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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Raspberry Vodka Champagne

Day 320



Raspberry Vodka Champagne
3.5 shots out of 5


Happy New Years Eve!!  Finally the day has come, time to par-tay!  You will all have to let me know what your cocktail of choice was tonight!  I hope you have all had a wonderful year and that next year is even better.  I do truely appreciate all of you that come to my blog to see what I've been drinking.  This blog has been a lot of fun to do, but wouldn't be half as fun without all of your emails, comments and recipes!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I found tonight's cocktail at tablespoon.com.  I have to say, if I liked champagne more, I would definitely like this cocktail a lot more.  The raspberry vodka and lime juice mixed in with the champagne make it quite an enjoyable cocktail........minus the champagne that is.  I have learned from these last few days that to enjoy champagne (for me at least), I must mix something else into it.  So far my Raspberry Resolution is the winner in my book, but this would be a second to that.  I hope you all have fun tonight and please drink responsibly, or bring and overnight bag wherever you're going!

Here is the recipe for a Raspberry Vodka Champagne:

  • 3 oz champagne
  • 1/2 oz raspberry vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
In a champagne flute or wine glass, add all of the ingredients above and stir.

Here is a photo of the end result:



Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Have the happiest of New Years!  I'll see you all next year!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lemon Champagne Cocktail

Day 319



Lemon Champagne Cocktail
1 shot out of 5


One more day, one more day until New Years Eve!  We've been running errands and picking up the Christmas toy explosion that happened here, all day long!  Time for a cocktail and some dinner....yes we're eating late.  I am sticking with another recipe from tablespoon.com for tonight's cocktail.

I gave tonight's cocktail 1 shot out of 5.  WOW, I really didn't like this cocktail and either did my husband.  Some sips make me react with full on convulsions........and some not as dramatic, but still make me squinch up my eyes and face.  I don't use gin a whole lot, so I was really hoping that this cocktail would be a winner.  Oh well, one more champagne cocktail to go before the New Years Eve countdown, let's hope it's a winner!!  I'm going to post it earlier tomorrow just in case it's a good one so that it can be an option for you all.

Here is the recipe for a Lemon Champagne Cocktail:

  • 4 oz champagne
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
In a champagne flute add all of your ingredients except the sugar.  Give it a quick stir and then add your sugar.  You want to stir your cocktail until your sugar is gone.  Stir it well, but you will want to stop part of the way through to let you cocktail settle, and then continue stirring.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a 1 shot rating.......haven't had one of those in a while!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Champagne & St. Germain

Day 318



Champagne & St. Germain
3.5 shots out of 5


The countdown continues!  Only two more days until New Years Eve.  Is it only me or has this year flown by for all of you too?  I remember when I was a kid and the adults would tell me that the years go faster and faster the older you get.......well they were right!  I honestly have a feeling that our four kids add to that a bit too though.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I again found tonight's cocktail from the tablespoon.com site.  Tonight's cocktail absolutely does have the champagne bubbles you would expect in a champagne cocktail, unlike last nights Apple Champagne cocktail.  The St. Germain mixed in with the champagne is nice.....though I think I might add a bit more next time (and I only think I would do that because I'm not a huge champagne fan).  I would think that if I liked champagne a bit more that I would enjoy this one a bit more too, so for those of you who enjoy champagne you may want to give this one a try.

Here is the recipe for a Champagne & St. Germain:

  • 3 oz champange
  • 1/2 oz St. Germains
In a champagne flute or wine glass, pour in both of your ingredients and give it a quick stir.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to me attempting to contain my excitement for the next two days!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, December 28, 2012

Apple Champagne

Day 317



Apple Champagne
3.5 shots out of 5


Three more days until New Years Eve.  My husband got his costume today and my oldest son and myself need to get ours very soon.  I am really looking forward to New Years Eve, I almost can't stand it!  One of my very best friends is driving three hours to be here with us for the party which gets me all happy and excited when I think about it.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I am not the biggest champagne fan.  On New Years Eve I usually take my couple of sips and then pick back up my beer or cocktail that I have been drinking and move on with my night.  This cocktail has is one where you don't get a nosefull of bubbles when you drink it.  The apple juice takes that away and the sugar sweetens it up just a wee bit.  This is a pretty good cocktail, not an overly flavorful cocktail......but not one that would make me think of New Years due to the fact that it's not really bubbly.  I found tonight's cocktail at tablespoon.com.

Here is the recipe for an Apple Champagne:

  • 4 oz champagne
  • 3 oz apple juice
  • 1/4 tsp superfine sugar
In a champagne flute or bud vase pour in your champagne and apple juice and stir.  Then stir in your sugar until it is dissolved.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to enjoying the last three days and so many hours of 2012.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Raspberry Resolution

Day 316



Raspberry Resolution
4.5 shots out of 5


Four days until New Years Eve.  Sorry, I just have to say that out loud to be able to wrap my mind around it.......I'm still in shock.  I'd better test out some New Years Eve cocktails while I can then right?  Tonight I decided to create my own based off of a non-alcoholic version that I had created where you literally substitute sparkling cider for the champagne.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  This is such an easy cocktail to make, I mean you already have the champagne in your glass, why not add some raspberry puree to it?  Don't like raspberry......well then try some passion fruit puree, strawberry puree, prickly pear puree.........whatever flavored puree you can find that you like.  Even better, buy them all and make them all to make sure you know which one is your absolute favorite.  You could always have a taste test bar for your guests on New Years Eve so that everyone can see which is the best.

Here is the recipe for a Raspberry Resolution:

  • 4 oz champagne
  • 1 oz raspberry puree
In a champagne flute, pour in your champagne and raspberry puree.  Stir to mix the puree in well.

Here is a couple photos of the end result:

   






















Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a simple New Years Eve cocktail.......because honestly, by the time midnight comes, who can measure out ingredients anymore??

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White Cosmo

Day 315



White Cosmo
4 shots out of 5


The holidays for us are done.  Can I believe it?  No, no I can't.  In a little less then a week it will be New Years Eve and then we all begin 2013 on the very next day.  I look forward to New Years Eve every year.  We get together with a good group of friends and bring in the New Year in style.  Drinking style that is!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I found the recipe at hostess with the mostess.  The recipe on that site lets you choose between 1 ounce and 2 ounces of vodka.  I used 1 ounce, but now think that I should have used a little bit more.  I think another 1/4 to 1/2 ounce more of vodka would have been more to my liking, but you can be the judge when/if you make it.  I think white cranberry juice is a nice change in cocktails, although I believe I like the Simply Cranberry cocktail juice the best.  All in all this is a nice refreshing cocktail.  The one ingredient that stands out the most is the lime juice, but NOT by a whole lot.  I'm glad I tried this cocktail and if you try it as well, I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Here is the recipe for a White Cosmo:

  • 1 oz vodka (or more if you would like, I recommend more)
  • 2 oz white cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz cointreau
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to there being 5 more days left of this year and 51 more days left of my Year Of Cocktails!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Elf Cocktail

Day 314



Elf Cocktail
2 shots out of 5


Merry Christmas!  WOW can't believe it's finally here.  Where exactly has the year gone?  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season, whatever your holiday that you are celebrating is.  Are we ready for a brand new year?  I know I am!

I gave tonight's cocktail 2 shots out of 5.  I found tonight's cocktail at the freefunchristmas website.  I love elves and thought this might be a fun cocktail to have on Christmas.....WRONG! Oh well, you win some and you loose some.  This one was too sweet (I hear those of you gasping that have been with my since this beginning of my adventure), and the flavors trick you on the first sip making you "think" that you may just almost like this cocktail, then BAM you take a second sip and you know what you knew all along, yuck!  

Here is the recipe for an Elf Cocktail:

  • 1 oz midori
  • 2 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 oz white cranberry juice
  • cherries for garnish
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the cherries.  Shake and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with cherries.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






I hope you are all having a wonder holiday season!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, December 24, 2012

Eggnog & Coffee

Day 313



Eggnog & Coffee
4 shots out of 5


It's Christmas Eve!  The kids are all dressed (which wasn't exactly easy.....one of the kids kept telling us he was ready as he was wearing his shorts and Mario shirt) and once this cocktail is done we'll be ready to celebrate.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I had found a similar recipe online and tried it and it tasted like.......nothing.  Back to the drawing board......using the same ingredients because they sounded good.  This eggnog cocktail is pretty good, it's husband approved as well so that's always a good thing!  If you enjoy eggnog and kahlua I think you will absolutely enjoy this cocktail.  To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas Eve.

Here is my recipe for an Eggnog & Coffee:

  • 4 1/2 oz eggnog
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz kahlua
  • shaved chocolate for garnish
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the chocolate.  Shake and strain into a snifter glass with a cocktail strainer because your regular shaker top will not let the eggnog flow that quickly at all.  Garnish with your shaved chocolate if you wish.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to inventing an eggnog cocktail.  Here's also to realizing that eggnog cocktails pretty much rock!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Blue Blue Christmas

Day 312



Blue Blue Christmas
2.5 shots out of 5


Merry Christmas Eve Eve, to those of you who celebrate Christmas.......or to those of you who love the movie Elf.  Our.........house..........is..........buzzing...........with.......... EXCITEMENT!!  The fact that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the next day Christmas Day.....wowzers, these kids almost can't stand it!

I gave tonight's cocktail 2.5 shots out of 5.  I found this recipe at recipe.com.  They gave me a choice of vodka or rum, so I went with rum.  I'm honestly not sure that it would have made any difference in my rating if I would have chosen vodka.  This cocktail is not horrible and it's not great.  This cocktail is one that I will completely forget about in a few minutes.  It doesn't have a whole lot of flavor unfortunately and that's what makes it ho-hum.  I guess that's why they call it Blue Blue Christmas, because if you drink it and not a scrumptious cocktail like my White Christmas (which we had AGAIN last night) or Candy Cane Martini, then your Christmas will be blue.

Here is a the recipe for a Blue Blue Christmas:

  • 2 oz rum
  • 2 oz white cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass.  I put a couple little orange peels on the rim of the glass......for looks.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to never having this cocktail again!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Brandy-Kissed Snowflake

Day 311



Brandy-Kissed Snowflake
4 shots out of 5


Happy Saturday evening!  Since we weren't able to see the lights yesterday or do the zoo lights tonight, we're still getting together with our friends and having a nice dinner and LOTS of White Christmas's.  I can't wait for them to try that cocktail, I think they're going to love it.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I found tonight's cocktail through Pinterest which led me to the Better Homes and Gardens website.  I made it with the same quantities as they made it and dranks......almost half of it (3 out of 8, not bad).  These little shooters are pretty good.  I have to say that the whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top totally makes it that much better.  All in all, I went in thinking I wouldn't like it all that much (brandy....yikes), and came out liking it.

Here is the recipe for a Brandy-Kissed Snowflake:
(makes 8 1 1/2 oz shooters)

  • 3/4 C vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz brandy
  • 2 oz white cream de cacao
  • 1/2 C ice
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon
In a blender, add all of the ingredients except for the whipped cream and cinnamon.  Blend them until all of the ice is gone and your cocktail is mixed up well.  Pour into your shot glasses, top with whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a cocktail that you can share with 7 of your closest friends........or pour it all in a big glass for you, I won't tell.

Cheers!!




Friday, December 21, 2012

What Crisis?

Day 310



What Crisis?
4.5 shots out of 5


Well the day is here.  The supposed End Of The World.......even though it has been predicted to end a time or two before, I have a HUGE hunch that we will all be OK and more importantly be able to continue with this Year Of Cocktails!  I'll drink to that......oh wait, I already did.

I gave tonight's this early afternoon's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  This shooter is a little bit sweet I will absolutely admit it, but in shooter form (versus cocktail form) it is not bad at all.  All four of these ingredients blend well together to give you a nice (sweet) taste in your mouth.  This is the perfect shooter to have if ever the world was going to end.  I have heard that there will be a few "End Of The World" parties going on tonight, if you are hosting or attending one this shooter would be a good one to serve while you all cheers the Not End Of The World!  I found this early afternoon's cocktail at the columbiatribune.

Here is the recipe for a What Crisis?:

  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz midori
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a shot glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to another excuse to have a themed party!  Thank You Mayans!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, December 20, 2012

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Day 309



White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
4 shots out of 5


It's Thursday night, today I got my hair cut, dyed and also got a pedicure.  Tonight I'm going to the movies with a couple friends.  WOW, what a "Me" day!  Our weekend plans of walking through a neighboring cities neighborhood to check out some amazing lights on Friday and then going to see the Zoo Lights on Saturday just got cancelled due to the rain that will be coming in this weekend......boo.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I found this recipe......which I unfortunately could not follow at cookingwithsugar.  Sugar used marshmallow sundae topping......I thought my marshmallow cream I had "might" work.....yea, NO it didn't.  Oh well, life goes on.  The only thing I'd change about this cocktail is the amount of peppermint schnapps.  For me, it's just a little bit too pepperminty, so I might cut it back to 1/2 an ounce instead.  Otherwise, this is a very holiday-ey cocktail that I'm sure many will love.

Here is the recipe for a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini:

  • 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 3/4 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • candy canes, or candy cane sugar for rimming
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above (except the last item which is for rimming). Shake and strain you cocktail into a candy cane or candy cane sugar rimmed martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to my second cocktail that I get to use my BevMo candy cane sugar with!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cookie

Day 308



Christmas Cookie
4 shots out of 5


It's been a looong time since I've gotten my hair cut.  Tomorrow morning will be the day that I get it chopped and colored (which I haven't done since I was pregnant with my first......some 14 years ago!)  Needless to say......I'm REALLY excited!!  One and a half more days of school and the kids are officially on winter break, yeay!!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  This cocktail is a good one.  You can almost taste every ingredient in a certain order when you take a sip.  First I get the Kahlua flavor, after a couple seconds the Baileys kicks in for a brief second and then it's a pepperminty surprise at the end.  Very interesting, I must say!  These three ingredients go pretty well together.  Whenever you have Baileys and Kahlua together (in my opinion) it's always a good mix.  I found tonight's cocktail at mixthatdrink.

Here is the recipe for a Christmas Cookie (no oven needed!):

  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
  • red & green sugar crystals (for rimming glass)
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a red & green sugar rimmed martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to enjoying Christmas Cookies two different ways!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Coffee Cake Cocktail

Day 307



Gingerbread Coffee Cake Cocktail
4 shots out of 5

One of my very best friends is coming over tonight to watch our kids while my husband and I go out on a dinner and movie date!  We are soooo excited!  Nights like tonight are very rare and come once in a blue moon.  Thank You from the bottom of our hearts Veronica, we appreciate this more then you know!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  My husband actually found this recipe at the end of a talk show while flicking through channels.  He said it looked good, so I found the recipe online at the cbs website and thought I'd give it a try.  I did not have two of the four ingredients for this cocktail (odd being The Cocktail Lady and all).  Apparently there's a Bailey's Hazelnut liqueur (instead I'm mixing 1/2 Baileys and 1/2 Frangelico) which I don't have as well as Captain Morgan's Black Spiced Rum (I only have the regular spiced rum).  None the less I decided to go for it.  All in all, this is a pretty good cocktail.  The coffee flavor kicks in at the end, which I thought was a nice touch.  Thank you Sandra Lee for you cocktail this evening......or my slightly amended version of it.

Here is my ameded version of the Gingerbread Coffee Cake Cocktail:

  • 1 oz coffee
  • 1/2 oz baileys
  • 1/2 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 oz spiced rum
  • 1/2 oz cake vodka
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to my husband for keeping an eye out for more fun and yummy cocktails!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



Monday, December 17, 2012

Vanilla Christmas Dream

Day 306



Vanilla Christmas Dream
3 shots out of 5


Last week of school for the kids, holy excitement Batman!!  What's even better?  Friday is a minimum day!  Wowzers!  We just got Madagascar 3 from Netflix, so my husband and the kids are watching the "extras" while I blog.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  I had found a cocktail online that used regular vodka, and I made the decision to substitute it with vanilla vodka and amend the name a bit and change the garnish.  This cocktail is pretty good.  The fact that 1/3 of the ingredients is cream makes me nervous....I just know my tummy will be doing flips and cartwheels here in a bit.  If you enjoy the taste of amaretto, I think you will like this cocktail because the amaretto is the one ingredient that I can taste the most of.

Here is the recipe for a Vanilla Christmas Dream:

  • 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1 1/2 oz cream
  • chocolate shavings for garnish
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the chocolate shavings.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to 4 more days of school for my kids and then some serious family time together!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Broken Leg

Day 305


Broken Leg
3.5 shots out of 5


Did you see it?  The weekend?  Oh........you just missed it!  There goes another one.  What a fun-filled weekend we have all had.  Two family Christmas get together's, one photo with the World Series trophy and a whole lot of fun in between them all.  It was a good weekend.  The kids are super excited that they only have one more week of school left for the year, actually we are too.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I received tonight's cocktail recipe from Stacy.  Thank You Stacy for sending it to me!  First off, I feel it's right to let you all know that I have always associated bourbon with my Mom.  I've never really cared for it a whole lot.....maybe that's because she drank bourbon and waters, and if it was up to me, I'd add more flavorful ingredients in to cut back the bourbon taste.  Tonight's cocktail does just that.  The hot apple cider mixed in with the bourbon allows each ingredient to complement the other in a very nice way.  This cocktail would definitely be a cocktail to enjoy on a cold winter night.....or whenever you feel like a hot cocktail really.

Here is the recipe for a Broken Leg:

  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon (Stacy recommended Jim Beam)
  • 4 1/2 oz hot apple cider
  • lemon wedge and/or cinnamon stick to garnish
In a coffee mug, pour in your apple cider and heat it up in the microwave.  When it is done, pour in your bourbon and give it a good stir.  You can garnish it with a lemon wedge and/or cinnamon stick.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a great weekend!  I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as well.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady