Magic Hour Cocktail

Magic Hour Cocktail

Treats aren’t just for kids on Halloween!!  Adults need a little fun too and I was dying to try my hand at a spooky theme.  The Magic Hour Cocktail is a creamy, orange delight that tastes a lot like a creamsicle, ahem… like a “treat” Fun and delicious to shake up when the adult goblins come knocking on your door.

You’ll also love that this delightful orange vodka cocktail is dairy free. Yup, it’s coconut milk that makes it creamy and a little frothy.  A splash of vanilla syrup makes it extra dreamy and easy to drink.

Orange vodka is not a normal item tucked away in my liquor cabinet, it was a gift from my brother.  One day he just shows up with it, I think as a “thank you” for something my husband helped him with.  My memory fails me a little, but I’m guessing he won it or was gifted it himself, as he’s just not an orange vodka kinda guy, nor have I ever indicated I wanted or needed orange vodka.  But in the end, he gifted it to us…lucky me I’d say.  It’s not just any vodka either, but Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka.  Once he gets a taste of this tasty cocktail, he’ll wish he’d kept it for himself.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Magic Hour Cocktail adapted just slightly from:  Grey Goose Magic Hour Cocktail

Magic Hour Cocktail
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Magic Hour Cocktail
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Vanilla Syrup
Cocktail
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
Vanilla Syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once it reaches a full boil and sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool. Makes 1/2 cup syrup, or enough for 8 cocktails if using 1/2 ounce per. Will keep several weeks chilled in an airtight container.
Cocktail
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into glasses and garnish with orange zest if desired. Serve immediately.

Zesty Michelada

Zesty Michelada

Cheers and Happy Father’s day to my dad, who simply called it beer and clam.  Little did I know as a youth that his afternoon summertime drink actually had a name.  The Michelada is a Mexican cocktail with many variations, and while I’m no expert in this area, I do know you’ll love this Zesty Michelada with Clamato juice and spice just as my own father enjoyed his “beer and clam”.

Although a little spicy and salty, the Zesty Michelada is quite thirst quenching and goes down easy on a hot day.  For those who aren’t familiar with the original Clamato juice, it’s basically a blend of tomato juice, spices and clam juice.  You may think clam juice and beer is an odd combination, and I suppose it kinda is. Yet the clam gives it a bit of brininess that makes it perfectly “slurpable” over a chili spiced salted rim.

Don’t forget about the garnish either!  It’s a cocktail that can balance all you can through at it.  I personally like shrimp and celery but go on and try chunks of spicy sausage, cherry tomatoes and or lime.  I think a little wedge of cheese could also work.  There’s no rules and that’s the fun of it, so enjoy!

Recipe source for Zesty Michelada inspired by Fox Valley Foodie Authentic Michelada

Zesty Michelada
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Zesty Michelada
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a flat shallow dish combine salt, chili powder and lime zest. Cut one wedge out of the whole lime and run along the rim of 4 tall beer glasses to wet the edge. Dip each glass rim into salt to rim the edge. Set aside.
  2. Measure Clamato juice into a 2 cup liquid measure and add lime juice from remaining lime, hot sauce, Maggie seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. Fill the salt rimmed glasses 1/3 full of ice and pour Clamato mixture equally between glasses and top with beer. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

Consider yourself warned!  Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is dangerously delicious and perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.  The recipe makes a pitcher full, so be sure to invite your friends.

A stirring spoon and pitcher is all you need for this super quick and easy beverage.  Using frozen lemonade concentrate allows you to use the empty can as the measuring device, so there’s little cleanup too. Don’t let the summer go by without stirring up a batch of this lovely fruity drink, it’s sure to be a favourite.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Raspberry Vodka Lemonade: Drinks Mixer Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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Servings Prep Time
4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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Servings Prep Time
4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 6 oz glasses
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir until frozen lemonade is combined. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.

The Sawback

The Sawback

This spicy and fruity cocktail originates from a wonderful weekend in Banff, AB, Canada.  It was a weekend spent with great friends, stunning scenery and good food. Dinner at the Park Distillery was filled with laughs, flambéed food and the purchase of a bottle of their signature Chili Vodka.  Along with the bottle of vodka came a recipe card for The Sawback and I’ve had it squirreled away for just over a year because it’s perfect for Cinco De Mayo.  A spicy cocktail made with the aforementioned Chili vodka, pineapple juice and lime juice.  It has just the right amount of heat that makes you want to take another sip to cool the mouth with the refreshing pineapple juice, only to be caught in a sipping circle that‘s hard to stop.  Don’t forget that chili vodka is also great to use in your favourite Caesar cocktail, Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp and perhaps a little spicy vodka penne. Enjoy!

Recipe source for The Sawback:  The Park Distillery

The Sawback
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
The Sawback
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until combined and cold, about 15 seconds. Strain over ice into serving glass. Serve immediately.

The Cosmo

The Cosmo

The Cosmo, short for Cosmopolitan of course, is my go to cocktail even though it’s wine that you’ll find me drinking most of the time. It’s those times that I’m going for hard liquor and want to feel all sophisticated with a cocktail glass in my hand that The Cosmo will make an appearance.

When I started blogging a couple of years ago, I had this cocktail prepped for a blog post, a sort of toast to the blogging world was my anticipated theme. I had written text, snapped a few photos, took a few more and more again until it eventually sat on the back burner. What I quickly learned was that taking photos of cocktails and/or beverages in general was not as easy as one might think. I really struggled with it and still have much to learn. So, while the premise of The Cosmo post has changed slightly since my first attempt, my love of the drink has not. It’s the citrus note, splash of tartness and hint of sweetness that makes it a favourite of mine and the reason I’ll likely drink two!!

Recipe for The Cosmo:  Adapted slightly from The Cocktail Handbook by Maria Costantino

The Cosmo
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
The Cosmo
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add ingredients and shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lime peel if desired and serve immediately.

Celtic Twilight

Celtic Twilight

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Celtic Twilight. A boozy, creamy cocktail mixed with not one, but two Irish delights. Irish whiskey, or should I say “water of life” and Bailey’s Irish cream come together with Frangelico for a punch.  The creaminess smooths out the drink and makes it go down easy. It’s a little tribute to all that is Irish on their celebration day. As luck of the Irish would have it, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, giving drink goers something to celebrate. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Recipe source for Celtic Twilight is from The Drinks Mixer

Celtic Twilight
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Celtic Twilight
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled half full with ice. Stir until cold, about 20 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled a quarter full of ice. Serve immediately.