Posts tagged: vodka
December is the one month every year that I feel like I can truly celebrate gingerbread. I will devour anything gingerbread-related, whether it’s cookies, cakes, or candy. This year, in anticipation of the holiday parties I knew I would be hosting, I decided the ultimate way to enjoy gingerbread would be a cocktail. Genius, right?
Who's thirsty?! Instead of hitting the wine this Wine Wednesday, I'm breaking out my slow cooker for some serious boozy deliciousness...
Nothing says fall and winter quite like a warm mug full of mulled apple cider. Cuddling up in a warm blanket, next to a wood burning fire, with some Netflix binging lined up for the remainder of the evening is how I like to take it easy.
This recipe is great to make and keep on hand in your refrigerator for the week so you can enjoy it each night, but it also works great as a holiday cocktail for your next party! Serve it up in some mugs with cinnamon sticks and everyone will go absolutely nuts over this stuff. It's highly addictive because it's so dang comforting. No matter how cold it gets outside, a glass of this cider will always warm ya right back up in moments.
The ingredients are super simple and the effort is basically NOTHING. Just dump it all in and let it simmer for the day. When you're ready to serve, stir in the vodka! We wouldn't want any of that booze burning off in the cooking process, now would we? ;)
I know what I am going to be whipping up all weekend long... And now you do too!
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INSTRUCTIONS: Serves 12 Add apple cider, cinnamon sticks orange zest, cloves, star anise and allspice berries to the insert of a crockpot. Cook on low heat for 6 to 7 hours. When ready to serve, add vodka and stir to combine. Remove cinnamon sticks and spices with a fine mesh sieve. Serve immediately. If you are preparing this for a party, keep the slow cooker on it's lowest heat setting throughout the evening. Serve with cinnamon sticks for an added touch of deliciousness, and class.
*Recipe, photos and video by Meghan Bassett
The holidays are all about making things merry and bright for everyone and anyone in your world, aren't they? It could be a little token of affection, a box of freshly baked cookies, or turning your next holiday cocktail hour/party into a true celebration with the best holiday cocktails. We know how important it is to bring extra cheer to the season, and we really know how important it is to have the perfect cocktail on hand. We're rounding up these 11 Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Christmas Merry & Bright to make sure you can celebrate in style all season long! From egg nog to cider, sangria to carefully handcrafted cocktails, this round up has everything you are looking for (and more!). Break out the bar cart, get those fancy cocktail glasses down from the shelves and let's toast to the merriest season of all!
Gingerbread Spice Cocktail - Sauce + Style
Cranberry Sangria - Sauce + Style
Boozy White Hot Chocolate - Sauce + Style
Candy Cane Cocktail - Mix That Drink
Sugar Cookie Martini - Crazy for Crust
Apple Pie on the Rocks - Gal on a Mission
Cranberry Apple Old Fashioned - Lipgloss and Crayons
Bourbon Eggnog - The Kitchen
Hot Cider Nog - Swanky Recipes
Winter WonderJam Whiskey Smash - She Eats
Candy Cane Shooters - Hairspray and Higheels Cheers to a very merry holiday season, piggy peeps!
It's getting pretty darn chilly outside and personally, I love brightening up my cocktail hour with something light and acidic in the dead of winter. It's like adding a little ray of sunshine to every dreary cold day! Instead of a heavy lemon drop martini or other rich and sweet cocktail, The Detox Cocktail is perfect to brighten up a snowy day AND won't be too bad for that waistline.
That's right, this is a HEALTHY cocktail. I'll pause while you pick your jaws up off the floor... This cocktail has healthy, clean ingredients so you don't have to feel guilty after indulging in a few! Plus there's some apple cider vinegar in there (TRUST ME, it's delicious ok?) which we all know holds magical properties to help your digestion. So if you're feeling a little out of whack or off balance with trying (and failing) to keep with a diet... Just sit back and sip on The Detox Cocktail and feel pretty darn good about your new healthy habit.
INSTRUCTIONS: In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, honey and lemon juice to a boil with thyme sprig. Remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove thyme sprig. Add honey mixture to a shaker filled with ice. Add vodka and shake well. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with lemon wheel and sprig of thyme.
*Recipe and photos by Meghan Bassett
Y'all know we can't roll into a New Year without a whole set of cocktails to survive these first super intense weeks. Now that everyone's resolutions have been made, people are extra pumped and motivated to stick to them, making it a pretty busy season for us the moment we get back to the office. We aren't REALLY encouraging that whole "diet" thing, because it's all about balance. What's more balanced than a healthy cocktail? The booze evens ya out and the healthy fruit juices and other goodies in there will diminish the calorie count so you don't feel quite as guilty. Here's a roundup of our top fav classy and healthy cocktails that'll keep you fresh in the New Year. There are some old favorites and some new classics serving up just about every libation out there (aka there's something for everyone on this killer list). Cheers, piggy peeps!
Grilled Pineapple Bourbon Smash - Sauce + Style
Mango Mojito - Sauce + Style
Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita - Sauce + Style
Blueberry Mint Fizz - Waiting on Martha
Refreshing Watermelon Margarita - Sugar and Charm
Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail - A Cozy Kitchen
Blood Orange Margarita - With Salt & Wit
Cherry Blueberry Apple Sangria - The Roasted Root
Grapefruit Salty Dog - The Cookie Rookie
Blueberry Maple Mojito - Healthy Recipe Ecstasy So the only question is, which one of these delicious cocktails are you going to bust out at your next happy hour first??
It's finally here! The final long weekend before the holidays kick in. The final long weekend of the summer. It's time to bust out all the indulgent crazy recipes you can because the holiday weight gain officially starts NOW. This summer is going to be one of the last really hot ones we get as we dig deeper into September, so I'm using that as an excuse to indulge in ALL the Vodka Lemonade Popsicles.
You know y'all will be day drinking all day, erry day, for the next three days anyway, so why not enjoy the booze with a side of dessert? These boozy popsicles are all that you need for the entire weekend. You can keep cool with the frozen lemonade, and no one will ask a question as you stroll through the parks with your boozy treat!
Not that I would encourage such reckless behavior or anything....
Holiday weekends are meant for having fun, aren't they? Come on people, there's only so much time you can be silly in the summer sun before it's gone. Not to mention, these treats are going to be perfect for those scorcher tailgating days! Trust me when I say these will be a hit with EVERYONE.
Happy Labor Day piggy peeps!
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INSTRUCTIONS: Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl until the sugar is combined. Pour into 8 popsicle molds and freeze 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze an additional 8 hours until firm.
*Recipe, photos and video by Meghan Bassett