Cucumber pear cocktail

cucumber pear cocktail IMG_6322 IMG_6325 IMG_6327 I love experimenting with cocktails and I really wanted something fresh tasting and cool to get me through the rest of this summery heat.  The combination of cucumber and pear in this is sweet but not terribly so.

Ingredients: 1 part Pear liqueur, 2 parts vodka, club soda, 1 pear, 1 mini cucumber, lime, cucumber and pear slices for garnish.

The first step is to blend the peeled cucumber, pear, and vodka in a blender. Pour pear liqueur and the blended mix into a shaker on ice, shake well. Top with club soda and garnish. Serve in a martini glass or on ice.  I added extra club soda to my highball version but both drinks were equally tasty. Enjoy! xoxo JessicaIMG_6320


Decadent strawberry choco dessert cocktail

IMG_8200 _SnapseedDo you need a little more ‘kick’ to your dessert after this week?  Well, sometimes I have  weeks days like that too.  This dessert cocktail is definitely deliciousness in a glass.  The how to: Mix 1 part strawberry shortcake or other dessert flavored vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and fill it up with almond milk into a shaker of ice.  Shake well and pour the whole mix including ice into a glass. For a martini, rim a glass with chocolate syrup and pour sans ice.  Garnish with a strawberry and a few choco chips. Enjoy and TGIF my friends, Jessica.  
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Berry sparkler cocktail

DSC_0022 DSC_0028 DSC_0039 DSC_0041 DSC_0013For this drink I made a sorbet and simply poured sparkling wine on top–it was a great drink for our backyard BBQ/grilling night and a sorta celebration of my birthday.

Berry sorbet: 3/4 C sugar, 3 C frozen mixed berries, 1/8 C key lime juice, optional *add ice. Blend well in a blender. Freeze for 3-4 hours.

Spoon into glasses and pour sparkling wine to fill or sprite for a non-alcoholic version.  Add a few fresh berries to garnish and have a sweet weekend ya’ll!

Sake Bloody Mary

This is one of my all time favorite drinks, the bloody mary that is.  I tried a a little variation in my recipe this time and used sake rice wine instead of vodka. I also used a dash of soy sauce instead of worchestershire.  It was de-lish guys!  If you want to try it use these ingredients: 2 parts sake, 1 can V8 juice, salt+pepper to you liking, 1 tsp cream horseradish, 1-2 packets soy sauce. Shake on ice and pour into a glass. Cheers!  What do you think?
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Irish Cheer martini

If you’re still wearing green here’s a different irish martini for ya.  I actually prefer my Irish whiskey just plain with a squeeze of lemon or with a pickle  juice chaser like the one I made last week!  Try this if you want something a little different..

Irish Cheer: 4 parts Irish whiskey// 1 part italian sweet vermouth// optional* dash of bitters, cherry garnish

Shake on ice and pour into a martini glassirishchrirish irsh

Asian Pear Martini/My new Favorite

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It’s no secret that I love martinis and making up my own versions.  I actually almost never order a martini out because I think I make them WAY better!  One of the places I will order a martini is at the Grand lux cafe, which is owned by The Cheesecake Factory.  My dad, who is not a big drinker, tried this asian pear martini first. I had a sip and it was really fresh tasting and not too sweet.  This is my version of their asian pear and I’m super happy how it turned out–I mean it’s just as good as theirs I swear (and not $11 each)!  It’s definitely a drink you will want to have more than one of and since I used sake it’s not overly alcoholic;) promise.

Ingredients: 1 part Sake, 2 parts Pinnacle whipped cream vodka (you could try vanilla vodka too), 1 part pear juice, *optional pear for garnish.

Directions:  Shake all ingredients on ice and pour into a martini glass (or try over ice too). Garnish and enjoy! This would be a great drink for girls night out but the boys will probably want one too;)DSC_0070

10 Minute Mulled Wine

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Our house has been absolutely FREEZING this week! We woke up and the thermostat read 53 degrees, ugh!  We’ve been having problems with our air conditioner (yep, it broke during the heat wave of 30 days over 100 degrees) and now our heater.  The house is less than 10 years old!  One of the air conditioning specialists said our house was just built wrong, nice.  So the other night when my fingers just wouldn’t warm up and it had gotten dark outside I decided to try a quick, and I mean I needed it now, mulled wine.  It turned out really nicely!  Here’s what I used:

1 bottle red wine// 1/4 C ginger liquer// 6 whole cloves// 1-2 slices fresh ginger// 1/2 pomegranate// 2 large grapefruit slices

I poured all ingredients into a large pot and heated on medium heat for 1-2 minutes then lowered the heat for approx. 4-5 minutes.  Strain out the cloves &  ginger and enjoy the rest!