Category Archives: Drinks

Homemade Cranberry Vanilla Vodka

Cranberry Vanilla Vodka

There are many things you can make at home that are fantastic holiday gifts. I’m always a big advocate for homemade food gifts, such as plates of cookies or nicely wrapped loaves of bread. But food gifts typically need to be used right away and it is nice to give something that has a slightly longer shelf life – like homemade flavored spirits. Making your ... Read More »

Spooky Spider Cider

Spooky Spider Cider

While I was out shopping for last minute Halloween decorations, I saw a neat little bottle for sale that read “Spooky Spider Cider” on the label. I loved the look and brought it home to accessorize my Halloween centerpiece. I also liked the idea of a real Spooky Spider Cider to serve as an after dinner drink on Halloween, when you need something hot to ... Read More »

Birthday Cake Cocktail

Birthday Cake Cocktail

Birthdays are usually celebrated with cake, cupcakes and other baked goods. I typically serve coffee with my cakes, but birthdays are special occasions and deserve something a little bit more special. You could make coffee more special by serving cappuccinos or something, of course, but I took a more “grown up” track and created a batch of Birthday Cake Cocktails – topped with rainbow sprinkles ... Read More »

Summer Peach Shrub

Peach Shrub

A shrub is a fruit and vinegar syrup that was originally made as a way to preserve fruit for the winter. Usually, sugar is added to the mixture to make sure the balance of the flavor stays on the sweet side. Shrubs have been enjoying a comeback with the rise of the craft cocktail scene, as people look back to “classic” recipes from decades ago ... Read More »

Mango and Peach White Wine Sangria

White Tropical Fruit Sangria

Sangria is one of my favorite party drinks to make during the summer. Usually, you’ll see sangria made with red wine, and it is a fantastic way to make a cheap bottle of red taste a whole lot better. Red wine isn’t the only option for sangria, however, because white wine can make a fantastic sangria as well. When I make sangria with white wine, ... Read More »

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

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Beer and sodas are always staples at a barbecue because they’re easy to throw into a cooler and serve to everyone with minimal effort. I’ll usually throw a few bottles of wine into my ice chest, too. If I’m entertaining at home during the summer, however, I will also pull out my blender. Blended drinks are easy to serve to a crowd and, while they ... Read More »

Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Mango Yogurt Smoothie

There are some days – particularly warm spring and summer days – when nothing hits the spot like a good smoothie. They are cold and refreshing, but packed with good things like fruit and yogurt, so they usually deliver a positive nutritional punch, as well. I always have yogurt in my fridge and I’ll use it as a base for smoothies with any fruit that ... Read More »

Peep Vodka Lemon Drop

Peep Vodka Lemon Drop

A lemon drop is a cocktail that is made with vodka, lemon juice and sugar – rather like a grown up version of lemonade. It’s a mix of sweet and sour (with some vodka, of course) and it’s pretty refreshing as cocktails go. It also has a lovely yellow color to it that is part of what made me think that a lemon drop would ... Read More »

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