DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY HOT COCOA BAR

Inspired by a winter wonderland theme, we created our own hot cocoa bar. It’s simple, fun, and yummy! After all, a delicious cup of hot cocoa is the best recipe for cold winter days!

Setting up and hosting our DIY Hot Cocoa Bar is ideal for winter parties, holiday parties, or family gatherings. It also works for cookie exchange parties and a baby shower – just take notice the napkins.

First, you will need hot cocoa mugs. Anything goes with the mugs: matchy-matchy, different styles, holiday-themed mugs. This part is up to you.

You will also need hot cocoa mix and a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can get creative. Go for decorative stirrers instead of spoons, it adds a nice touch. We used candy canes, sprinkles, and marshmallows to follow our theme. Cinnamon sticks, caramel bits, and whipped cream toppings are great too.

Now the pro advice: give your chocolate bar a little something extra special by adding cute chalkboard jars to place and label all your toppings. Spray mason jars to display decorative florals and add pictures frames, glass trays, ornaments, and twinkle lights.

You can find a lot of these items at the Dollar Store, the options are endless, keep it simple or go all out! And yes, with so many flavored vodkas or liqueurs available it’s easy to make your hot cocoa bar adult- friendly. Go ahead and warm up these cold winter months!

Caramel

Caramel

Caramel Apple Martini

Recipe:

1.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1.5 oz Sour Apple Pucker (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1 oz Tito’s Vodka (2 Tablespoons/ 3/4 shot glass)

Place all ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Drizzle martini glass with caramel sauce, then pour!

Caramel

Caramel

Fall days ask for sweet treats. After all, who doesn’t love to sink their teeth into a crisp and sticky caramel apple? Honestly, we can’t get enough of this traditional and classic Fall treat, so it’s no surprise that we would enjoy a cocktail infused with the same flavors, a Caramel Apple Martini! But I was beginning to get concerned of the amount of sweet dishes I was consuming. I felt ominous of an awaiting Perth dental treatment, and so, had to stop consuming sweets for the rest of the day. 

Practical girls, we love recipes that are both simple and delicious. Follow our steps and enjoy a cozy cocktail that will warm you right up!

The ingredients represent our favorite Autumn flavors at their best: Butterscotch Schnapps that are sweet as candy; and Sour Apple Pucker that sort of tastes like a Granny Smith Apple. You’ll feel a burst of sweetness followed by a mouth-puckering sour taste.

Simply add your favorite vodka. Yes, any type will do. Drizzle your glass with a smooth, creamy, and delicious ooey gooey caramel sauce. Then, pour it into your Martini Glass and serve.

We think of this as the ultimate fall & festive inspired cocktail, where sour and sweetness are perfectly balanced. This is the textbook choice for your next fall party, holiday, or girls’ night out. Not that you need excuses to treat yourself with one of these!

Poptail

poptail

Poptail: A Champagne Popsicle Cocktail

Poptail

Poptail

No need to adjust your screen settings, you had that right the first time: yes, today is all about Champagne Popsicles! It’s simple: we are taking a popular kids dessert and an adult beverage, putting these two together and aiming for the perfect summer cocktail.

With summer entertaining in full swing, it’s a safe recipe to try at your next backyard party: colorful, fun, yet sophisticated. If you are on a budget (time included), you’ll like to know that this one is easy and also cost effective.  Besides the fact, we can’t think of a better way to cool off!

For this recipe, we used our Chandon Champagne and popped in a mango natural fruit popsicle, but the possibilities are vast. You can be creative by adding your favorite frozen fruit to your go-to glass of bubbly; it’s so refreshing that there’s no chance of going wrong. Try pineapple, peach, grape or strawberry to celebrate the season.

All grown-ups will enjoy the chance to unleash their inner child with these boozy refreshing summer drinks.  These little friends may be easy to pull off, but you’ll probably need to make a lot because they go fast as lightning.  With hardly any work, just sit back, relax and enjoy this fizzy, sweet dessert. Say cheers to summer!

Celebrate and ring in the New Year with any of these delicious cocktails that are sure to be a party pleaser!  New Year’s Eve is a big night, so it’s crucial to have a dazzling drink in hand when the clock turns midnight!  Sip and Enjoy! 

1.

Cranberry Moscow Mule-Country Living

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Country Living:

2 shots Vodka
8 ounces Ginger Beer
1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
2 Limes
1 bag Cranberries
Ice cubes

Steps:

1. Drop a handful of ice into your Moscow Mule glass.
2. Add vodka, ginger beer and top with cranberry juice
3. Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves into the drink mixture.
4. Top with a handful of cranberries and garnish with a slice of lime.

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2.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail-Country Living

(by Laura Edwards)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Country Living:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 oz vodka
1/3 champagne
1 cup cranberry juice

Steps:

1. Dip the tip of your champagne glass into water.
2. Dip it again in sugar.
3. Add Vodka, champagne, and top with cranberry juice

3.

Tito’s Pomegranate Martini-Tito’s Handmade Vodka

(Photograph obtained from Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

 

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka (mixologist Darren West):

1/12 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau Triple Sec
1/2 oz Pomegranate juice
1 0z fresh sour
garnish with lemon wheel

Steps:

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.  Shake, strain and pour into martini glass.

4.

Cranberry Mint Margarita-Delish

(Photograph courtesy of Sauza Tequila)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Delish and Sauza® Tequila:

16 parts cranberry juice
6 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
8 parts lemon soda
8 mint leaves

(serves 8)

Steps:

Combine all ingredients except mint leaves in a pitcher.  Rim glasses, if desired, and garnish with mint leaves.  Serve cold or iced.

5.

Sparkling Winter Sangria Recipe

(Photograph by Andrew Purcell)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Delish (Carrie Purcell):

1 c. St-Germain liquer
1/2 c. Superfine sugar
3/4 c. green grapes
2 tangerines
1/2 small ruby red grapefruit
2 bottles Prosecco

Steps:

In a medium bowl, combine St-Germain liqueur and superfine sugar; whisk together until sugar dissolves.  Add green grapes, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit; toss to combine.  Refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.  To serve, spoon some fruit and about 1 tablespoon liquid into each glass.  Divide bottles chilled process among glasses. 

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Pumpkin Pie Martini Recipe:

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka
2 ounces Rum Chata
3 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Mix
Caramel sauce
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Place ginger snap crumbs (or graham crackers) in a shallow dish.  Coat rim of martini glass with caramel, and dip into ginger snaps to coat.  Combine vanilla vodka, Rum Chata, and pumpkin pie mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.  Shake well and strain into prepared martini glass.  Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. 

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cocktails, martinisThis Autumn cocktail is perfect to serve for Thanksgiving and it just might be better than a slice of pumpkin pie!  It has a delicious and creamy combination of flavors with just the right amount of sweetness. For an added delight, we coated the rim of the glass with caramel sauce then dipped the glass into ginger snaps. A seasonal, simple martini that is loaded with yumminess! And remember, “It isn’t a party if you’re making just one cocktail! ” (A quote that we love from our friend Julie.)  

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