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!
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
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
This year I’m smitten, not because of a new romance, but because I’ve had the pleasure to love the same man for more than 20 years. With this kind of time comes an understanding of moods, fleeting kisses, cuddles, and the contentment to spend the evening watching television. Little is expected in the way of fancy gifts and expensive roses on Valentine’s Day, it’s a cozy meal and quality time together that means the most to us. And while we would normally reach for a bottle of wine, this year we celebrate our time together with a fruity and flirty Raspberry Rum Punch.
The vibrant colour and fruity taste makes it a delightful cocktail to sip and enjoy with your sweetheart. In fact, it’s even better with your long time love because it’s out of the comfort zone. Something new and refreshing! A slightly fizzy cocktail to “cheers” each other, with a love that is signified with the comfort found in one another. The fact that this cocktail is vibrant with raspberry flavour and rather delicious doesn’t hurt either. It might just mean we’ll have to have two. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Recipe source for Raspberry Rum Punch: Compelled To Cook
Cheers everyone! You’re gonna love this sexy Drambuie Espresso Martini. Not only does it have a good dose of alcohol but also a shot of espresso, giving it a little punch. I wouldn’t drink too many too close to bed time if you know what I mean. This one is definitely a late afternoon or early evening sipper.
I’m trying to round out my blog by incorporating a few more cocktails this year and as luck would have it, my husband received a bottle of Drambuie for Xmas. So it was the perfect opportunity to make a cocktail with it. This martini recipe was sourced from Drinks Mixer Not only a great site to find plenty of cocktails to mix up but also includes a bartending guide and a section on drinking games. So if you’re like me, it’s time to wipe the dust off those “used only once bottles” hiding in the back of your liquor cabinet, get creative and have a little fun!
Recipe source for Drambuie Espresso Martini: Drinks Mixer
With the cold winter months upon us, it seems only right to cozy up to the fire with a warm Blueberry Tea. Aromatic with a hint of blueberry makes this cocktail a delight to sip on. The essence of blueberries is created from the combination of Grand Marnier, Amaretto and Orange Pekoe tea, no actual blueberries are needed. Only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to the contented comfort of a warm aromatic drink in your hand. Blueberry Tea is under rated, especially with people like me who live in the cold 4-5 months of the year. Blueberry Tea is so easy and so enjoyable, there’s no reason not to be sipping on one tonight.