Food & Beverage

Memorial Day Cocktails

posted by Candice May 25, 2009 0 comments

Happy Memorial Day! I love summer holidays — tiki torches, barbecue, summer dresses and cocktails with little umbrellas in them — I love it all (especially the cocktails!) Here are some fun recipes for your memorial day party this afternoon or for any summer soiree you may be hosting.

Bing Cherry Mojitos

via Martha Stewart
Serves 12
* 1 1/4 cups sugar
* 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, about 9 limes
* 3 pounds Bing cherries
* 18 ounces best-quality black cherry or plain vodka (www.beekmanliquors.com)
* 1 bottle sparkling water (750 mL)

1. Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.
2. Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve and pit cherries; add to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight).
3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon 1/2 cup cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top off with sparkling water. Serve immediately.

New Orleans Hurricane

via Allrecipies.com
* 1/2 cup ice
* 2 fluid ounces light rum
* 2 fluid ounces passion fruit flavored syrup
* 1 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
* 1 ounce lime juice
* 1 fluid ounce 151 proof rum

1. In a shaker, combine ice, light rum, passion fruit syrup, lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage and lime juice. Shake well and pour mixture into a Hurricane or other large specialty glass. Float the 151 proof rum on top of the drink.

Things We Love

Things We Love, Vol. #1

posted by Candice April 29, 2009 2 Comments

Love the above shot from the real wedding of Sommer and Justin as posted by polka dot bride. Makes me want to have a coffee bar at my wedding!

Fair tale details are totally inspiring us from ritzy bee.

I am in LOVE with these gorgeous floral arrangements featured on wedding chicks of designs by English Garden Florals

Got plans for Cinco de Mayo? Well, I can assure you that with a little help from the party dress, these cocktails will make your soiree super festive!

I’m definitely feeling flowers this week, and my absolute favorite is this eye candy posted by the brides cafe. Loving the yellow and pink!

So glad that real simple introduced me to studio violet.

These DIY centerpieces from pink avenue bride would be so gorgeous for a bridal shower!

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Holiday Cocktails: White Christmas

posted by Candice December 23, 2008 2 Comments

This cocktail was a huge hit at our holiday party (so was the Gingersnap), and even my sugar fearing self took a tiny sip of it and have to admit, it was totally delish!

* 4 oz eggnog
* 1/2 oz white chocolate liqueur
* 1 oz Southern Comfort
* edible gold flakes or chocolate flakes for garnish

1. Build the ingredients in to snifter glass and stir lightly.
2. Sprinkle gold or chocolate flakes on top.


Holiday Parties

Holiday Cocktails: Grinch

posted by Candice December 9, 2008 2 Comments

I believe this is a martini that even Betty Lou Who would approve of. It is super fun and sounds absolutely delicious. There is a ton of things you can do, like adding a heart ice cube to the glass.

• 2 oz. Midori
• 1/2 oz. lemon juice (fresh)
• 1 tsp. sugar syrup

Mixing instructions:
Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Option: Garnish this green drink with a red cherry or candy cane.

Recipe source: Thatsthespirit.com

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Holiday Cocktails: Candy Cane Martini

posted by Candice December 1, 2008 3 Comments

I thought we should start our holiday entertaining series the way all good parties get started: with a martini.

I love this recipe for the Candy Cane Martini. It is super easy to make and most of us have the ingredients already stocked in our bars, which means it is also budget friendly!

• 1 1/2 oz. vodka
• 1 tsp. peppermint schnapps

Mixing instructions:
Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Here is an option: garnish with a small candy cane or create a candy cane “rimmer” with crushed candy canes.

Recipe from: ThatsTheSpirit.com

Signature Cocktail: The Gobble-tini

posted by Candice November 20, 2008 5 Comments

Oh, Thanksgiving! Full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course cocktails. I know many of you are prepping for your holiday feast, and why not start it off right with a signature drink? Let’s face it, we all need a drink when it involves spending a long weekend with family!

The Gobble-tini

– 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff cranberry twist vodka
– 1/4 oz Chambord
– 1/2 oz cranberry juice
– 1 tsp lemon juice
Garnish: 3 cranberries on stick

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 cranberries on stick.
Source: The Cocktail Times.com

I love this drink because most of us already have the ingredients stocked in our bars! There is nothing worse than having to buy $75 worth of liquor to make ONE signature drink.

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Signature Cocktail: Ginger Snap

posted by Candice October 14, 2008 3 Comments

I love this martini. I think it would be perfect for an autumn themed wedding / party! I also think it has a bit of Old Hollywood Glamour behind it. I don’t know if I am just channeling Ginger from Gilligan’s Island, but I think it would be a fabulous addition to your old hollywood themed fete!


The Gingersnap Martini

* 75 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
* .5 oz. ginger brandy
* 4 oz. eggnog

Combine rum, brandy, and eggnog in a blender. Blend to desired consistency. Garnish with a ginger snap for dunking.

Recipe courtesy of TheBar.com

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Signature Cocktail: Autumn Sunset

posted by Candice September 1, 2008 5 Comments

This is a perfect cocktail for an autumn wedding or cocktail party. Are you in the fall spirits yet? I’m so sad to see summer go, but fall is my favorite season. I love the changing of the leaves, comfort food, warm sweaters and scarves, plus all the fun fall activities.


Autumn Sunset

1 tsp minced pumpkin puree
1 oz brandy
½ oz Calvados
2 oz apple juice
¼ oz grenadine
splash soda
garnish cinnamon stick

Put all ingredients except grenadine and cinnamon stick into cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and pour into a tall martini glass. After pouring, drizzle grenadine on top so it falls to the bottom of the glass to create the effect of an “autumn sunset.”

If you wish to drink this beverage hot, omit the splash of soda. Pour ingredients into 8 oz glass coffee mug, add 6 oz hot water, stir vigorously to blend. Add grenadine as above. Garnish with cinnamon stick plus three whole cloves.

Recipe courtesy of cocktail.com and photograph by Martha Williams.

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Signature Cocktail: A Lovely Pear

posted by Candice August 21, 2008 1 Comment

Okay, I’ll admit it: its a bit cheesy. But I like the occasional corny factor, and so do a lot of you! Therefore, I present:


A Lovely Pear

Insert a collective “awwww”

4 parts Absolut Pears
½ part apple juice
1 part white grape juice
1 ½ part peach puree
1 part lime juice
(Serves two)

Combine all ingredients, shake and strain into 2 martini glasses.Garnish with a Pear slice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

It does sound super yummy, and would make a cute addition to your wedding day! Thanks to CocktailAtlas.com for the recipe and photograph!