Cocktail Break

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

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We’re crazy about margaritas and after the Manhattan, they are probably our favorite drink nowadays. They are perfect for the football playoff season (go Giants!) and go very well with any type of food. To save on the calories we use the Light variety of juice from Ocean Spray. Here’s how you can make it too: Read more →

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Whiskey Sour

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There’s a lot going on today…our project, the NFL playoffs (Sorry, Tebow!), the Golden Globes, and Downton Abbey later tonight. We hardly had any time to come up with a cocktail idea. So we decided to have one of our favorite classic cocktails, the Whiskey Sour. To be honest our version uses Kentucky Whiskey, better known as Bourbon. Instead of sour mix, we use lemon juice and a couple of packs of Splenda to cut on the calories. The result is a delicious drink that is the perfect companion to a cold Sunday afternoon. Enjoy! Read more →

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The Skinny Rita

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We’re still celebrating the Arkansas Razorbacks’ victory at the Cotton Bowl last Friday night! So this weekend we’re dedicating our cocktail break to the Hogs by making the quintessential party cocktail…a Margarita. This also gives us an excuse to try out our brand-new cocktail glasses that our sister Ranae and our friend Hannah gave us for Christmas!

We call our margarita recipe the Skinny Rita because it’s low in calories — we don’t use a store-bought mix, which tends to be super loaded with sugar. We only add lime juice and artificial sweetener to the tequila and just a dash of Triple Sec. Try it…it’s the perfect cocktail to watch a football game, now that we’re in the middle of playoffs and the Super Bowl is just around the corner! Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Mocha Blizzard

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You guys know that we love to create low-calorie cocktails, but sometimes we just can’t resist the temptation (it’s the holidays, after all) and make a very decadent recipe for our friends and family to enjoy. This weekend we came up with the Mocha Blizzard, a sweet, creamy, and minty cocktail that reminds us of everything that is great about the season. Here is the recipe:

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 4 oz of Brewed espresso (cold)
  • 2 oz of Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 oz of Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint hard candies for garnish (crushed)

Combine the Godiva, espresso, schnapps, and chocolate syrup in small bowl and stir until the syrup is dissolved. (You must do this before putting the mix into the shaker, otherwise the chocolate will not mix well in the cold temperature.) Add the mixture into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in small glasses (it’s very rich, so a little goes a long way!) and top with the whipped cream and peppermint candies. Happy Holidays!

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The Eggnog Cocktail

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Like everyone else we love Eggnog, but we never have it because it’s so caloric and fattening. That is until we discovered that we didn’t need to make it with all the heavy cream and sugars that traditional recipes feature. The first time we made this cocktail, it was actually a mistake. We received a bottle of Caramel Cream liqueur, and it sat in our cabinet for a very long time until we decided to mix it with Maker’s Mark. The result wasn’t great. To salvage the drink we decided to add a little Frangelico and the result was absolutely amazing…we had recreated Eggnog without the calories! OK, so this drink is not actually low on calories, but it’s far better than the typical recipe. Just yesterday we decided to add more flavor by mulling the bourbon and the recipe just got better. Now we enjoy Eggnog without the guilt….here’s how you can do that too:

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Merry’s Caramel Cream
  • 2 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Frangelico
  • Mulling spices
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp sanding sugar
  • Gingersnap cookies for garnish

You start by adding the mulling spices to the bourbon. This recipe is best if you have time to mull the bourbon a day ahead. If you don’t at least four hours. If you really don’t, nuke the bourbon for 1 minute with the spices (don’t worry, the alcohol will not evaporate). Once you’re ready to mix the drink (make sure the bourbon is cool if you have nuked it!) pour the Caramel Cream, bourbon, and Frangelico into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. To prepare the rimmed glass, combine the pumpkin spice and sugar and dip the glass rim into the mixture. Pour the drink into the glass and garnish with the gingersnap cookie. You will absolutely love this drink and feel good about having another one!

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Godiva Peppermint Blast

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Today we’re spending the day making Christmas wreaths! One of our inspirations (though not completely) were candy canes. We love the color, pattern, and their taste…which also ended up inspiring us for our cocktail break! I broke out the Godiva White Chocolate, added a few other key ingredients and the result is truly a blast! This is the recipe:

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 3 oz 360 Vodka, Double Chocolate Flavor
  • 3 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps

Add the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in cocktail glasses and garnish with a peppermint cookie (or a candy cane!). This cocktail is basically a white chocolate peppermint martini, but we’re having such a BLAST drinking it while making the wreaths that we decided to call it just that….back to the wreaths!

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St. Arnold’s Belgian Mussels and Delirium Beer

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Our craft projects are always a good excuse to have a cocktail on the weekends, but we often also find ourselves making time to have one while out of town. It allows us to explore the city we’re visiting and experience the local grub. No fancy places for us, we like our places very local and down-to-earth.

One of these occasions happened recently. While on a quick outing to DC, we stumbled upon one of the best pubs we’ve been to in a long time, St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar on Jefferson Place. The food is amazing, featuring many types of mussel recipes and other hardy fare. But the real treat (apart from the local scene and cast of characters) was the huge selection of Belgian beers. We’re not big beer drinkers, but there’s something about Belgian beer that we cannot resist, especially if they have Delirium on tap. Delirium is a very strong pale that is not for the faint of heart. It’s also the perfect companion to the St. Arnold’s Mussels, an original recipe that is made from beer, garlic and duck fat…heavens!

This break became a memorable meal very fast and we can’t wait to go back!

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Cajun Queen’s Planters Punch

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We’re in Charlotte this weekend! Between visiting Alberto’s family and dropping by antique stores (so predictable, I know), we always find time to visit one of our favorite restaurants in the city…Cajun Queen! The place is amazing, the food incredible and the atmosphere really fun, just like a little bit of New Orleans in Charlotte. We’ve been big fans of their Planters Punch since our first visit. The drink does not only remind us of our time in Fire Island (High Tea, anyone?), but also brings back really crazy memories of Bourbon Street. The drink is a combination of light and dark rums with a splash of fruit juice and grenadine…try it, with a lot of caution!

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Loopy Turkey

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and we’re putting the final touches to the menu for the day. Alberto’s job is to come up with a signature cocktail and what’s better than using the eponymous brand of bourbon Wild Turkey. The Loopy Turkey is basically a Cosmo made with bourbon. It’s very delicate, but it also offers subtle depth and warmth in every sip. We made it with diet cranberry juice, so we’re sure to save calories for the real food!Here’s the recipe…

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Wild Turkey
  • 4 oz of Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the rosemary and fresh cranberries. The drink is not only delicious but it’s also the perfect way to start the holiday. Cheers!

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Spiced Pineapple Punch

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I think this happens to everyone…after a party we always have several leftover liquor bottles that have just enough liquid to keep around but not enough to make a single drink. They usually sit in our cabinet until they get so old that we just throw them out (what a waste!) Cleaning out this afternoon we found bottles of dark, light and pineapple rum…what to do with them? Drawing inspiration from our days on Fire Island, we came up with this very dangerous punch. Here is the recipe:

Makes two drinks:

 

  • 4 oz of Myer’s Dark Rum
  • 4 oz of Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 4 oz of Bacardi Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger (best to use a microplane grater)
  • 1 tsp of lime juice

 

Fill a shaker with ice, add all the ingredients and shake very well. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime. The ginger adds just the perfect amount of spice to this very hardy fall punch — now, back to cleaning out that cabinet and maybe coming up with another cocktail!


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