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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger
3.5 shots out of 5


Remember how a few weeks ago the yucky flu swept through our house?  Yea......well, it's back and badder then ever!  This time it touched every single one of us (6 to be exact).  While some of us escaped the fever, some of us (especially 3 of 4) wasn't so lucky.  Our poor oldest little girl had a fever so high that we spend the other night up giving her half hour barely warm baths to bring down her 105.3 fever.  Thankfully, she seems to have "almost" broken her fever now and we all actually slept through the entire night last night!  Hip hip hooray!!!

I gave today's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I found a few different recipes for this cocktail, but decided on this one by epicurious.  I chose a Harvey Wallbanger for two reasons. 1) I had just bought a bottle of Galliano before the flu started sweeping through the house and have been dying to use it ever since. 2) since I'm still a bit sick, I figured what's better then alcohol and orange juice to help me feel better!  I have got to say this Galliano is like nothing I've ever tasted before.  The aroma and flavor are very unique.  It's amazing how only a half ounce of this stuff can really change the taste of a vodka and orange juice cocktail........especially when it's just under a tenth of the ingredients mixed in.  This would be a cocktail that I just may make again sometime.

Here is the recipe for a Harvey Wallbanger:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Galliano
  • 4 oz orange juice
In a medium cocktail glass filled with ice, pour in all of your ingredients and give it a nice stir.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to finally being able to make (and taste) a cocktail after a week and a half with sickies in the house.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Classic Margarita

National Margarita Day ~~ February 22nd

Classic Margarita
5 shots out of 5


I'm baaack!  That was sure a nice five days off.  I think after a year STRAIGHT of making cocktails every night that I deserve a vacation.  If you didn't know, tomorrow is National Margarita Day!  Like we need an excuse to have a margarita, right?  Not an excuse, just a reminder how wonderful margarita's really are.

I gave today's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  I am EN-JOYING this cocktail right now.  If you don't already know, I am not a big tequila person......at all.  I searched and searched online and found a handful of classic margarita recipes and (after consulting with my husband) decided on this one that I found on Food & Wine.  This cocktail is a perfect blend of alcohol and sweetness to where those who do not like super sweet cocktails will like it, as well as those (like me) who don't care too much for tequila!  

I have a list of (including today's margarita) 10 different cocktails for you to choose from below that you can make tomorrow for NMD.  Depending on how brave you are, you are welcome to try more then one too!

Here is the recipe for a Classic Margarita:


  • 1 1/2 oz silver tequila
  • 3/4 oz cointraeu
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and dump everything into your margarita glass.  Lift your glass up and salute to NMD!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here are photos of my other 9 margaritas I've made, with links beneath each one that will bring you right to their page!

Desert Margarita

French Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita

http://cocktail365.blogspot.com/2012/09/kinky-margarita.html
Kinky Margarita

Mango Margarita

Peach Margarita

Moon-a-rita

Pink Cotton Rita

Pomegranate Margarita

There you have it, 10 different margaritas to choose from for National Margarita Day!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flaming Dr. Pepper

Day 366



Flaming Dr. Pepper
3 shots out of 5


WOW!!!!!!!  Can you believe it?  My year long challenge has officially come to an end!  I have made, photographed, tried and blogged about THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX (seemed more dramatic in all caps) cocktails.  WOW, that's an accomplishment I must say.  I want to send a special Thank You out to my family who has allowed me to have my "cocktail time" every night so that I can do this.  Also to Stephanie who gave me this idea and cheered me along the entire way!  I definitely want to Thank all of you who have been with me since day 1, those of you who have found me somewhere along the way and those of you who have sent in your favorite recipes (I do still have a few more that have been sent in and will do my best to get to them soon).  Without all of you, this sure would have been a boring challenge.  Thank You!!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  I wanted to go out on fire (kinda like Katniss and Peeta) and decided on the Flaming Dr. Pepper.  I found the recipe at Matador Network and did my best to capture it's flame on my camera.  They are right, this cocktail does more or less taste like Dr. Pepper.  It tastes more like it while it's still warm though I must say, so if you are going to make it, DRINK UP!  But please put out the flame before you do so.  This was a fun cocktail to make.....quite easy really.  I will leave you with a few sequenced photos of this cocktail to look at.

Here is the recipe for a Flaming Dr. Pepper:

  • 3/4 of a shot glass filled with amaretto
  • 1/4 of a shot glass filled with Bacardi 151 rum
  • a bottle of beer
Fill you shot glass first with the amaretto, then with the rum.  Carefully place your shot glass in the center of a cocktail glass and fill that glass with beer just up until it hit the rim of the shot glass.  Take a lighter and light the top of the liquid inside the shot glass on fire (please be careful and do not stand directly over your flame).  Let your flame burn for a couple minutes and then blow it out and carefully drink it up.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






I simply can not believe that this year is over.  I will not stop here, so please continue to send in your favorite cocktail recipes or just shoot me an email to say hi.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cupid's Cup

Day 365



Cupid's Cup
3.5 shots out of 5


Happy Valentine's Day to all of my wonderful readers!!  I do love that you all come to my blog to see what I have been drinking each and every night!  Tonight marks a regular year of a cocktail every night, but wait......remember I said that I started this blog last year which in fact was a Leap Year?  That's right, one more night after tonight and then my year long challenge will be complete.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  I found this recipe on facebook today.  Hpnotiq had posted it and I thought I'd give their Harmonie another try.  This cocktail is OK.  If you don't know, I don't like Hpnotiq Harmonie as much as I like the regular Hpnotiq (the blue one).  Actually I really like the regular one.......a lot.  The Harmonie......not so much.  Anyways, this cocktail is OK, I wouldn't order it at a bar and I wouldn't have more then one of them at home.  At least it's a pretty color.

Here is the recipe for a Cupid's Cup:

  • 2 oz Hpnotiq Harmonie
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
In a shaker filled with ice, add all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Happy Valentine's Day to you all.  I really do appreciate you all coming to my blog and reading my daily cocktails.  Here's to you!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Passionate Bubbles

Day 364



Passionate Bubbles
5 shots out of 5


Today is the kids last day of school for the week.  We now get 5 days off for President's weekend.  5 days!!  I'm not completely sure that we even got a day off when we were in school and if we did it was only Monday.  Last year my kids got Friday and Monday off and this year Thursday through Monday off.  Budget cuts is what I am assuming the extra long holiday is all about, either way it'll be nice to have them all home for a few days.

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  With tomorrow being Valentines Day I figured why not create another simple but delicious Valentine cocktail.  I have to say, Passion Fruit puree goes AH-MAZE-ING-LY with champagne!  Yumm!  I am really enjoying my little creation here.  This cocktail is definitely worth a try, or two......shoot three tries is good too.

Here is my recipe for Passionate Bubbles: 

  • 2 1/2 oz champagne
  • 2 1/2 oz passion fruit puree
In a champagne flute, pour in both ingredients.  Stir up your mixture to get the puree to blend in completely with the champagne and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here is to the two remaining days left of my year challenge.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss

Day 363



White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss
4 shots out of 5


Tomorrow our oldest girl turns 4.  Thursday is Valentine's Day and Friday is the very last day (Day 366 thanks to Leap Year) of my year long challenge.  I knew I would make it, as I am NOT a quitter..........but I just didn't realize how quickly this year would go by.  I am kind of in shock that I am mere days away from the end.  I will not be tossing away this blog by any means, but with the extra time on my hands (total joke.......I have 4 kids) I do want to add extra things to my blog and maybe even change things around a little.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.   With Valentines Day vastly approaching, I decided to create a Valentine's cocktail.  I call it, White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss (before you ask, YES I could have made it longer, haha).  This cocktail is a bit strong and every 3 sips gives you a little bit of a vodka bite, but I like it.  I hope you like it too if you do decide to try it.  I hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday evening.......with a cocktail of course!

Here is my recipe for a White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss:

  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz white cream de cacao
  • white chocolate shavings
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the white chocolate shavings.  Shake and strain into a white chocolate shavings rimmed martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the end result:




Here's to the 3 more days that remain of my year long challenge.  I'm proud of myself for sticking to it and blogging every single day for a year.  I'm proud of you for sticking with me too!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady



Monday, February 11, 2013

Summertime Splash

Day 362


Summertime Splash
5 shots out of 5


I have been loving these nice warm days!  They make me want to sit outside and warm my skin and drink cocktails all day!  Since I enjoyed my Summertime Breeze that I had created the other day so much, I needed to find out how it would taste if I amended it a little bit.  I guess I am feeling adventurous.

I gave today's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  Making this cocktail with vodka goes to show that it does not matter whether you put in rum or vodka, you still can not taste the alcohol.  Which means that this cocktail is one of those sneaky cocktails where you do not think you are drinking too much alcohol and then BAM......you are feeling pretty darn good!  I would think you can make either version of this cocktail ahead of time in a pitcher (without ice) and then when it's time to serve it, stir it up WELL (to get the puree mixed in) before you pour some in a shaker with ice.

Here is my recipe for Summertime Splash:


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz peach puree
  • 1 oz lemonade
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and dump everything 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 another..amended.....scrumptious self-created cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bohemia Michelada

Day 361



Bohemia Michelada
3 shots out of 5


I received a six pack of Bohemia beer in the mail on Saturday so that I could try out one of their signature cocktails.  I was very excited when it came, as I do love beer!  I have found that over my years of beer drinking, my tastes have widened and I now like a lot of beers that I had sworn off in the past.  I am quite proud of myself for that I must say.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  When I was reading the ingredients for this cocktail, it kind of sounded like a Bloody Mary but instead of the tomato juice you substitute it with beer.  Quite interesting I must say.  I gave this cocktail a 3 because the flavor of the cocktail was quite good, then only thing that I could not handle was the HEAT from the other ingredients.  My husband on the other hand (who likes spicy things) really likes this cocktail, especially the heat. 

I will say that the Bohemia beer that they had sent me is pretty darn good!  It is a lighter beer with a taste all of it's own.  This beer actually has more flavor then some of your light beers and if I had a choice of Bohemia or Corona, I'd choose this one hands down.

Here is the recipe for a Bohemia Michelada:

  • 1 bottle of Bohemia beer
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • kosher salt (I used my margarita salt)
  • a lime wedge 
Wet the rim of your beer glass with your lime wedge and rim it with kosher salt.  Next pour in your lime juice, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.  Fill the rest of the glass with Bohemia beer and stir to mix, be careful not to go crazy stirring so that you don't get your beer to foam up.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:


Here are photos of the beer that I received in the mail:






















Thank You to Veronica for sending me out this six pack of beer!  My husband is currently finishing off this Bohemia Michelada as I type, he REALLY likes it!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Summertime Breeze

Day 360



Summertime Breeze
5 shots out of 5


It's Saturday!  It is a beautiful day out which makes me long for the summer.  Since it is such a nice day I decided to create a nice cocktail to go along with it.  When I am done with today's blog I am going to make another one and go sit out in the backyard and enjoy it.

I gave today's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  Boy is this a refreshing cocktail.  The lemonade and peach puree go SO well together it's amazing!  The scary thing about it is the fact that I do not taste the alcohol inside of it.....what.......so......ever!  This would be a good cocktail to have at a summer barbecue for sure.  It's a really amazing color to which in my eyes makes it taste that much better as well.  Even though I only have 6 more cocktails to go after today to complete my year, I am not stopping there.  I won't be posting each and every day, but I will still be here so if you have any favorite cocktail recipes that you would like me to try, please send them into me.

Here is my recipe for Summertime Breeze:

  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz peach puree
  • 1 oz lemonade
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and dump everything 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 another scrumptious self-created cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hpno Cake

Day 359



Hpno Cake
4.5 shots out of 5


Happy Friday everyone!  It is unbelievable, but next Friday will be my very last day of my challenge!  Can you believe it?  I will have done 366 cocktails when I am finished.....that's a LOT of alcohol!  Sheeesh.  Today marking my 8 days and counting to go, I wanted to share with you the 8th cocktail I made on my blog which is my Blue Hawaiian.  Boy I really liked that one and have made it since!

I gave today's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  Truth be told, I found a recipe on facebook today that was posted my Hpnotiq.  I made the cocktail and just now realized that I had forgotten one ingredient (is my brain on Friday mode already?  guess so....), so I decided to change the name and call it my own.  This is a nice tasty cocktail.  It may be a little sweet for some, but apparently I was in the mood for "a little sweet".  I halved the amount of the ingredients that I remembered to put in the cocktail and made myself a martini sized shooter.  Note: Yes I DO still hate sprinkles....but the original recipe called for them, so what can you do?

Here is my recipe for a Hpno Cake:

  • 1 oz Hpnotiq
  • 1/2 oz cake vodka
  • sprinkles to rim the glass
In a shaker, add ice and the first two ingredients.  Shake and strain into a sprinkle rimmed martini shot glass......or any shaped sprinkle rimmed shot glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to Friday!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and let me know if you try any amazing cocktails!

Cheers!!

 The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bloody Mary

Day 358



Bloody Mary
4 shots out of 5


Isn't there a story from our childhood about Bloody Mary?  Speaking of children, the fever has left our house!  We seem to be doing tons better.....except for that nagging cough that I am sure will stick around this house for a few weeks.  Fingers crossed that oldest brother and my husband and I don't get it!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I am SUPER DUPER surprised that I like this cocktail as much as I do,.... seriously.  Let me start off by saying.....holy crap there's a lot of different versions of Bloody Mary's out there.  My husband likes Bloody Mary's and I have honestly never ever tried one before simply because I was scared of the tomato juice.  I have to say, this cocktail tastes like spicy tomato soup and I really like it!  My only complaint (which I can see my friend Jenn rolling her eyes at because she likes them spicy) is that it might be a little bit too spicy for my taste.  The Spicy V8 on it's own has enough spice for me, it's actually pretty darn good on it's own.  As some of you know, I love green olives, what you don't know is that I love pepperocini's as well so I decided to include them both, GREAT idea!  I dipped my olive in the cocktail and ate it, WOW--a spicy green olive......I think I'm in love.

Here is my recipe for a Bloody Mary:

  • 4 oz Spicy V8
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • celery stalk
  • green olives
  • pepperocini
In a tall cocktail glass filled 3/4 with ice, pour in your first 4 ingredients.  Some bartenders "roll" these ingredients, I decided to just stir them up well.  Place your celery stick in and put your olives and pepperocini on a toothpick and either drop it in, or dip and eat them.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to overcoming my fear of Bloody Mary's and actually making one of my own....and liking it!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Perfect Manhattan

Day 357



Perfect Manhattan
1 shot out of 5


I have known that I would need to make some version of a Manhattan during my year.  Whether it was a Dry Manhattan, a regular Manhattan or a Perfect Manhattan it really didn't matter to me.  I knew that I was not going to like this cocktail no matter how I made it, but to honor my mom and her signature drink, I had to make one.  My mom drinks them dry, but I decided on the perfect.

I gave tonight's cocktail 1 shot out of 5 (and I was feeling generous).  I really hoped that I would like this cocktail a lot more then I did, especially since to my surprise I did like the Kentucky Waffle.  I can hear and feel you shaking your head in disappointment.  I apologize for not being a bourbon person.  My mom had given her her recipe for a perfect Manhattan, which with a 3:1/2:1/2 version I knew I couldn't handle so I turned to the internet.  At many different sites I found more or less the recipe over and over so I decided to go with it.

Here is the recipe for a Perfect Manhattan:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • cherry or lemon to garnish
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above except for the cherry or lemon (which ever you choose).  Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with your choice of a cherry or lemon.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to a Perfect......or not so Perfect Manhattan.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kentucky Waffle

Day 356



Kentucky Waffle
3 shots out of 5


I'm having a moment here.  Did I really just make cocktail number 356?  Can I really say that I only have 10 more cocktails to make on my year long journey?  Thank goodness we had Leap Year, right?  I  absolutely can not believe how much time has passed creating this blog.  WOW. It is a bit overwhelming when I actually stop and think about it, guess it's time to have more of this cocktail to cope, right? 

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  Let me just start by saying that if I liked bourbon as much as I like rum, I would have given this cocktail a higher rating for sure!!  I received tonight's recipe a while back from Kate.  Kate had found this recipe in a Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine.  Since then I'v been looking for 100% maple syrup.  Then about 2 weeks ago I received an email from Nancy telling me about her vacation cocktail that she had found in the exact same magazine.  The magazine had attributed it to Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, CA.  I will admit now that I have taken a good number of sips of this cocktail......I'm liking it a bit more, who knows....I could end up being a bourbon fan!  Thank you so very much Kate and Nancy for tonight's cocktail recipe!!

Here is the recipe for a Kentucky Waffle:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz 100% pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sparkling cider
  • cinnamon stick
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients except for the cinnamon stick.  When you are shaking it keep a hand on the top of your shaker, sometimes the sparkling cider (since it's carbonated) can build up a little pressure and want to pop that top right off.  Strain into a martini glass and pop in your cinnamon stick.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to only having 10 days left of my year long adventure!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, February 4, 2013

Alien Nipple

Day 355



Alien Nipple
2 shots out of 5


We are down to one child with a fever.  I really hope she breaks it tonight and is all better in the morning.  These 6 day long fevers are something else I tell you.  If not the Zicam that I'm taking (when I remember), then it is most definitely the nightly cocktails that I am having that is keeping me well (knocks on wood).  Whatever the case may be, I am just glad that I have been healthy so that I can take care of my children when they are sick.

I gave tonight's (it's a late one tonight) cocktail 2 shots out of 5.  I found a picture of a few different "nipple" shooters on Pinterest and followed the pin to Hampton Roads Happy Hour.  I am not terribly thrilled about this shooter.  I know that butterscotch and Irish cream go well together and I figured the melon couldn't hurt....but it kinda did.  It kind of burned the back of my throat and gave me sort of instant heartburn (for a good few seconds there).  Lesson learned.

Here is the recipe for an Alien Nipple:

  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1/2 oz Midori
In a shot glass, pour in each ingredient and give it a quick stir.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to hoping our house gets rid of these germs soon and that yours doesn't get them at all!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Kicker Cran

Day 354



Kicker Cran
4 shots out of 5


As many of you Niner fans know, our kicker, Akers, has kicked some AH-MAZE-ING kicks this season........and more recently, so me Not-So-AH-MAZE-ING kicks.  In honor of him and the fact that I do believe in him, I have just created this afternoon's cocktail!  I truly believe (as any crazy fan would) that if I drink this cocktail, it will give him that extra Umph he needs to keep his kick straight.

I gave today's (Superbowl Sunday that is) cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  This cocktail is made for David Akers, with one of my very special friends in mind, Angela.  Ang loves Bud Light.....and truth be told, this is actually one of her beers from my fridge.  It's a Super Bowl can, which I think makes it ever that much more special.  I am NOT a Bud Light drinker, but I must say if I was, I think I would like this cocktail a lot more.  It's a simple, light, refreshing easy to make cocktail.  It's perfect for Superbowl Sunday when you want more then just a beer.

Here is my recipe for a Kicker Cran:

  • can of Bud Light
  • cranberry juice
Choose the size of glass you would like and fill it half way with Bud Light and the other half with cranberry juice.  Give it a quick stir and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to you Forty Niners, whatever the outcome you've had a hell of a year!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady