delight:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce honey liqueur
  • 2 ounces apple cider
Fill up a cocktail glass with ice cubes.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your mixture into the cocktail glass filled with ice cubes and enjoy your date!

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here's to dates, whether this date is your first, tenth or hundredth.  Enjoy it and have a great time!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

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!!