White Lady

A nice, smooth, delicious cocktail that is easy to make.

Top 5 Cocktails for your extra tequila

The top 5 cocktails to make with tequila

S'moretini

Now you don't need a campfire to enjoy a delicious smore.

Red Velvet Cake

Why can't you have your cake and eat it too?

Happy Birthday Tini (HBT)

The perfect cocktail for your birthday celebrations.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Banana Mudslide

Day 136


Banana Mudslide
4 shots out of 5


I found a recipe for a Banana Mudslide online and threw all of the ingredients into my blender and gave it a whirl.  I tried it.........and it sucked.  Milk was not a good addition to their recipe.....plus their proportions were off.  Therefore, I dumped it all and started over on my own.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  After I made this cocktail.......it hit me......I've already made a mudslide, so I really should have just used that recipe and added my banana flavoring into it......oh well.  (So I totally just peeked at my recipe for my Mudslide, it was a a little bit different.  I also used cream in the mudslide where the initial cocktail I made tonight asked for milk......milk is NOT a good idea).  All in all tonight's cocktail is good, plus I blended it and when I made my mudslide it was a shaken cocktail, so there's another difference right there.

Here is the recipe for a Banana Mudslide:

  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot creme de banana liqueur
  • 1 shot banana puree
  • 1/2 shot kahlua
  • 1/2 shot irish cream
In a blender add ice and all of your ingredients.  Blend it up real good until all of your ice is gone.  Pour and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Happy Saturday everyone!  Here's to bananas in a mudslide!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hidden Grapefruit

Day 135



Hidden Grapefruit
4 shots out of 5



Hello Malibu Mango Rum!  Nice to see you again!  It's been a while.  I'm excited about using this rum again.  I have to admit, back in the days when I was a Vodka Cran girl (ha ha, you know like 135 days ago), I honestly did not get flavored vodkas and rums.  I thought they were silly and pointless.  I mean sure your vodka tastes like blueberries, but come on, just pour some blueberry juice (I don't even know if they make blueberry juice.......it's just the first flavor that came to mind) in with your vodka and call it a day.  BOY WAS I WRONG!!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  This is a nice refreshing cocktail!  I forgot about how good cranberry juice can be in a cocktail........guess I took my anti-vodka cran's pretty seriously!  The chilled glass makes it taste even that much better!  I am really enjoying this cocktail and think I will make it again.......if not tonight, very soon!  It's such a simple cocktail too, LOVE IT!

Here is the recipe for a Hidden Grapefruit:

  • 1 oz Malibu Mango Rum
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz orange juice

In a shaker, add ice, rum and both juices.  Shake it up real good.  Strain it into a short cocktail glass and enjoy!!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:





Here's to my old friend cranberry juice!  Reunited and it feels tastes sooo good!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Raspberry Gimlet

Day 134


Raspberry Gimlet
4 shots out of 5


Yes you saw that right!  I gave a high rating to a cocktail that has Gin in it!  I know, I know......I'm starting to get well rounded in the world of alcohol these days.  Gone are the days where vodka and rum were the only two liquors in my cabinet and here are the days where there are too many liquors, liqueurs and mixes in my cabinet....you can check them all out here, everything but my purees, Voyant Chai and lime juice which are in the fridge.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  Yes it has gin in it, and yes I gave it a 4.  Sip one tasted like lime juice.  Sip two I tasted more of the raspberry puree and sip three is where the gin finally made it's appearance.  The rest of the sips the ingredients seemed to all be heard.....or tasted.  These three flavors go pretty well together and this cocktail is a nice looking color too!  If you enjoy a gin cocktail, you may want to give this one a try.

Here is the recipe for a Raspberry Gimlet:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz raspberry puree
  • 1 oz lime juice
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake them up real good and strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to me enjoying another cocktail that contains gin.  Who'd have thunk it?  Not me!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hawaiian Punch

Day 133



Hawaiian Punch
5 shots out of 5


I can not for the life of me figure out where I found this recipe from.  I found it online somewhere and glad I did!  I just did a quick search for this cocktail and am coming up with a few different versions of it, but not this one.  So Thank You to whichever website I found it on!

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  My, THIS is a very yummy cocktail!!  I handed it over to my husband to try and his eyes got big and he said "This tastes EXACTLY like Hawaiian Punch!"  Needless to say, he likes it too!  I think it does taste pretty much like it too.....which now gives me the visions of that big Hawaiian Punch Pitcher guy busting through a wall with a glass of Hawaiian Punch in hand.  He was always a little scary to me.....like that would totally freak me out if my taking a sip from my glass would cause him to come barreling into my kitchen.  Anyways, this is a great cocktail and a great recipe to make a big batch of and serve it at a party for sure.

Here is the recipe for a Hawaiian Punch:

  • 1 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
Pour all ingredients into a tall glass filled 3/4 of the way with ice.  Give it a good stir and enjoy!!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the end result:






Here's to a good mid-week cocktail!  Hope you are all having a good week so far!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Desert Margarita

Day 132


Desert Margarita
5 shots out of 5


Hello Tequila!  Tonight........we are friends!  We are so very much friends that I just might make myself another of your fabulous Desert Margaritas.........and one for my husband too!  Tonight I will be enjoying you and you add much to tonight's cocktail!

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  Tonight's Desert Margarita is QUITE yummy!!  Husband agrees and is eyeing my cocktail right now.  I never would have thought of the flavor of prickly pear in a margarita, but as of tonight I will be looking for them in restaurants.  I have to admit the first sip.....I wasn't sure about, but then I gave it another sip and all of the flavors just worked.  I think I had LIME JUICE on my mind because of how much of it I had to put in this cocktail and that's what threw me off on the first sip......I think I was expecting to taste a super lime flavor that I made myself believe that it was really limey.  This is definitely a cocktail that I will be making again!

Here is the recipe for a Desert Margarita:

  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz prickly pear syrup
In a shaker add ice, and all of the ingredients above.  Shake them up really well and strain your cocktail into a margarita glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a very enjoyable tequila cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, June 25, 2012

Baby Woo Woo

Day 131


Baby Woo Woo
4 shots out of 5


Here we are, another Monday night.  Hello week!  I am still having a problem understanding that next week will be JULY!!  I mean.......I remember when I was a kid and my parents and their friends would say "Just wait until you're older, the years fly by, especially if you have kids of your own!".  I remember thinking "Yea sure.......do you realize how long my school year is?  It takes for-ev-er to get through!"  WOW, were they right, I swear my boys school years just started and here we are already  2 1/2 weeks into summer vacation....and having 4 kids makes these years absolutely FLY by!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  If you remember I did a cocktail called Silk Panties aka Woo Woo back in March.  I gave that cocktail 2 shots out of 5....maybe it was the proportions that I didn't like that much, or maybe it was the amount of cocktail I had to drink.  Tonight's cocktail being a shooter with an equal amount of each ingredient made it different enough to enjoy.  This would be another good "penalty shot" for some of those drinking games we play, just like the Buttery Nipple I made last night .  I'll have to remember these two for the future!

(Check out my New Cocktail Equipment and Supplies tab to read about my "New Glassware".)

Here is the recipe for a Baby Woo Woo:

  • 1/3 shot vodka
  • 1/3 shot peach schnapps
  • 1/3 shot cranberry juice
In a shaker add ice and all ingredients above.  Shake it up good and strain it into a shot glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to liking the shooter version of this cocktail more than the actual cocktail itself!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Buttery Nipple Shooter

Day 130


Buttery Nipple Shooter
5 shots out of 5


WOW, tonight's cocktail brings back some good memories!  I was introduced to the "non-shot" version of this cocktail years ago and it was our thing to drink there for a while.  When we had that version of the cocktail there was a third ingredient (if not fourth......but I doubt it) mixed in too, but I can't remember what it is for the life of me right now.

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  This is a nice smooth shooter to have.  If this was the "penalty" shot in some of those drinking games, I could take them all night long!  The half/half of both ingredients is perfect in this shooter.  You can taste both liqueurs and they compliment each other nicely.  I like shots like this one that don't force you into that "squinched up alcohol face".  If I'm going to do a shooter, give me one that goes down easy, and this one does!

Here is the recipe for a Buttery Nipple Shooter:

  • 1/2 shot Irish cream
  • 1/2 shot butterscotch schnapps
Pour each ingredient into your shot glass.  Enjoy!!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to some great memories!  Love it when a cocktail can do that!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mango Berry Martini

Day 129


Mango Berry Martini
5 shots out of 5


I think I need to hurry up and type tonight's blog so that I can go make myself another cocktail!!  WOWzers this is a perfect way to end a Saturday!  We have some friends over here tonight and everyone is agrees that this is a delicious cocktail.........they're also in agrees that I need to do my blog and make more!

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  The mixture of EVERYTHING in this cocktail is AH-MAZE-ING!!  These are very dangerous cocktails......they go down smooth and quick and WOW!  If you have the Malibu Mango rum, I highly recommend that you try this cocktail.  This cocktail will definitely go on the top of my list of cocktails to make at our next party for sure.  I am looking forward to more cocktails with this rum.  If any of you have had amazing cocktails with this rum, PLEASE email them to me!  I'd love to try them.

Here is the recipe for a Mango Berry Martini:

  • 1 oz Malibu Mango rum
  • 1/2 oz cointreau
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake it all up really well and strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass and EN-JOY!!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a VERY VERY yummy cocktail and a great Saturday night with friends!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



Friday, June 22, 2012

Idonis

Day 128


Idonis
3 shots out of 5


No clue what the name of this cocktail is supposed to represent......maybe the person who invented it, maybe they pulled letters out of a hat, whichever the reason.....it's a very unique name.  On that note, Happy Friday night to you Idonis!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  I have to admit......apricot brandy..........oh my.......kinda nervous about it.  There's more alcohol in this cocktail then there is mixer, which had me not really wanting to take that first sip.  I'm glad I did though!  This is NOT my usual fruity sweet cocktail that I give my 3's to, oh no!  This cocktail has the perfect amount of alcohol to juice ration for people like me who don't like the taste of alcohol taking over their cocktail.  Don't get me wrong, I can definitely taste the alcohol, but there's just enough pineapple juice mixed with the apricot flavor in the brandy to make me like it!

I had a question of "How Do You Store All Of Your Bottles?"  Well, I figured that there are more of you wondering the same thing, so I took a picture of my bar and posted it in my New Cocktail Equipment and Supplies tab.

Here is the recipe for an Idonis:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz apricot brandy
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
In a short highball glass, fill it up with ice and pour in your vodka, brandy and juice.  Stir up your cocktail and enjoy!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to trying apricot brandy again and liking it!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Tropical Dream

Day 127


A Tropical Dream
4 shots out of 5


I got myself a bottle of Malibu Coconut Rum with Mango Liqueur at my local grocery store recently and tonight is the night to try it!  I like love Malibu Coconut Rum and I do like the flavor of mango, so I thought this would be a good buy!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I can taste feel the alcohol in this cocktail!  It is warming up my insides and making me smile.  This cocktail definitely needs to be chilled....what I mean by that is, when your husband runs the dishwasher with your large cocktail shaker in it before you realize what's happening and you can't use it to make tonight's cocktail, you'll need to stir it up in a large glass with ice vigorously and then strain it into a tall cocktail glass filled 3/4 of the way up with ice.  I am drinking and enjoying this cocktail......but it's getting a little on the "not chilled enough" side which isn't good.....hmmmm.....bottoms up I guess!

Here is the recipe for A Tropical Dream:

  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Malibu Rum with Mango
  • 1 oz banana schnapps
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
I realized half way through making this cocktail that I should have halved the ingredients....oh well.

In a shaker add ice and all ingredients.  Shake everything up real good.  Strain it into a tall cocktail glass and enjoy!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to always making sure that you have your cocktail shaker with you when it's cocktail time!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Red Passion Cream

Day 126



Red Passion Cream
4.5 shots out of 5


I have seen a few cocktails that ask for vanilla ice cream as an ingredient in them in the last 126 days, but I haven't had any in the freezer to make them with.  Today while shopping, I remembered about it and rushed over (OK, maybe I didn't rush, but I definitely kept repeating it in my head so that I wouldn't forget it) to the freezer section to pick up a carton.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  I sat down at my computer to find a blended recipe that asks for vanilla ice cream and 3 minutes later I gave up and decided to just create something myself.  I pulled out my blender and looked at my purees and I guess the Passion Fruit Puree was raising its hand the highest because that's the one I chose.  This cocktail is creamy for sure!  You will be able to taste the creaminess in this cocktail the most, but that isn't a bad thing!  I have only tasted passion fruit a handful of times in the past and am always surprised by it's taste......it's flavor is hard to describe, but I enjoy it.

Here is my recipe for a Red Passion Cream:

  • 1 shot coconut rum
  • 1 1/2 shot passion fruit puree
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 shot grenadine
In a blender add a cup of ice and all of the ingredients listed above.  Blend them all well until the ice is gone.  Using ice cream makes the blender blend it up good.........and then sometimes a bubble will be formed in the middle, so you'll have to turn off your blender and shake it or push it down a bit to finish the job.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






I like it when I create a cocktail and it actually tastes good!  Cheers to our own homemade cocktails!!


The Cocktail Lady



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Banana Split

Day 125


Banana Split
3 shots out of 5




I found a recipe for a Banana Split online and decided to amend it a little bit.  Instead of putting plain vodka into the mix, I decided on vanilla vodka.  I figured what's a banana split without the vanilla?

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  This cocktail warms your insides.  I can taste the bite from the vodka (I'm assuming that's where it's coming from), which I don't really like to taste in cocktails.  My first sip I drank too quickly which made it not taste as good as the next sips, where I took a sip and let it sit on my tongue for a couple seconds before drinking it.  Doing this made this cocktail taste better to me, most definitely.  I do taste the banana and a hint of the chocolate in this cocktail which is nice, I just wish that I could taste them both a bit more.

Here is the recipe for a Banana Split:

  • 1 shot vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 shot banana liqueur
  • 1/2 shot creme de cacao
In a shaker add ice, vodka, banana liqueur and creme de cacao.  Shake it up well and strain it into a chilled martini glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






I guess I can't like all Banana-ey cocktails.  I do know I'll find more I do like though!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady



Monday, June 18, 2012

Slippery Panties

Day 124


Slippery Panties
2 shots out of 5


I know, I know........not another panty cocktail.  I found tonight's cocktail on this Man Made website.  They state that they have the 5 best cocktails that cocktail Vanilla Vodka in them.  Hearing that, I definitely had to try the one I had all of the ingredients for......wish I hadn't.

I gave tonight's cocktail 2 shots out of 5.  Drinking this cocktail has made me realize that I really don't like the taste and/or smell of Frangelico all that much.  I know I've made a few cocktails so far that have it as an ingredient.......and I think if it's not a "main" ingredient then it's not as bad (for me).  When I take a sip of this cocktail I smell the Frangelico, then taste all three ingredients, which is a nicer surprise because I'm expecting to only taste the Frangelico.  Even with tasting all three ingredients, I still don't love this cocktail and am sure that I will not be making it in the future......ever.

Here is the recipe for Slippery Panties:

  • 1 shot vanilla vodka
  • 1 shot butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 shot hazelnut liqueur
In a shaker add ice, vodka, butterscotch schnapps and hazelnut liqueur.  Shake up the ingredients well.  In a short glass filled with ice, strain your cocktail into it.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






I hope you all like Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) more then I do!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Torpedo

Day 123


The Torpedo
3.5 shots out of 5



Happy Father's Day to all of you Fathers, Dads, Grandpas, Papas, Uncles, Brothers, etc.  I hope you all enjoyed your day.  We had a wonderful weekend, filled with family, friends, beers and cocktails!  Back to another week off of school.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  My husband and I both made a face at first when we saw a recipe for The Torpendo on the Voyant website that contained Jager.  Then we took a second and thought......you know, the chai just may mask the total effects and taste of the Jager.  I poured it, shook it, strained it and gave it a whirl........not bad!  My husband liked this one, definitely.  When you taste it, at first you get the chai taste which us super yummy.........then after a few seconds comes that Jager taste.  The chai does do a pretty good job of masking it, I must say and that is why tonight's cocktail got such a high rating.

Here is the recipe for The Torpedo:

  • 1/2 shot Voyant Chai Liqueur
  • 1/2 shot Jagermeister

In a shaker, add ice, Voyant Chai Liqueur and Jagermeister.  Shake it all up real well and strain it into a shot glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a fun weekend!  Hope you all enjoyed yours as much as I enjoyed mine!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Raspberry Banana Colada

Day 122


Raspberry Banana Colada
4 shots out of 5


Let me just start off tonight by saying, Happy 1/3 of the way though my Year of Cocktails to me and to all of you who have been following me.......if not for the entire 122 days, at least for some of them!  I am ABSOLUTELY enjoying writing this blog, but I must say that hearing from all of you is making me love this blog THAT much more!!  I Thank You all for joining me in this journey!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  Today is a VERY hot day and I feel like my eyeballs are melting.......therefore, I pulled out my blender and created something yummy and VERY cold!  It's been a while since I used my raspberry puree, so I decided that tonight was the night to do it.  This cocktail is a very cool, refreshing way to end a HOT day.  I forgot how much I like the flavor of this raspberry puree.  If you enjoy blended cocktails as much as I do (hot day or not), I think you will enjoy a Raspberry Banana Colada!

Here is the recipe for a Raspberry Banana Colada:

  • 2 shots coconut rum
  • 1 shot banana schnapps
  • 2 shots raspberry puree 
In a blender, add 1 1/2 cups of ice, rum, banana schnapps and raspberry puree.  Blend it up real good until all of the ice is gone and enjoy!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to raspberry puree and a hot day!

Cheers!



The Cocktail Lady

Friday, June 15, 2012

Florida Freeze

Day 121


Florida Freeze
3.5 shots out of 5


We made it!!  Another week under our belt.  This was our first week of No School for the boys!  Boy did they enjoy sleeping in and taking it easy for this past week......actually they didn't have much of a choice with my foot being out of commission, haha.  It was a very nice, hot day today which absolutely called for me pulling out the blender!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I do like dark rum, but think I need to get used to the different flavor it has compared to light or amber rum.  This is a relaxing cocktail.......meaning that it doesn't have all of these fruity, sweet flavors making your taste buds go crazy, it's just a nice calm-like cocktail to sit back at the end of the day and enjoy.  If you enjoy dark rum, I think you will definitely enjoy this cocktail, it's worth a try for sure.

Here is the recipe for a Florida Freeze:

  • 1 1/4 oz dark rum
  • 1 1/4 oz coconut cream
  • 1 oz orange juice 
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
In a blender, add a cup of ice, rum, coconut cream, orange and pineapple juices.  Blend up your cocktail until all of your ice is gone.  Pour into a red wine glass and enjoy!


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to me getting a real taste for dark rum.  Usually it's mixed with other rums to where I don't really get to taste the real flavor of it........it's not bad!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sake Screw

Day 120


Sake Screw
3.5 shots out of 5



Tonight I felt like combining some sake with orange juice, since I did pineapple juice a few days ago and it was a hit!  I figured I'd give it a name that resembled what I was imitating, yet tell you what it actually is.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I think the pineapple juice in my Sake Sunrise may have been a little bit better then the orange juice, but it was worth a shot.  I must admit, the sake in this cocktail does give it a different spin on the common Screw Driver.  I do like the different taste to this simple cocktail, it's nice.  Not a bunch of screaming flavor as this sake has a pretty calm flavor plus I only used 1 shot of orange juice, but in its simplicity, it was good!  

Not sure that you can tell by this photo of my cocktail, but I used a product that was sent to me to try out called Sipping Stones.  I did a product review on it this evening which you can find here as well.  I placed 3 sipping stones into tonight's cocktail, and I have to say that they have kept my cocktail glass chilled exactly where the liquid is!  They do not make your entire cocktail super cold (which I don't think is their intent), but they do keep it chilled enough to enjoy it!  The sake works well with the stones too, because you don't want to drink your sake super cold, just chilled enough.  

Here is the recipe for Sake Screw:

  • 1 shot sake
  • 1 shot orange juice
  • 3 sipping stones (haha, or ice if you don't have any sipping stones)
In a short glass, place 3 sipping stones (or a few pieces of ice) at the bottom.  Add your sake and orange juice and stir.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Another good sake cocktail for the books.  Thank You to Sipping Stones for chilling tonight's cocktail perfectly!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady