3 Summer Mocktails (or cocktails) for Each Time of Day

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

There is a lot to love about summer. The sun is finally out, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and it’s the season for vacations. However, one of my favorite things about summer is that it’s also the season to get fancy with your drinks. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice morning, afternoon AND evening pick-me-up? Here are three mocktails (or cocktails if you’re a bit more adventurous like me) to try this summer, and the time of day they are best received.
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The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for Fall

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for FallScarves, boots and hot chocolate. That’s what fall is made of. If you’re like me and live in a place that doesn’t always recognize the gloriousness of autumn, sometimes you have to make it happen yourself.

And what better way to make it happen than with a delicious cup of cocoa? I mean, yes, I drink coffee and tea and chais and lattes and all that jazz, but one thing that always feels like home: hot chocolate. With that, here’s one of my favorite simple recipes:

  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ¼ Cup of Chocolate Syrup
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream

Stir together chocolate syrup and milk in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, until hot. Add in cinnamon. Top with whipped cream and chocolate chips (go crazy with it!).

 

And if you’re feeling adventurous, give these recipes a try as well:

Vanilla Hot Chocolate via The Cooking Spot

Banana Hot Chocolate via We Are Not Martha

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate via One Sweet Mess

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa via The Hopeless Housewife

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate via The Tasty Kitchen

Magic Cocoa via Real Simple

Chrissy Teigen Shares Her ‘3 Freaky Facts’ and ‘Freaky Teigy’ Cocktail Recipe!

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Model Chrissy Teigen partied it up with the widely known alcohol beverage Captain Morgan in Miami to throw, what looked like, a completely fun Sunday RumDay bash. Guests and bartenders at the event were even in on a Teigen’s not-so-secret signature cocktail, the Freaky Teigy! Okay, so we all Teigen as John Legend’s wife, a stunning model or one who does not have a filter on anything! But, check out the video below for “3 Freaky Facts” you may not have known about the star. (I know, we couldn’t believe the Star Wars thing either.) Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Berry Mint Gin Smash by We Are Not Martha

(Image Credit: We Are Not Martha)

(Image Credit: We Are Not Martha)

Summer is here and what better time to try out a new cocktail? Well, We Are Not Martha has just the drink that I can’t wait to try, the Berry Mint Gin Smash. I have to admit, I’m not a big gin drinker – like, at all. I pretty much only stick to wine, the occasional mimosa and margaritas. Every now and then I’ll give a new cocktail a try, but I pretty much stick to the basics.

However, when I came across this recipe back in April, I knew it was the perfect drink to try out this summer. Berries!? Count me in. I love berries, I mean, who doesn’t? And when gin is masked by other flavors like berries and simple syrup, I’m totally on board. This drink will be perfect for a summer BBQ with friends or even an afternoon brunch.

Check out the full recipe over at We Are Not Martha, as well as all of their other amazing recipes and Happy Summer everyone!

Cheers!

KETEL ONE CLERICO (Image Credit: Ketel One)

Enjoy World Cup Inspired Cocktail Recipes from Ketel One

KETEL ONE CLERICO (Image Credit: Ketel One)

KETEL ONE CLERICO (Image Credit: Ketel One)

In case you haven’t been following the World Cup, here’s all you really need to know: U.S.A. lost in a blaze of glory against Belgium 2-1. Germany put a beating on Brazil on Tuesday afternoon with a score of 7-1. Now, the world turns their sights towards the semi-final match of Argentina vs. Netherlands.

However, we know soccer isn’t for everyone. Some people just watch because their dad, boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, mother, etc., has it on non-stop. Fortunately, we have something that will help those hesitant watchers, and those who have the unfortunate task of being on the low side of the scoreboard, smiling all evening long.

Let Ketel One take your senses on a libation vacation with these Argentina and Netherlands inspired spirits.

Argentina

KETEL ONE CLERICO

1 bottle BV Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc
6 oz. Ketel One Oranje
3 oz. Grand Marnier
3 oz. pomegranate juice
3 oz. orange juice
2 oz. white grape juice
3 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher half filled with ice. Stir. Pour into a wine glass filled with ice. Garnish with raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Serves 8-10.

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL (Image Credit: Ketel One)

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL (Image Credit: Ketel One)

Netherlands

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL

1.25 oz. Ketel OneOranje
1 oz. ginger liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 barspoons orange marmalade
2 drops orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

3 Summer Mocktails (or cocktails) for Each Time of Day

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

There is a lot to love about summer. The sun is finally out, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and it’s the season for vacations. However, one of my favorite things about summer is that it’s also the season to get fancy with your drinks. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice morning, afternoon AND evening pick-me-up? Here are three mocktails (or cocktails if you’re a bit more adventurous like me) to try this summer, and the time of day they are best received.
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Coffee Cup (Image Credit: Kuba Bożanowski)

Do you have a caffeine addiction?

Coffee Cup (Image Credit: Kuba Bożanowski)

Coffee Cup (Image Credit: Kuba Bożanowski)

A demanding day of work, class and other responsibilities may have you running to the nearest coffee shop or supermarket for an energy boost. Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and energy drinks can help you get through your day; but how do you distinguish between these caffeinated sources being merely a boost for the day or a necessity? How do you know when you’ve had too much caffeine? The following is a guide to caffeine consumption, its “addictive” effects and how you can monitor your intake! Continue reading

Recipe: Lemon Ginger Elixir and the Double D Cocktail by The Kitchen Witch

Lemon Ginger Elixir (Image Credit: http://www.thekitchenwitchblog.com)

Lemon Ginger Elixir (Image Credit: http://www.thekitchenwitchblog.com)

I am not a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, so when I do choose to partake I want a tasty sipping drink (as opposed to the unpleasant experience of something you have throwback as quickly as possible or that burns your throat on the way down). I’m always on the lookout for yummy and refreshing cocktail recipes I can serve at parties and enjoyable nurse along, so I was delighted when I found these two recipes by Rhonda at The Kitchen Witch. Continue reading

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Quirky Item of The Week: Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit (Image Credit: http://molecule-r.com)

As much as I enjoy trying out new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, molecular gastronomy is way beyond my capabilities. Making sure a souffle does not fall is about as technically complicated as my cooking gets and even that is not always a successful endeavor. As much as I would love to learn how to use emulsifiers and create foams, I don’t think I’m at the point yet where my traditional cooking skills are strong enough to branch out. Continue reading

Meg’s Fall Beer Recipe

Image Credit: Meghan Hawes

When I think about what I like to drink in the Fall, I automatically come to this go to cocktail recipe. It’s quick, fallesque and sweeter than your average beer. My friend Elle introduced me to this about 3 years ago.

This would be a great drink to serve at a Halloween party or to enjoy while you’re celebrating Oktoberfest!

You’re going to need a very large cup to fit everything that is needed in this cocktail recipe.

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