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Apple Orchard Cocktail

Skipping the traditional fall spices, apple vodka and elderflower liqueur keep this Apple Orchard Cocktail fresh and slightly floral.

Makes 1 cocktail. 

2 oz apple vodka
1 oz ginger syrup (recipe below)
0.5 oz apple brandy (I use Long Road)
0.25 oz elderflower liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes aromatic bitters 

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake up and strain into a glass.

Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.

Enjoy!


Ginger Syrup

¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger

Heat the water to boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. 

Peel and slice the ginger. 

Add to the hot water and sugar mixture. 

Allow to cool to room temperature. 

Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled. 

Tips on Apple Orchard Cocktail

  • The longer you leave the ginger in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. If possible, make the syrup a day or two ahead of making cocktails to allow the ginger more time to infuse the syrup. 
  • Fresh lemon juice tastes best, but you can use bottled juice in this recipe if that’s what you have on hand.

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Snack Pairing

Bacon Wrapped Dates

This crisp cocktail pairs deliciously with creamy, salty bacon wrapped dates.

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Apple Orchard Cocktail

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12 Easy Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is a super versatile liquor and one people often have on hand. Whether it’s your favorite spirit or you’re just starting out with vodka, give one of these vodka cocktails a try.

Did you give one of these a try? Leave me a comment on the recipe or send me a message! I’d love to know your thoughts.

DIY Liquor Infusions

Try out these 3 DIY liquor infusions, all made with easy-to-find ingredients and liquors. Each infusion also includes a custom cocktail recipe so you can get sipping and enjoying your new liquor creation.

Making your own flavored alcohol is fun, but can also be daunting. 

Liquor is expensive and you don’t want to risk a combination not tasting good. 

And once you’ve made it, what kind of cocktail do you use it in? 

Sometimes I don’t know what to do with an infusion – even the store bought ones. 

Below are 3 DIY liquor infusions made with easy-to-find ingredients and liquors. I’ve also included a cocktail recipe along with each infusion to help get you started sipping your new creation. 

Besides the recipe’s ingredients, all you need for infusing liquor is a clean, glass, pint jar with a lid, and a strainer



Note: Lemon is a popular choice for liquor infusions, but not one you’ll find here. I’m not a fan because (1) lemon can easily overpower any other flavor you infuse with it, and (2) lemon infusions taste a lot like cleaning products to me. But if you love lemon, give it a try!

DIY Liquor Infusions - Day 1
Infusions – Day 1…
DIY Liquor Infusions - Day 14
Infusions – Day 14!

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How to: Make Pitcher Drinks

Love entertaining, but don’t want to spend your time bartending? That’s where Pitcher Drinks come in. Make one for the adults, and another for the kids! 

Ingredients

1 can frozen condensed juice*, thawed
Vodka (for cocktails)
Triple sec (for cocktails)
Lemon lime soda (for mocktails)

To start, empty the can of condensed juice into a large pitcher

For cocktails:

Using the juice can to measure, add 1 can of vodka, ½ can of triple sec, and 1 ½ cans of water to the pitcher.

Stir.

Enjoy your pitcher cocktails! 

For mocktails:

Using the juice can to measure, add 1 can of lemon lime soda, and 2 cans of water to the pitcher.

Stir.

Enjoy your pitcher drinks! 

*Berry or cranberry juice blends work best for afternoon cocktails. Try an orange blend for a fun brunch cocktail. 

Pitcher Drinks

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Coffee Old Fashioned

Coffee and bourbon are the perfect pair in this twist on a classic Old Fashioned cocktail.

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz bourbon
1 oz cold coffee
1/2 oz brown sugar syrup
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
4 dashes chocolate bitters

Stir everything together with ice in a large glass or cocktail shaker. 

Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a couple cherries and/or an orange peel. 

Enjoy!

Tips on Coffee Old Fashioned

  • Brew your coffee strong for use in this cocktail.
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice is really important here. Don’t use juice from a bottle or carton. Squeeze the fruit!

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Snack Pairing

Bacon Wrapped Dates

A coffee old fashioned pairs well with creamy, salty bacon wrapped dates.

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Coffee Old Fashioned

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Recipe: White Wine Sangria

Delicious and refreshing, a pitcher of this fruity white wine sangria is perfect for entertaining – or having on hand for happy hours at home.

Makes 1 pitcher of sangria.

1 – 750ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc, or other dry white wine
½ cup brandy
½ cup peach liqueur 
1 ½ cups (12 oz) guava or mango nectar
½ cup fresh fruit (peaches, grapes, orange slices, melon cubes, etc.)
12 oz lemon-lime soda or club soda

Combine wine, nectar, brandy, and peach liqueur in a large pitcher. 

Add fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

To serve:

Fill a glass with ice.

Add sangria to glass, filling ¾ full.

Top with a splash of soda. 

Enjoy!

White wine sangria

Recipe: Blueberry Mojito

A blueberry mojito is a fun summer twist on a refreshing rum cocktail. Make it a delicious mocktail by simply leaving out the alcohol!

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz white rum
1 oz blueberry simple syrup (recipe below)
1 sugar cube OR 1 tsp sugar
Mint leaves
Slices of lime
Blueberries
Club soda

Place several mint leaves, a few blueberries, and a slice of lime in a glass.

Top with the sugar. 

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, crush everything together in the bottom of the glass. 

Add blueberry syrup and rum. 

Add enough ice to fill the glass. 

Fill up the glass with club soda. 

Give your drink a stir to mix everything together. 

Enjoy your blueberry mojito!

Blueberry mojito
Recipe: Blueberry Syrup

1 ½ cups blueberries (thawed, if frozen)
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Combine blueberries, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Carefully pour berry mixture into the strainer. Using a spatula, gently press the mixture into the strainer until all blueberries are crushed and all liquid has been pressed through to the bowl below. Discard the blueberries remnants left in the strainer. Allow the syrup to cool before using.

Blueberry mojitos

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(Not Quite A) Paloma

Grapefruit and tequila are a great match. This cocktail recipe started as a craving for a Paloma, but I didn’t have any grapefruit soda. So now it’s not quite a Paloma! But it IS easy and delicious.

Makes 1 cocktail.

3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2 oz white tequila
1 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime juice

Place everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake it all up. Strain into a glass filled with ice.

Enjoy!

Tips on (Not Quite a) Paloma

  • Fresh juice is super important in this cocktail, both for the grapefruit and lime. Take the time to juice the fruit and skip the bottled stuff.
  • Make it a more traditional Paloma by topping this cocktail with 3 oz of club soda or grapefruit soda.
  • Like a margarita, this cocktail is delicious with a salted rim! Run a piece of grapefruit around the edge of your glass and dip it in a shallow dish of salt, before you add your ice and pour your drink.

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Snack Pairing

Corn and Avocado Salsa

This grapefruit cocktail goes great with creamy avocado corn salsa.

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Paloma

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Espresso Martini

Sweet and strong, this easy espresso martini cocktail is the perfect replacement for the traditional after-dinner coffee.

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz strong brewed, cold coffee
1 oz vodka
0.75 oz coffee liqueur
4 dashes chocolate bitters

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a martini glass.

Enjoy!

Tips on Espresso Martini

  • Use a traditional drip coffee pot and any blend of your choice to brew the coffee for this recipe. Just use double the amount of coffee grounds as normal when you brew.
  • Make sure the coffee is COLD before you make this cocktail. Even slightly warm coffee will melt and break down the ice when you shake up your cocktail, resulting in a watered-down drink.
  • If you prefer cream in your coffee, add 1 oz of half and half along with the rest of the ingredients in the cocktail shaker.
  • Adding 1 oz of Rumchata liqueur is another delicious way to add cream – and cinnamon – to your espresso martini.
  • While the chocolate bitters enhance the cocktail, you can leave it out if you don’t have any on hand.

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Dessert Pairing

Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

This sweet and strong martini goes deliciously with buttery cranberry shortbread cookies.

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Espresso Martini

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Recipe: Easy Tiki

Tropical, refreshing and not too sweet, dark rum is the key to making this easy tiki cocktail feel a bit more grown up. 

Makes 1 cocktail.

3 oz pineapple juice 
2 oz coconut rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz simple syrup 
Juice from 1 tangerine or clementine  
Juice from ½ a lime

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake it up.

Strain into a glass.

Enjoy!

Easy Tiki Drinks

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