Easter Cocktails, Three Ways!

Hi Lovelies,

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days on here. Of course, as soon as I get a couple months in with my regular posts, a nasty virus hits and takes me down for awhile. Nevertheless, with Easter fast approaching I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share some of my Spring inspired cocktail recipes for your Easter festivities. I like to throw together ingredients and see what works, so there’s some unique flavour profiles here – luckily I’ve done the leg work for you. Let me know if you try any of these recipes, or customize them for yourself; I’m always on the hunt for new recipes! Also, you’re forewarned that the Peep martini is strong, but a good martini always is, right?

Hopefully I’ll be back to my regular posts now – no promises, but I do have some great looks coming your way very, very, soon ūüôā

MT

 

Boozy Strawberry Lemonade 

To make: Add sliced strawberries to the bottom of champagne flute, pour in vodka and lemonade, add in prosecco, and top with a splash of lemon water if desired.

Rosemary Grapefruit G&T

To make: muddle lime and a few rosemary sprigs in the bottom of the glass, pour in gin and grapefruit juice and stir lightly. Top with tonic water, and garnish with rosemary.

Cotton Candy Marshmallow Peep Martini

To make: Mix Whipped and Cotton Candy vodka in a martini shaker with ice, add cream, and shake lightly. Wet rim of glass with water or honey and rim the glass with sprinkles. Cut the peep and garnish side of glass with it. Pour in the shaken martini. Optionally, add one drop of red food colouring to the martini shaker to make a pink coloured drink! * I used cotton candy peeps – but I mean, do they even look like peeps anymore?!

Christmas Faves: 2016!

Hi Lovelies,

If you know me at all, you’ll know that Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year – and that’s a¬†huge understatement! I’m the type of person who can’t wait for Halloween to come and go so I can be at least a little bit justified in putting up my tree and cranking Bing Crosby. Now that it’s officially December, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a few miscellaneous Christmassy faves I have this year. I could go on and on about anything Christmas related but I’ll keep it short(ish).

MT

1.Christmas Decor: Because I’m near insane, prior to putting up my Christmas decorations I have to pack away every item in my house that is not neutral coloured, and then replace them all with appropriately coloured items for my theme that year. While I do a more classic Christmas look at my apartment here in Chicago, I do our house in Canada all white and turquoise (even the tree!). Arguably, the best decor piece in my apartment this year is my new bar cart; it’s peppermint themed with the top being a hot chocolate bar and the bottom having classic barware for cold drinks. The top level has candy cane liquor (Frosty’s Candy Cane, if you’re curious), mini peppermint marshmallows, and peppermint hot cocoa. All of the barware except for the mugs – which were a Marshall’s find, are from Nordstrom (here, here, here & here).

2.Mulled Wine: In Chicago, there’s the cutest little German Christmas market I look forward to each year, where they serve mulled wine in collectible cups. The wine is delicious, and honestly just drinking it out of my special cup makes it even more fun. So, the problem hit when it was early November this year and I wanted some of the wine in a silly collectible cup¬†so bad. What’s a girl to do? Buy mulling spices (available¬†here)¬†and make her own of course! I just tossed some of the spices into a paper tea bag (like this) and let it simmer with orange peels and a dash (or three!) of maple bourbon in a pot of sweet red wine. My Mother In-Law doesn’t drink alcohol so I made it for her with a cranberry-pomegranate juice instead of wine (and sans the bourbon, clearly) and it turned out tasty, as well.

3.Winter Candle: This scent is by far the best Christmassy scent I’ve ever found. To me, Christmas smells like oranges, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, rosemary – the classics, and that’s just what the candle scent is! Aside from the fact that it smells delicious, it is so beautiful to burn because it’s not in a candle holder, so the wicks just burn down the middle leaving a pretty wax ring around the outside that has the dried fruit and spices right in the wax. I have the 3 wick candle, but there is a 6 wick one too which is stunning if you have a larger space or a holiday party (here & here)! You’re fair warned though that the company (The White Company London) is from the UK, so despite having a US site, the shipping rates can still be pretty high.

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4.Tartan Plaid Shoes: WITH CRYSTALS! Okay, I get it . . . these aren’t that practical. I know I can only wear them for a few weeks out of the year, but they’re tartan plaid heels with crystals, so that’s really all of the justification I need. I love a good statement stiletto, and these ones are timeless enough (in my opinion) to wear every holiday season to come. I have a few holiday looks planned to share with you, so keep your eyes peeled for them to make further appearances (or snag them for yourself here).

This is a complete side note, but how cute is this picture I got of my Pup?! He’s so stinkin’ precious I had to share it. And since I don’t think I’ve mentioned him before – this is Taquita, my 9 year old Chihuahua who is my bestie, the love of my life, and a legit medical marvel.

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Spiked Apple Cider: Two Ways!

Hi Lovelies,

If you know me, you’ll know I LOVE me some apple cider in the Fall! Last year, my friend introduced me to what is now one of my favorite cocktails, ever – and that’s saying something – it was just apple cider, fireball, and some ground cinnamon on top. While that drink is pretty much perfect by my standards, I thought a Cinnamon Cider Sangria, and Hot Bourbon Cider would be good additions to my Fall cocktail repertoire. Enjoy!

MT

Cinnamon Cider Sangria

The recipe for this could not be easier. You’ll need: white wine (I used Pino Grigio), a cinnamon alcohol (Fireball is good, although I used cinnamon moonshine from a recent trip to TN), apple cider, cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon), cubed apples. A rule of thumb I use for mixing any sangria is 3,2,1 portions. 3 oz. wine, 2 oz. cider (or any mix you’re using), 1 oz. hard liquor, plus your fruit, and in this case cinnamon, and you have one 8 oz. glass to drink! You can change out the flavours and become your own sangria mixologist easily, plus it’s easily recreated for large batches (trust me, even I can do the math).

Hot Bourbon Cider

This recipe is just a little more complex, but so tasty and because it’s served hot, it’s¬†perfect for those chilly Fall nights! You’ll need: apple cider, maple bourbon (or regular bourbon & add splash of maple syrup to the mixture), vanilla extract, whipped cream, ground cinnamon. To create the cocktail mix 2 cups apple cider, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1-2 oz. of maple bourbon in a small pot. Simmer on medium-low heat until hot. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and serve!